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Social vs Religious Observation (Cross Posted from

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By , December 23, 2010 7:46 pm

This afternoon, CBC Edmonton played a story about a Muslim family from Egypt who are going to be celebrating their first Christmas here in Edmonton. One segment of the story explores what other people think about the family celebrating Christmas, wondering if they are converts or aren’t “really Muslim”. The father mentions that what they are celebrating is the social element of the holiday, not the religious element.

This is exactly what many “something”-Canadian families do. They adopt the social aspects of the predominant culture’s celebrations, while incorporating their own elements. In my home, we don’t celebrate the Christian elements of Christmas (though, if invited, I’d like to see what Mass is like for the various denominations that my friends belong to is/are like), but gladly sing the songs and I will encourage my daughter to sing them all. After all, singing the songs of another group can only help increase understanding and acceptance of others. This is of course reciprocated by my friends who participate in events like Diwalli.

So when I see things like this happening in the UK, one really has to wonder – is it really the duty of good people of any group to attack the celebrations of another? How schoolyardish or medieval is that? And it isn’t only that group, there are plenty of groups that believe that the way they believe the world to be is the only way to be. This is something that as to change (though it likely won’t).

So even though I have worked for the last ten years or so to improve education through integrating technology to improve teaching through improving communication, part of me is thinking we are missing something. I think what we have missed is sharing the songs and stories of our various backgrounds. Starting as young as possible and associating those songs and stories with positive interactions. In this way, perhaps we can increase the understanding needed within our society and create an inclusive, pluralistic world that might be ready to use technology to gather and share the songs and stories of people further away. With that in mind, I leave you with this song from The Irrelevant Show.

Mac Trojan

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By , November 20, 2008 6:53 pm

Again, you have to try pretty hard to get this to harm your Mac. Lamzev-A will be out there for AV companies to raise their flags that your Mac needs anti-virus.


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By , June 20, 2008 3:36 pm

Well, there might be another Mac virus out there. But like the others, it operates on the honor system:

The Trojans are using an AppleScript called ASthtv05 and/or may be bundled as an application. You must download and execute the file for your Mac OS X system to become infected.

So unless you are downloading some app from some shady site to do something that you wouldn’t share with your family or just click yes to installing anything, I think you are safe on this one.

First iSlate Virus

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By , January 9, 2008 4:37 pm

It seems that the first “virus” is out for the iPhone (and one would think the iPod touch as well). I don’t think you can really call it a virus as it doesn’t propagate itself and it doesn’t infect without user intervention. But it might certainly be one of those proof of concepts. It is a trojan that masquerades as an update Erica Utilities named “113 prep” that doesn’t do mch when installed, but removes important files on the uninstall. 

Now this might in reality be a botched uninstall, but then again it might not. In the end it’s another reason not to jailbreak your device.

Mountains out of golf divits?

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By , December 17, 2007 11:54 pm

I don’t know what this guy is even talking about. He is talking about crop sensors and how people are (or are not) being rail roaded into using them. I have no idea what this guy is even talking about (not that my brain is totally in gear). If you have a crop sensor, you are not trapped in EFS or DX lenses. Being a crop shooter on the 30D, I’m not trapped on EF-S lenses, I have both crop and full frame lenses. If I move to full frame, I’m covered – and I would likely still have a crop body for my EF-S glass.


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By , September 20, 2007 8:19 am

This is something that I thought I would never hear, but I guess it had to happen. In the gym today, I overheard two of the new people a couple of treadmills over comment – Now that the US and Canadian dollar are almost equal, does that mean that miles and kilometers are going to be almost the same as well? – the other commented – I don’t know, but I’m sure it’ll be on the news…

Feature Bugs

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By , August 30, 2007 9:11 am

I got this from one of the guys in the office today


I wonder how many cubicles in Redmond have this on the wall…

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