Monthly Archives: March 2009

Squatter’s Rights

Ah, here we go. I knew that eventually it would be either too expensive or too difficult to figure out who owns all these foreclosed homes at all, much less to actually do anything about them. And property taxes pay for things like police, firemen and utilities. So I was wondering when this would start. […]

Merciless Pragmatism Is The New Romance

The woman running our prenatal class yesterday turned out to be hugely more useful than the hippie doula running the baby-bath thing we did last week, which was a huge relief. Last week’s course was 25 minutes of information fluffed out into two hours with the help of constant reassurances that there’s no rules, everything’s […]

A Line Through Two Points

The widely-linked Douglas Bowman says, on leaving Google. Yes, it’s true that a team at Google couldn’t decide between two blues, so they’re testing 41 shades between each blue to see which one performs better. I had a recent debate over whether a border should be 3, 4 or 5 pixels wide, and was asked […]

Bell: You’ll Love Us For Charging You More

This is so great; the cojones on these people are amazing. From Bell’s page describing their 3G USB sticks for business users: System Access Fees are charged by all wireless companies to help pay for the network and the ongoing software, technology and other upgrades to that network. Generally, the higher the fee, the greater […]

Equal Access

I should preface this by saying that I’m not an accessibility expert but, not to put too fine on it, a lack of expertise has never stopped me from giving people advice. I’ve done some work for the Joy Maclaren Centre at Carleton, through some family and friends I’ve got some skin in that game […]

Keep On Truckin’, Youtubes

Do I need another reason to feel smug? I should think no, and yet they accrete before me. Know that I bear this weight nobly, and without complaint. Atlas Smirked, that’s me. You know what they say about YouTube commenters, right? Well, funny story; remember how late last year I put up that one video […]

It’s Going To Space! Can You Give It A Second To Get Back? From Space?

So, I just cut and pasted a piece of text. That text: Was stored in a Filemaker Pro 9 database running in a virtual machine, on a Linux cluster, which I accessed via an FMP8 front end, running in a different virtual machine, behind a virtual network switch, on a different Linux box, that’s bridged […]

“Technorati Relevant” – Technorati

Do not click these links. There’s nothing in them but text, but what miserable text it is. “This is why I don’t trust anyone who’s job was created after 1990.” – Malokai, on Livejournal It should be warning enough that an article is on TechCrunch, doubly so when you know going in that the title […]

Achievement Unlocked: Kid’s Room

We finally opened the boxes of baby furniture that have been haunting our first floor and moved their contents up to their permanent home on the second, and unboxing them caused my wife quite a shock. She thought we wouldn’t get it all done tonight, because they’d take too long to assemble. Surprisingly, they might […]

Buddha Nature

The internets have demanded belly pictures, but I am very rarely allowed to post pictures of my wife at all, much less showing any quantity of skin. But you’ve been good this week, internets, and I asked politely, so here you go. Lucky for me there is now this handy guide for prospective parents. It […]