Vol. 15 Iss. 38

Volume 15 Issue 38 - 10/12/2007

Editorial – Blue Skies

When Sir Francis Bacon wrote that ?Knowledge is power,? odds are good he wasn’t thinking of George W. Bush. The president who would be king, however, seems to have taken Sir Francis’s words to heart. In the latest move to monitor (and potentially control) the movements of anyone even tangentially connected to the United States,… Read more »

From Where I Sit – It Takes an Army

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a big event? I mean a big event in places like the Shaw Conference Centre in downtown Edmonton or the Telus Centre in Calgary or a big hotel ballroom. I mean a convention or annual general meeting. I mean hundreds of delegates or guests…. Read more »

Music To Eat Lunch To – Alexisonfire – Watch Out!

Release date: 2004 Label: Distort Entertainment Tracks: 11 Rating: 8 I realize this is not a new album; the reason I’ve brought Watch Out! into the spotlight this week is I think Alexisonfire is a band that has been overlooked and underrated for too long now. Maybe part of the problem is that audiences and… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Mile Zero

DVD: Mile Zero Release date: 2007 Director: Andrew Currie. Written by Andrew Currie and Michael Melski Starring Michael Riley, Connor Widdows, and Sabrina Grdevich How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! Isaiah 14:12 (NIV) You start with two good parents. Eventually these parents fall afoul of each other and… Read more »

Nature Notes – From the Backyard to the Biosphere. Succession

Succession: Evolving Understandings of Change in Natural Systems If there is one certain thing in a world characterized by uncertainty, it is that change is inevitable. Understandings of why and how change happens in the natural world (succession, as it is called in ecological circles) have themselves morphed over time. Once emphasizing predictability and stability,… Read more »

AU Profiles – Patricia Presti

STUDENT: Patricia Presti This week we focus on Patricia Presti, a recent graduate of Athabasca University’s Master of Distance Education (MDE) program. She explains how online resources can help distance students have a better educational experience than at a traditional university, what topics MDE students study, and how the face of distance education is changing…. Read more »

Click On This – Flicks

I love movies of all kinds; old, new, Bond, horror, historical fiction, genre films, art house films–all of it. It can be an extremely enjoyable experience to see a story come to life before you. Posters One of the more interesting things surrounding the making of films can sometimes be the advertising; specifically, movie posters…. Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Call for boycott on 2008 Beijing Olympics – In Foreign News: Recall of cough and cold medicines in the U.S.

At Home: Call for boycott on 2008 Beijing Olympics Washington correspondent Bob Woodruff told CTV Newsnet’s Kate Wheeler last week that in order to support the protests of the monks in Burma, Canada and other countries need to ban arms sales to the country and start boycotting the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Monks in the South… Read more »