Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Another interesting talk



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Listening to: The Black Mages - The Man with the Machine Gun (FINAL FANTASY VIII)
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Space is our Only Hope

See I'm not the only one that think space is our only hope for long terme survival.



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Listening to: Rik Shaffer - Creepy Ambience Combat
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Global Warming solution?

Well even if the Copenhagen Consensus showed that global warming as the worse risk-reward ratio of everything we could be doing worldwide. They said it is so because even if we spend a lot of money on global warming, very little effect will be seen. While some other idea, like working on malaria, on getting more child into school or with food cost a lot less then “solving” global warming with a lot more return on our investment. Like one speaker at TED put it: “basically 50 G$ now buy a delay of 6 years in the flooding of low land by raising see level. While putting a fraction of this in educating children of poor country give us millions more mind to solve the flooding problem.” It might looks stupid because global warming is the “hot” topic at the moment but is argument is worth listening to.

However I want to share with you another of TED talk about an idea that does sound stupid but that might be one of the cheapest and most efficient way to buy us the time we need to actually solve the problem. I’ll let you watch the video and please tell me what you think.



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Listening to: Blind Guardian - Mr. Sandman
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Charity, business and society

I really like TED, it is a very interesting conference and the idea are great and I think we need more confence like this. I came upon a talk today about patient capital, a term I did not know about but that looks very promissing. It is in a way the opposite of charity, but in a way that help like charity would. I'll leave the video here for your viewing pleasure.



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Listening to: Blind Guardian - Mr. Sandman
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

More worisome then the CRTC regulating the net.

I posted on November 9th something about the CRTC wanting to regulate access to the internet to preserve our culture. Which in itself is very worrying, but I realized that something in that news was even more worrisome. The CRTC did not decide by itself to look into regulating the internet for the French speaker of Quebec… he was asked by some group in Quebec to regulate internet usage. One or more group that apparently believes that freedom of speech, of choice and access to information are threats to our culture and need to be removed. Well it more likely that those rights are threats to their profits margin. It is scary to think that those groups have enough influence over the CRTC to make them consider something so drastic. We clearly need to find ways to prevent our bureaucrats from having so much decision making power. We also need to know what group things so little of our freedom and our knowledge that they would petition for this regulation.

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Listening to: Cristian - Es Mejor Asi
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Saturday, November 10, 2007

I'm telling you, the war against the machine is coming..

Self-evolving robots? Replicating robots? and we have seen robots that fire on human... please do not combine the three! think of the children! But aside from that dreadful possibility that's pretty cool!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Ruling the internet to preserve our culture...

Our nice, friendly, grandiose, always right censorship organism, also known as the CRTC is thinking about creating the great firewall of Canada (or maybe just Quebec) to “protect the culture”. Giving us the opportunity to join with great democracies like China and North Korea as country that control what their citizen can consult online. Wow, with a thing like that I probably would not be able to blog in English, it is after all a challenge to Quebec French culture that I a French Canadian publish my thoughts in English instead of my native French.

I’m sorry but I’m already thinking I don’t need an organism to control what I can ear and see in the media, why would I want one to control what I can read over the internet? Why would I need to be protected from stuff the rest of the planet can access? The only reasons I can see why someone would want to do such a thing is to either a) hide information from the citizen to be able to better control then or 2) to promote business in your country that are unable to compete with international website with better content and prices. Both reasons are unacceptable to me, the internet must be free of censorship, it must remain a tool where you can find information about everything.

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Listening to: Rhapsody - Nightfall On The Grey Mountains
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A choice we made as a society...

Often when I argue about Canadian, or more exactly Quebec’s society, I am told that something cannot be changed (or should not) because: “that a choice we made as a society”. This answer really confused me. What does that mean? That once a society has made a choice it cannot be wrong? Or maybe it means that once a society has made her choice it cannot be changed ever? Well on that last one; want to talk about the last two referendums? Or maybe it is something even greater: something that cannot be questioned ever?

For me, a choice we made as a society means nothing, yes it means that we made a choice in the past about an aspect of our society. So fracking what? Those choices should always be up for reevaluation, our society is made out of human, you know those people that makes mistake? And I don’t think that anyone as ever said that a large group of human was more intelligent or closer to perfection then a single human. So when someone questions something about our society, the answer it is a choice we made as a society is not a good one. Explain what brought that choice what the advantages of that choice are. Sure it is longer then stating it as a gospel but my suggestion at least give us the possibility of questioning the choice and maybe if it is wrong or just slightly inappropriate to change it.

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Listening to: B Crew - Partay Feeling
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Anti-religious theme...

The movie the Golden Compass has apparently been edited from the book version to remove anti-religious themes. While I can understand a movie producer wanting to explorer different theme then the author and showing a slightly different vision of the work, I have a problem with a modification made to reduce protest against the movie. Particularly when the protest happen anyway: religious groups protest the movie saying that it is a stealth atheist attack on religion… they get people to see the movie and then they will read the book who has an anti-religious theme.

First off, stealth atheists attack on religion? Think about that, a stealth atheist attack on religion… come on atheism isn’t a religion, neither is it an organized movement with the goal to destroy your religious belief. Atheism is people not believing in god and religion, not fanatics wanting to see the end of religion. Sure some atheists promote the end of religion because they see it as a great evil, or at least something that is harmful to human civilization. But mostly atheist author write about how they see the world and they want to share that vision with their reader. Just like religious author will sometimes include their religions sins as evil in their book, or write in such way as to promote their religion as good.

In short, the book and the censorship of the movie are no more of an attack on religion than mentioning the bible as a text someone found inspiring in a movie is an attack on atheism.

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Listening to: Loreena McKennitt - Dante's Prayer
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Monday, November 05, 2007

What kind of reader

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Book Snob
Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
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What Kind of Reader Are You?
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Listening to: Metallica - Master Of Puppets
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