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Australia Votes 2010

Australia Votes 2010

Okay, here’s my quick take on the Aussie election:
– It’ll be decided by the independents, there’s only one green in the house and he wont play ball with Liberal/National coalition.
– The independents are all former National members who felt that country Australia and the environmental factors were being ignored – more likely to side with a lib/nat coalition but it’ll be the greenest shade the coalition has ever had.
– Best case scenario for the country: one of the major parties works with greens/independents for a carbon trading scheme and tax reforms that make Australia a safe place to invest, making up for their lack of economic planing. The investment coming into the country from safe economic planning can then be funneled into long needed infrastructure.

Lessons from Sci-Fi

Lessons from Sci-Fi

So, I went to see the new Star Trek movie recently on it’s opening day. My girlfriend, Joni, is a former-semi-closet-now-unashamed Star Trek fan and I had hardly seen much Star Trek before (not a single episode until the Christmas just gone by).

The movie was great, as I’m sure you have heard (or know from experience), but it got me onto watching a bunch of old Star Trek and it’s reminding me of a lot of the Sci-Fi that I’ve watched over the years. They all have some interesting stuff in common and, in my opinion, you can learn more from Sci-Fi than from any other genre.

On this premise, I’m kicking off a series of posts “Lessons from Sci-Fi.”

The topics will include things like the science, political, social and religious commentary, technology, artificial intelligence, environment, living on other planets, war, peace, occupation/colonisation/insurgence, patience (hehe), storytelling, dreaming, hero complex, not taking yourself too seriously…and much more!

Comments encouraged!

The Ignorance of Trendy -ism Bashers

The Ignorance of Trendy -ism Bashers

I have been in the middle of many conversations recently where people have been bashing one particular way of thinking. These have ranged from creationism and Darwinism to capitalism and socialism. Without a doubt I have been playing the devils advocate and it certainly makes me unpopular with some people who don’t understand why I’m not agreeing with their “logic.”

University educated students, particularly in western countries, really think they know it all – they are certainly on the right track to knowledge, but they are certainly suckers for popularism.

Many people that I respect as critical thinkers are constantly putting their proverbial feet into their collective mouths by mindlessly insulting whatever -ism seems to be unpopular with their peers or greater society.

This -ism bashing trend is certainly not new. It used to be cool to think that our flat world was the centre of the universe, that a monarch was omnipotent or that free-thinking women were devil worshipers.

We’ve gone back and forth from polar opposites throughout our entire existence. Liberalism and conservatism. Some of our ways of thinking are so similar and yet are bashed on their different defining nuances in complete ignorance. Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism.

Statistically, it is incredibly improbable that any one of them would be completely correct. Individualism or collectivism? However, the reverse is actually very true as well. There is a very good chance that many of them will be right in many different ways. Industrialism and environmentalism.

So, what do all our favourite -ism’s have in common? They can’t all be completely right, but they can’t all be completely wrong.

Furthermore, what has history taught us? Ignorance may be bliss for a while, but no single way of thinking has lasted the time. Localism, nationalism or globalisation?

Maybe we’re just early into our evolutionary path; maybe that path was designed by an intelligent being; maybe we’ll make contact with other intelligent life forms; maybe there is more to the human psyche that we could ever conceive; maybe we can be united or maybe division and segregation is in our nature.

With our current knowledge of science, spirituality, humanity, politics, economics and the universe that we live in there is really only one option if you want save face and not be humiliated by ignorance or hypocrisy: Be humble, open-minded, practice constructive critic-ism, and most importantly, learn to bite your tongue.

A White Christmas

A White Christmas

The Sunday snowfall, one of the worst dumps in Metro Vancouver since Dec. 29, 1996 when 41 cm fell at the airport, delayed buses, buried cars in snowbanks, and slowed traffic to a crawl. Cities such as Vancouver and Burnaby have already overspent their budgets keeping the roads clear.

There is more to come. Another 15 cm is forecast for Metro Vancouver on Wednesday, and flurries are expected on Christmas Day. The last official white Christmas for Metro Vancouver was in 1998.

“This could turn out to be the whitest Christmas of all in Vancouver,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Mark Madryga…more from the Vancouver Sun

British Columbia is so far having a cold winter, but with below average snowfall everywhere but Vancouver – and the Vancouverites are completely stumped about how to handle it!

I’m sitting cosily inside at Joni’s parents place in Revelstoke with a fair bit of snow outside. Last night it was only -10c which is much better than the night before at 19 degrees below freezing.

So far it is the coldest winter I have experienced, but I seem to be dealing fine – not that I’ve really put myself outside much as Joni enjoys taking this time to do indoor things (as if anyone who’s grown up with this can blame her wanting to stay warm).

This year will be my first Christmas away from my family and it already feels very different. However, this time last year I would have given anything to be here with my lovely lady.

I’m off to Silverstar today to see my cousin and her boyfriend, so there’ll be a little bit of my family this Christmas! Yay!

My brother, Jamie, proposed to his girlfriend the other day and now they’re engaged! So that’s exciting! I’m looking forward to finding out when they plan on having the wedding so I can ensure I’m there for it :)

All said and done, I may be missing people (and the beach) but I’m really enjoying being out of my normal experiences and doing something else — living my life.