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Remembrance Day

We went to the Remembrance Day ceremony downtown today. A few years ago, I came across something that made Remembrance Day memorable for me each year. Somehow, I found out my Grandma Abel (technically, she was my great-grandmother) had an uncle who fought and died in World War I. His name was John Loskot. I […]

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Theo Tams in Canadian Idol Top 24

Lethbridgian Theo Tams has made it to the Top 24 of the Canadian Idol 2008 competitions.

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How to share an iTunes library on separate hard drive

Ever since my wife received her iPod Shuffle this week, I have been trying to find a way for each of us to access the same music files in iTunes. We store all our music files on a separate hard drive, and until this week, I was the only iTunes user. We us Windows XP, […]

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20 things I learned in the inner city

I lived a significant portion of my teenage years (from 11 until 14) in the inner city of Regina, also referred to as North Central or Moccasin Flats. It’s the most impoverished and most crime ridden neighbourhood in Regina. While things were not all rosy while I was there in the 1980s, things are far […]

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7 reasons why I take the bus to work

It’s blowing wet snow in Lethbridge right now and temperatures are below freezing. It made me think about why I take public transit to work even though I have a car. Here are some reasons I came up with: I don’t have to clean off my windshield. I don’t have to wait for the vehicle […]

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Self-monitoring traffic

Last Wednesday, I visited Gastown while staying in Vancouver. I noticed something very interesting. Once you get past the entrance, there are no lights and few signs (other than one-way street signs) to limit traffic flow. There are very view crosswalks. Yet despite what would potentially be chaotic and dangerous seemed to have a poetic […]

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Self-monitoring traffic

Last Wednesday, I visited Gastown while staying in Vancouver. I noticed something very interesting. Once you get past the entrance, there are no lights and few signs (other than one-way street signs) to limit traffic flow. There are very view crosswalks. Yet despite what would potentially be chaotic and dangerous seemed to have a poetic […]

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2014 Olympic Logos

Now that the IOC has shortlisted the candidate cities to host the 2014, I thought it was time to review the logos as I did for the 2012 logos. My job this time around is easier since the committee cut four applicant cities from the shortlist. Unfortunately, I’m not that impressed by any of the […]

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Renting Is Better Than Buying

This person seems to think renting a house is more beneficial than buying. Given the fact that I have already built up enough equity in my home to not only pay off the mortgage, but to take in cash the value of my mortgage (in other words, my house has doubled in value), I have […]

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How To Win Friends and Influence People

I just finished reading “How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. It’s an excellent book and showed me several places where I need to improve in interacting with others. The book is written in chunks, with each chunk (chapters really) elaborating on a principle. I listed these principle (and their corresponding sections) […]