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Photos from a fire that destroyed a nearby building…

March 23rd, 2005 at 12:08 pm
A building half-destroyed by fire in Ottawa, ON

Last night as I was going to bed I noticed a bunch of smoke billowing from behind a building a block or two away. As I was watching I saw the whole block near the smoke suddenly lose power. Since it was late though, I went to bed (FYI: the flashing lights all around the block told me that the fire had already been reported).

This morning I woke up and checked some news sources online and sure enough a few places had reported that a fire had destroyed a 3-storey building in my neighborhood overnight…


OTTAWA – A portion of Ottawa’s downtown was a mess of water and smoke Wednesday morning as a major fire destroyed a three-storey building at the intersection of Florence and Bank streets, about a block south of Barrymore’s.

Dozens of firefighters worked to contain the fire that broke out at about 2 a.m. It was extinguished by 8 a.m., and the building was a smouldering ruin.

There was a Milano’s Pizza on the ground floor, with several apartments above it.

Thirteen people have been left homeless by the fire, but were unhurt. The Red Cross and Salvation Army have placed some of them in a local hotel.

One thing all the articles were missing, however, were pictures… So I grabbed my POS camera and headed out around 11am this morning (note: the above article has since been updated to show a few pictures of the aftermath). Click the photo below to go to my gallery of the pictures I took.

A building half-destroyed by fire in Ottawa, ON

March 21st, 2005 at 3:57 pm


March 21st, 2005 at 3:55 pm

McLaren and O’Connor, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Yahoo and Flickr sittin’ in a tree…

March 20th, 2005 at 9:49 pm

It seems that this has been rumoured for a while I guess… but this is the first I’ve heard of it… From Nick Bradbury (the maker of the simply awesome TopStyle Pro CSS / XHTML / HTML Editor):

Yahoo Acquires Flickr

People have been hinting it at for quite a while, but now it’s official: Yahoo has acquired Flickr and Ludicorp.

Seems like an interesting, though not exactly surprising, move by Yahoo. Seriously, when are Google and Yahoo just going to take it into the street and start beating down on each other directly?

Link ( / Source (

Darth Vader is pleased with his Tatooine garrison

March 6th, 2005 at 2:21 pm

As nerdy as this is… the inner-geek in me thinks it’s kinda cool…

From: Joystiq

Star Wars Galaxies, like any MMOG, is a great toy. You can play with it any way you like, and the results can sometimes be very satisfying. Check this out for a great example.

Alpha Company, 203rd Tatooine Expeditionary Stormtrooper Legion is a group of Empire-lovers who have displayed impressive loyalty and discipline. They’ve recruited competent people and taken out a good number of rebels. To reward them, SOE sent Darth Vader to meet with them. You’€™ll find the screenshots of the event here.

For diehard Star Wars fans only.

[Thanks Bernie!]

Link to article…

New Battlestar Galactica Podcast

March 5th, 2005 at 12:24 am

The executive producer for Scifi/Skyone’s new Battlestar Galactica has had a show blog for quite some time, which is pretty is pretty progressive to begin with. Then today I notice from a boingboing article that he’s started a show podcast. I thought “thats sorta cool” but didn’t really read the whole blurb.

A minute later I looked at the article again and saw the really awesome part of the story. The guy isn’t just doing a podcast, he’s doing AUDIO COMMENTARY for shows that are AIRING right now. Right down to “Beeps will indicate when to pause for commercial breaks”. Talk about awesome. Sure this may only interest a small niche of the overall audience of the show. But these are the people that normally have to wait for the DVD releases to get this kind of bonus feature!

Imagine if Directors/Creators/Writers of movies offered this kind of thing for movies that were still only in theatre?!

Followup to my last post re: using onfolio to post here…

February 23rd, 2005 at 4:54 pm

It would seem that adding raw html to the comments field of a captured item to be auto-published by Onfolio is a no-no. They all were all html-escaped to <a> text. Too bad. I’ll have to think about this I guess. (FYI: I’ve fixed all the links through blogger’s edit posts feature)

[EBAY] I want to leave this guy feedback for being the greatest eBayer EVAR!

February 23rd, 2005 at 4:50 pm

I’m testing out using Onfolio 2.0 (PR) to start capturing links to comment on in my main blog.

Running my linkblog, through Onfolio’s “Capture Item”/Publish Collection feature has been incredibly easy. So easy, in fact, that I find I’m even LESS inclined to post on my real blog when I come across any items I find interesting.

So I’m going to try out having two auto-publishing Collections folders. One for my linkblog, and one for this main blog. Whenever I come across something that I actually have comments on, I will try and send it here, otherwise, it goes over there.

One thing that will really help this whole process, I think, is, according to comments left in my last onfolio posting, there will be an option to post only a summary of the captured feed item when Onfolio 2.0 final arrives.

Anyways, so this link was really just a test to see what it would be like to actually use Onfolio for more of my main bloggin activities.

Final Observation: I tend to like to riddle my postings with links to other posts or sites, and this is probably going to be seriously unpleasant using Onfolio 2.0’s capture item dialog. The space for comments is a little too small to be adding in anchor html tags, and the fact that the dialog locks the rest of the browser (it’s a modal dialog) makes it hard to find the URLs for linking to anyways. The slide-out “property-tray” is a little easier to work with, but too many clicks away when I’m reading feeds and wanting to make a post on something (Capture Item, switch to collections, hilite captured item, open property-tray).

Enjoy an amusing link posted to one of my favourite “E/N” sites,


I want to leave this guy feedback for being the greatest eBayer EVAR!+++++++++++++++

Link to article…

Canon PowerShot SD110 – 55% off

February 19th, 2005 at 1:43 am

While I’m at it with my amazon linkery , I might as well pass on this deal that I saw there today as well:

Canon PowerShot SD110 3MP Digital Elph with 2x Optical Zoom

List Price: $399.99
Price: $179.88
You Save: $220.11 (55%)

55% off is a hard deal to beat, and I’m a pretty big fan of the Canon Powershot cameras. My parents have one, as do several people I know.

Checkout the features and reviews over at Digital Photography Review

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Full Trailer – Amazon Exlcusive?

February 19th, 2005 at 1:29 am

I saw the “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Full Trailer” at today (disclosure: I’ve added my amazon associates id into those links)

I looked for a quicktime version at the official site and at’s trailers page but couldn’t find it.

Looks like it might be pretty good. Let’s hope so.

Update: It seems the official site now has the full trailer up in your favourite real/quick/wmp formats. Go here.