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Hold down alt/option and click on any word in this NYTimes article

How new is this? It's pretty cool, but pretty much half-assed. And hard to discover, except by accident!

posted at 4:11 pm
on Jan. 30, 2007


I Tried this Macintosh Address Book Importer

But I found that Address Book itself did a better job of importing. Go figure.

posted at 3:40 pm
on Jan. 30, 2007


Search through publicly available notes that people write inside Dreamweaver

I bet you didn't know that Dreamweaver created "_notes" directories all over your Web server, with details of who last edited a file, when, and their valid email address!

posted at 5:21 pm
on Jan. 28, 2007


50% of the world’s movie piracy is from Montreal, according to Fox

And, this article has the best photo caption ever: "Here's the scenario: You have a story about movies. But your story is also about pirates stealing movies. Clearly you have no choice but to run a picture of Johnny Depp playing a pirate in a movie. And voila, the Circle of Life is complete."

posted at 2:18 pm
on Jan. 27, 2007


Great Vancouver second-hand store may shut down because of bylaw effects

Sounds like this law ought to be re-written, and soon!

posted at 4:59 pm
on Jan. 26, 2007


Wash Your Cat in this Kitty Washing Machine

This would make a good superpower origin story.

posted at 9:40 pm
on Jan. 25, 2007


How do I unlock all files quickly in Mac OS X? Here’s how

sudo chflags -R nouchg ~/ ### I spent a while looking for this trick; hope it helps you.

posted at 2:39 am
on Jan. 25, 2007


The Graph of all Male/Female Relationships

Or same sex, if you swing that way. I like the "Null Set" notation, myself. BTW, the rest of this linked blog is a little smutty, so don't wander too far off this page.

posted at 12:47 am
on Jan. 25, 2007


Watch this video of a forum spambot at work

It reads captchas, activates via email automatically; it's TERRIFYING if you're a forum admin.

posted at 1:16 pm
on Jan. 24, 2007


Quick Cartoon About Citizen Journalism

hee hee... wait.

posted at 5:54 pm
on Jan. 19, 2007


Snow Falls in Malibu (A Flickr Photoset)

I was originally going to say Hell, but there's no way you can call Malibu 'Hell.'

posted at 2:16 am
on Jan. 18, 2007


John David Lefebvre: ... to federal prosecution by the U.S. government

This is the criminal charge filed for his breaking of gambling fund transfer laws.

posted at 12:53 am
on Jan. 18, 2007


John David Lefebvre: $100-millionaire on Salt Spring Island…

Wait, there's more...

posted at 12:51 am
on Jan. 18, 2007


John David Lefebvre: From street busker in Calgary…

My cousin knows him. Small world.

posted at 12:50 am
on Jan. 18, 2007


Sarah’s Excellent #1 Rule for Working with Web 2.0 Apps

Quicksilver also saves your last few clipboards -- get it!

posted at 6:26 pm
on Jan. 17, 2007


Dairy Company Introduces Lots-Of-Pulp Milk

What's the direct opposite of yum?

posted at 1:14 pm
on Jan. 17, 2007


Would You Visit These US States Based on Their Web Sites?

Why Web design matters -- 50 examples or good, medium and bad design choices for similar sites. Worth a look.

posted at 12:40 am
on Jan. 17, 2007


A Story about a Vancouver Policeman and His Petty Use of Force

I don't know if I could withstand the pressure and scrutiny that police officers have to live with every day on their job. On the other hand, that's why I'm not a police office and why I pay taxes.

posted at 11:29 pm
on Jan. 15, 2007


Canadian postal rates go up today to $0.52

In protest, I'm going to add a little bit of sand to every letter I send, a cost to offset the $0.01 profit they plan to make on my letters.

posted at 12:14 pm
on Jan. 15, 2007


Susie Made It onto Canada’s 1% Blogging Army

This blog, I note, did not. Unappreciated in my lifetime, hmmm?

posted at 6:35 pm
on Jan. 13, 2007


Got a Blog? Want a Trip to Vancouver?

Get one of 6 travel bursaries to the Northern Voice (the Canadian blogging conference), worth $500 (CDN). Why not apply?

posted at 11:05 am
on Jan. 12, 2007


You won’t believe these guys were really rollerskating down the freeway.

Crazy Arabs. It's so nice to be able to say that and be 100% non-racist (watch the video, and you'll see).

posted at 9:15 am
on Jan. 12, 2007


Good shooting, banjo player!

if a man with a gun hidden in a banjo wants to start a fight with you, walk away.

posted at 3:03 am
on Jan. 12, 2007


Delayed sleep phase syndrome - Sound like anyone you know?

What time did I post this?

posted at 4:22 am
on Jan. 11, 2007


Who built BC Place Stadium, and how can they say its roof is fine today?

According to this page, Dillingham Construction built the stadium, and they're now bankrupt after too many lawsuits about shoddy construction and overbilling in the 1980s. Really? Hmmm.

posted at 2:39 pm
on Jan. 10, 2007


Got a Flash? Make A Better Bounce Card, for Free

Be sure to watch the video. It's neat (but too long: 18 minutes)

posted at 3:26 am
on Jan. 10, 2007


Did You Know: Microsoft Regresses to Word for HTML Email Rendering in Outlook 2007

Instead of using the IE 7 rendering engine, the new Outlook will use Word's old, crap-tacular HTML rendering engine. Why? Is it because IE7's security isn't actually all that? I really don't get it, and if you rely on HTML emails for your marketing, your clients won't be getting it, either.

posted at 1:09 am
on Jan. 10, 2007


The Government’s List of the Most Famous Manitobans

I will give a marvelous prize to anyone who has ever heard of any of these people. James not included.

posted at 5:02 pm
on Jan. 9, 2007


Happy Birthday, Elvis Presley


posted at 2:10 pm
on Jan. 8, 2007


Northern Voice, the Canadian blogging conference, has announced its 2007 schedule

Go today and register. Go! Go! It's only $50. GO!

posted at 1:38 pm
on Jan. 8, 2007


CafeMarino: The Makers of Batichoco

Mexican company.

posted at 12:32 am
on Jan. 7, 2007


Watch BC Place deflate! Thanks, guy with camera in the right place at the right time!

What's citizen journalism? This.

posted at 2:15 am
on Jan. 6, 2007


After 500 years, British Beefeater guards go co-ed

She was hand-picked from a group of specially-trained, elite women who don't need to go to the bathroom every hour.

posted at 1:52 pm
on Jan. 3, 2007


Tony vs Paul: Catchy stop motion animation with great music

They must have had so much patience!

posted at 4:59 pm
on Jan. 2, 2007


Vancouver is ‘home’ to the IAVRT, the International Association of Virtual Reality Technologies

Update: My friend walked to their address today and it's just a UPS box. Not looking too good for the IAVRT.Earlier: Which might be a big scam or more likely a spoof marketing campaign for some lame video game.

posted at 12:32 am
on Jan. 2, 2007


25% of Americans Predict the Second Coming Will Occur in 2007

And 35% predict that cancer will be cured. Americans, or perhaps this pollster, are not in touch with reality.

posted at 4:48 pm
on Jan. 1, 2007



“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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