Travis Smith: me resume, bio and photos back t' th' main Cap'n's log page

Supernatural Collective Nouns: host o' angels, tournament o' predators, drove o' elves

Superb list, and so appropriate fer tonight!

posted at 6:10 pm
on Oct. 31, 2009

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Vaccines don’t just treasure ye from dyin': Brent Simmons’ recalls his chicken pox

And, Th' ornery cuss lives th' results o' it every day.

posted at 5:47 pm
on Oct. 31, 2009

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New city liquor bylaw may limit sale o' expensive wines in Vancouver restaurants

Unintended consequences o' lame liquor laws.

posted at 5:52 pm
on Oct. 29, 2009

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Storm Brewin' in Vancouver

Good beer. Good name.

posted at 5:50 pm
on Oct. 29, 2009

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Review: World’s Largest Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (Candy Cap'n's log)

Remember, 'tis not th' size o' th' cup.

posted at 4:59 pm
on Oct. 29, 2009

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Epidemic o' Fear: How Panicked Parents Skippin' Vaccination Shots Endangers Us All

Wired's take on th' flu shot "controversy". Doubloons quote: "I used t' say that th' tide would turn when sprogs started t' visit Davey Jones' Locker. Well, sprogs have started t' visit Davey Jones' Locker."

posted at 3:01 pm
on Oct. 29, 2009

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Th' French be th' most productive people, but work 300 hours less / year than Canadians

They work 1600 hours per year and have 28 days vacation. We work 1900 hours and have 15 days off. Booooo.

posted at 11:27 pm
on Oct. 28, 2009

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Happiness Hat: It Pokes Yer Head wi' a Spike If Ye’re Not Smilin'

Frankly, I think this be a fabulous idea, and I be knowin' th' first person I'd make wear it. And th' second.

posted at 3:28 pm
on Oct. 28, 2009

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Darin' U.S. Chamber o' Commerce hoax exposes limits o' instant journalism

Prankster pulls a coup.

posted at 5:20 pm
on Oct. 27, 2009

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In Bella Coola Valley, “problem bears’ be keel-hauled twice as often as hunted bears

In other words, people who keel-haul a bear that's "threatenin' them" be th' leadin' source o' bear deaths.

posted at 12:22 pm
on Oct. 27, 2009

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Can ye brin' an electric razor on a plane?

Aye. But hilarious answers abound like: "Why do ye hate freedom?"

posted at 11:50 pm
on Oct. 25, 2009

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Should petition signers names be kept secret? Anti-gay rights movement says aye

And th' U.S. Supreme Court has agreed wi' them initially -- but I think that's because if they permitted it initially, there wouldn't be any secret left t' protect while th' court battles be goin' on.

posted at 10:57 pm
on Oct. 25, 2009

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Surreal music video o' Japanese people runnin' at a camera in slow motion

'tis so graceful and awful all at once. Watch it, and if ye get bored, ye MUST watch th' 3:50 mark.

posted at 10:33 pm
on Oct. 25, 2009

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VanTrash, a great Web tool fer reminders about Trash Day in Vancouver

It uses Open Data in a really cool way. But it needs one thin': a way t' get it t' show up on yer Google calendar. I couldn't figure out how.

posted at 6:13 pm
on Oct. 25, 2009

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A Cap'n's log about Macintosh specs and transgender transformation

Interspersed posts, about one wench's social and physical process o' goin' from lubber t' wench, plus that comely wench full-on Mac geek talk about th' newest iMac specs. This be why I love blogs.

posted at 12:17 pm
on Oct. 25, 2009

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Awesome. LIke a hot dog? Like 100 billion hot dogs. (video clip)

Eddie Izzard jokes about th' original meanin' o' awesome.

posted at 11:58 be
on Oct. 25, 2009

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LEGO recreation o' Buddhist temple in Kyoto

It unfolds. Pop-up Lego. Really, really neat.

posted at 2:05 pm
on Oct. 22, 2009

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When Parents Be Too Toxic t' Tolerate, Sometimes It’s Best t' Forgo a Relationship wi' Them

Sad. Also interestin' in th' article: "...prolonged stress can keel-haul cells in th' hippocampus, a brain area critical fer memory. Th' good what What News be that adults be able t' grow new neurons in this area in th' course o' normal development."

posted at 10:03 be
on Oct. 20, 2009

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Macintosh indie publication TidBITS reaches issue 1,000

I subscribed t' issue #304 in 1994.

posted at 8:39 pm
on Oct. 19, 2009

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MolsonCoors just bought Granville Island Brewin' (via @luckyfish)

Andrew Peller (a wine company in Ontario) had purchased Cascadia Brands, which owned GIB, in 2005.

posted at 5:51 pm
on Oct. 19, 2009

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Current price fer a 1 bdr condo in downtown Vancouver durin' th' Olympics: $500/night

Accordin' t' th' Vancouver Sun. How much would our place be worth? Worth goin' on a trip? Maybe.

posted at 12:56 pm
on Oct. 19, 2009

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Th' Hierarchy O' Digital Distractions

Twitter be highly represented. smile

posted at 11:44 be
on Oct. 19, 2009

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Th' Most Useless iPhone App E'er: Knock on Wood

It does beat carryin' a piece o' wood aroun' wi' ye, though.

posted at 7:04 pm
on Oct. 18, 2009

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Tryin' t' put video on th' Web? Here’s how th' HTML5 video tag works

In excruciatin', but very well-written, detail.

posted at 1:14 pm
on Oct. 16, 2009

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A list o' blogs that became books—what’s th' earliest?

This page has better info than th' page it links t'.

posted at 10:01 be
on Oct. 16, 2009

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Th' Onion makes fun o' GOP.com crashin' (an ExpressionEngine site)

I wonder what sort o' traffic it be gettin', and who built it...

posted at 6:31 pm
on Oct. 15, 2009

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BC Budget Visualizations: See how poorly Arts & Culture be bein' treated

These be some pretty revealin' graphs.

posted at 4:55 pm
on Oct. 15, 2009

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Cool example o' th' all-one-document Web site design method

Raw Canvas be an art space / cafe in Yale Town

posted at 3:23 pm
on Oct. 14, 2009

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Hendrick Kueck interviewed by CBC about iPhone apps

Neat.

posted at 1:31 be
on Oct. 14, 2009

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Burgerville has th' Best Smartly Grub Receipt e'er—I love this chain!

Sadly, th' nearest one be about 4.5 hours sail away.

posted at 9:16 be
on Oct. 13, 2009

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Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

'tis hard t' read this as anythin' morrrr than a big F-U t' President Bush.

posted at 10:48 be
on Oct. 9, 2009

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WSJ excoriates Cash fer Clunkers: ‘Fails t' Help Economy and Environment’

At th' time, I thought this be an extremely efficient, clever and well-managed U.S. Gov't program, and that made me very suspicious o' it. Looks like I be right. :")

posted at 4:44 pm
on Oct. 8, 2009

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Be this th' tallest dog in th' world?

Who cares? (wi' picture)

posted at 10:10 be
on Oct. 8, 2009

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6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can’t Explain (aye, from Cracked)

Th' Bloop be #1. Awesome.

posted at 12:59 pm
on Oct. 7, 2009

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7 Secrets Only Two Livin' People Be knowin' (Coke, KFC and Sea Monkeys)

Cracked be like, well, crack, when it comes t' gettin' links from me.

posted at 12:49 pm
on Oct. 7, 2009

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Turn first letter upper case off in text input fields in safari on th' iphone

I spent 40 minutes lookin' fer this: 'tis autocapitalize="off" (and autocorrect="off") when ye want t' lowercase th' first letter o' a form field. I hope this saves someone else 40 minutes.

posted at 11:56 be
on Oct. 7, 2009

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See th' front door o' Hop Studios on Google River Map Vancouver

Luckily I'm not passed out on th' (front) lawn.

posted at 9:13 be
on Oct. 7, 2009

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F.T.C. t' Rule Bloggers Must Disclose any Gifts or Pay-fer Reviews

I did not get paid t' post this. Or th' last item. Or th' 'nother one.

posted at 3:59 pm
on Oct. 6, 2009

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Regretsy - Makin' fun o' bad Etsy crafts

There's a whole category o' Michael Jackson stuff, and another o' vaginas.

posted at 10:32 pm
on Oct. 5, 2009

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Bell, Telus may launch iPhone in Canada in November (Globe and Mail)

"Neither Bell nor Telus would confirm that they would add th' iPhone t' their lineups. Apple also declined t' comment. But people familiar wi' th' matter said th' two carriers would announce a workin' partnership wi' Apple as early as Tuesday or Wednesday and begin sellin' th' device in time fer th' launch o' their new network."

posted at 6:13 pm
on Oct. 5, 2009

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Brightkite (location sharin' service) be rollin' out big new changes today

And so be down. sigh.

posted at 5:09 pm
on Oct. 5, 2009

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2000 people walked Invisible Dogs in New York this weekend

This stunt went far better than th' "Invisible Tiger" debacle o' 2007.

posted at 11:29 be
on Oct. 5, 2009

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Please, help me win movie tickets wi' Muhammad Ali in person, just by commentin' on this daguerrotype

Just be tellin' me if ye like th' daguerrotype. smile

posted at 1:30 be
on Oct. 1, 2009

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Overheard

“Th' sad truth be that most evil be done by people who no nay ne'er make up their minds t' be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I be knowin' does trade large portions o' his life fer entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one o' them. In th' course o' writin' this I’ve watched all 13 episodes o' House o' Cards and who knows how many morrrr West Win' episodes, and I’ve spent any number o' blurred hours fallin' down internet rabbit holes. All instead o' readin', or writin', or workin', or spendin' real time wi' people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there be gods and they be just, then they will not care how devout ye have been, but will welcome ye based on th' virtues ye have lived by. If there be gods, but unjust, then ye should not want t' worship them. If there be no gods, then ye will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in th' memories o' yer loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play wi' variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only th' person who has learned Continual Love comin' from a heart o' Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal wi' th' problem o' loneliness.”

...who said it?

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