Monday, June 23, 2008

Another way to pay for wage subsidies

CBC Story: UPEI students to get tuition cut

As I have said in other posts, I support wage subsidies in lieu of a minimum wage for various reasons. A major hurdle in making the shift from a minimum wage to a subsidized wage system would be raising the revenue to pay for the subsidy.

I was critical when Premier Ghiz announced to cut tuition at UPEI, especially while also promising tax credits to graduates that stay on PEI. There is a contradiction in there. Do we have anything for grads to do on PEI or no? If yes, then we shouldn't have to bribe them to stay here. If no, then we shouldn't be lowering tuition to produce more graduates.

Rather than playing this game of chasing your own tail, producing grads we can't use then paying them to live on PEI, we could use that money to develop the work force.

Granted, PEI labour market statistics are somewhat optimistic. From April 2008 to May 2008, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went from 11.2% to 9.6%. This is however still a significant departure from the national unemployment rate of 6.1%.

The PEI Government could stop paying to produce new graduates we don't have a place for. It can walk away from its promise to pay graduates to live on PEI. It can use the money it saves to subsidize wages for low income Islanders and remove the need for a minimum wage.

I have argued previously that removing the minimum wage would then create more opportunities for businesses. These opportunities would help create a more competitive economy on PEI, thus creating a need for learned employees, like those that come out of UPEI.

The horse comes before the cart.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sola Rola Solutions

Levels
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48

Be sure to check out complete solutions for Gridlock.


Level #1
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 3.1s


1. Right - West
2. Left - South

Top


Level #2
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 7.2s

1. right - South
2. left - East
3. right - South

Top


Level #3
You pick!
Best time 3.5s

1. Right or Left til you win.

Top


Level #4
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 11.4s

1. Right - West
2. Left - South
3. Right - West
4. Left - East

Top


Level #5
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 7.8

1. Left - South East
2. Wait for Blue to exit
3. Left - North West

Top


Level #6
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 7.0

1. Left - South
2. Right - West
3. Left - South

Top


Level #7
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 8.6s

1. Right - South of SE
2. Left - North of NE Til blue falls
3. Right - South of SE

Top


Level #8
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 12.6s

1. Right - North
2. Left - South
3. Right - West
4. Left - East

Top


Level #9
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 13.1s

1. Right - West
2. Left - South
3. Right - West
4. Left - South
5. Right - West
6. Left - South
7. Right - West

Top


Level #10
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 39.2s

. Right - East
1. Left - West
2. Right - East
3. Right - West
4. Right- East
5. Right - West
6. Right - East
7. Right - North

Top


Level #11
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 23.1s

1. Right -West
2. Left - South
3. Right - West
4. Left - North West
5. Right - East
6. Left - North
7. Right - East
8. Left - North

Top


Level #12
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 17.3s

1. Left - North
2. Right - North of West
3. Left - West of North
4. Right - North of West
5. Right - South
6. Left - East

Top


Level #13
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 38.7s

1. Right - West
2. Left - South
3. Right - West
4. Left - East
5. Right - West
6. Left - South
7. Right - West
8. Left - North
9. Right - South
1. Left - North
1. Right - South
2. Left - North
3. Right - South
4. Left - West

Top


Level #14
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 5.8s

1. Left - East
2. Right - South
3. Right - North

Top


Level #15
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 9.5s

1. Right - West
2. Right - Full Circle
3. Left - South
4. Right - North

Top


Level #16
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 14.6s

1. Right - SSE
2. Right - South (no pause needed)
3. Right - Full Circle
4. Left - East
5. Right - West

Top


Level #17
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 22.4s

1. Left - West of South
2. Right - North of West
3. Left - South
4. Right - North
5. Left - West
6. Right - North
7. Left - South
8. Right - West
9. Left - South

Top


Level #18
Red hits
Best time 28.7s

Land Mark - Red Switch Corner
1. Left - North
2. Right - South
Get Red to middle green switch
3. Left - East of North
4. Right - East || With Red on switch
5. Left - SSW
6. Left - Full Circle
7. Right - West

Top


Level #19
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 15.6s

1. Left - North
2. Right - East
3. Left - North
4. Right - East
5. Left - North
6. Right - West
7. Left - South

Top


Level #20
Land Mark - Green Gate Corner
Best time 23.8s

1. Left - West
2. Right - North
3. Left - South quickly making sure red is on the perimeter and

blue is on the inside. Rest
4. Left - North
5. Right - East
6. Left - North West
7. Right - West
8. Left - South
9. Right - West

Top


Level #21
Land Mark - Red Exit
Best time 64.9s

Get Red to green gate
Blue to green switch

Secure Red on Proper side of Green Gate
Half circle to the left

Get Blue to the blue switch
Get Red to the blue gate

Half circle to the right

Drop them both down careful not to put Red through the gate

Get Blue to the red switch, careful not to put Red throught the

blue gate again.
Red through the red gate.

Finish


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Level #22
Land Mark- Blue Exit Corner
Best time 19.1

1. Left - NE - Nudge Blue till he falls one level
2. Right - Until Blue is on blue switch
3. Left - North - Get red on perimiter
4. Right - South - Quickly so red falls off perimiter
5. Right - Until Red is at blue gate6.
6. Right - East - Pause
7. Right - Until you win

Get Blue to blue switch
Spin quickly to catch red on the interior of the maze.

Get Red to the blue gate

Finish

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Level #23
Land Mark - Blue exit corner
Best time

1. Right - East
2. Right - SSW -

3. you will have to play with it to get blue on the blue switch

closest to the red switch
3. Right - West - blue on blue switch and red hanging
4. Left - South - Blue on green switch
5. Left - Untill you win


There are two blue switches. One enclosed with green gates and an

open one. Get blue there with red hanging. It may take a few

tries. Here's how...

Spin quickly to the right to
split with blue on perimeter.
If you continue spinning you see how Blue tries to go one way and

Red the other. Get them to do that

Spin left. Let Red get the red switch. Blue trips the green

switch. Red through the green gate. Red gets his exit.

Red trips the blue gate and swings Blue to his exit.

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Level #24
Land Mark - Blue exit corner
Best time 18.6s

1. Right - South - slowly and red falls down lane
2. Left - North - Slowly
3. Right - South
4. Left - East
5. Right - South
6. Left - SW - With blue on perimeter
7. Left - North
8. Right - East

Red to red gate by blue switch
Blue to red switch by red exit
Red to red exit
Blue to blue exit

NO hard maneuvering required

Top


Level #25
Best time 21.3s


Red to green switch
Blue to red switch
Red to blue switch
Blue to green switch
Red to red exit

Top


Level #26
Land Mark
Best time 20.6s

RED to red gate while BLUE is on red switch, Very slow Left -

ESE, Go right to keep blue up and red down
Right turn, BLUE to red switch, RED to red gate
Left - North, slowly getting RED through green gate
Red to exit

Top


Level #27
Best time 44.3s

There is an easy way to get to any color switch

Top


Level #28
Land Mark - Green gate corner
Best time 20.5s

Right - East
Left - NW, only letting RED drop
Right - Full Rotation, NNW only letting RED drop.
Left -

Top


Level #29
Best time 66.0s

Blue through blue gate
Red through red gate
Blue through green Gate

Top


Level #30
Best time 12.7s

Blue through blue gate
Red through green gate
Blue through blue gate
Blue through green gate

Top


Level #31
Best time 69.9s

Blue through blue gate
Blue through red gate
Blue through blue gate
Blue through red gate
Blue through green gate
Blue through green gate
Blue through blue gate

Top


Level #32
Best time 50.2s

Red through blue gate
Red through red gate
Blue through green gate
Blue through green gate

Top


Level #33
Best time 75.5s

Blue through blue gate
Blue through red gate
Blue through green gate
Red through blue gate
Red through red gate

Top


Level #34
Best time 25.4s

Red through green gate
Blue through red gate
Red through blue gate
Red through red gate
Drop Blue and Red on exits from platform

Top


Level #35
Best time 56.4s

Blue through blue gate
Red through blue gate
Blue through blue gate
Red through red gate
Blue through blue gate
Red through blue gate
Blue through green gates
Red through green gate

Top


Level #36
Best time 18.8s

Red through green gate
Blue through red gate
Red through blue gates
Blue through red gate
Blue through blue gate

Top


Level #37
Best time 82.5s

Blue through red gate
Blue through blue gate
Red through red gate
Red through green gate
Red through blue gate
Blue through green gate, explain how?
Blue through red gate

Top


Level #38
Best time 28.2s

Blue through red gate
Take Red high and drop him down on blue gate
Red through blue gate
Blue back through red gate

Top


Level #39
Best time 22.5s

Blue through blue gate
Red through red 2 gates
Blue through green gate
Blue through blue gate
Blue through red gate
Red throud green gate
Blue back through red gate
Red through 2 red gates, patience with the second
Red through 2 more red gates
Blue through green gate

I recommend keeping Blue on the green gate and having Red reach

for the green switch

Top


Level #40
Best time 18.1s

Blue through blue gate
Red through green gate
Blue through 2 blue gates, rotate to the left
Red through red gate
Blue through green gate
Red through red gate
Blue through blue gate
Blue to blue exit
Red to red exit

Top


Level #41
Best time

Blue through red gate
Red through blue gate
Red through green gate
Red through blue gate

Top


Level #42
Best time 19.5s


Go the long way around. Dont over shoot and hit the blue switch.
(Blue through green gate)
Red through red gate
Exit

Top


Level #43
Best time 30.1s

Blue through green gate
Red through red gate || away from the blue exit

Blue back out the green gate
Blue through the blue gate, to the green switch, and the red

switch

Swing right until Red is cut off by the green gate.

Blue drops down the green and blue gates, through the red gate,

to the blue exit.

Quickly Circle right to finish.

Top


Level #44
Best time 46.2

This doesn't take any skill. You just have to know what to do.

Red through red gate. Take it slow from the right.

Red through green gate on blue, Blue drops through blue gate.

Take Red through red, then blue gate.

Careful on green gate. Red should drop almost straight down after

Blue hits the green switch.

If you don't get it muck around with the blue and red gates, then

try again.

Red through the green gate. On the exits, roll forward then back.

Top


Level #45
Best time 43.4s

Land Mark - Blue exit corner

Rs
LW

With any luck Blue is now stuck in the box.

RENE Let him out

Drop Red through the red gate. If you are having trouble getting

red out in front, know that if Blue and Red are on top of each

other, Red always leads.

LW

Blue should be hanging from Red. There isn't much of a trick

here. Swing him in a long arc to hit the blue switch. You may

have to go through the whole cycle a few times.

Top


Level #46
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 37.0s

Blue through 3 red gates
Red through red gate
Red through green gate, clairify how
Red through green gate, clairify how

Top


Level #47
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 58.7s

You will need to repeatedly use a move here. The move is to let

the sola barely tip over the corner and spin fast to catch him on

the edge.

Red through green gate
Blue through red gate
Blue through green gate
Red thourgh blue gate,
now keep turning right til red is on the exit

Top


Level #48
Land Mark - Blue Exit Corner
Best time 69.7s

Blue through blue gate
Blue through blue and red gates until he gets to red switch near

red exit
Red through red gate
Blue through green gate
Red through green gate, The key is to drop red fast
Blue through blue gate
Red through red gate
Blue through green gate
Blue through blue gate, key turn one full circle to the left
Blue through green gate
Red through red gate


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Consumer education statements

I know not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, so I got a quick snack from a drive-thru. Taped to the mic was a notice about the tomato salmonella scare. I then went to the grocery store and saw another statement taped to the shelf about world rice prices. I can't remember the last time I saw one of these consumer education statements, let alone two in one day. I can't help but wonder what it means.

What it says is certainly about the management of these businesses. They were either expecting questions or concerns. If we were to assume they were right to expect such things, then it says something about the customer as well. Perhaps the customer has changed. Perhaps the customer is now more accustomed to having things as he expects them, and needs to be educated out of it when shocks happen. Or perhaps the market is more volatile and the customer need to be educated about it. That sounds right to me.

The world food market is becoming more integrated. When everything connects shocks have effects with larger breadth and depth. I'm foreseeing a world where I get ever less news from my television and ever more news from my super market.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Susan Blackmore's memes and "temes"

There are wonderful ideas in this presentation but I have a problem with her equation. As she presented it (14:30):

N=n*f(r1)*f(r2)*f(r3)*L.
N => number of communicative civilizations;
n=> number of planets;
f(r1)=> fraction of planets with r1;
f(r2)=> fraction of planets with r2;
f(r3)=> fraction of planets with r3;
L=> the fraction of a planet's life for which R3 survives


As it should read:

N=n*f(r1)*f(r2)*f(r3)*L.
N=> number of communicative civilizations;
n=> number of planets;
f(r1)=> fraction of planets with r1;
f(r2)=> fraction of planets with r1 that develop r2;
f(r3)=> fraction of planets with r2 that develop r3;
L=> the fraction of a planet's life for which R3 survives


But even this has issues. The equation suggests that R3 must develop before the planet is communicative. She suggests that we are on the cusp of develping R3 which would then suggest we are merely on the cusp of becoming communicative.

This presentation is also the best defense for conservatism I have ever heard.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wikia Search - the wiki search engine

Oh the possibilities. Jimmy Wales, of Wikipedia fame, looks to compete with Google and Yahoo by applying his expertise in wiki to internet search. The stated aim is to acquire 5% of the search market. Regardless of the outcome this is a fundamentally new approach to search that would have to be tried once. If it is successful I'm sure transparent search will find its way into fascinating places.

Wikia Search Homepage
Wikia Search Firefox search bar plugin
Wikipedia on Wikia Search

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

International Criminal Court arrests first politician

Human Rights Watch story: ICC: Congo’s Former Vice-President Arrested

Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo was arrested on May 24 by Belgian police acting on an ICC arrest warrant. Bemba is the former Vice-President of the Congo and currently the leader of Congo's leading opposition party, Mouvement du Libération du Congo (MLC). In his role as leader of the MLC the ICC alleges he is responsible for war crimes and other crimes against humanity.

This arrest marks the first time a high ranking government official has been arrested by the ICC. This is a giant, but by itself insufficient, step in the advancement of the rule of law.