No More Pencils, No More Books….

Today is the last day of school for my grandchildren for the 2015-2016 year. They were pretty excited about bringing all their work home and taking the summer off. Who isn’t? It struck me that the last day of school – and more significantly the first day of school in September – occupied a central ...

YASTAH

I think I’ve probably always had a slight hearing disability. When I had my first formal hearing test as a young professional, the plant nurse reported that I had some hearing loss in my left ear. At the time I put it down to ill-fitting headphones but she was probably right. It was 34 years ...

Our Pal

It was a year ago today that I met Mr. Oates. He was a sad little shelter kitten who had lost his family home and was sleeping rough in the adoption lounge with about 50 other cats. The Arnprior Humane Society folks really recommended him though. He was a bit younger than I wanted but ...

The Most Interesting Man…

No it’s not this Dos Equis dude. In my view the most interesting man I’ve heard about lately is arguably¬†Richard M.Stallman¬†– or RMS as he is known in the IT community worldwide. I will not publish Mr. Stallman’s photo here because he cares deeply about his privacy. You can Google or Bing him if you ...

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Today marks an anniversary of sorts, as 47 years ago – June 2nd, 1969 – I began my career as a food scientist with General Foods Research in Cobourg Ontario. I was familiar with the lab having worked there as a summer student the year before. But now I was a professional as opposed to ...