Archive for January, 2010

Homophone trouble

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

“Ontario needs to create new universities with the soul purpose of teaching undergraduates …” – Elizabeth Church, Globe and Mail education reporter. It’s with some sadness that we continue our education-related Stupidism theme for the third straight week. In this case it’s not the institution but the likely-educated reporter (and editor) that’s fallen down. Now [...]

Female geeks wanted

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Young women are avoiding computer science because of geeks. These are described as men with “masculine geeky” traits like addiction to computer games, science fiction memorabilia, and junk food. The women also apparently resent the geeks’ propensity for memorizing Star Trek lines and “never leaving the lab”. So says a recent study from the University [...]

Kollege Kapers

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Meet Roger, alumnus of the Sustainable Urban Planning certificate – Advertisement of a University which shall remain nameless Congrats to Mr.K for spotting this ad, which follows on last week’s high brow gaffe – “enrolling in the certificate”, which conjures images of students wrapped in large, over-sized documents. This one builds on the theme, suggesting [...]

Snow calms traffic

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Well, Calgary’s snow removal plan kicked in late last week – as mild Chinook wind blew in to melt the messy blanket snarling local traffic. Thanks to one talk-radio wag for summing up the situation so succinctly. For readers outside the “Heart of the New West”, let’s just say that the city’s efforts to keep [...]

Gaia’s a Denier

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

My Open Range column from the January 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy made sense when the facts and the budget supported it. No longer As a voter and taxpayer, I was willing to give the Alberta government a pass on its Climate Change Strategy. This despite its $4-billion price tag, [...]

Ivory tower Stupidism

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

“Enroll in the Human Resources Management Certificate” – Advert placed by the University of Calgary on Calgary Transit Buses, 2009 I guess if we were to give the benefit of the doubt, we might think that the U. of C. saved money by omitting the word “program” from the aforementioned ad. Maybe. Or more likely, [...]

I really missed CBC

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Some readers, like me, may once have listened to CBC Radio. Specifically, I listened extensively to Radio Two when they still had predominantly Classical programming prior to September 2008. BTW,  latest stats show that, while radio listenership has gone up by about 3% since 2007, CBC Radio Two listenership is down over 13%. Big success [...]