Guest post by Patrick Quealey, a resident of Ottawa and graduate of the London School of Economics.
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With a borrowed telephoto I headed out to the canal today to capture some candid pictures of skaters.
I'm lucky to be able to volunteer at my daughter's school each week. I'm helping with their computer lab unit - the main contribution being booting up 20 computers before school starts so we don't lose any time. My daughter also loves having me there - she's my helper so that's special too. To me it's amazing how much more technology the kids are exposed to, even in JK/SK. Of course to them this is simply normal - so there old man!
I love a cold winter day's clean blue sky.
This video from the University of Nagoya shows how, even under perfect conditions, traffic jams form for no apparent reason. What happens is that changes in the distance between cars cause people to speed up and slow down which quickly devolves into a localized traffic jam.
Even more fastinating is that the jam moves backwards!
Traffic is really complicated stuff.
I was invited to participate in the Laurentian University model Parliament on Friday and was really happy to go. Actually Elizabeth May was invited, but being in SGI at the time couldn't go, so I filled in. In a nutshell it was a lot of fun.