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The NSA Comes A-Knockin’ and I Start Talkin’

I’m getting older.  I can tell because today, I was contacted by the National Security Agency, and it aged me about a year.

posted at 2:32 pm on Oct. 28, 2005
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One Step Forward, Two Shades Black

I got my hair cut and dyed on my birthday. I don’t have any totally great photos of it yet, but I’ll get one.  This one’s from Kris, but he tends to wash out his photos artistically, and my hair’s now even darker than this in person.

posted at 11:20 am on Oct. 28, 2005
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My Little TiVo Goes a Long Way

Turns out that me and my TiVo are going to be on Global National this Friday night (tonight) at 5:30.  Already, because of an on-the-air promo, an acquaintance has written me saying, essentially, “hey, wuz that you?” Yes, it wuz.

A reporter contacted me after finding my blog post about TiVo.  He’s doing a story about TiVo coming to Canada.

posted at 12:45 am on Oct. 28, 2005
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Tonight I Went to the Blogger Meetup

Darren’s not in charge of it any more, and Hop Studios isn’t sponsoring it, but old habits die hard, so I did pass around a piece of paper for folks to list their blogs and answer the question: What’s Your Favorite Electronic Device?

posted at 12:26 am on Oct. 28, 2005
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iPhoto Deleted My Latest Pictures

iPhoto is a hideous piece of software—I think the “i” stands for Irk Me.  Tonight, it crashed on me while I was importing photos, and it erased the whole batch of 30 photos.  That’s unforgivable behavior—crashing is bad enough, but deleting files before writing the new copies to disk safely is deplorable.

posted at 10:04 am on Oct. 26, 2005
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Don’t Be a Hater, Trav—Be a Breakfast Eater

Someone sweeter than me pointed out that my last blog entry could be interpreted as a little negative, that I was ragging on many people who legitimately couldn’t come to my party. To which I say, um, well, it’s a blog.  If you’re looking for self-censorship, may I suggest you peruse my old annual reviews, or perhaps one of my tax returns.

posted at 1:29 am on Oct. 24, 2005
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Pyjama Party Excuses

I will be having a pyjama party for my birthday tomorrow night.  Here are the excuses people made for not attending, sorted by category.

posted at 5:52 pm on Oct. 20, 2005
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Song Swap Contest Filling Up

There are only a few spots left in Song Swap Contest v2.0. In an interesting wrinkle, one person wanting to play is in the U.K.  I think that mailing delays may scupper that, but I’m tempted based on the music diversity.  What do you think?

posted at 1:35 pm on Oct. 19, 2005
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Song Swap Contest 2.0

It’s time for the second Song Swap Contest.  For those of you who missed it last time, the premise is this:  Seven people each create a mixed CD and swap them by mail.  Each person tries to identify the songs.  Winners are given valuable (seriously!) iTunes gift certificates.  Sound fun?

posted at 1:57 am on Oct. 18, 2005
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Here’s My Talk: ‘News & Blogging: Creating a New Journalism?’

  I’m prepared to talk about “News & Blogging: Creating a New Journalism!”  Some links, then we’ll talk about where it’s all going.

posted at 10:56 am on Oct. 16, 2005
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Who Are These Students?

This is the problem I deal with every time I talk to a new group of people, students especially. Who are they, what do they want, why do they all keep looking at me?

posted at 10:30 am on Oct. 16, 2005
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Sunday Morning at UBC

I’m at the University of British Columbia this morning, teaching in a seminar called “Get Your Hands Dirty - Multimedia for Journalists.”  9:30 a.m., Sunday, even though I should be packing—I must actually care about this stuff.

posted at 10:05 am on Oct. 16, 2005
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I Was Wrong to Trust Steve

Steve Jobs of Apple, that is.

posted at 9:45 pm on Oct. 12, 2005
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Vancouver Mover Recommendations?

I’m looking for a local mover here in Vancouver.  Any recommendations? Anyone I should be warned away from?

posted at 12:21 pm on Oct. 11, 2005
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This Is Why Blogs Are Kicking Big Media’s Ass

Thread one: Defective Yeti is a humor site I read often, filled with things like this qualification test George Bush gave Harriet Miers. Thread two: I worked on the Los Angeles Times Web site in 1995.  We developed a Custom News Agent we called “Hunter.”  What’s the connection?

posted at 10:12 am on Oct. 11, 2005
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This Year I’m Thankful For

A list of things that are A-OK.

posted at 3:58 am on Oct. 11, 2005
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Visit from a Type A

They say the key to blogging is to be personal and interesting.  Here goes: So, this building’s elevators have mirrors on three walls. A “Type-A” came to look at our apartment yesterday.

posted at 2:35 pm on Oct. 7, 2005
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Today is Blogacatmas

Who am I to resist a trend?  To celebrate Blogacatmas—first Friday in October—here are a few choice pictures of Aimee, resident inmate in our asylum.

posted at 12:26 pm on Oct. 7, 2005
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The Austerity Plan: Mission Accomplished

You may remember that several months ago, upon returning from a food-filled trip to L.A., Susie and I embarked on what I called The Austerity Plan.  I’m happy to report that, as of yesterday, I have met my goal of losing 32 pounds.  In this photo, you can see me posing with the weight I lost, in the form of a 25 pound box of cat litter and half a 14 pound watermelon.

posted at 12:28 am on Oct. 7, 2005
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One Year in Vancouver

One year ago today, we crossed the border and moved to Vancouver. This post is about what we think of where we are.  It’s about what we’ve learned, and how we feel about this city and the people in it, 365 days in.

posted at 11:41 am on Oct. 3, 2005
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Welcome to Canada, My New TiVo!

My TiVo arrived today.  I ordered it as soon as I heard you could get TiVo service in Canada.

posted at 6:23 pm on Oct. 2, 2005
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Friday Night in Vancouver

I had an interesting evening. First, dinner and a movie with old friends, then business party in Gastown with new ones.

posted at 2:27 am on Oct. 1, 2005
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