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Baseball @ home: living dangerously

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I played baseball with the kids last night, trying to teach them a couple of basic skills in preparation for some teams they’ll be joining. So here I am with our 8-year old daughter, who’s incredibly smart but not particularly athletic, explaining that it may take a while to learn to hit the ball, don’t

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9 Languages and Counting: The Linguist

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I’ve recently met and starting working with a rather amazing individual. Typically, most people are pretty impressed to find out that someone is bilingual. Trilingual, three languages, is amazing. Four starts to approach the realm of the unbelievable, or the savant. But Steve Kaufman, a former Canadian diplomat, speaks and reads in 9, yes, 9,

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An embarrassment of (visual) riches

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I’ve recently welcomed a very nice addition to my office – a 23″ Apple Cinema display.

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Gates: Start with computers, please

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Apparently, Bill Gates is working on building cars that can’t crash. Please stick to computers, Bill. Please. Or, if you just can’t, at least start with computers.

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Maudlin @ midnight

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I sell myself, slowly, a dollar at a time …

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French Accent Marks to HTML Converter

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I have to write and express my appreciation for the Textile app put up by Dean Allen at Textism. I had to do some work on our Quebec, I mean Québec website, and all my text for the site came from our Montreal, I mean Montréal office. Now, whether it comes in Word (as I’ve

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Food for thought …

I saw these Bowel Buddy crackers in a flyer that came to our house. From the site: Bowel Buddies quickly supply a large amount of insoluble fiber directly to the bowel where, with water, it goes to work “pushing, cleaning, churning, and clearing.” Bowel Buddy Bran Wafers are conveniently packaged in individual 2-wafer packages to

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Inkachoo Pinkachoo Sinkachoo Tinkachoo

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Some nights, my two older kids – Gabrielle, 8, and Ethan, 4 – beg me to make up and tell them a story. I used to quite often spontaneously make up and tell a new story, but I haven’t done it for a long time. Tonight I did, and this is the tale that I

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Insert pipe in mouth

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Music industry? Movie industry? Are you listening? Adapt or die.

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SchemaSoft Kills Microsoft Deal After Apple Takeover

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Schemasoft, the Vancouver data translation company that Apple just acquired, cancelled a multi-million dollar deal with Microsoft just the day after the acquisition closed. I spent the evening at Vancouver Enterprise Forum and talked to someone close to the company. Apparently, although Apple has been Schemasoft’s biggest client for some time now, Microsoft was also

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Bob a-Do-Do Birthday

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Aidan turned two today. He had a “Bob the Builder” birthday, which he says as “Bob a Do-Do.” Very cute. Two years of joy, two years of laughter, two years of love … all times three for all our kids. It’s hard to believe. Wow – what a blessing. Undeserved, but not unappreciated.

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First Cardinal Sin of Project Management

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This is the first (and maybe the last) in a series that I am planning to write on that most horrible, boring, awful, and necessary (but black) art: project management. (Actually, here’s the second sin.) First Cardinal Sin Starting before you are ready. This pathetic platitude is amazingly often ignored by smart people who should

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PR Nation – The Truth is for $ale

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Ten years ago I was an English major in university, thinking about a career in journalism. Then I realized that at any given time, there are more people in school to become journalists than there are jobs as journalists. So much for the journalism thing. But I might have given it up for entirely different

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Sick. As. A. Dog. [Update – April 25] No more sushi. Ever. And that’s the last I have to say on that subject.

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Fantasy Blogs: not what you think

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Never underestimate the power of the internet to surprise you. Or, rather, never underestimate the amazing, odd, weird, and wonderful things people actually invest time and energy and money into. I just noticed Blogshares, the “Fantasy Blog Share Market.” Apparently, my blog is currently trading at around $3300 US, and trending upwards. Unfortunately, I currently

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Usernames: case (in)sensitive

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Should usernames be case sensitive or insensitive? I just got bitten by this question on a site recently. The usernames were case sensitive; users were trying to log in; they kept getting rejected by the system; and support people who tried with the users’ own information were getting in just fine. I haven’t found a

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Who Says Apple Doesn’t Blog?

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Wow. While not quite on the level of a four-leaf clover, a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or a dodo bird, I did find something extemely unusual today: an Apple employee blogger. I found this rare species Macintoshus bloggoria while researching this post about Safari. And this guy actually says right

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Safari and Rich-text Editing: Still Waiting

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[ update April 28 ] Mike in our office here just found this case of WYSIWYG editing in Safari. VERY cool! Unfortunately, everything works just slightly differently than in IE or Firefox … the triggering mechanism for the B, I, and U (and other) buttons is a little different. But it’s a step in the

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Threadless: a new kind of business

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If you haven’t seen Threadless yet, you’re missing something. This is an incredibly cool company – the motto is “nude no more” – that has outsourced product development to …. you. Unbelievable, and incredible (which are two words that, when you think about it, actually mean the same thing). You want to design a T-shirt?

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Rediscovering Narnia

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I recently re-read all the 7 books that comprise the chronicles of Narnia. And my daughter Gabrielle is just finishing up The Last Battle, the last of the series. It’s her second time reading the series – she read it through at the age of 6 for the first time (she’s 8 now) – and

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CNN: click me if you’re stupid

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OK, I’m at a complete and utter loss. Has the advertising industry totally and completely lost any remants of any vestige of creativity? Apparently it has – at least the portion of it that works at or for CNN.com. What’s wrong with the picture below? (It’s a screen capture from CNN.com, taken April 12, 2005.)

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Technorati and Google: What’s taking so long?

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Technorati is the self-proclaimed finger on the pulse of the rapidly-growing blogosphere. Anyone who’s anyone knows Technorati, in spite of the proliferation of me-to sites and services all over the place (to a greater or lesser extent these include: Daypop, Popdex, Feedster, Blogwise). And the info Technorati provides (or could be mined for) is great

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Can we get a blogging Cardinal?

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In a few short days, the largest religious organization in the world will be choosing a new leader. I’m speaking about the Roman Catholic Church, of course. The church is taking extreme pains to ensure privacy during the selection process, and probably rightly so. The dry facts are available just about anywhere. But wouldn’t it

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Educational Technology: Scenario

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I’ve wanted to post some of the papers that I’ve written as a part of courses that I’m taking while working towards my Master of Educational Technology degree at UBC … and here’s the first installment. It’s a scenario: how will education be different in 5 years? I chose to be a little optimistic, and

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Schmoozing in Moose Jaw

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I’ve had a little hiatus here for the past 3-4 days: I had a sudden trip to Moose Jaw, which is about as far into the Canadian hinterland as it sounds, though not quite as far as you can get. Getting into and out of the city was interesting, consisting of a hop from Abbotsford

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Accidental art

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I needed to whip up a quick EPS image today just for testing an image upload feature. The image itself didn’t matter at all; I just needed an EPS image. So I went into Photoshop and in about 3 seconds flat, kind of accidentally created this. Which I rather like! Note: The charcoal border is

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Aidan’s head …

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I posted about two weeks ago on my son’s head injury, and updated a couple of days after that. Well, it’s looking a lot better. Teresa took this photo of Aidan about a week after the original injury: And now, another week later, it’s looking even better. Time will tell if the scar will fade

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Nice site – too bad you’re black

As I recently mentioned, I’ve added a couple of links that allow visitors to post comments to stories on this site … such as this one. Stupid me. I forgot that no good deed goes unpunished. No sooner had I done so than this comment popped up its scaly head: nice website, until I see

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The humanity! the humanity! Commenting on WordPress blogs

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I was just alerted by a certain friend that commenting on this blog is an exercise in frustration. Apparently, WordPress updated how comments are handled in response to the comment spam problem, and now you must be logged in to post a comment. Which means you must be a member. Which, yes, as the inexorable

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Liberal Sponsorship Scandal

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The Liberal Party of Canada appears to have had its fingers in the wrong jar – many wrong jars, to be precise – and right now a public inquiry is being held to determine what exactly happened. Apparently, according to a court publication ban, I can’t tell you what is going on. I can’t even

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