#SOPA 24 hours protest is just the beginning

Thursday, 19 January, 2012

Wikipedia Thank You re SOPA and PIPA protest

Even if the current incarnations of SOPA and PIPA laws are stopped, this will just be one of the many battles in a long war. The industries and lobbyists will keep on pushing. It is up to us to ensure future incarnations of SOPA and PIPA are not overreaching thus doing more harm than good.

As one of the lead Fair Copyright for Canada Calgary organizers who has written articles, sent in personal submissions for parliamentary copyright committees, and organized protests since December 2007, I try to do my part to help shape Fair Copyright laws in Canada. Given that experience, I know the anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA has to be the beginning and we should be prepared to keep up the effort for sometime to come.

See also:

* “Canadian Media Coverage of the SOPA Protest

* Toronto Star, “Michael Geist’s website went dark to protest U.S. restrictions on Internet

Jan 21, 2012 Update: Mashable, “The Week That Killed SOPA: A Timeline

Vacation vs. Staycation – Wikipedia, Merriam-Webster, and Me

Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

Garden of Aton - pix 20

Vacation is about creating great experiences during your 4-6 weeks per year of holiday time that you are awayStaycation is about creating wonderful experiences (weeks, days, or even hours/minutes) during the 46-48 weeks that you are in town.

Gov team photo 2 @ Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival 2011

To me, staycation is a mindset. Staycation can happen at any time. Staycation can be a result of having a great meal and a great time at a local farmers’ market (thanks Junian @ Kaffir Lime Indonesian Food, see him cooks on YouTube here) that is right on the main Calgary roadway that tens of thousands of people drive by everyday (but only a small percentage will actually drive in)!

Staycation can be a great hike at a local park by the river or a nice walk/exercise around the neighbourhood. Staycation can be a simple dinner at a restaurant instead of going home and cook. OR If you eat out ALL the time, it can be going home to cook and share a simple dinner with your loved ones.

Here is a friend writing about her recent staycation in reply to my Facebook staycation status,

We went hiking to nearby trails during the day, went shopping in Chinook, ate out in nice restaurants, watched a movie, read a book in the backyard, visited a relative, puttered around the garden, and at the end of the day…we slept in the comfort of our own beds. Stress free vacation!

I believe staycation is a mindset that can lead to us living a happier life.

Macleod Sushi & BBQ (visit 2) - pix 01 - various sushi - visit 1 - order 2

Of course, the time you spend doing household chores or answering work emails, etc can not honestly be counted as a staycation. But the time you spend in between can be. Like the staycation I mentioned above, it lasted for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Staycation is a mindset to enjoy and appreciate the various moments of life in town, at the same time as we are living a busy life. Like the saying “slow down and smell the roses”, I am saying life is a journey, try to live a more deliberate life and take many mini staycations.

I want to point out that I’ve defined Staycation as a mindset, which is different from the definitions, as of press time (Aug 16, 2011), you currently see in Wikipedia and Merriam-Webster. See this current July 29, 2011 version of Staycation in Wikipedia. In short, the definition of “staycation” has not been broadened to include a “mindset” yet. But I am a patient man and don’t mind waiting a little for the dictionaries/definitions to catch up. :)

Wikipedia, Happy 10th Birthday!

Thursday, 13 January, 2011


I like Wikipedia and have used it quite often to lookup info and learn about things. And when I write articles, I try to provide relevant links (often from Wikipedia) so my readers can dig deeper and learn more if they wish.

It is Wikipedia 10th anniversary this Saturday, Jan 15th, 2011. If you haven’t used Wikipedia before, give it a try. If you have used Wikipedia, why don’t you try to help a little. Next time when you have a chance, why don’t you add some useful information or fix a problem you see in an Wikipedia article. Over the years, I have added various pieces of useful information, fixed different errors, and even created a few new entries. If I can do it, I am sure you can do it too.

Wikipedia, Happy 10th Birthday!

Also check out,

* UK Guardian, “Wikipedia at 10: a web pioneer worth defending“, by Sue Gardner, Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation,

* The Atlantic, “All-Star Thinkers on Wikipedia’s 10th Anniversary

* NYT, “Wikipedia Marks 10 Years of Edit-It-Yourself

* MSNBC, “53 percent of Americans use Wikiped

A Less Open Internet?

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Just listened to an insightful podcast segment “A Less Open Internet?” on The Brian Lehrer Show. From the show (emphasis and links added),

Two news stories today may mean that the internet is getting a little less openJulia Angwin wrote in the Wall St. Journal today about how the number of volunteer editors on Wikipedia has dropped precipitously over the past year. Then, Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine.com discusses reports that Rupert Murdoch is in negotiations with Microsoft to provide content exclusively to Bing, and not Google.”

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