February 26, 2007

Pass it on, spread the word

Posted in computers at 4:30 pm by Mike Milinkovich

This video is well worth watching. You have no idea what net neutrality means? You should. The fact that you’re reading this (or any) blog proves that.

The scary thing about this particular topic is that if net neutrality is lost in the US, it will gradually spread to other countries in the world, as the vested interests there push their agendas. Witness the recent push by a US lobby group to paint Canada’s copyright regime in a bad light.


Save the Internet | Rock the Vote

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February 18, 2007

That’s More Like It!

Posted in hockey at 12:40 pm by Mike Milinkovich

The Desperadoes won this morning 5-0. Actually, I think it should have been 5-1, as the other team got a goal that was called back that we all thought was in.

The boys played much better than last weekend. The real heart of our team is the defensive corp, and having them all in the game made a big difference. But in general the effort was much improved across the whole team. Much more aggressive forechecking, more contact, passing plays, going to the net hard,… It was all better.

February 11, 2007

On Losing

Posted in hockey at 10:57 pm by Mike Milinkovich

Well, the Desperadoes (Team C) finally lost their first game of the year. As a matter of fact we got beat pretty badly, 4-1.

It’s been pretty obvious for a while that this was coming. The team just has not been playing all that well for the past month. Hopefully this will be a wake up call for the boys. Having won all their games so far, complacency has set in.

Still, no reason to panic. Including tournaments we have an 18-1-3 record on the season which is a darn impressive record. We were missing three good defencemen this weekend and at least four of the boys were suffering from colds. Hopefully next weekend with a practice Saturday, game on Sunday will get us back on track.

Fun on the Farm

Posted in family at 1:32 pm by Mike Milinkovich

My cousin Blake McChristie is a wiz with a video camera. I’m not exactly sure how he did it, but he managed to get a bunch of my grandfather’s old 8mm film onto video, then cut-and-spliced it into a wonderful Dambrowitz family momento. It’s a little grainy, but does a great job of capturing the life and times of the family.

So what are you seeing? My grandfather Earnest (Ernie) John Dambrowitz was born in Boston and moved to Matheson, Ontario in the early 1920’s. The family were literally pioneers, homesteading a 160 acre farm in the Northern Claybelt.

He met and married a local girl, Jesse Graham, and together had 10 children. My mother Sylvia is the second oldest of the brood of five boys and five girls. Although the family lived through the Great Depression, the Second World War and tons of hard work on and off the farm, as you can see there were lots of opportunities for fun.

In two and a half minutes, Blake’s video manages to capture some key highlights of my grandfather’s life: his love of family, his lifelong passion for horses and the fun he had designing and building boats.

Ernie Dambrowitz died in 2004 at the age of 93. He was still living on the farm that he had helped carve from the wilderness, and was still actively farming it. He had over 25 head of pure-bred Hereford cattle in the barn when he passed away. He still had the wit and humour of a man half his age. A patriarch in the finest possible meaning of the word, he was truly a tribute to the old-fashioned virtues of hard work and dedication to family.

Check it out

February 3, 2007

Surprisingly. Impressed.

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:05 pm by Mike Milinkovich

I’ve always got a good laugh watching Rick Mercer, although I’ve never been terribly comfortable with his anti-Americanism.

But I have to admit, he’s really been impressing me lately. Not as a comic per se, but as a spokesperson for the rank-and-file Canadian military who are serving in Afghanistan and elsewhere. I had already heard about his Christmas visit to the troops in Khandahar and his tank-driving exploits. (On the latter, if you don’t get the jokes about the holes and the best way to mount a tank, it’s probably because you don’t know that Rick is openly gay.)

But this editorial he wrote, really sealed the deal for me.

As Yoda would say: Funny and smart, Rick Mercer is.