• Simplelog-X... is coming...

    So I just made some major updates to the software running this site, which for now I’m calling “Simplelog-X”. And the source code for simplelog-x is now on github.

  • Dubai, I'm shocked!

    So Dubai isn’t a wonderland and actually is a vast petrol- and credit-funded nightmare that is on a knife’s edge of sinking into the sands, forever gone? I’m shocked! Who could have thought it.

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  • Welcome to the World of Tomorrow!

    When I was just a young tyke, getting beat up by my peers every day, I retreated to the little school library to immerse myself in visions of the future. Little did I know that some day the mythical year “2001” would come and pass in a blaze of … nothing spectacular. Well anyway, I think it’s fun to look back at those visions of the future and look in awe at the coolness of how we should now be living.

  • Under the lid of a power line conditioner, the APC H15

    I just acquired an “APC AV H15 Home Theater 1500VA Power Filter and Power Conditioner”, which is usually just called the APC H15. It’s a pretty popular device basically to smooth out the AC power for home theatre type systems, and also protect your equipment from any kind of bad power juju. Some people buy these kinds of things to make their speakers sound better, but my system probably isn’t good enough to notice at this point. My concern was that my apartment has bad power, and I’ve been having random computer shutdowns, blown lightbulbs, and even weird lines in my new LCD TV. Fortunately I got this silver H15 less than half price because they’re moving from silver case to black case.

  • The Shape of Things That Hum

    The Shape of Things That Hum is a series of 11-minute short documentaries about different electronic instruments. It goes through a bunch of classics, most I recognize the sound easily but never knew the name or the story. Here’s the proper order:

  • Urban camouflage / hiding in plain sight

    Check out this artist hiding out in an Ikea store using a unique urban camouflage. Watch as he disappears in plain sight!

  • How To Save the World Without Destroying It (Too Big to Fail. It's True.)

    Cross-posted in my Daily Kos diary, where it will be almost certainly ignored (because kossacks mainly care about breaking news).

  • iPhone programming: how to switch to a landscape view at the moment of your choosing

    Maybe someday, Apple will make it easy to rotate manually into a landscape view. But right now it’s been causing me enormous headache with hideous frames issues. Running an app in landscape the whole time is easy, but doing just some views in landscape is insane, especially if you’re trying to switch while in the middle of a navigation controller.

  • The StartupCamp Report - StartupCampWaterloo5

    So last night was StartupCampWaterloo5 – the Original Startup Camp with the Best Format(tm). We had on the order of 60-80 people in attendance. We didn’t do formal count of startups this time, but there were 12 proposed demos on the whiteboard, and I know of at least 3 other groups that were represented. As usual we had a keynote speaker: Mark Evans, who among other things runs the mesh conference in Toronto. He usually talks about social media, but he focused for us on communication, highlighting good and poor first impressions and public communications strategies of various websites.