Falling Leaves: the Ardes blog

Monthly archives for "March 2015"

Ray Drainville

In my neighbourhood, one thing we absolutely cannot abide is a misspelled graffito.

Plus ca change

Ray Drainville

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.” — Socrates



Ray Drainville

Last year, Facebook on its own purchased WhatsApp and Oculus Rift for a total investment of $21 billion. In contrast, over the course of several decades, a collection of industrial nations have pooled $20 billion into creating ITER, a nuclear fusion engine—which, if successful, would point the way to virtually limitless, clean energy.

This contrast, in a nutshell, is exactly what is wrong with capitalism today.

Parallel Universes

Ray Drainville

The subject of the multiverse—the possiblity that there are parallel universes, of which we are completely unaware—is a fascinating one. Philosophers have discussed this, too. To my untrained eye, it seems a way to flesh out the idea of “all possible worlds”. But they’re completely theoretical. Or so you’d think.

So imagine our surprise when my wife & one of her PhD students came across a portal to one of those parallel universes.


Car Warning Lights, Demystified

Ray Drainville

I’ve always found the various warning lights on cars to be a little unclear. It underlines the difficulty in coming up with fresh iconography, particularly when you’re indicating something a technical. Thankfully, someone has come to our collective rescue!