A belated Happy Summer! I was watching the groundhog babies frolicking on the deck outside my cabin last Wednesday, nowhere near Internet access… :-)

posted at 1:18 pm on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 in Personal | Comments Off on summer

quote of the day

bq. “The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”

– George Bernard Shaw

(via “Quotation of the Day List”:

posted at 11:20 am on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 in Humour, Personal | Comments Off on quote of the day

wordpress filter

I just wrote a simple wordpress filter that automatically creates links to a post if the title of that post (or other ‘link names’ in the post’s metadata) appear in text. I wrote it for the “Queen’s Guard”: game log. It gives us a little bit of wiki-ness without having to use a full-blown wiki; I haven’t found any wiki software that I like enough to foist on my non-technical gaming buddies.

If anyone’s interested I can clean it up and post it somewhere.

(Update: It’s published: “Title Links Plugin”:

posted at 9:37 am on Saturday, June 10, 2006 in Personal, Programming, Site News | Comments (4)
  1. David Brake says:

    I know the textile URL format is appealing but you should be warned that a) it doesn’t transfer across into the RSS feed (at least not as you have it configured now) and if you ever find yourself transferring your blog to another server (as I have done) you may find (as happened to me) that you have loads of old archived material whose links don’t work because the new server doesn’t parse them and translate them. You probably could write a script to translate them on your server of course…

    P.S. When you first mentioned the Queen’s Guard I thought you had joined the Canadian army – some reserve regiment I never heard of. Seemed unlikely of course but…

  2. chk says:

    This appears to only be a problem with the old (rss1.0) feed, which nobody should use anymore. For now I’m redirecting it to the RSS2 feed (which most clients should handle); eventually I’ll disable it altogether.

  3. I am setting up yet another political blog and I am very interested in the plug-in you’ve described for automatically linking between posts and from posts to a bibliography.

    Can I get a copy?

  4. […] was asked for my title links plugin (See wordpress filter), so here it […]

south toronto? : Alienation at home, criticism from abroad

I don’t think John Hostettler’s comments have anything to do with terrorism.

What I don’t understand is the actual reason he and his buddies want to close the Canada – U.S. border.

Can either of my readers enlighten me?

*Update:* There is one simple explanation floating around. Some factions within the US want to close the southern borders (both Mexico and Carribean), without creating the perception that they are singling out those borders for special treatment. For that to work, they have to close the Canadian border too.

Also, this is an election year, and politicians are experts at playing on irrational fears…

posted at 8:44 am on Saturday, June 10, 2006 in Current Events | Comments (2)
  1. Reid says:

    He’s a convicted terrorist felon. (He tried to bring a loaded handgun onto a plane) Why do you care? :-)

    I would be curious to see intelligence numbers on known terrorist cell members in the US vs Canada, and whather the US is a “terrorist threat” to Canadian borders. Fsck ya. (Um, how do you feel about profanity in blog comments? Feel free to edit those last two words and this question)

  2. Jeff K says:

    A border is just a good place to filter for lawbreakers.

4 weeks

* A couple of weeks of high-priority customer escalations
* a whole bunch of internal stuff
* first communion for the kids
* Gareth’s trip to Ottawa
* digging up the back yard (which drains better now)
* preparing for vacation and summer camp
* prep for “The Queen’s Guard”: and our first session

I’m ready for my vacation now…

posted at 7:07 pm on Thursday, June 08, 2006 in Personal | Comments (2)
  1. Greg says:

    Queen’s Guard, eh? Have you read “His Majesty’s Dragon” yet?

  2. Harald Koch says:

    Nope, but I’ve added it to the book list…