Archive for October, 2007

Former fetus

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Second TrimesterI’m a former fetus, and if you are reading this, chances are that you are too. We are the ones who were allowed to survive.

This photo shows a fetus at 18 weeks gestation (about 16 weeks after conception). I don’t understand how some people could believe that this picture doesn’t show a person, nor can I understand the fact that Canadian law offers zero protection to the unborn.

More pictures of the development of the unborn person here.

Canadian superiority

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

I really don’t like the anti-Americanism that is so prevalent in Canadian media. I’m talking about the kind of smug false superiority displayed by so many CBC media personalities like Avi Lewis.

Robertson ScrewHowever there is one area where we Canadians are head and shoulders above the Americans. Of course I’m talking about the fact that about 85% of the screws sold in Canada are Robertson screws, whereas they represent only about 10% of the screws sold in the United States. Anyone who has ever used a Phillips screwdriver, or worse yet the Slot screwdriver, knows about frustration. The Robertson, on the other hand, can be driven with confidence knowing that it won’t slip or strip.

I realize that there are reasons for the Robertson screwdriver’s lack of acceptance in the USA, including conditions stipulated by Mr. Robertson in licensing the manufacture of his invention, but it just strikes me as odd that an advanced society would allow itself to be held back by primitive tools.

Janet from Canada

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

One way that Janet likes to stay in touch with her childhood home is by regularly checking the images posted on the Scillywebcam.

Janet on Scillywebcam

Click on the image above for a recent Scillywebcam post about Janet from Canada.

Quaecumque vera

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

The motto of the University of Alberta, where I hung out in the early 1980s, is Quaecumque vera. Taken from Philippians 4:8, it means “Whatsoever things are true” (in the wording of the King James version).

I suspect that most of the students during the university’s history, whether Christian or not, wouldn’t have had a problem with that motto.  After all, one attended the university in pursuit of objective truth.

However, I wonder what the students attending the U of A in 2007 think of the motto. I suspect that those in the sciences and engineering probably have less of a problem with it than those taking liberal arts degrees.

50th Anniversary on Scilly

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

I received some pictures from Janet’s parents’ 50th Anniversary. Here is one of Gordon and Fiona. Congratulations.

Gordon and Fiona's 50th Anniversary

And here’s one of Janet with her siblings (she says it’s been about 20 years since they’ve all been together).

Bird siblings

More in a picture gallery here.

Where’s my $102,000?

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Man says he was ‘tortured’ by dentist
Janet French , CanWest News Service
Published: Monday, October 01, 2007

SASKATOON – After he did more than $16,000 worth of unnecessary dental work on a Saskatoon man – including seven root canals in one day – a city dentist has been suspended for two months and must pay at least $102,000 for legal costs and educational upgrades.

In June, the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan found Dr. Lawrence Ho guilty of professional misconduct and professional incompetence for performing the root canals, and pulling two teeth without enough evidence to show the extractions were necessary…

… via

When I still lived with my parents in Saskatoon, our dentist retired. Can you guess the name of the young dentist who took over his practice?

Break free

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Firefox not IEI just checked my most recent post using Internet Explorer instead of Firefox, my regular web browser, and discovered that the bulleted lists don’t show bullets in front of the list items.

My suggestion for Internet Explorer users is to break free of the Microsoft chains, and install Firefox, the superior browser. You’ll be glad you did. Firefox can be downloaded at this link.