Shannon Neufeldt of Kairos writes, ‘The KAIROS Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Fall Regional Meeting [is] … an annual, Ottawa-based event that is all about building bridges of understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples through respectful relationships. It is an opportunity to learn from First Nation, Inuit and Metis people about Indigenous perspectives on education. October 18-20 in Ottawa. Find all the details here…. Register at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GLSLfallconference2013. For more information contact Ed Bianchi at firstname.lastname@example.org.’ (image from the cbc)
Thursday’s Rant–The Bug Zapper
I read somewhere that Neitzsche went insane after he saw a man flogging a horse (apocryphal?). I know something of what he must have felt. It’s well after midnight. It’s finally getting cool. Should be getting quiet too. But it’s not. I can accept the mechanical sounds of the ceiling fan, the fridge, the tick-tock, the neighbour’s heat pump. I can live with the traffic. It’s the bug zapper that’s getting to me. Every zap is a flying insect–maybe a mosquito–dying, being electrocuted. It’s not just that another animal is being callously killed, though you gotta admit, electrocution is pretty nasty. It’s not that so much, but that we presume it’s okay to zap others–mosquitoes, horses, Iranians. Come to think of it, if things are connected, it’s not really a big step from a bug zapper to the Holocaust, is it? To add to the callousness, my neighbours have gone to bed and left the death machine on. more…
DefectiveByDesign.org asks, ‘What is DRM? DRM is about restrictions, not rights. Industry supporters of DRM refer to it as “digital rights management”…. What they are really doing is managing the restrictions they impose on our media and devices that we would normally have control over in the absence of DRM. We should own our media, not be at the mercy of media companies. For that reason, we refer to it as “Digital Restrictions Management”.’
Because Netflix is thinking of including DRM, the Free Software Foundation promotes boycotting them and is ‘asking you to help pull that money out from under them by boycotting their services. If you have an account, use this link to cancel it. Whether you’re canceling an account or not, you can help the boycott build momentum by spreading the word with the hashtag #CancelNetflix.’
image from wikimedia commons.
Saturday Serious Stuff
Suzuki writes, ‘We can’t live without birds. Beyond being fascinating and beautiful, they play a crucial role in keeping the world habitable for all life, including people. They disperse seeds, pollinate plants, control insects, provide food and are indicators of the overall health of ecosystems. They also create recreational and economic opportunities, through the immense popularity of birdwatching. So we should be concerned about the findings of the report, “State of the world’s birds: indicators for our changing world”: One in eight — or 1,313 — species of Earth’s birds is in danger of disappearing. “The status of the world’s birds is deteriorating, with species slipping ever faster towards extinction,” notes the assessment by Birdlife International, a global partnership of conservation organizations. This represents rapid acceleration of a troubling trend: 151 bird species are believed to have gone extinct since 1500. But the study, released at Birdlife International’s 2013 Congress in Ottawa, offers hope….’ image from the david suzuki foundation.
Sunday Quotes By Douglas Adams
- Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
- There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
- He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
- In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
- For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.
- Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the drug store, but that’s just peanuts to space.
- The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair.
- I don’t believe it. Prove it to me and I still won’t believe it. image from wikimedia commons.
Woody Guthrie‘s 101st birthday! image from wikimedia commons.
See Woody Guthrie, above. Also this.
image from esperanzaspalding.com.