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

5 yrs ago, police finding a new drug was notable; this month, U.K. police found 6 new ones

A fascinating article about the rise of legal new chemical concoctions and the effect they're having.

posted at 4:31 pm
on Oct. 30, 2010


I just lost The Game

Now you did, too.

posted at 4:25 pm
on Oct. 30, 2010


When did Halloween costumes get all so sexy?

In the 1970s.

posted at 12:25 am
on Oct. 29, 2010


This guy rigged his curtain robotically to block people peering in

It might be easier to buy a bigger curtain, but it would be less fun.

posted at 12:05 am
on Oct. 29, 2010


Video: Climbing down into a volcano

So close to lava -- unbelievable.

posted at 12:03 am
on Oct. 29, 2010


The varieties of intimate relationships, a chart

Monogamy, celibacy and non-monogamy

posted at 8:08 pm
on Oct. 28, 2010


Where are the Costume Shops in Vancouver? A list.

Perfect for looking for that last minute getup.

posted at 11:34 am
on Oct. 28, 2010


Vancouver now has its own custom city page on, yes, Gowalla

(I'm obsessed.)

posted at 4:50 pm
on Oct. 26, 2010


Vera’s Burger Shack: This was the 2,500th spot I checked in at on Gowalla

It's also one of the only sentences I've ever written with three prepositions in a row.

posted at 4:46 pm
on Oct. 26, 2010


President Obama: It Gets Better

And no, he's not talking about the economy, the middle east, or don't ask don't tell policy. But hey, SOMETHING's going to get better.

posted at 2:53 pm
on Oct. 22, 2010


Remember that unvarnished Website? It’s now called ‘’

I still never got a cent out of it. Just this t-shirt I had made that says "My domain got featured on Good Morning America" and all I got was this T-shirt I made myself."

posted at 10:53 pm
on Oct. 21, 2010


Without God, is there morality? Does the development of morality lead to the development of God?

Interesting point of view, but I don't agree with it.

posted at 7:01 pm
on Oct. 17, 2010


“Street Food = Treat Food” - A Vancouver Gowalla trip I created

At great personal sacrifice, I should add.

posted at 6:34 pm
on Oct. 16, 2010


Science studies: How to Rebuild Trust (Apologize and talk about changing. Also, cash helps)

What is with the photo on this article?

posted at 8:19 pm
on Oct. 14, 2010


Why Flare Guns Are So Popular in Canada


posted at 5:33 pm
on Oct. 14, 2010


The designer of ExpressionEngine 2’s control panel writes about “why it’s not her fault”, basically

A software product should have people arguing over who GETS to take credit for something, right? from Veerle's blog 3.0

posted at 2:59 pm
on Oct. 14, 2010


A truck that’s been modified into a life-sized, drivable Radio Flyer wagon

Looks cold but fun.

posted at 10:08 am
on Oct. 13, 2010


The rise and fall of quicksand as a cultural and sexual touchstone

Really really long, and really really worth reading.

posted at 4:45 pm
on Oct. 10, 2010


Google Has 7 Cars That Drive Themselves in Traffic, 140,000 miles so far

"On August 14th, 1997, at 12:34:12 A.M., the computers at a corporation called Skynet became self aware."

posted at 4:10 pm
on Oct. 10, 2010


How CA and US differ: No right to a lawyer during interrogation

What a stupid judgement. I hope that parliament clears this up.

posted at 4:22 pm
on Oct. 8, 2010


Video: Dance, dance, dance like it’s the last night of your life

So good. But I did keep expecting his mom to come in the door behind him.

posted at 3:01 pm
on Oct. 8, 2010


8 large spiders with BIG GREEN FANGS discovered in Devon, U.K.

I think the U.S. should invade before they are weaponized.

posted at 4:22 pm
on Oct. 5, 2010


TidBITS Opinion: When Should We Introduce Social Media to Kids?

How about never? Is never too soon? 😊

posted at 5:11 pm
on Oct. 4, 2010


A chart of U.S. states with names replaced by countries of matching GDP

Florida and Australia, California and Italy, Texas and Brazil -- amazing.

posted at 9:49 am
on Oct. 4, 2010


The Subway sandwich cheese conundrum, solved.

Tessellate! Of course!

posted at 9:32 am
on Oct. 4, 2010


2400 words about finding and cooking the perfect steak

Makes me want not what I'm having for dinner.

posted at 8:34 pm
on Oct. 3, 2010



“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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