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October (8)

For the math nerd in you.
Saturday, October 29, 2011

Misguided.
Friday, October 28, 2011

On-line therapy
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Moving towards generosity.
Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Longest Revision process ever?
Friday, October 14, 2011

Okay enough of the bitching and complaining. More importantly...
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Donor's Choose!
Saturday, October 8, 2011

Update on #madwriting
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
September (7)

What's the use of Dropbox?
Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's the buddhist in me.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Seriously?
Monday, September 19, 2011

Homeward Bound
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cell division
Friday, September 9, 2011

A giant leap backward
Thursday, September 8, 2011

Yup.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
August (6)

This is wicked.
Friday, August 26, 2011

What will happen to Canada's opposition?
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

AcademicWomensansBabies
Monday, August 22, 2011

How people in science see each other.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dork moments brought to you by Girlpostdoc
Sunday, August 7, 2011

Another one bites the dust.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
July (8)

Decisions, decisions...
Saturday, July 30, 2011

So what are you going to do with that?
Friday, July 29, 2011

Probabilities
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

more travelling...
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

travelling...
Friday, July 22, 2011

If you're a working-class American who still votes Republican ... you're stupid (Bill Maher)
Friday, July 15, 2011

Do academics have charisma?
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy long weekend.
Friday, July 1, 2011
June (5)

Love this.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Not our proudest moment. But damn makes for a good laugh.
Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mansplaining without the man.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Twitter sucks.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I loved this video
Friday, June 10, 2011
May (4)April (5)

Because IT'S FRIDAY!!!!
Friday, April 29, 2011

Because it's not quite Friday.
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Staggering, but frankly not surprising.
Friday, April 22, 2011

Hinterland of Canadian science.
Friday, April 15, 2011

New Digs
Friday, April 15, 2011
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Today Canadians go to the polls, in fact, those in Eastern Canada, probably already have voted.  And I am holding my breath.  I will be checking the interwebs frequently today to find out as much information as I can but there is a 73-year old law in Canada that prevents the media from presenting early election results.  Section 329 of the Canada Elections Act says that "no person shall transmit the results or purported result of the vote in an electoral district to the public or another electoral district before the close of all the polling stations in that other electoral district."  This provision essentially means that if I lived in Western Canada I couldn't use the election results of Eastern Canada to influence how I would vote .  This is because Eastern Canada's poll's (Newfoundland and Labrador) close 4 1/2 hrs ahead of Western Canada.

But because the provision was written prior to the invention of the internet and social media, it's unclear whether tweeting results is a transmission of results or simply communication between two individuals.  You can be fined up to $25,000 for transmission of results, but communication between two individuals is not illegal.  Is tweeting transmission?   Elections Canada says it is considered transmission of results if anyone blogs, comments or tweets about the results using social media.

And yes someone was prosectuted.  In 2000, a blogger named Paul C. Bryan was fined after posting election results from Atlantic Canada on his website. He contested the law as unconsitutional citing Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which protects freedom of expression.  The law was ultimately upheld in a 5-4 vote by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2007 and he ended up paying a fine of $1000.

But the media blackout is really only 1/2hr (6:30-7pm).  Not really sure how effective 1/2hr can be to the election results.

If you are Canadian and have a chance to vote, please make sure you make it count today, whatever color of stripes you wear.

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