Monthly Archives: June 2012

Flick Fancy

With the Canada Day long weekend upon us and it being so hot out you couldAmerican,Canada,Canadian,flags,maple,leaves,nature,patriotism,nationfry a piece of back bacon on the pavement, what better way to celebrate than by kicking back with a bowl of poutine (mmm… poutine) and a Canada Dry gingerale to watch a few good Canadian films eh?! (no, I don’t think I could have fit any more Canadianisms in that sentence!). Whether directed by a Canadian, starring Canadians, set in Canada, filmed in Canada or produced in Canada (or a combination of the above), these movies are among the best the True North has to offer! And of course they are all available at your local GPL branch for check out.

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Dead Ringers
What list of the best Canadian films would be complete without a David Cronenberg flick? Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship…

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Mind Candy

The question of whether or not cyber-cheating which is the practice of having an online “romance” of sorts has been open for debate since the internet launched. The usual answer is, if you have to hide it – it’s cheating. I’m an insatiable flirt, but I do it wide out in the open – I never hide it from my partner. I don’t even really hide it from my friends or anyone else for that matter, but that is the nature of our relationship, not too many are like that.  While it would be nice to provide a cut and dry one answer fits all response, that just isn’t possible. The first step however is to define what cheating means to the parties involved, and to then see if the cyber-activity falls within the boundaries

Cheating is defined as depriving of something valuable by use of deceit or fraud. Obviously…

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Here’s a novel approach to adding a display to your Raspberry Pi. Instead of using a wired display — either via the HDMI (which can feed a DVI port with a simple hardware adapter) or the composite video out — [Chris Bryden] decided to use Bluetooth to provide a wireless display. This really depends on the hardware that you have available. He snapped up a hackable digital picture frame for a song and used the 320×240 display for this project.

You can see the USB nub plugged into the RPi in the image above. It’s a Bluetooth dongle and there’s with a matching one on the digital frame. With the two networked in such a way [Chris] got to work setting up a VNC that would let him pull up the X desktop over the network.

This ends up being one of the best uses we’ve seen for the…

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Financial Post | Business

OTTAWA — A rebound in oil output helped deliver surprisingly strong Canadian economic growth of 0.3% in April after two months of soggy readings, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday.

Declines in retail sales and manufacturing had led to expectations for a tepid reading on real gross domestic product. The median forecast in a Reuters survey was for 0.2% growth, and nine of 22 predictions were for no more than 0.1%.

The economy shrank by 0.2% in February and edged up by 0.1% in March.

Oil and gas output rose 2.4% in April after declines of 1.0% and 2.2% in February and March, respectively. All the increase was due to a recovery in crude oil extraction from maintenance and production difficulties in the previous two months.

Mining excluding oil and gas also grew 3.1%, adding to gains in March after an 8.4% decline in February. Wholesale, transportation and…

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Speculation is swirling today about what Research In Motion’s next move will be after the BlackBerry maker’s first-quarter results shocked even the most bearish analysts. The company is undertaking a strategic review, but what do you think it should do? Click here and tell us in our online poll

Research In Motion Ltd. plunged 15% in early trading Friday after posting a loss and delaying the next BlackBerry operating system, increasing pressure on the company to find an acquirer.

RIM shares dropped dramatically as North American markets opened. By 11 a.m., its stock was down $1.93 — more than 20% — to $7.53 per share on the Toronto Stock Exchange and down US$1.73 or 19% to US$7.40 on the Nasdaq.

RIM reported a first-quarter loss Thursday of 37 cents a share, excluding some items, more than five times bigger than what analysts had…

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