Saturday, January 29, 2005

Archibald (Archie) Bennitz 1921-2005

My hats off to you Archie, I couldn't have said it better myself, Godspeed to you. I know the NHL legends have a special spot for you at their table in the big rink in the sky.

Here is Archie's Obituary from the Ottawa Citizen, Archie was a true Canadian and hockey fan.

BENNITZ, Archibald (Archie) Wednesday, January 19, 2005, at the age of 84. Predeceased by his wife Vicky, Archie was the beloved father of son David and daughter-in-law Wendy and a wonderful grandfather to Joshua, Michael and Adam. He leaves behind his brother Doug in B.C. and many nephews and nieces. Archie was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia and served overseas with the 422nd Squadron RCAF, in WWII. A long-time resident of Niagara Falls, Archie was an avid fan of watching hockey. He asked that Mr. Bettman and Goodenow know that they are "skunks" for denying him the pleasure of watching the NHL on TV this year. He also asked that Mr. Bettman steps aside and gives Wayne Gretzky the job that rightfully belongs to him. Special thanks to Dr. Yahyavi, Ellen, and the nurses on the 4th floor of the Queensway Carleton Hospital for their caring and compassion. At Archie's request he is being cremated and a private family gathering will be held. In memoriam donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Archie's Guest Book, is available for signing here, please drop a note to the family.

Bettman and Goodenow, step aside and let someone else fix the mess you have created, the bucks stops at the top here gentlemen, as The Donald would say "you're fired"...

I am from the Interdependent Planet Called Skype

John Barlow writes a great piece on Skype and its ability to empower and inspire. Here is a tidbit..

Anyway, I feel as if the Global Village became real to me that night, and, indeed, it has become the Global Dinner Party. All at once. The small world has become the intimate world.
I'm beginning to think this Internet thing may turn out to be emotionally important after all.

It is a great story... I get calls all the time from others wanting to chat or practice English. Unfortunately I haven't had the time lately to indulge as I am too busy working with my partners getting others to experience it. Check out the Languages section at Jyve, we are trying to create a user managed portal to bring some organization to people wanting to do just this. If you have any suggestions, comments please feel free to make them.


Friday, January 21, 2005

Darth Tater

This is simply too cool, and I will be pre-ordering ASAP... I remember being carried on my big brother shoulders going to see Star Wars IV like it was yesterday, that was a great day.