Island Musings

Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it

RIP — July 5, 2018
Proof that — July 2, 2018

Proof that

If you are writing a fairly long document and concerned about typographic errors, turn the page upside down and quickly scan it with your eyes. Often a typo will be prominently visible. I am not sure why this works but I just tried it again (I have used this method on other occasions) and it works.

My old friend Christopher told me about this and he used to write technical papers for a living.

Trump supporters —

Trump supporters

I just watched a short video of Trump supporters regarding the militarization of space. I am again reminded what Isaac Asimov said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”

Supreme Court Justice —
Another interesting opinion —
What is old is new? — July 1, 2018

What is old is new?

The Roman Republic wasn’t a republic.

At least not in the modern sense. A republic is now defined as a government of officials elected by the people to represent the interests of said people in running the country. While Rome’s republic was similar to this, it was, at its corrupt and dark heart, an oligarchy (ruled by a small group of people: the aristocrats, or patricians). The common Roman citizen had a vote, but it did not count as much as that of a rich man’s when electing Rome’s officials for office.

The Roman Republic was (and shall always be) called a republic because it comes from the Latin re publica, or “the public thing.” The adjective publica is an easy cognate for our word “public,” whereas the less obvious re gives us rebus, and the ubiquitous Re: in emails, which in Latin is about this thing…

Dunno — June 29, 2018


Ok, I broke a bit on my Karcher pressure washer. One small part but it renders the tool useless. I can buy the part for 59 dollars plus tax. I can replace it with a new unit with three year warranty and newer technology for 129 dollars plus tax. The broken washer is 4 years old and seldom used – but used enough to justify having.

What would you do?

20 minutes of your time — June 28, 2018
43 years ago —

43 years ago

…I arrived on PEI for the first time. I fell in love with the place and by December I obtained landed immigrant status and commenced employment which ended December past.

On my first day of employment my employer emphasized “we must be and will be honest to a fault”. Some years later the same employer added the mantra, “the customer is king”. Both mantras are written in a handbook every employee receives.

I retired November 30, 2017 and my employer retired the same date. We never stopped conducting ourselves with those concepts front of mind.

To this day, when presented with choices for a client, the question is asked, “what is best for the customer”.

Up the flu —

Up the flu

I had real influenza once and I never want it again. I am aware of how serious this illness can be for the elderly. Being officially no longer young I am cautious to minimize exposure during flu season and was interested when I read this.