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Too Cool … Turn all the TVs Off

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This is way too cool to pass up sticking a very brief note here: Turn off TVs wherever you go with TV be gone. Of course, I saw this 4 days ago on Wired, and now it’s all over the blogosphere …. serves me right for waiting too long.

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Yes mum, a beaver chopped down a tree onto my car

This must be a quintessentially Canadian story, at least to those who think of Canada as the land of trees, hills, snow, and beavers. I was working quietly in my office when Carl, one of our developers, sais, “Uh, John, a tree just fell on your car.”

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Theory and Practice

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The difference between theory and practice is greater in practice than it is in theory. (This is from Carl, one of our developers.) I liked this quote, so I blogged it. And yes, are just finishing a major, massive, site upgrade.

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Really Stupid Smart People

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How could they be so dumb? They’re the people who can actually answer “yes” to the question: “What are you, a rocket scientist?” And yet they make incredibly bone-headed mistakes like installing a deceleration sensor upside down or failing to convert from imperial to metric. Unbelievable. Kinda restores your faith in the everyday average Joe,

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Wolf sounds

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Ever need the sound of a wolf growling or snarling? I just did, and I found it right here. Very cool! UPDATE: This is much more cool … a search engine for sounds. Wow. Love it. Now why didn’t Google do this?

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Apple’s .Mac: You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave

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2 months ago I received a Gmail account. 1 GB free, no need for .Mac, Apple’s email/storage/Sync/everything solution. So I thought I’d cancel. Nice try. You can’t cancel!

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Gilgamesh and the Bible

I called this website sparkplug9.com mostly due to my fascination with the Gilgamesh epic. And my fascination with that epic is mostly due to Robert Silverberg’s amazingly great book Gilgamesh the King. So I was quite interested to see a link my dad shot over entitled Noah’s Flood and the Gilgamesh Epic. Click here to

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Part of the fun of having a blog is …

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What do the following phrases have in common? (And yes, there is a common link.) Ethiopians make their gods black and snub-nosed, Thracians red-haired and with blue eyes; so also they conceive the spirits of the gods to be like themselves. The contents of the world are not just there for the knowing but have

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The Schizophrenic Austin Mini Aesthetic: Retro outside; Jetson’s Inside

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Can someone please tell me what’s up with the Austin Mini? I love the exterior of the Mini with it’s vaguely retro multi-color styling. I hate the interior of the Mini with it’s Jetson’s bulbous plastic futuristic styling.

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Seeking Peace in a World with No Peace

I happen to be a Christian, and I also happen to publish my church’s bulletin. Occasionally I write a devotional thought or two, and I plan to also publish those here from time to time. The following was originally published in the bulletin of Emmanuel Free Reformed Church, a member of the Free Reformed Churches

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Six Gmail invites to give away

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Hmm … interesting. People who had Gmail used to only have 3 invites to give away. However, I was notified that I now have 6 invitations to give away. Interesting! Who wants ’em? Let me know!

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Hitler’s Secret Partners … Why WWII happened the way it did

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I just finished reading Hitler’s Secret Partners, by James Pool. While being interesting for all the usual reasons – interesting topic, well written, fascinating details – the book is particularly interesting for insight into why WWII happened the way it did. In Pool’s analysis, WWII happened mainly because Hitler was running a pyramid scheme. If

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John Nash: A beautiful mind; an ugly man

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I just finished reading A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar, which formed the basis of the recent movie of the same title starring Russell Crow. Yikes!

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Jumping on the Firefox Bandwagon

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Mozilla, the organization that builds the open-source web browser Firefox, is having a download-fest, trying to get 1 million downloads in the next ten days. It’s the best browser for Windows, Linux, and for some, Mac OS X as well. Get it here. If you don’t know why, here’s why: tabbed browsing pop-up blocking (can

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World Cup of Hockey: Canada Wins, the Trophy is Very Ugly

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Wow. Excellent, wonderful, great, happiness, joy, peace, and light. Canada won the World Cup of Hockey, everything is well with the world (for one night) and Canada is celebrating one more confirmation that hockey speaks Canadian. But isn’t that trophy butt-ugly?

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Today’s Kids Names Are Driving Me Nuts

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I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time, and never have been able to summon up the passion for it. But yesterday I heard two kids names: Parker and Peterson. Now I have the passion.

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Stupid, Stupid, Stupid: Dune – House Harkonnen

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The Dune series by Frank Herbert is one of the best SF series ever, ranking up there with fantasy’s Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) and the Thomas Covenant novels (Stephen R. Donaldson). And now they’re being bastardized by bullshit from Frank’s son Brian and some other hack by the name of Kevin J. Anderson.

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Feeling Like a Dog, a Dirty Dog

Most of my blog entries are for the world at large. This one is for just one person – you know who you are.

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My New Most unFavorite Word: Compliance

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Compliance seems to be a very in word these days … and I have had it with a passion. I’ve heard it three times in the last 36 hours. Enough!

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New iMac G5, New Apple Tablet

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I wrote a few weeks ago about the need, yes need, for an Apple tablet. Today the new iMac came out. Anyone else notice anything interesting?

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Mr. Cranky Reviews the iMac G5

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Mr. Cranky, alias Paul Thurrott, reviewed the iMac in about 3 minutes and 5 posts today … One guess as to the prognosis …

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Infantry Aces, by Franz Kurowski

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I just finished reading Infantry Aces, a compilation of stories about the second world war – from the perspective of the enemy: German soldiers. It’s an engrossing and revolting book, for a number of different reasons, not least of which is that the author is a WWII veteran … and a German soldier.

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Please, an Apple Tablet!

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As the rumors build up for the next big Mac fest in France, and as the late, late, late next-gen iMac inches closer to a unveiling date sometime in September, I’m hoping to see something about an Apple tablet.

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Internet Explorer is NOT insecure (if you’re an analyst)

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I just love the obligatory analyst idiocies that one sees ever so often regarding Microsoft and its tools:

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The obligatory and long-awaited I, Robot it-wasn’t-the-same-as-the-book rant

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OK, I went to see I, Robot. OK, I liked the film. OK, it far surpassed my abysmal preconceptions. But, I mean, really! Is this I Robot?

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Getting it together would be good (life that is)

Just saw a link to this page again. It’s the “clean sweap” program and it is something I’ve kinda wanted to do … The Clean Sweep Program is a checklist of 100 items which, when completed, give one complete personal freedom. These 100 items are grouped in 4 areas of life with 25 in each

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The Russian Mob in North America

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I just finished reading “Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob has Invaded America” by Robert Friedman. Very, very scary.

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Vehicular Malfeasance …. or Boone’s Bodacious Badness

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OK, I gotta get to the post, quick, before my titles drown me in waves of purple prose. Anyways, David Boone, the webmaster at Premier, in the Technology Solutions department that I lead, posted a story on his blog about some pretty amazing automotive high jinks. You must check it out . . . Decide

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The Truth About Security: Mac OS X versus Windows

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I responded to a tech columnist on July 21 about an article that ticked me off. The topic? The relative security merits of OS X versus “other OSes.” The spin? Pure, unaldulterated FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt).

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