Lest We Forget.

Today marks the 91st anniversary of the end of the first World War. It is a day here in Canada where we remember the sacrifices made by our armed forces.  We remember why we had to fight the wars we did.  In terms of Canadian identity the role our nation played in both the first and second world war shaped our independence and built a foundation for the country  to compete and have influence on the global stage. We fought for the freedom of people overseas, and continue to do so, in hopes that the fight would never reach our shores.

Lest we forget our heroes and their sacrifice.


Looking Back: The Eagle Has Landed.

An occassion such as this deserves a post. Today, July 20th 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the surface of the moon. Apollo built off of the Mercury and Gemini missions, of which explored the tech and skills needed to survive in orbit and in space.  After the tragic deaths of the Apollo 1 crew, the remaining missions prepared for the procedures needed to travel and land on the lunar surface. Apollo 8 and 10 both went to the moon without landing.

Our culture and future was forever changed the moment Armstrong stated

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”

That moment and the years that follow are a game changer. later it would be shown that the space race was no race at all, and exposed that the Soviet union was falling apart economically. The world was forever changed due to the advances made during the program.

So there you have it I could say a lot more but I won’t. You should spend the time reading about it. NASA has audio photos and video up on their website, there’s always wikipedia. I’ll leave you all today with the words left there at the landing site 40 years ago today:

“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”

More TED

I’d like to share more TED with you all.

The first is quite interesting.

Barry Schwartz It’s about wisdom and the need for more of it, of breaking out of the lazy system we have going

Apart from the Obama love, it’s quite a good talk.

The other is from Juan Enriquez. Enriquez is an amazing speaker.  In this talk he is funny, fascinating and insightful. He starts off talking about the economy then moves onto talk about some very interesting developments in genomic research, in terms of cell growth and tissue growth, followed by some robotics.

Take a look. Both talks are interesting and there are a few other recent talks posted that are also worth a go.

I hope you have fun learning something today.

Hello world!

Hello World.

I would like to thank wordpress for choosing the title of my first post.  I’m not sure I could have thought of anything more fitting.  A tradition of a new computer language, printing its first words “Hello World” it’s all so whimsical to me. It’s fitting as I’ve already said, and the phrase speaks volumes.  To all of you on the ‘tubes, the ‘nets, the ‘webs , I have this to say.

Hello World.

Check out my ‘about’ page for a little about me. It’s all quite general and fundamental, so a little more insights about me might be in order.

At the moment my political affiliations ( non official of course) are: Canadian, conservatives, American: independent( well libertarian party if I had to choose) , Rest of the world…who cares?

But why start off so dry? I guess to get the boring things out of the way early.  I’m a guy that enjoys the simple things in life.  Friends, family, food, fff….drinks! (Doesn’t start with an F dang…) i guess those are fundamentals, but what about… Relaxation, TV, movies, reading, video gaming. I imagine you must picture 300 pound beefcake at the moment, I assure you I’m not, but I still hate the outdoors…mostly.

I grew up with relaxing summers at a cottage. I grew up with Disney’s afternoon cartoon line-up, Ghostbusters (well the Real ones), Jurassic park, Teenage mutant ninja turtles, and Batman on the screen and in the toy box.  The countless hours with my brother, the awesome parents I have, all this and more have shaped my cultural tastes.  I’ve taken a liking to anime sometimes, recently peaked interest comics based on upcoming and current films namely “The Killing Joke” and ”Watchmen”.  I play games on Xbox, and anything else I can get my hands on for an afternoon.

Oh yeah I’m in university too. But that seems like more of an aside. I suppose it shapes my future self.

What is currently on my mind?

Well a bus strike that’s about to end, who’s greedy participants will now try and scrounge as much of a non deserved raise out of the city as they can.

A series of worldwide bailouts that will result in huge governments spanning the globes, government deficits ballooning, and the threat of 1930’s 2.0 style protectionism , all threatening to make the rest of my life hell, despite the cheery early outlook of the 21st century.

Also a pot-pouri of stories concerning “do-gooders” fighting for political correctness, governments invading privacy or being general dicks, in the name of the “environment” or “security”  Will plasma TVs really melt the icecaps?

Well I hope you enjoyed that brief introduction.  I will always end my posts with some sort of smart or sarcastic quip. (‘Gimmie a break’ will be used alot) Again, I hope you enjoy you’re stay. Good night and good luck, with love from me to my fellow man, I say once again “Hello World” and “Good day”; and if you don’t and wish to silence me well you will have to pry this blog

From my cold dead hands.