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Murderball

Earlier in the week, I came across a link to the trailer for the documentary “Murderball”. It looks like an interesting little film, but when I first saw the words “murderball” I thought it would be a documentary about a very different type of “sport”. The Murderball that I know is the one that I remember from grade school. Like many schoolyard games of the time, Murderball had a very crude but appropriate name. I can’t fully remember the “rules”…

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Tolerance

I have a fairly adequate level of tolerance. I sat through a root canal and a wisdom tooth extraction without much issue. Hell, it took me two weeks of agonizing pain before I even considered going to the dentist. I tolerated a four hour daily commute for almost two years straight. I sat through Wing Commander. I took courses in Discrete Mathematics. I have walked through blizzards with an unbuttoned jacket leaving my neck exposed to the blowing snow without…

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Bookshelf

The contents of one’s bookshelf are probably as good a judge of character (or just plain interests) as anything else out there. Mine is less than voluptuous — definitely not well-endowed — but it sums me up succinctly. And yes, it is organized by book height, which probably adds to the Freudian analysis (aside: my DVDs are organized by colour). Click for larger The only things missing from that are all my reference books — almost all of which are…

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Achtung! Achtung! B-Alarm!

I started writing about the Nintendo Revolution, but the long weekend hit and I’ve lost interest in that subject. The basic gist was that Nintendo can not compete with Sony and Microsoft with hardware, so its plan to leverage what it does best, software IPs, in the next generation is the only logical and sane decision make. To open it up to indie developers, as the vague press releases hinted at, would be genius too and would definitely secure the…

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Canadian Politics

Stop the presses! Canadian politics are interesting! What a shocker. Feuds, defections, jousting, positioning, bargaining, and politicizing. Today, Canadians woke up with a government in place and might leave work without one. The fate of it lies on the decisions of a couple of independent non-partisan MPs as the other four major parties are virtually split down the middle. Crazy. A far cry from the two parties of our Southern cousins. If the government falls then we’ll have a month…

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Unfinished Epics

It passed without a mention due to reasons of unmentionable annoyance and irritation, but this domain turned five a few days ago. Five years means the wood anniversary. I only mention this for the euphemism opportunities it creates because, really, WTF is a wood anniversary? And, also, you don’t buy domains things. You just renew them. Five years of this domain. Five year of other people’s misplacement of the dash (thein-between). Five years of confusing other people when verbally giving…

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On The Irritations of Mouthly Objects

Personal account of my dental situation follows:

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Processing

I hadn’t touched processing in over a year, but now that the public beta is available I figured I should check it out again. Perhaps this is post-fitc inspiration. Or maybe it’s just something to do on a computer that is vastly different — though only slightly lighter on the brain-cells — to what I am doing at work all the time. So I wanted to do graphs. Or charts. Or other such visualization type thingers. I had an idea…

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The Misbegotten Media

This weekend was a much needed break from the work computer… so, naturally, I spent a lot of it in front of my home computer. The only difference is that here I did not have to think about making the computer do stuff, instead I just consumed media. Lots of media. I have never watched so much on my computer as I had done this weekend. It feels odd, turning your desk into an entertainment centre. The experience isn’t the…

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Macrobe

If you have ever worked in anything design oriented or authored client-side content for the web, you have no doubt used Adobe or Macromedia products. As one such user, the news of the Macromedia acquisition came as a surprise to me, an unwanted surprise. This new entity now has a virtual monopoly for the kinds of tools it creates (the only competitors to any of their offerings that I can think of are Quark and Final Cut). Competition is now…

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FITC Day Three

Yes, there was a day three. I’ve just been slow getting to it. Also, swamped. Since day three fell on a work day (Monday) and I had work to do, I couldn’t attend the full day. But I did manage to catch the final two presentations by the two biggest draws (well, not counting Carson) of the whole thing: Josh Davis and Yugo Nakamura. I expected Josh’s presentation to be about drawings being randomly placed on the board, and that’s…

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FITC Day Two

Day two wasn’t as busy a day as day one because 1) I slept in and didn’t arrive until after lunch; 2) caught three presentations and only three presentations; 3) went home right after the the last presentation was done. There were a couple of events after the show, again, but I was tired and went home to crash. There was a possibility that I would head back out again, but… I didn’t feel like it. At least I had…

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FITC Days One

Once again, on Saturday, I headed off to my annual pilgrimmage to FITC (formerly Flash in the Can). Of the four years it has been around, I’ve only missed one, the second year — a year when I was an even lazier bastard. But I was there this year. Unfortunately, my photographic evidence of the first day consists of the following shot, and only the following shot. As soon as that was flashed to the flash card, the battery died…

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