Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fixing the economy...

Just got this in an email. Sounds like a great idea:

This might just work ! So simple to fix-----

This was an article from the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper on Sunday. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You Fix the Economy?"

Dear Mr. President,

Patriotic retirement:
There's about 40 million people over 50 in the work force; pay them $1 million apiece severance with stipulations:

1) They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.
2) They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed.
3) They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis fixed.

What could be simpler than this???
and it won't cost BILLIONS!!

But if you multiply 40 million times a million dollars, unless my math is wrong, that comes to 40 trillion dollars. So what's this, "it won't cost bilions" crap?

Monday, March 30, 2009


Just saw this xkcd strip and thought it was pretty funny:

Saturday, March 21, 2009

MS Society Walkathon - April 19, 2009

Please help support the MS Society of Canada by sponsoring someone walking or by registering and joining us on April 19, or by volunteering to help the MS Society in some small way.

To sponsor me please click here: Sponsor Paul

Or to sponsor my wife Heather click here: Sponsor Heather

If you can help in any way it is very much appreciated.

Programmer joke

This was posted on the wall in the washroom at work. I thought it was pretty funny:

int getRandom()
return 4; // Determined by roll of dice.
// Guaranteed to be random.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Investing in index funds...

Here's a useful article that describes why investing in index funds makes sense. I too have avoided these for some of the reasons mentioned in the article but I'm now reconsidering:
Canadian Business Article

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I just happen to have a Guinness in the fridge. I think I'll crack it open to honour the day.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Canadian Hydro Developers Inc.

If you'd like to invest in sustainable energy sources for the future consider investing in Canadian Hydro Developers. They're building wind farms as well as hydro and biomass power plants.

Pelican Dives

I got some cool pictures of Pelicans diving while on vacation (no the Pelicans weren't on vacation, I was). When you watch them it's so fast you don't really see the details of the motion. The pictures show that they stab their heads into the water with their neck extended just as they hit the water. Pretty neat.

More pics here: http://picasaweb.google.com/paul.h.breslin/Mexico2009#

(click image to enlarge)