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Saturday, September 30, 2017



Parkdale Dental Centre
Dentist: Harris Douglas (good)
Hygienist: Erin (very good)
409-383 Parkdale Ave.


City View Optometry
Dr. Ladage (very good)
1400 Clyde Ave, Suite 212 (upstairs in the bleaker plaza)
$80 for an exam, optional $30 for optomap (declined)

Kanata (North) Optometric Clinic (March 2013)
Dr. Graeme Ferguson
700 March Rd.
These people are good, but are relatively expensive.

Mechanic (very good)

Frank at Japan Auto
55 Breezehill Ave. North #2 (entrance is at back)
This place may look sketchy, but he's the best mechanic I've ever met.

Rust Treatment

1425 Woodroffe Ave (access from northbound)
Can drop-off at 8am, must pick-up before 5pm.

Life and Health Insurance

Andrew Burgess
880 Lady Ellen Place, Suite 200
613-829-7874 ex 285


Craig Richardson
107 - 383 Parkdale


Find a Kisok to renew your vehicle license:
There's one at the Carlingwood Mall.
It won't ask you for confirmation of your DriveClean, it just automatically knows.


Doctor: Wellington Medical Clinic
1221 Wellington St. W. (Holland & Wellington)
phone: 613-695-1221
fax: 613-695-1321
Dr. Cameron Oishi (male)
Appointments: mtwt 9:30am-3pm, Fri 9:30am-1pm
Bookings: (best time) 8:30-9:30am, 11:30-12:30
(usually requires 1 week notice)

To book a yearly exam, you have to tell the reception it's a yearly exam so that they will schedule two time slots. Prior to booking the exam, you should walk in to see a nurse to fast-track to get a blood-work req printed. Then you can book the exam after the blood work is complete so he can tell you about the results in person. It usually takes the blood-work 2 days to send him the results.

Hampton Carling After Hours
1419 Carling Ave., Suite 216 (Kirkwood Foodbasics)
phone: 613-722-9689
All visits are same-day, by appointment.
- Weekdays: 3pm bookings start, 6pm appointments start, 7pm fully booked, 8pm shut.
- Weekends and Holidays: 8am bookings start, 9am appointments start, 5pm fully booked, 6pm shut.

Physiotherapy: Ottawa Sport and Health Centre (haven't been there myself)
Adam Dunits and Brian Christie
2615 Lancaster Road

Hearing Test: Capital Hearing Clinics (very good)
Zofia Wald-Mroz
471 Hazeldean Drive, Unit 18

Blood Test: LifeLabs (free online reports)
1 Centrepointe Dr, Nepean K2G 6E2
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
12 hr fast, Urine sample, Get cup for next year's sample

Blood Test: Gamma-Dynacare (not best)
1105 Carling Ave., Suite 105
7:30-3pm, Walk-In

X-Ray: CML HealthCare
770 Broadview Ave., Ottawa, Unit B2
8am-4pm, Walk-In


Dry Cleaning: Majestic Cleaners & Laundry
1006 Wellington Street West

House Cleaning: John Dodson (very good)
johnwdodson at gmail


Yards Unlimited

Al's Fencing

Very Good House Inspector
Ed Stroz

Radiant Hot Water
Ask for Alex Laquerre at Tophat
Recommended by Ed Stroz

Phill Trott (613-295-8354)
ptrott [at]
Recommended by Ed Stroz


Walker: Valerie

Short-Term Boarding: PetSmart
613-225-6627 . 6 . 2
1851 Merivale Road

Long-Term Boarding: Tails & Trails Country Pet Resort
2977 Stonecrest Road, Dunrobin

Where To Buy Stuff

Fandom II
Strategy Games

Stone Bowls
Arum Korean Market
512 Bank St.

Dynamic Hobbies
21 Concourse Gate Unit #6

Printer Supplies
1181 Belanger Ave.
They actually sell everything. Just phone them.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Windows10 Setup

## Basics

Start Menu > Unpin all tiles

Task Bar > Unpin everything except the Task View and File Explorer

Run Windows Updates

Install and run Dell Command Update

Add or remove programs > Uninstall all unwanted apps

Install Chrome
 Pin to taskbar
 Chrome > Settings > Sign In > Visit Settings
 Only Sync: Apps, Extensions, Settings
 Configure Extension: Home Button At Top Right
 Login to
 setup app list in new tab

Reboot. Check for updates.

Login to
 Download and install Office 2016
 Sign into OneNote and pin to taskbar
 Sign into Outlook and pin to taskbar
  Right-click Ribbon > Collapse Ribbon
  File > Options > Mail > Outlook Panes > Reading Pane
   Mark items read when viewed 1 second
   File > Options > Quick Access Toolbar > [add to custom] Touch/Mouse Mode > Ok
   Not at top-left you can use "Touch/Mouse Mode" to select mouse which will remove
   the nasty reply icons from the right-sidebar and put them back above your msg
 Sign into Powerpoint and pin to start
 Sign into Word and pin to start
 Sign into Skype For Business and pin to start

Add or remove programs > Uninstall all unwanted apps

Reboot. Check for updates.

Right-click Desktop > Personalize > Themes
 Choose wallpaper
 Desktop Icon Settings > [uncheck] Recycel Bin

Start > Windows System > Command Prompt > Pin to start

Install iTunes
 Pin to taskbar
 File > Add Folder To Library
 Edit > Preferences > Advanced > (all unchecked regarding iTunes Media folder)
 Control > Shuffle > On, Albums

Install Notepad2, pin to start

Install Kdiff3

Install AgentRansack

Install Paint.Net, pin to start
It looks like a bug prevents you from reducing the volume of system sounds.
Instead you can disable them.

[right-click] the sound icon in the system tray
> Sounds > File Explorer > Start Navigation > None > Apply

## File Explorer

Unpin everything from Quick Access

View > Options 
 Open File Explorer to:
  This PC
  [uncheck] Show recently used files in Quick access
  [uncheck] Show frequently used folders in Quick access

 [check] File Name Extensions
 [check] Hidden Items

Disk Cleanup > Cleanup System Files > Everything
 This gets rid of most of the contents of windows.old folder.
 Can't delte the rest. It's just 50mb now, so just hide it.

 Remove stuff you don't like
 Add NotePad2
Set ThisPCPolicy=Hide 
to get the default microsoft folders out of "This-PC"


(the last one is the new 3D folder, and I had to create the PropertyBag for that one)
Set System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree=0 
to hide OneDrive from file-explorer sidebar


Hide all the root folders you won't frequently use.

 [uncheck] Hidden Items

Create Folder Shortcuts in C: for frequently accessed local and NAS folders.

## Dev

Install FileZill, pin to start

Install Tortise & Delphi, pin to taskbar

Install ImageJ Fiji, pin to start

Install ImageInfoViewer -? why fail?
Friday, July 28, 2017

Monty Hall Revisited

Follow-up To: Monty Hall Problem and Intuitive Solutions

Full details: wikipedia

The Monty Hall problem was posed and solved by Steve Selvin in 1975. It is loosely based on the TV show Let's Make a Deal. It was correctly answered in Marilyn vos Savant's column in 1990. Approximately 10,000 readers wrote to the magazine, most of them claiming vos Savant was wrong.

I'm interested in the properties of this problem that cause people to resist the solution.

Here is the problem as published in Marilyn vos Savant's column:

Suppose you're on a game show, and you're given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say No. 1, and the host, who knows what's behind the doors, opens another door, say No. 3, which has a goat. He then says to you, "Do you want to pick door No. 2?" Is it to your advantage to switch your choice?

First off, we might forgive her readers since they weren't provided with the standard assumptions. But since no party in several iterations of the controversy ever used the word assumption, I'm inclined to damn them all.

Standard assumptions:

1. The player has no special knowledge, so the original choice is random.
2. The host must always open a door that was not picked by the player.
3. The host must always open a door to reveal a goat.
4. The host must always offer the chance to switch between the originally chosen door and the remaining closed door.

Under the above conditions that game can be restated as follows:

Let's play a game. There are three white boxes. Two are empty. One contains something good. First, a monkey randomly throws red paint at a box. Next, you have a choice:
1. Receive the contents of the red box.
2. Receive the contents of both white boxes.

In either case, since at least one white box is empty, and to enhance excitement for the viewers, you must suffer through the prize-hider opening an empty white box before opening either the maybe-non-empty red box or the remaining maybe-non-empty white box, based on your choice.

I hope that when phrased in this way, the best choice is obvious to everyone.

Why am I allowed to say "both white boxes"? When the red box is empty, the white opening order is completely determined by the random red assignment. When the red box contains something good, either white box can be opened first, but since they are both empty the distinction is meaningless. The action of the prize-hider's first box opening is effectively completely pre-determined by the random red assignment. This random assignment is independent of the player's choice of potential prizes.

Why is this phrasing easier to understand? I think it's because the illusion of the prize-hider's box opening choice is revealed by moving the player's prize assignment choice to before the first white box reveal.

I can't decide if this tells us that human logic is easily confused by insignificant temporal rearrangement or that humans prefer to believe that agents act by mystical self volition rather than admitting the external causes of an agent's action, although I favour the latter.

In either case, I'll end by saying that the matrix has you.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

CBC Radio Archive (Part3)

CBC Ideas CBC Quirks & Quarks CBC White Coat Black Art

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The Philosopher's Walk with Frédéric Bouchard (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, September 2016

Frédéric Bouchard is philosopher of science and biology at l'Université de Montréal, and the perfect companion for a walk through the Jean Talon Market. His research focuses on the theoretical foundations of evolutionary biology and ecology as well as on the relationship between science and society. The result is a fascinating discussion about mushrooms, unpasteurized goat cheese and honey bees, and how they can make you think about humankind's place in the universe in a whole different way.

or centuries, we thought we humans were unique, and that we towered over non-human animals because of our ability to speak, or make fire, or whatever. But Professor Bouchard is out to disrupt that triumphalist thinking: "I'm interested in understanding what is a human being? That's one thing that this market helps you do but also once we figure that out, understand that we're not above other species. But we are part of nature and we are as varied as all of the things you see here."​

Solutions For A Warming World (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, September 2016

Experts on climate change gather for the fourth Muskoka Summit on the Environment and discuss options to offset rising global temperatures caused by the continued use of carbon-based fuels. Can the optimism (and the activism) that was sparked in Paris convince governments around the world to do what's necessary to save the planet?

- Nigel Roulet, Professor of Biogeosciences, McGill University
- Stewart Elgie, Professor in Environmental Law and Economics at the University of Ottawa and Chair of Sustainable Prosperity
- Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada
- Andy Heintzman, CEO and co-founder of Investeco Capital Corp ​
- David Miller, President & CEO, World Wildlife Fund Canada
- Catherine Potvin, Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University

Wachtel On The Arts - Thomas Vinterberg

CBC Radio, Ideas, September 2016

Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg burst onto the international scene in 1998 with his film The Celebration. It was an unflinching look at the dynamics of an upper class Danish family that is rocked by revelations of sexual abuse at the patriarch's 60th birthday party.

The Celebration wasn't just a critical hit. It was also the first Dogme film. Dogme was a movement that Vinterberg co-founded in 1995 with Lars Von Trier and other Danish filmmakers. It rejected any kind of ornamentation in cinema. That included props, artificial lighting, and any sound or music not already on the set. And it insisted everything be shot in real time.

Thomas Vinterberg's next big hit was The Hunt. It stars Mads Mikkelsen as a kindergarten assistant who's falsely accused of sexually abusing the children. It's a portrait of a society gripped by fear and mass hysteria as Lucas becomes a hunted animal. The Hunt won numerous awards, including best actor for Mikkelsen at Cannes.

Now, Thomas Vinterberg has a new movie, called The Commune. It's inspired by his own experience of growing up in a commune in Copenhagen in the 1970s and '80s. It's also an affectionate portrayal of a generation who gradually let go of their ideals as they're confronted with reality.

What did we think we were doing? (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, September 2016

"What did we think we were doing, we young writers of Canada?" That's a question Margaret Atwood asked during a Canadian Literature Centre talk in Edmonton. In excerpts from the talk and in conversation with Paul Kennedy, she considers the accidental but sometimes intentional creation of a culture and a tradition. In both lecture and interview, Ms Atwood entertainingly recounts some of the events, large and small, that helped shape her writing and Canadian literature. Some things were unimaginable decades ago, like the diversity and strength of Canadian writing today.

First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World's Oldest Symbols

CBC Radio, Ideas, September 2016

Paul Kennedy takes a trip back in time to the Ice Age with renowned Canadian archaeologist Genevieve von Petzinger. That's where they discuss the possible meaning behind the strange geometric shapes that appear along with cave art from the Paleolithic Period, and her struggle to crack the code on the first form of graphic communication.

Genevieve von Petzinger is a world-renowned expert on prehistoric art. What's she's discovered has shaken up her entire field. Most researchers of Ice Age art focus on paintings of mammoths or bison, from famous sites like Lascaux or Chauvet. But Genevieve von Petzinger has devoted her professional life to something else: the lines, hand prints, and dots that have -- until now -- been given scarce attention.

Analog Resistance (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, September 2016

In the 1960s, young Soviet iconoclasts waged a musical battle against the banality of state-sanctioned culture. Simon Nakonechny looks at the phenomenon of Magnitizdat, and ponders its parallels to forms of cultural dissidence in Russia today

Guitar poets, known as bards, would strum their seven-string Russian guitars and sing of taboo topics to groups of trusted friends. Bulat Okudzhava, Alexander Galich, Vladimir Vysotsky - they were the Bob Dylans, the Leonard Cohens of the Eastern Bloc.And the messages in their songs would soon "go viral" thanks to an exciting new technology: portable reel-to-reel recorders.

The Rabbit and the Giraffe: Jean Vanier (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, Part1, Part2, September 2016

In 1964 Jean Vanier invited two men with developmental needs, Raphael Simi and Philippe Seux, to live with him in a small house in the French village of Trosly-Breuil. He named their house "L'Arche," after Noah's Ark. Bit by bit their little family grew, as new people arrived, looking for a home, and more houses were needed in the village. Other helpers arrived too, and now, fifty-something years later, L'Arche is an international organisation, with communities in thirty countries.

And Jean Vanier is still around. The little house where it all started was sold a while back, but the village is still the heart of L'Arche, where Jean Vanier has a small cottage on rue d'Orleans. He's 88 now -- his birthday was this past Saturday-- but he still thinks and talks and writes about the great ideas that have shaped both his life, and the lives of thousands of people who are off the charts of what's considered normal. More important, perhaps, Jean Vanier changed all of our lives, because his radical ideas about mental and developmental abilities have, to use a cliche, changed the conversation all over the world about what it means to be normal, where among us there are gifts we overlook, what the Good Society should look like, and how we should regard each other.

Jean Vanier is a practical man, he was at the forefront of the group home movement, but he's also a visionary, a philosopher and a theologian. Jean Vanier likes to talk about the rabbit and the giraffe: the giraffe sees what's off in the distance and goes there in great strides; the rabbit, however, just sees what's directly in front, and proceeds by nibbles. Jean Vanier sees himself as the rabbit. So we've called our programme The Rabbit and the Giraffe. Ideas producer Philip Coulter went to Trosly-Breuil to record this conversation.

Ibrahim's Story (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, September 2016

Monarchies and Dictatorship. Coups and Colonialism. War and civil conflict. The road through 20th-century Iraq is littered with cataclysms like these. But what's been obscured by these seismic events is how Iraqis resisted geopolitical interventions and tried to create a society based on their own ideals. In fact, much of modern western media has excluded the personal narratives of those who've fought and died trying to create a democratic Iraq.

Ibrahim al-Hariri is a writer and journalist who's spent his life living out that ideal. His story begins with his childhood in Beirut and continues with his imprisonment and torture as a teenager in Iraq. Ibrahim and his fellow Communists continued to struggle – first, against British colonial rule, then against Saddam Hussein's regime and finally the American occupation. After 70 years of political resistance, Ibrahim Ismail presents his untold story which provides an insightful and dramatic back-drop to the chaos and violence of present-day Iraq.

Homework Ban (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, September 2016

Homework is a flashpoint for conflict, both in the home as well as between the home and the school. Parents like Dawn Quelch are taking a stand and banning it from their homes. A hundred years ago homework was described as a 'sin against childhood'. But the practice is still a staple of our education system. IDEAS producer Nicola Luksic examines the ideological roots of this tension, which goes back to the beginnings of public education and the shift in thinking about child psychology and development.

The Enright Files - Conversations about Canadian Art

CBC Radio, Ideas, September 2016

Conversations with and about great Canadian artists. Featured guests: actor/comedian Steve Martin on Lawren Harris, former Art Gallery of Ontario director and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum on Alex Colville, and Newfoundland painter Mary Pratt.

Re-Imagining Ecology (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, August 2016

Three experts in urban and environmental conservation discuss an ecological approach to the restoration and preservation of both wilderness and cityscapes. Sophia Rabliauskas of Manitoba's Poplar River First Nation worked to protect 43,000 square kilometres of Boreal forest. Glen Murray supported urban sustainability, first as Mayor of Winnipeg and now as Minister of Environment in Ontario. And Julian Smith is Dean of Faculty at the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts.

Citizen Mel (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, Part1, Part2, June 2011

Mel Hurtig died at the age of 84. His name was virtually synonymous with the words "Canadian nationalist". For almost fifty years, Mel Hurtig was a prominent voice in any discussion about the country that he loved. He was a bookseller, a publisher and a catalyst for debate on subjects ranging from child poverty to nuclear arms. Former IDEAS producer Kathleen Flaherty traced Mel Hurtig's lifelong quest to shape a Canada that he passionately believed in.

Mel Hurtig declared his love for Canada at every opportunity. On the other hand, when Mel Hurtig didn't like something, he immediately decided to do something about it. He believed that none of us has any right to complain about the way things are unless we act to change them. He fought many battles over the years and his name was enough to make some people roll their eyes in exasperation. But he received a considerable amount of approbation as well, including the Order of Canada.

Throughout his forty-plus years of activism, Mel Hurtig never held political office, although he tried twice. He did it all as an Edmonton businessman, an ordinary guy from Alberta, a citizen of Canada.

Tinctor's Foul Manual

CBC Radio, Ideas, May 2013

In the basement of the Rutherford Library at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, a series of custom-made book boxes protect valuable and fragile manuscripts. Arrayed on the shelves, they look like sets of encyclopedias. But one of the book boxes holds knowledge of a very different sort, a malevolent treatise, innocently labelled Treatise against the Sect of Waldensians.

It was written in 1460 by a cleric named Jean Taincture, or more commonly, Johannes Tinctor. Johannes Tinctor's virulent treatise was fundamental in codifying witch hunts in late medieval Europe. But it also helped create our modern ideas of witches, and of witch hunts, both supernatural, and secular.

Undoing Forever

CBC Radio, Ideas, June 2014

Crisper could, in a manner of speaking, undo extinction.

Mark Peck, Ornithology Technician at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

Stewart Brand, writer and co-founder of Revive and Restore and The Long Now Foundation, San Francisco.

Ben Novak, Research and Science Consultant at Revive and Restore, San Francisco.

Dr. Beth Shapiro, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of California Santa Cruz and Co-Director of UCSC Paleogenomics Center.

Dr. Hendrik Poinar, Director of the Ancient DNA Centre at McMaster University, Hamilton and Canada Research Chair in Paleogenetics.

Norman Carlin, Lawyer practicing environmental and land use law and Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, San Francisco.

Dr. Dolly Jorgensen, Environmental Historian and Professor at Umea University, Sweden.

Dr. Thomas Van Dooren, Professor in Environmental Humanities at University of New South Wales, Australia.

Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves, by George M. Church and Ed Regis, published by Basic Books, 2012.

Peace and Justice - A Celebration of Ursula Franklin (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, July 2016

To commemorate the recent death, and to celebrate the remarkable life of Ursula Franklin, we turn to the IDEAS archives, and sample over forty years of appearances by the public intellectual who delivered the 1989 CBC Massey Lectures -- "The Real World of Technology". Highlights include her profound (and still remarkably relevant) response to the events of September 11, 2001.

She makes a startling statement about the effect of technology noting that people who would abhor and act against a certain violent act will instead enjoy it when delivered over TV.

Rewilding (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, November 2014

After centuries of negative human impact on our landscapes, some people are calling for rewilding: allowing landscapes to return to a natural state. Anik See takes a look at rewilding efforts in Canada, seen as one of the wildest places on the planet, and in the Netherlands, where similar efforts have reached a critical point.

Reconciliation in South Africa: Has it succeeded? (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, July 2016

Judge Richard Goldstone presents the 2015 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture at the University of British Columbia. It's been twenty-one years since the end of Apartheid. Goldstone reviews the successes and the failures of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in his lecture. And he discusses his work as a judge in South Africa pre-and post-reconciliation.

Coyotl's Song

CBC Radio, Ideas, December 2001

One of nature's success stories, coyotes have expanded from the Great Plains to most of North America, even living happily in urban parks. IDEAS producer Dave Redel reflects on the science and mythology of the wily coyote.

Even as humans have tamed the wilderness and asserted our domination, coyotes have been quietly thriving. In less than a century they've expanded far beyond their home in the great plains. Now coyotes live happily from Alaska to Mexico, from coast to coast, from prairies to mountains to cities. They're in every province, even Newfoundland and Labrador, and turn up regularly in Vancouver, Toronto, even Central Park in New York. Despite mass poisonings and eradication campaigns, despite hunting and hatred and persecution, North America's great Trickster, Old Man Coyote still lives and prospers.

- Eric Gese, then Assistant Professor at Utah State University and biologist with the National Wildlife Research Centre in Utah, now Professor of Wildland Resources, Utah State University.
- Marc Bekoff, then biologist at University of Colorado and editor of Coyotes: Biology Behavior and Management and now Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado.
- Philip Lehner, then and now, retired professor of Biology at Colorado State University, specialist in coyote vocalizations.
- Kristine Lampa, then Executive Director of Stanley Park Ecology Society, now Kristine Webber, Executive Director of NatureKids B.C.
- William Bright, then retired Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology, UCLA, author of A Coyote Reader. Professor Bright passed away in 2006.

The Ballad of Tin Ears

CBC Radio, Ideas, May 2014

Many of us love to sing, but we're not all good at it. Some of us can't even carry a tune and are told not to sing. Tim Falconer dives into neuroscience, psychology -- and music itself -- to find out why he's a bad singer - and if there's anything he can do about it


CBC Radio, Ideas, June 2016

Artists, says James Shapiro, can tell us more about the meaning of the news than CNN or CBC. Shakespeare's Macbeth is a moral tale for every one of us, and also for great nations. In conversation with Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino, Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro draws a line from Shakespeare's time to our own, from Birnam Wood to Brexit.

The Human Factor - Hannah Arendt (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, April 2014

Was Adolph Eichmann not ultimately responsible for the destruction of six million Jews? Or were Jews themselves partially to blame for their own fate? Fifty years ago, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt published a famous book that seemed to imply these things, and created an instant uproar that has never ended. Roger Berkowitz, Adam Gopnik, Rivka Galchen and Adam Kirsch debate the reality behind Hannah Arendt and her ideas.

"There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous."

"The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil."

"The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any."

"Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it."

Wit's End: Understanding Mental Illness (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, Part1, Part2, June 2016

What's it like to go mad and be crazy, living at wit's end? First comes diagnosis, followed by treatment. Then there's stigma and stereotyping. This two-part series looks at mental illness, past and present, theory and practice, from asylums to labs in neuroscience. Marilyn Powell talks to those dealing with mental illness with their own truth to tell.

- Joel Gold, psychiatrist, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, co-author or Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness
- Ian Gold, philosopher, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry, McGill University, co-author of Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness
- Kevin A. Hall, writer, racing navigator, speed testing manager, sailing performance and racing instruments expert, author of the memoir, Black Sails White Rabbits: Cancer Was the Easy Part
- Erin Soros, writer, oral historian, author of Hook Tender, a novel in progress
- Elyn R. Saks, writer, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School; adjunct professor of psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine; research clinical associate, New Center for Psychoanalysis
- Aristotle Voineskos, neuroscientist, psychiatrist, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto; Director of the Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition; Head of the Kimel Family Translational Imaging-Genetics Laboratory.
- Daniel Blumberger, psychiatrist and scientist, Clinician Scientist in the Brain Stimulation and Geriatric Mental Health Progras, head of the Late-Life Mood Disorders Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
- Tom Churchill, retired, living with major, clinical depression
- Deanna Cole-Benjamin, nurse, sufferer of major, clinical depression, Clinical Educator Mental Health Program, Kingston General Hospital, Part-time Faculty, St. Lawrence College, Kingston
- John P.M. Court, historian and archivist, CAMH Achives, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
- Jonathan Downar, neuroscientist and specialist in non-invasive brain stimulation, psychiatrist, Toronto Western Hospital, Co-Director of the MRI-Guided rTMS Clinic, the University Health Network, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
- Helen Mayberg, neurologist, Professor , Psychiatry, Neuroimaging and Therapeutics, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University, Altlanta
- Andrew Scull, sociologist, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego, author of Madness in Civilization: a Cultural History of Insanity
- Kevin Healey, host, the Hearing Voices Café, Toronto
- Mark Solms, psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist, holds the Chair of Neuropsychology, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, President of the South African Psycoanalytical Association, co-founder of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis, author of The Feeling Brain: Selected Papers on Neurospychoanalysis

Big Data (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, Part1, Part2, June 2016

We leave a digital trail behind us everywhere we go: the calls we make, the emails we send, the links on which we click, the websites and documents that we retrieve. This also includes our social relationships, habits, preferences, even our movements in space and time. IDEAS, CBC RADIO ONE in partnership with the MUNK School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto weighs the opportunities, the risks -- and the trade-offs -- as the world of Big Data relentlessly changes our lives.

- Anita M. McGahan is Professor and Rotman Chair in Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
- Ashkan Soltani is an independent researcher and technologist specializing in privacy, security, and behavioural economics.
- John Weigelt leads Microsoft Canada's strategic policy and technology efforts.
- Professor Stephen J. Toope is Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs.
- Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world's leading privacy experts.
- Ronald J. Deibert, OOnt, is a Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.
- Neil Desai is an executive with Magnet Forensics, a Waterloo, Ontario-based software company that provides digital forensic tools to law enforcement and national security agencies around the world.

Wachtel On The Arts - Jacques Herzog

CBC Radio, Ideas, June 2016

From sports stadiums, to art galleries to concert halls, Swiss "star architects" Jacques Herzog and his partner, Pierre de Meuron, design buildings that attract people -- and make them want to stay there. From his home base in Basel, Jacques Herzog talks to Eleanor Wachtel about how architecture reflects a city -- and also changes it.

Beijing's iconic Olympic stadium, nicknamed the Bird's Nest. London's Tate Modern -- a former power station transformed into one of the world's largest -- and most visited -- art museums. An elegant, one-of-a kind parking garage in Miami that's a tourist destination in its own right. A stunning glass concert hall built atop an eight-storey, brick, 1960s coffee warehouse near Hamburg's harbour.

Public Poet - Richard Blanco

CBC Radio, Ideas, June 2016

In 2013, at his second Presidential Inauguration, Barack Obama chose Richard Blanco to read a celebratory poem called One Today. He was the first gay person, and the first Cuban-American ever to do so. For that reason, Blanco was also the obvious choice to read poetry at the recent re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana. He speaks with Paul Kennedy at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, in Montreal.

Counting in Colour - Daniel Tammet

CBC Radio, Ideas, June 2016

As a very young boy, Daniel Tammet suffered severe epileptic seizures that seriously damaged parts of his developing brain. Doctors diagnosed him as autistic, and he retreated into a world of his own. At the same time, Daniel also began to show signs of extreme mental abilities. He could perform complicated mathematical computations with astounding speed and accuracy. He saw numbers differently from the rest of us. For him, every number possessed a different colour and a unique, three-dimensional shape. Daniel Tammet spoke with Paul Kennedy onstage at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, in Montreal.

The Enright Files - The Donald Trump Phenomenon (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, June 2016

For the first few months of Donald Trump's bid for the Republican presidential nomination, much of the analysis of Trump's campaign revolved around how unthinkable it was that he could actually win it. Now, the conversation has shifted to trying to figure out what made Trump's ascendancy possible, or perhaps even inevitable. On this month's edition of The Enright Files, conversations about the Donald Trump phenomenon and what it says about the GOP and the American polity.

- David Frum, conservative commentator, senior editor of The Atlantic Monthly and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush
- Freddy Gray, deputy editor of The Spectator
- Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and author of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
- Sarah Binder, political scientist at George Washington University and author of Stalemate: Causes and Consequences of Legislative Gridlock
- Clifford Orwin, political scientist at University of Toronto and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution

Education for Transformation (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, June 2016

How do we go about building a better world that's more prosperous, more equitable, and happier? Maybe, it turns out, by improving the lives of girls and women, giving one half of the human race a fairer shake. That all seems to start with access to education. From the Stratford Festival, writer Marina Nemat, actor Maev Beaty, historian Natalie Zemon-Davis and social activist Samantha Nutt talk about the possibilities for global change when we level out the playing field of gender.

- Dr. Samantha Nutt, humanitarian and social activist, founder of War Child Canada.
- Marina Nemat, social activist in Iran who spent two years as a teenager in prison, author of Prisoner of Tehran.
- Natalie Zemon Davis, world-famous social historian, author of The Return of Martin Guerre.
- ​Maev Beaty, multiple Dora-Award winner and acclaimed Stratford actor, Goneril in King Lear and Queen Catherine in The Last Wife, among others.

No Man's Land (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, Part1, Part2, May 2016

On the outskirts of Calais there's a ramshackle city of tents and plywood huts, home for thousands of refugees and migrants - Lebanese, Syrian, Afghan, Pakistani - from all over, the world. Just across the beach is the English Channel, and they all wait to cross it, to get to Britain and start a new life. They don't want to be in France, and the French for the most part don't want them. So they're stuck: they can't go forward, and they can't go back. Philip Coulter visits a city of dreams and lost hopes to ask the question: what do we owe our neighbour?

- Aura Lounasmaa, Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London
- Olivia Long, volunteer with Help Refugees at the Calais camp
- ​Hettie Colquhoun, volunteer with l'Auberge des Migrants and Help Refugees at the Calais camp
- Jess Egan, volunteer with Baloo's Youth Centre, running programmes for youth at the Calais camp.
- Anya, volunteer with l'Auberge des Migrants
- Mohammed, refugee from Sudan, trying to get to Britain.
- ​Shadi, refugee from Syria, now an engineer volunteering at the camp
- Charlie Whitbread, "human Swiss Army knife" volunteer with Care4Calais
- ​Naomi Press, art therapist, Art Refuge UK
- Marianne Humbersot, jurist, head of mission, Legal Centre
- ​Rashed, refugee from Afghanistan
- ​Paiman, refugee from Iran
- ​Aziz Khan, refugee from Pakistan.

Wachtel On The Arts - Katie Mitchell

CBC Radio, Ideas, May 2016

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Katie Mitchell, an innovative theatre director committed to feminism, surrealism, and following stage directions that were meant to be impossible. The actor Benedict Cumberbatch calls her "a real European master craftswoman," a nod to Mitchell's 'auteur' approach to directing, and a style that seems rooted in the theatre of Germany and Eastern Europe, rather than her native England.

Her results are provocative -- this spring, a Katie Mitchell production at the National Theatre in London 'provoked' several audience members into fainting! -- but Mitchell's subversiveness goes beyond shocking the squeamish. Her real concerns are against patriarchy, against cosy sentiment, and for honesty and facing tough realities.

World On Fire

CBC Radio, Ideas, May 2016

They're bigger, faster and hotter than before, torching more of our world: Wildfires, like the one that ripped through Fort McMurray in May or through Slave Lake, Alberta five years ago, levelling a third of that community. What's fuelling this increase in fire power? Adrienne Lamb explores the factors altering how we have to live with wildfire. New technology and new ways to think about fire and its behaviour could save lives.

Objective Troy - Scott Shane (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, May 2016

Paul Kennedy in conversation with author and New York Times journalist Scott Shane about his Gelber Prize winning book "Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, and the Rise of the Drone"

Taking the Leap - Naomi Klein (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, May 2016

From the Paris Summit to Parliament Hill, climate change is creating a seismic shift in how Canadians think we should deal with the global crisis. In a lecture recorded in Winnipeg and a conversation with Paul Kennedy, author and activist Naomi Klein talks about her award-winning book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, and warns this is no time for small steps.

Ideas from the Trenches - The Open Mind

CBC Radio, Ideas, May 2016

New scientific tools are opening windows into what goes on inside another person's mind. People who'd once have been judged 'vegetative' or 'lacking awareness', might now be able to show they're 'still there', and ultimately communicate with the outside world through a brain scan. Philosophy PhD student Andrew Peterson is embedded with scientists at the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University and considers the ethical and moral questions emerging from this cutting edge research.

The Enright Files on Reconciliation, Redress & Restitution for Canada's First Nations

CBC Radio, Ideas, May 2016

The legacy of colonization, dispossession and residential schools remain all too palpable for many of Canada's First Nations. On this edition of The Enright Files, some prominent Indigenous Canadians discuss the wounds still afflicting First Nations people, the ways they need the government and Canadians at large to make amends, and the hopes they have for the future.

- Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Taiaiake Alfred, Director of the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria
- Lee Maracle, novelist and author of Ravensong and Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel
- Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Caring Society of Canada

Give Us Your Tired - The Munk Debate on the Global Refugee Crisis (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, April 2016

The global refugee crisis is the geopolitical debate of today. In the latest Munk Debate, Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour and historian Simon Schama argue in favour of the resolution "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." While Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party and author Mark Steyn argue against.

This one was very interesting. I think the pro argument was defeated, but only because they failed to reveal that the claims of Mark Steyn do not in fact lead to the outcomes that he suggests.

To Be or Not To Be: The Prince of Denmark Meets Katherine Minola

CBC Radio, Ideas, April 2016

From the 2015 Stratford Festival, a trio of Hamlets - Brent Carver, Jonathan Goad and Ben Carlson -- and a trio of Kates - Lucy Peacock, Irene Poole and Seana McKenna -- talk about what they discovered in creating their characters.

Genetics and Poetics

CBC Radio, Ideas, April 2016

Words on a page -- that's usually how we conceive of poetry. But Christian Bök, at the University of Calgary, has done something no other writer has ever done: as part of his recent project, The Xenotext, he's enciphered a poem into a micro-organism, which then "rewrote" that poem as part of its biological response. His eventual hope is to encode a poem inside a near-indestructible bacterium (deinococcus radiodurans) which may actually outlast human civilization.

Bök is most famous for Eunoia (2001), a book which took him seven years to write.[2] Eunoia consists of univocalics: The book uses only one vowel in each of its five chapters.

Replacing the Professionals (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, April 2016

Technology is not just taking over factory jobs, according to British author and scholar Richard Susskind, it's about to do the jobs of lawyers, doctors, journalists and other professionals. It could be the start of a social revolution, but what does it mean for the future of professional work by humans? Professor Susskind explores this in the 2016 Sir Graham Day Lecture in Ethics, Morality and The Law at Dalhousie University.

Wachtel On The Arts - Kent Monkman

CBC Radio, Ideas, April 2016

To meet Kent Monkman, you'd never guess that he has a flamboyant, gender-bending alter ego. An artistic persona -- a diva, both glamorous and subversive. While Monkman himself is thoughtful and articulate, he lets the aptly named -- and provocatively dressed -- "Miss Chief" take centre stage in his paintings, films, installations and performances.

The result is imaginative and attention-getting. But behind the campy seduction, there's serious intent. Monkman is a stealth artist -- using the ostentatious adventures of his central character, and the sheer beauty of his paintings, to tell a counter narrative of First Nations experience. He wants his audience to ask questions -- uncomfortable ones -- about the received history of colonization.

The Discovery of the Heart (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, April 2016

What makes the world go round? What makes society function? For thousands of years, we've asked ourselves that question, and we've tried a lot of different political systems, monarchies and despotism, democracy communism anarchism, and various blends of all of these. All work to some degree, and some better than others, but human nature seems to subvert all the systems we create to govern ourselves. We don't move to the beat of politics, but of something else entirely.

- Recorded at the 2015 Stratford Festival.
- Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada and CBC Massey Lecturer
- John Mighton, award-winning mathematician and playwright
- Cheri DiNovo, former United Church minister and Ontario NDP MLA

All In The Family (important)

CBC Radio, Ideas, Part1, Part2, Part3, April 2016

At the time, it seemed to be a medical mystery. Dr. Vincent Felitti was running a clinic in San Diego in the 1980's for the morbidly obese. Under his supervision, many patients lost 200 to 400 pounds -- only to gain it all back again. Or lose the weight then drop out of the program. These results puzzled Dr. Felitti. One day, while interviewing a new patient, he asked her when she'd become sexually active. The patient looked down and said, "four years old". A lightbulb went on. Could childhood trauma trigger not only obesity, but a whole host of psychological and physiological illnesses?

The link between early trauma and ill health later was untilled soil in the world of medicine. But the possibility of a connection captured the interest of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. And it was the beginning of a 25-year odyssey for Vincent Felitti when he teamed up with researchers to study the health of 17,000 members of a preventive care program at Kaiser Permanente, a private insurer. Beyond routine physicals, workers (mostly middle-class and middle-aged) filled out an extensive trauma questionnaire covering ten categories of abuse, from physical violence to attempted suicide. Past and present health problems were also tabulated. The results were astonishing. The more categories of abuse that participants suffered, the higher their chances of illness were. For example, women who experienced physical violence were 60% more likely to experience depression, compared to 18% for women who reported no categories of abuse. The figures for attempted suicide were even more startling. Only 2% of those who reported no categories of abuse attempted suicide. However, those who reported four or more categories were breathtakingly 1,200% likelier to attempt killing themselves.

Similar results for smoking, cancer, diabetes, among other diseases, followed the same pattern. Today, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study has become a fixture in the fields of medicine, psychiatry and pediatrics. Six state legislatures in the U.S. have passed legislation to stimulate the routine collection of data on childhood trauma. And now, the World Health Organization also uses the ACE model to explore global health.

Over the past decade, we've heard a lot about "resilience". Why is it that some people buckle under intense pressure, while others power through it? We often hear how important "grit" and "character" are -- the idea that noncognitive skills like self-control, curiosity and perseverance are more crucial than intelligence. This concept has been criticized for focussing more on the narrative of the individual, rather than creating a supportive and nurturing system of learning.

However, some schools in America are pursuing the idea of integrating "grit" into the curriculum. In fact, researcher Angela Duckworth has devised a "grit scale" to measure traits like zest, optimism and gratitude. But educators are learning that when it comes to traumatized children, relying on "grit" or "character" is not enough, because social and emotional deficits can under-cut intellectual progress. That's what Jim Sporleder learned when he took over as principal of Lincoln Alternative -- a Washington state high school for high-risk kids. After learning through neuroscience what trauma does to a teenager's brain, he abandoned his traditional disciplinarian approach and completely re-thought how to interact with his student population. The results were extraordinary. The "trauma-informed" practises Jim Sporleder learned have become part of a growing network of schools, social service agencies and medical clinics that are spreading throughout North America.

Five-year old Noam was gazing out his kindergarten classroom window one day and witnessed a plane flying into the World Trade Centre, just 1,500 feet away. The next day, Noam showed Bessel van der Kolk a picture he'd drawn: it was full of fire and horror, yet at the bottom of the page was a trampoline. Noam explained: "the next time people have to jump, they'll be safe." Despite the horror Noam witnessed, he's now okay. But there are two things to keep in mind, says Bessel van der Kolk. Noam's experience was a one-time event, not years of abuse and, more importantly Noam has family who love and cherish him. The feeling of being loved can bolster character and mitigate trauma. And even if one's own parents are the abusers, just one other person in a vulnerable child's life can improve that child's outcome.

And they'll need every bit of help they can get. Every year, 3 million children are abused In the U.S. and childhood trauma is heavily correlated with adult drug addiction, unemployment, and the perpetuation of violence. And even if that abused child grows up to be successful, they may have an anxiety disorder or depression lurking in the background. That's why America's continuing military interventions alarm trauma specialists like Bessel van der Kolk: 25% of returning American soldiers will develop PTSD - often creating home lives that are dysfunctional at best, or full of rage and distance at worst, and resulting in more trauma, both for their partners and children. Trauma has become a cultural feedback loop. It's sometimes referred to as 'secondary traumatic stress disorder', the American military's hidden mental health crisis. Bessel van der Kolk calls it the single biggest health problem in the U.S., and that it should be front and centre in a presidential debate.

- Dr. Vincent Felitti is an international expert on child trauma and a co-principal investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE).
- John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and best-selling author. He is also an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
- Dr. Kenneth Kunz is a Victoria-based oncologist and lecturer.
- Nadine Burke-Harris is a San Francisco-based pediatrician and runs the Center for Youth Wellness. She lectures widely.
- Jim Sporleder, (past) principal, Lincoln Alternative High School, Walla Walla, Washington.
- Brooke Bouchey, (past) intervention specialist, Lincoln Alternative High School, Walla Walla, Washington.
- John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and best-selling author. He is also an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
- Teri Barilla, Children's Resilience Initiative, Washington.
- Chelsea Humphrey, graduate of Lincoln Alternative School, Walla Walla Washington.
- Bessel van der Kolk, founder and medical director of the Trauma Center, Boston, author and lecturer.
- Carol Redding is a consultant and trauma survivor based in San Diego.
- John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and best-selling author. He is also an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
- Kenneth Kunz is a Victoria-based oncologist and lecturer.
- Shanley Knox is a freelance writer and social entrepreneur based in New York.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stratford Year 13


Jan 2017, tried to book at Stratford Hotel again, same room, but the entire hotel was booked for a wedding. Amanda got us a fantastic AirB&B instead. (The Bohemian, by Janice, 94 Wellington).

Thursday May 25th

We put EAH in the harness and walked about town in the rain. We stopped at Revel, and Rheo Thompson, and a baby store, and a children's book store. We ordered lunch from York St Kitchen and spent the time in the Green Room, which has expanded. Lunch was delicious. EAH and I had a nap. Later we went for a stroll along the water and the English Garden. We fetched Downie St. Burgers for dinner, also awesome. Our baby sitter came by and we walked to the Changeling at Tom Patterson. Not their best work.

Friday May 26th

No rain today, but cold. We took EAH for a stroll to Gruv and a nearby kids shop. Amanda got her hair cut while we walked to the festival theatre and back. We had Soup Sureal for dinner. We met Jana and Lena before the play (Twelfth Night) which was excellent. A lovely night.

Saturday May 27th

Went for a walk with the girls. Amanda bought a door mat from the kitchen store. I got a shoe horn. I ate ice cream while Amanda shopped. We had Sircle Foods for lunch. Brenda took EAH for a stroll while we saw an afternoon play (Romeo & Juliet, not bad). It was our first time in the Eaton lounge. Lovely day. Back home we went for another walk and visited Connie. We had Raja for dinner and played Coup before bed.