I love Nicholas Carr’s book. There are lots of studies and science mixed with many stories and asides and discussions of philosophers and other great thinkers. It reminded me of reading a Bill Bryson book. You get the facts painlessly. And it presents a strong argument for keeping kids (and everyone) off-line when they work, but I’m still unlikely to convince them to actually turn off facebook. Reading the bare bones here doesn’t do it justice, but here’s what I don’t want to forget about my memory:
The Medium is the Message
He quotes McLuhan from 1964 – “The electric (Read more…)
Building on the resounding success of Kananaskis, Montreal and Vancouver, the biennial Canadian Obesity Summit is now setting its sights on Toronto. If you have a professional interest in obesity, it’s your #1 destination for learning, sharing and networking with experts from across Canada around the world. In 2015, the Canadian Obesity Network (CON-RCO) and the […]
(Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you believe in Santa Claus!) What does a 10-week old fetus look like? Recently, the group called Show the Truth brought graphic images to the streets of Halifax. You can watch some pretty one-sided coverage of the event here on CTV News, where one opponent to the display states: […]
Social media are not just a means of sharing your life with the world – they also open your life to praise (likes and positive comments) or criticism. Thus, it is easy to see how avid use of such platforms (especially those with ample picture posts) can potentially promote body image and weight obsessions in […]
Below are all the job titles of all the comms staff in the BC Government Communications and Public Engagement bodies as of last week. Count with me! There are 278 people! 278. That’s more than a few. The records include folks in these two areas: Government Communications: which tends to the day-to-day communications functions, including […]
Port Stanley, on Lake Erie, is a favourite summer spot for thousands, and has a beach that is swarming with people on a warm, sunny day. But! Not all those people are happy campers kids. The OPP did something to piss of somebody, because at 3 a.m. last night somebody stole their boat and torched […]
Nope, everything is as “right as rain” if you will pardon the expression. Yesterday was the famous “Friday the 13th” motorcycle rally in Port Dover, Ontario, and as usual, tens of thousand of bikers gathered for the event. Even the rain didn’t seem to deter the hard-core bikers, as the streets of Port Dover filled […]
Well, folks, we finally did it! The Perspective Research Department, along with the Naked News staff, have finally found a direct correlation between guns and dick size! After years of study and conjecture, we began to realize that men in the NRA had a unusual, and unhealthy fascination ………, no, let’s make that OBSESSION, with […]
————-The Job Interview An office manager was given the task of hiring an individual to fill a job opening. After sorting through a stack of resumes he found four people who were equally qualified. He decided to call the four in and ask them one question and their answer would determine who would get the […]
Through some fluke of circumstance, one of my photos is in the Spanish edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Earlier I wrote of how some opinion columnists take advantage of looser fact-checking rules of the editorial pages to come up with their own facts, either misleading or outright wrong, to give their opinions more weight. I thought it might be useful to provide some actual examples of what I mean.
A shorter version of this was published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner under the title “Making up facts to back opinions deliberately misleading“.
Animated GIFs and image macros are more popular than ever. And yet we almost never know who created these ubiquitous images.
Following Facebook’s example of giving sexist, abusive douchebags a free pass, Kickstarter is refusing to take down Redditor Ken Hoinsky’s dating advice book. Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome With Women, includes such gentlemanly dating advice as “grab her hand and put it right on your dick.” Another excerpt posted on Reddit suggests […]
Note: This blog post below was written on March 9th but not published. Given this news of the past day, “Harper Government Spends Millions Monitoring Press Of Own MPs,” thought it would be useful additional context. Also, note to self: Listen more inte…