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Vancouver Garbage Pickup Schedule, in Google Calendar

I spent some quality time with Google Calendar and the schedule from the City of Vancouver, what I came up with is this handy set of public calendars that will tell you when your garbage should be picked up.  You can subscribe in Google Calendar, iCal and maybe other programs, too.

posted at 5:50 pm on Aug. 23, 2006
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Snakes on a Plane

I came, I saw, I cringed.

It’s really not that good a movie.


posted at 12:52 am on Aug. 19, 2006
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KFC Canada: Where Are Your Biscuits?

I ate at KFC last night, for the first time since arriving in Vancouver.  What a bizarre experience! No biscuits!  They have no biscuits!  Not that I like the biscuits, actualy, but it was an unexpected absence, like the lack of French ingredients on cereal boxes in the United States.

posted at 11:49 am on Aug. 17, 2006
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Two Types of Leaders

I’ve always been envious of “natural” leaders.  You know the type.  Get a group of people together, give them some sort of problem or challenge to solve, and one person will float into the leader position, just like M&Ms float to the top of a bag of trail mix.

posted at 12:15 am on Aug. 16, 2006
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Email Subscribers: I’m Switching to FeedBlitz

If you’re subscribed to this blog via email—and there’s about 200 of you that are—read this announcement, it’s important. I’m going to switch to using Feedblitz to handle my email subscriptions.

posted at 11:36 am on Aug. 14, 2006
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Simply [Computing] Answer Your Phone

Dear Vancouver’s Simply Computing. Answer your phone, and you will have more customers than if you don’t answer your phone.

posted at 12:50 pm on Aug. 12, 2006
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Living with the Nokia 6682

It’s been about a month since I received my Nokia 6682 from  In that time, I’ve used it fairly extensively, and I made notes of my observations over time. I present them here in free form.

For the quick version: I like it better than my old phone (Motorola V300), but I don’t love it. It is in some ways a step down, despite its additional features.

posted at 11:17 pm on Aug. 10, 2006
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Quick Domain Poll Question

OK, here’s the situation.  I have a client whose name is something like Zip Zap Productions.  They want to register the domain name.  But is taken.  What should they do? What Would You Do?

posted at 9:36 pm on Aug. 10, 2006
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No Photos of Fireworks

Prepare to be shocked.  I went to the fireworks tonight, with Dave and Clint and Rob, and I didn’t take A SINGLE PICTURE. I know. I KNOW!

posted at 11:44 pm on Aug. 2, 2006
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Scout Camp 2006

The tradition of Scout Camp continued this year with a trip to somewhere in the wilds between Lillowet and Pemberton. Martin as usual picked a wonderful hike that managed to be peaceful, remote, interesting, and as vertical as the CN Tower.  But you don’t get a view without going up, right?  Luckily, this year there were six of us, and that made for light loads: a tent divided three ways is much lighter than one that you haul yourself.

posted at 6:12 am on Aug. 2, 2006
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