Showing posts from July, 2012

Suburbs and Subways

I find discussion around subways and transit in the GTA quite interesting.  There is this magical assumption people make that says you need density to support subways.  Read the above article for the typical arguments.

There are some points in the article that I agree with.  The main one is that most of our subway system was constructed a long time ago, before major labor laws and what not made it very expensive.  Heck, we could probably build subways to every part of the GTA if we brought in an Asian firm with Asian workers.

First, let me challenge this very notion of density is needed to support subways.  Let me also say, I don't really care about subways as much as I do about efficient transit.  To me, underground Light Rail like that of the Eglinton CrossTown is basically a subway in that it is out of the way of traffic.  BRT on their own right of ways is also good.

In general, I'm going to say, w…

The Coming Economc Collapse

I was checking my stocks today on Google Finance and noticed this interesting article.

Ignore the Fox News part :)  There's some of the usual rhetoric in the article, but also some interesting tidbits that makes me think some in the common media and academia are starting to actually grasp the current economic situation.

Many analysts ask if another big innovation—like the automobile or computer-- is coming and could save the economy. The problems are many new products are creating more jobs in Asia than in the West, and many technology companies are consolidating or facing extinction—consider the smart phone, Hewlett Packard and Yahoo.
A lot of US innovation is starting to look more like French art than American commerce. Icons like Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter have made great contributions to the economy and culture but simply don’t have business models that generate enough revenue and sustainable jobs gro…

Personality type = I'm an INTJ

The other types are listed there.  There are numerous tests available on line and others that can be professionally done.  I started it off as more of a curiosity, but it is very interesting for me to understand how to deal with people of other types.  Being aware of these types allowed me to understand how they do.

INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake ... INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait of combining imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause; both perfectionism and disreg…

The Problem with Aisha

Among the most difficult questions a Muslim faces is that of Aisha.  It is a metaphor for the very problem with Islam today.

Narrated By 'Aisha : That the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old. Hisham said: I have been informed that 'Aisha remained with the Prophet for nine years (i.e. till his death)."
Sahih Bukhari Book 62. Wedlock, Marriage (Nikah)

Note also, that this is considered a strong Hadith.  Bukhari is considered to be perhaps the strongest book of Hadith as he took great pains to only include those Hadith with good sources.

Let us note again, that the Hadith are just historical records kept by people based on what they remembered or wrote down.  They form the basis of Islamic practice.

Now, the problem with this Hadith is self evident.  Mohamed married Aisha when he was 50+ and she was 6 years old.

Who of us would let a 50 year old man marry our 6 year daughter and have sex with her at 9? …