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Reasons to Move to Vancouver

We’re moving to Vancouver, Canada, in about a month. Here are all of the reasons why.

posted at 1:33 pm on Aug. 28, 2004
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The Complete Lyrics of JibJab’s “This Land” Parody

If you haven’t yet seen JibJab’s amazing political parody animation set to the tune of “This Land,” go watch it right now.  I’ve transcribed the complete lyrics in this entry, and I annotated them myself for those who may not be able to watch the video.  You should, if you like the original, also pay to download the flash file—support these guys, they deserve it. Oh, and read their blog.

posted at 3:58 am on Aug. 25, 2004
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Camping Trip to Hanging Lake

I realize that I haven’t told you about my most recent camping trip.  It took place the final weekend I was up in Vancouver.  This outing was not, shall we say, without incident. These days, _my_ idea of a great outdoors experience usually involves fresh sushi and patio seating; the trip planner’s involves scaling something tall while carrying four days of food and a first aid kit.

posted at 1:18 am on Aug. 23, 2004
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Sending the Song Swap Mail

The song contest is off to a good start.  Participants are psyched and somewhat obsessed with the idea of putting together good mixes. Today, I sent out the participant packs with blank CDs, etc.  Take a look at the photos.

posted at 6:54 pm on Aug. 20, 2004
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1000 Posts

This is the 1,004th post on this blog.  I’m including the side links, the quote section, and my occasional rant here.  I always miss when my car hits a 10,000 mile mark, and I also missed post 1,000.  Still, I thought it was worth mentioning.

posted at 6:50 pm on Aug. 20, 2004
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Home, Sweet Baby Death Trap

My friend Liz came by today.  She was out for a walk with her small person, Alex, riding in a jogging stroller.  It’s his first visit to our place since he acquired mobility; he’s about 15 months old now.  It soon became evident that our house is somewhat of an instant baby death zone.

posted at 3:27 am on Aug. 19, 2004
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Back to Subscriber One

Earlier this week I wrote about an idea for a contest. I was hoping for 7 people to compete.  So far, I have 3 confirmed and one maybe. But when I got no additional responses, I looked into it a little more deeply, and discovered that, lo! My column had not successfully been emailed since July 1!  Apparently, when upgrading my ISP account in early July, my mailing lists were destroyed.  And unrecoverable.  Gotta love those ISPs.

posted at 2:48 am on Aug. 14, 2004
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Name Those Songs—A Contest for Seven People

While driving in may car, I had an idea for a fun contest for EXACTLY SEVEN people who like music.  It seemed brilliant when I was cruising past Medford; you tell me me if it’s still that way where you are… The premise is this:  Seven people each create a mixed CD and swap them by mail with each other.  Then, each person tries to identify the songs on the CDs that arrive in the mail.  Winners are given valuable (seriously!) iTunes gift certificates.  Sound fun?

posted at 11:55 pm on Aug. 8, 2004
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Hot Yoga

In an attempt to sample on this trip the full spectrum of healthy to unhealthy activities, I spent this morning in a brutal form of self-flagellation known as Hot Yoga.

posted at 6:39 pm on Aug. 5, 2004
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posted at 10:41 am on Aug. 5, 2004
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The New Top Dog

Believe it or not, the best hot dog stand I know of is not Pink’s. It’s Top Dog in Berkeley.

posted at 4:42 pm on Aug. 3, 2004
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