Stephen Harper’s government seems to be on the verge of implementing a new foreign-aid plan that excludes any mention of family planning, contraception, or abortion, prompting comparisons to the U.S “global gag rule” which was reversed by President Barack Obama last year.
I have so many problems with this kind of policy but what drives me crazy is that while the debate over abortion at least made sense in the the United States, where they really are still divided over this sort of thing, it makes no sense here. Abortion really hasn’t been a major part of political debate here for quite a while and I doubt anywhere near half the country is on board with this. And the no contraception part? In Africa? I don’t think even 10% of Canadians would agree with that.
Experts asked immediately if Harper’s ministers were confusing contraception with abortion. Few people, even on the hardline moral right, argue that refusing family planning to women in Africa saves lives.
These days, tech support calls involve questions of how to do stuff these folks like to do. Because they can now actually use their computers instead of simply restarting them, I’m able to better see how they use them. And the one commonality I’ve seen is that no one knows how to use the file system.
Unfortunately for the average person, the file system is so complex that everything outside of the desktop and the documents folder appears to be a vast labyrinth which most likely hides booby traps and minotaurs.
Yes. Now that many of my family and friends have Macs I rarely get calls for help, but when I do it is always file system related. Often they cannot find something because a file is not where they think it should be, which means the file is not:
on the desktop
already “inside” a program (like itunes or iphoto)
in whatever default folder is shown when “open” is selected from inside the related program (like word or pages).
My stuff is often a mess too, though I can usually track things down… by spotlight search. I promise myself that I will organize everything better. But who feels like digging through the file system with that piece of shit, desperately in need of an overhaul Finder.
Or splitting it up into several different thematic tumblrs (or maybe even “real” blogs). Probably, I will be too lazy to follow through, but out of curiosity, what do you like or dislike (or wish I would shut up about) on this tumblr:
a) clothes b) music c) art d) books e) politics/ideas f) personal stuff about my girlfriend/cat/life/school/Toronto g) funny pictures h) all of the above
I enjoy it as is. Most of the time I like blogs about people rather than topics. And I like that what you choose to post forms a certain representation of who you are (obviously not a completely accurate picture but an interesting tumblr representation none the less). That said, if one topic is really separate from the others, or is something you want to think about as a completely separate thing (might help you focus on something you want to work on I guess?)… it is easy enough to follow both.