Thoughts worth documenting

Over the years I've pondered about many topics, mainly about usability, technology and writing skills. I also have an interest in the history of Upper Canada and the Reformation in Europe. These posts are an attempt to document a few of these topics. Feedback is welcome - as soon as I figure out how to add a feedback form to a static Jekyll site hosted on AWS. - Glenn J. Lea, September 2020.


Canadian honey ist verboten in Germany

12 July 2020 | Canada

Rant warning! Because of an EU court decision, I can no longer buy Canadian Honey at my local grocery store, or any store in Germany or even anywhere in the EU. Yet I can still buy Chinese honey that is well known to be diluted with syrups. Does that make sense?

Michael Servetus (1511-1553) and the Socinians

20 May 2020 | History

History is the regular occurrence over time of extraordinary events. It is a process where the mundane lives of individuals, and thus of society generally, changes course as a result of unexpected events. The Reformation is a case in point and the West is still experiencing the effects of that upheaval. Yet the Reformation was itself a result of many extraordinary events and one of the more significant was the execution of a Spaniard named Michael Servetus.

The Canon

15 June 2019 | Writing

I wrote a little poem called “The Canon” during my university days. The Canon is a term which represents the accepted list of documents of a specific genre. In English Literature, there is an accepted list of stories, poems and plays which are considered required reading if you want to understand the arts of Western culture and civilization. Almost every English department in any university will have courses teaching Shakespeare, Milton, Woodsworth, Shelly and more. Not sure why I decided to write this poem. It just occurred to me one day at University thinking about all this literature I had to read and understand. Why must I learn this? How does it help me? Is it giving me insights into life I didn’t know before?

Plymouth GTX - Unique Mopar of the late 1960s

01 June 2019 | Canada

The Plymouth division of Chrysler corporation had produced some outstanding muscle cars during the 1960s. They had a wide range of models for all price ranges, as almost all American car brands had. Plymouth was Chrysler’s budget brand, much like Chevrolet was GM’s budget brand. The top of the line muscle car was the Plymouth GTX (Grand Touring X, I presume). For me, The GTX has a special place in my heart. As a teenager in Ontario, I owned two of them. And I was the only kid in the neighbourhood who had one, so when my friends saw the car they knew it was me. Because I enjoyed those cars so much, its story needed a honoured place on my blog. Note that this article was first published on DriveTribe.com.

More fun with Adobe Illustrator

01 May 2019 | Documentation

I suppose I’m stating the obvious but to me greed and wanton lust for cash has gotten a bit out of hand today. As much as I hope it will not happen, I see foreboding clouds of an economic bubble about to burst. In many cities in North America, housing prices have reached levels unheard of. What young family can hope to own a home today? Yet, the stock markets have continued to roar into the stratosphere. Many companies making little or no profits yet their stock prices are astronomical. What about the wages for typical worker, whether in high tech or industry? It’s common knowledge that wages have stagnated for years. I made this graphic using Adobe Illustrator over 20 years ago yet it seems so relevant if not more so today.