August 29, 2005

Scratching at Fido’s door Comments Off

29 days into my love affair with an unlocked Treo and I have discovered why it’s nice not to be married to any one cell phone carrier.

Evolution and Intuition Comments Off

I think there are three major reasons why a lot of people have trouble accepting biological evolution:

KK opening @ Wicked Cafe Comments Off

Here’s a few photos from my friend Neil of last Friday’s show. Thx for coming and shooting Neil. :)

August 25, 2005

Ty West Performs on the Scot Free Comments Off

We were treated on Monday August 22, 2005 to a awesome hippy-boy set by Ty West on the Scot Free moored somewhere near Yaletown

August 24, 2005

Drupal for Education Crushes WebCT Comments Off

This may be the most significant endorsement of Drupal I’ve ever seen. Charlie Lowe just asked his Technical writing class to give an end of course evaluation comparing Drupal and WebCT.

bruise – photography show, 7pm friday @ wicked cafe – vancouver Comments Off

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I have a lil photography show taking place for the next month at Wicked Cafe here in Vancouver. Brad from Wicked is gonna keep the place open a lil late on Friday so we can have an ‘opening’. Hope you can come out. :)

Also posted to Static Photography and VanDigiCam.

UPDATED:
HERE’S a Google Map to Wicked Cafe
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August 23, 2005

Taylor The ParaTrooper Comments Off

TaylorWow, my cousin Taylor… a 2nd LT in the US Army… has started a blog. He’s leaving for Iraq in October and is going to use it to report in and stay in touch with friends and the family.

Want to start a company? Comments Off

We found 11 venture capitalists sitting on business ideas they’re dying to bankroll. All you have to do is send them exactly the right business plan.

August 22, 2005

Flock rocks (or Chris Messina is a demo god)! Comments Off

From Roland “At OSCON 2005, I was lucky enough to get a demo of Flock, the new “social web browser” based on Firefox, from Chris Messina, Flock CSS and design guru, at their launch party.

I was blown away!”

Rebel Comments Off

This lone man on the streets somewhere in America is a rebel. Rebelling against authority and the structure of society.

Event blogging with Drupal Comments Off

From Alex Samuel “This is Information Society Week in Capetown, and one of the events taking place is the first telecentre.org workshop to use the new Drupal-based event platform that I’ve helped develop.”

Bootyliscious West Coast Style Comments Off

Sam runs around SF talking fasion and taking sniper photos of some of the city’s worst dressed women.

August 19, 2005

Canon 5d Comments Off

There are a couple rumors floating around this morning about a new Canon dSLR, the 5D.

Booty Call…Should I Answer? Comments Off

Seriously…should I? Should I give in to the tempation that everytime I pass a mirror I have to turn my head ever so slightly to make sure the same booty that poured in to the Serfontaine jean in the morning was still able to pass the “other woman test.”

August 18, 2005

Canon 5d Comments Off

The other day I blogged about the Canon 5d buzz I had been seeing on the web. Today Dave sent me a link confirming the rumor. Here’s the specs for the Canon 5d (in espanol). Anyone wanna buy my Canon 20d? I’m keeping my lenses though. :)

August 16, 2005

Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq Comments Off

Jason just finished and released his new book “Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq“. His stories are awesome. You should buy a copy. Here’s a couple great excerpts I blogged while he was in Iraq still.

The Tao of Soldiering
Just Another Soldier

Just Another Soldier

Three Days of Combat – Day Two – The Head

One of the best things about taking something over is you get to change things. Like when you marry a girl, you get to change her last name, or if you buy someone’s house, you get to turn the spare bedroom into a game room. Sometimes the changes made are good, and sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes the changes take, and sometimes they don’t. When my battalion moved into forward operations base Lion, north of Baghdad, the first thing we did was change the name to FOB O’Ryan. Our unit is known as Orion, but it was decided that we would use the spelling O’Ryan, the name of the decorated officer our unit was homophonically named after. I prefer the Greek over the Irish, and this book is my fiefdom, so I am hereby changing the spelling of our base to FOB Orion. Isn’t arbitrarily wielding power fun?

FOB Orion needed a lot of work and most of the physical changes we made in the time we were there were pretty good. For example, plywood shitters with poop barrels that needed their contents burned regularly were replaced with a port-o-john-type service. Sometimes the Iraqis who ran the port-o-john service and their families would be killed by insurgents, and it would take several days before replacement workers could be found, so we’d have to go back to shitting in burn barrels temporarily, but regardless, the port-o-john was an excellent change, a definite improvement. Another improvement was the gym that KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton, built for us. They took an old ammo bunker, cleaned and painted the interior, installed air conditioning, put down a sectional rubber-mat floor, then brought in some exercise machines and free weights. It wasn’t fantastic but it was pretty damn decent. And it only took them six months and eighty thousand dollars to build. I am not exaggerating when I say that my platoon could have done the job in two days, five at the most, absolutely free of charge. After all, it was the soldiers who wanted the gym, not the overfed, beer-bellied KBR guys. But, hey, who am I to say how American tax dollars should be spent? Thank god for combat zone tax exclusion, because if I were paying taxes I would be pissed. Speaking of which, have I ever mentioned the KBR truck drivers I talked to who said they didn’t know of one single driver who didn’t fudge the hours they reported having driven each month? I love how the truck drivers would confide things like this to soldiers.

The most vital changes to FOB Orion were those that involved security. When we first came to our FOB, a smallish but somewhat sprawling collection of concrete and earth bunkers, there were a handful of insurgents who were living in and operating out of one of the remote bunkers. Concertina wire and berms were put up around the entire perimeter of the base, and the unexploded ordnance that littered the place (a draw for insurgents because this is what they use to make their improvised explosive devices) was cleared.

After the basic level of perimeter security was improved, there were ongoing changes to base security, most really good and some a little more superfluous. The buildings that housed our tactical operations center (TOC) and the administrative and logistics office were strong, but not what one would consider “hardened.” Tall concrete barriers were eventually put up around these buildings, a definite improvement. In an effort to further protect these buildings, a massive berm was installed in a location between the front gate and the TOC. I don’t know the exact reasoning behind the installation of this monstrosity of earth we dubbed “Hunter Mountain,” a name in honor of the battalion moniker of “The Hunter,” the professional title of the legendary Orion, but it just seemed a little excessive. If the insurgents had tanks, they would not have been able to directly attack the TOC because of Hunter Mountain. In that sense, it was a successful improvement. But the insurgents don’t have tanks, so it was just a big dumb pile of dirt with a wall of dirt-filled barriers across the top like the Great Wall of China.

August 15, 2005

10 Hours In The Life Of Andy Comments Off

Mad Rampage Through Vancouver

August 10, 2005

New Canon Digital Camera – Canon 5D DSLR Comments Off

I’ve been telling my friends, family and various other photogeeks I hang with that Canon will be putting out a full-frame sensor upgrade to the Canon 20d in time for Christmas. The 1d is just too expensive, but all us prosumers are drooling over the idea of a full-frame sensor. I also guessed that it might be around 12 megapixels. The 8MP of the 20d can’t keep up and the 18MP of the 1d is just ridiculous and I can’t afford to pay for it. Anyway, here’s a rumor I found online (thx to Roland) that suggests that my instincts were correct and that Canon will be putting out a new model called the 5d later this year.

There are a couple rumors floating around this morning about a new Canon dSLR, the 5D. Canon’s model numbering is reversed from most manufacturers–lower numbers signify higher-end models, so this would be a model above the current Canon 20D but below the 1D series.

The spec sheet that I’ve seen suggests that it’s a full-frame camera that takes 12.8 MP images at 3 FPS. It looks like a cross between the 20D (same AF and metering system) and the original 1DS (same sensor size and similar resolution). The rumors put the price around EUR 3500, which usually ends up meaning that B&H will be selling it for between $3000 and $3500. That’s a fantastic price for a full-frame camera, but personally, I’d probably rather buy the 1D mk II–it’s basically the same price, it has a slightly smaller sensor and slightly lower resolution, but it has 2.5x the frame rate, an amazingly fast SD interface, and it’s built like a tank.

So is this a rumor or yet another leak on Canon’s part? Generally, new Canon cameras don’t leak until a day or two before the official announcement, so we should know what they’re up to by the end of the week.

UPDATED: I found some Canon 5d specs.

Choosing a Platform For The Telecentre.org Distributed Network Comments Off

This document outlines the process we followed for choosing a telecentre.org web platform; the platform we ultimately selected was Drupal.

Choosing Drupal Comments Off

With a fast-growing user base in the non-profit sector, Drupal’s strong online community focus made it an appealing prospect. Nonetheless we were concerned about documentation and interface issues and its wiki support.

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