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The year, in 25 words

A great meme.

posted at 11:46 pm
on Dec. 31, 2004

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Jumpline, our Web host, has no customer support until Jan. 2

How shabby.

posted at 9:23 pm
on Dec. 31, 2004

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The Jar Project

Should be relaunched for the tsunami disaster

posted at 9:17 pm
on Dec. 31, 2004

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Banned by Google? Here’s some steps to help

Useful advice.

posted at 2:04 pm
on Dec. 31, 2004

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pixeltees has an RSS-enabled t-shirt

Click here, indeed

posted at 12:13 pm
on Dec. 31, 2004

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“After” satellite picture of the tsunami’s effect in Kalutara, Sri Lanka

The before picture for comparison. It's striking how beautiful, yet how deadly, natural disasters can be. Think of the sunsets caused by volcanic eruptions, or the ice formations caused by an ice storm. The pictures are from DigitalGlobe 's QuickBird images of tsunami sites

posted at 2:03 am
on Dec. 31, 2004

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Advice on Time Management: Breaking Things Down and Getting Them Done

Somehow, I always manage to fit in "surfing the Web."

posted at 9:01 pm
on Dec. 28, 2004

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Shizzy Pretends to be Starbuck’s CEO, and has fun with an HR lacky

At what point would you have caught on to this?

posted at 8:36 pm
on Dec. 28, 2004

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Canada’s pledge to tsunami relief: $4 mil. U.S.: $15 mil.  EU: $4 mil.

I'll keep track and see if these numbers change as more detailed needs assessments are done. Update: Wikipedia has a page that does a better job than I could.

posted at 12:00 am
on Dec. 28, 2004

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Murmur lets you listen to personal stories about Vancouver, via cell phone

Neat idea; needs more content. The mapping interface looks like a manual hassle.

posted at 2:17 pm
on Dec. 27, 2004

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Internet Explorer: The Girlfriend from Hell

Sad but true.

posted at 11:19 am
on Dec. 27, 2004

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MaKo 4 CSS - Netscape4 Issues - Styling of Forms

Just for me.

posted at 3:05 pm
on Dec. 22, 2004

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Scared of Santa photo gallery

Great idea, SouthFlorida.com!

posted at 12:36 pm
on Dec. 22, 2004

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First ‘Bush refugees’ win approval

The good news: you can move to Canada. The bad news: Prepare for a wait... these applications were submitted more than a year ago.

posted at 11:47 am
on Dec. 22, 2004

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Women’s-only gym faces human rights complaint

This guy is going to have a hard time getting a date in this city.

posted at 11:46 am
on Dec. 22, 2004

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An Army chaplain describes the “mass casualty” scene of the Iraq mess haul attack

If Vietnam was seen through photojournalism, this war is now being brought to us best by blog.

posted at 11:36 am
on Dec. 22, 2004

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Happy Holidays from BigMike Studios!

Merry Christmas!

posted at 7:49 pm
on Dec. 21, 2004

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The Moire effect, demonstrated with DHTML

Yes, there's nothing else to this link but a pretty picture. if you want more, go here.

posted at 1:07 am
on Dec. 21, 2004

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A dancing holiday marketing turkey

Come on, click it!

posted at 5:46 pm
on Dec. 20, 2004

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Monduna.com’s [really detailed and well written] Bit Torrent FAQ

Since several tracker sites (including Suprnova) have recently shut down, you may want to look for other sites here.

posted at 4:01 pm
on Dec. 20, 2004

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Caterina asks: What should I read over Christmas?

Godel, Escher, Bach, by Douglas Hofstadter. Without a doubt. Even reading one fifth of the book is better than most others in their entirety. Little known fact: Hofstadter was the first author purchased at Amazon.com.

posted at 1:32 am
on Dec. 19, 2004

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If you don’t want to waste 35 minutes, don’t try Reflex

The game of "Follow the bouncing ball."

posted at 12:35 am
on Dec. 18, 2004

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The World According to the United States of America

A humorous map

posted at 12:16 pm
on Dec. 17, 2004

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Reporter gets house arrest for 6 months—with NO Internet

Cruel and unusual for certain.

posted at 12:04 pm
on Dec. 17, 2004

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Interesting Poll: Where and When Do You Get Your Best ideas?

Best: When happy, brainstorming with others. Worst: When sad, watching TV

posted at 3:55 pm
on Dec. 16, 2004

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Rex USA: An interesting stock photo site

I got here searching for a Christmas tree made of beer bottles. Don't ask.

posted at 5:15 pm
on Dec. 14, 2004

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The history of Tarmac

I'm a sucker for corporate histories.

posted at 1:28 pm
on Dec. 13, 2004

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Read this guy’s funny Amazon.com Reviews

Good stuff.

posted at 11:24 am
on Dec. 10, 2004

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cbc.ca finally launches RSS feeds

The categories are... General: Canadian, World, Business, Health and Science, Arts Sports: General News, Amateur Sports, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey Regional: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Montreal, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, North (only Canada has an area they just call "North"), Nova Scotia, Ottawa, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Toronto (they don't have Ontario?)

posted at 10:10 am
on Dec. 10, 2004

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Use the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Calculator to figure out how many tonnes of emissions you produce each

I produce 2.55 tonnes (2553 kg), with my very short and efficient commute being offset by the large amount of beans and Oreos I eat.

posted at 9:35 pm
on Dec. 9, 2004

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Photos of my Canadian Neighbors

I'm kidding. It's actually photos of a human-powered expedition from Vancouver to Moscow.

posted at 2:41 am
on Dec. 9, 2004

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This iPod mini ad was produced by a fan. He says it took 160 hours.

Frankly, it's amazing.

posted at 8:05 pm
on Dec. 8, 2004

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Are bloggers journalists? John Battelle is

John Battelle's Searchblog: News: Google Motion of Summary Judgment Denied in Geico Case

posted at 7:50 pm
on Dec. 8, 2004

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Lacquer Time Lapse Trip from L.A. to New York

How did he manage not to pick his nose for four days?!

posted at 4:23 pm
on Dec. 8, 2004

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Dungeon Siege Walkthrough & FAQ

Handy for me. I finished the game tonight.

posted at 1:42 am
on Dec. 8, 2004

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librarians make good bloggers

a fun read.

posted at 3:05 am
on Dec. 7, 2004

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Taking a closer look at the War Medals of George W. Bush

Very funny. I hope he's not "disappeared" because of it.

posted at 2:55 am
on Dec. 7, 2004

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Simple Guide to the A-List Bloggers

I'm so glad I'm not on the list.

posted at 2:02 am
on Dec. 7, 2004

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Watch “Christmas with the Trailer Park Boys” this Sunday at 9

Look out Charlie Brown, here comes a new holiday special!

posted at 12:29 am
on Dec. 7, 2004

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Squalor Survivors - Moving out of the mess

Ironically, it's a very nicely designed site with lots of white space. Do squalor sufferers feel uncomfortable surfing it?

posted at 9:22 pm
on Dec. 6, 2004

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Join This Web Contest: Letters to Penthouse Forum by Famous Writers

This could turn out some really great entries.

posted at 3:52 pm
on Dec. 6, 2004

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Jay Allen’s MT-Blacklist becomes a black hole: Don’t delete any of your MT Weblogs

Too bad MT doesn't have a better integrated back up system.

posted at 2:43 pm
on Dec. 6, 2004

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I have yet to find something unfunny on ze frank’s site

This is so simple, yet so novel.

posted at 4:20 am
on Dec. 6, 2004

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Neil’s World - 9 steps to a quicker MT3.1x installation

It's good advice, and some of it applies generally to other blogging hosts.

posted at 1:11 am
on Dec. 6, 2004

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Using Brita to filter bad vodka

I'm on a science kick, what can I say.

posted at 10:38 pm
on Dec. 5, 2004

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Yum: European Food Shopping Tour of Vancouver from Urban Vancouver

Just reading it makes me crave bratwurst.

posted at 3:30 pm
on Dec. 5, 2004

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Flickr’s most interestng discussion forum: it’s all image, no words

People post pictures to "talk" about topics.

posted at 1:57 pm
on Dec. 4, 2004

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Beer Pitcher Fullness Monitor

College students solve a college problem

posted at 1:25 am
on Dec. 4, 2004

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The Week’s Briefing: All About Canada

A pollyanish, but sweet, overview of Canada and whether Americans should move here.

posted at 12:15 pm
on Dec. 3, 2004

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25 irredemably bad sweaters

No single one of them is worth sheering a sheep for

posted at 1:13 am
on Dec. 3, 2004

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Terra Nova’s Photo Gallery from upcoming World of Warcraft

Very lovely. I'll buy it.

posted at 12:17 am
on Dec. 3, 2004

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MSN Money - 29 things that used to be free

A nice, but not exhaustive, list

posted at 12:01 am
on Dec. 3, 2004

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Sony threatens Kottke over audio of Ken Jennings’ loss

The very best way to get traffic to your blog is to have a big corporation make you remove something from it. Sony now finds itself being nibbled by thousands and thousands of ducks.

posted at 11:13 pm
on Dec. 2, 2004

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candygenius presents The Periodic Table of Candy

Tooth ache city!

posted at 3:13 pm
on Dec. 2, 2004

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Equifax offers a fun bubble popping game that leads to a credit report discount

Who says privacy-invading mega financial corps can't have fun

posted at 6:41 pm
on Dec. 1, 2004

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Moving To Canada, eh ? :: Main Page

Hastily put together, this could become a good resource.

posted at 3:37 pm
on Dec. 1, 2004

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Anecdotage is a neat site full of random anecdotes

I found it when I looked up my Brad Pitt anecdote.

posted at 2:55 pm
on Dec. 1, 2004

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Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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