Tuesday, December 28, 2004

It's still the holidays, but with the 2 weeks of partying before having returned to Canada, a 10 day stretch without posting combined with some extra wireless time as I plant my butt down to have drinks with family and watch the World Junior Hockey Championships opening game between Canada and Slovakia (Canada up 2-0 in the first), it's time to get the ball rolling on some business and non-business related posts and links from around the web again. So here goes...

An interesting arguement on the folly of moving to a labour intensive, resource conservative economic model. I doubt very much that this will convince environmentalists. The main flaw in his arguement of technology as the means of creating resources is those resources that are natural necessities of current life. Yes I agree that a red hill is just a red hill until technology development which allows the construction of a sword makes it a resource however there are resources which are made as such by the non-technical "utilisation" of living organisims. A tree is not just a tree until technology allows the development of paper, coal, furniture etc, it is also a mechanism for the production of oxygen, a balencing force against climate change, soil erosion etc, all benefits derived not from technology, but from natural utilisation. This "natural utilisation" as I've defined it here is much more important as it pertains to the preservation of life than technological resource creation as explained in the article.

I think this is a great strategical marketing move on the part of Airbus.

One of the best parts of being at home is seeing the new beer commercials. In Canada's time of need (current NHL lockout means no NHL hockey), Molson Canadian has stepped up to the plate. Go here for the link but you have to register to the site first to be able to use it... it's worth it, I almost peed my pants. Update: Actually here's a link where you can download alot of the cool Molson Canadian (that's a beer brand for those not familiar) commercials. The "Do you really want to hurt me" one is the new one I hadn't seen until today, hilarious! Here's three quotes from I sponged from the site:

"In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect." - Bill Clinton

A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe. - Pierre Berton

There are few, if any, Canadian men that have never spelled their name in a snow bank. - Douglas Coupland

There's a new infra-red telescope in Hawaii called (drumroll please), the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT). It's supposed to find pics of the closest systems outside our solar system as well as the farthest objects from it. Yadda yadda, seems like their always building a bigger/better telescope every year, but I found this post interesting because of its initial pics of the Orion system, a personal favorite :-)

It's too bad these telescopes can't see this happening until it's already too late. Ummm makes you think eh!

With the cuming of New Year you may wonder what the most popular cultural issues, political influences, scientific discoveries and knowledge creation happened in 2004. Googles zeitgeist gives us a glimps into the most popular social issues by tracking the most popular searches, this year's winner... Britney Spears. Our civilization is doomed ;-)

And finally looking towards the future, a glimps into what that might behold...

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