Monthly Archives: July 2011

When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

R. Buckminster Fuller (via livejamie)

Woah! Buckminster Fuller featured quote!



More than 270,000 organic farmers are taking on corporate agriculture giant Monsanto in a lawsuit filed March 30. Led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, the family farmers are fighting for the right to keep a portion of the world food supply organic—and preemptively protecting themselves from accusations of stealing genetically modified seeds that drift on to their pristine crop fields.

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We were just discussing this as we drove past miles of Montsanto mono-crop in Southern Alberta on the weekend.

Have you seen Food Inc? It includes a section about Montsanto, and farmers trying to fight them + many other horrifying food practices.


Reason Seen More as Weapon Than Path to Truth


Check out the prezi I mae for PAMELA: Exposed, yo


Max was in the Globe and Mail!


Every time I work with Prezi I feel both overwhelmed and satisfied. It’s an odd combination. I think I do really good work with this presentation media (You can see what I’m currently working on for the Nanorobotics Group Seminar PAMELA: Exposed if you like.) When I make presentations I spend a lot of time on them to make sure everything flows smoothly, and in an interesting manner, without making people too dizzy. I really like the structure of the software. It doesn’t let you do dumb things like upload pictures of cats as a background, or have a bazillion fonts and colours. Heck, it even has premade themes that are pretty awesome. I like the new customization feature too, so you can ticker with the premade themes or make up something new. Every time I go to make a presentation there seems to be something new available, from premade chart layouts, to frames that can be used to group images and text, to bendy arrows, to cropping tools. It’s all pretty fantastic and useful. I guess I just feel like there’s so much potential to make great presentations, and so many tools to improve presentations that I wish I could use all of them, and learn how to use them all effectively. Hopefully I’ll get there by trying out one or two new ones, each presentation I make. I mean, I am now unafraid of circular frames, I’m an expert on the bracket ones too. I’ve always been fond of arrows, but I’m starting to freehand doodle. My colour pallet is getting slightly more imaginative, my layouts look prettier from the home view, and I’m mastering image manipulation (using paint, ugh) to trick prezi to display things super close up (the trick is to layer a cropped image of the area you want to zoom into over the overall image.)

So in conclusion, Prezi is pretty cool.


This is obviously just a plan for a cover; I’m pretty much artistically talentless but I’m a little bit obsessed by this idea and would love to see it made by another, more talented Nerdfighter. 

I’ve interpreted the title as thus:

  • John said he sort of disagreed with the Shakespeare quote
  • “The fault, Dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves” – an argument for free will, and against the idea of fate?
  • Fate being determined by stars, and Cancer being a constellation and Zodiac / star sign.
  • The title, again John disagreeing with the original implication, then meaning that the fault (i.e. cancer) isn’t within the characters’ control, but in the stars (i.e. fate) – The Fault In Our Stars.
  • Hence the use of the Cancer constellation.

Hope people can read my annotations OK 🙂

[submitted by afraidtodreamalittlebigger]

I really like this idea

Hey! Let’s Redefine Capitalism, Part 1


Hello my name is Hank Green and I am a capitalist. I didn’t start out this way. I come from pretty radical stock (if you call my college-self my stock, which you really shouldn’t.) I used to believe that money was the root of evil. I was wrong about that.

I still hold many socialist values close to my heart. For example, I believe in sharing and cooperation and schools. I believe that advertising is dangerous and bad for the free market. And I also believe that the amorality of corporations could potentially destroy all of the good things in the world.

But nonetheless, I am a capitalist. Money lets value define itself. It creates a market where good products rise to the top and crappy ones disappear. It has allowed for much more rapid mutation of our culture and technology, sometimes too rapid, but other times only just fast enough.

The desire for money (and the freedom that comes with it) pushes people to work hard to create products and services that other people will enjoy. And it’s all self-controlling, with very little need for external inputs.

But there are also things I hate about money. I hate how you need money to make money. I hate how rich people become socially isolated from poor people, and thus become convinced that it’s not extraordinarily immoral to buy a yacht when there are people dying of diarrhea. 

I hate how rich people help rich people who help rich people, and no one gets to have any say beyond that. I hate that the average college student’s parent’s income is three times higher than the average drop-out’s parent’s income. 

I hate how corporations excitedly make themselves slaves to unfeeling stock holders who have no interest in thinking beyond the bottom line. I hate how corporations have many rights but no conscience. I love the people that work at these companies, but I hate that they are encouraged to drive for efficiency and profit at the expense of everything else including innovation, creativity, and community.

And I hate how wealth and power concentrates itself. So that the average person has no opportunity to be involved in this remarkable system beyond abstract mutual funds, CDs, and stock portfolios. Not only does the average person have no path to collect real wealth, they also do not have any say in how these corporations, arguably the most important force in our world, treat their world. 

That’s the thing that I want to change. Continued tomorrow. 

Dear whoever made this, I loled!