Archives for: August 2008

Worth its weight in gold

08/31/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
But is it? Density and market prices determine the answer! (Via Boing Boing) more »

Profitability in the wireless telco world (Rogers Edition)

08/30/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
37% net profit. Not bad at all. (Via Michael Geist) (And look at the comments on Geist's site; there's one that can be summed up as "don't blame corporations for being greedy; it's their nature." Problem is that it's meant as exculpation, not… more »

Evolution, Alberta and Headdesk Denyse - Part II

08/30/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion, Science
The Calgary Herald gave Denyse O'Leary an "in rebuttal" column (entitled "Theory needs a paramedic, not more cheerleaders") to rebut Breakenridge's article. From what I can gather, Denyse is ostensibly a journalistic defender of Intelligent Design.… more »

The law of unintended consequences strikes again

08/29/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
The Register comments on the IT field in the UK suffering from a lack of people with appropriate skills. It lays the blame at the foot of offshoring all the entry level jobs. After all, if you don't train people, they'll never be in a position to take… more »

Wired on urban gardening

08/28/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
Directly referencing the victory gardens of World War 2, Wired's Clive Thompson has an interesting article on the reviving popularity of growing food in an urban environment. Having come originally from the UK where this is not a terribly unusual thing… more »

Roof lawns

08/27/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
I've always liked the idea of a lawn or garden on top of a house, partially as insulator, but also as an interesting visual. I'd hate to try to maintain it and it wouldn't be much fun to try to maintain the structure under it either. That said, Wired… more »

In space, no one wants to hear you burp

08/26/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Carbonated drinks in space are a no-no: One of the items the astronauts might like to have when they are on orbit is soda, or carbonated beverages. Many years back, they decided to fly the soft drink Coca Cola® on the shuttle. First, it had to be… more »

IIS6 to IIS7 Handler Migration

08/20/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Programming
We had one big hiccup moving from IIS 6.0 to the 7.0 version. In the Web.Config, IIS 7.0 no longer likes to have an httpHandlers section. We had: <system.web>   <httpHandlers>    <remove verb="*"… more »

Evolution, Alberta and Headdesk Denyse - Part I

08/20/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion, Science
Rob Breakenridge wrote this article for the Calgary Herald, entitled "What is it about evolution theory that Albertans don't get?" in response to this Angus Reid poll. On the third page of the poll results, there is a percentage, by region, of the… more »

Greatest video evar!

08/14/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
Beaker from the Muppets does all of the parts of Ode to Joy solo. I can't find words to emphasize how good this is. more »

Tim McLean's Funeral Unmolested

08/10/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Common Sense, Religion
Tim McLean, the victim in the horrible stabbing/beheading incident on Greyhound, was being targeted by the clan at the odious Westboro Baptist Church of "God Hates Fags" fame as a protest site against Canada in general that the grisly murder was an act… more »

Upgraded Blog Software

08/02/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]
I finally got a little headspace to upgrade the b2evolution software from 1.8.1RC all the way up to 2.4.2. The upgrade scripts worked impressively; kudos to the b2evolution team for not leaving out those of us who were 21 versions behind :) It… more »

US Customs/DHS have the right to seize laptops at the border

08/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Well, it's been an unofficial option for the American customs for a while now but its documented: they can take your laptop, or anything else, for no reason at all, forever, and disclose anything they find to anyone they feel like: That's a remarkably… more »