Friday, June 27, 2008

Buck 65 w/ Symphony Nova Scotia

If you enjoy good music you owe it to yourself to give this a listen.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Russian spa opens monument to the enema - Yahoo! News

When I first saw the photo I was like "Finally, Someone is celebrating the beetroot!"

Russian spa opens monument to the enema
Yahoo! News

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Sunday, June 22, 2008


Helen and I went for a great ride out to Belcarra Sunday. Gorgeous weather, very little traffic; Made me want to move out there.

Friday, June 20, 2008

What's the Best Thing to do With $490 Billion

The Conservative government has quietly released the details of its extensive plan to beef up the military, including spending $490 billion over the next 20 years
Federal government quietly releases $490B military plan

Totally, this.
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Screw You Vancouver!

This is why I hate this place.

If the link isn't working for you, it's the results of a CKNW poll on whether police should ticket homeless people for sleeping on city streets, and 52% of people are in favour.

Not that I don't believe there's something wrong with people sleeping on the streets, but what are people thinking?!?

Seriously, fuck this place.

*pardon my language, idiocy makes me sweary.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

They Rule

A neat site I found stumbling.

too busy to hotlink
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Monday, June 16, 2008

Media Modnay - Sports Edition

This may not make me friends.

I absolutely hate most sports-media. The radio stations, the TV-shows, the ninety seconds I have to sit through between the news and whatever show I actually want to hear/watch; I hate it.

Even the printed papery bits I get every morning.

Oh, and I especially hate it when something leaks from the sports-section into the “real” news section of the paper or show. It burns me that in our world the end of a hockey career takes precedent over issues of real impact in all our lives. I believe it shows that the core of media-communications is rotten.

I’m not saying there is absolutely no good sports-media out there. The Inside Track is a great example of what a sports show can be. Last night I got to know real athletes pushing their limits, and got a lesson in physics from an archer – sounds dorky but it was really cool actually analyze the sport instead of just hearing puked up stats and bravado.

Generally though, sports-media is a lot like American election coverage. It’s glossy, shiny, and light as hell on content. It’s like an excel spreadsheet just crapped into a mic. Good media is made by, to use a sports metaphor, digging deep. Great media is made with deep-diggin’ and a healthy dose of abstraction.

 It’s why top gear absolutelyfuckingdestroys other car shows – although I do struggle a little with calling motorsports motorsports.

Anyway, this is kind of a big roundabout way of slagging some crap I don’t like and sending a public thank you to The Inside Track.


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Friday, June 13, 2008

Fixie Flatland?!?

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I'm in your windows growin' your food

Window-Hydro for sustainable growth. Worth checking out, it would probably be pretty cheap and easy to set something like this up.

Discovery News: Sustainable: Hydroponics Comes Out of the Closet

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Copyright Time! Weeee!

Copyright law could result in police state: critics

It's been tabled.

I hope this gets crushed.

I also hope the power behind this (Prentice et al.) choke on a big bag of dicks.

Start calling your MP's offices. Be cool though, don't threaten their children's lives, maybe their chiuauas, but not their children.

**Don't actually threaten anyone's chiuauas

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Awesome Camera Shop

I can't say enough about how great my experiences have been with Kerrisdale Cameras. It was maybe two years ago when I was first shopping around for a digital SLR. I chose the D-80 because it fit my older Nikon lenses, and I really preferred the fit and feel to that of the Canon whatever that was in the same price range.

They matched the best price I could find, which is a challenge for any non-mega-store, and I was happily on my way to filling my hard drive with photos.

About a year in it quit turning off. The switch just wouldn't work. It was definitely my fault, I'd treated the thing less than gently, but they sent it to Nikon for warranty repairs and when it looked like it wouldn't make it back in time for my vacation we swapped for a new body they had in the store. That's without having to buy some bogus extended warranty.

Now I've managed to loose my charger, and they've got a replacement there for me as well as a cheaper generic charger so I can check out both and take the one I want.

It's more than what you'd get at a mega store. I checked with London Drugs and they told me to go to Nikon's repair centre and try to get one there. The kid at Futureshop just kind of looked at me funny and said he didn't think you could by them. I don't know why I even bothered checking with those places, Kerrisdale checked their stock at other stores and brought the stuff to the one closest to me, and they didn't just bring in the one with the most profit built-in, they brought me options.

Oh, and the people who work there seem to actually know cameras. That's something that can't really be said for the armchair experts at the big boxes. I hope they continue to survive and thrive, we need more Kerrisdales in this world.

The Greenest of Getaways

I'm just stoked that more people are cycling in Dawson.

Robber fled Dawson Creek bank on bicycle
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

BMW Fabric Car


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Bike, Bubble, Bloom

This is the greatest thing ever!

Last year I played around with planting wildflowers in this crappy concrete jungle. I got seeds and planted heaps, I made some seed balls and chucked them places. A few grew, but most just kind of died because I didn’t make time to care for them and they just got buried under McGarbage.

Had I been seeding wherever I went my marginal success would have made a real impact simply because of scale.

That, and bubbles rule.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

So Long Sullivan

Sam's out, which is probably the worst thing to happen to Vision in the past couple of weeks. I'm now looking forward to a good competition even though I don't live in Vancouver.

6 days to go until we know who will be flying the Vision flag.

Out east, there's just no real excitement. My mayor, papa Corrigan, aint goin' nowhere.
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Friday, June 06, 2008

Ignore it, It'll go away.

I'm working on a dream list of eco-exhibitors and speakers for a proposed conference / event, so I'm surfing around chekcing in with the usual suspects and what do I find at the wonderful desmogblog but this:

Sloughing off a court decision which held that a proposed Imperial Oil (i.e. Exxon Canada) oilsands project is an environmental hazard in the waiting, the Conservative Cabinet of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave a green light to the development yesterday.
Canadian Government, Media Officially Unconcerned About Environment | DeSmogBlog

The story can be found in the business section of the globenmail, because really that's where belongs...riiiight...

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Jeeves and Wooster

Somehow I've managed to catch the show a few times over the past week. The show is good, but the music, it's fantastic!

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Lobbying, Influence, and Honesty

24 Hours made good use of an access to information request with Washington state and is reporting some doublespeak with regards to influence peddling and what may or may not be unregistered lobbyists.

Good Connections Open Doors

Definitely not as cool as the Hotel Lobbyists.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Old Photos

I got a huge stack of old photos and slides from my Dad and I'm slowly working my way through scanning them. I threw a heap up on flickr but the uploader went bananas yesterday so I've got a heap of duplicates to dig through.

Anyway, it brings back great memories of growing