Archive for July, 2005
This is absolutely huge. Somebody buy it, quick.
I’m talking about Podscope.
This is a search engine for podcasts, and if the technology they are building actually works, it will be enormous. I’ve tried searching on Podscope for a variety of topics, and have been getting very good results.
Software that automates spoken language transcription to text quite […]
Unlimited Access: an FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House is a scary, scary book - even a decade after it was published.
I just happened to pick it off the library shelf last Saturday, picked it up last night, and could hardly put it down.
The revelations that author Gary Aldrich documents about the Clinton era […]
You know the sushi that you see on a conveyor belts running around the whole sushi bar on movies?
Well, no need to spend the 8 bucks. Herro of Japan (is that like Lawrence of Arabia?) has posted a video blog entry of precisely this fascinating phenomenon …
Check it out …
The 3 happiest words in the English language are:
“Rips to Indigo”
No, I’m not going to explain why. I will say, however, that when I asked my boss what the 3 happiest words in the English are, he answered: “Not my problem.”
Nice try, Kevin!
I just happened to wander over to Scoble’s post on Virtual Earth and clicked a link …
It’s kind of cool that MSN Virtual Earth works on Safari. Kudos to Microsoft on this one!
I was listening to Greg Laurie on Praise 106.5 today, and he quoted Jerry Seinfield:
“Everyone’s looking for good sex, good food, and a good laugh,” Jerry asserts. “They’re little islands of relief in what’s often a painful existence.”
Yikes, that’s a pretty downer view of life: “little islands of relief.” I guess it’s close to […]
OK, I needed a office suite for our new family iMac.
OpenOffice - yum.
Did I mention free?
On Saturday, quite out of the blue, Teresa and I decided to get new bikes (well, a bike, in our oldest son’s case) for Aidan and Ethan. Then, of course, we had to go for a bike ride around Mill Lake in Abbotsford.
I’m not a liberal or a leftist or an American, but I think that what this woman is saying makes a lot of sense.
Please wake up, America.
The world needs you strong and smart. But you’re getting weaker and dumber.
This is unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable.
I attended a keynote by Alan Kay at a National Education Computing Conference a couple of years back, in which he talked about some of the things he was doing with the Squeak programming language with kids, and it was just amazing.
This guy is a true genius, he’s famous, and he’s […]
I took my son Ethan to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tonight. What a disappointment!
The book is great. The book is fun. The book is funny. The movie just misses on so many different levels.
Well, the book is about Charlie. Remember that title? It’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That’s part of the charm […]
It sure is wonderful when other people do your work for you …
Yesterday I posted about iTunes RSS funkiness, and some of my pain in attempting to support it. Well, I use WordPress to create this blog, and I thought that before putting myself in for a world of XML hurt tonight, I’d check for […]
I just set up a The Linguist podcast and published it to the iTunes music store.
iTunes RSS is funky, to say the least. Sure, it adds a whole bunch of categories, some of them of dubious value. But others have covered that exhaustively.
What bugs me is that my RSS feed was accepted just fine the […]
Sometimes good pictures come when you’re not even trying.
You just happen to pick up the camera, you just happen to see something that draws a piece up out of your soul, you just happen to see something again for the very first time.
Here’s a couple recent ones.
A corner of my roof:
One of the exterior […]
Since we got our new iMac a couple of days ago, I’ve been cleaning up the old candy-drop iMac for a kid’s CD-ROM machine.
Since we have literally dozens of Mac OS 8/9 kids CD-ROMs, I decided to take OS X off the machine - slow as a dog on that ancient hardware anyways - and […]
There’s this peculiar notion in Canada. The US too.
If there’s a problem, somewhere in society, it must be fixed. It must be fixed by the government. And it must be fixed by the government through schools.
CBC ran a story today about a politician who is trying to get schools to teach swimming lessons. Sounds like […]
Ok, I’m aware that there are a million iPods out there. Actually, some 16 odd million.
But this one is mine. My precious …
In spite of being as tough to open as a circa 1800’s chastity belt, the packaging is very svelte:
I am getting way too many hits from bloody casino, poker, and drug (the pharmacy type) sites.
Typically, they come in, look for the comment forms, and try to submit comments to the site. So I - and anyone else who has a blog and doesn’t want it clogged with comment spam - have to disallow […]
At long last …
What more can I say?
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