the-inbetween posts categorized as General

Branding Alphabet Soup

Drove home on my Prius™ while listening to my Muvo™ today. Then I got on my Viiv™-enabled Vaio™ and Google™d for info about Roku™ while IMing with Meebo and exploring the Podcasts on Odeo. Sync’ed some mp3s with my Oqo™ and my Zire™ before playing with Ning a bit. By then I was already getting tired, so I turned on the Aquos™, cranked up the Jamos™, and started up my Wii™.

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Clarification

Jenn’s post claims that I was the regional champ at Super Mario World. I should clarify that it is true and it’s not something that I pulled out of my ass. No, I have the official Nintendo documentation to prove it. That’s probably my proudest gaming achievement of all time. I was twelve at the time. It’s up there with beating Zelda: Link to the Past in one sitting with a friend (we tag teamed the game); getting half of…

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On Torino

I have attentively watched every Olympiad since Seoul 88. Probably even Calgary 88, but I can’t remember those. I’d say “probably” to 84 were it not for the fact that I was four at the time and living in Olympic boycotted Poland at the time, so even if I were to watch then there wouldn’t have been much to see. Let’s just say “since Seoul 88”. All through that time the winter version was always my favourite of the various…

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Razuddite

The one frequently used consumer product that annoys me the most is razors. I don’t like shaving and I often accumulate a lot of stubble between shaves, but I hate the bullshit marketing even more. While watching the Leafs lose again on Hockey Night in Canada tonight, I saw the most rediculous commercial ever for Gillette’s new “Fusion” razor. The advert was building hype for the “coming song” Fusion by making it look like the second coming of a well-shaved…

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Need for Speed: Toronto

Toronto feels a little more tense than normal. Elevators are dropping. The Leafs are dropping. The Raptors are… well, have dropped a long time ago. Crime in the city is spiralling out of control — or at least the media would like you to think that. Buses are driving into buildings. Motorists are fighting cyclists. And teenage street racers, spoiled douchebags going 140km/h in their parents’ Mercedes, are crashing and killing people. Here’s the thing. In that crash, investigators found…

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Conservative Minority

There’s not much to say. Same shit, different smell. There was change in the air, and it came. Not as resolutely as some might have predicted, since the Conservatives have captured a very tenuous minority, but still a shift in the Canadian political landscape. Martin’s stepping down from Liberal leadership certainly adds to that, and it contributes to what will be a very interesting year in politics. One with plenty of positioning and politicking and strategy, from all the major…

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Election Day in Canada

Today is the federal election. The second in two years, following the last government’s short and ineffectual minority. The bad news is that, save for the possibility of some drastic last minute vote swings (not unfounded, it happened last time,) our politics are guaranteed to swing hard to the right. Not good. On the plus side, unless there’s some drastic last minute momentum, we are going into yet another minority. That should make it a lot more difficult for them…

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Do Not Vote for Sam Bulte

Do not vote for Sam Bulte in the Parkdale-Highpark riding. Here’s a reason why. Yet another. And another. Yesterday afternoon, one of her cronies canvassers came to my door. This is the first time someone from the Liberals came to my door; the NDP has stopped by twice already in the last week (I ignored them the second time they knocked on my door). Perhaps there’s less need to rush if you’re incumbent. Anyway, the guy knocks on my door,…

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mp3 tag tools

I have had a long standing feud with id3 tags. They made an inconsistent mess of my music files and I called them stupid dummies. I ranted about them two years ago. Having some spare time this weekend, I decided to clean up various file dumps on my computer. Regroup years of photos, move images and videos, delete useless installation files (I don’t need installers for ten different versions of Firefox!) and downloaded demos and, most daunting, clean up the…

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Cop Games

A woman’s torso was found less than a block from my building. Yes, just the torso. It happened two weeks ago but today was the first time I heard of it. I discovered this little news bit when two police officers solicited in my building. Two officers came to my door and told me what happened, they said that they’re looking for information and asked if they may take a quick look inside my apartment. I agreed. They asked for…

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The Right Brothers

Speaking of appalling songs: there’s a “grassroots” campaign to Help Teach American Youth That “Bush Was Right!”. They wish to do that by getting a shitty song from the “Right Brothers” on MTV’s TRL. If you aren’t a fan of the Right Brothers (you should be!) the I suggest hitting their site and checking out their videos, like this quality number of Tolerate This. It’s “kicking”! Take that you punk listening non-voting fourteen year old bastards! It’s hilariously misguided, just…

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Month of Futility

The month of futility is upon us. I would like to participate in the novel writing. I really would but I know I won’t manage it. Perhaps it would be best if I just quit before it starts. I’d have more time to finish Castlevania DS and Shadow of the Colossus. In a month, the Dr. Mario / Panel De Pon (locally known as Tetris Attack) bundle that greeted the Japanese GameBoy Micro launch will get a domestic release, as…

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post-RPS 2005

Photos, with commentary, from the event. Unfortunately, I lost in the first round. It wasn’t a complete loss, though. I won my first match against some cute asian woman. It’s just that each round requires two wins to advance, and it was during the second match that I was defeated, losing to some guy that got an automatic bye because of an absentee. Lost in three sets. It was close, but obviously not good enough. With the bye, he was…

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