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Mad Cow:

Some years ago I read about a horrible disease named Kuru. It was listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the most rare disease in the world. A little investigation, however, showed that Kuru was not all that rare. Called “laughing sickness”, Kuru is a brain wasting disease that is transmitted by curious… Read more »

What I Did On My Summer Vacation:

“Up to the Lido deck,” I snapped. “Gotta eat! So hungry!” I said in mock starvation. We were told before ever arriving that lunch was at one o’clock on the Lido deck. Damn! These people know proper business and efficiency. I was positively wet over this company’s practices! On the Lido, there was a cranked… Read more »

A Writer’s Musings

As a writer, you become acutely aware of every little nuance in the English language. You can spot an error at 500 paces and certain things start to annoy you. Periodically, you notice a change in the English language. You’re not sure who made the change or why, but you either accept it or add… Read more »

Northern Saskatchewan:

After eight hours of driving through the drought stricken farmland of eastern Alberta, then the slightly more lush hills of the more northern reaches of the province, we arrived at Meadow Lake Provincial Park. Situated just across the Saskatchewan border east of Cold Lake, Meadow Lake Provincial Park encompasses 1600 square kilometers of boreal forest… Read more »

The Harried Student ponders attraction

I was trying to code a few lines of a program that mathematically analyzes brain cells. I was stuck but my tutor, my mentor and guru of all things mathematical and cranial, was away at a conference until Wednesday. I’d been trying to get my mind around a concept called “strange attractors”, that was at… Read more »

The Banana Morality

Last week we discussed the complimentary nature of self-interest and autonomy, and the tangled web which unites the two in a co-existing necessity. This week, we will continue along the trip through the Banana Morality where we begin to make some progress in our understanding of what it is to have a sense of self…. Read more »

To Hell With The Trap, Now You Can Build A Better Mouse

A group of international scientists, organized under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in America, have recently completed a map of the genetic code of the common mouse. The study was the project of the NIH’s Trans-NIH Mouse Genomics and Genetics Resources Coordinating Group – an important sounding name for a group of researchers dedicated… Read more »

What I Did On My Summer Vacation:

Hey, allow me. I never got a chance to do one of these cornball reports in school. So, you’re elected to read it. I did bring you some cool pictures though! We had to get up at a ridiculous hour to get to the airport for the first flight of the day. Who does this?… Read more »

Sharing the Memoirs of My Father’s Life

My father, Peter Kutsak, turned 83 last January. Eight years ago, he sat down in front of a computer for the very first time in his life and taught himself how to use Word Perfect. Over the next four years he typed up pages and pages of notes, written with his age-wobbly hand, of his… Read more »