Thursday, January 31, 2008

stopping junkmail

So I heard a nice lady advertising, or maybe it was just an interview, a red dot campaign to reduce junkmail. I checked out the red dot website and found out about canada post's Consumers Choice Program. It's pretty much impossible to find out how to sign up, but by searching through canada post's documents aimed at advertisers I found this:
1.5 Consumers’ Choice
Customers can target more effectively by respecting the wishes of consumers who indicate, through a self-produced notice on their mailbox or mail receptacle, that they do not wish to receive unaddressed material. The only exemptions are materials from Elections Canada and Provincial Chief Electoral Officers, House of Commons mailings, municipal electoral mailings and community newspapers. Therefore, the item is received by consumers who want to receive it. Visit our Householder Data, which is available online for the breakdown of delivery points with and without these notices.
Canada Post - Unaddressed Admail™

So now I've got to figure out what a self-produced notice is, and how to get our friendly neighborhood condo manager and friendly neighborhood neighbors to not tear off my "no junk mail" stickies.

I've printed the red dot letter to Canada post and I'll send that in, I just find it really surprising that Canada Post doesn't make this stuff a little easier to find out about. The only information as far as I can find is mentions like the quote above, buried in business customer guides.

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Dissident’s Arrest Hints at Olympic Crackdown - New York Times

The article I've linked to here touches on some important points - especially for those of us in Canada's westernmost province. In Vancouver we have strong ties to China, and as the next Olympic host country what happens in Beijing this year creates a legacy to which we are tied.

Dissident’s Arrest Hints at Olympic Crackdown - New York Times

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Monday, January 28, 2008

This will help

Jackie Lomax - Sour Milk Sea
Found at

The Clash - Police and Thieves
Found at

Harry Belafonte - Jump in the Line
Found at

The Misfits - Hollywood Babylon
Found at

D.O.A. - General Strike
Found at

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Amazing Photography

I'm not including a photo as they are All rights reserved but you owe it to yourself to have a look!

Flickr: Photos from Tous les noms sont déjà pris... pfff...

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Cabbage Rolls

It was just before Christmas.
The best time of the year to make cabbage rolls.

1. Cabbage in hot water.

2. Grandma separating cabbage for rolling
3. Filling and rolling.
4. Stacking for baking.

5. Wait for them to be ready so we can eat.

Friday, January 25, 2008


I stumbled across this thanks to the dreaded book of face.

Hey smalls fans……
And it's AWESOME.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

FOUND Magazine

I was given a really cool found-items book this Christmas. I've been meaning to post about it for a while and was reminded today when browsing Darren Barefoot's shared links.

The book is great to page through because of the feeling of innocent voyeurism I get reading abandoned notes, letters, and postcards. I highly recommend checking it out.

Their website: FOUND Magazine | Find of the Day

I find things all the time but I never collect them. My favourites are finding notes with smart-ass replies. I see a lot of these in my apartment building, a recent one read:

"Would the people throwing things off their balcony please cease this dangerous and inconsiderate activity immediately. You are putting the safety of those who live here at risk."

To which someone replied:


I know it's not the wittiest reply, but because of the history of outraged residents writing insults to management on service notices we laughed at the thought of somebody being pissed off that they'd been asked not to throw things off their balcony.

What I really enjoy is finding edited notices where lyrics and song titles are written in. Stuff like, "Be advised that work crews will be on-site tomorrow. Please excuse the Bang Bang Maxwell's Silver Hammering noise.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Elastic Warfare!

Growing up I LOVED the elastic guns my Uncle and Dad had. They were simple wood and plastic contraptions that consisted of a cog, a trigger/catch, and a wooden body shaped like a handgun. What fun I had terrorizing my mom and sister, and loading up a whopping 12 elastic bands to rain rubber-justice on imaginary evil doers. Thak-Thak-Thak...

The video embedded below got me thinking about rubber band wars, something I haven't thought about since BN (Before Nevermind Nirvana 1991.)

Now that I'm reminiscing I might as well pass on some important info for those considering engaging in rubber rabble rousing:
Rubber bands sting if shot at point-blank range against bare skin, but are generally harmless.
Rubber band - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Guide to Shooting Rubber Bands

Embedded Video


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Monday, January 14, 2008

Not to scare you or anything but...

Tom Hodgkinson at the Guardian did the digging and wrote up a very enlightening article about facebook. Here's my favourite part, but read the whole article. Mr. Hodgkinson is a great writer and journalist.

most recent round of funding was led by a company called Greylock
Venture Capital, who put in the sum of $27.5m. One of Greylock's senior
partners is called Howard Cox, another former chairman of the NVCA, who
is also on the board of In-Q-Tel. What's In-Q-Tel? Well, believe it or
not (and check out their website), this is the venture-capital wing of
the CIA. After 9/11, the US intelligence community became so excited by
the possibilities of new technology and the innovations being made in
the private sector, that in 1999 they set up their own venture capital
fund, In-Q-Tel, which "identifies and partners with companies
developing cutting-edge technologies to help deliver these solutions to
the Central Intelligence Agency and the broader US Intelligence
Community (IC) to further their missions".
With friends like these ... Tom Hodgkinson on the politics of the people behind Facebook | Technology | The Guardian

Not that I've got much to hide, I'm pretty much an open book and happy to present past and present mistakes to examination and ridicule, but WOW!

This is the first story of 2008 to make me rethink a large part of my life - the social networking & communications side.

Happy monday!

--note to CIA, Michael is not a terrorist or communist-sympathizer, he justs lists socialist as his political leanings on these social sites because he believes in public services over open-market solutions.

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Best Compliment Ever.

From Stevie Wonder:Oscar Peterson was 'best piano player in the world:'

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Knitta Please

Knitta Please

Knitting graffiti is an awesome thing. I had no idea it existed until today, but I've become a huge fan.
Their crew also has some sweet nameage happening:
The Notorious N.I.T

Find them on Flickr.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Perfect Cold Remedy

Hot Toddy (sort of)
  • You'll need:
  • A Lemon
  • Honey
  • Fresh Ginger (can be not so fresh too, just not ground)
  • Boiling Water
  • Scotch Whiskey
  1. Boil water.
  2. Juice half the lemon and put it in a cup with about a tablespoon of honey and around  half a tablespoon to a tablespoon of chopped up ginger.
  3. Pour water into cup.
  4. Stir
  5. Taste, if too sour add a little more honey.
  6. Add 1/2 to 1 ounce Scotch Whiskey.
  7. Drink quickly.
Ahhhhhhhhh. Happy, warm, and that sore throat and congestion are gone.
*Note: If symptoms persist administer again. If they persist for more than 7 days you may want to see a doctor.

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Evolution Radio Now at

BCIT's fantastic web people redesigned the front page and added a handy link to our student-run commercial radio station.

BCIT : : evolution 107.9 :: live streaming radio

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Pete Carr Takes Great Photos

I found this over at digital photography school.
Carr is a photographer from Wales now shooting around Liverpool.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Great Radio (Video)

Jonathan Goldstein and his team make great radio.


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Saturday, January 05, 2008


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Warner goes Blu-ray exclusively, delivering crushing blow to HD DVD | Tech news blog - CNET

"Consumers have clearly chosen Blu-ray, and we believe that recognizing this preference is the right step in making this great home entertainment experience accessible to the widest possible audience. Warner Bros. has worked very closely with the Toshiba Corporation in promoting high definition media and we have enormous respect for their efforts. We look forward to working with them on other projects in the future."
Warner goes Blu-ray exclusively, delivering crushing blow to HD DVD | Tech news blog - CNET

"We've soaked consumers for about as much as we can now and soon they'll finally realize they don't need plastic discs. If we play our cards right we've got at least a few more years to stretch out this antiquated medium."

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Sony BMG Plans to Drop DRM

Click the link below not to read another boring story about the gradual abandonment of digital rights management, but to laugh your ass off at the most terrible DRM related image ever photoshopped into existence.

Sony BMG Plans to Drop DRM

Durrrrrr. D-R-M, with a U it says DRUM.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Dine Out Vancouver

Yeah babies! It has begun, and I'm primed from gorging over the holidays to continue the feast right into 02/2008.

The best time to be in Vancouver is from the January 16th to February 3rd.

I've been making my reservations - attempting to anyway. As of 7:19pm on Friday the 2nd Tourism Vancouver's site was serving up a down for maintenance message.

When it's up you can find the menus and prices at Tourism Vancouver's Dine Out page, then reserve the hell out of as many as you can as quickly as possible at opentable.

So far all I've managed to decide upon is the Fish House in Stanley Park. I'm drooling over the Basa...

If you aren't in Vancouver I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but fine dining ain't one. If I keep eating at this rate my pants not fitting will be one of those 99 problems, and probably a big one because of the "no mumu" policy at work.

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Village the Game

sounds cool to me.

BTW: I'm back on the coast, engaged, and sick. Games are on my mind because I play them when I'm sick at home.  

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