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March 23, 2009

The Art of Sir John Tenniel

Grandma’s Graphics is a great collection of vintage illustration. Typically pen and ink, a personal favourite. Among the best work is that of John Tenniel, best known for illustrating Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass. His execution is...

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February 10, 2009

The Trough of No Value

Mike Johnston of the Online Photographer writes about the trough of no value. This is the period during the lifespan of an object when it has little or no value, between when it is valuable because it’s new, and it’s...

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February 03, 2009

Walt Kelly's Pogo

Animationarchive.org have posted several gorgeous scans of Walt Kelly’s Pogo, and some other work from his time at Dell Comics. According to Wikipedia, Walt Kelly, Milton Caniff, and Al Capp were pals. That blows my mind. I have seen genius,...

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December 12, 2008

An Important Public Announcement Regarding Biscuits and Scones

Here in North America, they are the same thing. In Britain, they are not. You are welcome....

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November 28, 2008

Digital Paintings

From avid blog reader Patrick comes this link to 54 Mind-blowing Digital Paintings at PSDTUTS. I’m particularly fond of Marta Dahlig, Artgerm, Alan Chou, Linda Bergvist, Bobby Chui, but honestly they are all fantastic....

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November 25, 2008

Jillian Tamaki

I saw Jillian Tamaki’s Dark Knight illustrations in Entertainment Weekly not long ago, and thought they were great. Then by coincidence I fell upon her illustration web site this week, and it turns out she is fantastic. From her blog...

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November 21, 2008

Urban Sketchers

I never leave the house, so I could never do this, but Urban Sketchers is a lovely blog made up of contributing artists sketching their urban surroundings. Look! Outdoors! I so want a portable water colour kit. Clearly much of...

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November 19, 2008

Visual Movie Reviews

I wish I’d thought of this! A Flickr stream of Visual Movie Reviews. Via Kottke...

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November 14, 2008

Watchmen Trailer

The possibility of absolute failure is very high. But I’m still excited. Via Digg....

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October 28, 2008

The origins of Watchmen

Early sketches of The Watchmen. I’ve read this book twice, but have never owned a copy of it. My bookshelf has a gaping hole where this book should be. Via Daring Fireball...

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September 26, 2008

Agatha Christie Graphic Novel Adaptations

These Agatha Christie graphic novel adaptations could be lots of fun. Hercule Poirot? Good. Sequential art? Good. What’s not to like? The only reference I can find of them, however, is the covers. Which I really like. They have this...

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September 18, 2008

The Explorigator

Speaking of Little Nemo, Harry Grant Dart created a competitor to the venerable strip in 1908 called The Explorigator. It followed the adventures of Admiral Fudge and his young crew aboard the airship The Explorigator. Barnacle Press has an archive...

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September 15, 2008

Teetering Bulb

Enjoy the lovely renderings of Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon at Teetering Bulb. There is a certain texture to the colour that is very enamoring. PLUS they indicate the medium their illustrations were created in. I wish more artists displaying...

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September 12, 2008

Little Nemo in Slumberland Titles, and Other Collected Brilliance

Proving once again that even Windsor McCay’s titles were better that 99% of the shit in newspaper comic pages today: Meeting McCay: Slumberland Titles!. These are gorgeous, and a tragic reminder of just how far from grace current newspaper comics...

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August 06, 2008

Flight 5 Preview

This is better late then never: Flight 5 is now available for purchase. I bought Flight 4 last year, and throughly enjoyed it. There is such a wide range of styles, both in story telling and illustration. Although I have...

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August 05, 2008

Distorted Carpark Signage

Parking garage signage designed by Alex Peemoeller is intentionally distorted to improve it’s readability while in your automobile. Link: Axel Peemoeller - Eureka Carpark Melbourne...

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April 22, 2008

The Droste Effect

I’m late with this one. At my grocery store I could only find three examples: Land O’Lakes Butter, Morton Salt and Cracker Jacks. These packages each include a picture of the package itself and are often cited by writers discussing...

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April 17, 2008

Moleskin art blog

Moleskin lovers post their sketches from said notebooks. Many entries travel slightly from my definition of sketch, but rarely venture far from awesome. Somehow my Moleskin doesn’t capture creative thought nearly as well as half of these. Perhaps it’s faulty....

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April 15, 2008

You don't need it stickers

A thoughtful reminder from the Anti-Advertising Agency. Link: The Anti-Advertising Agency...

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Illustrator Frank Stockton

His illustrations are both fluid and solid. Impressive. Link: Frank Stockton...

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April 14, 2008

Shepard Fairey's 1984 and Animal Farm book covers

Beautiful reissue covers of two classic George Orwell novels. Link: The Penguin Blog: ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’...

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April 09, 2008

Wierd shuffle behaviour on iPod

I have several instances on my iPod Touch where a studio recording of a song has a doppleganger live version. Recently, and at enough frequency that I’ve noticed, a seemingly otherwise random shuffle will play both versions of the song...

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Slideshow of macabre 1950s comic book covers

“The lurid content led to congressional hearings, widespread comic book burnings, and ultimately the censorship of the industry.” These are terrific. Link: The New Republic...

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April 03, 2008

Zaphod Beeblebrox inspired teddy bears

From ZZ Plural Z Alpha, the official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy appreciation society. Two headed, three armed “Beeblebears”. Awesome. Link: ZZ9 Merchandise - Beeblebear Gallery...

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April 01, 2008

Times article on Al Jaffee

It’s awe-inspiring and not surprising that at 87, Al Jaffee still illustrates the Mad magazine fold-ins by hand. He uses the computer for typography, but otherwise it’s all old school gouache and water colour. My hat off to you, sir....

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March 31, 2008

Tron animated in cardboard

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Morning constitutional

I awoke this morning with the overwhelming feeling that things were simpler once. I’m not sure when. That provoked an intense and unexpected longing for this unfamiliar “simple”. Since there was none around to feed my fixation, I entered immediately...

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March 26, 2008

Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work

This is one of those links that comes around every so often, but then I always forget about it, so here it is. Wally Wood was an American comic book writer and artist. 22 Panels was his cheat sheet, so...

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Bell Canada's traffic throttling extends to Canadian ISPs

Traffic throttling in Canada is a popular sport for both Bell and Rogers. Bell apparently does it even on lines it resells to smaller ISPs. If anyone thinks the CRTC gives two beans about the quality of their internet connection,...

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March 24, 2008

Matchbox Labels

Gorgeous 2+ colour designs on matchbox covers from the 50s and 60s. There should be like “design archaeologists” to keep tabs of all the design that has been created across time for what is now extinct packaging. Or maybe this...

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March 20, 2008

Permanent Vacation

For all us Outlook users out there. Cory Arcangel’s “Permanent Vacation”: Two unattended computers send endlessly bouncing out-of-office auto-responses to each other. Link: VVORK...

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Wikihistory

A short sci-fi story about an International Association of Time Travellers, formatted like a member’s forum, where all the new members keep going back to kill Hitler. 11/15/2104 At 14:52:28, FreedomFighter69 wrote: Reporting my first temporal excursion since joining IATT:...

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March 18, 2008

Three Seasons, One Google Map

Google Maps captures three seasons in one city: Google Maps This is much better that the time Google Maps updated the imagery on the side of the lake our cottage is on, but left the rest of the lake in...

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March 17, 2008

Cool Beans

The coolest thing you’ll see all day: Speed Racer Theatrical trailer Watch the HD versions if at all possible, they are completely worth it....

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March 03, 2008

The upper body is a little mechanical, Sarah Connor Chronicles: episode 1.7

Dear John, we know your mother gave you away to foster care while she was in the crazy house, and that’s a tough thing to get over, but you need to pull yourself together, and grow a frickin’ pair....

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So...what was the deal with the basement? Sarah Conner Chronicles: episode 1.6

In this episode a struggling-to-survive Derek Reese flash backs to the future (ha!), wherein he meets the alive-in-the-future-but-dead-in-the-present Andy Goode, who, either by some miracle of modern science, or frak-up by show staff, hasn’t aged a day....

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Agent Ellison talks to the hand, Sarah Conner Chronicles: episode 1.5

Chess dork Andy Goode discovers life’s ultimate check-mate....

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February 10, 2008

It's a mine field out there, Sarah Conner Chronicles: episode 1.4

John gets himself locked in the back of a cargo truck carrying stolen metal used to build Terminators in the future, conflict ensues, and he learns a valuable lesson or something, and meanwhile, that little snot-nosed know-it-all FBI agent that...

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February 05, 2008

Home and End Keys on the Mac

Here’s how it is: On a pc, the home and end keys will take the cursor to the start (home) or the end (end) of the current line. On the Mac, these keys change the location of the viewport to...

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January 31, 2008

All the best spies work in fast food: Chuck, episode 1.13

Chuck is in great demand as Captain Awesome wants his approval, a CIA agent wants him relocated, and an opposing secret agent wants him dead, and if that isn’t an allegory for the trials of the common man, I don’t...

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Not so unsavoury: Chuck, episode 1.12

In this ep we learn that the tin man (Casey) does have a heart, it’s just that the woman he’s given it to isn’t a Russian photo journalist so much as a French spy, and not dead so much as...

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January 30, 2008

Take away lessons from the movie Cloverfield

Possible minor spoilers. You’ve been warned. When facing what may appear to be the apocalypse, always wear sensible shoes. Creepy shit always goes underground, so arm yourself BEFORE entering the unlit subway tunnel. Once you know there is creepy shit...

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January 25, 2008

Jerky and robotic, but certainly not freakish: Sarah Conner Chronicles, episode 1.3

Proving what I’ve thought all along: chess is clearly the gateway drug to evil computing, and also, although not stated, Cameron has apparently experienced some wacky robot-from-the-future computer glitch since the first episode, which prevents her from “blending in” at...

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January 24, 2008

Time travel is the next big health fad: Sarah Conner Chronicles, episode 1.2

Okay, so we are all a little confused about how the terminator head could find it’s way through the time vortex when only organic matter can travel through time, but when you’re on the run from killer robots from the...

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January 23, 2008

When Roombas attack: Sarah Conner Chronicles, episode 1.1

When the chips are down, and yer being chased by a killer robot from the future, and you’ve exhausted all the typical scenarios we’ve already seen in the movies, at least you can time travel 8 years into the future...

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January 08, 2008

You can tell by the shoes: Journeyman, episode 1.13

Dan’s mark turns out to be a traveler as well, and his untimely death turns out to be the trigger for Dan’s first travel, which, in that regard, ties a tidy sucky little bow around the whole series if this...

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Don't lose the camera, don't lose the camera, don't lose the...damn: Journeyman, episode 1.12

Dan learns that leaving modern technology in the mid 1980’s probably isn’t something you’ll read about in Responsible Parenting magazine, but gender swapping kid aside, those monitors kicked ass (and I’m pretty sure would be completely unusable)....

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December 17, 2007

American prices removed from Canadian magazines

Liz brought this to my attention on Saturday while we performed our weekend grocery shopping. All the magazines at the checkouts had only the Canadian prices on them, instead of the typical U.S. and Canadian prices. Apparently the disparity between...

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Seriously, just throw the damn apron away: Journeyman, episode 1.11

Although it’s the secondary stories that add the life to this series, this week I got a significant amount of satisfaction in knowing that the universe isn’t above a little blackmail (because, quite frankly, I’m not surprised)....

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December 14, 2007

Lost Season 4 Trailer

The most important video you’ll see all day: Lost Season 4 Trailer. Of course, with the writer’s strike that may be all you get to see next year....

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December 05, 2007

I'm going underground with Heroes, episode 2.11

I hope there is some tragic twist to this whole “blood heals everyone” thing, like it’s temporary, or it turns them into bubblegum or something, otherwise my “fear of loss” (as the old salesmen say) is completely gone, and no...

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December 04, 2007

The Crown Victoria had it coming. Chuck, episode 1.11

This week we learn that money counterfeiting can be a metaphor for unrequited love, and that blowing up a stern NSA agent’s prize Crown Victoria, no matter how satisfying and cathartic, will be used as a mislead to consequences down...

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December 02, 2007

Pineapple! Chuck, episode 1.10

Question: if you were part of a secret organization within the CIA whose sole purpose was to destroy the “intersect”, but you didn’t know where it was, and Bryce says to you one day, while on his deathbed, “The intersect...

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November 27, 2007

The this-show-gets-better-with-every-episode-award goes to: Journeyman, episode 1.10

So, the lesson here is that when being sucked through time, even though you have no idea what it is, stick to your freaking cosmic mission, or your wife will be making ketchup sandwiches for psychopaths in the present....

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November 22, 2007

Is "hard salami" a sex joke? A one line review of Chuck, episode 1.9

Chuck flashes on Lou’s ex boyfriend, which leads the agents to intercept an illegal shipment that contains…HOLY CRAP BRYCE LARKIN IS ALIVE!…dramatic conflict....

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November 16, 2007

One line review: Smallville, Episode 7.8

Clark discovers kryptonite comes in a not-so-fun blue flavour, meanwhile Lana Lang has worn out her welcome by about 6 seasons....

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September 11, 2007

Short and sweet like cookies and tea

I recommend the 6 part Jekyll mini series to all of you who enjoy being entertained by goulish stories of men devoured by their own demons. This is a great modern update (you might even call it a sequel) to...

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August 16, 2007

What's it mean when all the yogurt in your fridge expires on your birthday?

There’s a Bible Church being built along my route to work. There’s a big sign that proves it: “Future site of Bible Church” it says, roughly. And each day I drive past this sign, and the slowly growing building that...

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June 29, 2007

Arr, that's Captain Ryan to you

Liz celebrated her birthday yesterday in Belleville. It was a lovely low key day, involving loonie shakes from Reid’s Dairy (no relation, so stop asking) a mid afternoon nap, and Chinese food for dinner. This was a serious step above...

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June 26, 2007

Even the groundhogs could kick their asses

I grew up with farm cats. They were great mousers, and bird hunters, and I swear there was one that would crawl into a groundhog hole, kill it, then drag the bloody corpse up onto the front stoop, not because...

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June 22, 2007

This time I'm driving the boat by myself, so everyone off the lake

Next weekend is a long weekend here in Canada, which means I’m padding the weekend with a couple vacation days, and we are off to my parent’s cottage (heretofore known as “the lake”). But it’s also Liz’s birthday on the...

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June 20, 2007

Toilet training

While using the facilities at work the other day, I overheard a conversation coming from one of the stalls. At first I thought stall guy was maybe just a little crazy, so I hustled my business. Then I discovered it...

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June 15, 2007

The solution obviously is to never use a towel again

I did something to my back the other morning while I was drying my hair with a towel. So I went around all yesterday in a sour mood because if felt like I got kicked between the shoulders. Which is...

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June 12, 2007

My addition to the family history: cat butt

When my parents moved from the farm to the cottage for the summer, I inherited all Mom’s plants. These were the usual array of Mom plants, including way too many African Violets, a Spider Plant, and various other greeneries. I...

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June 08, 2007

Maybe I should just get a tea pot and screw the kitchenette

Somebody broke the little red handle off the hot water spout in the kitchenette at work. I walked into the room with my mug in hand, ready for hot water and a tea bag, and instead I’m faced with thinking,...

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June 05, 2007

Sens and sensibility

I don’t need to watch the game, my neighbour graciously informs the entire neighbourhood with a hoot when ever the Sens score a goal. Last night he only hooted once. Then around 10:30 he followed that up with a resounding...

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June 04, 2007

Weekend gastronomica

I cooked a beer can chicken this weekend. If you’ve never created such a thing, it’s when you roast the bird with an open beer can stuffed up it’s cavity. It’s obvious I don’t write for a food magazine; it...

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June 01, 2007

Husband, designer, phone plumber

I’m at work the other day, and I get a call from Liz. It’s nearly noon, so I debate briefly with myself on whether I should answer the phone and risk passing out from lack of nourishment, or eat my...

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May 31, 2007

Disregard the man behind the curtain

In a blatant attempt to distract you from the fact that I didn’t post anything today, please enjoy this lovely photo of our two cats. Those of you who know these cats will think this is a fake, but...

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May 30, 2007

"We" means "me" in relationships and gardening

Last weekend I planted our garden. Liz and I rent a terrace home, and being on the first level we get a little slice of backyard. We can’t dig in it, but we can cover it in pots. I spent...

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May 29, 2007

Movie Weekend

We watched the first two Bourne movies over the weekend, The Bourne Identity, and The Bourne Supremacy. Once I made the mental leap that allowed me to see Matt Damon as an action hero, the only thing I couldn’t understand...

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May 25, 2007

Friday madness

It’s Friday, and that’s awesome because only sicko perverts don’t like Fridays. You work hard all week, putting up with the over work and the office politics and the guy-that-never-knocks-when-he-enters-your-cube, and in return you get two stinking days to think...

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May 24, 2007

Hair cuts and cat stories

I’m getting my hair cut this evening, which is long over due anyone around me will tell you. My hair gets a little unruly when it gets longer, all mean and shouting obscenities at people. It’s a little embarrassing. I...

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May 23, 2007

I would go down with the ship if I had to

It’s been decided that long weekends this summer will be spent at the parent’s cottage. This past weekend was our inaugural visit, lasting three days and change, and aside from the bad math that landed us in discouraging traffic at...

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April 09, 2007

Everything must go!

My parents, in preparation for retirement, recently sold their farm. In doing so, they had an auction to sell off all of the household and farm items that were no longer needed. It was quite an exciting day, and to...

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December 04, 2006

Light Switch of Mystery!

So, it is in my experience that every house has one. That light switch that apparently doesn’t control anything. Upon discovery of said light switch the obvious joke follows: as you flick the trigger up and down, surely the neighbors...

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November 21, 2006

Giant bins don't mean bargain, but $140 off The Chosen Collection sure does

So the missus and I were in Best Buy the other day. It dawned on me during this visit that any thing that is displayed in a giant bin is perceived to be priced less than anything not displayed in...

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September 28, 2006

What is that glowing orb in the sky?

So I woke up this morning, but that’s not the point of this story. I woke up this morning, opened the curtains (still not the point), and in the eastern sky there was the most amazing orange colour I’ve ever...

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September 26, 2006

Who Polices the Privacy Policy?

I recently received an email from Cafe Press announcing that changes had been made to their Privacy Policy. Side Note! I don’t actually sell anything through Cafe Press, but once upon a time I opened an account so I could...

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August 11, 2006

Babies are 75% water, why are they allowed on the planes?

Regarding the terrorist plot brouhaha over in the UK recently, attentive blogger xopl points out: “Because the plot involved taking liquid explosives aboard planes in carry-ons, passengers at all U.S. and British airports, and those boarding U.S.-bound flights at other...

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June 08, 2006

Beer Cooler Foolery

Typically I find it’s a good idea to be prepared. But that’s a vast statement, I mean the world is a complex place. How can I prepare for all of the possible things that could happen to me in one...

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May 22, 2006

Escape Is At Hand For the Travellin' Man

(With apologies to The Tragically Hip for misappropriating a great song title for use as a mediocre blog entry title.) After reading John August’s blog entry regarding the overuse of air ducts as an escape mechanism in movie and television...

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March 22, 2006

How to Satisfy an MBNA Customer

A recently received letter from MBNA Canada’s “Customer Satisfaction department”: Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding your MBNA Canada Platinum MasterCard. Don’t thank me, thank your competition. Their return address is likely on that form you received that paid...

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March 06, 2006

A Shower of Thoughts

Maybe it’s the soothing sounds of falling bath water, or the perky scents of aroma-therapy bath products, but a lot of people do their best thinking in the shower. This in spite of the fact that it is generally early...

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February 16, 2006

Elevators and Iconography

I ride the elevator at work twice a day: once to get into the gulag, and the second time to escape it. And every time I’m in it, I inevitably start staring at the buttons. Mostly I’m trying to avoid...

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February 05, 2006

Summer Vacation Is Over

Any “clear headed” rationalizations merely obfuscated the real issue: summer vacation was over, and there wasn’t a damn thing I could do about it. Not to say I didn’t try. First I tested hiding as a method in which to...

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