Magee House

On July 23, 2018 MaGee House was an unremarkable, semi-dilapidated house on Somerset Street, with a Heritage designation (October 27, 2016).

Spoiler: Ottawa is boring. Its government is dysfunctional. It doesn’t take its Heritage seriously. And I like living here.

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Travelling :-)

A couple of days ago I boarded Air Canada’s Flight 343 (easy to remember; it’s seven cubed!) in Ottawa for Vancouver. And once again I voluntarily subjected myself to incomprehensible processes that made no sense (Yes! I wrote that. It bears repeating.). Continue reading Travelling 🙂

Medley #2

I didn’t come across anything this week that I felt a particularly burning desire to comment on, so it’s a good opportunity to rummage through the closet of minor topics that I have accumulated: the New Yorker Caption contest, cervical burnout, an update on the 2018 World Chess Championship, and transgender signs in Ottawa. Continue reading Medley #2

Half a Basketball Score . . .

and the Greenland ice-sheet . . . are connected by bad reporting in the MSM!

Bad reporting happens in the MSM more often than I like. Normally I ignore it, but there are straws and there are camels, and every once in while the quantity of one exceeds the carrying capacity of the other. Continue reading Half a Basketball Score . . .

Love Actually

Is it just me, or has social justice activism in the United States recently turned its extremism up to eleven? Take just one example, on the subject of differences between men and women:

  • Google fires James Damore for pointing out that there are biological differences between men and women (link) that could explain the lack of female programmers in the industry.
  • Twitter bans a user for asserting that men aren’t women (link).
  • Teenage males are allowed to compete in the female events at Connecticut track meets, as long as they self-identify as female (link).

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Studies show . . .

When I was in grad school, any argument whose support included the phrase ‘Studies show …’ was immediately suspect. That phrase was a red flag, indicating either that the speaker was trying to pass off weak data as stronger than it actually was or he hadn’t done his research and was trying to throw a fast one by his audience. Continue reading Studies show . . .