The morning sky today

28 01 2005

On the drive in to work, I had to stop and get this shot.  It was nice to see blue sky after all the rain we’d had. The moon seemed to magically hang there too.  It would be nice to hear a comment or two from you anonymous readers out there.  What do you think?  Nice shot?  What could be better?

 

 

TGIF





Fun around the neighborhood today!

27 01 2005

Lots of lights and sirens around this morning.

Update… 1300

Official Statement:

While testing a sample in the lab, a chemist started feeling ill.  They were removed from the area and the emergency response (911) was notified.  The person was sent to the hospital for observations.  A further two individuals, also working in the area were subsequently taken to the hospital for observation.  All three persons are doing fine with no apparent signs of ill effects.

The Hazardous Materials Response Team attended, surveyed the site and determined that there was no lasting concern.  The samples have since been quarantined and will be disposed of by a registered hazardous waste company.

For further information please direct your enquires……

News story from 1200:

http://www.cknw.com/news/news_local.cfm?cat=7428436912&rem=1782&red=80143623aPBIny&wids=410&gi=1&gm=news_local.cfm

They make it sound like Bhopal India!  News stations….Hmmmmm.





I’m sure this is entirely a humanitarian gesture….

25 01 2005

Hamid Karzai doesn’t want the US to spray Afghan poppy fields.

But Karzai says the spraying could harm villagers.

Uh Huh….  Wanna buy some quality beach front land in Indonesia?





Some interesting results as a result of google Adwords

25 01 2005

The Search Engine Watch Blog has an entry relating to some of the “Interesting“ results a google search will get for the adwords:

+ Need to find a date? How about a sexy BUT dead single?

+ Want some gastrointestinal problems?

This is what can happen when you let computers “think“ 🙂





How do Blogs Impact a Business?

22 01 2005

A comment on a previous post led me to a blog by “Mark” doing an Executive MBA program, and his first post, which asked “Why should I Care about Blogs”  I was going to post in the comments, but this could get long.

Blogs, themselves, are like guns.  They don’t do anything other than the bidding of the person controlling them. 

Blogs affect businesses in 2 different ways.

1) Company employees have blogs. (See MS etc)
2) People blog about a company (reviews/complaints/kudos)

Both of these avenues can be both good and bad for a company.   When you let your staff blog, you have to draw the line to make sure that they aren’t giving out corporate secrets, or disparaging your company in “public“.  Many bloggers start with a small audience of close friends and/or relatives, and then it grows.  When it’s small, it may not seem so bad to complain about an overbearing boss, but as it becomes larger, you might find that it is your boss that’s reading.   There have been a few cases of bloggers being fired for blogging about their work, even when they didn’t mention their work directly.  (Washington DC intern, British Book Store Waterstones, and others (see bottom of page))

Letting your staff blog has the advantage that your company becomes immediately more accessible, and people like that.  It shows that you are willing to let your staff talk DIRECTLY to the public, rather than vetting EVERYTHING they say and do.  It’s good PR.  I know that I feel more comfortable dealing with a company if I know that I am getting some of the straight goods directly from the developers rather than the marketing droids.

The most common blog relating to companies these days is still the individual blogger who uses a product or service and loves it, so writes about it.  Or s/he hates it, and wants to make sure others know it before they make the same “mistake“ in the blogger’s mind.  A smart company keeps alert as to what is being said about it in the blogosphere, either via sites like PubSub, or technorati.  If someone blogs something negative about your product, contact them, and try to make it right.  These little bloggers can carry quite a bit of weight on Google, and nobody like to find their product in Google with “Sucks“ attached to it in the top rank 🙂

Blogs empower joe computer user to speak his mind, and to get information out that isn’t always “sexy“ enough for the mainstream media to cover.  This means that some of it may be wrong.  It usually isn’t vetted as closely as big media, but it’s usually from the heart.  And it’s from the heart where many people decide if they will be using your company or not.

So, Mark….I hope I helped a bit.   As to other sites that talk about this, you might want to try to contact Dave Winer as he really has been the orginal driving force behind the growth of “blogging“.

Anyone else know any sites for Mark?





Did Google Change something?

20 01 2005

Looks like the GMail API by Johnvey Hwang just simply broke today.   Has Google been fiddling around in the back?   Are they doing this on purpose?  Anyone else having problems?  Anyone have a solution?

It’s the only app that I know of that checks multiple GMail accounts in one.  It’s pretty handy… I’m missing it already 😦





It looks like a giant Frickin’ Laser Beam!

20 01 2005

Holy Crap!  You could poke an eye out with this thing.

The inventor, a Canadian(yipee!) says that this thing will see through items, and cause electronic devices to stop working.  He calls it “Angel Light” 

Dr. Evil would be proud!





Afraid someone else will steal the name of your missile? Trademark it!

20 01 2005

Do like the US Navy!  Trade Mark your Tomahawk(R) missile.

That’s right.  If you’re not going to call them “subsonic cruise missile” and instead use “Tomahawk”, make sure you give credit to the trademark holder:  The US government.

So…why would you do this?  In case someone else comes up with a cruise missile with substandard guidance, or quality, and uses the Tomahawk name, you can sue them for dilution of brand?   So that when a foreign country buys, they can be sure they are buying “Genuine  Tomahawk“ missiles, not some Chinese knock-off selling for only $500K USD?   How do you make sure you get brand recognition among your customers?  It’s not like the end users are going to say “Yeah, that Tomahawk(R) really came in and blew up my military installation well!“  That’s the missile for you!

Can you think of a valid reason to trademark your missile?  I can’t.





Because some Scamming Bastard is Manipulating Google. Here’s our chance to help

18 01 2005

The actual website that SHOULD come up when you search for

china charity federation

is: http://www.chinacharity.cn/

Some Google SPAMMER has got it going to somewhere else – His SCAM website!  With this Blog entry, and yours, we can help direct that search back to where it belongs!





Good Digital Photography Tips

17 01 2005

Earthbound Light publishes weekly digital photo tips.  They also keep their tips in archives.  Lot’s and lots of nice clear tips and tutorials.

Even better:  They have RSS (v1.0) feeds for their tips! So you don’t have to keep going over to see if they’ve put out “This week’s Tip” yet.  Badda Bing! Badda Boom!





Want a way to find the words that generate a top Google listing for your page?

17 01 2005

Want a way to find the words that generate a top Google listing for your page?  Linktron 5000!  This thing is cool!  It seems to also find different word combinations on different runs.  General result:  you can give people a “Persistent” URL, so that if you change domains later, the page will still be found, since it’s a Google search term, not an absolute URL…

Cool!





In light of the recent snowy weather in Vancouver area

17 01 2005

George found a great little video, which is an ad for some unknown foreign language product, but anyone that’s had to clear snow off their car will get a kick out of this.

Also can be found at http://www.blogtelevision.net/p/Watch-Video-I-thought-this-was-a-really-funny-video-given-the-___1,2,,8027.html





Some Dude is running a Blog off of his GMAIL account!

14 01 2005

http://www.matrixai.com/  It’s quite slick.  There appears to be a bug in his code right now, but otherwise, from what I can gather, it takes each email message as a blog entry.  This could be a great mobile blogging tool!

The creator is nicktulip  I’m not sure what happens when random mail shows up in your account though.

no RSS though 😦





HK Billionaire Li Ka Shing Donates 1.2 Billion to Charity

13 01 2005

Li Ka Shing sold his 5% share in CIBC today, causing the stock to fall 1.7%.  He is going to take his 1.2 billion dollars and donate them to charity.

Wow.





Getting to know me

13 01 2005

Well – here are the original instructions:
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Welcome to the new edition of getting to know your friends. Okay here’s what you’re supposed to do, and try not to be lame and spoil the fun! Just copy (not forward) this entire email and paste into a new e-mail that you can send. Change all of the answers so that they apply to you.
Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know, *INCLUDING* the person that sent it to you. Some of you may get it several times that means you have lots of friends. Please don’t feel obligated to do it- but if you do I’ll enjoy it!

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Email…what a quaint way of clogging the internet.  🙂  Blog it!!

1. WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?  You should be able to figure this out from enough other sources…sorry.
2. WHAT COLOR PANTS ARE YOU WEARING?  Navy Blue
3. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?  The hum of the server room.
4. WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU ATE?  Crunchie Bar
5. DO YOU WISH ON STARS?  Nope.
6. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?  Navy Blue.
7. HOW IS THE WEATHER RIGHT NOW?  Maybe 0C
8. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?  Mrs DragonSpeed
9. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT YOU THIS?  Yes, both of them, despite the fact that they send cruft like this 🙂
10. HOW OLD ARE YOU TODAY?  A day older than yesterday.
11. FAVORITE DRINK?  Mango Nectar
12. FAVORITE SPORT?   Particpate: Judo – Watch: Hockey
13. HAIR COLOR?  What’s left is a brown/blonde
14. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Nope.  Too many pet hairs 😦
15. SIBLINGS?  1 Sister
16. FAVORITE MONTH?  August – Sockeye Season
17. FAVORITE FOOD?  Steak.
18. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?   Collateral (Thank you Bittorrent R.I.P. Suprnova)
19. FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR?  Christmas Eve
20. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A CHILD?  Lego
21. SUMMER OR WINTER?  Winter
22. HUGS OR KISSES?  Hugs
23. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?   Swirled
24. DO YOU WANT YOUR FRIENDS TO WRITE/ E-MAIL BACK?  No….stop wasting the Internet 🙂  Blog it, and let me pick it
up from your feed!
25. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?  Tony!  I can always count on him for a good comment.
26. WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?  The rest of you that read this and don’t do anything.
27. LIVING ARRANGEMENTS?  Townhome, with wife and two cats.  Comfortable.
28. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?  I’m a guy….c’mon….
29. WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED? Everything my wife stuffs under there. I have NO idea.
30. WHO IS THE FRIEND YOU HAVE HAD THE LONGEST?  Jeff
31. WHAT DID YOU DO LAST NIGHT?   Business meeting for my company – Northpointe Outdoor Adventures (taking kids camping near Vancouver for Spring Break and in the Summer!) Sorry – had to get a plug in there 🙂
32. FAVORITE SMELLS?  Fresh dew, fresh baked bread and pipe tobacco.
34. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?  Dying slowly and painfully.
35. PLAIN, BUTTERED OR SALTED POPCORN?  There’s a reason to have popcorn without butter or salt?
36. FAVORITE CAR? The one I own 🙂  Toyota Tundra!
37. FAVORITE FLOWER?  Anyone…they’re all beautiful (except maybe that one that smell like rotting flesh)
38. NUMBER OF KEYS ON YOUR KEY RING? Car ring: 4 Home ring: 9
39. FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK?  Any day that I don’t have to work too hard
40. WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR LAST BIRTHDAY?  Steak, Lobster and Shrimp at the Boathouse
41. HOW MANY PROVINCES HAVE YOU LIVED IN? 4 –  Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, BC
42. HOW MANY CITIES HAVE YOU LIVED IN?  7 -Montreal, Ottawa, Oshawa, Hamburg(Rhinebeck), London ON, Vancouver, Les Avants Switzerland.
43. HOW MANY COUNTRIES HAVE YOU LIVED IN?  3
44. HOW MANY VEHICLES HAVE YOU HAD & WHAT WAS THE FIRST?   4 – First was a Chrysler Cordova.
45. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?  London ON
46. FAVORITE BAND? High School Band was fun 🙂  Commercial band? – U2
47. BEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY?  Building snow forts with friends
48. HARDEST THING YOU EVER DID?  Save Money
49. ONE THING YOU’RE MOST GRATEFUL FOR?  Life
50. DREAM OR GOAL?  Have no regrets when it comes to the end.

So…..copy this, and blog it!  Please reference this blog, as it will help all the blogs show up a little better.  I got it through email, so there’s no link, but you can link to this at: https://dragonspeed.wordpress.com/2005/01/13/getting-to-know-me/

Update 2005-01-17: Angel did it too!  And Terra was the only person to comment on the Blog, and the first.  Not Tony.  Shows what I know!





Carpool – Save the air – get sued????

12 01 2005

Yup….

From Metafilter:

You thought the US had all the frivolous lawsuits? You thought that Russian astrologer had the “stupidest lawsuit ever” award all sewn up? Think again. French bus service Transports Schiocchet Excursions is suing a group of ten women who carpool to work every day, alleging unfair competition with their bus line. Among TSE’s demands: confiscation of the defendants’ cars.

Groklaw has more, including excerpts from an interview in French which tosses around the delicious term “covoiturage”.

Original article here





I’ve got an automated process to go from JPG to AVI – finally!

10 01 2005

Some of you may remember my plea for help to create an AVI or MOV from my jpegs  I’ve got it.

Thanks to the AVIFileWrapper by Corinna John  I’ve got an application that runs at 00:01 every day, and creates an AVI of of the motion images from the day before!  It used DivX compression, and gets down to about 1MB or so for a whole day’s images.

Thanks Corinna!





After 20 years in business – Granville Book Company closes its doors

8 01 2005

Another local bookstore closes.  Too much pressure from the big box stores.  20 years of business gone. 😦





Google has a map service!

8 01 2005

 

I’m not sure when they slipped this in, but Google has a map service.  And it works well!

http://maps.google.com/

It appears that the information is only in miles 😦  and I can’t ask it to refactor a drive to find other routes (shortest/fastest) but it’s slick…and fast.  And has some cool local search as well.

Neat!

p.s. apparently launched TODAY

And, contrary to other reports it handles those of us North of 49 just fine, Eh!  It kind of sucks that it can’t find one of the top rated Ski Resorts in North America





Free Graphics Widgets!

8 01 2005

David Johnson has made available .Net Graphics Server Widget Edition for FREE.  Until Jan 16, 2005!   You can’t really beat that price!

Thanks David!








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