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

You are being lied to about pirates

Or so says this article.

posted at 11:08 pm
on Jan. 27, 2009


New shoes on Canadian budget day

Finance ministers have been often seen wearing new shoes on budget day. Go figure.

posted at 7:39 pm
on Jan. 27, 2009


Spam fighting tool Defensio is acquired by Websense

I originally wrote "Sam fighting" but actually, Defensio doesn't do anything about the plague of Sams posting all over the Internet ... yet.

posted at 2:31 pm
on Jan. 27, 2009


N.Y. Boy Scout earns all 121 merit badges

There's one merit badge for earning 120 merit badges -- that was the tricky one.

posted at 12:56 pm
on Jan. 27, 2009


Get 3 free HD channels over the air in Vancouver with this DIY antenna

johnbollwitt is awesome -- but lucky he didn't try to take it in his carry-on luggage!

posted at 12:50 pm
on Jan. 27, 2009


John Updike, 76, Dies.

Rabbit at rest now.

posted at 12:37 pm
on Jan. 27, 2009


Thrift store MP3 player contains secret military files

But on the plus side, it wasn't an iPod, so it's very tricky to get the files off the player, and there's a good chance it'll crash and lose all the data.

posted at 3:22 am
on Jan. 27, 2009


It’s 2009, so I added twitter updates to my blog’s design

Yes, my blog still scrolls horizontally. I like it like that, that's why.

posted at 3:10 am
on Jan. 27, 2009


Federal regulators to kill 60,000 birds in Abbotsford after outbreak of avian flu

So, no chickens for me in my backyard. Sigh.

posted at 5:53 pm
on Jan. 26, 2009


List of actors who are almost unrecognizable in an interesting movie role

I didn't explain that very well, but go check out the list.

posted at 1:32 pm
on Jan. 26, 2009


Does He Use Pronouns In His Text Messages? That?s A Good Sign

If he doesn't, the relationship is DOOMED I tell you DOOMED. (Women always have good grammar so this doesn't apply, just like they always smell nice.)

posted at 6:51 pm
on Jan. 24, 2009


PepsiCo Figures Tropicana’s Carbon Footprint

Apparently, it's mostly the growing the oranges part. Hmmm.

posted at 4:36 pm
on Jan. 23, 2009


I really like Ruth’s social media neoLuddite contest for a free northern voice ticket

Northern Voice itself should do this next year.

posted at 2:32 pm
on Jan. 23, 2009


Nature News has an article I want to read. Cost to read it: $32 Chance ANYONE will pay that? 0.001%

It was 'Welcome to the petacentre' by Cory Doctorow. How could hey POSSIBLY think that $32 is a reasonable per-article charge? The frickin' whole MAGAZINE only costs $5 an issue.

posted at 4:03 pm
on Jan. 21, 2009


Red Flame Decal Kit for KitchenAid stand mixers

For making cinnamon cookies?

posted at 2:05 pm
on Jan. 21, 2009


the perfect picture wall

I do this the hard way, but here's a shortcut!

posted at 9:56 am
on Jan. 21, 2009


43 Places seems to have gotten a HUGE facelift

And now I'm all confused.

posted at 5:12 pm
on Jan. 20, 2009


Coast Guard suspends search for elderly couple missing from cruise ship

Quiet tragedy.

posted at 5:02 pm
on Jan. 20, 2009


The Newest Food Trend: Squirrel Cookery

At least, that's what my cat Maggie has been whispering in my ear while I sleep.

posted at 9:51 am
on Jan. 19, 2009


fruit mystery: Another slightly bad site for you if flashing RGB games are not your thing

But -- and this is important -- good for crazy people.

posted at 1:03 am
on Jan. 17, 2009


Will Vancouver allow residents to keep backyard chickens?

Probably not, I fear.

posted at 4:25 pm
on Jan. 16, 2009


Legoland’s Lego diorama of Barack Obama’s inauguration


posted at 4:16 pm
on Jan. 16, 2009


Funny music video: It’s All Because (The Gays Are Getting Married)

SFW, But do NOT click the related videos at the end of the song.

posted at 3:59 pm
on Jan. 16, 2009


Big sale: Condos in Vancouver, up to 40-per-cent discounts, on March 7

This isn't a bad sign about real estate in Vancouver, no sir, nuh uh, nope.

posted at 2:34 pm
on Jan. 16, 2009


Blame Canada: US Airways plane might have been taken down by geese

Still, better than then bald eagles, eh?

posted at 12:50 pm
on Jan. 16, 2009


Contest Entry Post: My favorite BC Wine is Cedar Creek Ehrenfelser

It's grapefruity and crisp.

posted at 11:09 am
on Jan. 16, 2009


Researchers discovered the earliest video of people singing about iPhones

It looks like the Ed Sullivan show

posted at 2:01 pm
on Jan. 15, 2009


Disconnecting Distraction, i.e. your computer off the Internet

An interesting essay, but impossible for my job.

posted at 11:20 am
on Jan. 15, 2009


A Seriously awesome To Do List photo by Goddess Spiral

Go Rachael!

posted at 9:48 am
on Jan. 15, 2009


Star Wars Retold: By someone who hasn’t seen it

Truly funny. Hans Solo frozen in The Stuff.

posted at 9:17 am
on Jan. 15, 2009


A cool cube-based way to search Google.

Oh, did I mention it's useless? But some fun things are. 😊

posted at 6:29 pm
on Jan. 14, 2009


From Flickr: The Far-Side Photo Reenactments Pool

They don't yet have my favorite comic, about Genghis Khan. I'll have to do something about that.

posted at 1:21 pm
on Jan. 14, 2009


Remember the sound of a 56k modem connecting?

The Dial Up Kid reminds me of the pavlovian sound that preceded my getting email.

posted at 11:18 am
on Jan. 14, 2009


Video: In New York, there’s a huge Loft Filled with Dirt, called the Earth Room

Now I totally want to go there.

posted at 11:08 am
on Jan. 14, 2009


The turducken experience—photos and all

Looks SOO good.

posted at 11:42 pm
on Jan. 13, 2009

Permalink has some cool, easy ways to make yourself hallucinate

Sounds like fun!

posted at 10:45 pm
on Jan. 13, 2009


Inaccurate story on the environmental impact of a Google search

Read Google's response (link at the top) And what the heck is a .ece file extension?

posted at 10:48 pm
on Jan. 12, 2009


Today we launched a new book promotion site: BE DiFFERENT or Be Dead

The quiz is a very fun part -- try it out.

posted at 6:59 pm
on Jan. 12, 2009


Vancouver city seeks provincial nod to borrow $458 million for Olympic Village

Wow. I'd be a pissed taxpayer.

posted at 5:03 pm
on Jan. 12, 2009


RGB: An intense, flashing RGB site - don’t click if you get seizures

Yeah, seriously. But I always have liked random Web art sites. Anyone remember Superbad?

posted at 4:47 pm
on Jan. 12, 2009


Jerusalem syndrome

Another example of why reading Wikipedia is so damn interesting.

posted at 3:16 pm
on Jan. 11, 2009


Google has a new favicon

And I must have a sad little life to notice.... 😊

posted at 5:21 pm
on Jan. 10, 2009


The failure of the U.S. 401k retirement account system

It's a harsh story.

posted at 11:39 am
on Jan. 10, 2009


How to shovel snow and not hurt yourself

Good advice from Prince George (the town, not the person)

posted at 11:27 am
on Jan. 10, 2009


Cool blog about Whistler Blackcomb Snow Conditions

Well written, by a completely obsessed skier.

posted at 10:27 am
on Jan. 10, 2009


Seattle P-I put up for sale and going Web-only in 60 days

I feel so bad for printed newspapers these days.

posted at 2:26 pm
on Jan. 9, 2009


AdHack Blog has a LEGO for Adults Sexist Campaign letter

Personally, I find the ads provocative but less offensive than, oh, every single perfume ad ever.

posted at 1:28 pm
on Jan. 9, 2009


Bacon Explosion: The Baddest (Goodest) BBQ Bacon Sausage Recipe

Holy Yum.

posted at 1:27 pm
on Jan. 9, 2009


10 Reasons why most Home Alarms are Useless

Mine's a fairly well set up system. It's only useless for a few of these reasons.

posted at 1:23 pm
on Jan. 9, 2009


How perfumes work according to an article in The Economist

No, really, they seem to have a good overview.

posted at 1:05 pm
on Jan. 9, 2009


Homeland Security USA: A new, brazenly pro gov’t, tv show

This is one agency that doesn't deserve its 15 minutes of fame.

posted at 9:46 am
on Jan. 9, 2009


Pemberton Music Festival cancelled for 2009

Too bad; this was a great party, I hear.

posted at 9:44 am
on Jan. 9, 2009


Kidnappers demand $1.5M for release of B.C. web publisher

Or 1.5 million clicks on their Google Adwords.

posted at 9:43 am
on Jan. 9, 2009


The 10 Best Things about Booze

From Modern Drunkard Magazine Online

posted at 11:06 am
on Jan. 8, 2009


Horizontal page scrolling using Javascript

I can totally think of a use for this script!

posted at 10:33 am
on Jan. 8, 2009


Hardcore Scrabble players in Boulder Colorado: An article

Good slice of life.

posted at 5:18 pm
on Jan. 7, 2009


Polygamy charges have been laid against two B.C. religious leaders

Bountiful's Mormon offshoot religion might get its day in court. Interesting.

posted at 1:16 pm
on Jan. 7, 2009


Cliff Young: A sheepherder who won the world’s longest, toughest race

Challenge your assumptions, and your stamina. You can do it.

posted at 10:18 am
on Jan. 7, 2009


89 cm of snow in Vancouver this Dec; avg is 18cm and annual avg is 48 cm. Woah.

And did I mention that it snowed in January, too? Double woah.

posted at 7:42 pm
on Jan. 6, 2009


Great NYTimes OpEd about Bernard Madoff, Greed, and the Future of U.S. Financial Prowess

Makes me wish I'd invested in Madoff about 20 years ago 😉

posted at 4:29 pm
on Jan. 6, 2009


RoomOrama - Peer-to-peer short term rental marketplace

Like, wanna rent my room for the weekend?

posted at 3:44 pm
on Jan. 6, 2009


Marty Kaplan’s writing about Israel’s attacks into Gaza

Harsh, but balanced.

posted at 3:20 pm
on Jan. 6, 2009


Masterbacon: A day for bacon lovers at Kveton’s (Saturday January 17, 2009) - Upcoming

Why can't I go to this? WHY?

posted at 1:11 am
on Jan. 6, 2009


Woman twitters joke about smothering daughter; police show up at house.

Unreasonably invasive, or reasonably cautious?

posted at 6:06 pm
on Jan. 5, 2009


The Dine Out Vancouver 2009 list is published: 193 restaurants (if you include multiple locations)

Here's the whole list:
== $18 ==
arroy-d thai restaurant
Ashiana Tandoori Restaurant
Burgoo Bistro Lonsdale
Burgoo Bistro Main Street
Burgoo Bistro West 10th
Calling, The
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant
Central Bistro
Chilli House Thai Bistro
Chutney Villa
Darby's Pub
Desi Juntion Restaurant & Bar
Desi Restaurant & Lounge - Denman
Doolin's Irish Pub
Elephant & Castle Restaurant - Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel
Fogg n' Suds Restaurant
Granville Room
Hon's Wun Tun House
Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
Marias Taverna 4th Ave.
Marias Taverna Denman
Nyala African Cuisine
Old Spaghetti Factory, The
Red Door Pan Asian Grill
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co
Thai House Restaurant
Thai Spice Restaurant
Timbre Restaurant
Urban Thai Bistro
Wild Rice
Yagger's Downtown Restaurant

== $28 ==
Abigail's Party
Al Porto Ristorante
American Grille, The
Arms Reach Bistro
Baru Latino Restaurante
beyond restaurant + lounge
Bistro Pastis
Boathouse Restaurant - English Bay, The
Boathouse Restaurant - Horseshoe Bay, The
Boathouse Restaurant - New Westminster, The
Boathouse Restaurant - Port Moody, The
Boathouse Restaurant - Richmond, The
Boathouse Restaurant - White Rock, The
Bogart's Chophouse & Bar
Brasserie Restaurant (At the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites), The
Capones Restaurant & Live Jazz Club
Carmichael's at the Hilton Vancouver Airport
Cats Social House
Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano & piano bar
Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant & Lounge, The
Copper Chimney - Hotel Le Soleil
Coza! Tuscan Grill
Crystal Grille at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel
Deuce Restaurant
Dockside Restaurant
Fish House in Stanley Park, The
Flying Tiger, The
Gramercy Grill
Griffins Restaurant
Gusto di Quattro
Gyu Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant
Highlander Restaurant
Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Inlets Bistro & Lounge
Irish Heather GastroPub, The
Kingston Taphouse & Grille, The
Lux at Caprice
Manhattan Restaurant - Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel
Marmalade Kitchen & Bar
Maurya Indian Cuisine
Mi Bistro & Bar
Milestone's Kitsilano
Milestone's on Denman
Milestone's Park Royal
Milestone's Yaletown
Milestones Restaurants - Robson
Mill Marine Bistro, The
Mistral French Bistro
Mosaic Bar & Grille
New Bohemian, The
Northlands Bar and Grill
nu restaurant + lounge
ocean 6 seventeen
Ocean Club Restaurant & Lounge, The
Osteria Napoli Ristorante
Ouisi Bistro
Pinkys Steakhouse
Pinkys Steakhouse - Yaletown
Plan B lounge & Eatery
Point Restaurant & Tapas, The
Provence Mediterranean Grill
Refinery, The
Relish Restaurants & Lounge
Rex Rotisserie & Grill
Sai-z Izakaya Japanese Restaurant
Salathai thai restaurant
Salt Tasting Room
Saltaire Restaurant & Terrace
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
Sanafir Restaurant and Lounge
Sandbar Seafood Restaurant, The
Seasons in the Park Restaurant
Section (3) Restaurant
Sequoia Grill at the Teahouse Restaurant
Shady Island Seafood Bar and Grill
Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Garden
Show Case Restaurant
Sip Resto-Lounge
Smoking Dog Bistro, The
So.Cial at Le Magasin
Steamworks Brewing Company
Tantra Waterfront Lounge & Grill
Tomato Fresh Food Cafe
Trafalgars Bistro
TransContinental, The
Trattoria Italian Kitchen
Tropika on Cambie
Tropika on Robson
Water St. Cafe
Watermark on Kits Beach
Westward Ho! Public House & Grill Room (University Golf Club)
Yaletown Brewing Company, The
Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant

== $38 ==
A Kettle of Fish Restauran
Amarcord Ristorante Italiano
Bacchus Restaurant
Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
Bridges Restaurant
Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar
C Restaurant
Cannery Seafood Restaurant, The
Carver's Steakhouse
Cassis Bistro
CinCin Ristorante
COAST Restaurant
DB Bistro Moderne
Diva at the Met
Don Francesco Restaurant
Elixir Restaurant
Federico's Supper Club
FigMint Restaurant & Lounge
Five Sails Restaurant
Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar
Hamilton Street Grill
Hart House Restaurant
Hermitage Restaurant
Herons Restaurant & Lounge
Il Giardino
Il Nido Inventive Italian Restaurant
Italian Kitchen, The
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
La Terrazza Restaurant
La Vallee Restaurant
Le Gavroche Restaurant
Lift Bar Grill View
Metro Restaurant
Monk McQueens Restaurant
Moustache Cafe and Lounge
O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar
Observatory, The
Parkside Restaurant
Players Chophouse Restaurant & Lounge
Provence Marinaside
Quattro on Fourth
Raincity Grill
Salmon House, The
Tramonto - RiverRock Casino Resort
West Restaurant
William Tell Restaurant, The
YEW restaurant + bar
Zen Japanese Restaurant
Zin Restaurant and Lounge

posted at 10:58 am
on Jan. 5, 2009


My 1,000th Twitter update was: Happy new year!


posted at 6:19 pm
on Jan. 2, 2009


Help Me Choose My Best Flickr Photos

I'm going to make a new batch of Moo Cards. Please come and add one or more of these photos as a favorite, and I'll use the best ones to represent me on a business card where I call myself a "real photographer"

posted at 6:16 pm
on Jan. 2, 2009


My top-rated but never-favorited Flickr photo. What’s yours?

It's of houses in Steveston.

posted at 6:12 pm
on Jan. 2, 2009


The ‘cult’ of Kumon explained by Forbes

Did you know they have their own high schools in Switzerland? I didn't.

posted at 4:54 pm
on Jan. 2, 2009


Multiple avalanche deaths in B.C.

It's been a harsh snow season in the backcountry.

posted at 1:19 pm
on Jan. 2, 2009


Garfield Bodyart (NSFW)

Inside me, my 13 year-old self is laughing.

posted at 11:37 am
on Jan. 2, 2009



“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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