From the category archives:

Science and technology

Deep freeze


Here’s an explanation for the unusually cold weather in parts of North America and Europe lately: The folks who run the National Center for Atmospheric Research have a great rundown of the details of the AO Oscillation. In short, high pressure in the Arctic forces the jet stream south, and it drags cold air with it, […]

Read more →

Meanwhile in Iran


The death of opposition cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri has sparked more protests – which never really died down, despite strong-arm efforts from Ahmedinijad to stamp out dissent: Montazeri’s death pushed Iranian authorities into a difficult spot. They were obliged to pay respects to one of the patriarchs of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the one-time heir […]

Read more →

How not to ask for money


‘Tis the season to be… generous. Of course, that’s a load of hogwash. Supporting worthy causes is important year-round, not just in December, when the idealists get all imbued with holiday spirit and the cynics think about tax receipts. But for a number of reasons – habit, practicality, what have you – millions of people […]

Read more →

Facebook blocked in Vietnam?


Is Vietnam the latest country to block access to Facebook? Since last week, it seems that way. Even though the Vietnamese government is issuing denials. Some Vietnamese Facebook users launched a Facebook group in protest of the blockage, but as of right now it appears to only have a handful of members. Hmmm, wonder why […]

Read more →

New look for


So, how do you like the new look? It’s the latest in the long list of changes that have been taking place around here. The first step was my move to my own hosting at after Geocities closed. Now, the bigger news is that I have officially migrated from Blogger to WordPress – a […]

Read more →

Ch- ch- ch- changes


I’ve got the new hosting for up and running, and the migration of this site is more or less complete. Most links should work, though if you encounter any broken links, please let me know. The next step will be a complete design overhaul of this blog. This template dates back to the blog’s […]

Read more →

End of an era


Geocities has officially closed. For the most part, this happened with a whimper, not a bang. You can continue to access this site for now, but stay tuned for updated information within the next few days as I look into a few different hosting options. Wherever I go, I’ll probably continue using the URL, […]

Read more →

It’s about time


The GSMA have announced measures to standardize mobile phone chargers by 2012.

Read more →

Harper promises crackdown on text message fees


In a very un-Conservative move, Stephen Harper made a campaign promise today to regulate businesses more, cracking down on such unfair business practices as price-fixing, deceptive marketing, and incoming text message fees. While my usual philosophy is to tell government to stay out of business, in this case, I think Harper has the right idea. […]

Read more →

It’s the end of Facebook as we know it


We knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make this announcement any more welcome: The new layout for Facebook doesn’t actually streamline anything. Instead, it forces a half-dozen clicks to get the information that was previously available in one click. What the Facebook developers won’t tell you is that this is exactly the point: More […]

Read more →