Vol. 21 Iss. 40

Volume 21 Issue 40 - 10/25/2013

Maghreb Voices – Tunisian Days II

“A flavor . . .what do you think, old madman, what do you think? That if you find a lost flavor you will eradicate decades of misunderstanding and find yourself confronted with a truth that might redeem the aridity of your heart of stone?” ~ Muriel Barbery Tunisian cuisine shares the same epicurean sophistication of… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Tough Call

Having our grandson Grady come to the farm for sleepovers is always a treat. At age four he is increasingly independent so I am able to get a few things done besides staring lovingly at him. He’s also a funny, inquisitive, articulate little kid. Not to put too fine a point on it, but let’s… Read more »

AUSU Update

Dear Members, You may have recently seen information on the internet speculating about the future of Athabasca University. These reports suggest that the Alberta government may broker a merger between AU and University of Alberta, and that this may result in drastic changes to the services and programs offered to students AU students. We want… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Burning Desire

Have you ever noticed that even though we think of desirable stuff as being cool, the image that marketers use to sell everything from jeans to smart phones is heat? The latest fashions are hot. Internet speeds are blazingly fast. That shiny new car will burn up the road. Turns out there might be a… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Computer Chess

Film: Computer Chess Director: Andrew Bujalski Genre: Mockumentary/Art House An Eerie Order Behind the Chaos “It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order? and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order.” ~Douglas R. Hofstadter “Just take something mediocre and turbocharge it.”… Read more »

Editorial – Warming Up

It’s the time of year where that chill in the air becomes undeniable. Summer has definitely left us, and as we put the finishing touches on our costumes (or scurry around frantically trying to come up with one) we start to seek comfort in warmer things. This issue has a selection of those, starting with… Read more »

Did You Know? – IMPACT! Conference

You could attend an all-expenses paid conference in Guelph, Ontario from May 23-26, 2014 to discuss sustainability and meet with astronaut Chris Hadfield. The 2014 IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership has extended the application deadline for interested attendees to October 28, 2013. An initiative of The Co-operators, University of Guelph, The Natural Step, David… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Even More Halloween Finds

With the day almost upon us, here are some more Halloween themed distractions and tidbits to keep you amused while waiting for trick-or-treaters to show up at your door: Online Interactive Pumpkin Carving If you’re trying to come up with the perfect design for your pumpkin, this site can give you the opportunity to test… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: New Education Legislation for First Nations – Around the World: Zombie U May Soon be a Reality

At Home: New Education Legislation for First Nations Bernard Valcourt, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Norther Development came under fire from First Nations when he released the proposal for new legislation governing their education systems. While the new legislation grants band councils the ability to purchase services from the private sector or regional and provincial… Read more »