Archive for August, 2010

Ottawa’s Classic Air Rallye is more fun than Super-Ex

Posted in Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I also went to the Classic Air Rallye held at the Canada Aviation Museum this weekend.  For once the weather was perfect and it was a great excuse to finally get out to the Aviation Museum itself.  I took lots of pictures, unfortunately I didn’t think to take a real camera so I had to use the camera built into my phone.  They’re not great, but they could be worse.

Click the picture bellow to see the panorama in full size.  And hit this link to see all the other pictures I took.

My First Super-Ex Experience

Posted in Random with tags , , , on August 29, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I went to Super-Ex for the first time ever last night.  I’ve been in Ottawa for years, but never really had time.  Growing up in Toronto, I’ve been to the real Ex many, many times, and unfortunately that made this weekend’s visit to the Ottawa iteration sort of a let-down.  Ottawa’s Super-Ex is more like a super-sized midway stop.  But I did see a camel.

Mesmerizing crash

Posted in Finds, Random with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

This really just speaks for itself.

But you can read about it if you really need to.

Chatroulette remodeling?

Posted in Finds, Random, sex with tags , , , , on August 23, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

It seems that everyone’s favourite random penis viewer video chat site, Chatroulette, has been taken offline while changes are made.

The site’s spartan video chat page has been replaced with an announcement stating:

The experiment #1 is over now. Thanks for participating. Renewed and updated version of the website will be launched today.

Anybody know what “the experiment #1” actually was?

Crime statistic are wrong, lets make more prisons

Posted in Aggravations, Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I think that politicians in this country have a largely thankless job.  They actually do quite a bit to keep our lives running smoothly, and we never really hear about them unless something goes wrong.  But every once in a while, one of those politicians comes out and says something that makes me wonder if our system for choosing leaders is a little screwed up.

Like today:

Treasury Board President Stockwell Day says that recent crime statistics are inaccurate because they don’t account for crimes that are unreported. Apparently, the government is going to go ahead with spending billions of dollars on new prisons in spite of the evidence suggesting that this expenditure is unnecessary.

I will admit up front that I have no way of knowing whether or not the recent stats are accurate, but what I do know is this:

If even the statistics for reported crimes are inaccurate because they fail to account for unreported crimes, how on earth does Day think that he knows the statistics for those unreported crimes?  And even if he is right… why would we need more prisons to contain the perpetrators of unreported crimes … since those crimes are unreported, nobody will ever be convicted for them!

Someone needs to give Mr. Day a lesson in logic.

A universe without a big bang?

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

Could Stephen Hawking be wrong?  Wun-Yi Shu, an associate professor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, has proposed a new cosmological model that is able to describe the universe as well as Big Bang theory can, but without having to rely on a big bang, a big crunch or dark energy.

And the best part? In Shu’s model the speed of light and the gravitational “constant” are not constant! Instead, they vary with the evolution of the universe.  (Is that a loophole big enough for intergalactic travel in our future?)

Basically, Shu proposes that time and space can be converted into one another using a varying speed of light as the conversion factor. He thinks that mass and length should also be interchangeable, using a varying gravitational “constant” and a varying speed of light as conversion factors as well.

Essentially, time is converted into space and mass is converted into length, as the universe expands.

You can find the paper here: Cosmological Models with No Big Bang, or just grab the PDF directly.