Nobody lives past thirty

Something is not right


I saw this cartoon today, “Something’s just not right — our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past thirty”. I enjoyed this thought provoking cartoon.
It creates an opportunity to thank science (Vaccinations, antibiotics, science based GMOs, bio-tech) and put things into perspective!

Thunderbird Inbox Zero Plugin

Getting Thunderbird to Inbox Zero plugin

idea: I would love to help with this, if there are any developers who have the chops. I want a Thunderbird email plugin that at some (setting driven) interval takes a random old email in your Inbox and brings it to the top of your Inbox, with the goal of getting you to Inbox 0. Say for example 5 old emails, from random dates, are brought to the top. Most are likely not relevant any more so can be deleted or archived.

Thunderbird Inbox Zero Plugin

Idea: Thunderbird Inbox Zero Plugin

Even more advanced it would dynamically choose the number to bring to the top based on how many emails are in your Inbox, and how many it detects you process per day.

Any other suggestions for Thunderbird email users that are privacy conscious to get to Inbox zero, I would love to hear your suggestions!


David Bratzer

Bratzer v. Victoria Police Department (No. 3).

My friend David Bratzer has closed the page in a long journey against the Victoria Police Department for exercising his right to discuss his political beliefs in his personal life, in public. I met him over 5 years ago, where he spoke at IdeaWave 2010 on The Key to Criminal Justice Reform: Ending Drug Prohibition. This was a controversial talk, as at the time I was told the Victoria Police previously had a conference deny him from speaking out on this issue. I welcomed the challenge, and would not be silenced by an organization, even a police department, by allowing someone the right to free speech on their own time. I feel we have a shortage of people in society willing to risk their careers and livelihood for their principals, especially the altruistic. I feel as a society, we all have an obligation to support these risk takers if we don’t have the courage to do so ourself.

Five years later, and David just posed this on his Facebook wall:

Today the BC Human Rights Tribunal issued its decision in my case: Bratzer v. Victoria Police Department (No. 3).
It’s been a long road, but worth it. The decision is a significant victory for employee rights in British Columbia. Here is a brief summary of key points:
• The Tribunal determined that employers have a duty to accommodate the political beliefs of employees (paragraph 323).
• The Tribunal recognized that the protection offered by the Code for political belief includes not only the belief itself but also the manner of expression (paragraphs 274 and 276).
• The Tribunal ruled that employers cannot force their employees to ask for permission in advance of expressing their political beliefs (paragraph 401).
• The Tribunal recognized the right of police officers to participate in political advocacy and in the affairs of a political party (paragraphs 321 and 386).
• The Tribunal found the actions of Chief Jamie Graham (retired) were motivated by his antipathy toward “left wingers” (paragraphs 122, 123, 218, 220, 223, 224, 349, 320, 350, 351, 394 and 424).
• VicPD has been ordered to pay $20,000 for injury to dignity, the highest ever award for a political belief case in Canada (paragraphs 437 and 438).
Thank you to my family, colleagues and friends for all their support!

I would like to take the time to thank David for being a personal hero of mine — risking his livelihood for the greater good of society with a young family is courageous. You’ve always demonstrated a level of integrity I’ve admired (not to mention the countless hours you’ve spent door knocking, flyer handing, building a student award program, and running as a school board trustee — your support for students and youth may be unrecognized by most, but it is not by me).

David: You’re the definition of community super hero, to me.

David’s Blog.


My first entry for #fivetenfriday was experimenting with the GIMP. I don’t normally edit my photographs except for cropping. It was a lot of fun testing the filters out, I will do more of this.

In this image I applied a canvas filter to a magnolia tree imagine I just took here in Vancouver, B.C.

Magnolia Tree as a Canvas

Magnolia Tree as a Canvas for #fivetenfriday

In the process I also learned that my hosting provider doesn’t like large files, so I activated a 5 year old Flickr account. If you click on the link you can see the fill size image, as well you can also see in the EXIF data showing I took the photo on manual mode, which is something I’ve been forcing myself to use since I got this new camera, which has been a great learning experience. You have to zoom in on the full screen flickr image to see the texture. Thanks for checking it out!