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The Austerity Plan

So, Susie and I are on The Austerity Plan. It’s a new diet I came up with.  It’s got an interesting twist: we can eat whatever we want, but there’s a terrible price.

posted at 11:29 pm on May. 30, 2005
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How To Remove a Key From Your Keyboard

How To Remove a Key From Your Keyboard - 4

My buddy Darren spilled root beer on his semicolon key, and as I started to explain to him how to fix it, I realized that this knowledge could help countless other sticky spillers.  So, here’s how to remove a key from your keyboard, as taught to me by tech support god Ron.

posted at 1:17 pm on May. 28, 2005
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The Charmed Life

So, have I ever told you, dear reader, about the horse shoe shaped birthmark I have? Well, it spread some luck to my mom this weekend.  She was in town just for a few days, and was taking the Airporter bus back to the airport.

posted at 9:56 pm on May. 22, 2005
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May Blogger Meetup

'For God's Sake, Quit Toying With Me and Take Me Now!'

Thursday night, I went to the monthly blogger meetup in Vancouver. Hop Studios is official sponsoring the Vancouver Blogger Meetups for the next six months, and I was glad there was a diverse crowd.

posted at 1:54 am on May. 20, 2005
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BCIT Has a New Instructor: Me

So, I just took a short-term teaching position at BCIT. I’ll be teaching a course called “Dreamweaver MX Advanced / Database Driven Websites” as part of the New Media Design program. It was a little spooky how I got the job.

posted at 9:03 am on May. 19, 2005
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Anniversary Dinner

Susie and I had dinner out last night at Hapa Izakaya to celebrate our anniversary.  Nine years.  We’re just three years away from earning a high school diploma in marriage.

posted at 8:46 am on May. 19, 2005
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Suggest Short Story Authors

My friend is looking for a good short story author or two.  She’s not a native English speaker, but has a great vocabulary, and wants to find some interesting authors to read. I suggested…

posted at 1:47 pm on May. 18, 2005
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Mike’s Motorbike

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I met my friend Mike the other evening for coffee, then we were going to head to a movie.  We were on the wrong side of downtown, and he’d just bought a new helmet for his motorbike.

“So, you wanna ride?”

posted at 6:01 pm on May. 17, 2005
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What is Your World View?

I so rarely do online quizzes, but this one caught my eye.  It has questions like: “Morals are socially constructed” and “Man is condemned to be free.” Agree or disagree? How much?

posted at 1:36 pm on May. 14, 2005
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Local Flower Seller Uproots

Today, there was a sign on Anya’s flower selling stall: she’ll be gone in about a week, closing her colorful booth. I asked her why, and she said no reason, she just got tired of being a flower seller.

posted at 2:54 am on May. 13, 2005
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Rick Smolan: A Ton of Humility

At a conference in New York, I meet an amazingly humble person.  Paradoxically, he makes a huge impression on me.

posted at 12:54 pm on May. 11, 2005
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Banding with Bloggers

I went tonight to see the band at crowded, hip and service-poor bar The Whip. The band was great—they’re managed by Kris Krug.

I, of course, forgot to get the name of the band.  But when I find it, I’ll let you know.

posted at 1:43 am on May. 10, 2005
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Goose Guest


My apartment has a pond outside the back door, and that pond has a regular guest: A Canadian Goose.

It’s quite charming, really.

posted at 3:33 pm on May. 7, 2005
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More Aimee Hijinks

Yeah, the cat gets a lot of ink, but what can I say, she’s newsworthy. So, here’s a few other adventures our cat had while we were gone.

posted at 12:27 pm on May. 5, 2005
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Worldwide iPod Storage Total

I was reading a Computerworld article about a dentist who uses an ipod to back up his patient data, and starting thinking… how much storage space is available on iPods right now? You’ll be amazed.

posted at 6:55 pm on May. 3, 2005
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