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The Death of the NHL Superstar

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The biggest issue in hockey today is killing the trap – the grinding, defensive mode of playing that results in boring, slow games. The trap also results in low-scoring games. And the result is that it has killed hockey’s superstars.

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Kid’s Jokes ….

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Gabrielle, my 7 year old daughter, is in the stage where she loves word play jokes (yes it can be rather trying at times.) Today, however, she actually came up with one that is only a moderately bad groaner: Q: What kind of baseball player can you eat?

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Copyright Reform Process in Canada

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I googled my name out of 1 part idle curiosity and 2 parts ego boosting. Interestingly, this link popped up first. It’s a submission I made ages ago when the Canadian government was looking for public input into copyright reform. I’ll reproduce it here for my amusement, and perhaps yours.

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Bad, Bad, Bad Characterization

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I’m reading (or trying to read) a book called Hour of Judgement, by Susan R. Matthews. Erch, it sucks.

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Installing Software on Mac OS X: Improvements Needed?

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Ever since I upgraded from MacOS 9 to the first version Mac OS X, I’ve often wondered how user-friendly OS X is with regard to installing software. Finally (now that I’m using the latest (Panther, 10.3.4), I thought I’d document the install process and make some notes as I go. And using my usual usability

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Wow, I Don’t Feel Like a Handyman

In my last post, I talked about feeling like a handyman … since we’re installing laminate flooring. Well, that was shortlived.

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Installing Laminate Flooring

Wow. I feel like a handyman. We’re installing new flooring – laminate hardwood – on our main floor. Don’t let anyone fool you – it’s a lot of work. And we haven’t even started laying the floor yet.

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The Ridiculously Easy Upgrade

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I just upgraded this blog from B2 Evolution to WordPress. They’re both based on the same codebase, but that was the most amazingly easy unbelievably laughable upgrade ever.

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Radio Userland is Awful Software

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I have had absolutely no time right now for about a week to go into details, but seriously: Radio Userland has been pumped up to be the best thing since sliced bread, but when you download and install it, it lays a huge big fat stinky egg. And it doesn’t stop stinking for a VERY

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The Mac Market Share Solution

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What is the solution to Apple’s low market share? Well, in my first ‘Mac Market Share’ article, I talked about the real Mac market share myth – that market share doesn’t matter. In the follow-up article, I said that the root cause of the market share problem was an Apple fixation on aesthetics to the

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Not Quite Whistling Past the Graveyard

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Between church services on Sunday I took the kids for “an adventure.” That’s Koetsier family code for: let’s go somewhere and have some fun, when we don’t know where to go. Ususally we just leave the house and go wherever our fancy takes us.

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Who the heck am I

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I’ve been (slowly) building this site for maybe a month now. I guess if you’re reading this, introductions are in order. Here goes …

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The Mac Market Share Reality

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In an article a day or two ago, I discussed the real Mac market share myth – that market share doesn’t matter. In this article, I (how arrogant can you get) will offer the first step to a solution to the problem of the Mac’s declining market share. The first step, as always, is to

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Tech Support Hell – One Technoslave’s Story

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Unbelievable. Unbelievable. Utterly, completely, incomprehensibly unbelievable. That’s my reaction to my current web hosting company’s support policies. It’s so bad, I’d almost prefer NO support whatsoever. But it’s a little late for that, isn’t it? I’m tied in for a year.

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Bowling for Columbine, Anyone?

This is not a ‘normal’ blog, if there is such a thing. In other words, each post is not going to be a link to some other content somewhere on the web. But this article is incredible. It’s by a father of one of the victims of the Columbine school shootings. And it’s deeply religious.

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You love shit on walls, eh?

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Finally, some images on this site! I was out one day just snapping pictures of anything that happened to catch my eye. A guy happened to see me twice – once on his way to the video store and once on his way home. Both times, I was capturing shapes and shadows on cinder-block walls.

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The Mac Market Share Myth

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The conventional market share myth in the Macintosh world is simple. BMW only has a small fraction of the automobile marketplace, the Mac user may say, but no-one says that BMW is doomed, beleaguered, shrinking, dying, etc. etc. insert adjective of choice. Therefore Apple is safe as well, even if it is a niche product.

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The Wonderful Colorful House

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This is a children’s story that I’ve been working on for some time. It started as a story that I told to my daughter Gabrielle just before bedtime. Seriously and soberly, I think it’s publication-worthy and am searching for a publisher … so if you know one or are one, let me know! It’s written

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Unparalleled opportunities for being embarrassed

So. My dad read a sermon the other day. No, not in the sense you’re probably thinking – that he read the riot act. I am married, with children, in my own home.

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Hockey again

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OK, what if the Canucks are toast again this year – I’m starting to play hockey again.

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How to pour ketchup

I learned something new today – how to pour ketchup. I guess you can always learn something new! Here’s the problem; everyone knows it: the ketchup stays in the bottle. Until you dig in after it with a knife, or, worse, it all comes gushing out at once. But here’s how to fix it:

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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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Hell

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Hell is a very private place, You make it: It’s your own space.

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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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