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Ben Babcock

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2 Articles Tagged with “Iceland”

  1. I take it back

    Once upon a time, I expressed a desire to live in Iceland. Unfortunately, these tough economic times have been even tougher on Iceland, what with the government collapsing and all.

    Our government came close to dissolving. It looks like that won't happen, however, now that the Liberal party has a new leader who's decided he'll support the Conservative budget. Many people are upset with this about-face by Michael Ignatieff.((Especially Jack Layton: "Blast! My evil plans foiled again! Nyaaah!")) Since I don't understand economics and don't know how to manage money, the best I can do is shrug and hope that our government isn't planning to do anything silly.((Read: We are. So screwed.))

    Meanwhile, I plan to switch back to the barter system. Think about how much the barter system benefits from the digital world! I don't have to trade chickens; I can just trade electrons with you. It is, by definition, electronic currency. If you prefer a rarer commodity as a currency, you may also trade positrons. Be careful with those, however, as they are liable to annihilate electrons--so I'd keep my bank accounts separate, if I were you.

    Now that we are indubitably living in the End Times,…

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  2. Anyone from Iceland out there?

    Canada is an excellent place to live. We have a high standard of living, lots of yummy technology, a diverse mosaic of culture, and many other advantageous qualities that make us a good country in which to birth your offspring. But I don't think Canada is necessarily the best place to live. Naturally this begs the question, where is?

    Which makes me think about Iceland. For those of you who do not live in Iceland, let me jog your memory: island somewhat between Greenland and the United Kingdom. It's got volcanic activity, which makes it a geothermal hotspot--literally. For such a northern country, it has a good climate (or so the literature tells me). Not only that, but it's also second in the world in human development and fifth in GDP. According to Wikipedia, its population is slightly over 300,000--in other words, about 3 times the population of my city. Iceland, like Canada, has a 99% literacy rate.

    Put all these facts together, and Iceland seems at least on par with Canada in terms of quality of life. But wait--there's more! :w00t: Iceland is small, has few people in it, and is remotely located. Who would want to invade…

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