Archive for January, 2007

Selling Indulgences

Monday, January 29th, 2007

A couple of colleagues have circulated links to websites offering the opportunity to offset the CO2 created by my energy consumption in return for monetary payment. eg http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/whatyoucando/index.html http://www.cooldrivepass.com/home.cfm http://www.offsetters.ca/ Thanks for the links, but all of these people are asking for money and offering little but vague assertions in return. This is not intended […]

How Much Renewable Energy Do We Have?

Monday, January 29th, 2007

George Monbiot showed (in November 2005) that, even with extremely generous assumptions about the plausible extent of resource usage, renewable energy sources will not suffice to replace what he believes must be cut from our carbon combustion rate. But then (in July 2006) he continued to deny what may be the only feasible solution, despite […]

Designed To Let Us Down

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

David Brin's suggestion for adding peer-to-peer capabilities to create a more robust cellular phone system

No Nukes For Oil?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

In Today's Big Story at thetyee.ca perhaps the most interesting aspect was the (wisely) restrained reaction of Jack Layton - “It’s certainly incumbent on somebody proposing to use nuclear plants to provide the power for the oil sands to tell us where they are going to put the waste. And I don’t think that question […]

Canada Sleeps Through War to 'Save the Internet'

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

This Tyee article is about the low profile of the 'Net Neutrality' debate in Canada. Author Bryan Zandberg is right that this is something we should not be ignoring. The telecoms and cable providers are monopolies, and not only do they demand non-competition within the technologies of which they have been given control, but they […]

Preaching the Word of Atheism

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Preaching the Word of Atheism is an article in The Tyee which surveys some trends (or wannabe trends) among the humanists and others who are skeptical of the value of religion. Whether or not they are either representative or have any chance of being effective, there is some interest in watching their progress. The same […]

Children of Men

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

The Tyee review of this movie (which I saw last weekend) is in my opinion off base. The film is technically quite well done with effective cinematography and acting, but the premise is more than silly; in fact it is quite harmful. I am not referring primarily to the implausibility of sudden global unexplained human-specific […]

The Reality Club: BEYOND BELIEF

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

The Reality Club: BEYOND BELIEF

What Al Gore Hasn't Told You . . .

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

What Al Gore Hasn't Told You About Global Warming is a review on Alternet by David Morris of George Monbiot's book 'Heat'

Engaging Brains Through Games and Simulations

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Wesley Fryer reports on a workshop by Bernie Dodge at Macworld

Transforming Langara

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

A group of my colleagues at Langara College have been looking at the possibility of significantly increasing the attention paid to environmental sustainability - both in terms of our college's physical operations and in terms of what we teach. Some feel that what is needed can be accomplished within our existing governance structures and others […]

Mark Twain, Father of the Internet

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

By Crawford Killian in Tyee we have Mark Twain, Father of the Internet cute!