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Archive for June 2007

Congratulations Ken & Margaret!

June 27, 2007 @ 07:13 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

Note: The last week has been quite busy and I didn’t have a chance to post this until now, though I wrote it a week ago.

My friends Ken and Margaret got married a week ago this past Friday (June 22nd) and I had the honour of being the best man for their wedding. Of all the weddings I’ve attended, I think this one went off with the least number of hiccups and last minute problems. Ken and I spent a fair bit of time earlier in the week replacing all the brakelines on the 1954 Pontiac Laurentian Coupe they used and I’m happy to report it stopped when needed. 🙂

To pass the time before the wedding, the groomsmen, me and the groom, met up at one of the guy’s farm and shot clay targets for an hour or so before heading to the church. I’d never shot a shotgun (or any other firearm) before, and found it was a lot of fun, particularly as I managed to hit some of the targets.

The ceremony was very nice and didn’t drag on like a couple of weddings I’ve attended. Afterwards, we made our way to Strathmere for pictures and the reception. The food was amazing and the band was incredible. I gave the toast to the bride and groom, which, based on comments from people afterwards, was well-received. They had a trio that played music during dinner and a band for the dance afterwards. If you ever need a band for something, you should definitely consider The Stevens and Kennedy Band. “Wow!” is a good way to sum them up.

Followup to Microsoft Surface

June 26, 2007 @ 20:05 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net

I recently blogged about Microsoft Surface. Well, it didn’t take long for someone to spoof their ad on YouTube.

How a mouse really works

June 20, 2007 @ 22:22 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net

Those Japanese are very clever people as can be seen by a behind-the-scenes look at how the pointer on the screen is moved when you move/click the mouse.� Thanks to Akira for pointing this out.

Update (10 April 2008): The link no longer points to the demonstration of how a mouse works.

Ammo boxes versus Lock ‘n’ Locks revisted

June 17, 2007 @ 20:55 By: gordon Category: Geocaching

notoammoboxes.pngA few months ago, I wrote about how ammo boxes should not be used as geocache containers. One of the reasons is that they’re opaque and that authorities responding to bomb scares can’t see in them and thus will tend to blow them up. Groundspeak, home of geocaching.com, is now selling 3-piece geocache container sets with geocache labels that look suspiciously like Lock ‘n’ Locks with stickers on them. The description of them includes the phrase “…see-through (for safety)…”. So, it would seem that Groundspeak thinks opaque containers are a bad idea, too.

Microsoft Surface: I want one. Now.

June 15, 2007 @ 15:49 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net

If anyone is looking for gift ideas for me, please consider getting me a Microsoft Surface setup when they appear on the market.  Basically, it’s an interactive tabletop device that you interact with using intuitive gestures on the touch-sensitive surface rather than the more traditional keyboard and mouse.  If you’re working with photographs, you can manipulate them as though you were using a huge light table.  Eric asks if this is the next hot trend in computing, and I would have to say it is.  Very cool.

Now with AnswerTips

June 06, 2007 @ 07:19 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net

Darin blogged about AnswerTips recently. Basically, you can add a scrap of code to any website and make all of the words clickable, even ones that aren’t links. I’ve added this feature to my blog, so if you double click a word, you’ll get a pop-up with (hopefully) relevant information about the word or phrase.