A tough question

How do you think a student would reply to these? You are legally required to stay in school until you're 18 (this is law in Ontario). At the age of 18 you can choose any number of work or learning opportunities and self-direct your education/life. Prior to that, you MUST…

Peaks & Aerodynamics

This might be a n00b question, but I'll ask it anyway:   Why do dualsport/off road helmets have those giant peaks on them when road helmets don't? Do they serve some sort of purpose? I'd think having a peak that could catch on things when you come off would be…

British Driving Culture

We've been in the UK for almost a week and yesterday spent the day skulking about London.  Like the rest of England, London makes demands on a vehicle operator's attention that many North Americans would find onerous.  The small lanes, lack of shoulder and volume of traffic conspire to create…

The Essential Catchall

I've raged against the inflation of grades and streaming to minimize expectations on otherwise capable students before.  I'm at the end of another semester of teaching essential students and once again I've been injured by the process.  Just as in last year's essential English class, I'm given a single class…

Halliburton Highlands Birthday Holiday

A birthday long weekend riding holiday... based out of the Pinestone Resort in Haliburton (so easy access to the Haliburton Highlands Riding Roads). The Ride Out: http://ift.tt/2rwWG1D 356kms Haliburton Highlands Research: http://ift.tt/222AdG2 The Dynamite Loop: http://ift.tt/2rx8lxv Possible Sunday Loop: http://ift.tt/2rwWGPb 287kms The Ride Home: http://ift.tt/2rwXNyd 283kms with a stop at…

Rainy Day Carburators

A cold, rainy Saturday had me break down the carburetor on the Yamaha XS1100.  A Triumph Spitfire and Mercury LN7 owned as a teen made me pretty handy with carburetors.  In addition to multiple rebuilds I also got handy at jury rigging manual chokes thanks to the utterly crap Ford…

There is no STEM

There has recently been a fair bit of push back against STEM as a focus in schools, but as a classroom technology and engineering teacher I have to tell you, there is no STEM.  By sticking science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an acronym, many people, especially people who aren't…