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Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire

December 7th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

The Girl Who Played with FireThe Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Girl Who Played with Fire gets off to a much quicker start than the previous book in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The mystery drives the story along quickly and I didn’t even notice that this book was actually longer than the previous (at least narration-wise). However, like the previous book, I found it to have an overwhelming cast of characters to track, which was perhaps exacerbated by listening to the audible version. Additionally, the dark subject matter once again makes me cautious as to who I would recommend it (keep in mind that the first books directly translated title is "Men Who Hate Women"). Lastly, in complete contrast to what felt like several endings in the first book, this one ends so abruptly, it felt like there was perhaps a chapter or prologue omitted. I have heard that the third novel picks up very close to the end of this one.

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Blogpod Touch

January 18th, 2009 at 1:08 am

Wordpress for iPhoneJust got the WordPress app installed and configured on my iPod Touch.

Does this mean I will write more? Unlikely. While I’ve gotten quite good at typing on the touch, this hardly feels like the right interface for long-form posting.

FYI – getting good typing on the touch basically means relying on Apple’s auto-correction system, ignoring the urge to make sure you’ve types each character properly, and just plowing through.

Back on my own server…

January 15th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Wordpress Logo

After a brief stint using wordpress.com, I’ve once again moved my blog back to my own hosting.  I stopped using my own install of wordpress because of the fairly constant security vulnerability upgrades and extremely painful upgrade process.

WordPress Version 2.7, released Dec. 11th, 2008, promises an integrated upgrade process:

We heard how tired you were of doing upgrades for yourself and your friends, so now WordPress includes a built-in upgrade that will automatically notify you of new releases, and when you’re ready it will download them, install them, and upgrade your blog with a single click. [WordPress.org]

My preference would actually be to have a WordPress-mu install to host a number of different blogs me and Ainsley have, with the same one-click upgrade option, but mu has yet to be updated to reflect the wordpres 2.7  changes.  Furthermore, the whole wordpress-mu project feels like a hack upon an hack, despite the fact that it’s the engine powering WordPress.com.

I may get around to retheming at some point, but for now the inove theme suits me fine enough.

CBC: Ontario bans gift card expiry dates

June 2nd, 2007 at 5:32 pm

Just in time for my birthday! :)

Under a new consumer protection regulation, businesses in Ontario will have to eliminate expiry dates on gift cards — plastic cards loaded with cash value — as of October 1.

Read More (cbc.ca)

Cereal Thoughts

May 20th, 2006 at 1:30 pm

I was in the grocery store the other day and I once again noticed that certain cereals only seem to be available in the small-sized boxes.  Golden Grahams, Honey Bunches of Oats, that Raisin Bran Crunch stuff, they all only ever seem to be available in the small thin boxes.  Are they afraid we’re going to cram too much graham?

Joystiq gets some hands-on time with the “new” PS3 controller

May 9th, 2006 at 11:53 am

At E3 yesterday Sony tossed aside the boomerang controller shown at last years E3 and introduced their new… well… updated controller, which can be described as:

PS3 Controller = PS2 Dualshock Controller + Axis-tilt Sensing gyros – Dualshock

The Joystiq guys rushed from the Sony announcement yesterday to the sony Booth and managed to get some hands-on time with the new controller:

Immediately following the Sony keynote, we pushed and shoved our way to a quick and dirty session with the new PS3 controller. Warhawk was the only playable demo touting six-axis sensing functionality; so naturally, our destination was the setup featuring that game.

So what did they think? Basically:

  • It’s very light, to the point of feeling cheap
  • The tilt sensing felt very unrefined
  • The analog sticks positions made their thumbs feel weird

Read the full review [joystiq.com].

“The Happiest Place on Earth”

April 13th, 2005 at 11:01 am

This is just hilarious… I love the despair the b&w aspect adds to it all…

We went to Disneyworld today and it’s supposedly the happiest place on eartth, it looked more like people were in hell.

sThig’s Our Orlando Vacation: Day 3 “The Happiest Place on Earth” slideshow on Flickr

Bill returns from the hospital after a bad reaction to the nicotine patch…

April 12th, 2005 at 10:37 pm

Dave: Look, I’m really sorry Bill.
Bill: That’s okay, you’re heart was in the right place.

Dave: But I had no idea that the patch could have side effects.
Bill: And I had no idea that you’re only supposed to wear one at a time.

Dave: Well, how many were you wearing?
Bill: Fifteen, sixteen. I stuck them all around my waist like a belt.

Dave: Well the important thing is that you’re feeling okay now.
Bill: Yeah, but there are a few lingering effects. But you shouldn’t worry about that.

Dave: Oh, what is it?
Bill: I’d rather not say.

Dave: Anything I can do to help.
Bill: It smells like an ashtray when I pee. Anything you can do to help me with that?

Dave: Gosh I hope not.

I can’t wait for the Newsradio Season 1 & 2 DVDs to ship.

Dear… god… 30″ Display + 30″ Display + PC = Awesome

April 11th, 2005 at 8:21 pm

Someday… someday… :(

From Engadget.com:

This goes out to the reverse switchers among you, who want to set up those two 30-inch Apple Cinema Displays you happen to have lying around (don’t we all?) to work with your Windows machine. This guide explains everything you’ll need, including which obscure graphics cards will support this configuration and a step-by-step of how to get it all going, which isn’t quite as easy as plug and play. When you’re done, you’ll have so much freakin’ screen real estate you’ll be able to rent some out.

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Blogger Says: “No More Lost Posts!”

April 8th, 2005 at 10:44 am

So blogger has rolled out auto-save in their new post interface. I think a lot of people have experienced the joys of having your browser crash while you’ve had a new webmail or new blog posting page up. It can be really frustrating. So this is a great feature. Mind you, I’ve had textbox crash recovery for a while thanks to “crash recovery“, a wonderful firefox extension. For people yet to jump onto the Firefox bandwagon though, this is a great feature.

From Blogger Buzz:

You will be so what? Frustrated? Wrong! You won’t care because all
you need to do is start it up again and click ‘Recover post.’ Blogger
now auto-saves as you type. (We just launched this feature today so you
may need to reload you new post window to see it.)

Update: Blogger Help article on recover post.”