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July 23, 2003

Tweakage...
[blogging]

bradbloglogo.jpgI’ve been playing around with the blog and my server again. You can now access this blog by using the simple URL: http://bradblog.homeip.net.

Some things, like trackbacks, on previous entries still point to the older red5.homeip.net/bradblog URL, and still should work. I haven’t figured out how to retroactively edit them.


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July 20, 2003

No sound like it...
[photography]

Massed pipe bands marching by...Every year, it seems, my wife and I always find an excuse to head down to Fort Edmonton Park and take in the Highland Gathering.

Now, I’m not particularly loyal to my Scottish ancestery, but there is something special about a collection of 4 or 5 pipe bands all marching past in formation playing Bagpipe classics. Special.

And this year, as usual, I took my trusty digital camera. Images of the event are here…but it’s the sounds that really make the day.


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Clouds after storm...
[photography]

Cool Cloud Pictures...Great summer weather sure has a way of degrading the number and quality of new entries in my blog. But, dynamic summer weather is excellent source material for photo-blogging.

This series of images was taken outside our house, just after a rather intense storm passed, as the sun was beginning to set. This caused some cloud features not normally very visible to be highlighted in rather stark relief.

Images made with a Nikon CoolPix 995 (with circular polarizing filter).


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July 15, 2003

Upgrade II...
[technology]

bradbloglogo.jpgIt seems that the heat has caused my little old 200mhz Pentium to become extremely jealous of the upgrade I recently performed on Movable Type [the software powering this blog].

This past weekend, after a fairly cool and loud thunder and lightning storm, we lost power here at the abode. The UPS dutifully kicked in, and the server shut down gently.

It did not, however, come back up.

I had been planning to update it for a while, acquiring a P3 motherboard [I plan to run it at 600mhz], some RAM and other sundry bits over time, but was forced into action by this event.

Amazingly, I swapped out the hardware and everything booted up fine! No OS tweakage necessary! I’m currently running RedHat 6.2 [yes, it’s old] on it, and the OS managed the transition swimmingly…it’s been running without pause since late Saturday afternoon.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I wonder how long I can keep old RH 6.2 on…


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July 04, 2003

Sorry, I couldn't resist...
[general news]

breaknews.jpgToo many good quotes here..I don’t know where to start…

[EDIT: Thought this one needed more context]

Municipal court Judge Denis Boisvert found five people guilty of swinging-related offences, but he said in his judgment that “contemporary Canadian society tolerates swinging and swingers clubs if the sexual acts take place in private.”

“The gays, they do what they want,” Mr. Chesnel said. “Us hetero people, we can’t do what we want. It’s a joke.”

“So that will be a big change for Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver, because the only province in Canada that you could find sexual relations on premises was Quebec. Quebec has always been a pioneer with sexual practices.”

…read the whole thing here or here [CBC].

Ah, yes, in Canada, you CAN swing!
[Source: The Globe and Mail]


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June 27, 2003

Canadian Astronauts Selected...
[space]

calogo.jpgLike millions of people growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I too wanted to become an Astronaut. Obviously this didn’t transpire, but hey, that hasn’t stopped these folks from dreaming and setting themselves up to live the dream.

The Canadian Arrow team is one of many competing for the coveted XPrize - awarded for a civilian team to be the first to make it into space. Go Team! And in a true Canadian fashion, here’s a quote from the Canadian Arrow team member:

“Although there are many different teams competing for the X PRIZE, we are all fundamentally on the same team. When one of us wins the X PRIZE, we will all become entrepreneurs and pioneers in the eyes of the world.”


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June 20, 2003

Upgrade...
[blogging]

bradbloglogo.jpgI took the plunge today and updated my install of Movable Type, the software powering this blog.

Please bear with me if you notice any wonkiness out of the ordinary.


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June 17, 2003

Tools to help create that 90%...
[photography]

sure.jpgDan Gillmor briefly discusses the trend of building digital cameras into your cell phone - and how that further divides the snapshot from the photograph. Here’s his bit.

Back in the old days, this discussion happened when you had people who used a Kodak Instamatic to take their snapshots, and others who had the full Canon AE-1 or Pentax K-1000 35mm camera for making photographs.

Mind you, I’m forever leaving my digital camera at home, then wishing I had something to capture the moment…right now, it’s just a bit too big to take everywhere.…maybe the cell phone camera is next on my “to be acquired” list.


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June 16, 2003

Fantasy Blowout...
[auction]

EbaylogoCA.jpg…at Discount Brad’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Emporium!

hype mode off

But seriously folks, I do have some new Fantasy and Gaming items up for auction at eBay - as I continue to clean out the closet. The prize of this lot is likely a First Edition ElfQuest graphic novel (ElfQuest Book 1).

And yeah, I’ll keep plugging these over time, I really have to clear out space as I have another server to build and install into that closet :-)


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June 11, 2003

90% of everything...
[blogging]

sure.jpgWow..there sure are a lot of folk out there with digital cameras and time on their hands. Check out this Fotolog and watch out for the Brazilian ladies! I caught this interesting write up from http://www.onlinejournalism.com.

Web logs like Fotolog fight for their ‘soul’
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,59149,00.html
- Anamika Wani, Section Editor

Fotolog, a photo Web log, has built a 3,000 member community of enthusiasts,
reports Wired News. Some are serious photographers chronicling personal history others are Brazilian girls posting Webcam shots. Fotolog responded by charging its members $5 per month. Members reacted by uploading protest pictures entitled, “We won’t pay for it,” or “Fotolog Free”.

Continue reading "90% of everything..."
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June 06, 2003

"And check out the spiffy outfits."
[space]

marvsm.jpgThat quote, while not quite as memorable as Neil Armstrong’s “Small step” quote, is one that is nonetheless appropriate for this cast of characters who will make their way to the Red Planet aboard two NASA Mars Exploration Rover Missions this summer.

Marvin the Martian and Daffy Duck (the cast of Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century) will ride abord the two Mars probes. They have been selected and approved by NASA for the mission patch designs. Very Cool! Check out the whole story here. [Source: BoingBoing]


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June 03, 2003

The Grand Experiment...
[blogging]

console.jpgTime to dip into the big vat of fromage (click the Translate link on the right to figure it out).

As I’ve been learning more about online auctions, I’ve been learning more about the online Make $$$ Quick schemes and sites that some folk insist on embedding in their auctions.

Heck, there’s even some schemes that enable you to make BIG BUCKS working only an hour a month. Now that sounds like my kind of job…though I don’t know anyone who does that.

So I thinks to myself, Self, maybe we should do some research on this, maybe there’s a good story here that one of the mainstream pubs would buy.

I think Self is pretty easy.

So, here’s the deal. From time to time, I’ll profile one interesting online make-money-quick-and-easy product. You decide if it’s humour, satire, or performance art.

Today’s lucky winner(?) is this rather promising e-book called “300 Creative Dates - The World’s Most Romantic, Unique and Fun Dating Ideas”. Hey, look, it even comes with a special bonus…just like the infomercials do. Cool!


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June 01, 2003

Cleaning out the closet...
[auction]

EbaylogoCA.jpgYes it is Spring, and it’s time to clean out all the stuff on the shelves and in the nooks and crannies of the dreaded closet.

So yes, I’ve bitten the bullet and am now flogging my much loved but no longer needed stuff on eBay. You’ll find various books, magazines, Science Fiction collectibles and the like. You can view my auctions here.


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May 31, 2003

The Geek gets a Woodie...
[gaming]

LedHeadbanner.jpgOr more correctly a palm job.

LedHead - a very cools site and program - is allowing me to relive many of my early adolescent dreams by packaging a bunch of Mattel Electronics LED games in one handy executable. For Windows, PalmOS, and PocketPC.

Is that a Battlestar Galactica Space Alert in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?


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May 28, 2003

M
[blogging]

blogsharesthumb.jpgWell, actually the Roman symbol for 1,000,000 (1 million) is actually an M with a BAR (_) above it.

I can’t figure out how to render that in Movable Type. But I digress.

As another Brad recently experienced, I too am a millionaire - at least in the Blogshares world.

Kinda cool. So buy some BradBlog, or ask nice and I’ll slide you a gift.


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Back in the Saddle Again...
[gaming]

nwnboxshot.jpgGot my medium crossbow, my studded leather armor, and my cure light wounds potions. I’m ready to go, again after a few week hiatus from (insert GOD voice here) Neverwinter Nights, a Dungeons & Dragons role playing game for PC, Mac and Linux.

For the last two weeks, our game host has been away on his honeymoon, and we, the faithful party of hardy adventurers, have been left without a weekly game.

How could he! I mean really! What’s more important..going to Vegas and getting hitched or supporting the free economy of Neverwinter by aiding adventurers on their quest to rid the country-side of evil-dooers.

But all is forgiven, as we enjoyed dungeon-crawling-goodness this past Sunday after they returned.

(note to self, lay off the beer before writing blog entries).


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Freaking Snow!
[photography]

freakingsnow.jpgWell, like most of us in Alberta, I awoke the morning of May 6th to a good foot or so of snow…you know, the white stuff that most of the rest of the world doesn’t have to deal with in the fifth freaking month of the year!!!

So I grabbed a few shots, and put them up here…so the rest of you could see what sticks to the trees in Alberta in May.

Pardon the flashback - I forgot I had these images in my CoolPix 995.


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Upcoming article alert...
[writing]

NPheader.jpgOk, in amongst my various yardwork chores (which I’ll detail shortly) I’ve been working on returning to a previoius career, that of a technology journalist (slash) reporter.

As I’m finding out, it’s a tough grind. There are many good people already doing a great job in this news-space. What do I have to offer? Well, see for yourself. Here’s three articles I wrote for the Globe & Mail back in ‘99, before I crossed over to the PR side of things and began work for BioWare.

And, as you will note if you check out the link to the stories, I’ve recently sold another item to the National Post - to appear in early June, I’m told.

Now to burn of 20 or so of these a month and I’ll have a decent wage again!


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Wow...
[blogging]

bradbloglogo.jpgWhat a difference two weeks of great weather makes! For one, my blogging activity drops to zero. Nada. No time to spend pondering great words or witticisms to write here. No sir. Yard Work Calls! That and other things that I’ll detail in the upcoming entries tonight…until I either fall asleep at the keyboard or run out of stuff. Either way - reader be warned!


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There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him. - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress...Robert A. Heinlein


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