Top 20 Posts of 2006

Someone gave me the idea to do a brief year-in-review section of the blog as 2006 comes to a close. Thanks to performancing for being able to pull these statistics. Unfortunately a number of the links go to my main page rather then the specific post, so if you really want to see the link you’ll have to search for it. Also, some of the Whitney Cerak posts I’ve taken down because I couldn’t afford the web hosting cost of so many people coming to view the links. Fortunately I think I’ve cleared up that problem.
Enough random rambling for now, enjoy the links.

1. Whitney Cerak: Alive and in a … 2810 4%
2.   Final posting from the Van Ryn… 2647 4%
3. Weekly Podcast Update 06.04.06 2177 3%
4.   Whitney Cerak: An update on he… 2156 3%
5.   Graffiti Paint Tagging Art 2155 3%
6.   Why I ditched Dave Ramsey 1951 3%
7.   Antsy update, Tagging, and fin… 1841 3%
8.   Rejoice with those who Rejoice… 1303 2%
9.   About ariah fine. 1195 2%
10.   Uses for a Single Post-It Note 991 1%
11.   Failing Reading Scores = Priso… 807 1%
12.   That’s My King: a Procla… 807 1%
13.   Gentrification: a Case Study o… 687 1%
14.   Wafa Sultan. Al-Jeezera interv… 654 1%
15.   USANA is worth considering 638 1%
16.   5 Steps to Record a Skype Call… 622 1%
17.   I like free stuff. Music downl… 610 1%
18.   What I did this weekend 585 1%
19.   Radiant Magazine and sexist as… 537 1%
20.   Tech Friday: Using Google Maps… 524 1%

Racism in Calgary

Yes it still happens, frustrating and more.

Update: Commenting has been turned off for this post. Amazingly this post has gotten an intense amount of ridiculous racist comments on it by anonymous commenters. It amazes me that people would take any time to post such things an random blogs on the internet, but they do nonetheless.

Huh, I might write more on that latter.

A brief update of things past and things to come

Sorry, for the brief hiatus with no warning. As you might have figured out, I’m off spending time with family and haven’t been at a computer much to type, read, or otherwise. I’m in Minnesota for the week, with limited internet access, which means I might throw up a couple post, but don’t expect much.

I arrived in Minnesota just in time to wish my beautiful baby niece a happy 2.5 hour birthday! Take a moment and give a happy birth greeting to baby Taya.

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas greetings to everyone, sorry I haven’t written much about these holidays and their meanings, but hopefully you’ve been too busy enjoying them to miss anything.

I’ll try and do a brief year in review next week as I have time. For now, enjoy your time with family, friends, and the final days of 2006.

Quit making Hummer’s Mr. Rick Wagoner

I don’t know Rick Wagoner, but I wish I did.

If I knew him I’d ask him to stop making Hummers. You see sometimes there are products whose negative impact outweigh their positive impact. There are plenty of other products to pick on, but Hummer’s just seemed like an easy target at the moment.
I’ve been listening to Corporate Watchdog Radio recently, and I’ve found it pretty interesting. The episode I listened to recently was talking about companies “social footprint” and their role in creating a sustainable world.
One part of the conversation that was interesting was the dilemma of how to consider the impact that the consumers of a companies products have on the environment. Are automobile manufacturers responsible for the impact their cars have when their customers drive it? I would argue they definitly have some responsibility. We as consumers are absolutely responsible for lifestyle choices and purchases, but the companies producing those products are responsible too. We hold crack dealers responsible for the products they bring to the street, tobacco companies are responsible for their products, and automobile companies should be responsible for theirs. Anyone disagree?

But, my point is not to talk about who is responsible, rather it’s to just imagine for a moment. What if Rick Wagoner, the CEO of GM came to the epiphany, that environmental sustainability is important and they actually stopped making Hummers. Could you imagine?
Thousand’s of people have recognized the impact their lifestyle has on the environment and they’ve made changes and advocated for change that is within their power to make. Thousand’s of others have realized the injustice of sweatshops and have made efforts to purchase fair trade clothing and other items. I guess I just wonder, when is a CEO or two going to come around? Is the strangle-hold of wealth that strong?
Imagine if the CEO of GM decided to completely change the company to have environmental sustainability is the bottom line, rather then profits. Imagine if the CEO of Nike decided social justice and fair trade where more important than brand and dollars.

Wow, can you imagine that world?