Vol. 21 Iss. 41

Volume 21 Issue 41 - 11/01/2013

Maghreb Voices – Tunisian Days III

“Comme aux pires moments de la colonization. Mais cette fois, la colonization est interne.” ~Soufiane Ben Farhat, La Presse de Tunisie, 24 October 2013 “By time, indeed, mankind is in loss, except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.” [Quran, Surat… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Breaking Bad (Habits)

Bad habits. We all have them, and most of us find them nearly impossible to break. Is it because we’re lazy, or lack willpower, or have some other character fault we could overcome if only we tried a little harder? The bad news is that our brain’s habit-making centre tends to shut itself off from… Read more »

Writer’s Toolbox – A Very Good Place to Start

?Let’s start at the very beginning,? Julie Andrews warbles in The Sound of Music, telling the von Trapp children that It’s ?a very good place to start.? And in the academic writing world, whether You’re putting together your first university paper or creating your doctoral thesis, the beginning is always, always a very good place… Read more »

From Where I Sit – The Watches Aren’t Bad

Are you as scandalized by the cover price of magazines as I am? Oh, intellectually, I get it. Printing and postage costs are sky-high when you compare them to putting out digital editions of the same product. Subscriber numbers are probably down. But surely ad revenue has kept pace? Whatever. The business case doesn’t really… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Much Ado About Nothing

Film: Much Ado About Nothing Director: Josh Whedon Genre: Comedy Lovers, Liars, and Tongue-Lashings “I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.” ~said by Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing At times this film reminds me of the Seinfeld episode in which, after some carefully laid… Read more »

Editorial – For the Time, it is A-Changin’

On Sunday morning, we change from Daylight Saving Time back to normal time. Spring forward; fall back, as they say. We all get an extra hour of sleep as what was 7am becomes 6am. But aside from that single extra hour (which we pay for come March when we get shorted an hour) does anybody… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – November Finds

Animation Celebration The National Film Board of Canada is celebrating International Animation Day (which was on October 28th) by hosting a selection of animated films, including new releases and premieres, free and online for anybody to watch. Be warned, however, that animation does not necessarily mean the movies are for kids. Changing Times In the… Read more »

International News Desk

At Home: Sex-attacks at UBC Campus The Globe and Mail reports on the sex-attacker that is believed to be responsible for six recent sex assaults on the UBC campus. Unfortunately, the size of the campus, some 400-hectares, much of which is forest, is hindering the search for the suspect. Also making things more difficult is… Read more »

Did You Know? – AUSU Site

Athabasca University Students’ Union has just unveiled its long awaited new website. Built in a much more modern style, the new website has been designed with new touch-screen technology in mind and includes the new logo graphic for AUSU. This logo is supposed to convey the core values of open, electronic communication, peer support, and… Read more »