Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

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.

Hi-res Google Earth for Prince Albert

Monday, July 9th, 2007

I love using Google Earth (and for the times I don’t want to fire up a stand-alone application, but just use a web browser, I also love maps.google.com with the “satellite” or “Hybrid” option turned on), but it’s always been somewhat annoying to check out a bigger city and be able to make out the detail of cars in people’s driveways, while zooming in on Prince Albert quickly resulted in fuzz. Therefore I was pleased to read an article in Saturday’s Prince Albert Daily Herald mentioning the fact that Google has aquired high-resolution satellite imagery for Prince Albert. Multi-spectral Quickbird imagery has a resolution of less than 3 m. I checked it out today, and it is definitely an improvement.

Here’s a scene showing our church (the building with the big yellow push-pin in the roof).

Gateway Covenant Church - Google Earth

Now if only Google would only get hi-res for Strongfield, Saskatchewan (pop. 42).

Strongfield - Google Earth