Year: 2019

English: obfuscate

Tutoring English, vocabulary is always interesting. The tutor mentions a word he recently noticed: obfuscate obfuscate: to make more confusing; to hinder understanding. Source: Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Politics: Singh: “Don’t settle for less”

Self-tutoring about politics: the tutor continues about the upcoming vote. My wife and I’ve been married 24 years. Take it from me: she’s no dreamer. Likely the dreamiest action she ever took was to marry me; I don’t imagine her

Politics: Promises, part 1

Self-tutoring about politics: the tutor continues about promises. In yesterday’s post I mention the idea of political promises and why they might get abandoned. One disadvantage that a promise to “save” inevitably carries is that it involves investment. Let’s imagine

Politics: promises: part 0

Self-tutoring about politics: the tutor reflects about promises. “Broken promise” was a term oft heard in the 80s. My memory is that government spending cuts were frequently discussed back then. Conventional wisdom was that, campaigning, a party wouldn’t mention spending

English: vocabulary: decedent

Tutoring English, new words emerge. The tutor mentions one. I heard someone say “decedent” recently, so wondered if it’s a word, which it indeed is. A “decedent” is one who is deceased. Source: Mish, Frederick C. (editor). Merriam-Webster Dictionary.Springfield: Merriam-Webster,

Politics: Canada’s federal deficits 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 (projected)

Self-tutoring about Canada: the tutor offers figures for Canada’s deficits 2016-2019 Looking around for a list of Canada’s deficits 2016-2019, I couldn’t find one. What’s up with that? Well, for interested parties, I’ve compiled one: Year Deficit $B 2016-17 $17.8

Politics: the coming Canadian election, part 0

Self-tutoring about the coming election here in Canada: the tutor begins…. Monday, October 21, 2019, Canadian voters once again have a decision to make. Irretrievably academic, I began research by looking up the rules for election dates. When I was

Cooking: internal temperature increase

Self-tutoring about cooking: the tutor mentions an observation. Today I was heating some chicken burgers whose instructions suggested, for a start, to bake them in a preheated 425F oven for about 20 minutes, then continue until an internal temp of

Programming: Java file runs w/o compiling

Self-tutoring about Java: the tutor mentions an interesting observation. This morning, on this computer, I updated Java to openjdk-13. Having done so, I wrote a small class file to test the installation. On the command line I forgot to compile,

Music: “Kiss You (when it’s dangerous)” part II: the video

Self-tutoring about music videos: the tutor mentions one he’s long considered. In yesterday’s post I mention “Kiss You (when it’s dangerous)”, circa ’85, by the band from Ottawa, Eight Seconds. It’s a song I remember from then, but I’ve grown