Friday, April 27, 2007

Garnet Rogers: Small Victory

Small Victory

You've no business buying a mare like that, but buy her if you must."
He bit the end off his cigar and spat it in the dust.
"She's old and lame and barren, too
She's not worth feed and hay
But I'll give you this," - he blew smoke at me -
"She was something in her day."

"I recall her well ten years ago; she was a winner in her prime.
She was fast and lean and willing, but they raced her past her time.
And though she had the heart, her legs were gone,
And it wasn't hard to see, they kept her at it
In the hopes of just one more small victory."

"She was shunted around from track to track, from Kentucky up to Maine.
They'd run her in cheap claimers, all doped up to mask her pain.
And if it's my advice you ant I'd say, the poor thing's had her day
You'd be throwing good cash after bad. It's best you turn away."

Well they led her around the auction shed, and the bidding started low.
"She'll go for dog food," someone said, "the market's been that slow."
But she raised her head and pricked her ears, and before the hammer fell,
She was mine.
My friend turned around to me "You're soft-headed I can tell."

But she's been shoved from pillar to post," said I, "And always done her best.
They used her up, they wrung her dry; you'd think she'd earned a rest.
So if she does not naught but end her days beneath some shady tree,
I'll have saved her from the knacker's yard, and that's enough for me."

Well, that was near two years ago, she's filled out some since then.
The more so since she's been in foal, she eats enough for ten.
And this morn as I crept to the barn around Ĺ’bout half past three,
There stood nursing on still trembling legs, one more small victory.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Salute to a brave and modest nation

Sunday Telegraph Article From UK wires:
Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers, The Sunday Telegraph LONDON -

Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.

It seems that Canada’s historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out; she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States, and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts. For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved. Yet its purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy.

Almost 10% of Canada’s entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.

Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory as somehow or other the work of the "British.". The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone. Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth-largest air force in the world.

The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time. Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.

So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British. It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.

Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of it's sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the world's peacekeeping forces. Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia. Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular on-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia, in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.

So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan? Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun.

It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Virginia Tech massacre "senseless tragedy" - Pope

Virginia Tech massacre "senseless tragedy" - Pope
By Andrea Hopkins and Patricia Zengerle

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict believes the U.S. university shooting that left 33 people dead was a "senseless tragedy" and is praying for the victims and their families, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

The Pope expressed his condolences in a telegram sent in his name to Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Virginia.

"Deeply saddened by news of the shooting at Virginia Tech, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has asked me to convey the assurance of his heartfelt prayers for the victims, their families and for the entire school community," said the telegram, sent by Secretary of State Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone.

"In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy he asks God our father to console all those who mourn and to grant them that spiritual strength which triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love," it said.

Copyright © 2007 Reuters

Friday, April 13, 2007

FITA Careers
The FITA International Job Career Headquarters offers hundreds of international career opportunities. International job seekers can post their resumes for free and employers can list openings at a very low cost.

Volunteering for Korean Students

Volunteering For Korean Students

I was approached two weeks ago with enquiries regarding employment opportunities for Korean students in Canada. However my first thought was that there are many volunteer positions globally including Canada which would be beneficial for Korean students to have experiences in.

While the working holiday program is a good opportunity it does not extend beyond a short term period. So this list includes links to various groups of local and global interest.

Canadian Alliance for Development Initiatives and Projects (CADIP) is a non-profit Canadian organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia. It has no religious or political affiliation. Through various charity, volunteer and youth initiatives, Cadip promotes peace, cooperation, tolerance and understanding in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and international surroundings. The organization also promotes patterns and examples of civil activities focused on serving others, on building social ties and strengthening communities, on supporting civil society development.

Youth Challenge International builds the skills, experience and confidence of young people by involving them in substantive overseas international development projects in partnership with local youth-serving organizations.Volunteer overseas with YCI! YCI has volunteer opportunities in Canada, Africa, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Over 2,500 Canadian youth have had life changing experiences with YCI since 1989. And our alumni have become Canada's talented and engaged new leaders.

Canadians have a rich history of volunteering and community involvement. From soup kitchens to fire departments, helpful neighbours to dedicated drivers, volunteers strengthen the fabric of Canadian society. The Canada Volunteerism Initiative (CVI) is a practical way to invest in community and in volunteers. The CVI is a pan-Canadian program that is distinctive in its mixture of national leadership and strategy and local perspectives and delivery.

Transitions Abroad was founded by Clay Hubbs, editor and publisher of the magazine and former professor and study abroad adviser at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Dr. Hubbs is particularly knowledgeable about educational travel options, working abroad, and living abroad; he is available for interviews. Now into its fourth decade, Transitions Abroad Publishing has spawned not only the renowned magazine, but also a selection of other essential resources for the person who wants to travel, really travel, without being a tourist. Transitions Abroad Publishing has created critically acclaimed books on Work Abroad and Alternative Travel.

Canada World Youth is a leader in developing international educational programs where young people learn through experience. For more than 30 years, we have built ties with partners from around the globe.

Korean Red Cross: The Republic of Korea National Red Cross was recognized by the ICRC on May 25th, 1955 and admitted to the League of Red Cross Societies (to become the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1991) on September 29th, 1955.

Korean UNESCO: From 1998, the Korea Unesco Youth Centre has changed into the Youth and Cultural Exchange Team and has focused on developing and disseminating a new concept of youth in Korean society through its extensive youth activities such as United Nations University Global Seminar, International Youth Camp, development of International Voluntary Services, Youth Information Service and club activity manual.

KOICA: International Cooperation Training Center (ICTC)The ICTC is the major training facility of KOICA for promoting the development of international training programs and international cooperation programs as well as providing comfortable and modern accomodations for participants. The KOICA Community is open to all the participants of the Invitation of Trainees Program of the Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA). More than 20,000 people have taken part in this program since its foundation in 1991.

KOPION: KOPION is a non-profit organization registered with Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. With the vision of building a viable civil society worldwide, twice a year, KOPION is dispatching volunteers to overseas NGOs/NPOs carrying out community development projects in developing countries.

Working in Canada: Every year, over 90,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily to help Canadian employers address skill shortages. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) ensure that these workers will support economic growth in Canada and create more opportunities for all Canadian job seekers.

Working at Lake Louise: Areas of opportunity at Lake Louise. Hiring for both seasonal and full time positions.

Nannies and Housekeepers: A Canadian owned company based in Halifax (Scotia Personnel Ltd.), Nova Scotia that interviews and recruits from across Canada and abroad; we have been finding nannies for families in Canada, Bermuda, Europe and the United States for over eighteen years.

Summer Jobs (Anywhere) is an on-line recruitment network that provides career resources and employment opportunities to high school and college students, resort and hospitality staff, expatriates and international job seekers, part-time workers, and adventure seekers.

Holiday Resort Jobs is an online resort jobs directory featuring employment opportunities for anyone seeking seasonal employment at summer sun and winter ski Holiday Resorts. The directory covers seasonal work in all kinds of employment sectors.

MECOM EXPO: Telecommunications & ICT Summit 2007

About the mEcom Telecommunications & ICT Summit 2007

mEcom 2007 Conference and Exhibition is brought to you under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. As part of mEcom 2007, the regions premier event for telecommunications and enterprise communications technology, the mEcom Telecommunications and ICT Summit will bring together the leaders in the Middle East’s ICT industry. This event includes a two day conference for the telecommunications industry followed by a day of seminars on the latest in communications technology for enterprise organisations. Speakers will discuss all the latest trends and developments including; privatisation; regulatory change; competition; 3G; Next Generation Networks; new business and revenue opportunities; and the application of communications technology in enterprise and government organsiations.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

As Personal As I Am Likely to Blog...

For Fati (Revised)

1. Were you named after anyone? Daniel in the Lion's Den
2. When was the last time you cried? 1996
3. Do you like your handwriting? Chicken scratch
4. What is your favourite lunch meal? Tuna sandwich
5. Do you have kids? Nope
6. If you were another person would you be friends with you?
Informative and interesting? Perhaps.
7. Do you use sarcasm a lot? I just did
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yup
9. Would you bungee jump? Maybe with insurance
10. What is your favourite cereal? Almond corn flakes
12. Do you think you are strong? Sometimes
13. What is your favourite ice cream? Pistachio
14. What is the first thing you notice about people? Eyes and smile
15. Red or pink? Red
16. What is the least favourite thing about you? Pessimistic optimist
17. Who do you miss the most? Grandmere Leocade
18. Do you want everyone to send this back to you? Nope
19. What colour pants and shoes are you wearing? Black pin-striped and black shoes
20. What was the last thing you ate? Steak and onions stir-fry
21. What are you listening to right now? "Home I'll Be"
22. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? Burnt Sienna
23. Favourite smells? Saffron rice
24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Coworker
25. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Good salsa chick
27. Favourite sports to watch? Hockey while hawking
28. Hair colour? Bald
29. Eye colour? Brown
30. Do you wear contacts? No way
31. Favourite food? Acadien "Paw-tae"
32. Scary movies or happy endings? Zombie movies
33. Last movie you watched? Fried Green Tomatoes
34. What colour shirt are you wearing? Navy blue
35. Summer or winter? Spring
36. Hugs or kisses? Hugs and HOT kisses
37. Favourite dessert? Pecan pie
38. Most likely to respond? NA
39. Least likely to respond? NA
40. What book are you reading?
Chiang Kai Shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost by Jonathan Fenby
41. What is on your mouse pad? A gel rest
42. What did you watch on TV last night? CNN News
43. Favourite sound? Spring peepers
45. What is the furthest you have been from home? Australia
46. Do you have a special talent? I like singing
47. Where were you born? Sandy Point, Nova Scotia
48. Whose answers are you looking forward to getting back? Surprise me?

Diffusiveness and Cross-functionality

I have included brief descriptions and links to organisations which have provided rich mines of completely accessible research data which have proven useful to me over the last two to three months. I feel it is reciprocal and considerate to provide links to these organisations in a modest attempt at reinforcing the formation of opinions as an individualistic and at times monotonous exercise in comparative analysis.
Paul Simon: I Know What I Know
She looked me over
And I guess she thought I was all right
All right in a sort of a limited way
For an off-night
She said don't I know you
From the cinematographers party?
I said who am I to blow against the wind
I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head
She said there's something about you
That really reminds me of money
She is the kind of a girl
Who could say things that
Weren't that funny
I said what does that mean
I really remind you of money?
She said who am I
To blow against the wind
I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head
She moved so easily
All I could think of was sunlight
I said aren't you the women
Who was recently given a fulbright?
She said don't I know you
From the cinematographers party?
I said who am I
To blow against the wind
I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head
However it is an exercise which rewards with collaborative insights into the strengths of implementing cross-functional learning in one's search for trends and uncertainty data relevant to scenarios, forecasting and general seer-sifting perhaps irresepective of discipline. While Public Administration may often appear to be attempting to manage more with less for example it is not particularly dissimilar to the purposes and trends in data and information assimilations currently available to readers worldwide in wide ranging disciplines. Before one would seek to defend or provoke any positions one should seriously explore all opinions, and views or beliefs as far as possible to satisfy a quotient of the enquiring mind which does not easily rest in smugly attained or information starved resource management. The world's libraries appear quite open from such a perspective. Note one may read and study in any of them regardless of their perceived usefulness of competitive statures.
However cross-functionality should be extended in terminological understanding of the concept to perhaps include that regardless of position one should seek to be responsible to the resources available and seek to understand the potentialities and benefits of learning. This is regardless of the costs and the perceived values of such accomplishment but quite simply to honourably address the great epic of human advancement. There is joy in learning. But in life there is also joy in living. Both are precious gifts. As Mahatma Gandhi may be quoted, " You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

"Cross-functionality is the idea that members from different departments of a unit or organization form teams, bringing a variety of talents and resources to bear on the accomplishment of the overall mission of the unit or organization (Proehl, 1997). This method has proven positive results within AT&T and Hewlett Packard (Jayaram & Ahire, 1998). It also has application to PA in two ways: 1) Cross-functionality can be applied to the relationship between PA and other organizations within a command; and 2) it can be applied within the PA organization itself — this is the idea behind the three-pronged approach.

Cross-functional teams consist of people who serve in different departments or perform different functions within the organization (Wellins, et al., 1994). Some companies establish permanent and temporary cross-functional teams. The permanent teams work on issues companies face on a routine basis, while temporary teams are formed to handle special projects such as implementing new procedures, reorganizing procedures and processes, or solving unexpected problems.

By their nature, cross-functional teams offer members opportunities to receive training and experience outside their areas of expertise in order to meet the goals of the team (Wellins, et al., 1994). This has several benefits including team flexibility, understanding among the functional areas of how the others work, and an increased sense of ownership and pride among team members. "(The University of Oklahoma, The Planning Wizard: A Model for Strategic Public Affairs Planning and Execution, USA) [Accessed: April 11, 2007]

The Research Institute for Higher Education (RIHE) in Hiroshima University

The Research Institute for Higher Education (RIHE) in Hiroshima University has continued its activities for more than a quarter of a century, not only as a research institute of the University but also as a center of nationwide research on higher education. Currently, in addition to ten full-time faculty members, we have a network of over 400 researchers from universities across Japan associated with the Institute. The Institute also fulfils a national role through its series of publications, meetings, information services and its extensive library facilities and holdings.

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is an independent, not-for-profit think tank on Canada's relations with Asia. The Foundation functions as a knowledge broker, bringing together people and knowledge to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Canada's transpacific relations. It promotes dialogue on economic, security, political and social issues, helping to influence public policy and foster informed decision-making in the Canadian public, private and non-governmental sectors. In our website you will find a wide range of information, analysis, statistics, news and Internet links detailing Canada's economic, political, social and institutional relations with Asia Pacific.

The European Union-Korea Industrial Cooperation Agency

The European Union-Korea Industrial Cooperation Agency-, a non profit and self-financed membership entity, is the European liaison office of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea ( EUCCK ). Eukica acts as the major player in the development of bilateral business relations, trade promotion and industrial cooperation projects between the EU and the Korean Peninsula.

Alliance Bernstein


AllianceBernstein L.P. is one of the largest publicly traded global asset management firms in the world with approximately $717 billion in assets under management at December 31, 2006. AllianceBernstein provides diversified, global investment management services that include growth and value equities, blend strategies and fixed income services to institutional, high net worth and retail clients worldwide. Additionally, through its Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC (“Bernstein LLC”) subsidiary, AllianceBernstein provides in-depth research, portfolio strategy, trading and brokerage-related services.

Journal of Electronic Commerce Research (JECR)

Journal of Electronic Commerce Research (JECR) is a quarterly peer-reviewed (double blind) journal with both paper and electronic publication. It provides an international forum for researchers and professionals to share their knowledge and report new advances on all topics related to Electronic Commerce theories and applications. The Journal focuses on Electronic Commerce including their theoretical foundations, infrastructure, and enabling technologies.

Atticus Journal

WPP: A world leader in marketing communications. WPP companies exist to help their clients compete successfully: in marketing strategy, advertising, every form of marketing communication and in monitoring progress.

Atticus Journal

WPP's Atticus Awards honour original thinking in communications services and are open exclusively to professionals working in WPP companies. Each year, extracts from the winning and other outstanding entries are published in the Atticus Journal.

The Decision Sciences Institute (DSI)

The Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) is a professional organization of academicians and practitioners interested in the application of quantitative and behavioral methods to the problems of society.Through national, international and regional conferences, competitions, and publications, the Institute provides an international forum for presenting and sharing research in the study of decision processes across disciplines. The Institute also plays a vital role in the academic community by offering professional development activities and job placement services.

Korean Cultural UNESCO

KNCU was established on 30 January 1954, following the Republic of Korea's admission to UNESCO in 1950. Since its inception, for almost half a century, KNCU has evolved to better meet the needs and aspirations of a rapidly changing Korean society. It has continued, as well, to strengthen cooperation with UNESCO Headquarters, its field offices in Asia and the Pacific, and other National Commissions; implementing joint projects and information exchanges on sub-regional, regional, and inter-regional levels.

The Korea Economic Institute (KEI)

The Korea Economic Institute (KEI) was established in 1982 as a not-for-profit, educational organization. KEI focuses its efforts in the economic area, but addresses all aspects of relations between the United States and the Republic of Korea. KEI's Mission is:

To educate Americans on developments in Korea and U.S.-Korea relations;

To serve as a resource center for up-to-date information on Korean economic trends;
and to keep Korean government officials informed of key developments and trends in U.S. foreign and economic policy.

KEI receives a majority of its funding from the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), a Korean government public policy research institution in Seoul, Korea.


The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.
The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights: freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues.
It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of:
• vocational training and vocational rehabilitation;
• employment policy;
• labour administration;
• labour law and industrial relations;
• working conditions;
• management development;
• cooperatives;• social security;
• labour statistics and occupational safety and health.
It promotes the development of independent employers' and workers' organizations and provides training and advisory services to those organizations. Within the UN system, the ILO has a unique tripartite structure with workers and employers participating as equal partners with governments in the work of its governing organs.

Shorenstein APARC

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) is an important Stanford venue where faculty and students, visiting scholars, and distinguished business and government leaders meet and exchange views on contemporary Asia and U.S. involvement in the region.

Shorenstein APARC research results in seminars and conferences, published studies, occasional and discussion papers, special reports, and books. Shorenstein APARC maintains an active industrial affiliates and training program, involving more than twenty-five U.S. and Asian companies and public agencies.

Members of Shorenstein APARC's faculty have held high-level posts in government and business. Their interdisciplinary expertise generates research of lasting significance on economic, political, technological, strategic, and social issues.


EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

Membership is open to institutions of higher education, corporations serving the higher education information technology market, and other related associations and organizations.
Resources include:
  • professional development activities
  • applied research
  • strategic policy advocacy
  • teaching and learning initiatives
  • online information services
  • print and electronic publications, including books, monographs, and the magazines
  • EDUCAUSE Quarterly and EDUCAUSE Review
  • special interest collaborative communities
  • awards for leadership and exemplary practices

The current membership comprises more than 2,100 colleges, universities, and educational organizations, including 200 corporations, with 16,500 active members.

M Learning
Tribal CTAD, the specialist educational software team within the Tribal Group, is a world leader in the design and implementation of m-learning technologies. With our help you can combine best pedagogic practice with our advanced software tools to make m-learning work for you.
M-learning products

With easy-to-use tools that let you create your own content, and a growing library of ready-made resources, we offer an extensive selection of m-learning products:

SMS quiz author – Engage and excite your learners with SMS quizzes! The SMS quiz author lets you set up an automated SMS response for paper-based multiple-choice quizzes. Participants text in answers from their own mobile phone and receive instant feedback.

MyLearning author for Pocket PC – On a PDA, your learners can access rich media resources including animation, sound and photography, making them ideal for mobile learning. MyLearning author is a set of easy-to-use software tools that lets you create vibrant learning activities for learners to run on their Pocket PCs.

mediaBoard – Some of the most powerful examples of m-learning occur when learners are truly mobile and collaborate in a real-time event. With mediaBoard you can host such events with ease.

Get Mobile – Ideal for professional development, the Get Mobile CD is the essential guide to getting started with mobile learning. It kick-starts your professional development, and clearly illustrates what works and what doesn’t.

Australian University Scholarships

Endeavour Programme

Developing linkages through excellence in education

The Endeavour Programme is an internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme that forms part of the Australian Government's $1.4 billion Australian Scholarships initiative.

The Endeavour Programme brings leading researchers, executives and students to Australia to undertake short or long term study, research and professional development in a broad range of disciplines and enables Australians to do the same abroad.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Classroom Superannuation?

Sci-fi projections
Systems create images on glass, in thin air
March 22, 2007
By Denise Deveau, CBC News

Q: How soon before this is the standard educational delivery format?
A: Perhaps sooner than you think?

'M-learning' is the follow up of E-learning which for its part originates from D-learning (distance education). M-learning is the delivery of learning to students who are not keeping a fixed location or through the use of mobile or portable technology. The rapid growth of information and communication technologies (ICT) makes it possible to develop new forms of this education. (Georgiev, T., E.Georgieva, A. Smrikarov. M-Learning - A New Stage of E-Learning,

Why Leopards Can and Do: Change and Uncertainty

For anyone who tells you, "You can't."

"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances.." -- Dr. Lee DeForest, Inventor of TV

"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives." -- Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project

"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom." -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." -- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943

"640K of memory ought to be enough for anybody." -- Bill Gates, 1981

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." -- The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

"But what ... is it good for?" -- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us," -- Western Union internal memo, 1876

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" -- David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

" The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible," -- A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper," -- Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make," -- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out," -- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible," -- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this," -- Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads

Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy," -- Drillers whom Edwin L. Drake ! tried t o enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." -- Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University , 1929.

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value," -- Marshall Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

"Everything that can be invented has been invented," -- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899.

"The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all of the water that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated by the number of vacuum tubes required." -- professor of electrical engineering, New York University

"I don't know what use any one could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It certainly couldn't be a feasible business by itself." -- the head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction." -- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon," -- Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in the home." -- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

Innovative Power Generation?

"Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT) is developing radically new technology, backed by the UK government, for exploiting tidal currents for large-scale power generation. We do not have any commercially available products at present, but... aim to achieve this by 2007-8."
Electric Power Research Institute
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with major locations in Palo Alto, California; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Knoxville, Tennessee, was established in 1973 as an independent, nonprofit center for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI brings together members, participants, the Institute's scientists and engineers, and other leading experts to work collaboratively on solutions to the challenges of electric power. These solutions span nearly every area of electricity generation, delivery, and use, including health, safety, and environment. EPRI's members represent over 90% of the electricity generated in the United States. International participation represents nearly 15% of EPRI's total research, development, and demonstration program.
Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC (ORPC)
Founded in 2004 for the purpose of generating reliable, competitive, emission-free electricity from the virtually unlimited energy resources of the oceans. ORPC will accomplish its mission by developing proprietary modular ocean current generation OCGen™ technology and incorporating it into environmentally superior, financially successful ocean and tidal current generation projects.
The Gorlov Helical Turbine
Alexander Gorlov
Professor Alexander M. Gorlov of Northeastern University in Boston is the 2001 recipient of the prestigious ASME Thomas Edison Patent Award for his patented invention of the Gorlov Helical Turbine. The Edison Patent Award was established in 1997 in order to recognize the creativity of a patented device or process that has the potential to significantly enhance some aspects of mechanical engineering. Professor Gorlov is a Professor Emeritus at Northeastern. During his rich professional career, Professor Gorlov has established himself as a major powerhouse in High Technology field. He holds 21 International and US patents in such fields as Renewable Energy, Structural Analysis & Design, Theoretical Mechanics as well as the design of Bridges and Tunnels. (Advanced Technologies Group Ltd.)
The Gorlov Helical Turbine (GHT) was specifically designed for hydroelectric applications in free flowing low head water courses.

Nova Scotia Videos

Tannery Hollow Nature Trail (Is that John playing?)

A shot of Baxter's Harbour

Grand Pre Winery

Deep Hollow Road

Windsor to Kentville

Grand Pre

Cape Split

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Hall's Harbour

Bay of Fundy Tourism

Rita MacNeil: Home I'll Be

Home I'll Be

I see the mountains, feel the salt air
I have reasons to behold
All the wonders that never cease to be
You're as timeless as the water
You're as gentle as the fields
I caress you oh Cape Breton in my dreams

And you never let the hard times
Take away your soul
And you stopped the tears from falling
As you watched the young ones go
You're as peaceful as a clear day
You're as rugged as the seas
I caress you oh Cape Breton in my dreams

Chorus:And home I'll be
Home I'll be
Banish thoughts of leaving
Home I'll be

I see the blue lakes, feel the passion
I have reasons to believe
There are places that will bring you to your knees
I hear voices they are calling
I have reason to pay heed
I caress you oh Cape Breton in my dreams

And you kept your arms wide open
To let your children know
Wherever there is distance
The heart is always home
You're as soulful as a choir
You're as ancient as the hills
I caress you oh Cape Breton in my dreams

Chorus /Repeat Chorus

Banish thoughts of leaving, Home I'll be

Words and Music by Rita MacNeil©1990 Pond Publishing and Production Limited