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Brandon M. | Friday, October 18, 2013 - 3:02pm

Robert Rollback

Once upon a time Prince Edward Island voted red
We looked toward Ms. Callbeck
‘Be premier,’ we said
The first province in Canada to give a woman the lead
We trusted her to know us, what we want and what we’d need

Callbeck looked at the numbers and didn’t like what they might spell
‘$100 million deficits will destroy this province, and this party will go to hell’
Premier Callbeck decided right then and right there
She’d cut public sector wages, what is necessary must be called ‘fair’

The people were angry as anyone could see
Which did away with Callbeck, as government went PC

When the Tories were done and Liberals returned
The deficits came with them, as Islanders then learned
Deficits grew as the patronage splurged and spilled
Not a single Liberal elite had pockets that were unfilled

Debts upon debts with Peter robbing Paul
Ghiz couldn’t solve the money problems, or very much, at all
$100 million deficits, as predicted, became the norm
Liberals brought our finances into a perilous, addictive storm
Troubled once again to plug the holes in their strainer
They returned to their old habits without time to think
They’d pull the plug on pensions from the bottom of the sink

The prophecy from Callbeck seems to have come true
So after the Robert Rollback, we’ll fix it with team blue

susanna | Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 2:49pm

I can tell you that when we moved here, we stuck our necks out for people. We wined them and dined them, but found they are just after what they can get and learn and then they dump you like hotcakes. They never reciprocate. We "damn CFAs" don't take "Islander's" jobs. They don't want jobs. They would much rather go on EI for 1/2 the year. They are hostile, lazy and have no business sense. We came here because the place is beautiful and the people seemed so friendly. We wanted out of the rat race! Now that we have been here for three years, we do want out eventually! We originally wanted to retire here, but the "Self Righteous Islander" has just the narrow, mean attitude that makes us want to leave. I wish we had not put our money into real estate here. These people do not want to better themselves. They don't welcome change. They are stagnant, ignorant people. PEI is beautiful. They are ugly. Their personalities make them ugly. By the way to all of the ("born and raised") are CFA too. Your families are not from here. Do your homework. The Indians were here. You came over to take their land!

Oliver Rukavina | Monday, October 14, 2013 - 10:58am

Saw a Time when i was in Grade 6.

Oliver | Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 11:45pm

OK: On reflection, I think my mistake was to say the twists had to be completed sequentially. Your diagram is more like each of the three subunits has three levers, which can be thrown in any sequence.

Oliver | Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 11:35pm


Oliver | Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 11:34pm

No, my bad. That's not right. What I described wouldn't be square, but one triangular half of a square. Ugh. It was so long ago...

Oliver | Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 11:29pm

Not "very nearly" but exactly like the enzyme situation. I wrote "very nearly" before I decided to account for there being two ways of making the final hop.

Oliver | Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 11:27pm

I used to draw diagrams like and think about the same probabilities when I was modeling enzyme activation. What you've drawn is very nearly like a three-subunit enzyme, in which each subunit undergoes through three sequential twists to assume the shape it needs to be in before all three subunits do something in unison (or b/c you can get to the end of your route by either of two final hops, the subunits' final act in unison can happen even if one of the subunits had undergone only two out of three twists). The the equivalency of intermediate states (e.g. there are 4 equivalent states of the enzyme in which just one subunit has undergone only two out of the three twists) means there's a lot of entropy in being only partway activated, relative to the amount in being either fully activated or fully inactivated. All else equal, that entropy bonus biases the activation equilibrium toward intermediate inactivation, so there needs to be an energetic payoff to twisting and the final concerted step for the enzyme to be fully activated (say if each twist was brought about by oxygen binding, like in hemoglobin). I had to say because this is one of the few things in the world I supposedly really know about.

Derek Martin. | Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 11:51am

You might enjoy this math puzzle tv series about using math to solve (somewhat contrived)everday puzzles. This episode looks at Pascal's Triangle, probability and the Bell Curve.

Hans | Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 11:39am

Interestingly, from the clip provided, the elder Ghiz "thundered" about a an ethical philosophy toward economic development only *after* failing to negotiate a better deal with Litton. He was an expert at conveniently embracing popular rhetoric. Fortunately, once his new position took root, I agree, it did *generally* guide subsequent administrations. The current government appears to have no guiding philosophy toward economic development or anything else other than grabbing for whatever comes its way through circumstance. On that basis, its hard to criticize the younger Ghiz's regime as, at least, it is bringing in something, anything. But it is an important, profound and fair response to ask the questions you are implying: Is this kind of industry the right fit for our Island society? Is this what we have become? A branch plant economy for the military-industrial complex? Is this what we want to become? What is the nature of our society and our economy? What is appropriate economic development for our Island society? Who are we? What do we want to be?

milan rukavina | Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 5:53pm

hi all,one of Vladimirovich,Vukotin were governors of Raska and Zeta in 12 century, Serbian countries, Rukavina (Vladimirovich) were never croatians to the 20 th century, but Bunjevci, many experts say that bunjevci are Serb Catholics,Today bunjevci in Serbia(Vojvodina) are special minority,in croatia they are not,just croatians.

Bev. | Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:50pm

Thanks Lori re Sept/11,and to Alex Brown Jan/13. followed your advice and today easily got a wonderful,friendly,helpful "Real Person " at Rogers named Tracy who very quickly and kindly helped me.Tracy very politely informed me that monthly " top up reminder" will always pop up even if you have auto top up. This is also to remind those people who may have changed their credit card and did not inform Rogers of change for them to do so. Also thanks to Julia,Nov/12 for the office hrs . Really appreciate all of your info ..THANKS!!!! Hope You ALL Have a Happy Thanksgiving !

Ton Zijlstra | Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 5:11am

Excellent slide deck Peter, esp because of using existing very tangible cases (my fallacy is to often remain too abstract). And I love it that the guy in the blue shirt makes an appearance as well! :)

Chris Ortenburger | Friday, October 4, 2013 - 6:09am

is a TED talk from Dave Meslin citing lack of clarity and openness in such "public consultations" as to why the public appears apathetic.
Thanks for sharing this!

Amanda | Friday, October 4, 2013 - 12:44am

I just downloaded the episodes from a torrent site!


After searching for years a set of recordings has now been found.

* You'll need uTorrent v. 1.8.3 (no earlier / later version is allowed) * Then create a free membership to * Then login. * Then Browse (search) for "tallship chronicles" * Click on the link to download the torrent file for S01E01 - the first ep. * Then open this into uTorrent and wait. * The file will be downloaded onto your C: drive - probably within a few hours. * Once complete leave it seeding for others to share * Repeat for the other eps.




Oliver | Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:41pm

Congratulations, Peter.


Martin Röll | Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 11:20am

Yay, congratulations! :-)

Oliver (B) | Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 3:03pm

A nice interconnectedness story:

Dan James | Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 2:41pm

Winter River is also a great snowshoeing destination. It lives up to its name in the colder months.

Robert Paterson | Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 11:19am

Brilliant Peter:

it occurs to me that the curriculum has a glaring hole it it: what we really need is for our children to understand ecosystems in their guts. I’m pretty sure you can’t do this justice when confined to a classroom, no matter how much time you spend on describing “how energy is supplied to, and how it flows through, a food web.”

Eve Goldberg | Friday, September 27, 2013 - 10:56pm

Woohoo! You've joined the dark side! I have a ukulele friend in Charlottetown if you want to find out where to go to play banjo uke with other people. And if you are ever in Toronto with your banjo uke, come to the Corktown Ukulele Jam -- you might run into me or Dan Misener there (hi Dan!).

Steve | Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:58am

If someone didn't know you this story would be a great introduction to the way your mind works

ashleyjohnston | Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:04am

I will need an upgrade soon and I would like to try some of the more open phone options. My geeking skills are limited. If I invested in a Peak phone would the software updates eventually solve the current problems? If it is not consumer ready now when do you expect it would be?

Dan Misener | Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 6:25pm

Congrats! Welcome to the club.

Dave | Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 2:16pm

I agree!