Space aliens in Calgary

05/02/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, Calgary


Hmmm. And what else have the Stelmach Tories been keeping from us?

And I love the subheading that the spoilsports at NBC thoughtfully provide:

Some Believe Images Are Just Reflection From Window

(Via BoingBoing)


Road skating in Saudi

05/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube

The Other Lost Treasures Of Infocom

05/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Games


The long lost sequel to Infocom's "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" is revealed and playable. Alas, there was a lot of politics behinds its development resulting in pretty much no game. Too bad really; would have been fun.

There's also another good write-up on Infocom's chequered history here.


Extension on Netfile deadline

04/30/08 | by Adam | Categories: Canadian


Anyone who's a little slow filing their taxes -- or putting it off to the last minute -- has found that Revenue Canada's Netfile system has been unusable for the last few days.

Fortunately the filing deadline has been extended for a few days, although money due still has to be paid by the 30th.


Oil versus Tar

04/30/08 | by Adam | Categories: Canadian

While working on a site up in Fort McMurray a few weeks back, I referred to the awful brewed coffee in the office as "tar sands sludge."

I was then politely, but quite clearly, corrected. It is in fact "oil sands sludge" as only dirty hippies and environmentalists use the other term.

Who knew?


Bluetooth A2DP audio on a dedicated MP3 player

04/28/08 | by Adam | Categories: iPhone


Yes, Apple, it is possible. Now go fix your iPods and iPhone so they meet current standards.


"iPod Tax" resurfaces in UK

04/27/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music


There's not much I can add to the article writer's comment:

But only if they pay for it a second time round. The MBG's proposal is essentially a way to help the music industry get paid twice for the same thing: first for the CD and once again, by way of the iPod tax, for using the CD's content outside a CD player. It's the equivalent of asking consumers to buy two CDs, one for home, the other for the car.

It's a daft idea that just seems to dumb to die; there's also a bonus reference to Canada's own version of the stupidity at the end of the article.


"Lost Canadian" law passes

04/26/08 | by Adam | Categories: Canadian


This is good: the bill to restore citizenship to Canadians who "lost" it due to poorly thought-out act has passed into law.


Another take on the alarm clock radio

04/25/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music


The Register Rebel DJ has a write up in the Intempo, an FM-based alarm clock with an interesting twist: it automatically records music and strips out the commercials and DJs allowing one to listen to the important bit.


Young Me Now Me

04/24/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri


This is an interesting concept from Ze Frank: recreating pictures of one's youth as an adult then posting the results side by side.

(Via Kottke)


][GS Laptop

04/23/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly


I don't normally bother linking to case mods, even when they're rather cool, mostly because, well, they're just case mods.

This though, this is cool. I always wanted a ][gs but they weren't really available where I was living at the time.


Expiry dates on gift cards to be banned in BC

04/22/08 | by Adam | Categories: Canadian


This may well be the first and last time you hear me say something nice about the BC Liberals, but good for them on making it illegal to expire prepaid gift cards.

Regardless of whether one feels that gift cards are a bad idea to start with (and there are a lot of good reasons), something that's paid for should not arbitrarily be canceled simply because a certain date has passed. I feel the same about car wash tickets too...


"Still Alive"

04/21/08 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube


Funny little music video about the Amiga by Eric Schwartz.

(Via Nodwick)


Cats and computer desks

04/20/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, Calgary


Periodically you see a gizmo that initially leaves you thinking "Well, that's daft" but a few minutes later it becomes "Hmmmm....".

Get off my keyboard, Pumpkin. Please.

(Via PopGadget)


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