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Today we learned the definition of a palindrome in class. It consists of two parts:

1) A single letter, or no letters at all, is a palindrome.
2) A palindrome is a palindrome with two identical letters stuck on either end.

So to all you junior high or high school students out there, try that on your English assignment and see what your teacher says. If it’s precise enough for a computer to understand (and remember computers have to be told how to do everything) it should be good enough for them too.

Another interesting thing I learned today, from William Foster, the interim secretary-general at McGill:

All employers are obliged by law to ensure that employees have three clear hours to vote. The University must, therefore, grant to those employees whose work schedule does not allow for three clear hours the additional time that may be necessary. Polls are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. If by 6:30 p.m. the employee has not had the opportunity to vote due to the constraint of employment hours, the law requires that the employee be permitted to leave at that time.

Unfortunately the same does not apply to students in class. Too bad, because that’s the day I have classes from 10:30 to 18:00. Well, I suppose it doesn’t matter anyway, since I’m not voting in this riding anyway.

Now, since I think there should always be at least one picture on here to break things up, here’s Gus on his Christmas pillow.

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