Vol. 21 Iss. 48

Volume 21 Issue 48 - 12/20/2013


The concept of tradition always brings to my mind the image of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Shaking his elbows and dancing down the dirt track to his farm, he joyfully proclaims the traditions upon which he built his life. “Because of our traditions,” he declares, “every one of us knows who he is.”… Read more »

From Where I Sit – The Christmas of Your Dreams

Since late November, I’ve watched several Christmas movies. And by several I mean more than twenty. And by watched I mean caught snippets, previews, or chunks of movies as I went about my day. Some people have ear buds permanently attached to their heads; I’ve got the TV playing in the background of my life… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Ring Out the Old

Primal Numbers ? Ring Out the Old ?Tis the season for gifting and giving, and we’re sure to find all sorts of digital goodies under the tree. Yet when we toss our old toys aside, they often become a gift that keeps giving?but not in a good way. With 50 million tonnes of electronics waste… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Grammatical Greetings

During the holiday season, we hear a lot about ensuring that our greetings are inclusive or inoffensive. But there’s not much press given to spelling, grammar, and usage errors, is there? I know, I know. It’s the thought that counts. But if misspellings and mistakes turn you into a grammatical Grinch, read on. Seasonal salutations… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Four Animated Gifts from the NFB archives

Whether you celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday or as a cultural tradition, It’s a great time for moral inventory. This is reflected, if not in the marketplace, then in nearly all films produced for the annual. As usual, the moral inventory motivator prize goes to the National Film Board of Canada, whose ethical exhortations… Read more »

Voix du Maghreb – L’amour du Poète

Extrait du poème : « L?amour du poète » : Amis, que savez-vous de l?amour du poète Qui dans sa chaumière se réjouit de se fleur ? Par des phrases soyeuses, il incruste son pleur Que venus resplendit au clair d?une comète Kamal Benkirane a commencé sa carrière littéraire dans sa ville natale, Casablanca, au… Read more »

Editorial – Year’s End

Welcome to the final issue of The Voice Magazine for 2013. Next week we’ll be enjoying Christmas, and I’m hopeful that you will be too. So The Voice Magazine will be on hiatus. That will take us into 2014, with the first issue on January 3rd being the Best Of issue for 2013. All of… Read more »

Did You Know? – Code.org

The site Code.org is a non-profit organization that wants to increase the number of students, particularly underrepresented groups such as women or students of color, who are taking computing science. Their current campaign is to try to get people to learn one hour of coding skills, skills that will be invaluable in just about any… Read more »

Click of the Wrist

Winter Sprinter Just a quick little one-button game, where you try to keep your snowman running long enough to get to the refrigerator truck. Spongelab also has other holiday themed games from previous years, including perhaps the weirdest take I’ve ever seen on The Incredible Voyage. On Display This is 10 of the most amazing… 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 »

International News Desk

At Home: Scientific Data Lost The Globe and Mail is reporting that a recent study at UBC found that most scientific data gathered is lost within a generation. Researcher Tim Vines did an examination of 516 international zoological studies archived at the UBC zoology department and found that about 80% of the data over two… Read more »