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Good Evening, Amazing Race

I had a good evening tonight.  Went to a party at Heather’s place and watched the premiere of this season’s Amazing Race.

posted at 1:23 am on Sep. 28, 2005
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He’s Not Getting a TiVo

My friend Darren’s considering not getting a TiVo. As Jon Stewart would say…. whaaaaaaa?

posted at 10:10 am on Sep. 27, 2005
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From the Perspective of a Fundrasier

I was emailed a really interesting question about fundraising in the wake of large disasters, and wondered, in addition to my own response, what you all might have in the way of advice.

posted at 1:12 pm on Sep. 26, 2005
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General Theory of Tourism

As I jaunted about town (town currently being Singapore) today by taxi, bumboat, escalator, staircase and metro, enjoying restaurant, museum, statue, skyscraper and crowds, I found myself musing on a general theory of tourism. The way I see it, all tourism can be reduced to six categories.

posted at 1:30 am on Sep. 23, 2005
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Rain Bird Park

I’m sitting outside the large, covered bird park in the Lake Gardens just north of Le Meridian hotel.  I’m sitting, waiting for the rain to run out so that I can see the world’s largest aviary, something it will be difficult to do with water in my eyes.

posted at 11:44 pm on Sep. 19, 2005
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Things to Worry About in Singapore

When you’re bitten by a mosquito in Singapore, you ought to worry about dengue.  This is what the local newspaper has told me. This, I think, is the least of my worries.

posted at 6:42 pm on Sep. 19, 2005
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A Day of Derailed Plans

For a day filled with delay and disaster, it was quite fruitful and full, and enjoyable.  Lots of new friends, adventures and so forth.

posted at 10:40 am on Sep. 19, 2005
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You There, Sit Up Straight!

At breakfast today, I noticed a fellow with impeccable posture. Posture isn’t something you notice often, except in its lack, or in excess. Like, across from me right now there’s a guy working on a laptop whose posture makes him seem far more like anorangutan than I think he’d like to know.

posted at 10:33 am on Sep. 19, 2005
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Batu Caves

Today, Susie and I went early to the Batu caves.  They’re just outside of KL, to the north, still well within the urban sprawl.  In the side of tall limestone cliffs, there are several caves, though we visited just the main one.  It was adapted long ago to be a Hindu Temple, and is called Temple or Cathedral Cave.

posted at 5:55 pm on Sep. 18, 2005
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First Thoughts: Kuala Lumpur

Anyone who believes that “all Asians look alike” should be sent to Kuala Lumpur immediately for corrective conditioning.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a disparate, jarringly diverse group of people in my life.  It’s like a game of “Memory”—every passerby is a new card being flipped over, and you’re left to wonder, “Have I ever seen someone like you before?”

posted at 7:57 am on Sep. 17, 2005
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The Journey: Japan and Singapore

We flew on Japan Airlines, and boy, whoever is in charge of Japanese stereotypes, well, they ought to get a raise—they delivered absolutely to our expectations.

posted at 6:25 am on Sep. 16, 2005
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Hey, I’m in Singapore

By the time you read this, I will be gone.  You know, for a few days.  Then I’ll return.  Singapore and Malaysia travel tips are gladly accepted in the comments.

posted at 4:08 am on Sep. 14, 2005
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Katrina Donation Redux

I wrote a few days ago about my friends who weren’t going to donate to Katrina victims, and why.  Several things have happened since then: a newspaper article, a radio interview opportunity, and other voices weighing in.

posted at 1:36 pm on Sep. 12, 2005
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Real Estate Quiz: When does 1200=900? *

Susie and I have rented a place.  It’s between Burrard and Granville bridges, on 1st street.  It’s a nice place: quiet, safe, third floor with balcony. We were told several times that it was 1200 square feet. Today, by email, the real estate agent handling the rental told us that it was in fact only 900 square feet. What do we do now?

posted at 4:12 pm on Sep. 10, 2005
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The Pledge

I’ve decided to be a friendly neighbour. This building I live in, The Palladio, is probably one of the least friendly buildings I’ve lived in. So I’ve made it my mission to say Hello and start a genuine conversation with everyone I see here.  What’s that expression about being the change you wish to see?

posted at 1:59 pm on Sep. 10, 2005
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Model Shoot

I took a bit of a plunge and did a model shoot with a friend, Mandy, just last weekend. I had a great time, and I’m now looking for another subject to direct my lens upon.  If you’d like to spend an hour or two with me, and get a very large number of pictures, a few of which might be quite good, please let me know.

posted at 3:44 am on Sep. 10, 2005
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Why My Canadian Friends Won’t Donate to Katrina’s Victims

I had a disturbing conversation with several friends this weekend over breakfast.  Basically, they said they didn’t think Canadians ought to donate to the rescue efforts for Hurricane Katrina. They’re mostly Canadian, one’s British.  I’m a dual citizen.  Here’s some of their reasoning, and my responses.

posted at 9:41 pm on Sep. 5, 2005
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Why I Read the Online Product Now

I subscribe to a mailing list called Online-News.  On it, a fellow posted his list of top ten reasons why he still reads the newspaper.  I posted this as my reply.

posted at 7:39 pm on Sep. 5, 2005
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‘Blogging for Dummies’—WTF?!

I was completely shocked when I visited today and saw this book in my “recommended” list. Why shocked? Because Susie isn’t writing it!

posted at 2:47 am on Sep. 1, 2005
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