Data Bites | April, 2017

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts – for support rather than illumination. Andrew Lang Data is like coffee shops. These days it is everywhere and in abundance. It doesn’t matter whether you are building a hockey team, managing investments, or picking the fastest route home, there are a lot of numbers being […]

Not So Quiet on the Western Front | March, 2017

“The machine gun is a much over-rated weapon.” Field Marshal Douglas Haig, Commander British Expeditionary Force 1915-1918 With the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge approaching, we take a look back at this historic battle, and why four Canadian divisions, fighting together for the first time, were able to capture a German position where the British […]

The Crooked Path Down Memory Lane | February, 2017

“Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.” Albert Einstein Suppose your doctor tells you that you must undergo an uncomfortable medical examination and that there are two choices available. Option A: 8 minutes of sharp, intense pain and the procedure ends. Option B: The same 8 minutes of intense pain as Option […]

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Trump | January, 2017

“DON’T PANIC.” Douglas Adams,‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Through the early days of Trump’s presidency, we found ourselves reminded of Arthur Dent; regular Earth-person and protagonist of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.’ After discovering that both his house and planet are to be destroyed, Dent must negotiate a series of increasingly unpredictable and […]

Do You Feel Lucky, Punk? | December 2016

“The more I practice, the luckier I get.” Arnold Palmer We grow up learning that success is the product of hard work and skill. What often gets overlooked is the role that luck can play; a factor that some economists believe has become increasingly important in our globalized, winner-take-all marketplace. Effort and talent are certainly […]