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Gazette #19 Back to Darwin

March 9th, 2007

From Rocks to Life
Follow up to the In defense of Darwin collumn. The caption on the picture going with this collumn in the gazette got chopped in two so the meaning is lost. I wonder if this will draw any responses.

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Gazette #18 - Psychics are easy Targets

March 2nd, 2007

Stopping Sylvia
Yes, I am jumping on the stop Sylvia Browne bandwagon. Not that I’ll have any effect at all, other than to entertain. If this even works to entertain. At least I don’t think it will be controversial.
You’ll probably notice that my own little collumn masthead now appears with my articles. I look like a drooling devil child, but it doesn’t look that bad in print.
Next week I respond to some of the questions about the origins of life.

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What is this thing called Reading week?

February 25th, 2007

Here’s what I did with my week off:
1. worked on research project
2. did earth science assignment
3. went to see Guys and Dolls with friends
4. had pseudo-second-birthday party with friends
5. ate at the new Boston Pizza up the street from my house with parents
6. played 11 out of 12 levels on Theme Hospital
7. watched all the episodes of House season 3 so far
8. Read For one more Day, The man without a country, and the comic book versions of Constantine and V for Vendetta
9. went skating
10. Slept. A lot.
Now you know.

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Gazette #13 - Bring on the Hippie Hate mail

January 20th, 2007

Not all that’s green is good
The good news: this got teased on the cover (”organic produce may be harmful”), on Stephen Lewis’ podium. The bad news: it’s going to bring a lot of attention to my most controversial article yet.
I think I can expect some letters from the folks at NSPIRG, since they’re one of those groups like the Catholic League that has an insult/outrage radar in their head that forces them to focus on the most controversial statement, and not the arguments behind the statement. The leader of NSIRG seems (PS I hate how they refer to themselves as a ‘research’ group when many of their far left-wing subgroups are very unscientific: note the ‘animals are not ours to use for research’ slogan of ARCH) to read the gazette and is a prolific writer to the gazette. Of course, I’m being presumptuous and a little bit egotistical to assume that I’ll provoke a response.
I’m fairly confident that I can defend everything I say with scientific papers. However, the sad part is that I’d be getting these responses during one of my most busiest weeks of the term, and that the article that will get the most attention will be one that, in my opinion, is my worst. When researching for the paper I found so many arguments against organic foods that it was difficult to dump them all in this article.

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Gazette #12

January 12th, 2007

Weird Science: a year in review
This almost didn’t get published because it’s almost all news and hardly any opinion. I wish I had my own collumn, but I’m too lazy and too shy to come out and demand one.

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My life will be continuing shortly…

January 6th, 2007

I’m back in my dorm room now, marking this first Friday back in the second term. This term is a bit different in a few ways. First of all, a number of people have dropped out. You keep waiting for people to come back, and the longer it takes for them to come back, the less likely that you’ll ever see them again. A number of people also jumped the good ship DISP over the holidays.
I expect this term to be more work, but no reason to jump ship. We’ve traded up statistics and ethics in science for our research project. My research project should be very interesting. Me and two other guys in my physics class will be following around a physics major as he tries to make a better catalyser for hydrogen fuel cells using carbon nanotubes. Of course we won’t actually be making the catalysers, we’ll probably be assigned a small experiment to determine the best conditions to make carbon nanotubes, or something like that. I’m really looking forward to it. The company will be interesting, and if hydrogen engines ever take off, I can tell my potential future children that, in a very small way, I was part of that.
I didn’t post too much over the hollidays because, to be honest, nothing really happened of note over the holidays. I watched the first two seasons of House, which is now one of my favourite shows. I also watched a ton of movies, like Titanic, Outland, The New World, The Bourne Identity, Syriana, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Clockwork Orange and C.R.A.Z.Y. . I had a few parties with my friends, but my friends are the same old same old, as far as I can tell. They could be hiding their changed selves under this facade, however.

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Back to School… sorta

December 19th, 2006

Yesterday Mark, Michael, Laird, Stephanie and I went back to high school to see how things have changed. Our original plan was to pack a lunch, invade at noon and sit at our usual table in the cafeteria. However, things did not work out as such.
When we got there, our table was occupied, and we didn’t feel nasty enough to kick them off.

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Michael and Mark, in front of the new awninged-school. The back entry of the school has never looked more like the front of the school, and Mark has never looked more like a rabbit.
On our way in we saw Mr. Farrell who said something like “Oh. You again.” in his typical moustache muffled speach. Then we went in.
The school looks a little too much like the junior high and the elementary schools now, with the more than one set of doors, the maroon coloured support beams, and the jungle green tiles. Though there is a nice skylight and the main office is now actually at the front of the school. They have dance dance revolution, too:
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That is Stephanie, who somehow, through the miracle of digital camera shutter speeds, appears to be levitating in the air.
We talked to Mrs. Reid’s advanced english classes about university. For two classes. Then we walked around and hassled other teachers, and then we went back to Michael’s house, where I found out that our old epson computer, which I blogged about last year, has a new home in Michael’s old computer collection.

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The Misadventures of dad’s crazy colleague

December 17th, 2006

Shiraz Dossa has been a professor in the political science department at St. FX along with my dad for as long as I have been alive. Recently, he’s found himself in a bit of a controversy. Being half Iranian, he decided to take his daughter to Iran for a trip, and just happened to take advantage of a free trip there to if he gave a lecture at a conference.
Now, there’s nothing odd in that. However, since that conference happens to be the biggest holocaust denier’s meeting in the world, it can ruffle more than a few feathers. This appeared on the CBC national news:



Later, Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent out foreign minister Peter Mackay (also representative of Pictou-Antigonish riding) to declare his disapproval.
The whole thing is leaving quite a tar on the university. It’s been the constant topic of discussion of all the profs ever since the 13th of December (even more than the CCRL/health centre controversy). He’s supposedly coming home tomorrow, because he’s got to turn in his marks, and Pierre’s family has had their holiday vacation delayed for the weekend so that his dad, Sean Riley as seen in the clip above, can personally question Dossa before the media do.
I don’t think there’s much the university can do, however. Dossa is tenured, and he has academic freedom. There should be standards of professionalism within the university, and St FX should be able to control where it is represented.
The one person I feel sorry for is his daughter, who worked on the Gillis Gazette for me last year. She’s really nice, but her father is probably the most hated man in Canadian academia right now.

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My Luggage was Car Sick

December 17th, 2006

I was going to post about coming studying for exams. But then I actually studied for exams instead of procrastinating by blogging about studying, which is a pretty dull subject anyway. So then I was going to post about writing my exam, but when my exam was over I felt too much like celebrating by doing more interesting things than being on the internets. So then I could have posted about celebrating, but then you would have heard about what I do to celebrate (go to Pete’s Frootique and watch Titanic with Joi and other people in Eliza) and realized what an un-cool teatotalling nerd I am.
By the way Mary is my friend. I haven’t talked about her since September but it doesn’t mean she hasn’t been my friend in that time. I am writing this because Mary recently started reading my blog. Hi Mary!
This post was going to be about how glad I am to be back home for Christmas on the day that I got home, but there are two reasons why this cannot be the case. First of all, I’m posting this at 12:30 am, so technically it’s not the day that I got home, but the day after I got home. Secondly, it is almost twelve hours after I got home, and I believe that news about your life on a personal blog follows the N = I*T equation (Newsworthyness equals importance on life times timeliness) and the importance to my life factor of being home does not outweigh the fact that it’s old news.
I spent my twelve hours trying to shrink my itunes library down to 20 GB, having lots of conversations with my parents about stuff, calling Joi who was at the Halifax Airport, and watching A Barenaked Christmas (Barenaked Ladies Christmas special). Before then, I was on the Acadia lines bus, driving myself crazy because the only radio station that was consistently within reach of my radio was CJFX (it’s amazing that, being of my generation, I actually know how to use a radio), so I was listening to ads for the Antigonish shopping mall and the Kirk street building which are each a stone’s throw away from my house and wishing that I was right there right then and off of the bus.
Though I survived the trip, I think my bag got a little nauseous. Because as soon as it hit the floor of my room, it started barfing up clothes, just like this:

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The top part has been censored because some reader’s Christmas presents got in the picture. And it still hasn’t cleaned up after itself. If we were still in Eliza, it would get a twenty dollar fine for that.

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The Catholic League Strikes Back!

December 9th, 2006

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Where in the world could the decision to bring in a public health nurse into a high school generate so much controversy, you ask? Antigonish, my home town.
And the sad thing is that Pierre didn’t tell his parents about his decision to write the first editorial, and they were a bit annoyed about it. Will Pierre even be allowed to respond? Or, if he isn’t allowed, will he write anyway? Or will other people take up the response for him?
Stay tuned, it’s all going to be in (dun dun duuunn) next week’s Casket!

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