Shaw Plays Victim of Evil CRTC

This month I looked at my latest cable/internet bill and was surprised by a nice increase in the amount owing. At first I thought I'd been late on my last payment. Nope, that wasn't it so what could it be? I did some investigation and found Shaw has passed along a tax imposed by the CRTC as part of the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF). What's interesting is that the CRTC said the following regarding the tax: (more…)
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Canada Doesn’t Need a Fall Election

If Ignatieff triggers a fall election I may have to start voting Conservative. One, no one really knows who Ignatieff is so why is he convinced that people will rally around a virtually unknown leader of a party that's still rebuilding itself? Two, the majority of Canadians don't want an election so all he'll do is incur the wrath of voters tired of having their tax dollars spent on an exercise that won't truly change anything in the HoC. Three, rather than appear like a petulant child who doesn't like to be down a few runs in a baseball game, why doesn't he take Harper to task on everything and show he's trying to work in the best interests of Canadians? This includes acknowledging that not all Tory ideas are…
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Man I’m Tired

No matter how much sleep I want to get I always seem to find something more interesting to do with my time.  I should be sleeping right now.  I spent all day helping move my friend into his new condo and am going to play shinny tonight at 10.  Tomorrow I'll be getting up semi-early to watch F1 with my friends.  Given all this I should really recharge.  But am I?  Nope, I'm blogging about not sleeping - ironic! Seriously, I used to be able to operate on little to no sleep and go forever.  Sure I'd recharge on the weekends but even then I'd go out late or stay up or whatever.  Now it seems if I get anything less than 7 hours of sleep I feel like I've…
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Musings and Tales from New York

Pics can be found here: http://gallery.wastedgenius.ca/v/travel/NY2009/ Sunday, July 26, 2009 A four-hour delay in Chicago - which included two hours sitting on the tarmac - due to bad weather in New York. Not to worry, they have free alcohol in first class! (more…)
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Balance: It’s Not As Hard As You Think

Ever wondered why you're totally exhausted at 2 o'clock in the afternoon?  Ever been so frustrated with the work in front of you that you want to throw things?  Ever think you're trapped in your mind and can't seem to get out?  You're not alone: all of these things are related to an imbalance in your eating habits, your time spent concentrating on work, and your physical fitness. (more…)
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On the topic of people who come to work sick

For Godsakes, stop it.  There are few people in this world whose work depends vitally upon their daily presence.  Unless you're the head of a state or the only doctor who knows how to transplant a heart from a pig to a human, chances are the world will keep turning while you're away sick for one or two days. But, oh no, your Narcissistic personality demands that you come into the office bringing plague, pestilence, disease, and death.  Your co-workers good-naturedly rib you for doing so but, lo and behold, we loathe your over-inflated sense of self-importance, all for the simple reason that we don't want to get sick.  And, because you're not a doctor and have no idea that feeling better does not equate with no longer being contagious,…
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Treating A Symptom Does Not Solve The Problem

There have been stories in the news recently about a teenage girl overdosing on ecstacy at a West Edmonton Mall Rock 'n' Ride and the mall's solution is to stop having these events.  While it does remove the problem from the purview of West Edmonton Mall, it doesn't address the deeper issue: the fact that people at younger and younger ages are involved in the use of drugs and alcohol. I'm not going to preach teenage abstinence towards sex, drugs, and alcohol; it's been shown countless times that this kind of approach doesn't work.  What I will suggest is that we look at treating the root cause of the problems we're facing instead of finding various band-aids to treat the symptoms. I would hope that the people at West Edmonton…
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