The Perfect Parking Spot

Another of my pastimes, in addition to assessing supermarket checkout lines,  is searching for the perfect parking spot (PPS). It has three characteristics: it is a ‘drive-through’, the possibility of a door-ding is small, and it is convenient.

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The Internet of Things is here . . .

. . . and robust enough for the DIY community.

My sump overflowed in the spring of 2016. I had replaced the old pedestal sump pump and hadn’t adequately secured the new one. It slipped out of place and suddenly I had two inches of water in my basement.

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Technomagical . . .

. . .  or maybe magilogical. In either case, copyright pending . . .

Arthur C. Clarke was my favorite science fiction author after Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. He wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey. He is also known for  Clarke’s Three Laws, the third of which is “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic“.

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Crunching the numbers of the 1984 Election

In a previous blog post I took exception to the media’s characterization of the Liberal victory in the 2015 federal election as ‘stunning’ and ‘decisive’ (link). It occurred to me afterwards that it would be interesting to compare this Liberal victory with the Conservative victory of 1984, which the media also characterized as ‘stunning’ (link).

Spoiler: The Conservative victory in 1984 was seventeen times more stunning and decisive than the Liberal victory in 2015!

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Framing the Debate . . .

. . . happens before any actual public debate and it is more important than the actual debate. Its results is the set of underlying assumptions that limit the upcoming policy discussion. It defines the boundary of the actual debate.

Framing the debate occurs before almost all public discussions, large and small (e.g. In the current bread price-fixing scandal; Loblaw is trying to frame it as an industry-wide issue while its competitor Sobeys is trying to frame it as a Loblaw issue). For the purpose of this post I want to focus on larger issues where a successful framing can have repercussions for decades.

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