Ottawa Municipal Election, 2006, Ward 13; Rideau-Rockcliffe

October 1st, 2006

Candidates for Ward 13; Rideau Rockliffe, Ottawa Municpal Election Nov 13, 2006.

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That looks fun, but I’ve seen it now.

September 25th, 2006

Just watched a trailer for Eragon. I’ve been seeing Eragon at bookstores and thinking it would be cool to read, then I saw that it was a movie and thought that would be neat too. Sadly the trailer takes a 2 hour movie and distills it into 2 minutes. Where is the mystery and need to see the full length movie there? Oh well, it has John Malkovich, so it may be worth it.

The best trailer ever was for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” Nothing to do with the content of the movie, everything to do with the spirit of the movie.

Cuts – Video player that lets you share EDLs

September 25th, 2006

I just found Cuts today. It’s vapour at the moment as far as I can tell, but the promise is to be able to mix and mash video up by sharing cut lists (EDLs – Edit Decision Lists). This way you need the original video, and the cut file to see it the way I intend it. This is low bandwidth, and possibly high creativity. It is a bit like a post I used to have on my site about a “Fantasy DVD player.” I’ll have to dig that post up if they seem to want to patent this. I hope it is cool.

Today in the IMDb I read that this was possibly a “legal way to censor movies.” Boring. Part of the message of YouTube is that MashUps are interesting to lots of people. Making video mashups easy and low-bandwidth is super interesting. Splicing in the “deleted” or “alternate” scenes from the extras on your DVD is interesting.

Cuts Press Release & AP Article -Sept 25, 2006.

Moo – no I’m not a cow. I will give you picture cards.

September 19th, 2006

Moo is giving away 10 MiniCards – think small photo business cards – to flickr pro users. That’s me, so I went for it. The UI for picking which pictures you want from flickr to appear on one side of the cards, and adding the text to the other side of the cards is delightful. I’m looking forward to getting my cards and may get more.
Link via Daring Fireball.

Gymboree doesn’t want our money.

September 10th, 2006

Cassie’s Daycare/Junior Kindergarten is going to uniforms soon.  It seems odd to me that four year olds will be wearing uniforms.  We just found out this week, and it is supposed to start in a couple of weeks time.

Yesterday we spend a bunch of time scouring stores for navy bottoms and white tops.  It is an interesting challenge finding preschool sized uniform type clothes.  With reccomendation from the school we found lots of good stuff at Children’s place, a good amount of stuff I found at Giant Tiger, but early research sent us to Gymboree to find some stuff – nope – it’s all gone – try the website.

Sandra tried the Gymboree website and found some great stuff, sadly she was able to get stuff into her shopping cart, but was not able to actually buy anything using Safari.  Sandra fought with it for about 20 minutes.  I suggested Firefox, which allowed her to get further, but again stopped her before checkout.  She fought with the site for another 10 minutes and eventually got it to take her money.

Searching for School uniform wear online takes you to lots of sites that want your school ID so they can sell you exactly the right stuff, but it is hard to find places to sell you navy bottoms and white tops.


September 4th, 2006

Haddock Entertainment – who I know and love because of the DaVinci series is starting a new one called: IntelligenceIntelligence is a new show including Matt Frewer – Famous as “Max Headroom” but also brilliant in “Taken“, and “Doctor Doctor“.  DaVinci was so good I’ll definately be watching this new one.

Boot Camp.

September 4th, 2006

I’m using Boot Camp 1.1 at work – I’m supposed to use my MacBook in WinXP most of the time I’m in the office. I’m a Mac Expert, and I need to be able to support Mac OS 7 all the way to 10.4, on the Windows side we support XP. Since XP is where I’m weaker, I have to use it at work.

Thankfully, my boss is frugal and when he saw that our companies standard Windows Laptop would cost us about twice as much as the MacBook I got the choice was clear – Cameron gets a MacBook. Admittedly the Windows Laptop would have had a bigger screen, a docking station, and an external monitor, but I’m very happy with the MacBook.

I’ve used Boot Camp 1.0.1, 1.0.2 and 1.1 like most people I couldn’t tell the difference between .01, and .02, but 1.1 was a lot better – in the MacBook I have an abbreviated keyboard – no windows delete key – just a Mac Delete/Windows ? key. That made hitting control-alt-delete (to log into the network) problemmatic. Windows has an alternate keystroke for getting the task manager up (force quit) – Ctrl-Shift-Esc, but without a real extended keyboard I could not hit control-alt-delete to log in until Boot Camp 1.1. It is now fn-ctrl-alt-delete. Right now Boot camp just works – choose on boot what OS to use (hold down option key to pick – similar to multi-booting lots of Linux/Win machines) and it happily is OS X, or Win XP. At work I have an IT department to make sure the firewall, and Anti-virus software is working.

The problem I’m still having with Boot camp is that sometimes when I re-boot it comes up with the wrong time – usually off by 4 hours – I’m guessing it has something to do with OSX and XP storing the Time zone differently so the computer gets confused. I haven’t cared enough to really detail when this problem happens. On the windows side I have a boot script that double checks that the time is right if I’m at the office, In OSX “use network time” usually fixes me up.

Video Chat – Skype

August 25th, 2006

My laptop from work is a MacBook with an iSight on board – that means that I can video chat with people. All of my ’60′s dreams of the picture phone have come true, except for the nightmare of having nobody to video chat with. I’ve got Skype, iChat, and Yahoo Messenger that should all video chat, IM accounts on MSN, Yahoo, Gmail, AOL and Skype. But hardly anybody to play with. Woe is me.

Working out.

August 25th, 2006

You may never believe it.

I’ve been going to the Gym almost every workday for more than a month. I’ve been taking Cassie to daycare for just after 7, and then I have about an hour for workout and shower before I have to head off to work. Weights 3 days a week, and cardio 2. I guess everything Mike and Mark taught me didn’t go to waste – I’ve remembered a fair bit of the proper technique.

Cardio kicks my ass. I’m enjoying the recumbant bike, but I know I should be using the cross trainer. I tried the cross trainer one day and had to give up after 5 minutes, then I tried to finish up on the bike, but had to quit after just 6 more minutes – ARGH. I’ve tried the other way around – 20 mins on the bike and then I can do 7 on the X-trainer.

I complained a bit today at work that I didn’t seem to be getting anywhere – I’m staying at the same weight on the machines – althought cardio is a bit better. My boss said that one of his trainers told him – “it took you quite a long time to get chubby….”

Foolishly I didn’t do a lot of measurement baselines before I started so I’m a bit blurry about how I’m doing. Current goals are all about getting to the gym consistently and I’m very happy so far.

Cheese Grater

August 25th, 2006

Mac ProOne of the cool things about my new job is that I get to play with all the new toys. I haven’t been this cutting edge in 12 years. We got an Apple Mac Pro (like was just announced/released at WWDC 2006 a couple of weeks ago) in to set up as a server in a client’s office. It is a beautiful machine – everything they say about how easy it is to add Drives and RAM is true. I had to open it up and geek out to the technology beauty.
We’ll be setting up the software and doing the training for that office in a couple of weeks time. I’m learning a lot, and I have great people to work with.