Welcome! You've arrived at award-winning author Marcel Gagné's personal Website. I am the author of the "Moving to Linux" series of books, a regular columnist for several tech magazines, a public speaker, radio and television personality, and a well known voice in the Linux and open source universe. I created the famous (perhaps infamous) Cooking With Linux which ran for ten years in the Linux Journal. I'm also a published science fiction author and editor, a onetime Editor in Chief, a pilot, a former Top 40 disc jockey, and I fold a mean origami T-Rex.  This site is home to my insights, opinions, gripes, brags, tech stuff, and whatever else comes to mind when I have the time or the inclination to publish it. 

Richard Dawkins vs. Former Pope Benedict: Who Would Win The Hugo Award?

Nestled in Rome, Italy, is a sovereign nation called Vatican City, set apart from the rest of the world. The king of this country is the King of Vatican City, also known as the Pope. This King is the head of the Catholic Church over which he presides along with a bunch of guys who like to wear red.

Does Rogers want to give customers a heart attack?

Some Rogers Communications insanity for you today. Sally is away with her mother in Germany, visiting relatives and doing a little touring. Before she left, we purchased a travel talk and messaging plan from Rogers, as well as a data plan. This was to avoid scary roaming charges. We decided, despite the price, that this would be prudent.

Snake wine and other creepy concoctions

Final Reflections On The Zimmerman Verdict

With the trial over, the jury has spoken and George Zimmerman is a free man. Some applaud the verdict and others curse the system for failing to bring justice. Where you stand on this depends partly on how you define justice.

Salvation Army : Gays Deserve To Die!

For many years, I lived under the impression that although the Salvation Army had a religious base, it did not discriminate and reached out to help those in need regardless of the personal beliefs of those in need. I don't  know where or when I was told this, but I believed it.

Giving up on Living on Light

There's a woman named Naveena Shine, who was testing out her particular brand of faith, something called "breatharianism", which purports that humans can live on sunshine. Sure, why the hell not?

The Lunacy of Exorcism

One of the most ridiculous notions in religious dogma is that of demonic possession, followed inevitably by exorcism. The practice, aside from being completely insane is also barbaric and inhumane. For the purpose of this article, I'm going to concentrate on the insanity. 

Super Spectacular Day!

Way back, a long time ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth, in the late 1970s to early 1980s, I subscribed to a particular cerebral publication called "MAD Magazine". I also read Naional Lampoon and Heavy Metal magazines, but this post is about MAD.

Nigerian Skype Spam

Cool! I just received your classic Nigerian scam message, this one purportedly  Mr.David MENSAH (not sure why he capitalizes his name), a banker from Ghana, so maybe it's a Ghanaese scam. Anyhow, he is purportedly taking care of the estate of the departed M. Daniel GAGNE (what's with the fargin capitalization?) who wants to make sure that I take care of US $ 18,400,000.00 American dollars.

I am vi, the great and powerful . . .

The Linux world is home to some unusual controversy. None is greater than the phylosophical battles regarding text editors. Some will tell you emacs is the best, while others will argue for vi as the supreme editor. I happen to like vi though I will tell you about emacs in a later article.

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