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Posts from — January 2007

Oshawa, Ontario to celebrate Stephen Colbert Day

Of course, with it being Canada it involves a bet over a hockey game. Here’s CBC’s report on what happened.

January 30, 2007   No Comments

How the internet can make the world a lot smaller, in all the best ways…

As an admitted Internet addict and news junkie, it’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of things like the unveiling of the iPhone or the new NHL jerseys or to want to read more about the inspiring play of Sidney Crosby or the progress of the Tragically Hip‘s North American tour (they’re coming here in April!).

This truly remarkable video by Robert Thompson about some people in the US getting together to buy a poor family in China a water buffalo, to me, really puts into perspective some of the things we could be doing a lot more of on the Internet. I’m sure there are lots of companies out there who would rather we not realize that for the cost of an iPhone we could buy a water buffalo for a Chinese family or change the lives of people on the other side of the world in equally remarkable ways. The internet is turning out to be a remarkable tool in doing just this. Look, for instance, at what KIVA is up to…

Take a look at this informative page from Heifer International’s website to see lots of small things we can do at home, too, to start helping the world.

(I found this video today via Tim Lauer’s great Education/Technology blog. I’ve now subscribed to the feed from Robert Thompson’s blog as well.)

January 23, 2007   No Comments


I’m in the process of writing up my own statement on academic honesty and plagiarism to include in all my future syllabi. In the meantime, here are some links to the relevant UVM policies and to some external sites that have good information on how to avoid plagiarism.

UVM’s Code of Academic Integrity (pdf)

UVM’s Center for Student Ethics and Standards

The UVM Cat’s Tale Student Handbook

Plagiarism: What it is and How to Recognize and Avoid it ( a resource for students from Indiana University)

Plagiarism and Intellectual Honesty (an excellent resource from Dalhousie U)

January 22, 2007   No Comments

Congrats to Major Jackson

Congrats to my colleague Major Jackson, whose extraordinary book Hoops has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work category. A PDF of the complete list of nominees can be found here. The winners will be announced March 2.

I picked up Hoops earlier this year when I was in Washington, DC on business and, because I couldn’t put the book down, hogged a table at a busy Thai restaurant long after I was done eating. This nomination is a very well-deserved honour for a great book (and a great guy).

January 12, 2007   No Comments


How cool is this thing?

1/17 Follow up: sigh…..

January 9, 2007   No Comments

My token MacWorld keynote prediction

I expect the “one more thing” will be an Apple phone ringing in Steve Jobs’ pocket. I can’t see him being able to resist that…..

I’m also hoping for a new 802.11n base station today, given that my old one gave up the ghost over the holidays.

January 9, 2007   No Comments

This coming Saturday is… HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA

CBC’s annual Hockey Day in Canada. That’s thirteen hours of hockey on CBC my friends with an all-Canadian triple-header.

January 9, 2007   No Comments

The Edmonton Public School Board hits the news in Vermont

This opinion piece by George C. Cross in today’s Burlington Free Press describes the Edmonton Public School Board and suggests that its model would work well in Vermont, a state whose total population is about half the size of the City of Edmonton. The author here overlooks the existence of the Edmonton Separate School Board (the Catholic school system in Edmonton), but otherwise it seems to be a good representation of the many merits of Edmonton’s system. I’ve found it amazing since moving here the reputation the Edmonton school system has outside of Edmonton, and even outside of Canada.

Our children’s elementary school here is fantastic, but I do lament the loss of the many options they would have had back home, such as the ability to choose their own school, something that seems to me should be everyone’s right…

Just looking at the list of language options there are at the EPSB. I tell my students here about this all the time when trying to explain what Canadian multiculturalism is all about. Still, it’s astonishing to see that list of bilingual education programs in Edmonton public schools includes Arabic, Mandarin, Cree, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Punjabi, and Ukrainian. Nice to see someone in Burlington noticing my hometown!

January 9, 2007   No Comments

More hockey highlights

YouTube is such a great way of catching these goals after the fact. Caught this via Darren Barefoot’s always enjoyable blog

January 8, 2007   No Comments

Hockey highlights

Watch this clip from last night’s game, that saw the Oilers blow a great lead and salvage a point in the last few seconds of the game on this amazing goal by Hemsky. Even more amazing perhaps is this colossal blunder by the Stars. This is well worth watching if you’ve not already seen it on every highlight reel of the day. Hell, it’s worth watching again even if you have…

UPDATE (01/09): I didn’t watch the game the other night, so I missed (and just now discovered thanks to good ol’ YouTube) this goal by Niklas Hagman. Now, I admit I’d prefer to see it happen against a team other than the Oilers, but it’s a beauty as well…

January 5, 2007   No Comments