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    Guarding Canada’s treasury from greedy hordes

    December 7th, 2013

    The early years of Confederation both appalled and titillated Canadians with perhaps the country’s most sensational—or sensationalized—political corruption and scandals. Read the rest of this entry »


    Why I don’t have time for Facebook or to tweet on Twitter

    August 30th, 2013

    It is well that I write about the past, because I don’t understand the present. Or at least, not today’s ever-changing digital technology. Read the rest of this entry »


    Too many books: “One of the great diseases.”

    April 10th, 2013

    Never has it been this easy, nor cost so little, to publish books, which digital technology causes to issue forth in floods.

    An overcrowded market is the anguish of authors.

    “One of the great diseases of this age is the multitude of books that… overcharge the world” with an “abundance of idle matter,” is the complaint of English author Barnaby Rich.

    “A vast chaos and confusion of books; we are oppressed with them, our eyes ache with reading, our fingers with turning,” is the lament of Robert Burton, another English author. Read the rest of this entry »


    Why metric system measures the world—except U.S.

    May 5th, 2012

    In June 1792 — in the dying days of the French monarchy, as the world began to revolve around a new promise of revolutionary equality — two astronomers set out in opposite directions on an extraordinary quest. Their hope was that all the world’s people would henceforth use the globe as their common standard of measure. Read the rest of this entry »


    How digital revolution was launched

    February 28th, 2012

    Sometimes it is the most unassuming people who launch the world’s most revolutionary developments. Read the rest of this entry »


    Emoticons can bite

    October 26th, 2011

    Even among serious, sober-sided business and professional people, those happy, sad, laughing, crying and other funny-faced email emoticons are spreading like a contagion, warns the New York Times, October 21. Read the rest of this entry »


    Trans-Atlantic telegraphic epic: failure, perseverance, poverty

    September 1st, 2011

    When I thought of all we had passed through, Read the rest of this entry »


    Flying fish

    September 1st, 2011

    Theodore Poesche has presented a plan for navigating the atmosphere with a car Read the rest of this entry »