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Monday, October 11, 2004 #

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians! Hope you enjoy your holiday Monday. Just heard about a bit of sad news to start the day (or more accurately, end yesterday, going to sleep momentarily):

"Superman" actor Christopher Reeve, who became a committed campaigner for spinal cord research after being paralysed in a riding accident nine years ago, has died of heart failure, his publicist says.
Reeve, 52, went into a coma on Saturday when he suffered a heart attack during treatment for an infected pressure wound and died in Northern Westchester Hospital on Sunday afternoon without regaining consciousness, publicist Wesley Combs told reporters on Monday.

Just a reminder to be thankful for what you have!

[Via Reuters]

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Sunday, October 10, 2004 #


Signed up for BlogExplosion last night and so far it seems to be working quite well! I heard about it a week or two ago, and we mentioned it in one of Blogosphere News episodes. Basically, you visit other people's blogs and in return you get lots of traffic to your own blog.

I am not sure how much of the traffic is quality traffic, because it's pretty easy to just cycle through the blogs without actually looking at them. Anyway, if you want some extra traffic, give it a shot. Sign up here!

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Google Easter Egg!

This is priceless:

  1. Make sure you have a virus scanner installed, as the first time I did this, something got blocked by Symantec.
  2. Go to Google
  3. Enter "french military victories" in the search box
  4. Click "I'm Feeling Lucky"
  5. Laugh at the page that appears, and click the link for more laughs!

Man I couldn't stop laughing...

[Via Jason Bentley]

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Looking for podcasts?

If you are looking for a good podcasting directory, check out loudpocket. They just added BlogosphereRadio bringing the list of podcasts to 46. Should be interesting to see how this number grows over the coming months!

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Saturday, October 09, 2004 #

New Vlog Episode Posted!

We just posted a new episode of The Vlog at In this episode Andrew and I talk about Halo 2, Hilary Duff, Eminem, and more. Plus, we release the world exclusive Vlog Remix of Hilary Duff's new track Fly. You don't want to miss this show!

5.8%...WHAT!? - Listen Now!

Ignore the fact that I am the two or three seconds of strange voice distortion haha!

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Price of oil not so bad

You might have heard that yesterday afternoon the price of oil reached $53.04 USD per barrel. Reasons include concerns about winter fuel supplies in the US, operational problems in the Gulf of Mexico and petroleum industry strife in Nigeria and Norway. However, what you probably did not realize, is that the price of oil has been worse:

While oil prices are about 70 percent higher than a year ago, they are more than $27 below the peak inflation-adjusted price reached in 1981.

So really, the price isn't all that bad. Or in other words, it could be a lot worse.

The overriding concern among oil analysts these days is the world's scarce surplus production capacity, or supply buffer, which is dangerously thin at around 1 percent above the global demand of 82 million barrels daily.

Solution? Develop the damn oil sands and destroy OPEC Canada! My god, quit wasting money on old submarines and spend $300 million to develop a more efficient way to extra oil from Alberta's HUGE reserves. That's what I would do if I was Dictator of Canada.


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Friday, October 08, 2004 #

Betting on China

If you have any doubt that China is going to be the next major economic power of the world, read this:

In a survey of major multinational companies, 29 percent of respondents predicted that Internet technology will have the largest positive impact on their business in the next five years. That answer was second only to "growth in China," cited by more than a third of the companies.
A set of 50 companies that Dow Jones calls the "global titans" were sent the survey questions. The companies include Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, Dell, IBM and Intel.

[Via CNET]

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Is it just me, or is EXTREMELY slow? I'd love to be able to add to the list (or even see if it is on there already) but I can't get the damn page to load. Displays the top text and then just sits there, forever.

Speaking of BlogosphereRadio, I just posted a new interview show. This time, we are Blogging With...Eric Olsen of Enjoy!

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Thursday, October 07, 2004 #

My Kind of Beer!

Ah they are so on to me...they know I might become utterly addicted!

As the industry leader, Anheuser-Busch is the first major brewer to infuse beer with caffeine, guarana and ginseng. Well balanced with select hops and aromas of blackberry, raspberry and cherry, BE will offer a lightly sweet and tart taste - a great mixture of beer and new flavors for adults to enjoy when out with friends at a club or at a bar after work with colleagues.

That's right folks...caffeinated beer! Man its so over for me now...

[Via Anheuser-Busch]

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004 #

Tech Support: Part Deux

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I will leave you with this:

What were YOU doing at the time of this post?

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Monday, October 04, 2004 #

SpaceShipOne Wins X Prize!

Looks like SpaceShipOne, the craft built by Paul Allen's Mojave Aerospace Ventures, has won the Ansari X Prize for private space travel:

SpaceShipOne, the craft that breached the Earth's atmosphere last week, won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private space travel on Monday when it repeated its feat of reaching 100km.
Just after 8 a.m. PDT, CNN reported that SpaceShipOne reached an altitude of 368,000 feet--well above the 328,000 feet, or 100km, minimum altitude required to win the prize.

Totally cool if you ask me! Could space travel be commercialized as fast as air travel was in the 20th century? Surely it is following a similar pattern of events - many competitions for commercial air travel were held before it caught on. Personally though, I think space travel is incomplete without a moonbase :)

[Via CNET]

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A Podcasting Problem?

If you have been paying even a little bit of attention to the blogging space lately, you might have heard about podcasting. Essentially, this is a mechanism that allows you to subscribe to an RSS feed that supports enclosures - audio files embedded as links that your aggregator can automagically download. Basically the main way to do this now is via Adam Curry's iPodder.

I guess what we are doing with is podcasting. We create audio shows, and publish via our RSS 2.0 feed so that people can download them. And while I like the idea, I think it suffers from one major problem - time. (I also don't like that it is called podcasting and thus seems limited to iPods when it really isn't)

With simple RSS feeds, your aggregator can display thousands in a manner that allows you to scan very easily and efficiently. The problem with audio and podcasting right now, is that there is no mechanism to scan. Either you listen to an entire show, or you don't. And because of that, you are greatly limited in the number of shows you can listen to. I listened to the newest Trade Secrets and Evil Genius Chronicles on the bus this morning, but I didn't have time to listen to anything else. In that same amount of time, I could have browsed through almost all of the feeds I subscribe to in NewsGator and read the ones that really caught my attention.

Don't get me wrong, I think podcasting has a ton of potential, and I am happy to be providing some good content right at the beginning of this phenomenon. Yet at the same time, I think there are definitely some larger obstacles to overcome than what blogging faced.

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Another Wireless Network Setup!

I am writing this from the brand new wireless network at Felicia's house. I am such a wireless whore. Soon my goal of having wireless everywhere will be realized - one house at a time! Dickson and I are the best damn tech support you don't have to pay for...LOL

When asked what she thought of having wireless, Felicia said, "I can't believe Mack and Dickson almost broke my Internet."

Talk about ungrateful.

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Sunday, October 03, 2004 #

Go Fly Or Go Home!

Last night was our so-called "Go Fly Or Go Home" dinner at Joey's Global Grill in South Edmonton Common. We decided it was time to dress up and have a fancier dinner than our normal Boston Pizza events. I think it went quite well, and everyone seemed to have a good time! It's always nice to see people dressed up anyways :)

We had to wait a bit for tables, but I was pleased with the service we got. The staff did what they could to accommodate us, which was nice as they do not take reservations. We had a pretty good turnout too, so we took up three tables - Sharon, Stephanie, Megan, Jane, Violet, Felicia, Tom, Mack, Lisa, Laura, Tess, Joe, Dickson, Alex, Andrew, Renee, and Candice.

Felicia arrived a little late but she brought everyone roses - it was a nice touch! Other highlights included Joe and I getting $10 glasses of wine for $6, our hot waitress who looked exactly like Mischa Barton from the O.C., Megan and I ordering Asian food and getting chop sticks while the Asian people all ordered white food, and the dessert that looked like steak and ice cream. After dinner a few of us went to Felicia's house to relax and watch Pirates of the Carribbean. Thanks Felicia for being so hospitable!

Well that was fun! Thank you to everyone who came, and I hope you had a good time. We'll have to make this fancy dinner thing more than a once a year event! You can see the picture album for this event here (29 best ones posted). If you want all the pictures taken on my camera (145 total), let me know and I will burn you a CD.

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Friday, October 01, 2004 #

Positive Response for BlogosphereRadio!

I for one am quite pleased with the response we have received to the site so far. And while there hasn't been much discussion in the forums, there has been some good discussion in the blogosphere - like this post from Blog Business World.

Looks like we are getting some attention as a result of the recent publicity surrounding podcasting too. Let's keep the momentum going!

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