Miles

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  1. Sorry to put the topic back on topic, but when I read this article this morning I felt much the same as Anonymous. Mostly that this piece of stupidity actually made the news is truly what's mind boggling here. We are expected to believe that the engine was held together by a piece of speed tape covering a small access panel on the engine cowl. I don't blame the selfie-obsessed bimbo, I blame the reporter.

  2. "What Weather Means

    Weather is basically the way the atmosphere is behaving, mainly with respect to its effects upon life and human activities. The difference between weather and climate is that weather consists of the short-term (minutes to months) changes in the atmosphere. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure, as in high and low pressure.

    In most places, weather can change from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and season-to-season. Climate, however, is the average of weather over time and space. An easy way to remember the difference is that climate is what you expect, like a very hot summer, and weather is what you get, like a hot day with pop-up thunderstorms. "

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html

  3. Can someone please look up the difference between 'climate' and 'weather'? Thanks.

    I had the pleasure only yesterday to help out with a science experiment in my daughter's class(grade 2). With about 5 kids per group, and only one group at a time, they were shown about 20 small objects(eraser, paperclip, styrofoam, cork, sponge, piece of cloth, short length of string, piece of wax crayon, etc) and were told to make a prediction whether each object would float in water or sink. Each child had their own chart to keep track of their predictions, and also to chart what actually happened when each object was dropped in a bucket of water.

    I found their behaviours during the experiment the most fascinating. Whenever they were proven wrong when the observed object did the opposite of their prediction, most were visibly upset and were quick to voice their displeasure. Some wanted to change their prediction so as to make it align with the observed effect. At this point, I explained to them that science isn't about being right, it's about being honest. A good scientist admits they made the wrong assumption and that the prediction isn't what's important. A good scientist reports the true findings of their experiment, regardless of their prediction or of the outcome or the experiment.

    When they were right about their findings, there was big cheers and congratulating each other on being 'right'. I also observed that the loudest and/or A-type child in the group would announce their prediction with 100% confidence, and it affected the other children's predictions as well. I observed some kids would wait until A-Type made their announcement, then use the same answer, others even changed their answer to what A-Type announced. Fascinating.

    I went through 5 groups of kids, and it was a real eye opener how each group, minus maybe 1 individual per group behaved in this way. I reminded each group several times throughout the experiment that being right was not important, and that's not what science is about... as a group I don't think they ever understood what I was getting at.

    I thought I'd share this little learned wisdom I picked up from a class of 8 year olds. Science should not be about ego, emotion, or the mighty dollar. Science research should not be influenced by these things yet I highly doubt something as controversial as man made climate change can keep these undermining factors out. When I understand the science is done properly, ie, peer reviewed, and experimented on by other scientists to the same outcome, THEN I have a lot more faith in the science.

    IE: anyone following the Faster than Light Neutrino experiment that threatened to turn the physics world upside down? Some might jump to the conclusion that bad science played a part. I submit that the opposite happened. The scientists that made the announcement went public with their findings because they did NOT believe the results they got, and they wanted other scientists to examine their experiment to find what they missed. Turns out it was a loose wire in one of the computers which threw off their calculations. The world can relax, Einstein hasn't been proven wrong, yet... ;)

    Cheers all, shiny sides up!

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  4. http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/sunwing-flight-attendants-join-cupe-1630854.htm

    Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

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    March 12, 2012 17:36 ET

    Sunwing flight attendants join CUPE

    OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2012) - Flight attendants with Sunwing airlines have joined Canada's largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The 700 flight attendants voted to join CUPE in a vote conducted by the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

    "We welcome the flight attendants from Sunwing to the CUPE family," said Paul Moist, national president of CUPE. "Flight attendants, like all workers, want to have decent paying jobs with rock solid health and safety provisions. At CUPE our track record defending workers speaks for itself and we look forward to representing Sunwing flight attendants," said Moist.

    CUPE is Canada's largest airline union. With workers from Sunwing, CUPE now represents nearly 10,000 flight attendants at both large and smaller air carriers including: Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, First Air, Cathay Pacific, CALM Air, Canadian North, and the ground agents at Porter Airlines in Ottawa.

    "In tough economic times, more and more workers see the benefit of joining CUPE," said Moist. "Flight attendants deserve basic rights such as proper crew rest, time off and respectable duty periods. We look forward to working with flight attendants to achieve these and other rights."

  5. I went with LCD because I didn't like how the Plasma screens were so reflective of ambient light in the room. Also I have 3 kids who use that TV and I was worried about the TV getting left on and having screen burn in issues as I've heard is an issue on the Plasmas. Top that off with a high power consumption, and the LCD's seemed best for me. No complaints with my decision.

    As for LED's no experiences with them...