New Contest Page

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2016 by The Quintessential Geek

I have been entering contests for a year now, and have already won $1,000 in cash and prizes. Friends and family often ask me how I end up winning so much and so often. So I thought I’d be generous and share links to contests I enter.

Check it out here:

qgeek.wordpress.com/contests/

 

501st Legion in Canada’s Capital Region

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on March 15, 2012 by The Quintessential Geek

I just found there exists a chapter of the “501st Stormtrooper Legion” in Ottawa.

For those that aren’t aware, the 501st legion are a group of about 4,500 volunteers that dress up in Star Wars costumes and visit sick children at hospitals across 45 countries to bring them toys and smiles.

They are involved with the Max Keeping Foundation, the Ottawa Food Bank, and other local charities.

A worthwhile geeky cause for those interested…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on September 29, 2011 by The Quintessential Geek

The Conservative Government introduced their dreaded omnibus crime bill in parliament earlier this month.  We all know, thanks to an eager media, that most of the proposed changes involve tougher sentences for harsher crime, but what exactly is in Bill C-10?

To answer this question, I have compared the existing legislation with the proposed changes, and have come up with a summary sheet on what to expect if this bill becomes law.

Please note that I am not a lawyer – this is simply a layperson’s attempt at understanding what our Government is doing to fight crime.

A. Victims of terrorism

  • Anyone who is a victim of a terrorism plot that occurred during or after 1985 can sue either the terrorist group itself, or the country sponsoring the terrorist group. This would apply only if the plot occurred on Canadian soil, or has a “Canadian connection”. Moreover, the country being sued can, in its defence, follow international arbitration rules instead of proceeding with the lawsuit. A list of countries that support terrorism (and can therefore be sued as the result of this law) must be established 6 months after this bill becomes law. This list must also be reviewedevery 2 years.

B. Assault

  • The minimum jail time for sexual assault with a weapon will be ncreased from 7 years to 14 years.

C. Laws related to minors / young adults

  • New: The minimum jail time for incest against a minor will be 5 years.
  • The minimum jail time for committing bestiality with a minor present will be 1 year. The maximum jail time remains the same at 10 years.
  • New: When on probation, an offender convicted of any type of sexual activity with a minor cannot have any contact whatsoever with any other minor unsupervised.
  • The minimum jail time for any type of sexual activity with a minor will be increased from 45 days to 1 year.
  • The minimum jail time for encouraging a minor to engage in any type of sexual activity will be increased from 45 days to 1 year.
  • An offender convicted of any type of sexual activity with a minor can no longer use the Internet.
  • The maximum jail time for a parent who sells their child for sexual activities will be increased from 5 years to 10 years if the child is less than 16 years old. The minimum jail time will be increased from 6 months to 1 year.
  • The maximum jail time for a parent who sells their child for sexual activities will be increased from 2 years to 5 years if the child is between 16 and 18 years old. The minimum jail time will be increased from 45 days to 6 months.
  • The maximum jail time for any landlord allowing the use of property for sexual activity with a child between 16 and 18 years old will be increased from 45 days to 90 days.
  • New: It will be illegal to make “explicit material” available to anyone under 18 years old. The jail time for this infraction will be between 90 days and 2 years. “Explicit material” is further defined as any material that is not child pornography (which is dealt with in subsequent clauses of the act).
  • Laws regarding child luring are expanded to include the use of “telecommunications” (cell phones, etc), as opposed to simply “a computer system”.
  • New: The minimum jail time for any person caught luring a child will be 1 year.
  • New: The minimum jail time for sexual assault on children under 16 years old will be 1 year.
  • New: The minimum jail time for sexual assault with a weapon against children under 16 years old will be 5 years, and the maximum will be imprisonment for life.
  • New: Minimum jail time for any drug-related charge will be two years if the accused committed the  offence near a school or in prison, or involved a person under 18 years old.

 
D. Young offenders

  • New: A youth can now only be detained in custody if: (a) the youth has been charged with a “serious offence”, (b) there is a chance the youth will not appear in court, or (c) detention is necessary for the protection or safety of the public.
  • New: A youth over 14 years old can now be tried as an adult in the case of “serious violent offences”.
  • New: The publication ban imposed on young offenders can be lifted if the youth is convicted of a violent offence, or if the youth poses a risk of committing another violent offence. The Attorney General of Canada is the only person who can authorize the lifting of the ban.

E. Child pornography

  • The minimum jail time for possessing or accessing child pornography will be increased from 45 days to 6 months.

F. Drugs

  • New: Minimum jail time for any drug-related charge will be one year if the accused: (a) is part of organized crime, (b) used violence or a weapon, or (c) was previously convicted.
  • New: Maximum jail time for possession of less than 3 kg of cannabis (resin or marihuana) will be 5 years less a day. There is no indication of minimum jail times for this offence.
  • New: Mandatory minimum jail time for trafficking less than 1 kg of opium, cocaine, or chemical drugs will be 1 year. Mandatory minimum jail time for trafficking more than 1 kg of the same will be 2 years. Maximum remains the same at life imprisonment, regardless of amount trafficked.
  • New: Mandatory minimum jail time for producing drugs (except cannabis) with the intent of trafficking will be 1 year.
  • New: Mandatory minimum jail time for producing cannabis plants with the intent of trafficking depends on the amount of plants produced. Between 6 and 200 plants, mandatory minimum jail time will be 6 months. Between 201 and 500 plants, mandatory minimum jail time will be 1 year. Over 500 plants, mandatory minimum jail time will be 2 years.
  • New: Mandatory minimum jail times for drug offences are not enforceable unless the offender is made aware of these minimum jail times before entering a plea.
  • New: Amphetamines will now be part of the banned substances list.

G. Sentencing

  • New: Conditional sentencing will no longer be allowed for offences that either caused bodily harm, or involve: drugs, prison breaches, criminal harassment, sexual assault, kidnapping, slavery, child abduction, theft of a vehicle, breaking and entering, or arson.
  • The criteria to determine the risk to re-offend will be examined much closer in the cases of: adult procuring sexual activities for a minor, an adult allowing such sexual activity to occur in the house, making sexually explicit material available to a child, luring a child, sexual offence against a child, and prostitution of children.
  • New: A provincial court judge may now prohibit a defendant from using any digital network, including the Internet.
  • New: If the offender completes a drug treatment program while awaiting sentencing, the courts are  not required to impose mandatory minimum jail times for drug offences.
  • New: Jail time for the production of any drug with the intent of trafficking will be more severe if: (a) the person used another person’s property, (b) the grow-up is unsafe to anyone under 18 years old, (c) the production constitutes a public safety hazard, or (d) booby traps are used.
  • New: Every offender will have a “correctional plan” established after first reception into the prison. This plan includes objectives for the prisoner’s behaviour, as well as mandatory participation in rehabilitation programs. This plan will be used when determining early release or parole for good behaviour. Under this plan, prison officials must give offenders incentives to rehabilitate themselves.
  • New: Any offender on release may be required to wear a monitoring device.
  • New: Prison officials may search any and all vehicles entering prison grounds.
  • New: Law officials may arrest an offender in breach of parole without a warrant.
  • New: Victims can now present a written statement to be read during a parole review hearing. The victim does not need to be present for the hearing for the statement to be read.

H. Accountability

  • New: A cost-benefit analysis report of enforcing mandatory minimum jail times for drug offences must be produced within 5 years of this bill coming into law.
  • New: Every year, the Parole Board must submit to parliament a report outlining the number of criminal record suspensions, as well as any details of these suspensions.

Canadian Political Quotes (June 24)

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on June 30, 2011 by The Quintessential Geek

Big Byte

Mr. Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic, NDP):

The Howard government took on workers in its country very successfully at the start. It was very successful at the start. This is a word of caution to the Conservative government. The Howard government was very successful at taking little bites at the rights of workers. Then, toward the end of its time, it took too big a bite.

Mr. Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough):

Was it a megabyte?

Mr. Dennis Bevington:

It was a bigger bite than he could chew.

Ovaltine

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay):

Mr. Speaker, I see my colleagues over there are probably tired and grumpy after staying up all night. I think they are starting to be a little delusional. I think they just need to calm down and engage in some respectful debate and stop interrupting. It was a very interesting speech, and I find that what I am hearing from across the way is starting to sound rather delusional. I would say, have a little cup of Ovaltine and everything will be fine.

Rolodex

Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I would like my colleague’s views on whether or not the Prime Minister knows the phone number of Deepak Chopra, because he hand-picked him and parachuted him into that position in January 2011. Could he not pick up the phone again and tell Deepak Chopra to lift the lockout, let the workers go back to work and the mail will flow?

Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Winnipeg Centre has me at a disadvantage. I am not in a position to speak to what is in the Prime Minister’s rolodex.

Haircut

Mrs. Carol Hughes (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I love your haircut.

Baseball

Mr. Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore):

Mr. Speaker, if I had a baseball bat I would knock that one out of the park.

Again with the Ovaltine…

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay):

Yes, Mr. Speaker. I am sitting quite close to the member for Windsor West, but I am having a hard time hearing him. My colleague from Markham—Unionville seems to be a little agitated. I do not know if he needs Ovaltine or something to calm him down. I would like to ask him to just calm down so I can actually hear the debate.

Therapy

Hon. Denis Coderre (Bourassa):

Madam Chair, what is the definition of “relevant”? Are we going to keep going on and on and talk about everything or are we going to talk about clause 8 and the arbitrator? If they do not like themselves, let them sort that out in therapy, but we would like to know what clause 8 is.

 

Canadian Political Quotes (Week of June 19-25)

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on June 25, 2011 by The Quintessential Geek

June 22, 2011

Mini-me

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, there is nothing more insulting to the debate of this House than to have a minister who is promoted after a scandal breaks. Not just promoted but promoted to the Treasury board, and who sits there day after day after day, hiding under his desk like Mini-Me. That is insulting to the people–

Which came first?

Mr. Jim Hillyer (Lethbridge, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, I feel that any talk from a socialist party about supporting business is just not believable. Saying that we love small businesses but hate large corporations is a little bit like saying that we love eggs but we do not like chickens.

Hide and seek

Mr. James Lunney (Nanaimo—Alberni, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, during question period the member for Timmins—James Bay repeatedly made reference to the absence of a member from the chamber. The member is not new in the House and he would know that violates the Standing Orders of the House. I would ask the Speaker ensure he does not continue to do this in the future.

The Speaker:

I thank the hon. member for raising that. I will take a look at the blues and see what exactly was said.

Mr. Yvon Godin (Acadie—Bathurst, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, on the same point of order, I do not recall that he said he was not present. He said that he was hiding under his seat.

June 23, 2011

SOB

Mr. Jeff Watson (Essex, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. You may want to check on this and rule on it, but I am not sure that “SOB” is appropriate parliamentary language, whether it is being said directly or being attributed indirectly.

All wet

Mr. John Williamson (New Brunswick Southwest, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. My Loyalist ancestors are rolling over in their graves. This afternoon, in question period, I incorrectly referred to the Queen as “Her Royal Highness” when every schoolboy should know it is “Her Majesty”. I want to correct the record before heading home, so my loyal constituents do not toss me into Passamaquoddy Bay. God save the Queen.

How to validate a Canadian SIN number

Posted in Math with tags , , on May 17, 2011 by The Quintessential Geek

Haven’t you ever wanted to know how to make sure a Canadian SIN number is valid?  This could come in handy when doing surprise credit checks on your friends…

1. Write down your sin.  For example: 044-096-857

2. Re-write your sin, but this time, double the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th digits.  Write the number exactly as it appears when doubled, even if it is now a 2-digit number.  For example: 044-096-857 becomes 084-0912-8107.

3. Add up each individual number in the new sequence.  For example: 0+8+4+0+9+1+2+8+1+0+7 = 40.

4. If the sum is a multiple of 10, then the SIN number is valid.  For those mathematically-challenged readers, if the sum ends with a “0”, then the SIN is valid.

Now that you know, go impress your friends.

 

Best… Comments… Ever…

Posted in Movies, Pop Icons with tags , , on April 16, 2011 by The Quintessential Geek

On James Franco and the upcoming Planet of the Apes trailer:

“Try some new ideas. Also, stop casting James Franco. A box of wood carries a scene better.”

“It’s refreshing to know that there are other people in the world that believe James Franco will cause the apocalypse. ”

“Why don’t we just call it “Deep Blue Ape” and be done with it?”

“I could comment, but the NDA I signed with TCF prevents from doing so.”

“Meanwhile, there will have to be, in the history of the universe, a very last time someone says “meh”. I am patiently waiting.”

“It will be the last second before the heat death of the universe reduces all matter to dust, thus summing up the purpose of life as we knew it: “Meh.””

“I wanted to throw feces at the screen while watching that awful, awful remake with Marky Mark in it. ”

“I was waiting for those gorillas to form a giant monkey ball a la Endhiran.”

“This time, like every time, I secretly prayed for a ballistic miscalculation resulting in a dreadful mess sprayed over the camera lens.”

“Thank you, my dear fellow BoingBoingerz… I thought I was the only one who found Franco totally… nothing. I’m not sure he’s acting. I think he’s just saying stuff and being cute. Which I can do. Except for the cute part.”

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