Why the Liberal Party Defence of Its Support for Bill C-51 Falls Flat – Michael Geist

Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism bill, became law yesterday as it received royal assent. As polls continue to suggest that the Liberal support for the bill is shifting potential voters to the NDP, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has conducted several interviews defending his position as the “right move for Canadians.” Trudeau’s arguments, which have been echoed by other Liberal MPs such as Marc Garneau, boils down to three key claims: he doesn’t want to play politics with security, there are elements in Bill C-51 he likes including greater information sharing, and he will fix the problems with the bill if elected. For those Canadians looking for an alternative to the Conservative position on Bill C-51, Trudeau’s defence falls flat.

Source: Why the Liberal Party Defence of Its Support for Bill C-51 Falls Flat – Michael Geist

Top Four Things People Say When They Die: How to be mindful of them?

I was listening to the National Public Radio (the American version of CBC) TED Radio Hour episode called The Act Of Listening and one of the TED talks they reviewed was Dave Isay: Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear. One of the examples from getting people to interview others was from a hospice worker who wrote a book on the top four phrases he heard from the dying.

  • “Please forgive me”
  • “I forgive you”
  • “Thank you,”
  • “I love you”

In Canadian society we avoid death like the plague.  We spend a lot heathcare dollars clinging on for dear life and prefer our corpses to wear makeup.

But modern positive psychology suggests we would be happier if we thought of our own death daily. This idea is not new of course. It dates back to at least the psychologist/philosopher Siddhārtha Gautama (later mythologised as “the Buddha”) and discussed in the letters of stoics such as Seneca and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

If I am to die smiling, then I should probably practice these lines beforehand. That may be more productive then repeating these supposedly famous last words:

"I am about to — or I am going to — die: either expression is correct." -Dominique Bouhours, famous French grammarian
Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries’ - James French, a convicted murderer, was sentenced to the electric chair. He shouted these words to members of the press who were to witness his execution.
“I’ll show you that it won’t shoot.” Johnny Ace, an R&B singer, while playing with a pistol during a break in his concert set.
"No, you certainly can’t" - John F. Kennedy in reply to Nellie Connally, wife of Governor John Connelly, commenting “You certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President.


So how to remind myself of those four phases?  I’m thinking of putting them in on my wall and as a recurring calendar event although I am concerned with looking them over after awhile.  …Maybe as part of a GTD Weekly Review trigger list? …hmmm sounds good.  I’m open to suggestions.

[ Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story. Since then, StoryCorps has evolved into the single largest collection of human voices ever recorded. His TED Prize wish: to grow this digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity. Hear his vision to take StoryCorps global — and how you can be a part of it by interviewing someone with the StoryCorps app. ]

Researchers Find Missing Link Between the Brain and Immune System | Neuroscience News

the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease

Source: Researchers Find Missing Link Between the Brain and Immune System | Neuroscience News

MindMup – My New Favorite 2D mind mapping app

MindMup is a free mind mapping application written primarily in JavaScript and designed to run in HTML5 browsers. MindMup is released under the MIT License, and the source code isavailable from GitHub.[1] MindMup is also available as a free anonymous web service at mindmup.com

, which enables users to store maps on several cloud storage providers,including Google Drive, Amazon S3 and GitHub and collaborate in real time with other users.

Source: MindMup – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It may not have the all the features of the big open source Java alternatives but an great fit for my Chromebook use case.


My Experiement with Mosh + ownCloud + Emacs-server as an open alternative to Dropbox + Google

Problems to solve:

  • I want to access my access my own files, work away from home own LAN, not have to wait worry about sync conflicts
  • reduce dependency on web services such as Dropbox, and Googe Drive
  • One persistent Emacs config, that I can access from any from Android and Chrome as well as desktop
  • hub for personal version control
  • WebDAV calendar


Solution being tested

  • Mosh as mobile ssh replacement
    • remote terminal application that supports intermittent connectivity, allows roaming, and provides speculative local echo and line editing of user keystrokes.
    • Mosh Chrome extension to spend less resources on ChromeOS chroot and not have to sync with laptop
    • JuiceSSH for Android.  Not open source but very good Mosh client
  • DigitalOcean (affilite link Everyone you refer gets $10 in credit. Once they’ve spent $25 with us, you’ll get $25.)
    • $5/m SSD with nice admin UI + API
  • easy ownCloud app install with a few clicks
    • open source alternative to Google Drive/Dropbox ect.
    • Emacs-server
      • With emacsclient, any changes to files in one session will instantly appear in all …see  image
      • Emacs is not so much an off-the shelf text editor but a kit to build your own text-based systems as you go
      • changed defaut editor to emacsclient
      • EDITOR=emacsclient





UPDATE:  <2015-06-08 Mon> …So this happened.  Yeah, I could and maybe should troubleshoot but I I’d rather spend time elsewhere for now.




Dukto Offers Cross-Platform, Drag-And-Drop File Sharing

Drag and drop a file; send it to the desktop of another computer on your network. Dukto makes local file sharing simple, regardless of operating system. Setting up a home network can be complicated, especially if some combination of Mac, Linux and Windows is involved. Sometimes, giving someone access to your shared folders isn’t worth…

Source: Dukto Offers Cross-Platform, Drag-And-Drop File Sharing

Natural Project Planning with org-mode

[This article is about project planning, the David Allen way, using a five step process he calls “The Natural Planning Model”. Project planning requires a variety of thinking skills to identify what it is you are trying to achieve, and to ensure that all the right steps have been determined.

David Allen writes in Chapter 3 of “Getting Things Done”, the key ingredients of relaxed control are (1) clearly defined outcomes (projects) and the next actions required to move them toward closure, and (2) reminders placed in a trusted system that is reviewed regularly.

The Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology uses the terms Next Action and Project. A next action is something you can do that would complete a task to achieve a desired outcome, for example “Make photocopy of letter”. A project is an outcome that requires more than one next action to complete, for example “Organize a conference”.

You may think projects are those activities requiring sophisticated project plans, GANTT charts and lengthy project plans. Projects are everywhere in your life: renewing your passport, learning org-mode or redecorating your lounge room.

Projects can be planned “on the back of an envelope” or scrap of paper but having a more structured plan and methodology is useful for clarifying your thinking, identifying what needs to be done and what resources you will need.

The methodology described in this article will help you use org-mode to support your thinking, planning and doing your project.]

Source: Natural Project Planning with org-mode