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What the heck is going on here anyway

Heya, I’ve had this blog up for a little while now, perhaps two weeks, so I figure it’s time to say what it’s for … beside the obvious, which is basically whatever I want it to be for. Well, it is a blog, so this is my place to put stuff that I’m thinking about.

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Drifting Home

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I read a book a couple of weeks ago that I really enjoyed on a variety of levels: Drifting Home by Pierre Berton. Berton is kind of a Canadian icon; he’s written weighty tomes on a variety of Canadian and international issues; he’s written good histories (like Vimy Ridge) on key episodes in Canadian history.

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Whoa – Good Presentation by a Microsoftie!

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I’m attending BC Ed Online, a conference in Vancouver, and a Microsofie named Mike Parkhill (VP for education) gave a presentation. Wow. The guy was cool, he was interesting, he was humble, he mentioned Macs complimentarily, and he was smart. Much different than my perception (and past experience) of Microsofties.

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Seagull

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This poem is an attempt to recapture the magic of a poem I wrote in grade 4, of all times and places, which epitomized to my young brain the thought of absolute freedom … which was quite enticing.

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Glass Tiger

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This poem strikes me as rather pretentious, pedantic, and predictable … and no I wasn’t searching for ‘p’ words there! But what the heck, I wrote it late one night, it meant something to me then, and I include for the sake of authenticity. Juvenilia villa!

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Surfeit

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To my shamefully biased brain, this is one of my best poetical efforts. As with most poetry that I write, it was written late at night. There’s something about late night that brings out poetry in people … and no, it’s not the moon.

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CSS Design

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CSS design is driving me nuts. I guess that’s mostly ’cause I don’t really get it yet – I cut my teeth on website design with tables, and while tables have their well-known limitations, it’s at least a technology I understand.

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Lesson #1: Swear at automated phone thingies

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Well, this is interesting. I have high-speed ADSL from telus (telus.net). It only allows me to have two machines registered at any given time – they check for your machine’s MAC address when you connect to the internet. That’s OK, I only have two machines I want connected, anyway. And if I want more, I’ll

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Flux, by Stephen Baxter

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I am so hugely impressed with Stephen Baxter that I almost cannot express it in words. Hyperbole is boring, and bullshit is worse, but he is seriously one of the major, if not THE major forces driving science fiction forward these days. Just when we thought all the good plots were taken by Heinlein and

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Content management = People Management

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I find it interesting that Peter Merholz is mentioning that content management systems don’t really work. (He’s using Movable Type for his blog and is not giving individual posts individual pages; you’ll have to scroll.)

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