Etc: October 14

October 14, 2007 · Posted in Tech - Software, Writing & Reading · 1 Comment 

So I’ve been doing at alot of traveling and running about and the site has gotten a little neglected. But here are a few things to keep you guys entertained:

Flight Aware:
Ever want to really know where your flight is, not the airline’s “update” but the actual real location of the plane (6 minutes delayed). Try Flight Aware:

Ever want some “Cool Software“, well Intel has decided that they want to apply the Digg model to software apps. Go take a look:

For you intellectual reader types, if you’ve ever needed to track down a book, magazine article, journal, music, etc … You can now search all your local (participating) libraries from the comfort of your own home using WorldCat. Type in the search and it will show you the nearest library that has the resource. The site is:
And here is a direct link to their browser extension page:

While I’m talking about readers, Discworld is a series of books I have heard much about but never had a chance to read any of the series. But I stumbled upon a guide on how the 30+ book interrelate and a loosely coupled reading order (at the very least it’s literally a nice big picture) if I ever get a chance. Check out the guide here:

I’m not sure how they get away with this but here is a MickyDees video game which I am pretty sure is not sanctioned by the actual corporation. Ever want to run the empire:
(Actually I guess this is that whole satire use of trademarks thing … although I’m not a lawyer. )

And finally if you have ever wanted to make one of those still picture talking image things, similar to what Conan does on his talk show … at least I think it’s Conan’s show… Blabberize is here to fill that need for you. Go ahead and make one, you know you want to:

Harry Potter in the Hood

July 20, 2007 · Posted in At the Movies ..., Writing & Reading · Comments Off on Harry Potter in the Hood 

I should have Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows sometime tomorrow but in the meantime, Enjoy!

7/23: Updating youtube link

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Release Date

February 2, 2007 · Posted in At the Movies ..., Writing & Reading · Comments Off on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Release Date 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ release date of July 21st has been announced.

You can pre-order it now from amazon :

Standard Edition
Deluxe Edition

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie is due out in theaters on July 13th.

Hmm … I think I’m not going to get much done on the weekends in July.

Musharraf on Daily Show

September 27, 2006 · Posted in Politics, Writing & Reading · Comments Off on Musharraf on Daily Show 

Here is Pakistani President Musharraf in a interview on the Daily Show. Pay special attention to Jon Stewart’s first and last questions.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

The memoir Musharraf was plugging :

From the reviews I have read, the contents of the book seem a little sensational and a little more fiction that fact at points, but it should be interesting to see if there is resulting fallout in the US or Pakistan especially if any the sensational portions turn out to be true.

Update 2/12/07 : Updating Video using comedycentral embedded links


June 12, 2006 · Posted in Writing & Reading · Comments Off on Quickmuse 

As seen on TechCrunch :

Quickmuse is in their own words “a cutting contest, a linguistic jam session, a series of on-the-fly compositions in which some great poets riff away on a randomly picked subject.” Basically 2 poets are given 15 minutes and a quote as a topic and they proceed to write a poem. On the site you can see the live action, or once it is over you can see the finished work, or you can “replay” the whole thing against a 15 minute timer and watch as the poem and its revisions evolve. It seems like a pretty neat site. There are also forums where you can discuss the poems themselves. Check it out.

Write a Story and get asked for you fingerprints and DNA by UF police

May 24, 2006 · Posted in News - US, News of the Weird, Writing & Reading · Comments Off on Write a Story and get asked for you fingerprints and DNA by UF police 

According to this article on Boing Boing, a University of Florida English graduate students was asked to provide fingerprints and DNA after publishing a story involving a murder on his blog where he publishes his stories. The murder as well as his stories are fiction. To make the story even weirder, apparently this seems to be some kind a backlash for his use of his admin blocking priveleges on Wikipedia.

Davinci Code Lawsuit Judgement Contains Secret Code

April 27, 2006 · Posted in Writing & Reading · Comments Off on Davinci Code Lawsuit Judgement Contains Secret Code 

Apparently the judge who presided over the Dan Brown plagiarism trial decided to have a little fun in the wording of his judgement. The Judge decided to embed a secret code in it. An article concerning this can be found at :


If you would like to take a crack at decrypting the code embedded in the 71 page ruling, you may find it at :

Her Majesty’s Courts Service

Davinci Code Lawsuit has no merit

April 7, 2006 · Posted in News - International, Writing & Reading · Comments Off on Davinci Code Lawsuit has no merit 

A British court has thrown out the lawsuit against Dan Brown. Here is more info from the LA Times.

A must read : Dan Brown’s Statement for Lawsuit

March 26, 2006 · Posted in Writing & Reading · Comments Off on A must read : Dan Brown’s Statement for Lawsuit 

You may or may not have heard of the lawsuit concerning possible “plagiarism” for for “The Davinci Code”. Here is a USA Today article on the suit (no pie charts included) :

What is really cool is that as part of this case Dan Brown went through and has written up how he puts together a novel as his witness statement. I think it’s very interesting to see the thought process and methods that he goes through. Dan Brown’s witness statement can be found at the London Times website here :,,923-2085827_1,00.html

I’m pretty sure that this is not a publicity stunt. But coincidentally, “The Davinci Code” goes for sale in paperback form on Tuesday, and it is also the same day that the new book by Michael Baigent, the author suing Brown, comes out with a sequel to “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” (the allegedly plagiarised book), titled the “The Jesus Papers”.

Publicity stunt or not, read the “witness statement” if you’ve read Dan Brown’s books or are at all interested in writing.

Lord of the Rings – The Musical

March 24, 2006 · Posted in At the Movies ..., Theater, Writing & Reading · 1 Comment 

A musical adaptation based on the J.R.R Tolkien trilogy just openned in Toronto :

Reviews have not been very good so far.

Grok WordPress

March 20, 2006 · Posted in Misc, Writing & Reading · 2 Comments 

Well if you made it this far, you are looking at my brand new and still under very much construction site.


It’s going to take a little bit more elbow grease but so far WordPress (blogging software) rocks! At first glance the picture behind the blog name looks like it may have come as part of a theme, it didn’t, it is actually one of the Clocks in the Orsay museum in Paris (a former train station) which I gave a slightly more bluish tinge in Picassa. I took that pic while on my honeymoon, here is what the original looks like (well a web-ized version anyway):

Musee d'Orsay Clock

Well enough for now … must get to sleep.

My last blogger post

March 20, 2006 · Posted in Misc, Writing & Reading · Comments Off on My last blogger post 

Well I went and got myself a domain , two, actually so please start looking for new posts over at and, they are mirrored for now. Right now my new blog is up and running other content is still TBD but with lots of space and bandwidth, who knows where it will go. It is still a work in progress, though, but it will be looking alot spiffier as work and life allow.

See you on the flip side!

NANOWRIMO – I’ld like to buy a vowel

October 18, 2005 · Posted in Writing & Reading · 1 Comment 

It’s almost that time of year again, yes in 13 days it will be November. November is a time for Turkey, at least one wedding I know of, and of course lots of inspiration and perspiration from writers. Novemeber is of course, National Novel Writing Month or NANOWRIMO for short. The goal of NANOWRIMO is to get people writing and also to get them to write a 50,000 word novel by the stroke of midnight on Novermber 30th. It does not have to be an awe inspiring, prize winning novel, it just needs to be complete. And a deadline is a great motivator.

Use this as an opportunity to write the “Great American Novel”.
(or at least an opportunity to write, even if you’re not American)

Some Obligatory links :

And my personal FAQ about NANOWRIMO :

Will you be participating this year?
Unfortunately, NO. Due to my wedding and Honeymoon I will be gone for a little over 50% of November and as wacky as 50,000 words in 30 days sounds, 50,000 in less than 15 days sounds like asking for a world of hurt. That being said, I will be writing the days I can. And you may think it is a lame excuse but it’s what I’ve got.

Have you ever participated?
No. The first time I found out about NANOWRIMO was the middle of last November. I found out about it through a friend’s blog as he was participating. I did use it as an opportunity to get off my butt and start writing and one of those writing outlets is this Blog (created mid November 2004, November 13th to be exact).

How about in 2006?
That is the plan.

Why should I participate?
– To say you did
– To have fun writing
– To potentially meet other people in your area writing their 50K words.
– To go to the “Thank God It’s Over” Party
– Why not participate?

Harry Potter Sparks gunfire

June 15, 2005 · Posted in News - International, Writing & Reading · Comments Off on Harry Potter Sparks gunfire 

The BBC reports on the Potter craze gone awry.

How to get hired, or at the very least, how to get me to take a 2nd look at your resume

May 25, 2005 · Posted in Misc, Writing & Reading · Comments Off on How to get hired, or at the very least, how to get me to take a 2nd look at your resume 

I was taking a look at some resumes this week and I was taken aback at the state of most of resumes that were submitted. So here are some basic rules for anyone who cares to listen :

1. Use spell check.

2. Use punctuation, at the very least use an occasional sentence and end it with a period.

3. If you use an Objective section, make sure the objective somehow applies to the position for which you are sending in your resume.

4. In your work history/class description(for a new grad) make sure you actually describe what you did not just that you did it. For example :

I worked on a group project where we wrote a program that did X.VS

I worked on a group project where I wrote the network code for a program that did X in C++ and used a CVS repository to store the code. The code was developed in a Solaris environment using the GNU compiler.

Which one of those two comes off better? In the first you would probably end up with a list of buzzwords somewhere on your resume with no context, in the second you can forego the list since your buzzwords are there and in context. OK, the example was a bit contrived but you get the idea.

5. If your GPA is below a 3.0 don’t put it on your resume. GPA’s are optional on a resume and a verbal 2.7 comes off alot better after you have wowed them in an interview.

6. The truth will set you free. If you worked part/full-time to pay your way through school, say so, don’t just say you waited tables. It will make that 2.7 or even that 3.9 look alot better.

7. A lie will damn you. Don’t pad your resume, even if you’re a very smooth talker padding may ruin an otherwise great interview if you happen to get caught.

Potter mania to begin again…

December 21, 2004 · Posted in Writing & Reading · Comments Off on Potter mania to begin again… 

Several headlines are now showing that book 6 of the series : Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, will be released on July 16th, 2005. I’ll never forget walking into Costco picking up my Order of the Phoenix book, walking over to get some bagels and then walking past the now more than half gone palate of books on my way to the checkout. What are the chances it will be that crazy this time?

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