all men cringe

Forget the fake crap that passes for Reality TV these days! “I am Moving to Japan”: links to a Japanese show presenting a game show done right; make a mistake, get hit in the nuts!

(Ya, ok, it’s not real. it’s actually a comedy team, but the idea is sound. And the inner conflict between cringing in sympathy and laughing ’til you pee is good, too!)

posted at 8:13 am on Saturday, July 29, 2006 in Humour, Links | Comments Off on all men cringe

pointer kite?

The WindFire Designs Pointer Kite

posted at 11:57 am on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 in Links | Comments Off on pointer kite?

photo tools

“Reid”: bugged me about documenting the tools I use for photo processing and publishing:

“Irfanview”: Thumbnails – autorotate. Irfanview is a very good image viewer for Windows. I’ve always used the lossless jpeg rotator in the package. Recent versions have been shipping with Irfanview Thumbnails, which lets me do bulk autorate of my photos, based on the EXIF orientation flag which is set by an orientation sensor in both of our cameras.

“Picasa”: – photo management. I discovered Picasa when Google first bought it; I love both the photo browsing interface and the builtin “simple” photo editing tools, which do a surprisingly good job of basic edits (light balance, crops, etc.). One thing I like is that Picasa always keeps your original photo; any edits can be undone, even months later.

“Flickr”:, “Gallery”:, “Picasa Web”:, Rogers Photos – publishing. I use each for different things. Flickr has the advantage of social networking; my friends see my pictures because they have friended me. Gallery runs on my server, and I use it for blog images (including for the “rpg blogs”: Picasa Web is new from Picasa/Google; not sure if I like it yet, but it does make publishing from Picasa trivial. And Rogers Photos I use because of the “unlimited” storage for bulk pictures, like those from kite flying events.

“Unison”: – sync/backup to the main fileserver. Unison is a bidirectional file synchronization program, like rsync but it moves files in both directions, resolving conflicts appropriately. I use it so that the photo collection can be stored and edited on all four computers around here, without (too many) conflicts.

“Nero”: – backup to CD / DVD. Mentioned for completeness, and because the Roxio package that comes with the Compaq’s -sucks- doesn’t work for me (Nero came with both of my DVD writers).

“Ubuntu Dapper”: – fileserver. Also mentioned for completeness :-). The fileserver currently has 200Gb of disk, but it’s filling up again; I have a pair of 320GB drives on order, with plans to RAID-1 them together.

HP PhotoSmart 7960 – printing :-). I love this printer, even though it’s not available anymore (the new Vivera-based HP PhotoSmart printers like the 8250 are even better, from what I’ve seen). The output quality is awesome. I also have an HP LaserJet 1020 for day-to-day printing; saves wear-and-tear (and ink!).

posted at 9:13 pm on Friday, July 21, 2006 in Links, Personal | Comments Off on photo tools


has everything:

“Monty Python’s Camelot on the Starship Enterprise”:

posted at 4:24 pm on Friday, July 21, 2006 in Humour, Links | Comments (1)
  1. David Brake says:

    It is gone from there and is now here:

    Damn that’s the funniest Youtube video I have seen yet!

    Though the Chad Vader clips here are pretty funny too:




They gradually get harder. This may eat up your day. Enjoy!

(via “Catspaw”:

*Update:* I’m stuck going from 25 to 26.

posted at 10:04 pm on Friday, July 14, 2006 in Gaming, Links | Comments Off on puzzle

Incredible Machines

Someone sent me a link to this video:

Incredible Machines – Google Video

It’s a series of short videos of Rube Goldberg type machines; apparently they were submissions to an advertising contest. Some of the mechanisms are pretty cool!

posted at 8:37 am on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 in Links | Comments Off on Incredible Machines

swords don’t run out of bullets

“Anita”: sent me this:

Academie Duello presents – Modern uses for Historical Swordplay

Will you be ready?

posted at 7:58 am on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 in Humour, Links | Comments Off on swords don’t run out of bullets

cubicle farm

I found it wonderfully ironic that this appeared in my inbox on the same day that we are moving into a new cubicle farm:

Schneier on Security: Cubicle Farms are a Terrorism Risk

posted at 11:16 am on Friday, March 31, 2006 in Links, Personal | Comments Off on cubicle farm

oooh, pretty!

Maybe I’m a magpie, but I think that “Google Finance”: is tres cool…

posted at 8:33 pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 in Links | Comments Off on oooh, pretty!

going up? part 2

“The problem with Space Elevators”:

(The joke doesn’t work for me in Firefox, because I’m missing a plugin :-(

posted at 12:06 pm on Saturday, March 11, 2006 in Humour, Links | Comments Off on going up? part 2


What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Or, as catspaw puts it, “Why do we love to hate”:

posted at 7:19 pm on Friday, February 10, 2006 in Current Events, Links | Comments Off on wayne


bq. [stock options are] like my boyfriend’s idea of giving me a diamond. He puts a lump of coal in my hand, tells me to squeeze real tight and be PATIENT.

from Sand Hill Slave

posted at 9:54 am on Monday, February 06, 2006 in Humour, Links | Comments Off on hah!


Flickr’s “interesting pictures page”: is highly addictive…

posted at 10:34 pm on Friday, February 03, 2006 in Links | Comments Off on addiction

an interesting park

urban art: a group built a park in a parking spot:

Laughing Squid � Rebar: PARK(ing)

posted at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 08, 2006 in Links | Comments (1)
  1. Jeff K says:

    Here in Richmond Hill, we don’t do arty nonsense on a street corner, we bring down corrupt governments, expropriate land from powerful universities and create a national park in our riding if we want a nice park to walk in:

    Well, at least we dream about it, but we mark the X in 13 days.

how to order wine

A good overview of the subject of ordering wine in restaurants… — How to Order Wine Without Looking Like a Jerk (title slightly edited)

posted at 5:58 pm on Sunday, January 08, 2006 in Links | Comments Off on how to order wine

My outsourced life

If our employers can outsource our jobs, why can’t we? Esquire Magazine: My Outsourced Life

posted at 5:57 pm on Sunday, January 08, 2006 in Humour, Links | Comments Off on My outsourced life

New digital camera? Know how, where you can use it

Another “know your rights” for photographers. The news here is slightly better than some other articles I’ve seen on the subject.

Of course, it would be more useful to me if it were Canadian… :-) – New digital camera? Know how, where you can use it

posted at 5:56 pm on Sunday, January 08, 2006 in Links | Comments (1)
  1. Jeff K says:

    Some of the best Boris Spremo news shots (cdn. news photographer) were rumoured to be taken with the cops yelling “Hey you can’t go there!”. Apparently he had a hearing problem when loud authority figures were making no sense. I suspect a press-card and a big honking news corporation standing behind him helped a bit with his freedoms, but I am only er, speculating.

    [Book ref. avail. on req.]


The Globe and Mail: They’d take Halifax (then we’d kill Kenny)

bq. First approved in 1930, Joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan – Red was drawn up to defend the United States in the event of war with Britain.

bq. It was one of a series of such contingency plans produced in the late 1920s. Canada, identified as Crimson, would be invaded to prevent the Britons from using it as a staging ground to attack the United States.

posted at 9:32 am on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 in Current Events, Links | Comments (1)
  1. David Brake says:

    We were going to grab Buffalo if invaded? What if it worked? Would we have to keep it after the war?

Does anybody really know what time it is? | Culture | Books | Does anybody really know what time it is?

bq. Having reworked the astronomical calculations that underlie standard chronology, [Anatoli] Fomenko argues that time is out of joint. History as commonly reckoned is about 1,000 years too long, contends the mathematician. Most of those centuries should be carved out of the Middle Ages, which barely existed as a bridge between the ancient and modern worlds: Christ, Greek warriors and medieval knights all lived at the same time.

posted at 9:31 am on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 in Links | Comments (1)
  1. Jeff K says:

    Interesting link. The journalist, the mathematician and the historian might consider looking beyond western civilization, but I guess that’s too hard. Some reviewers on Amazon call it a mere derivative work. […and besides time doesn’t exist anyway :), Er, well I at least I don’t have any. ]

sick days

A new variation on “40% of sick days” from The Angry Economist

posted at 10:05 am on Thursday, December 01, 2005 in Humour, Links | Comments Off on sick days
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