Friday, December 31, 2004

Kevin Sites Blog

Kevin Sites Blog

All I have to say is...why isn't this guy more of a household name? Crazy read. I wish news were more often covered like this...people might pay a little more attention.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Southeast Asia, my thoughts are with you...

Anything I saw will seem trite given the magnatude of the disaster, so I'll just say I hope we in the West pay attention and send significant help...we've failed too many times before.

On a lighter note, I found a cool website with mixtapes made by a fellow Canadian with some good taste in chilled hiphop stuff...great to study by or just have going in the background. And best of all, available for download. Make sure you check 'em out...

http://www.thetastates.com/

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Boxing Day Madness!

I don't understand the Boxing Day phenomenon, especially at the GAP...why do so many people come out? It's not like we're going to change the prices back up again...if I had any choice I'd have stayed at home, where it's peaceful, rather than braving the throngs of shoppers at the mall. And get this...apparently the owners of the mall wanted to open stores on Christmas day. Fucking greedy bastards...

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas...again

Remember how yesterday I was mentioning resisting the urge to get an iPod? Well, it'll be a whole lot harder now...Katie (my girlfriend) and my roommate JP both got them for Christmas today. Maybe playing with theirs will scratch my consumer impulse...I'm bad like that. I'm convinced I got that trait of a taste for expensive toys from my dad (and maybe that Y chromosome we share). It doesn't seem to harm my dad very much, but on the other hand, he has disposable income that I lack.

Aside from the isolation, Christmas was good to me...I opened my gifts that my folks Purolated to me while on the phone with them. I recieved a Lonely Planet guide book to Europe on a budget, a lava lamp (Dad said it was a joke gift, but I didn't get it since I've always sort of wanted one), a GAP gift certificate, and $500 for a ticket to Europe. I've got other stuff waiting at home, and I'll get that when I go home sometime soon.

I've decided that I'm going to try and sell my snowboard rig...while it is a great setup which I'd use tomorrow if I had the chance, I don't get to go boarding often, and I spoiled myself with the conditions during my trip out west with Evan a few years back. So if you know anyone in the market for a board and bindings, I'm asking $500 (cdn). Here are some pics if you want to check it out...it's pretty mint. Oh to live in Fernie...

Pic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Katie called me from home this afternoon, which was really sweet of her, and a nice surprise. For Christmas alone, it wasn't bad at all!

Friday, December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas

I'm in London alone for the holidays...it's pretty quiet, and I'm hoping to catch up on some sleep and do some cleaning. I'm resisting the urge to buy an MP3 player...I have to keep reminding myself of my plan to go to Europe. Damnit.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Imagine if the telephone companies had blocked the internet...

...because that is very similar to what the RIAA and MPAA (recording and movie trade groups) are pulling. Because they were caught offguard by a totally new and inexpensive distribution method for music and movies via the internet. And we're letting them do it. They lobby hard for laws that restrict consumer rights to the media they purchase, leading to talk of self destructing movie rentals, and software and music incapable of being backed up. Their clout allows them to stave off the effects of technology on the flow in information - namely how it should follow that it gets cheaper, and easier to distribute. Hell, with mp3, who needs a record company? Music could flow from studio straight to iTunes and their ilk, cutting out the middle man. That's progress...but lawyers will try their best to impede. Music piracy is the result of the industry failing to use the internet and new formats to their full potential, and sell the product at a cost representative of the most efficient methods of distribution. Movies are going along the same route...the movie industry wants to have it's cake and eat it too. In the last 20 years, there has been a big shift towards home theatres, and technology is beginning to rival the cinematic experience in the comfort of a room at home, without the kicked chairbacks, sticky floors, or annoying audience members. It's gone even further with encoding algorithms that allow full movies to be downloaded quickly, at little cost. Yet the movie industry hasn't gone anywhere near an online distribution model, which has the potential to be quite lucrative, with lowered costs (no physical media, just bandwidth) and a huge audience base. But instead, the movie industry only markets on the internet and sticks to its path towards obsolescence.

Fuck em. They just shut down suprnova.org and TorrentBits, the most popular BitTorrent linkdumps. But the cycle continues regardless of whether or not they care to look.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

WIStv.com Columbia, SC: President's daughter to teach in DC; Barney cam returns for Christmas

WIStv.com Columbia, SC: President's daughter to teach in DC; Barney cam returns for Christmas

Glad to see the president of the most powerful nation in the world who (I would argue largely singlehandedly) fucked up foreign policy for years to come has the time to shoot cheezy videos of his dog (or waste payroll on having someone do it for him). I'm sure any Republicans would quickly counter that Clinton did a similar thing with his video he released, but at least there were people acting, and it was a one-time deal, not a three part saga of 'cutesy' family pet videos. The lowest common denominator coming from the first family...here's an idea, up-armor some humvees for the cost of hiring PR people and editors for the video.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Coulter: Canada is "lucky we allow them to exis ... [Media Matters for America]

Coulter: Canada is "lucky we allow them to exis ... [Media Matters for America]

Read this article. A buddy of mine send me this link. Coulter's is a voice that is getting a fair amount of play in the US, and it's getting scary. Ann Coulter, I want to aquaint you with Canada. I have never been on a dogsled, nor do I speak French, although I wish I did.

If the republicans were to have a closet swastika waving Nazi fanclub, my money would be all in on her as president.

EDIT: I took out the word transvestite, as it is highly offensive to transvestites to be equated with Coulter. I'm sorry. Nazis on the other hand, tough shit.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

XMas list: Canon SD300, I have my eye on you

Working at Staples in the business machines department, I get to handle and compare digital cameras all day...and one has really caught my eye. I want the Canon SD300. It's tiny, like a deck of cards, or maybe slightly smaller. This addresses my main complaint about my current camera, an Olympus D550, which is a few generations older, and larger. It works fine, but it's hard to take out to social events (aka the bar) without a bag, and I don't want to be that guy. It also doesn't use the xD cards that my Olympus does, which I don't want to invest in a higher capacity of.

I can't believe how hot digital cameras are this Christmas...there are going to be plenty of happy shutterbugs and photolabs this winter.

I also am liking the Logitech Z-2300 2.1 computer speakers...one can dream.


Update

It's been a while since my last post, and quite a bit has happened. I have a girlfriend! Katie, who I worked with in rez and has been a close friend for over a year, and I are now dating. I'm not going to post details, but I'm really happy and excited, and I think she is too.