Archive for June, 2010

G20 Riots and Protests

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Five issues that are worth protesting at the Toronto G20 meeting about that the rioters are preventing from being heard:

  1. The environment, it’s exploitation and climate change and the global response it requires.
  2. Sovereign debut levels….. of poor countries.
  3. Maternal health AND family planning.
  4. The rights of women and minorities in discriminatory cultures.
  5. The many diseases that disproportionally affect poor countries.

Issues I couldn’t care less about include “Who’s streets are who’s” and who started the fire, you or the police cruiser.

Denver Sakai Conf 2010

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

My presentation went really well.

Here’s a picture Mathieu took of me about to burp :)

I appreciated all the positive feedback in the session and via Twitter.

During my presentation I warned the individuals in the room that “your faculty are Google’ing Sakai help and ending up at our wiki right now because MediaWiki has such good SEO”. After the session someone confirmed that a faculty member had indeed told him that he found help for “this Isaak, but it worked with Sakai”.

I updated the original blog posting the presentation was based on to include the presentation slides and the video. It is at

I might post some of my notes and reflections here later.

2010 Canadian Grand Prix Pics

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Here’s a few of my pictures from the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix.

Great race! Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton – I knew he had Canadian a pole and win in him!

Ron MacLean saves a man, all I can do is make fun of him

Friday, June 4th, 2010

During lunch with Don Cherry in Philadelphia Ron MacLean responded to someone looking for help to save a drowning man by jumping into the Delaware to save the man who was apparently trying to take his life. Written up here:

My response was to make fun of this man who is national treasure:

  1. Ron MacLean jumps into the Delaware river to save a man while Don Cherry stands on shore and signals rescue aircraft with his jacket.
  2. Ron MacLean was able to rescue that guy because he is used to working with dead weight.
  3. Ron MacLean was able to be cool under pressure because he’s used to working with the man beside him complaining that he’s running out of time.
  4. Run MacLean asked the man he pulled out of the river in Philadelphia if he received a “brotherly shove”. The man asked to be thrown back.
  5. Run MacLean saved this mans life, but he was trying to take his life. Bud Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball, has ruled “too bad” he still has to die.

Ottawa 2010

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Here are Lindsay’s pictures from when we were in Ottawa this week: