Archive for October, 2010


28/10/2010 Leave a comment

So due to massive amounts of procrastination (as only I can do), I have a lot of reading to do this weekend. Just found a great tool to help me out with it though – it’s called FreeMind, and it’s a freeware mindmapping software for Mac and PC. Works very well indeed. You can find it here:

If you’re wondering what a mind map is, it’s basically like one of those brainstorm webs you probably did in elementary school. They’re really great study tools, especially for visual learners. Anyway, check it out; it’s definitely worth a try.





21/10/2010 2 comments

these lines, written by whim

unlikely rhymes of vigour and vim

just empty thoughts from just another mind

idle words to pass the time

between now and closing hour.

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20/10/2010 1 comment

it’s late

on the last bus home

all us passengers relive our nights

our lives

empty feelings and liquor-fueled delusions of grandeur

replaying the what-ifs,

the could-have-beens

and as the bumps on the road shake my body and this pen,

rendering this writing nearly illegible

i wonder:

was this night a should-have-been?

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Friendship = (more than just a cup of) milk

12/10/2010 Leave a comment

A friend in my building asked to borrow a cup of milk last night so he could make pancakes this morning. As the carton was on the empty side, I just gave it to him.

Late this morning I got a text from him saying “It was 1% milk I borrowed right?” (it was).

This was followed by a knock on my door – my friend delivering me a whole carton of milk, fresh from the store.

Friendship – it makes my heart all warm and fuzzy 🙂



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Generic Drugs

11/10/2010 Leave a comment

This bit of comedy ended up in my email inbox, sent to me by my dad:

All drugs have two names, a trade name and generic name.

Example, the trade name is Tylenol and it’s generic name is Acetaminophen.. Aleve is also called Naproxen.

Amoxil is also called Amoxicillin and Advil is also called Ibuprofen.

The FDA has been looking for a generic name for Viagra. Read more…

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Israeli Cabinet Approves Loyalty Oath

10/10/2010 Leave a comment

In short:

Israel’s cabinet has just adopted a bill that would require all citizens to swear loyalty to the “democratic and Jewish” character of Israel if passed into law. A simple majority in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) is all that would be required. From there, it would move to the Israeli Supreme Court, which would determine whether the bill agrees with Israel’s basic laws. Read the article for yourself.

Imagine, if you will, that this bill was being proposed in Iran, and all Iranian citizens would have to swear loyalty to Iran as a “democratic and Islamic” state.

What would be the reaction of the international media and the UN, I wonder? It’s relatively easy to guess: the bill would be derided as totalitarian, racist, zealotry, bigoted, etc. The US would threaten to impose more sanctions and there would be a host of “expert” opinions and analyses written about the distinctly undemocratic character of this bill, in contrast to the word “democratic” in the oath.

Have we seen this reaction in the media and international system? Nope.

The Arab countries are making noise, certainly, as is the media of the international left. The US and the American media has been silent on this for days. How long would it take for the US to denounce a similar Iranian bill? Hours, probably.

Why is Israel being treated differently from every other nation in the world? Now that is a long and very interesting question.



“Discover Canada”‘s New Addition

07/10/2010 Leave a comment

“The next printing of a guidebook aimed at immigrants applying for Canadian citizenship will contain references to gay rights, including mentions of the legality of gay marriage and prohibitions against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney had vetoed the inclusion of such information in the current version.”

See the rest of the article here:

Interesting, hey? About time, perhaps?