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Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School – Forbes

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Totally stolen from: Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School – Forbes.

Be aware of the insidious and unspoken lessons you learned as a child. To thrive in the world outside the classroom, you’re going to have to unlearn them.

Dangerous things you were taught in school:

1. The people in charge have all the answers.
That’s why they are so wealthy and happy and healthy and powerful—ask any teacher.

2. Learning ends when you leave the classroom.
Your fort building, trail forging, frog catching, friend making, game playing, and drawing won’t earn you any extra credit. Just watch TV.

3. The best and brightest follow the rules.
You will be rewarded for your subordination, just not as much as your superiors, who, of course, have their own rules.

4. What the books say is always true.
Now go read your creationism chapter. There will be a test.

5. There is a very clear, single path to success.
It’s called college. Everyone can join the top 1% if they do well enough in school and ignore the basic math problem inherent in that idea.

6. Behaving yourself is as important as getting good marks.
Whistle-blowing, questioning the status quo, and thinking your own thoughts are no-nos. Be quiet and get back on the assembly line.

7. Standardized tests measure your value.
By value, I’m talking about future earning potential, not anything else that might have other kinds of value.

8. Days off are always more fun than sitting in the classroom.
You are trained from a young age to base your life around dribbles of allocated vacation. Be grateful for them.

9. The purpose of your education is your future career.
And so you will be taught to be a good worker. You have to teach yourself how to be something more.

Wiring ain’t always fun and games…

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Just want to start off by saying. I went to sunnybrook hospital this evening to get my finger sown up, after a little mishap wiring… It was one of the quickest services I’ve ever received, there was a young mother and her hysterical boy who had been there for 2 hours, with an appointment, waiting for a shot. Somehow I got in before them? Didn’t make sense, doctor had me frozen and stitched up within 1.5 hours of walking in.. Then he asks the nurse ‘Jill’ or ‘Gillian’ to give me a tetanus shot. Another 2 hours sitting on the gurney, not a single new patient can come in as I’m using a bed, the local anaesthetic had worn off and I was in PAIN! Nurse Jill, was running around like a chicken with her head cut off, too many tasks to keep track of (give a poor 2 year old his medicine, and a quick tetanus shot and you’ve got room for the next 2 patients?? WTF!!!

I ended up leaving, with no tetanus shot! Thank nurse Jill, you are the reason people HATE hospitals, one shot!!!! 2 hours and I still didn’t get it!!
I hope I get lockjaw you useless tool!!

The doctors did a wonderful job! But nurse Jill, I don’t think you could handle a McDonald’s lunch rush!!




Edison’s Predictions for the Year 2011 from 1911!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

This is an article published on June 23, 1911 in the Miami Metropolis. Predictions of what life will be like in 100 years from the great Thomas Edison

thomas edison, via Library of Congress

What will the world be a hundred years hence?

None but a wizard dare raise the curtain and disclose the secrets of the future; and what wizard can do it with so sure a hand as Mr. Thomas Alva Edison, who has wrested so many secrets from jealous Nature? He alone of all men who live has the necessary courage and gift of foresight, and he has not shrunk from the venture.

Already, Mr. Edison tells us, the steam engine is emitting its last gasps. A century hence it will be as remote as antiquity as the lumbering coach of Tudor days, which took a week to travel from Yorkshire to London. In the year 2011 such railway trains as survive will be driven at incredible speed by electricity (which will also be the motive force of all the world's machinery), generated by “hydraulic” wheels.

But the traveler of the future, says a writer in Answers, will largely scorn such earth crawling. He will fly through the air, swifter than any swallow, at a speed of two hundred miles an hour, in colossal machines, which will enable him to breakfast in London, transact business in Paris and eat his luncheon in Cheapside.

The house of the next century will be furnished from basement to attic with steel, at a sixth of the present cost — of steel so light that it will be as easy to move a sideboard as it is today to lift a drawing room chair. The baby of the twenty-first century will be rocked in a steel cradle; his father will sit in a steel chair at a steel dining table, and his mother's boudoir will be sumptuously equipped with steel furnishings, converted by cunning varnishes to the semblance of rosewood, or mahogany, or any other wood her ladyship fancies.

Books of the coming century will all be printed leaves of nickel, so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume. A book two inches thick will contain forty thousand pages, the equivalent of a hundred volumes; six inches in aggregate thickness, it would suffice for all the contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica. And each volume would weigh less than a pound.

Already Mr. Edison can produce a pound weight of these nickel leaves, more flexible than paper and ten times as durable, at a cost of five shillings. In a hundred years' time the cost will probably be reduced to a tenth.

More amazing still, this American wizard sounds the death knell of gold as a precious metal. “Gold,” he says, “has even now but a few years to live. The day is near when bars of it will be as common and as cheap as bars of iron or blocks of steel.

“We are already on the verge of discovering the secret of transmuting metals, which are all substantially the same in matter, though combined in different proportions.”

Before long it will be an easy matter to convert a truck load of iron bars into as many bars of virgin gold.

In the magical days to come there is no reason why our great liners should not be of solid gold from stem to stern; why we should not ride in golden taxicabs, or substituted gold for steel in our drawing room suites. Only steel will be the more durable, and thus the cheaper in the long run.

via Paleofuture – Paleofuture Blog – Edison’s Predictions for the Year 2011 (1911).

Can anyone explain the logic here?

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Why are some instruments (piano, guitar, flute) called a concert C (c note= c on a tuner. While other instruments have different tunings, like a tenor saxophone is called a concert Bb (1 step down from C), but an alto sax is a concert Eb (2 steps up from C).

Makes it necessary to be able to transpose music, if you want to play along with other instruments, slightly tricky but not impossible. But why? There must be a reasoning why these instruments are tuned this way?

In the meantime I keep an acoustic guitar tuned to D (1 step down) to match the tenor sax. Call it cheating if you will, I will only take criticism from someone who can provide a valid answer!

Conservatives reverse crtc ‘unlimited use’ decision!

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Industry Minister Tony Clement says the government will overturn a CRTC decision on internet usage-based billing unless the telecommunications agency watchdog reverses course. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
The CRTC must reverse its decision that ends unlimited internet access plans offered by smaller internet providers or the federal government will intervene, Industry Minister Tony Clement says.

Clement told reporters Thursday that he and Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent a clear signal Wednesday night “that we do expect the CRTC to reverse its decision and to basically go back to the drawing board on this issue, and if they do not do this, we wanted to make it clear cabinet would take its responsiblites to do the same.”

Clement said he heard from Canadians on the issue.

“It’s a huge issue for a country that wants to move forward on the internet for jobs, for creativity, for innovation,” he said. “[We] felt the CRTC ruling would have a huge impact on consumers and would hurt small businesses, would hurt innovators and creators.”

Clement said that while he understands bandwidth capacity is a problem, usage-based billing “is the wrong way to do it — to force a business model on independent service providers if they do not want to use that business model.”

Asked by the CBC’s Rosemary Barton through Twitter whether it’s true that Clement would overturn that decision if the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission does not back down, the industry minister replied: “True. CRTC must go back to drawing board.”

Clement’s comments came as CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein is set to testify before a House of Commons committee on Thursday.

Many small internet companies rent network access from Bell and then resell it to consumers or businesses at a discount. These small companies had been able to offer their customers unlimited internet access at a set rate.

But the CRTC recently ruled in favour of Bell, which wanted to put usage caps on the companies that rent its internet access. None of the big internet service providers such as Bell offer unlimited plans.

Bell had argued that extending usage-based billing to wholesale customers was necessary to discourage excessive internet use that caused congestion on its networks.

The ruling means these smaller internet companies can no longer offer unlimited usage plans. Their customers will now have to pay based on how much data they upload to and download from the internet., a non-partisan group that drafted an online petition against usage-based billing, welcomed Clement’s comments.

“Considering the lack of details, and a huge spectrum of possible actions before the government, vows to increase the pressure until we see an end to unreasonable internet usage fees, and big telecom is held accountable to the public,” the organization said in a press release Thursday.

More than 357,000 people had signed the petition as of early Thursday.

Rogers to Double MAX overage charges to $50 in March for all tiers!!! –

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Quite sad really but not too surprising with rogers!! Im debating on trying a slower DSL type service just for the unlimited bandwidth, and not to mention the much lower monthly cost (1/2 speed, 1/3 cost!) I just wish there was an ISP out there that offered a 5MB up, and 5MB down. Why am I discouraged from accessing my machine at HI speeds?

Hey look, Im the first person on the internet EVER! first blog post of all time!

Friday, July 5th, 1974

look at the date!