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:: Saturday, April 30, 2005 ::

Got a new big gun


photos: I have some new gear. I broke down and bought a Digital Rebel XT from Henry's on Thursday and I went out and did some shooting today to get used to the thing.

I am going to put quite a few pics through it in different contexts before I go to NFLD. Henry's has a Rebel XT how to class I might take in as part of the purchase to get used to the camera. If one complements the hours I work (or could be working as our hours are changing) I will sign up. The Rebel has taken some great pictures so far, but I want to make sure I am getting the most out of this very cool piece of equipment. And at 8 megapixels, cropping sections out still make some sharp and large sized pics.

It will be a long time before I am instinctive in the manipulation of the controls, but after shooting with it, it was just like having my old Nikon FG SLR back again. :)

I posted some pics to Flickr.

++ the above picture is a close up of a glass on the drying rack in my kitchen.


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:: Friday, April 29, 2005 ::
Big Red Button
animation: Big Red Button. :)
See you in a few hours after that one... heheh

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Indiana gets DST
time: Indiana gets Daylight Savings Time. Is Manitoba the only one left that doesn't flip around? I think Arizona doesn't either. Could be wrong. Let's hope the flip doesn't happen till next year or there will be a lot of confusion. :) Funny how it happens about a month after the clocks went forward an hour for the rest of us in North America.

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Radio Shack to be Circuit City in Canada
Business: Radio Shack in Canada is going to become The Source By Circuit City. Might shoot some pics of a store signage before it disappears. More from The Globe.

Good memories as a kid going to Radio Shack and buying stuff with my dad on weekends anf building little projects and circuits and such. Too expensive to buy stuff there except as a last resort. I wonder what they will do with all their Radio Shack logo'd stuff. A sale perhaps?

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Gangster Japanese
language: Learn some Japanese that is spoken by gangster types in movies.

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Resume tips from Heather
work: Heather over at Microsoft has some pretty obvious, but often overlooked, resume tips.

I can't wait to see what she thinks of the Final Three who are left on the Apprentice. Last night's episode was quite good and disappointing. The closing cab ride had some good points though. It is so easy to do a start up. The guy who was fired, Alex, said he thought it was a longer process for a start up and he had a dozen great ideas. I hope so. Seemed like a winner who was tacked onto team after team of losers. And he was genuinely relieved it was over. He said he could move on or get on with his life. Interesting thoughts. Genuine or otherwise. Next week it is the Interviews sessions. I think Tana has to get it. The other two are too volatile. But perhaps working on their own will be a release for them.

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car cockpit
vehicles: check out this Acura interior. It's dad is a Star Trek shuttlecraft I think.

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Iceberg desserts?
life: there is a restaurant in Washington DC called Thai Tanic. :)

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Eye-Tee cheat sheets
reference: This site has a whole raft of references for the IT community. From Cabling, to HTML, to Photoshop and more.

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You could WTF?
gaming: why not skydive while playing computer games? Via Wired.

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It's Sunny finally
life: I am going to go out and about in the sun this afternoon. It has been junk weather for about the last ten days it seems and it is sunny and about 10 C outside. A little chilly for cycling - I miss it after the early star tthis year!. Later this afternoon I am going to see Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy at SilverCity with Bob, Ka and a few others.

Last night I went and had a coffee at Timmies. This is a different coffee than the one I went out to get earlier in the day and left on the roof of the CRV when I came in the house. Was pretty cold when I realized it was there a couple of hours later!

I sat there with maps and notebook and after a bit, I have the trip sorted out. I think. I had to tweak one day as the Ferry wasn't leaving NFLD at the right time of the day. Once I am satisfied that it is a sound plan ( mainly sleeping accomodations in NW NFLD as there ain't much there if I change my mind) I will book the Ferry's. Have to centre it around that. No different than booking airlines. Miss the boat or the plane and you are SOL.

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:: Thursday, April 28, 2005 ::
Let the relaxing begin
Life: It's my weekend. I have a nice cup of coffee in hand, complete with cream. Cream which I didn't have yesterday morning. Man it tastes good today! And the little Coffee Pod machine makes all the difference when you are half awake. Or less than half awake.

I was up till past 330am going through in detail the very well put together Lewfoundland and Labrador travel guide for a couple of hours last night. It is now stuffed through and through with Post It's. I have some firm options for places to stay and I think a charter tour company that does the day boat cruises for whale watching in Iceberg Alley from St. Anthony's at the top end of the Rock. Check out this simple map to get an idea of what I am thinking about. Start at the bottom left when I get off the Ferry in Port aux Basques, first overnight will be in CornerBrook area. Possibly second in Rocky Harbour, which is in the middle of the spectacular Gros Morne National park., then head up to St. Anthony and the Viking village at L'Anse aux Meadows. Then maybe skipping over to Labrador for the afternoon and then heading back down to Cornerbrook for another overnight before taking the Ferry from Port aux Basques back to North Sydney. I am going to avoid going down via Gander /Bonavista/ St. John as it is waaaay out of the way. Yes, going to Signal Hill and such would be cool, but too far this time out. And the Ferry to Argentia Bay isn't running when I want to go, so coming in one port and out another isn't feasible on this trip...

I wish I knew how much time I am going to want to spend travelling up to St. Anthony and how much there is to do up North. There is one trail in Gros Morne that looks stunning - Grand Canyon like- and I might need to overnight as a result of it. And factor in weather. If the first day in St. Anthony has bad weather no boat trip to see the big fish and chunks of ice. Then a second would definitly be in order. The options for staying in places up there are somewhat limited. And if I say I want to stay one night, I might not be able to extend it more than that due to limited accomodations in the area.

I think some phone calls will be in order in the next little bit when I have refined this all. This is TMI. A good TMI but still. :) Can't wait to get the stuff together and get moving. This time next month I should be in the Maritimes and probably about to cross to NFLD from North Sydney, NS.

OK. time for a refill on the coffee. And the drudgery of laundry and errands. :)

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:: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 ::

Anyone know where this cool bridge tunnel is?

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What if...
blogs: Darth Vader had a blog?

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Post Secret
confessions: PostSecret is a blog where you can send a postcard confession and the blogger will upload them to it and you can unburden yourself. Some interesting ones there. Sad ones too now and then. Interesting concept as an art piece.

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64 bits please
geek tech: Windows 63bit, XP x64. More than 4GB of adressable memory. Yes please.

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:: Tuesday, April 26, 2005 ::
More research
vacation: Well, I started to do a sort of day by day thing so I could figure out when I needed to be booking Ferry’s and such to Newfoundland. Create a couple of calendar points and figure out if you can get there and then get back there in time and see if there are actually ships coming and going when you would like them to. So far so good. But when it is ironclad I will have to call the Marine-Atlantic folks for reservations as I don't have enough info. 90%. but not quite.

And I also spent a bit of looking in and around the Bay of Fundy. First contemplating a Ferry crossing from Digby NS to Saint John NB. time permitting on the return leg. And then researching tidal activity in the Bay of Fundy. Especially in this area on the New Brunswick side called Hopewell Rocks which is near Moncton.. You can, depending on the time if the day, either tour around the rocks on foot and walk on the bottom of the Bay, or about 12 hours later by boat 40 or so feet - about 15M higher up. But get there at the wrong time and you sit on your hands for half a day waiting for that activity.

On a couple of the days the low tide is in the morning and I think getting some sunrise shots of those rocks would be excellent. All of that - there is a lot to do down east - took some time. And given that you are researching three provinces, it is a question of filpping between web sites and maps of different designs, ease of use and scale. And trying to remember where you are. I won't even get into crossing time zones yet. I assume I will all of a sudden realize the time is wrong like I did when I crossed into Kentucky from Indiana in the fall of 2003 not realizing it was an hour earlier.

Off to CAA to get some decent maps before work. got to feed the knowledge engine.

And a super special thanks to Leanne and Chris for Loaning me the GPS and mapping software to try out before I go on my trip. Serious geek drool factor here. I look forward to seriously not getting lost err, too lost. :)

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:: Monday, April 25, 2005 ::
Light Blogging
life: Got to get some work/stuff done, so won't be posting more till after work. Another dreary day in London weather wise at 3 deg C and drizzly. Would be different if I was in Newfoundland experiencing this weather I think. The planning and 'i didn't know that was there...' in relation to my vacation down East continues... :)

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hack thyself
geeks: Read this haxxor transcript and laugh if you understand how to ping a loopback.

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NASA return to flight videos
exploration: In an interesting twist, Captain Jonathon Archer of the USS Enterprise, introduces a series of NASA videos and other information on the upcoming launch of Discovery, the STS-114 - the so called return to flight mission - back to the ISS. Was surprising seeing him in uniform doing this. :) -requires Flash - thanks to Ka for the link.

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:: Sunday, April 24, 2005 ::
Weebles on water
misc: Remember those little "weebles wobble but they won't fall down" kids toys from back in the day? Well, what would happen if you made them 10,000 times bigger, put a person inside of one and then towed it behind a speed boat? Well, you get Sumo.

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It is calling me...
photos: So, been thinking about a new camera. I have one in mind. And all of a sudden I see ads for it in CAA's member magazine, other mags, and now on Engadget they talk about them including the one I want the Digital Rebel XT. Is it a sign? :)

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Open Office
apps: It's not new, but I thought I would link to OpenOffice.org this morning. A pretty sweet alternative to Microsoft Office. ** The page is sluggish. IF they want people to see their gear, they should amp up the webserver. If it's like that on a Sunday morning...

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aaaaah! = Bent
flash anim: This short animation is bent. someone has too much time on their hands. :)

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Pulp Hockey
video: Since there is no hockey, well, why not have Jules bring some interest back to the game. Fire up the players. Motivate with colourful speeches. Should have capped it off taking the team out for a few Royale's with cheese. :)

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The key to the internet
blogs: Two key points to keep in mind when introducing people the how to get the most of the internet:
1. The secret of the Net: Identify Experts (not always easy)
2. Use Reliable Information
-Via Blogging about Incredible blogs

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Bike Stunts
video: Check out this short clip of a guy who can handle his bike. Stump jumper indeed. - via Sher.

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snowing in April
Weather: It was doing that wet snow thing when I went home last night but it wasn't sticking to the ground. I woke up to a white vista of snow everywhere this morning. Not to the point there was no definition left on cars, but there is certainly some considerable snow in this waning week of April. OK. Chang seasons please. Oh wait. That happened on March 21st...

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:: Saturday, April 23, 2005 ::
April snow showers?
weather: I am off to work shortly. It is 5 Degrees C outside. It is raining. Nearby in Sarnia they are calling for horrid winter conditions and lots of snow with the potential to bring down trees and powerlines. Here the forcast has heavy rain. And snow later tonight apparently. And more of the same for tomorrow. Bleah. A good day to be inside. On day's like this, I don't mind working so much. Much tougher when it is 20C and sunny and a bike calls my name.

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Art a Day
Images: Your Daily Art is a blog that seems to showcase a different piece of art each day with a paragraph talking about the style or technique used in the work.

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global business card etiquette
culture: If you give or receive a business card overseas, give this a read. You might be making some mistakes.

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thought of the day
humour: A. Whitney Brown - of SNL fame, was doing some stand up on the CBC this morning. He was talking about religion. Best line:
"If you can live a life of pious misery, you get to go to heaven when its over. That is like keeping your eyes shut through a movie in the hopes of getting your money back at the end."


Kinda cynical this morning. :)

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Pope Blog
blogs: There is a blog about Pope Benedict XVI.

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Vin Diesel info
humour: Everyone needs some Random Facts about Vin Diesel. Just reload the page for more.

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Vacation planning
life: After errands and meeting Mor at All Seasons - a pretty good bike store here in London - I did the pile of laundry and watched an excellent episode of Enterprise. As an aside, every episode I see makes me angrier that the series is being cancelled. It has really come into it's own. And A Mirror Darkly was top notch.

I spent the balance of the evening sorting out where I am going to go on vacation on at the end of May. It started out with a simple link in the current CAA travel mag, and all of a sudden I think I have settled on the Maritimes and West coast of Newfoundland.

I think I probably won't find a WiFi spot anywhere, so going cold turkey will be tough, but from what I have seen and read to this point it should be pretty spectacular. I might get a Trip Tick done by CAA in the next couple of weeks to see a proper route instead of some 2x2 inch maps on the computer screen. I have the general idea, and some specific points of interest, but little else till I get to Newfoundland. Anyone ever been there before?

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:: Friday, April 22, 2005 ::
flipping good video
video: Check out this video. the guy is incredible. shaolin monk, jedi, olympic medalist incredible. the flips and routines he does? Pretty cool. And check out how he kicks a soccer ball.

I have some errands and appointments today so posting will be light till later this evening I imagine. But if you have any more games or other stuff to share with me, send me an email at work4bandwidthATgmailDOTcom or leave a comment on this post.

Later!

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It's not about the camera.
photos: Weblog Wannabe references this article which talks about the very valid point that the camera only needs to get out of the way when taking good pictures. It ultimately is the photographer who needs to know how to compose and set up a great shot. You don't need a whizz bang camera to get the cool shots. If you can't see what you are looking at, then the biggest baddest Nikon Canon ain't going to help. I am trying to keep that in mind if I happen to be standing in a camera store tomorrow... :P

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:: Thursday, April 21, 2005 ::
Inovative time
animations: A couple of clocks. this 3d rotating one, and this one which has been around for a bit which writes the time, second by second. Now that is a repetitive job. Try and get the rotating one back right ways up. ~ via Jesse and Mandy.

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Over 100 hits today
Blogging: Wow. I just checked the site meter. over 100 hits to 1120pm eastern. Not much by some standards, but my single day total was to this point 84 - I think.

Thanks for coming by!

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Decaf
coffee: I am trying the decaf coffee tonight in my Coffee Pod maker. I generally don't like the decaf no matter who makes it. But this stuff isn't bad. It had a slightly peaty, nutty flavour initially. But not in a bad way. Goes well I think with that late night coffee I like to have - and not stay up till 4am. Goes well with watching The Apprentice. CSI was quite good tonite as well. Sarah and I both thought it was a CSI LA spin off teaser. Though I don't see the show billed as such.

I burned some CDs for Sarah so she can listen to some school lectures when she is driving. Cleaned the house - finally. Took a few pics around sunset of the train yard near my place this evening and driving around this afternoon.

Got a lot accomplished today. Including knuckling under and beginning to sort some stuff out that needed to be sorting out.

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Waste some time
games: I have not liked to some games in a bit. Over at ChaosKitty there are links to several. Try Notepad Invaders. The music will give you a clue as to how much time till you are toast.

Hoepfully that will keep you all occupied for a while I go out and about before the sunlight is all gone. I managed to clean the house this afternoon and get some other tidying up done, but errands await. Got to Carpe some of that remaining Diem.

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Lost art of Note Taking
work: From Michael Hyatt's blog, How to get back into making good notes in meetings at work. He is right. No one seems to take notes anymore. Or if they do and they are not taking minutes, they are the exception.

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The Ultimate Garage
misc: Check out the pics of this guy's garage at his house. Do you think he has some extra money lying around? That is some set up.

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FireFox 1.0.3
browsers: Also from The Unofficial Microsoft Blog this on the newest version of FireFox. 1.0.3 was released recently and it adresses some install issues and updates some security problems. I still find it interesting that a microsoft centric blog comments on competitive apps like FireFox.

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Dual Core AMDs
gadgets: Do you know how much smoother my day would go with one of these on my desk?

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Star Wars: Revelations
video: This rocks. This fan film, called Star Wars: Revelations, is about 45mins long and dep on the quality up to 250MB. It is very, very good. The quality of the effects outstrips the original ten fold. It is worth a look. In Mov or WMV formats. You might have to try one of the mirrors to get a good DL as theforce.net used all their juice hosting it. The Mov trailer is here.

Now, if someone can tell me how to keep the file. It is in my Windows/temp folder as a QTpluginTemp file and it won't launch except in the inline FireFox browser window. I want it to play in the resizable QT player. Any thoughts?

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Google History= embarassment?
tech: Google unveiled the otherday a search feature that allows you to view past searches. That would speed up time if you want to remember the exact phrase or key word combinations you used to find "it" last time. But it could also be embarassing if your uh, late night searches, differ somewhat from your more work or family oriented searches. More from this Globe and Mail article

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digipics change the industry
photos: You can't help but know this on some level if you have a digital camera. For example I have well over a couple of GB of pictures. Re-sized, enlarged, different resolution etc. I have printed out some pictures since the fall of 2003 when I bought my digicam. Perhaps a couple of hundred. But I have taken several thousand because I can. There are an infinite number of digital pics out there now and venues such as flickr to show/share them on. There isn't as much of a need to share these pictures on paper anymore. Probably people who read this blog will agree with me on that point whether they use a digicam or not. Will printing out via professional services go away? No. But as local in house - as in "in your house" - printing gets better and better, and the price point drops to make it worth while, there will be less and less revenue for places that develop film. More from the Globe and Mail.

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Crap
blogging: blogger is persona non grata right now so I am typing a couple of posts in wordpad...


Microsoft announces support for the Blackberry

gadgets: In the SeattlePI Microsoft is playing with other players. This could broaden the footprint of their apps on mobile devices. via the Unofficial Microsoft Blog.

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Heather's Apprentice review
entertainment: Heather's Apprentice review is up for your reading before you watch tonight's episode. Best line in the whole thing: "Chris' taxi is waiting outside...has been for several weeks."

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Send in the clones
politics: A mayoral candidate in San Antonio Texas realizes that he can't be at two events at the same time. So he sends his twin brother to one event. And gets caught. Nice try. At least when he loses the election there are the rights to a TV movie that he could sell.

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:: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 ::
OK time to get on with it
work: It's my Friday, and I have to stop blogging and motor out into the rain and get the day going. See you on the otherside.

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Kingons in the US civil war?
humour: To be filed under things you won't read about in history class, over at Worst Weather Ever, how the Klingons helped out in the US Civil War.

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Maria Sharapova's Birthday
Tennis: Maria Sharapova, the Russian tennis phenom, turns 18 today. And with similar Olson twins like fanfare, here come the video tributes. This one, a take on The Knack's "My Sharona" is really an homage to really bad PowerPoint slide shows as much as anything else. :)

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Beer store drive through
business: The Beer Store news that I mentioned the other day - that one in London was going to be a drive through - is going to be on Wharncliffe South (north of Baseline). I saw it on the newPL the other day, and BeerStore Mgr commenting on my post reminded me of that. He or she said: "The Beer Store location at Wharncliffe Rd. will again be the site of the new drive through. Please note that this drive through will only be for purchasing beer and not returning empties." BeerStore Mgr says "again" because apparently this was tried before at this location in the past. Not sure when exactly, but before I moved ot London.

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Habemus Papem Benedict XVI
history: Where were you when you heard yesterday? I was listening to the CBC news in the shower getting ready for work, when they announced first the smoke was not white but no one was sure, then Vatican Radio reporting it was and a new Pope had been chosen. They switched over to national coverage in Toronto and when I pulled into my parking spot at work about an hour later I heard the cardinal announce Joseph Ratzinger was the new Pope. I have to say that having taken Latin for a while in school helped as I got get bits of pieces of the Latin and Italian that was being spoken before the translator kicked in.

There is lots of information out there on Benedict XVI, so I won't bore you with the details, but the consensus is it will be a shorter Papacy given his age, and it will be a conservative one with little change. More than one commentator has said it will be a holding pattern until the next pope. Several have been disappointed at his choice. Regardless, he has a tough act to follow.

On a plus side, at least the election was over quick, with no hanging chads and recounts in Florida. :)

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Wil Wheaton plays poker
games: Wil Wheaton is in a World Poker Tour event in Vegas this week. Anyone who read's his blog will know he is heavy into poker. But I am commenting on this because his post today about it might as well be in a different language.

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Carmi Op Ed on the bike incident
cycling: Carmi, who had the run in with the driver the other day, has an Op-Ed piece in the London Free Press on the incident today.

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:: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 ::
Carmi has it out with a motorist
cycling: Carmi over at Written inc, was assaulted by a driver the other day. Cut him off when he was biking to work. Driver speeds ahead, pulls over waits for him to catch up and then punches him after a brief colourful exchange. Carmi calls the cops on his cell. I find that if you need to defend yourself in situations like that, which should be avoided, a quick release seat and post can come in handy. And perhaps a camera phone too. I think people would think twice with their pic being taken. Or perhaps it would ratchet up the situation more. Glad Carmi wasn't really to much worse for wear aside from his glasses going flying.

Man that pisses me off. I'd like to know the make and model of that driver's car.

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Pimp My Shopping Cart
misc: This goes right up there with the Japanese cars I posted earlier. From Engadget, why would you bother to trick out a shopping cart like this. Really folks, get a life...

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:: Mike Wood 11:29 [+] :: 0 comments
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FireFox # 1 browser to BoingBoing
tech: BoingBoing (it's tough to type that right with no coffee) has a shot post stating that the browser most people use when visiting their site is Firefoc. 38% to 35% for IE. For me it is 63% IE and 34% for FireFox.

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:: Mike Wood 11:25 [+] :: 0 comments
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Laptop Blog
gadgets: Here is a blog about laptops called laptopical.com

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:: Mike Wood 11:15 [+] :: 0 comments
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Stupid car Mods
misc: AllThingsChristie had a post that linked to this site. The first few cars have some semi normal mods. Extra fenders, more plastic here and there are the rest. Seriously mental. There is no way some of these Japanese mods would be allowed to drive here. Some of the cars were ugly to start with. Now they are bastard hellspawn of their original makers.

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:: Monday, April 18, 2005 ::
Flickr Coolness
photos: I got an email from Flickr this evening. They said they were rewarding Pro users. My one year subscription is now 2years for the same price -till Feb of 2007! - and I get to invite two people to be Pro users. My monthly transfers are now upped as well to an insane 2GB a month. How cool is that. Thats a crap load of pictures I can show off on my Flicker site. More info from the Flickr blog

Been thinking about a new camera over the last couple of days too. I am thinking DSLR instead of the high end Olympus compact I was drooling over last month. Arguement being, the price point was only slightly more, and I want to look less like a tourist and more like a serious photog when I am taking pics. Have you ever put a compact camera on a full sized tripod? Looks daft. :) Will keep you posted. I am thinking a Canon Digital Rebel XT. :P

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Lance is done this year
Cycling: The only man who could bump the papal conclave off the front page of CNN this afternoon was Lance Armstrong. He announced, as I suspected yesterday, that he would retire after the Tour de France. More from CNN SI. Well at least we get to see what he can do to firmly entrench his record with a possible #7 in a row. 14 years as a pro and hanging up the helmet on a high note. It's all good - he said reluctantly and not really believing it...

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Ryan and Mike in Aus.
Photos: Ryan and Mike, two people who worked with me last year, are still on walkabout in Australia. It has been a while since they posted some pics, but for anyone who knows them, here are some shots of their trip and the people they have met along the way. Only low point was a place called Bundaberg, where they stayed in a hostel run by a Nazi and did some fruit picking. From what I can tell, one week out of nearly four months isn't too bad a goodtimes/badtimes ratio all in all.

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Damn, I think Lance is going to retire
cycling: Lance is holding a press conference at the beginning of the Tour of Georgia at 230pm tomorrow afternoon (Monday). The conventional wisdom has it that he will use the venue to let the world know at he is done after this year's Tour de France...

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:: Sunday, April 17, 2005 ::
I pity Da Fool
video: Well, back in the day, when Mr. T wasn't afraid of getting on airplanes on the A Team, he dabbled in music. Here is a video he did called "treat your mother right". Mr. T Chia Pet was perhaps an improvement. :)

OK, work calls. I am sure there is a lot of email to read after three days off. Later Folks!

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:: Mike Wood 12:29 [+] :: 0 comments
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Mighty O donuts
food: If you are in Seattle, let me know what the Donuts taste like at Mighty O donuts. Their minimalist site claim relatively healthy donut ingredience. I, however, think the point behind donuts is that they are not good for you. That they are tasty. How to they compare to Tim Hortons?

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:: Mike Wood 11:47 [+] :: 1 comments
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Pac Hats
garments: I personally wouldn't wear these but I can see some Halloween costumes hinging on them.

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tasteless inflatable slides
amusements: I saw one of these in London one weekend in Victoria Park. I thought it was strange. via Boing Boing.

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:: Mike Wood 11:42 [+] :: 0 comments
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Coincidences
life: So I had never been to Goderich before this week, and then listening to the Vinyl Cafe this morning and they were in the Goderich doing a show. When the town was described I could see the features he was talking about - like the square road in the centre of town - a ring road with spoke roads radiating from it, for example. Strange coincidences.

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:: Mike Wood 11:28 [+] :: 0 comments
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3D zoom
animation: Check out this animation. when it loads, just left click and drag upwards to zoom in, and then zoom out drag down. It looks eventually, but it's still clever.

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:: Saturday, April 16, 2005 ::
Nice weather means lite posting
blogging: Since it is turning nice enough outside to actually be outside for reasons other than getting to somewhere else inside, I am enjoying it. I know the novelty of no snow will wear off shortly, but for the time being, I am enjoying the novelty. Rode the bike with Kelly today. All three bike paths and the Sarnia Rd, and Meadowlilly hills. 50k in all. And a short stop at the soon to be closed Tim Hortons at Wellington and High streets. More people on the paths than last time and most completely oblivious to their surroundings. If things work out timing wise, Sarah and I are going to see Sin City tonite after she finishes work too. And then back to work tomorrow...

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:: Mike Wood 19:40 [+] :: 0 comments
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road trip


photos: I decided after lunch on Friday to go on a road trip and shoot some pics. I went northwest of London, via Ilderton and Hwy22 to Hwy81 to Grand Bend, then north up the coast of Lake Huron on Hwy21 through Bayfield to Goderich. Then after stopping at Timmies for a coffee, I returned via Hwys8 and 4 into London.

I saw some horses up close (before spooking them), a deserted beach at Grand Bend with a mysterious wooden sculpture, a handful of cool statues, and a few ships. All in all, a nice way to spend the afternoon. Check out the photos here.

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:: Friday, April 15, 2005 ::

Happy Birthday Leonardo
history: Not sure if McDonalds or Leonardo DaVinci has had more impact, but they have the same birthday. LD being a bit older, born in 1452, and the folks at Google decided to change their logo today for it. I thought of writing this post in reverse mirror writing, but Blogger doesn't have a reverse image writing tool. :)

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:: Mike Wood 12:28 [+] :: 0 comments
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Happy Birthday McDonalds
business: McDonalds turns 50 today. I am, as anyone who knows me, against the sort of products that McDonalds sells since I tend to follow a healthy lifestyle for the most part, but I do have some fond memories of going to McDonalds as a kid with my parents - especially at the Toronto Zoo for some reason. And now and then, a quick Cheeseburger probably won't SuperSize me since I have some discipline now. And in the winter, when driving on the 401 to Windsor or Toronto, a couple of hot apple pies do hit the spot as a convenient in car snack. :P

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:: Thursday, April 14, 2005 ::
Was quite nice outside today
cycling: I went for a short but hard ride on the bike path. Keeping a 30kph pace as much as possible and trying to chase down and pass people whenever I could. I finished up with five or six laps of Harris Park (up one hill and down the other/repeat). Stull not quite warm warm, but it is pretty damn nice to not see snow. :)

And was nice to end the day whith Chris getting his ass fired on The Apprentice. Crying in the boardroom. Are you serious? Geez... Can't wait to see what Heather has to say about that when she re-caps the episode.

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:: Mike Wood 23:17 [+] :: 0 comments
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photo blog
photos: I organized some of my photos on Flickr so all the London related ones are now in a set to themselves. Took a pic of the purple house at Western and Platts lane today and posted it too.

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Expedition 11 Launches
Exploration: ISS Expedition 11 launched from Russia tonight with the replacement crew for the ISS and to help set up for the arrival of the shuttle next month. NASA TV's view of activities - which included the launch -can be found on the right hand side of the page (it's a Java pop up so I can't link to it directly. Thanks to Carmi for the heads up on that.

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:: Mike Wood 22:49 [+] :: 0 comments
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Arnie Burns Clothes
wierd: Arnie burns his kids clothes when he doesn't put them away. OK. teaches a lesson I suppose. But why not send them to a charity instead?

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Extreme commercial flying
video: check out this video documenting an early test flight of a Boeing 707 doing a barrel roll.

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:: Mike Wood 22:33 [+] :: 0 comments
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More crap for your car
gadgets: Tire Tagz. Fo Chizzo.

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:: Mike Wood 22:31 [+] :: 0 comments
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Found Videos
videos: I found a site called Blennus that has lots of little videos. Some candid, some commercials. Tennis, and Stewie were funny.

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3 days off. w00t
life: I have three days off and they look like sunny and spring like to me at the moment. Could be a problem if I keep dreaming about work, but I will endeabour to not do that. Going to get the errands/chores done before I kick back and relax... :)

And a Wednesday without the West Wing, just isn't the same. Pamela Anderson's new show "Stacked" just isn't a suitable replacement...

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:: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 ::
More on the Apprentice arrest
entertainment: CNN has a piece on the Apprentice LuSeR that was arrested that I mentioned the other day. And Trump is quoted as saying the finale of the season will only be an hour. Trump didn't sound impressed with the last 3 hour extravaganza according to the article.

Regardless, I am more into the Amazing Race this season - which was a two part cliffhanger with no Pit Stop yesterday. The second episode of Dr Who was also quite good last night. :)

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Damn the Broccoli, Damn you and Damn the Wright Brothers
humour: Stewie from The Family Guy has a soundboard where you can hear a couple of dozen sound clips of him saying his catch phrases. Just click through the inline advert to get to it. If click on the 'Post It' notes fast enough you can get a crowd of Stewies all talking at once. :) Also via AllThingsChristie

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:: Mike Wood 11:38 [+] :: 0 comments
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funny videos
Video: Two funny videos from PrangstGrup. Booting up your computer in the Library, a musical lecture (really funny). there was also a predicatable MoveOn.org video call Fantastic Iraq (which was not worth it) and I skipped. You have to go to the main link and click on the MOV videos individually and they will open in a new window. There are more videos in the archives also. Via AllThingsChristie. :)

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:: Mike Wood 11:28 [+] :: 0 comments
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Matrix, or Windows Minefield 1.0
tech: The US Army is deploying to Iraq a mine field technology that is designed to control a mine field via WiFi from a laptop. The technology is called Matrix. Can you imagine? Being the trooper in the command tent, the invading hordes are coming out of the trees and you get a Blue Screen? Or worse, you get a blue screen and the mines detonate and you kill your own folks or civilians? I think that commandos/terrorists wanting to mess things up will be going for stealing laptops on Command bunkers now. Better have a lock on those pieces of hardware...

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:: Mike Wood 11:14 [+] :: 0 comments
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Drive through Beer Store
misc: I heard on the CBC yesterday that The Beer Store will be having it's first ever drive through location here in London sometime later this spring or summer. For those of you not from Ontario, the province controls alcohol sales and they are through outlets call The Beer Store and the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). While the convenience of going to your corner store or Meijers or WalMart to buy beer isn't there, they are cleaner and the LCBO stores are better designed and brighter and safer looking than those you see in the US. Can you imagine someone robbing an LCBO? It isn't as likely as an out of the way dingy mom n pop liquor store. When I know where the beer store is going to be, I will let you know.

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:: Mike Wood 11:04 [+] :: 3 comments
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Rotor Cranks
cycling: Check this out all you cycling fanatics. Er, OK. this post is just for me... This variation on crank arm design allows for no dead spots in your pedal strokes. Normal 180 degree configurations do that according to this site, and so they off set the pedals slightly to compensate and allow greater wattage to be produced. aka more power. Interesting. thanks Ka.

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:: Mike Wood 11:00 [+] :: 0 comments
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Low Tech rock video
video: Ka sent me this. It's a band called Hurrah Torpedo apparently doing a cover of Total Eclipse of the Heart. (In Mov format) With all instruments -aside from a guitar- sort of Blue Man Group percussion-esque, except... well you will see. And I think that Avril at the MMVA's pulled off a better low rise pants look than these performers. But that's just my opinion. :)

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:: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 ::
Hello Kitty does Video
gadgets: From Mike's List comes word that the pink cat of Japanese fangirl fame has delved into the world of camcorders. Yes, now Amanda can own her very own Hello Kitty camcorder.

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Just did it.
video: A fan produced commercial based on Tiger Woods' awesome shot at the Masters on the weekend. from JaffeJuice. Saw it on Scoble's blog.

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Why the Y chromosome is so neat...
humour: Chocolate is just another snack, for starters.

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Be Vewwy Vewwy Qwy-eht.
humour: I am hunting Googles. :)

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Keyboard contamination
health: Is your keyboard a haven for superbugs? Yes.

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Use Gmail as a spam filter
tech: How to use your Gmail account as a spam filter for your regular email account. Clever.

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Apprentice Finalist Chris Arrested
entertainment: The jackass tobacco chewing Lu5eR on the Apprentice known as Chris has been arrested in Florida for disorderly conduct. - Via Heather

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Conclave Haxxoring
tech: The conclave to be held in Vatican City in about a week is taking some extraordinary measures to keep the secret process of selecting the new Pope secret.

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:: Monday, April 11, 2005 ::
Church pics


Photos: After having breakfast at Archies with Amanda, I took advantage of some relatively early morning sunlight and took some pictures of St. Peter's in central London. First day in a long time that there has been blue sky and sunshine when I have had the time and the camera in hand. Check out the rest on the my Flickr site.

Later, Kelly and I rode about 30km on the bike path. Started riding with her last year in July. I think we may get more rides this year since we are starting 3 months earlier. And there were spots where she blew me away in short sprints. :) We also had to contend with the remnants of a half marathon on the bike path - or multi-use path as someone reminded me today... Nice ride before work.

Watching the Paris-Roubais bike race now on OLN... and George Hincapie of Team Discovery came in an incredibly close second, his first podium in this classic. Damn it was close. :)

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Baby Rachel

My friend Joe Foster and his wife Peggy have a new baby! Here are the "specs:"
Rachel Lee Josephine Foster

Born April 8, 2005

8 pounds 6 ounces
Congrats!

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:: Sunday, April 10, 2005 ::
How to blog anon like
blogging: from the EFF, info on how to blog without anyone knowing you are you.

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How to check out your meat
food: Here is a guide to selecting choice cuts of meat.

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Negative review of Hitchhikers Guide
movies: Found this negative review of the Hitchhikers Guide ot the Galaxy movie scheduled to be released later this month. Contains spoilers so you may not want to peek.

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CRV on Cops
TV: watching Cops on the PVR and the vehicle being chased is a silver Honda CRV in the original body style like my old one. They were going to do a pitt maneuver and spin out the CRV but the driver eventually pulled over and resisted. Never seen someone forcibly dragged out the window of a CRV before. Tsk Tsk. Gives us CRV owners a bad name. :)

**Correction it was a white CRV.

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Worf Alphabet
humour: Check out the alphabet as done sesame street like to Worf's favourite saying "It is a good day to die."

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:: Mike Wood 00:03 [+] :: 0 comments
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three month tour extended
Space: NASA's Mars Rover called Spirit and Opportunity have gone a bit farther than anticipated. Already a year past their expected lifetime, NASA has extended their service life by another 18 months. That is some technology that paid for itself. Very cool and well done.

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:: Saturday, April 09, 2005 ::
Gmail 2 G!
tech: I was reading the Globe and Mail's tech email I get and there was a piece about Google upping the storage on email accounts from 1 GB to 2 GB on Friday. Sure enough, when I looked in my Gmail, this is what I saw:
You are currently using 121 MB (6%) of your 2074 MB.
SwEEt :P

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Always wear sunscreen
cycling: I hadn't intended to go out as far as I did yesterday. So I got more sun than intended. And when you have a cycling helmet on, well, you get interesting patterns around the back of your neck and ears. Memo to self: find the sunscreen and put it on next time.

**blogger hasn't been cooperating when I have wanted to post so that is why the scant entries over the last day or two. No patience to keep trying. But I have been saving some interesting things.

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:: Friday, April 08, 2005 ::
Long Ride #1 done
cycling: 3hrs 14m not including a couple of stops at Poplar hills, ilderton and traffic lights.

The route: Thames Bike Path to Byron, Commish west to Kilworth, to Komoka. North on Komoka rd for some distance to Poplar Hills, then East on the Ilderton side road thru Ilderton to Hyde Park rd. Stopped for a few mins at the sports field there, then Hyde Park rd south to Sarnia rd, and Sarnia/UWO/ bike path to the Forks and home.

Had intended to turn East in Komoka to head back to Lobo line and Gainsborough but missed the turn off. So I kept going North - knowing eventually I would reach Medway or Fanshawe/Egremont/Hwy22. Wind was rough going on each easterly leg. What would have been 45-50km, ended up being just over 70km. Last couple were just cool down km in the neighbourhood, but 70 is good. Quite pleased.

Temp was about 12C when I left and 15C when I got back. Lots of sunshine. Shorts and jersey with the blue long sleeve zip liner (matches the USPS classic jersey quite nicely thankyouverymuch. :)

If anyone local to London knows where I can buy some PowerGels cheap, let me know. I used three and only have one left.

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Pope John Paul II laid to rest

History: Pope John Paul II is lowered into his resting place below St. Peter's in the Vatican. Somewhere that has never been seen in public before. And on a side note, with more than a couple of million people in St. Peter's Basilica in the last 72 hours or so - maybe more people - how come I have not seen one picture of any of it on Flickr? Pic from the Daily Mail.

This was, as all the talking heads on TV have said, unprecedented. A funeral which stopped a great deal of the Western and developing world. Imagine anyone else having that many people coming to their funeral? And I think that the coffin industry might take a dip. With the Pope being buried in a simple wooden coffin made of cyprus wood, I think the less ornate coffins will be an option people may select over the gaudy and uber expensive bronze and so on. Huge dove tail joints visible on the head and foot of the highly laquered coffin. And the only adornment being a stylized cross with the M for the Virgin Mary in gold script. The one in the picture is an outer coffin with the coat of arms on it.

Santo Subito is what the crowd kept chanting during the ceremony. Which translated from the Latin means, essentially, make him a saint soon or quickly.

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:: Thursday, April 07, 2005 ::

Zoo Pics in Flickr
Photos: I uploaded to Flickr some pics from the trip I did with A. to Toronto in September 2004. I organized them into a photo set too. Enjoy. :)

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Live From Starbucks
life: Just had a nice couple of hours sitting in the window of starbucks (I am there now borrowing some free WiFi off of an unsecure router nearby) tweaking Zoo pics like I said earlier and girl people watching. Now laundry is calling... I will post the Zoo pics later this evening.

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Flickr pics
photos: I got sucked in over the last couple of hours into to looking at other people's pics on Flickr. There are some really great photographers out there. One, galaxysomething, takes great pictures of squirrils, horses and some awesome self portraits. There were several more users that I checked out, but her pics - and there are more than a few of them - really stand out.

I might post a few from the Zoo in Toronto I took last fall later today once I get stuff done around here. Probably won't post much till later this evening/ early tomorrow.

I am off in search of coffee.

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:: Mike Wood 14:42 [+] :: 0 comments
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1U wine Racks
gadgets: Have some extra room in your server room racks? No room for a wine cellar? Well why not just get one of these and make use of the space. If you like warm wines of course. :)

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Slept in and its rainy
life: So it is my weekend today and I had intended to do some riding. I had willed the rain gods to bugger off and stay out of town but everything is wet outside and overcast. It isn't raining at the moment, and there is a pleasant breeze coming through the window that has hints of spring in it despite it only being 8C outside. But the idea of riding wet for a couple of hours - especially wet feet from puddle splash and road spray - does nothing for me. And I have no cream for the coffee so getting in gear is going to mean going to Timmy's. I did read for a couple of hours before going to sleep last night and Steph is right. Order of the Phoenix is pretty dark. But quite good.

The West Wing season ending episode was last night. Interesting twist at the end there with Santos's VP choice at the Dem convention. CNN had a really long article yesterday on the episode - without spoilers. and if you didn't know American politics and someone cut and pasted a section of it you would wonder if you are reading fact or fiction. Should be an interesting season next fall. Perhaps the last one for the show if they can't pull it off. But there are a lot of road km for me and repeats between now and then. and who know I might find my Season 2 DVDs of West Wing that have dissappeared. :)

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:: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 ::
Peter Jennings has Lung Cancer


life: Peter Jennings, the long time anchor of ABC World News Tonight - and native born Canadian, has lung cancer. He apparently announced it on Monday during the news. Even if he wasn't Canadian, I'd still like his style as a newsie. Never once saw him go for the cheap Dan Rather like story. Watched him growing up with my parents, and in my teens and all through university. Then when I needed my news fix anytime/all the time I turned to CNN, but when I am home at 630pm, I try to catch his broadcast now and then.

If he was diagnosed this week and they are starting Chemo right away, it has to be pretty advanced and possibly non operable. I know that from my parents...

Man that sucks huge.

-- More from CNN.

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Doctor Who rocks

entertainment: I just watched the North American Premier of Doctor Who on the CBC. I realy like it. The opening title sequence is pretty slick and they have the music down exactly right. It is probably 15 years or more since I heard the theme, and the unique sound of the Tardis materializing and they pulled them off. Made me smile hearing and seeing it. Took me right back 20 years ago to six pm weeknites on WNED in Buffalo.

the special effects are quite good for a TV show - not Star Trek level, but quite good. The Tardis is, well, the Tardis. The interior with it's central console and such is just right. A little dirtier than the pure white one of old, but that's fine. The plot is exactly what you would expect from a Dr. Who episode: it's just campy enough to be funny, enough action and suspense to keep you interested and not overly complex character development. And the assistant, Rose, played by 22yr old Billie Piper, is a hawt. Aparently she was or is a pop singer in the UK.

So, they have pulled off a good updating of the show. I am not sure if all the episodes will be an hour - the original ones were only 1/2 hour cliff hangers minus commercials, but regardless, this is something that could turn into a cult classic. Even if they re- do some of the classic villains like The Master, and the Cyber Men, and of course the Daleks. I hope they have Unit as well.

Something on Tuesdays to watch now. Thanks CBC. You came through with a good import when the Space Channel didn't want to fork over the coin for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

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:: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 ::
Still Thinking
photos: Still got this on my mind. Can't find anything better short of going for a DSLR. :)

Anyhow, work is on the bubble, got to move. Later folks. Get outside and enjoy the weather - if it's nice wherever you are.
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Process Library
tech: Check this site out if you want to find out what some of those processes running in the background are and whether you need them running. again, thanks ka.

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"My style's like a chemical spill."
quotes: Yep. It's something Vanilla Ice said. Back in the day. via Ka

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:: Mike Wood 11:48 [+] :: 0 comments
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Tape Kitchen timer
Gadgets: From Gizmodo a cool kitchen timer that is based on a tape measure. Nice bit of design, but don't most people just use the timer on the microwave? Or is that just me?

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:: Mike Wood 11:16 [+] :: 1 comments
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Google Maps Sattelite interface
Tech: Google Maps now interfaces Keyhole sattelite imagery into their searches. Just click on the Sattelite link on the right. The initial image of North America was pretty cool in of itself. It doesn't have everywhere down to the closest resolution, but check out some of the examples on the right it gives like Kansas City. And remember, just click on the map and drag to move it around.

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:: Mike Wood 11:03 [+] :: 1 comments
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Prince Charles and the Pope.
History: Those of you who know a bit about British history will find some irony in Prince Charles postponing his wedding by a day to attend Pope Jaohn Paul II's funeral.

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Channel 9 vid on tablet PC Experience pack
video: Scoble has done a Channel 9 video with Dustin Hubbard, group manager on the Mobile Platform team at Microsoft. They demo the newly released Tablet PC Experience pack . The direct video link is here and Scoble outlines some of the time stamps of interesting things in the 27 min video in the main link.

Cory/Joanna: is there anything like this on the Mac side?

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:: Mike Wood 10:49 [+] :: 0 comments
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Watching NASCAR
entertainment: I had a couple of posts lined up but FireFox crashed several browser windows on me so I lost em. So I am going to finish watching the NASCAR race from Sunday I PVR'd. Thanks for visiting folks: about 60 hits on Sat and Sun each. :)

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How to create a blog
blogs: Interested in creating a blog? Here are some tips from Working Smart. It is pretty easy, however. :P

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:: Monday, April 04, 2005 ::
Tour of flanders
cycling: Watched Tom Boonen of Belgium win the Tour of Flanders after work on OLN while blogging those last few posts. Man, cobblestones on a steep hill must be a bitch. I know of only one road, and it's in Toronto, that has cobbles, and I wouldn't want to ride on it. And it's flat. Anyone know of any long hills around London? Ones that would take say 15 or 20 mins to climb? They don't have to be steep, just steady climbs. :)

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Water found on Mars
Space: This picture was posted last Friday on NASA's picture of the Day site. I knew they would find water on Mars eventually. They were just not looking in the right place apparently.

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Different perspective on Dating
life: from Jacqueline Mackie Paisley Passey. Different perspectives regarding dating and what is going through the minds of women, vs what is going through minds of men when going out on a date. Does this go through the minds of every woman?

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The guy who lives in a Starbucks
Life: He uses Wifi, plugs in half of a laptop into a CRT and moves between a Starbucks and an all night Kinkos, sleeping here and there. via Engadget

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Online typing test
work: Try this online typing test from Australia. - via Julia Lehman

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This hill is nuts
cycling: Imagine cycling this hill? I think it's in Chile.

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Attack of the Stickmen
games: Try this one on for size. Gain points, buy fortifications. Shoot the sticks before they break down your wall. good luck.

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404. DOS style
humour: So what if the web was command prompt? And what if computers actually gave you something other than page not displayed?

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:: Sunday, April 03, 2005 ::
Snowing in April
weather: I guess everyone figured out that I was kidding on April Fools day about giving up cycling, but today, with the snowing outside I can't beleive I actually rode my bike last month. It is about freezing outside or just a degree above, but the snow is blowing around horizontally. Sucks.

Nice day to set the clocks forward. You did remember to do that, didn't you? (readers in Arizona and Saskatechewan please go about your regularly scheduled business) I only had to set the clock radio by my bed and the microwave. Everything else set itself. Though I still have to go out to the CRV and try to remember how to do that.

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rise of the Mpire


movie: Check out this Revenge of the Sith tie in movie from M&Ms candies. Mov played fine in firefox, the Windows didn't. Pretty cute. I liked the flying Boba Fett M&M. :)

*no idea why it posted twice...
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NY pub library digimages
photos: Check out the NYPL web site for their Digital Gallery of photos.

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GTA: Lego City
animation: Check out this spoof movie of Grand Theft Auto. Done with Lego, of course. In Mov format.

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Save Ferris Hubble
Space: NASA has decided that HST - the Hubble Space Telescope - will be de-orbited. A fancy word for saying they are going to let it burn up in the atmosphere on re-entry.
"The NASA position is [that] we are not contemplating continuing the telerobotic servicing mission," said the space agency's program executive for the Hubble Robotic Servicing Mission, Mark Borkowski, who also led last week's review. "We are planning to convert to a deorbit-only mission." - more from CNN.

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:: Saturday, April 02, 2005 ::
Pope John Paul II dies in Rome


history: Pope John Paul II died this afternoon. He was 84. I am not a Catholic, but I think that as the Pilgrim Pope he was an extraordinary person and did a great deal to help heal the image of the Catholic church in the world, and opened doors to dialog with many other religions. Sure, people can say that there are issues with church doctrine and lots I don't personally agree on, etc., but I am not talking about all of that. He seemed to be a genuine human being. Really wanting to build bridges and not go on crusades. I had been at work about two hours this afternoon when on one of the monitors set to CTVnewsnet came up with the announcement. No sound. But you knew.

I saw the Pope in Toronto in 1984. It was in Rosedale near my parent's home where I grew up. His motorcade was heading to Cardinal Carter's house near the Rosedale bridge. It was only a glimpse from about ten feet or so, but you could tell from those around me that he was geinuinly loved even fairly early on in his papacy. I had no idea that only two of his 263 predecessors served longer than he did -- St. Peter, the first pope, and Pope Pius IX, in the 19th century.

And one of the ways the Vatican decided to let the world know that he had passed? Email.

Requiescat In Pace. You deserve it.

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Ladybug


Photos: Check out the Flickr site for a bigger shot of this lil guy crawling on my laptop this morning.

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Florida Pics


photos: I uploaded to Flickr some pics, OK more than a few, from my trip to Florida this time last year. Doesn't seem like it was a year ago that I was in Florida. Seems only yesterday. I touched a moon rock, shook hands with an astronaut, fired a Glock, rode on a high speed catamaran to Key West, saw Pres Bush, has some very decent meals, and enjoyed some very, very nice weather. Just click on the Florida 2004 set to check em out. Some of you may have seen a few of these before

Still trying to think about where I would like to go in my May-June upcoming VACA. Maybe back there. Not sure. I want some dramatic stuff. Suggestions?

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:: Friday, April 01, 2005 ::
No Friday 1k
blogging: I wanted to finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire today and had to get some stuff done so I didn't do a post today (and Blogger's Java errors are still a bitch so I get frustrated easy).

Laundry called me. And I got sucked in to the Pope watch on CNN and elsewhere as he lies dying in his apartments in V city. A subdued piano concerto of some sort is their theme music for this. War gets trumpets, the Pope a piano. I find it also interesting that one of the three contenders to replace the Pope is a Nigerian. There is also a German, and an Italian Cardinal in the apparent running. The latter having close ties to Opus Dei - the ultra-conservative catholic group mentioned in the DaVinci code. Only after the concalve in the Sistine Chapel in a few weeks - probably at any rate, and that puff of white smoke will we know more.

Oh,I did blow up the cowboy photo at Loblaws today to 8x10 and received compliments on it from the woman who developed it. Nice to hear. :)

I wonder how big I could push it would be before grainy-ness takes over?

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The doctor is in the House Tardis
Entertainment: Tom at work mentioned on Wednesday that the new Dr. Who series is going to be aired here on CBC starting next Tuesday. So set your PVRs. From what everyone says, it looks brilliant. Though in an odd twist, Eccleston, who plays The Doctor, has said he is going to quit the series after this year - and they have only aired a couple of episodes. He is afraid of being typecast.
How does the Doctor end up with all the hawt assistants? :)

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It all has meaning. I thought it was appropriate that I saw this sign (was it a sign?) since the Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy movie is coming out towards the end of this month. And just so you know, the Official Hitchhiker's guide over at the BBC has a reference to Tim Horton's in it. That makes it one comprehensive guide. :)

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Giving up cycling
cycling: I don't know. Cycling doesn't hold that appeal for me anymore. I think I will take down the links on the left and the tally by the clock. I have a good Rocky Mountain bike that has a few km on it that is a trusty steed if anyone is interested. I think that possibly table tennis might be an alternative. I have always liked watching table tennis. The speed is awesome and doesn't involve lots of wind and sunburn. But regardless, I think I am going to hang up the cycling gloves now that it is April 1st...

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