Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-20

  • I'm at sfu burnaby w/ @kumar. http://bit.ly/3j3L04 #
  • I'm at SFU Surrey (250, 13450 102 Ave, at 102nd Avenue, btw 134 and 135, Surrey). http://bit.ly/uPgau #
  • I just ousted @kumar as the mayor of SFU Surrey on @foursquare! http://bit.ly/uPgau #
  • "I see progress in paint peeling/I see progress in leaky ceilings" #
  • I'm at sfu burnaby (8888 university dr, burnaby). http://bit.ly/3j3L04 #
  • RT @Dutchphoto: RT @andreareimer: 5 star day for E.S.Family Place 30th Birthday. Grateful for their support over the yrs http://is.gd/3sOQi #
  • RT @obinine: Swift public relations campaign couldn’t save a successful lawyer that ran down and killed a bike courier ~ http://ow.ly/q7GQ #
  • OK Adorno is 4 suckers. Why'd I get suckered? #fuckingcomps #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-13

  • RT @obinine: iPhone is a net loser for wireless telcos – http://ow.ly/oiWD #
  • whoah – stopped some nasty anti-Obama SPAM by merely emailing the company hosting the domain. is it really this easy to stop SPAM? #
  • CMNS 253 updated for Fall: Augmented Reality through teh ages, from Napoleonic Semaphore to Nokia Vine #
  • oh and "Number 9…Number 9…Number 9…" &c… #
  • hit-and-miss-and-hit with the 80s Waves muzak. first Loverboy, then Phil Collins, then Hall & Oates. beats commercial radio #
  • whoah – Waves muzak just got 10,000X better – The Church "Unguarded Moment" #
  • is in daycare, now to surrey for 1st day of 253 (@ sfu burnaby in burnaby) http://bit.ly/3j3L04 #
  • m.foursquare.com should check me in automatically when i define a new place #
  • I just became the mayor of SFU Surrey on @foursquare! http://bit.ly/uPgau #
  • RT @remhq: Moveon and R.E.M. video collaboration posted: http://bit.ly/UQq6x #publicoption #
  • finishing up & picking up teh dottir (@ sfu burnaby in burnaby) http://bit.ly/3j3L04 #
  • solved the hissy audio on SFU class projectors (pwr supply interference – must unplug Macbook Pro during vids). wish I'd known 4 mos ago! #
  • all hail "radical socialist plots". I am "green on the outside but Communist red to the core": http://is.gd/38nwB . and the problem being? #
  • OH at new Tim Hortons (at SFU) 100+ lineup during Welcome Week: "I can't believe anyone would wait that long for a fuckin' donut" #
  • *reminds himself to be scarce during frosh week*. a university is no place for focused study at such a debaucherous time… #
  • …*clutches daughter, flees in terror down the hill* #
  • E-Democracy Win: Britain Apologizes to Alan Turing: http://bit.ly/2RVRPx #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-06

  • drums sound awesome! will be a 5 song EP (at minimum) #
  • banks, property managers, wireless companies=thieves. how boring. why can't they be pirates instead? ahaar. #
  • lining up ducks, slicin up eyeballs, moo-ha-ha-ha #
  • updating the course wiki. this time it's personal. hah. #
  • got any good links that teach how to write an email? (as man-who-fell-to-earth as that sounds)… 😉 #
  • what a crap week this has been! hard work, evasive clients, job-app-rejection, overdraft spiraling. #
  • what should we call those @ tweets we get unintentionally? @kk and @smith know what I mean. @twitsam? #oopsididitagain #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-09-06

  • drums sound awesome! will be a 5 song EP (at minimum) #
  • banks, property managers, wireless companies=thieves. how boring. why can't they be pirates instead? ahaar. #
  • lining up ducks, slicin up eyeballs, moo-ha-ha-ha #
  • updating the course wiki. this time it's personal. hah. #
  • got any good links that teach how to write an email? (as man-who-fell-to-earth as that sounds)… 😉 #
  • what a crap week this has been! hard work, evasive clients, job-app-rejection, overdraft spiraling. #
  • what should we call those @ tweets we get unintentionally? @kk and @smith know what I mean. @twitsam? #oopsididitagain #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-30

  • are there small venues/bars left in Vancouver that DON'T charge a fee for bands to play (bands should never have to pay bar staff IMHO)? #
  • OK – actually ADDING stuff to urbandictionary.com now. officially 12 till i die. #
  • I really should start remembering to stop using bit.ly – http://is.gd/2wEBA #contrenépotisme #
  • Stanford study: multitaskers suck at multitasking – http://is.gd/2x6jv #
  • I upgraded to #HootSuite 2.0 because I am a slave to my clicks http://hootsuite.com/upgrade #
  • 1st Stallman gaffes on women in tech; now he flubs on Spanish Wikipedia as censoring the left: http://is.gd/2CbAD ? this is getting tacky. #
  • RT @zedlander: Canadians, you should be watching this Copyright Town Hall #copycon: http://bit.ly/1Yt18L – town hall stacked with music biz #
  • Critical Mass tonight. Let's play safe, stay cool, and make an impact! http://is.gd/2Efwy #
  • structure of copyleft essay for #vancouvernewmusic: Intro/Copyright>Copyleft/Recombinant Forms/Artists&Poverty/Futures. suggestions? #
  • OK Zotero (free Firefox citation mgr plugin for you out-of-schoolers) totally rocks my world #
  • RT @obinine: 90% of cyclist deaths caused by motorists – http://ow.ly/ndlw #
  • #criticalmassvancouver looks a bit thin #
  • had a swell time at #criticalmassvancouver. cops were helping us cork. #
  • I see the AFM is not with it, nor with us: http://is.gd/2Gh28 #
  • Video from Critical Mass Vancouver: http://is.gd/2GtLE #
  • an era of irreflexive musical parrotry yelped by a couple of idiot dweebs draws to a yawning close: http://is.gd/2GExy #
  • ah Kiiiiiii. such joyous racketry: http://is.gd/2GGD6 #
  • off to the studio to record the next EP #

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Copyright Town Hall Sham-bolics

It appears that by design or chance, the big Town Hall meeting on Copyright law in Toronto yesterday was dominated by one side of the debate – that side representing the (mostly foreign-based) commercial music industry, that side seething epithets about “lawbreakers” and “pirates”, that side representing a tiny minority interest, that narrow slice of Canadian society that weakly resorts to costly litigation to solve its problems when the going gets tough. Blame your customers, eh? Blame the citizenry?

So this is just my short post echoing the growing protest over this entire process, noting the added outrage over Industry Canada apparently modifying copyright consultation submissions. Seems we have a problem – our Federal government is clearly, given its history on this subject, ensnared by the RIAA/MPAA lobbyists, and this purported open-mindedness about policy reform is nothing but political theatre, as could be anticipated.

What to do? Write to your MP, or host your own Copyright Town Hall meeting. Also, you might want to join the Pirate Party of Canada. I did.

“& as is typical of Conservatives, pointlessly drab and sleep-inducingly obvious political theatre”, the moral-aesthetic conscience chimes in…

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-23

  • putting out a feeler – looking for a good tech startup in Portugal to go 50/50 on a small (but simple) web biz idea #
  • taking the Canadaline TOMORROW w/Isabel. the little train fanatic can't wait. #
  • Isabel just said "this train goes to the report" #canadaline #
  • wow. The Canadaline has transformed living in Vancouver overnight. #
  • how do they cancel out the noise of airplanes on the #canadaline trains? it was silent as a plane flew ~50 m overhead today #
  • RIP Workspace – RT @rtanglao: AudioBoo: #workspace shutting down 🙁 ! Thanks for the awesome coffee! http://boo.fm/b56515 #
  • bully me with your car or bus & I will photograph you & post it on the Internets. ;-P #
  • and in the spirit of my last tweet, I give you… the Jerk Store, a growing collection: http://bit.ly/JOCWo #
  • the Australian answer to Fad Gadget? http://bit.ly/iQTPX #
  • Dissolve the CRTC petition – http://bit.ly/4Vufc #
  • sometimes I wish I could tweet things that must be kept confidential … or CONTINENTAL (that's for you Marina 😉 ) #
  • ALL CAPS + using Twitter as a broadcast medium = UNFOLLOWED #

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Car V Bike

I’ve been on the sidelines of Critical Mass for far too long. Time for that to end.

For the umpteen-millionth time, I was (either intentionally or not) bullied today by two cars on Commercial Drive. Riding in the right hand lane, ever watchful behind and in front of me, carefully judging whether the doors of parked cars along the side of the road are going to suddenly swing open, headed northward to 1st Avenue, a sudden white WHOOSH or ROAR came up on my left side, within inches of striking me. I shouted “Hey”, and proceeded to accelerate and follow the car to the intersection where it had stopped, behind a second white vehicle full of males who were laughing at me. I circled in front of my assailant’s car and said quite simply “share the road, man!”. I went right up to his driver’s window to get a look at him. He drunkenly slurred something about me being “all over the road”, and told me to “learn how to drive that thing”. I told him to learn how to drive his beat up car and went off. As the light turned to green, he sped off and then started yelling obscenities at me, not watching where he was driving.

I hope he doesn’t kill someone. I’m sorry I didn’t manage to photograph him or his license plate.

To the point, as this is becoming a weekly (or more) occurence for me as a well-mannered cyclist on Vancouver’s streets (I always stop at red/yellow lights, cruise at a walking pace in the rare instances I need to use spaces where pedestrians are, always ring my bell when coming up behind another cyclist or pedestrian etc), I’m completely done with car drivers that behave in illegal, reckless, and bullying ways. I think Critical Manners is a complete cop-out, and is created by people who don’t have the faintest idea what social change entails.

I’ll be joining you at Critical Mass, this time and next, and ever thereafter, until the bullying and harassment (on the streets and in the dying mainstream newspapers) stops.

And as I tweeted earlier today, if you bully me with your car or bus, I will photograph you and post it on the Internets as soon as I can find wireless nearby to do the uploading. With peak oil, climate change, the electric car, and the progressive advances in public transit and bike infrastructure in Vancouver in the last year, the message is clear: aggressive urban drivers, IT’S OVER. And every last one of you miscreants that want to try and intimidate and bully pedestrians, cyclists, sk8ers and seniors on scooters off the road, look out, for you are going to be outed and shamed.

That is all. See you at the VAG.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-16

  • tofu (subbed due to seitan shortage) picatta w/olives n yellow beans + quinoa mango salad = yum. #veganomicon #
  • it's SRSLY embarrassing to have M.Harper represent Canada in meetings w/Obama #dumdum #
  • what we really need is Obama to guest host a reunion of either Soundproof or Great White North. that'd be bitchen. #
  • as if their lard-filled, colon-clogging products weren't sufficiently vile: Tim Hortons Sponsors Anti-Gay Event http://bit.ly/Lky1M #
  • that was FAST! – RT @remarkk: Tim Hortons pulls support of anti-gay event: #timhortonswin http://bit.ly/172hau #
  • Isabel's fav ASIHE song, esp the "Had to know" bit: http://bit.ly/1Ge8U8 #
  • we're dense w/Tweeps in YVR: RT @digitalkvan: Take a look at Twitters' Growth by % of users and see their locations: http://bit.ly/IGHdb #
  • all the time I used to spend listening to new music has been replaced by housework. Any tips from veteran dads? #
  • RT @obinine: Stop the Canadian DMCA, website lets you send letter to Ottawa on copyright – http://www.ccer.ca/ #opened09 #
  • what makes a drastic income reduction survivable? childcare subsidies, medicare, cheap postsecondary edu, EI #blamecanada #
  • Brilliant! FB RT: Eric Gordon… http://www.deathpanels.org/ #
  • NATO jets are flying overhead in Vancouver. I first saw them on Tuesday morning. Scary. #vancouver2010 #
  • how to stop the startling rise of fascist goon squads in the US: http://bit.ly/5r70v #
  • usual study space at SFU Burnaby in WMC) has been occupied by a bunch of farting, foul-mouthed dickheads #
  • Makers … DIY tech all over again ( http://blog.makezine.com/ )- like Freebase they could've chose a better name #
  • cos no one wants to freebase w/ppl who are on the make #
  • oops I forgot mashers as well. #
  • RT @halavais: …make your own URL shortener: http://is.gd/2hunl … don't let a tr.im-style fold kill your link history #
  • District 9: best sci-action I've seen in years. Sharlto Copley is a wonderful actor IMHO #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-09

  • according to a cashier at Donalds I look like the guy that did the voice of Nermal in Garfield. thanks, I guess… #
  • …would've preferred Peter Murphy or Ian McCulloch. heck I'll even take Rowan Atkinson. but I guess in the end I'll take what I can get 😉 #
  • anyone in Vancouver have a copy of Wendy Strachan's Writing-Intensive I can borrow this weekend? http://bit.ly/2sPmpf #
  • RT FB Jim Udall some people R like Slinkies. They're not useful but they could still bring a smile 2 my face if I pushed em down the stairs #
  • fee-for-carriage? oughtn't we recompense conventional broadcasters as we do 'specialty' channels?… http://bit.ly/153dXY#
  • … or maybe we should just DELETE teh Broadcasting Act #
  • why be on facebook when you "only share certain information with everyone" (which means nothing but a name or picture)? #postsharkjump #
  • tinkering with APIs, friends. I promise not to #DELETE too much of the internet, just teh important bits. #

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