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This PDF British ruling about The Da Vinci code has a secret message in it

Good to see that even high justices can have a sense of humor. And yes, this is a real court ruling with a secret message in it.

posted at 2:49 pm
on Apr. 29, 2006


Many Are Cold But Few Are Frozen: A Physician Considers Cryonics

"Why else do coffins have padding? Of course, to be fair, there are also potential gains from involvement in cryonics which are also independent of whether the technique works or not. Chiefest of these is that cryonics provides a certain amount of comfort for the non-believer. Some of the sting of death can be removed if there remains a chance, however small, that death is not permanent. Of course, the cynic will comment that freezing a corpse is much like putting leftover food in the refrigerator because one cannot immediately tolerate the waste implied in throwing it away. Even if the food is never re-warmed, it is easier to discard if done in two separate steps. So it is, perhaps, with a dead loved-one. Yet comfort is comfort."

posted at 2:37 pm
on Apr. 29, 2006


Despair Videos - Addressing Employee Complaints

Remind them "It Could Be Worse"

posted at 12:40 pm
on Apr. 29, 2006


I want want want want this camera

Logitech Quickcam Orbit MP. Awesomeness, today.

posted at 12:26 am
on Apr. 29, 2006


C For Cookie

This video's good enough for me.

posted at 12:36 pm
on Apr. 28, 2006


Pauly Shore sez Kylie Minoque broke his heart

Likely she broke it while trying to rip it out of his chest for his role in Biodome.

posted at 1:47 am
on Apr. 28, 2006


White House sponsored 1980’s music video about drug use.

"Stop the madness!" sez Nancy Reagan.

posted at 10:35 pm
on Apr. 27, 2006


Buy a cool knit/purl shirt

For the knitter in your life, from VisaLisa

posted at 1:57 pm
on Apr. 27, 2006


Cage Fighting in Montana

Fun galore! (I used to go to summer cabin just up the road from here.)

posted at 1:27 pm
on Apr. 27, 2006


Most people working at Microsoft are very smart

Smart enough to know how to change their default search page to Google.

posted at 5:28 pm
on Apr. 26, 2006


Best Correction of the Month

This travel story deserves a double D'oh!

posted at 12:27 pm
on Apr. 25, 2006


Local Vancouverites finish their 100-Mile Diet

For me, it'd be hard to eat no Old Dutch chips.

posted at 12:44 am
on Apr. 25, 2006


Girl duct taped to the ceiling

Now you know.

posted at 9:06 pm
on Apr. 24, 2006

Permalink is funny

I like the happy foot / sad foot comic.

posted at 11:45 am
on Apr. 24, 2006


TV Turnoff Week is April 24 - 30

And I for one plan to celebrate it by playing video games.

posted at 11:15 am
on Apr. 23, 2006


Michael Hiltzik’s blog is suspended by the LATimes editors

He was posting on other blogs under pseudonyms and that violates the LATimes ethics policy.

posted at 8:39 pm
on Apr. 21, 2006


A 20-lb. Chihuahua

It's like Speedy Gonzalez and a hippopotamus hooked up and had a kid.

posted at 5:58 pm
on Apr. 21, 2006


Great ad: Philips is paying to put a magazine’s TOC on page 2

Simplicity: Putting the table of contents at the BEGINNING of your magazine.

posted at 2:05 pm
on Apr. 21, 2006


Short Quicktime movie of Jesus - funny to the blasphemous

I will survive! Or maybe not.

posted at 2:32 am
on Apr. 21, 2006


Any breakup is more effective when it’s done via Power Point

Itemize your list of reasons.

posted at 2:12 am
on Apr. 21, 2006


Today is 420

I'm just sayin'.

posted at 3:50 pm
on Apr. 20, 2006


Blinksale, our invoicing solution, is adding tagging

Tagging semper alles!

posted at 11:30 pm
on Apr. 18, 2006


Breathe Me video shots with thousands of polaroids

It's a good song, too.

posted at 5:52 pm
on Apr. 17, 2006


Which is better, top posting or bottom posting?

The debate will never be resolved, but I top post.

posted at 4:50 am
on Apr. 17, 2006


Horror movie rules: OMGKILLMENOWKTHX

"Did some kids just come into your police precinct, flipping out about monsters and you didn't believe them? Your spouse is getting a folded flag, yo."

posted at 2:29 am
on Apr. 17, 2006


Killer Robots from Space discuss Canadian currency

Great comic strip.

posted at 11:00 pm
on Apr. 16, 2006


The Waffle Day Controversy

I had no idea you could have a controversy about waffles. In fact, I still believe you can't.

posted at 4:43 am
on Apr. 16, 2006


By Ken Levine: Worst songs of all-time

It's quite the list... Here's a few you might hate. Be sure to go add your own! Surfin Bird....Trashmen He Hit me and it Felt like a Kiss....Crystals Laurie...Dickie Lee Hooray for Hazel....Bobby Roe Yummy Yummy Yummy....1919 Fruit Gum Co. Unicorn Song...Irish Rovers I've Never Been to Me...Charlene Seasons in the Sun...Terry Jacks Ringo...Lorne Green Gallant Men....Senator Everett Dirkson

posted at 4:50 pm
on Apr. 15, 2006


Cool Tool: Un-Du removes sticky labels easily

If this works, I'm hooked!

posted at 8:55 am
on Apr. 14, 2006


Hey Vancouverites: Shutterbug Photo Contest

My BC and Ripe Magazine are running a contest themed around "what BC looks like". Selected photos will be published in Ripe Magazine's Summer 2006 issue. The deadline for entries is April 15, 2006.

posted at 7:56 pm
on Apr. 13, 2006


How to Write a Love Letter

Hint: Don't use Comic Sans or Times New Roman.

posted at 2:46 am
on Apr. 12, 2006


Teeny Tiny Icons, for free

Just gotta link back if you use a bunch.

posted at 2:54 pm
on Apr. 11, 2006


10 Minutes of Cat Photos to Music

Funny at the beginning, cute at the end.

posted at 11:55 pm
on Apr. 10, 2006

Permalink - The State of the News Media 2006

"Scan the headlines of 2005 and one question seems inevitable: Will we recall this as the year when journalism in print began to die?" The answer: Nope.

posted at 11:27 am
on Apr. 10, 2006


EatPES has some wonderful short films

Thanks, Ze Frank

posted at 9:44 pm
on Apr. 9, 2006


How To Jump Start A Car

This is handy to know. Positive, positive, negative, negative.

posted at 12:52 am
on Apr. 9, 2006


How Much is your (U.S.) House Worth?

Wow. Amazing.

posted at 12:47 am
on Apr. 8, 2006


‘I’m personally blaming you’

A hilarious auto-responder. [Edit: wow, that's a lot of bad spelling for a Friday afternoon!]

posted at 3:03 pm
on Apr. 7, 2006


Sony freaks out over the single critic who got to see ‘The Benchwarmers’

The Orlando Sentinal reviewer never had his invitation cancelled, so he reviewed the crappy film. Now Sony's spreading lies about him.

posted at 9:43 am
on Apr. 6, 2006


Guys Everywhere: Help Jim Win His Bet

He's a cheapskate with a dream.

posted at 5:42 pm
on Apr. 5, 2006


Handy online color scheme advisors

eBizBlog put together a list.

posted at 5:28 pm
on Apr. 5, 2006


Apple releases Boot Camp, software that lets you boot up in Windows

Marketing GENIUSES! They let the hacker community figure out how to do this themselves, reap all the buzz of that discovery, then release a piece of software they've already developed that does exactly the same thing. Presto, they just got a free zillion dollars in publicity.

posted at 9:57 am
on Apr. 5, 2006


Penmachine links to an audio report on Breakbeats

boom boom tash ticka ticka ticka tash -- come on, you recognize this drum clip!

posted at 12:05 pm
on Apr. 4, 2006


Canada scraps plan to decriminalize marijuana use

I'm too busy to say somethng pithy today.

posted at 7:02 pm
on Apr. 3, 2006


Happy birthday, Urban Vancouver!

1300 posts in two years, that's nothing to sneeze at. Oh, and ditto for Simon Tanglao. You're both two years old now. Here's to another two, and two more, and two more, and...

posted at 1:03 am
on Apr. 2, 2006



“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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