Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Gas turbine

A gas turbine extracts energy from a flow of hot gas produced by combustion of fuel in compressed air. The first true gas turbine engine was designed by Dr. Stolze in 1872. Gas turbines are used on ships, locomotives, automobiles and even on motorcycles.

Downhill Mountain Biking

When you think about mountain bike, you probably think about a bike that is easily found in every shop. But it is more than that; for some people, it is a passion and it priceless to practice.

the "Tour de France"

This cycle race around the country of France is the biggest challenge for the 198 riders who take the departure line. But when 2 billions persons are watching you trought television you need to be the strongest and the fastest for that you need the best technologie in your hand.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Caves and Caving

Caves are the last frontier of discovery on earth. Cavers explore them through water, mud, narrow passages or deep shafts. Their rewards are the results of their studies, the maps they produce and their contemplation of delicate formations.

Building a high-end PC

To build a high-end computer, mount motherboard to case. Install CPU in socket. Insert memory and graphic cards. Install optical and hard drives in bay. Install power supply to the case. Connect any final wiring. PC ready for initial boot.


Let's rock it with the electric guitar!

The electric guitar is a complex instrument with all sorts of pick-ups and their ways of working. Bridges, necks, strings and bodies are also to consider for a better sound of the instrument.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


During the night of the 12th August 1961 a wall has been build to separate the West of Berlin from the East. It broke a lot of families and killed 200 people during 28 years. It felt the 9th November 1989.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Bombardier Challenger 300

Bombardier's Challenger 300 is a super mid-size business jet that can carry up to 9 passengers across the United-States. It has advanced avionics systems integrated in a glass cockpit. Its wide-body cabin has a stand-up height and a flat floor.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

F-22 Raptor

Meet world’s first stealthy air dominance fighter. Its skillful blending of stealth technologies, supercruise engines, integrated sensors and avionics, manoeuvrability and agility give this fighter the first-look, first-shot and first-kill capability that will guarantee air dominance.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

CL-600 Autoflight Control System

An autopilot is a device for correcting an aircraft when it deviates from some preselected reference line. The autopilot essentially provides “muscle” to control the aircraft in the pitch and roll axes according to a basic attitude reference or modes selected on the coupled flight director system.

“Autoflight Control System.” Canadair Challenger 601 Training Guide. August 1984: Chapter 10


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Shock Doctrine

During our discussion about the Shock Doctrine we heard different points of view. The first question was about if the Canadian economy is going towards monetarism. The group admitted that the economical model of Stephen Harper’s government is closer to the American model, but they can’t believe that we will have a monetarism model in Canada. In fact, the minority government that we have now can’t change the Canadian economy radically.

The second question was about if September 11 attacks was organized by the US government to make the war in Iraq acceptable by the American population. The group said that the first answer to the attacks was the Afghanistan war. The shock caused by September 11 surely helps the acceptance, but almost all the group didn’t agree to the conspiracy theory. Only one thinks that the American government organized September 11 attacks. About the war in Iraq, the group said that the government used the weapons of mass destruction to shock the population, so they will accept this war. The government knew that the population didn’t forget September 11 and that the weapons of mass destruction are a good link.

The third question was about the fact that China is now the most important source of importation for Canada in term of quantity. The group believe that this situation is due to the cheapness of the goods imported from China. One remembered that in the past a lot of things was made in Japan and now they are a big economical force. After that there was Taiwan and now is China. Because they are over a billion of Chinese and he thought that China will follow Japan, he was concern about the impact of China development on the environment and on the world economy.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Recognize Us!

From the discussion we had on Tuesday, I could say that students of College and University that are going to get a job in their field want to be recognized for what they're worth. We study for several years and when we finally pull it through, we expect to find a good job in recognition of what we achieved.

We don't put money as our first priority when we search for a job, but it's obviously in our top 5. If we could get a good salary, we would rather work less to spend more time with our friends and family. A week of 4 days with 40 hours would be an ideal situation for us. We could look lazy for a baby boomer, but that's the new reality. It was very different back in the 50's, the society has changed, we don't carry the same values, we are more educated, the economical context is not the same and the technology has evolved.

Also, we suggest that the managers should be evaluated on how well they give recognition to their employees. It's a skill that every manager should have because it can stimulate the employees and establishe a good vibration into the company.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Our Girls Aren't Guinea Pigs

During our second week, we read an article which was talking about the different problems of a massive vaccine inocculation.

After the discussion, it appeared that a vaccine or a drug couldn't be developped without risk because there are so many different cases of reaction. The body of every people is not the same and reacts so differently with a drug or a vaccine. The body could react if it has different drug in it. The vaccine should be test during a long time before that a pharmacy could sell it.

We discussed too about those tests and every one agreed to say that it was very difficult to test vaccins because of the very expensive protocols of those tests. It's very difficult to test it because it depands on what the government wants to know and there are so many parametres. Finaly, the difficulties are coming from that the tests take place in clinicl areas and that's not a common environment and that's not the real life.

Me and my group finished on a positive thought. We talked about a possible vaccine developpement against the HIV. Every one agreed with this possibility, in a short or in a long way, because now we can be helped by the new technologies. But the more important is to go faster than the virus and don't let it developpe itself.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Radicaly soft.

During this discussion following our reading of the two articles "The Radicalism at our Doors" and "From Africa with Guns", we heard different points of view, showing that the questions asked were not understood in the way I intended them to. Despite that, it created interesting debates.

About the potential rising of risks for some terrorist attacks in Canada caused by its current involvement in the war in Afghanistan, it was mostly said that we were already on the list of potential targets anyway. Helping the US to make war puts us there. The terrorists do not need to immigrate here to be able to attack our land. One in the team still beleived in the old image of Canada participating only in peace missions and thought that we don’t look as bad as the US do with their war in Irak.

About the idea of refusing all the immigrants from certain countries ravaged by war or terrorism, everybody disgreed because we need to help those who need it. Potential immigrants can be screened and once accepted can be followed. One of the team beleived that every countries should agree on common rules for immigration.

About putting more energy on screening the immigrants before accepting them or on removing from our land the ones turned into terrorists or criminals, the team was sharing the idea that it was too expensive to rely only on the second possibility. We must refuse the dangerous people.

About getting fully integrated into the local population of a country where one would move, it appeared that it was important to everyone. Only one person showed some hesitation, saying that he would need at least to have 2 or 3 friends from the same country where he is from.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Radical Ideology In Canada

In this discussion, we talked about Canada's immigration policy and how it's too soft on refugees. The war in Afghanistan was also a subject we explored to see if it is the cause of the increase in radical ideology. But most important, we debated on how a small number of poeple with this type of ideology can effect global stability. We have come to conclude that they do have a geat effect.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Gardasil....STRIKE ONE!!!!

In the discussion, we mainly talked about the victims of the vaccine and the role they played in the process of testing Gardasil. (They were manipulated!! Freaky!!!) We came to talk too about better methods to test new medicaments among population and consequences it could create. We finally discuss of the needs of Gardasil considering how easy it is to contract the HIV.

Conclusion folks: There could be a lot of solutions but that could be damn hard to put in practice!

Friday, August 31, 2007

The New Collaborative Blog

This blog will be used for summaries of the discussions we have in class regarding articles in Maclean's magazine--or any other topic. Feel free to add thoughts, discoveries, anecdotes and interesting tidbits you think about before or after the discussions.