Travis Smith: my resume, bio and photos back to the main blog page

Stackopolis is a grey building block game where you make buildings from blocks

That sounds inane, but I just played it for 45 minutes.

posted at 7:03 pm
on Jan. 30, 2008


TidBITS calls out Apple on their shitty release notes for software updates

Apple's security updates are good: they list the programs updated in software update, and give you the details on their Web site. So why aren't Apple's apps (and us, the app users) given the same first-class treatment? Good job, TidBITS for speaking up on this.

posted at 4:18 pm
on Jan. 30, 2008


BitterSweets - Candy Hearts With Mean Nasty Sayings on Them

Just in case, is all I'm sayin'.

posted at 4:05 pm
on Jan. 30, 2008


Police lock down UBC building after reported threat

I hope it turns out to be a hoax. I switched to NowPublic instead of CBC because they have more detail. CBC story.

posted at 3:15 pm
on Jan. 30, 2008


Verizon customer service quotes wrong data plan rates 93% of the time

And you wonder why the bills are surprisingly large.

posted at 1:25 pm
on Jan. 30, 2008


First Person Mountain Bike Trail video—crazy jumps and ramps

Made me a little nauseous.

posted at 1:13 pm
on Jan. 30, 2008


Is this CBC article headline offensive towards the mentally ill?

Tod Maffin sez yes, I say no.

posted at 11:40 am
on Jan. 29, 2008


Newsweek has the best 2008 Interactive U.S. Primary Race Map

Totally useful, better ways to compare Republicans to Democrats. It really demonstrates how oddly different the politics are from state to state in the U.S.

posted at 9:30 am
on Jan. 29, 2008


Customize your Leopard Stacks icons

This is for you, Monique.

posted at 9:29 am
on Jan. 29, 2008


What the lights on the front of my Western Digital hard drive mean

Now, why has it started freezing? The lights don't tell me that.

posted at 9:28 am
on Jan. 29, 2008


Vancouver Blogger

My contribution to Blog Wars, aka 'The Vancouver Blogger Challenge'

posted at 8:08 am
on Jan. 29, 2008


Sexy in Van City: A New Anonymous, Mysterious Gossip Blog by Two Fabulous Gals

Normally I would object, but they mention me in one of their first posts, so yay!

posted at 2:29 pm
on Jan. 28, 2008


meomi cloud house

Monique showed me this fun little Web site.

posted at 9:33 pm
on Jan. 24, 2008


The best written piece I’ve read on why your Web site is down about 6 hours a month

Joel's posts are link magnets for me -- I can't help linking to them because they're so clear and consise.

posted at 2:44 pm
on Jan. 22, 2008


Latest restaurant shooting kills 2, baffles Vancouver police

Makes VPD sound like a bunch of yokels.

posted at 1:05 am
on Jan. 22, 2008


David Pogue Explains the Macintosh Surge

Actually, he just asks questions about it. For my money, it's the switch to the Intel chip. With the same clock speed numbers and basic hardware stats (USB to USB, etc.) you're finally comparing Apples to, well, apples, so to speak.

posted at 5:59 pm
on Jan. 21, 2008


Brands People Love: What is this supposed to do?

It's broken. But intriguing.

posted at 4:59 pm
on Jan. 19, 2008


My book: Kitschmasland!: Christmas Decor from the 1950s Through the 1970s

Special note of clarification: I did not actually write this book.

posted at 2:22 pm
on Jan. 19, 2008


Win a StealthSIM so your iPhone will work with Rogers

"The cell phone company that bites" (TM pending)

posted at 1:57 pm
on Jan. 17, 2008


Extreme Sliding Jumps into Lake Mead

The very last one is the best. Skip the photos in the first minute.

posted at 7:20 pm
on Jan. 15, 2008


1,385 sq. ft. in 1972, 2,140 sq. ft. in 2000

The size of the average American House, while the average number of people living in one has decreased. We're not blameless -- we had a 1,900 square foot house, but it was also our work space.

posted at 4:47 pm
on Jan. 15, 2008


He visited 171 Starbucks in Manhattan in ONE DAY

And died. Just kidding.

posted at 12:03 am
on Jan. 15, 2008


Name one cereal mascot who’s a woman.  One. I dare you.

Trix is a boy, nice try though.

posted at 9:33 pm
on Jan. 14, 2008


Wall stickers: images of expensive things you can’t actually afford

Pretty interesting idea. I'd like to see one of a mistress. 😊

posted at 8:54 pm
on Jan. 14, 2008


Macworld Expo’s Home Page: 503 No Service

I wonder what kind of server they're running on?

posted at 9:41 am
on Jan. 14, 2008


ThinkGeek’s Retro Phone Handset is a barrel of laughs

And at $30 is the right price for something this useless but cool. Thanks Dave!

posted at 9:09 am
on Jan. 7, 2008


Facebook, Distilled.

A Wondermark comic

posted at 11:47 am
on Jan. 4, 2008


The creator of the gourmet pizza revolution has died

Ed LaDou didn't die of heart disease -- cancer got him, at 52.

posted at 10:48 am
on Jan. 4, 2008


Susie Gardner: One of the Vancouver Tech Women to Watch in 2008

According to Raincity Studios, who oughta know.

posted at 10:57 pm
on Jan. 3, 2008


Vote for Rebecca Bollwitt for sexy geeks 2007

Pay no attention to Olivia Munn -- that lingerie is a RUSE!

posted at 8:44 pm
on Jan. 2, 2008



“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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