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‘Giant Steps’ flash animation

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If you don’t might the long wait (about a minute at broadband speeds) this flash movie is a very cool jazz journey into spatial oblivion. I saw this at ongoing first.

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Great new Newsboys CD: Devotion

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I picked up the latest Newsboys CD on Saturday, Devotion. OK, so it’s not new, it’s newish. Wow! This is a great CD – the musically mature product of a group that really has it together: great rock tunes, drums, guitar and more with an excellent Christian message. Love it!

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Branding in a brave new world

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Branding is something that executives and marketing types love to talk about, advertising companies love to shout about, and most people know very little about. The problem is not only that branding is one of those insubstantial wispy things that are hard to measure, it’s also changing. Fast. Take this quote, for example: Consumers demand

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Minis Safer than Trucks; Stupid People Buy SUVs

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Nothing like a controversial title to start off an article about vehicles, huh? It’s a silly title, but, according to an article from the New Yorker, it’s strangely accurate.

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Memories of the Microsoft – US DOJ Settlement

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For some baffling reason, I was thinking tonight of the Microsoft – US DOJ settlement of a few years back. I recalled sending a submission in to the Department of Justice (hah) just after that settlement …. although I ‘m not a US citizen. And the beautiful thing about life in the 21st century is

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Cool: Flickr and iPhoto play nicely together

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I have just started using Flickr because, of course, you can’t be cool on the web and Not Use Flickrâ„¢. So I downloaded the Flickr uploader for Mac OS X, and installed it. Then, just because I’m bloody-minded and I’m on a Mac and I thought …. maybe it will work … I simply grabbed

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Writing compelling blog posts

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I use WordPress 1.5, which happens to have a new feature, the dashboard, that displays a bunch of things including some (paid I am sure) links to posts on the art of blogging. I followed this one: How to write compelling blog posts, only to find that the deep, insightful, amusing, and, uh, compelling article

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If a little chocolate is good …

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… then obviously a lot is better. Especially when it’s all over your face: This is my year-and-a-half old son, Aidan, and he thinks chocolate is ‘nummy.’

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Memories of Florida …

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Going back through some of my photos from my recent trip to FETC, I came across some that I had to publish …. I’ve seen quite a few McDonald’s all over North America and Europe, but I’ve never seen a ‘golden arch.’ As far as I know, it’s usually the ‘golden arches.’ This poverty-stricking Mickie-D’s

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A new phase of the blogging journey: Google AdWords

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I took the plunge, and, after updating the site software and look over the past few days, signed up for Google AdSense (displaying Google AdWords on my site). The ads almost look like they fit in, but hopefully stand out enough to grab some attention … enough attention that someone might see something relevant and

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Way too cute …

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This is my son, Aidan, who is about 1 and half years old. I guess it’s obvious, but he’s just had a bath. Yes, he is that mischieviously cute all the time.

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Updated to WordPress 1.5; New Look

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Last night I updated to WordPress 1.5. It was the easiest update I’ve ever done … probably easier than updating desktop software. 1.5 has lots of goodies, not least of which are much better comment spam fighting abilities, image handling, and themes. I’ve already used the themes functionality to change the look of this site,

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43 things

Ummm … 43 things is very cool … go see it. Here’s my first thing; I’m a horribly goal-oriented person, and I’m sick of postponing my life until I do X or achieve Y, mostly because every time I actually do achieve X, there’s another X ready and waiting to take its place.

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Ajax and Flash: Perfect Enemies

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The web is going nuts over Jesse Jame’s Garrett’s latest essay on Ajax web apps, and I blogged it myself, if a bit tangentially … But I was thinking tonight as I was revisiting the concept and turning it around in my head: how would I feel about this if I was Macromedia? Not too

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5000 Kilometre Hike

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Ever thought of taking a hike … and not coming back for 4 months? A business associate of mine, Dave Baggenstos, is doing exactly that. Very cool.

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Papers, can I see your papers, please?

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The phrase “papers, can I see your papers” brings back one massive conglomerate image in my mind of the hundreds of cold-war spy movies I’ve wasted my time on … the hero/ine is stepping onto the train or walking through the street in some Eastern bloc country with a totalitarian government. But that could never

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Europe: Doublethought lives! (updated)

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Speaking as a Canadian of relatively recent European descent, Europe is really ticking me off these days. What’s bugging me? European hunger to sell methods of killing people to China. Maybe I’m just stupid. But I have this impression that Europe thinks it’s a kinder, gentler place than, for instance, the US of A. That’s,

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Finder Art

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The last 3-4 posts on my blog to the contrary, I swear I am not on a bug-hunting binge right now … they just keep popping up. Finder (the windowing app for Mac OS X) kinda went crazy today. Every time I moved an icon or a window, it left tracks somewhat like a jet

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Ajax and dirty laundry

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Ajax applications (Asynchronous Javascript + XML) are the hottest topic du jour, due to Jesse Jame Garrett’s essay on the topic a few days ago. (Offtopic: I hate being scooped by Slashdot! I noticed the Ajax article a few days ago off a link at Peterme, and was going to blog it …. but …

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Google Error – Wow!

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I saw a Google error today for the first time ever …. Mike Skovgaard, one of our developers, found it first. Screenshot follows, as proof:

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Vancouver Enterprise Forum, Feb. 22 2005

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I attended the Vancouver Enterprise Forum tonight for the first time. It’s a bunch of people who are related to the technology, venture capital, and entrepreneurial worlds who get together every month around different topics. This month was cleantech, or green energy. Not really my specialty, but the speakers were interesting. They included Jeff Moris,

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Apple: Speed up iPhoto, ASAP

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iPhoto’s slowness is turning a great iApp into the Achilles heel of Apple’s digital lifestyle. It’s just so easy to start using, that – amazingly enough – people actually use it. And what happens when you do? Frustration and disappointment, to a degree. iPhoto is still cool, don’t get me wrong. It’s just dog-ass slow.

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Star-gazing (the old-fashioned kind)

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I went out star-gazing last night with some astronomical binoculars I purchased a month and a half ago. We’ve been having the most incredible beautiful clear sunny days here … and clear sunny days mean clear night skies – an amateur astronomer’s delight. I made my way down to McDonald Park, a nice reasonably-dark-sky site

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Great Dilbert Quote

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I ran across this Dilbert quote in the coursework for my ETEC (education technology) 510 course today: Change is good – you go first – Dilbert Love it!

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True Christians Respect and Love Jews

I pop my name into Google from time to time to see where my blog comes up, among other things, and I always find something interesting. Such as this article on the movie “The Passion of the Christ, to which I responded almost exactly one year ago. Click the link under Insider Letters on the

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Doing research at Amazon: Search inside the book

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I’m currently in the Master of Educational Technology program at UBC, and was doing some research on a paper tonight. And I just found a nice new method ….

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Canadian hockey players on Viagra, apparently

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Forbes had a very good story on the cancellation (boo, hiss) of the NHL season today, in which Michael Ozanian correctly blames Bettman – not for being a poor negotiator or lousy boss – but for greedily following expansion money and losing the league in the process. This particular quote is very interesting, particularly for

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Thanks for doing the right thing, Apple

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It looks like Apple is dropping its lawsuits against Think Secret and other Mac-oriented websites. Thanks for doing the right thing!

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D’Orbitz

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Apparently, Orbitz does not allow deep linking, or linking to pages on their site other than the home page. Umm, do we really need more reasons to string up all the laywers? How dumb can people get? So, you should not go to this site. They don’t want your business.

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