Robert Vinet

A​ Passionately Curious Bloke

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Monopoly, Cheaters Edition; LGBT rights; The Unknown Soldier

Watch: Record numbers of women are running or office in the US Midterms – France 24 viaYouTube

This is a little unsettling. Amazon has always said they don’t listen to people’s conversation, however a woman in Portland claims her Amazon Echo recorded a private conversation, and then sent it out to random contact. – KIRO7

Here’s a sad comment on today’s society and what has become acceptable in this current political culture: Hasbro has released an official “Cheaters Edition” of Monopoly, the “family game”.

Vancouver becomes first Canadian city to ban plastic straws, foam cups and containers – CBC


May 25

1859: Ground is broken for the Suez Canal. It was officially opened in 1869, connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

1995: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the rights of homosexuals against discrimination, though sexual orientation is not specifically mentioned in the Charter.

1995: The Québec Nordiques were sold to Comsat Corporation for US$75 millions. The team was moved to Denver, Colorado, and renamed the Avalanche. They won the Stanley Cup the following year.

2000: The body of an unidentified Canadian soldier was repatriated to Canada after being exhumed near Vimy Ridge, France.

Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail:

There are few symbols as definite, as reverential, as indicative of the commonality of so many people as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The international movement to commemorate the unidentified war dead (unknown soldier monuments exist throughout the world) began after the devastation of the war that was supposed to end all wars. The British grave for the Unknown Warrior following the First World War is generally recognized as the first of these modern-day memorials. (The Duchess of Sussex continued the royal tradition of placing her wedding bouquet on the grave.) For Canada, the remains of the fallen, unidentified Canadian soldier killed during the First World War were exhumed 18 years ago from the burial grounds near the battlefields of Vimy. They were brought to Ottawa on May 25, 2000, and stayed at the Hall of Honour in Centre Block on Parliament Hill for three days. The tomb now rests in front of the capital’s National War Memorial. The arch commemorates the more than 116,000 Canadians killed overseas in battle, and those who are putting their lives on the line now and who will in the future.

Watch: The philosophy of Stoicism

The philosophy of Stoicism, a lesson by Massimo Pigliucci via TedEd and YouTube


Bill Gates: Five books worth reading this summer (2018)

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Zombie Alert; The Flying Machine; Earthquakes; Concealing child sex abuse

New York parents sue 30-year-old son who refuses to move out – BBC

They have a hard time accurately forecasting more than 4 days out, yet a weather forecaster calls for warmer-than-normal summer in Canada – CTV

City of Lake Worth, Florida sends out ‘zombie’ alert during power outage – Palm Beach Post

Humans account for just 0.01% of all life on Earth, but have destroyed 83% of wild mammalsThe Guardian

An Australian court convicted archbishop Philip Wilson for concealing child sex abuse. The offence dates back to the 1970s, when a teenager told Wilson he had been abused by another priest. – ABC Australia


May 22

1570: The first atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, is published.

1804: The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins from St. Charles, Missouri.

1906: Orville and Wilbur Wright are issued U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine“.

1927: An 8.3 magnitude earthquake near Xining, China causes 200,000 deaths in one of the world’s most destructive.

1960: The Great Chilean earthquake, measuring 9.5 magnitude, hits southern Chile, becoming the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.

1987: Rick Hansen completed his Man in Motion world tour in Vancouver in a wheelchair. The tour covered 40,000 Kim’s and raised $20 million for spinal research and outreach,

1992: Johnny Carson signs off for the last time as host of The Tonight Show.

Watch: How and why millennials became the selfie generation

From The New Yorker via YouTube

Happy Victoria Day Canada; Throw out your journal; A man who walked around the world for 9 years

Happy Victoria Day, a Canadian national public holiday in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday.

Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix deal – Variety

Video: Malcolm Gladwell explains his writing style and where his ideas come from to David Remnick – The New Yorker via YouTube

Video: How a crooked cop framed dozens of people – The New Yorker via YouTube

A Japanese man caps off a 9-year walk around world in Tuktoyaktuk – CBC

Six ‘bad’ foods that deserve a place in your diet – Globe and Mail

The therapeutic benefits of keeping a journal – and then throwing it away – Quartz


May 21

1939: The Canadian National War Memorial is unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa.

1988: The National Gallery of Canada, designed by Moshe Safdie, officially opened in Ottawa.

Sunbeam Tiger at the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally

How to disappear; Quebec & Cuba independence; Murders and suicides in Australia; Beer is not beneficial

German cities can immediately start banning diesel cars – Carscoops

College May Not Be Worth It Anymore – NY Times

Beer is not beneficial, German court rules – Reuters

How to disappear from the internet – The Guardian

Laurie, a new free Stephen King story – Stephen King

When Australia’s gun buyback program took in 650,000 guns, murder and suicide rates plummeted – VOX


May 20

1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent for using copper rivets to strengthen the pockets of denim overalls.

1902Cuba gains independence from the United States.

1932Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.

1980: – The population of Quebec rejects, by 60% of the vote, a government proposal to move towards independence from Canada. The 1980 Quebec independence referendum was the first referendum on whether Quebec should pursue a path toward sovereignty. The referendum was called by Quebec’s Parti Québécois (PQ) government, which advocated secession from Canada.

Harry and Meghan; Time is really nothing but an illusion; Super Seniors; Circumnavigating the world

More than 100,000 well-wishers descended on the town of Windsor to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day, where the couple tied the knot at St. George’s Chapel this morning.

A 2-year Stanford study shows the productivity boost of working from home – Inc.

Time is really nothing but an illusion, according to quantum physics – Quartz // Tell that to my aging body.

Could the DNA of these ‘super seniors’ hold the secret to healthy aging? – Globe and Mail

Vermont moves closer to creating a wholesaler program for importing drugs from CanadaStat

A Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine has arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Globe and Mail

The unplanned circumnavigated the world – Medium

Sadly, it happened again. And it’s happening at an alarming rate. Yesterday, at least 10 people were killed and another 10 were wounded in Texas school shooting. In the 93 days since a gunman killed 17 staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there have been 23 more gun incidents at American schools and universities.


May 19

1743: French physicist Jean-Pierre Christin published the design of a mercury thermometer with the centigrade scale, with 0 representing the freezing point of water and 100 its boiling point.

1845: Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition departed from Greenhithe, England. 129 men would die on the expedition.

1911: Parks Canada, the world’s first national park service, is established.

Enjoy the long weekend.

GQ’s comedy cover; Tourism gets the red light in Amsterdam; Adjust your office chair; It’s a good day for bees;

How to adjust your office chairWirecutter

More than 4,500 people have been evacuated due to flooding in British Columbia. Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been called in to help.

It’s a good day to be a bee in the European Union: EU court upholds partial pesticide ban to protect bees – Irish Times

Tourism gets the red light in AmsterdamNew Zealand Herald

Bitcoin estimated to use .5% of the world’s electric energy by end of the year – EurekAlert

GQ’s comedy issue cover, featuring Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman, mocks Vanity Fair’s Photoshop fail – GQ


May 18

1785: Saint John, New Brunswick is incorporated, the first in Canada.

1804: The French Senate proclaims Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor.

1980: The Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state erupts.

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