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  1. Mendalla

    The future of this forum

    UCCan Talk was established right at the very beginning. It was a nod to our roots in the original Wondercafe, a UCCan project, and to the large number of UCCan members on our roster due to those roots. However, we have been noticing that it has become very quiet in recent years. As part of the...
  2. Mendalla

    What is a "preacher's voice"?

    So, I was just in Jamaica on holiday and a total stranger said something that kind of me has me going "hmmm". The Jamaican gentleman who drove us to the airport when we left said he had a friend who preaches in a church in Atlanta and that I had a "preacher's voice". I thanked him and told him...
  3. Mendalla

    How was church, February 23 edition

    @mgagnonlv suggested that we should do a separate thread for each Sunday rather than having a monolithic thread as we do now. So, I am seeing how that goes. I was at Wesley-Knox United today. It was the last service that their retired former minister will be helping with so it was a bit of a...
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    The pale blue dot remastered

    NASA has put out a remastered, clearer version of the famous pale blue dot image. See Bob McDonald blog below to see the picture and read more about it. This picture of the Earth was taken by Voyager 1 from 6.4 billion kilometers away. It was the brainchild of the late Dr. Carl Sagan, who then...
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    Oscars so ... Korean!!!

    Seriously. Parasite, by popular Korean director Bong Joon-ho, won not only best international film (new name for best foreign language), but also best picture, best screenplay, and best director. Joon-ho was already well-known for previous films like The Host, Okja, Snowpiercer, and more, but...
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    Voces8 - Vocal music at its finest

    There are only eight members in Voces8 (hence the name) but the sound they produce ... just wow. The group was founded in 2005, turned pro in 2007, and has been through many lineup changes. Only one original member remains and he is the artistic director. Most of the members are British and...
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    Kirk Douglas, 1916-2020

    One of the greats of the film industry's first century has passed on at the age of 103. More later once I run through my brain to recall which of his movies I have seen. Spartacus for sure. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-us-canada-51394855?__twitter_impression=true RIP
  8. Mendalla

    When your anti-virus software is the problem...

    Just calling attention to this article from IT World. Avast has actually had a decent reputation among free anti-virus programs but this definitely tarnishes that reputation. It is a "you get what you pay for" situation. And, yes, I have used it though I think I've removed it from most devices...
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    He's pining for the fjords. RIP, Terry Jones

    Another Python gone. Though it's the first one we have lost since Graham Chapman. Terry Jones created a number of memorable characters and sketches during his years with Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also directed or co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and The Meaning...
  10. Mendalla

    Facing Mortality

    I watched this video on Youtube last night and it is very interesting. Herbert Fingarette, a philosopher who once wrote a book on death, rethinks his ideas on the subject 20 years later as he draws near the end of his own life. The filmmaker is the man's grandson and he did a remarkable job of...
  11. Mendalla

    Supported web browsers

    With the release of the new Microsoft Edge yesterday, I will offer full support for the following browsers: Microsoft Edge, provided you are on the new version (icon looks like this: ) Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox I will also support Apple Safari as best I can, but I am not an Apple person...
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    When you hear thunder, it will be him playing. RIP, Neil Peart

    Another great of rock music is gone. Neil Peart played drums and wrote lyrics for Canadian power trio Rush from when he joined in 1974 to the band's retirement in 2015. He passed away at 67 from brain cancer. Neil was easily one of the best drummers of all time and also a masterful lyricist...
  13. Mendalla

    Let the countdown begin!!!!

    Less than 12 hours left in 2019. I think it is time to get the Wonderparty rolling. Memories of 2019. Thoughts of what is to come (please Trump lose, please please). And, of course, enough Wonderbooze and goodies to get us through to midnight. Fridge is stocked, bar and buffet are open. Here...
  14. Mendalla

    The Return of Cover Songs III

    We've had a couple threads about cover songs in the past but it has been a while and I just watched a string of terrific covers last night. First up, a Buffalo Springfield classic done beautifully by the Del McCoury Band and some friends. The singer (who apparently also plays fiddle) is perfect...
  15. Mendalla

    The ape has been wandering again

    As alluded to a couple times in other threads, I was on vacation over Christmas. My family likes to go someplace warm during the holidays and this year it was Panama, home of the world's (probably) most famous canal. It was definitely warm there (30+ every day). It is also muggy as hell...
  16. Mendalla

    A cool, positive political story

    Saw this and thought it was a neat story. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/theyre-mpps-for-opposing-parties-theyre-family-and-they-get-along-great/ar-BBYkInW?li=AAggXBV Short version: Ontario Minister of Agriculture (under both Mike Harris and Doug Ford) Ernie Hardeman and NDP...
  17. Mendalla

    Vancouver Island quakes?

    No damage so far, but there's been a string of quakes between 3 and 6.2 on the West side of Vancouver Island. Anyone here felt anything? Or are our islanders all on the other side? https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/earthquake-aftershock-west-vancouver-island-1.5408575 Some...
  18. Mendalla

    Merry Christmas!!!

    I am enjoying a family vacation right now. More about that later. Just popping in courtesy of our hotel Wifi to wish everyone at WC2, from lurkers to regular posters, a Merry Christmas. May hope, joy, peace, and love fill your lives.
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    Lifelabs ransomware/hack

    Just heard through the media that Lifelabs was victim of a cyberattack. It was reported to the BC and Ontario governments November 1 but is just going public now. They are the largest private lab service in Canada so I am guessing that I am not the only Lifelabs user on here. The company's own...
  20. Mendalla

    Is this how to fight fake news?

    Finland has been fighting, often successfully, the influence of fake news and foreign propaganda online. CNN has a good report on how they have been doing this. A blueprint for others? Maybe. It would be hard to implement in a free speech obsessed place like the US but in many other Western...
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