the-inbetween posts categorized as General

keyhole voyeurism, from kilometres above

When Google announced its new satellite imaging feature for its Google Maps application, I didn’t give it much thought. I’ve seen a few Keyhole-based satellite imagery sites before and they were always US only affairs. The northern border divided the imaged south from the vaccuous non-imaged void that was Canada. Today, just following random google map links others had posted, I realized that Google Maps does indeed support Canadian satellite imagery. It’s considerably less complete for Canada than it is…

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Catch-ups

This weekend has been the catch-up weekend. Today alone, I caught up with various online writings and news, got some neglected cleaning done, watched a pair of movies that I bought weeks ago but never even opened, reorganized my gaming set-up, got some badly needed groceries taken care of (no longer do I have fridge consisting of a jar of mayo, some old mustard, two onions, and some beer), rejigged n0wak.com, updated some minor things here and, somehow, even managed…

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Bridge Toronto and random bits

Bridge, with bitshifter, flight404, We Work For Them, and DJ Kero. April 9th, 2005. Be there or be 8×8. My list of the top shows that I grew up with that do not have a DVD release: The Dana Carvey Show — the best show to last for six episodes ever. Just today I realized that the *other guy* on the show was Steve Carell. This makes me want it more.1 Parker Lewis Can’t Lose — at least give us…

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Rantcasting

Now, I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but…. I’ve been rather curmudgeonly all week (or two), and very ranty as a result. There are numerous reasons for this, none of which are interesting. However, the rant queue was piling up with topics and I was too tired to tackle them so I’m just going to purge the whole list. You can make your own rants on the following subjects: UBI Soft’s increasingly annoying marketing and branding,…

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nCast

First there were Podcasts, which were mp3 clips passed through RSS and synced with iPods. Since they were mp3s, they could be listened to on any mp3 player and the iPod connection became kind of moot. But the name remained and it annoys me. Others agree. As I posted there, I’ve seen a few people justify the seemingly iPod connected “Podcast” terminology by saying that the “POD” stands for “Personal/On-Demand”. I think they’re full of shit.. It’s a stupid name…

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ChipTune Toronto

If you are one of the geeky Torontonians upset that the Data Destruction tour, featuring bit shifter, nullsleep and covox, isn’t coming to our centre of the universe, then read the following, otherwise ignore. If my sources are correct (hah), there was an attempt to have a Toronto date but no venue was found. But don’t fret, for I have heard that bit shifter will be making an appearance at fitc. Official confirmation on bitshifter’s events page. He’ll be performing…

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The People Before Me

Certain revelations have come to light regarding my apartment’s previous tenants. The clues were there all along — the weird deformation on the door, the filthy, filthy windows when I moved in, the mail from Berkeley — they just weren’t deciphered. Today, as I met my neighbour for the first time (after living here for five months) the truth came out. My apartment was the target of a raid. Apparently, the previous tenants were growing a lot of weed here.…

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Lacrosse

The National Lacross League (NLL) all-star game was on NBC today. NBC! Lacrosse on a national American broadcast!! Not much else to show with the NHL in a coma, I figure. The NLL is a good watch, though. I’ve never been to a Toronto Rock game, but I’ve caught a few on tv and they’re entertaining enough. All the intensity of hockey but with more goals and, um, less ice. This was even more evident today, during the all-star game.…

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1994 weekend

In my life, I have seen two Bushes in power, two Gulf Wars, two shuttle disasters, two Germanies, and I have seen the 80s be cool twice. I’m old enough to remember the Cold War (more so, I’m old enough to actually experience Soviet communism first-hand), the Winnipeg Jets, the Fine Young Cannibals, and Herman’s Head. I’m too young for Generation X, too old for Generation Y, and stuck in that middle straggling generation that is hard to pin down…

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Poker Nights

Played poker on Saturday, for the first time since high school. It was also the first time for money and the first time playing something other than ole’ fashioned draw Poker. The game last night was, naturally, Texas Hold’em. That seems to be what all the cool kids are playing now. It’s also what all the fucking wanker spammers are linking to in their comment spam attempts, but I digress. I lost eighty bucks. Despite that, I did alright —…

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Fiver

Even though it’s still unfinished and needs a lot of tweaks, I decided to change the style sheet anyway. I meant to have a complete site overhaul (not just style change, but dump MT and restructure everything) for the 31st, but that didn’t happen thanks to busyness. Then I just meant to change the style for the 31st, but I couldn’t even get that done in time. Putting this live will hopefully give me that extra bit of motivation to…

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Random Shopping Tales

The post wherein I write about the pre-Christmas shopping period in a random stream of consciousness way.

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Shit Awards

The Spike TV Video Game Awards were on yesterday early last week, and I actually managed to sit through the entire fucking shitfest. Here’s a show meant to celebrate video games, and yet it makes me feel completely repulsed for the whole medium and makes me want to quit playing games forever. Way to sell the medium, Spike! I think the whole two hour affair caused a mass brain-cell genocide. Millions perished. Now I know where Spike TV derived its…

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