Monthly Archives: October 2002

Working

First of all, thank you to everyone who's messaging me about the book — it's making me feel a lot more secure about investing the $$$ in the printing. You won't regret it

Anyway, I'm working on an update, so I thought people might get a kick out of this. You'll note that the email is quite clear — these are the photos that did turn out well. I can't imagine how incomprehensible the others are.

From: "M!zz K!tty" <kawaiikitty24@***.***>
Subject: peircings

i have other peircings... but the pictures wouldnt come out!!!
img src="http://image1ex.villagephotos.com/pubimage.asp?id_=587199"

Other than that I'm considering starting a weekly op-ed type column for BME. I worked on the next three weeks columns while I was in Belleville earlier this morning picking up Rob from the trainstation… More on that later maybe.

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap

First, thanks to Angela for these photos (photo credit goes to her). BTW, point of trivia about her for you people who've been eyeing taking her on in fight club — she has a Tae Kwon Do black belt, so watch out!


I haven't posted any pix yet, so I thought I'd show these two shots that incidentally at least show the Toronto BME offices. Including the lofts, it's a nearly 3000 square foot space that will soon house BME and PsyberCity's main development centre, as well as being used to build my next car prototypes. My best Orange County-esque Jack Black impression. Is it just me or do I look like I've just walked out of a cave? (PS. Jack Black, n*Sync, Shannon Elizabeth, and a number of other celebrities are all in the scrapbook)

Anyway, I know I should write a little more about Saturday (others have done it as well). We got to the space at about 1 PM I think, but because the bathroom isn't installed yet we headed across the street to Piri Piri, a Portuguese grill house. The food seemed really good, but for us vegans there was literally nothing on the menu. Just the house salad I think, although they were kind enough to try and make some dishes to feed us.

I think about a dozen and a half people were at the ID party, which did eventually migrate over to the office where drinks were mixed and I sat up on the roof of the office (well, the unfinished loft) with Ryan and Marc talking about flying… Both Marc and I are well into our pilot's training, and Ryan wants to start, so hopefully this winter and next summer we'll finish that (I've got lots of flight hours, but am behind on my ground school).

Then we headed over to the bowling alley (I was actually a tiny bit late because we had to run an errand first, but luckily Rachel had driven separately and was there in time). I think around 35 people bowled with about another 15 on the sidelines. I have to say that our scores were, on the whole, literally HALF what I saw of the scores at the Philly bowling event… Very embarassing!

Anyway, then Jack's friends took over the first lane, chucked all the balls down the alley and broke the machinery, and then started throwing chairs and got thrown out — luckily the alley didn't hold it against us (or try and charge me for it) so it blew over without issues. Once things started wrapping up I was pretty tired (I'm on Tweed time, which means I get up very early, but go to bed early too) and headed back to crash.

I think about half of the people (dunno, I wasn't there) headed down to Sneaky Dees and stayed till closing… And Rob still hasn't returned from the party, so I guess that means it's still going good somewhere (Although I'm not looking forward to explaining it to his mother, so please come back soon Rob!)

In any case, I had an awesome time and it was really nice seeing everyone again (not that it's been long, but I still always look forward to it).

PS. Can't wait to see everyone's pictures, as well as the pictures from all the other BBQs that happened this weekend. There sure was a lot going on!!!

Uh oh! 2013 emails!

I'm back in Tweed now — it seems the power died while I was gone. I'm expecting to have my satellite access restricted shortly — 2013 emails are currently downloading, and judging by how long it took my POP server to respond, it's a rather massive pile. I can't wait to see all the photos from yesterday's BBQs. If you can get your pictures in to me today I'll try and slip a couple pix in.

Anyway, I had an awesome weekend in Toronto — thanks to everyone who came bowling, as well to those who came and helped ID people in the scrapbook. I'm going to blitz that today and get all the corrections in place hopefully.

Bring it on

First of all — wow — I'm on a highspeed low-latency connection for the first time in a month+, and I'm blown away at how fast everything is. I know it's only about a second of latency in general on the satellite, but having effectively ZERO latency is awesome… As much as I really don't want to be in the city, this really shows me that I need to be to continue this development. With a low latency connection I can really feel what the server is doing.

Anyway, today is ID party and bowling day… Details are in the events section (and linked from my main description above). Late arrivers for bowling are welcome.


I guess everyone knows the sad news about Sen. Paul Wellstone's plane crash… A short recap of the events leading up to it, which you can interpret as you see fit:

  • Wellstone is called on to vote for or against war on Iraq. He's anti-war, but all of his advisors tell him it's political suicide to vote with that attitude, especially considering he was facing a close election. He votes what he believes, and casts his vote against war. Luckily his constituents appreciate the vote, and it helps him and he becomes more popular. (full story).
  • Bush et al (who had taken an active personal role in this campaign because of Wellstone's prominence as one of the few vocal anti-war Senators) were not thrilled about his vote, and even less thrilled about his public's support of it — it made it clear that average Americans, if they felt they were allowed to, were in support of an anti-war platform. Shortly after, Wellstone is killed in a plane crash. (full story).

Like I said, interpret it as you see fit, but I think the message was sent very clearly about what happens if you successfully oppose this war. (If you'd like more on Wellstone, most of cursor's links today are relevant). This next part I'm going to tell you about is where it gets really freaky.

While the liberal churches are on the whole opposed to the war, as well as of America's extreme support of Israel (another $10 billion was just pledged for “support of Israel”, right?), the far Christian right are extreme supporters both of Israel and of war in the Middle East. If you want the answer why, read Revelations (ie. the “conclusion” of the Bible).

For the apocalypse to happen, Israel must be rebuilt as a Jewish state, which along with war in the Middle East will bring about the second coming of Jesus and the triumph of heaven. (full story). The crazy punch line is that Bush's extremist Christian team has been quite publicly saying this since day one… Does no one care that the country is in part being run by religious lunatics who are doing their damndest not to bring about world peace, but to bring about the apocalypse?

Scrappy

First of all, I've posted all the relevant details about the bowling and ID party event. The specific location info for the ID party has been IM'd to everyone on the list. If you're signing up late, just ask one of them as I'll only be only sporadically before then. The book's still pretty grobschnitt but it's at the point where I'm comfortable putting it up for a final edit run.

On the train ride up to Toronto (that's right, I have to commute to my own event!) I'll be working on the index for the scrapbook. The index is an online companion to the scrapbook — it allows you to type in a username and it'll tell you every page that it's on. Not only that, but you can type in a page and get extra info on all the photos (like full credits, background info, etc.). You can even make comments about pictures — it's an interactive index.

The index also shows the pages, so as to make IDing easier. Please note though that it uses a password system, so you can't access it unless you get the book. It's sort of a goofy system, but I think effective (it'll say things like “on page 337, one the 2nd line in the right column, what is the first word?”).

Now, here's a pile of pages… I should say that about 200 hardcovers and 100 softcovers are pre-sold. If you just want the softcover you don't have anything to worry about probably as I'll run a total of 500 books with the softcovers flushing out the run. But if you want a hardcover, you need to reserve it within the week!

One thing I like about this scrapbook is that it's so damn big (2200 images and 40,000 words of text at last count) is that I can post sample pages pretty much endlessly without running out or spoiling the book.