June 25, 2004
Out of Work
For anyone who hasn't heard, I am now unemployed and looking for work. If you know anyone who is looking for a a senior C/C++/C# application architect/ developer/ analyst in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, Toronto, Mississauga and the surrounding area, send them a link to my resume or let me know. If they need a Word version of my resume, you can download it.
March 30, 2004
About Time We Started Defending Our Sovereignty
The Danish government has claimed sovereignty over Hans Island, a small island in the high Canadian arctic. Denmark has even sent a warship and sailors have gone so far as to occupy the island during regular arctic patrols (in our waters?) and to raise the Danish flag over the island.
The Canadian government is being typically complacent. Aileen Carroll, the Minister of International Co-operation says that "No assertion by the Danish ambassador or other Danish officials detracts from the absolute sovereignty that Canada enjoys over Hans Island. This is also the official position of Foreign Affairs.
She says this despite the fact that Mr Taksoe-Jensen from the Danish Ministry of Foriegn Affairs has stated that "it is part of Danish territory, [and] we feel officials have that right [to raise the flag]. It is only natural that Danish officials go there from time to time." He also said that Copenhagen would take issue if Canada also landed soldiers on the island.
It seems pretty clear to me what Denmark's intentions are.
You may say that it is only a small island in the high arctic, so who cares. I would counter that by saying that this is just one of several disputes where Canada is both unwilling and unable to protect its sovereignty. We have under-funded our military for so long that there is very little we could do about this even if there was a political will. This is also just the beginning. The United States has repeatedly claimed that they have a right to drill for oil in the Canadian arctic waters. The only thing that has stopped them so far are technical difficulties and cost. Our government's weak protests seem to go unheard in Washington.
If you would like to write to Aileen Carroll and let her know how you feel about this, you can email her at Carroll.A@parl.gc.ca, write to her in Ottawa at House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6 or at her Constituency Office, 7 Anne Street South Unit 10, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 2C4. You may also want to email Paul Martin about this and his disregard of the military. His email address is Martin.P@parl.gc.ca.
January 30, 2004
January 13, 2004
Brazil Fingerprints and Photographs US Citizens
In retaliation for the United States fingerprinting and photographing travellers to the US, Brazil has started doing the same to US citizens causing up to 9 hour waits at the border. The United States regrets "the way in which the new procedures have suddenly been put into place that single out U.S. citizens for exceptional treatment."
It sounds like a good idea to me. Maybe we should start doing the same to Americans at our border.
In other news, it looks like email is working again, so feel free to contact me again...
December 31, 2003
If anyone has sent me email since the 20th of December or so, email on the server has been down and I haven't received anything. Of course, after working reliably for months, it goes down just after I leave for England for Christmas! Anyway, I think I am back and I think I have found a workaround for the problem. I will let everyone know when the email is back up and you can get back in touch.
November 27, 2003
Friday is Buy Nothing Day
More than 2,000 Buy Nothing Day organizers and millions of jammers from 65 countries are poised and ready to sit out the 24-hour economy for one day. You're not alone in thinking the world needs some serious recalibration.
Let's create a blast this Friday that reverberates around the world.
If you're game, take pictures and write up your story. You can file a report at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Whatever you do this Buy Nothing Day, have fun.
November 04, 2003
Several of my blogs have been seeing a lot of comment spam lately and it was getting very annoying using Moveable Type's interface to find and delete them. Thank god I found Jay Allen's MT-Blacklist plugin. After a brutally simple install, most comment spam gets automatically denied and the few new ones that get through are quickly added to the blacklist and removed through a link in the comment emails that I receive. Thank you Jay.
I am also trying out w.bloggar and Zempt to do my posting to all of my blogs. Both allow me to manage and post to all of my blogs and write my posts offline. I am writing this post in w.bloggar and I really like the interface. I will give both a try and let you know which one I like better and why.
October 29, 2003
Bush Shoulda Listened to Daddy
In chapter 19 of his 1998 book, A World Transformed, former President George Bush Sr wrote that invading Iraq "would have incurred incalculable human and political costs" and that apprehending Saddam "was probably impossible." If only the current president Bush had read his father's book. About Desert Storm, Bush wrote;
Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in "mission creep," and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible. We had been unable to find Noriega in Panama, which we knew intimately. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under the circumstances, there was no viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different — and perhaps barren — outcome.
October 19, 2003
Bush or Chimp?
I found a funny site awhile ago, so I thought I should share it. It asks the deep question, "Bush or Chimp, which is which?" Check out http://www.bushorchimp.com
Here is my favorite
September 21, 2003
I did a major upgrade of the webserver yesterday, so the website was offline for most of the morning. I am still finding things that I missed, so if anyone notices any errors anywhere on the site, please let me know so that I can get them fixed.