dewline: (astonishment)
Why am I not comforted by this news?

Not a great way to start my morning. Or anyone else's, I suspect.
dewline: (edutainment)
You might be interested in this, depending on your mental health needs.

News report courtesy of CBC News Sudbury...
dewline: (investigation) this one by CGP Grey. I've seen the argument made elsewhere, but this made for an entertaining refresher on the subject.

dewline: (Sketching)
This was indeed my first movie to watch in 2016 at the cinema.

It builds upon the GQ article "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas, dealing with brain damage as suffered by NFL players and documented in the research of Dr. Bennet Omalu.

Frankly, it hits a little too close to home. There was a point in my childhood where I was a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers - yes, that goes against the grain of my CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders fandom, but I was in grade school then - and Mike Webster was the offensive center in those days.

Something else: Webster was played by - of all people! - David Morse. AKA "Dr. Jack Morrison" from St. Elsewhere...a show I watched fairly closely from the tail end of its first season right up to the Snow Globe Moment. Morse's performance, as much as Will Smith's, is an example of the chameleon skill one needs to disappear into any given role as an actor.

This movie is one more link in the chain of consequences working themselves out across North America as a result of Dr. Omalu's work on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The consequences have already reached from the NFL to the CFL and NHL as well as well as the leagues supplying those three organizations with their talent. Possibly other pro sports organizations as well.

I needed to see this. The ending is an uncertain one, and the topic sombre, but it matters.

I'll close with this note to Dr. Omalu on the off-chance that he should see this: thank you. You said a thing that we - humanity - needed to hear, however unpleasant it was.
dewline: (edutainment)
Jakeet Singh muses about our PM's issue with people who "commit sociology". I would advise against reading the comments on this one. Some of the writers of those would seem to be "astro-turfing".

Some interesting photography from the Curiosity rover on Mars.

Growing eyes? Maybe, maybe not. Might be worth keeping watch on this project, though.

For those of you interested in public transit history in Ottawa: a trip back in time to 1959. They had at least one design to look at on the streets of the day.

The Ottawa Citizen's Kelly Egan comments on what we may be missing when we look at crime stats. There is a certain art as much as science to that work.
dewline: (Default)
But for CBC, I'd almost forgotten...

Requiescat in pacem, Terrence. Your Marathon continues.


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