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September 2013


Canada: The Sixth Happiest Country

World’s happiest nations are…

Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden are the world’s happiest countries, according to the survey of 156 countries. Rwanda, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Benin and Togo — all nations in Sub-Saharan Africa — are the least satisfied with their lives, the report said.

The United States came in at number 17 in the world in terms of overall happiness, but it still lags behind Canada (6), Australia (10), Israel (11) the United Arab Emirates (14) and Mexico (16), according to the Earth Institute.

It’s really interesting to see how the most socialist countries are often the most happiest. And Copenhagen was recently crowed the best city to live in the entire world. If you ever wondered how these Scandinavian nations are able to make money, check out this video on their economic system.

As a Canadian, I am happy to see that the country I live in is ranked 6th. And the only North American country in the top 10. I’ve been to many countries around the world and I can say that they all are beautiful in their own unique ways. I love learning about different cultures and traditions. Better yet, I love trying new foods! However, there is nothing that really beats the thrill of landing back at Pearson International airport in Toronto.

Science & Medicine, Technology

September 7, 2013

The 10 commandants for happiness and success

Don’t compare yourself to others.

Only surround yourself with brilliant and positive people.

Don’t be afraid to fail, failure is the best thing that could happen to you.

Find your vocation and have pleasure doing it.

Be careful when listening to people.

Be generous, share when you can.

Stay healthy, eat healthily, exercise and balance your life.

Don’t be afraid to disappoint anyone.

Don’t watch TV and don’t follow the media too much.

Have strong values and stick to them, no matter what.

These are some excellent points that we should all live our lives by. The last one happens to be my favourite.

New connections can allow these cells to operate at solar concentrations of 70,000 suns

“We have discovered that by inserting a very thin film of  into the connecting junction of stacked cells we can virtually eliminate voltage loss without blocking any of the solar energy,” says Dr. Salah Bedair

Essentially, scientists will be able to harness significantly more solar energy in the same square footage of panels. More efficient and effective renewable energy coming soon to a roof near you!

Infectious diseases don’t care about ‘why’ you choose to be unvaccinated

Most people have not lived in a time of plagues or remember their effects. Most people do not read history or look at the morbidity and mortality of vaccine-preventable illnesses in the third world. But the reality is that vaccine-preventable illness are still there and the barriers to prevent their return are surprisingly fragile. It doesn’t take much thinning of herd immunity to allow vaccine-preventable illnesses to come storming back.

Sadly, we live in a time to people in America being too comfortable. We have the likes of Jenny McCarthy wrongly linking vaccinations to her child’s autism.

Tesla Model S outperforms an Aston Martin

It is the future… today. It offers most of the usability of the world’s best luxury saloons, but with no tailpipe emissions and a fraction of the running costs. And it handles too.

Just look at those corner turns and acceleration. Simply exhilarating.

Elon Musk is pretty much Tony Stark

The system uses the Leap Motion controller to track hand gestures. Implementations of the system include a version using 3D glasses, a free-standing glass projection (as seen in Iron Man) and the Oculus Rift headset for the full virtual reality experience. To top it all off, the team then printed the part in titanium using a 3D laser metal printer.

What can’t Elon do? He is so going to Mars in his lifetime.

Pope Francis tells G20 to not engage in military action in Syria

“To the (G20) leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.


Samsung Unveil Galaxy Gear

Today Samsung unveiled a smart watch called the Galaxy Gear

There are a couple of significant downsides that temper my enthusiasm for the new Gear. First and foremost is the speed and intuitiveness of the user interface — or rather, the lack thereof. There’s a tangible lag to anything you do with the Gear, while the swipe gestures are hard to figure out and do different things depending on where you are in the menus.

My thoughts are that Samsung was trying to quickly put a product on the shelf in an attempt to prevent a highly anticipated “iWatch” by Apple later this month. I think that the Galaxy Gear is ugly, seems laggy and too clunky. Personally, I think it does too much of what a smart phone does. Tim Cook has stated previously that if they were to make a new product such as a watch or wrist band, it would have to compliment the smartphone but have features that make it standout.

Update: Sept. 11, 2013

Check out Jon Rettinger’s rant on the Galaxy Gear:


Microsoft Buys Nokia

In a major yet unsurprising move, Microsoft has acquired Nokia’s device and services devision for around $7.2 Billion.

Building on the partnership with Nokia announced in February 2011 and the increasing success of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, Microsoft aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. For Nokia, this transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to earnings, strengthen its financial position, and provide a solid basis for future investment in its continuing businesses.

Microsoft is a now a vertical smart phone and tablet maker. Google and Microsoft are beginning to see the benefits of being the software and hardware makers for their devices like Apple. The likes of Dell, Sony, HP, Asus should be somewhat concerned now. Suppose Microsoft decides to only make Windows Phone 8 devices with Nokia and not them? Overall, this is a good move by Microsoft right now.

Another loser here is BlackBerry. At one point I was theorizing that Microsoft would use them for their secure enterprise services and perhaps hardware such as the Bold. In essence now, this move to acquire Nokia proves that Apple was right.

Oh yeah, free KitKats with new Android phones….