Back on my own server…

January 15th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Wordpress Logo

After a brief stint using, 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. []

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

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

OC Transpo Mapping

June 19th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

octranspo.mobiSome interesting new options for trip planning with OC Transpo:

A new official mobile interface from OCTranspo: I’ve yet to see if it will be quicker/more easy to use than (formerly, but it certainly has more options and a mobile interface of the travel planner.

Also, Google Transit now supports Ottawa (when did this happen?!):

Much happier times in OC Transpo travel planning!

PHP Developers in Ottawa

June 17th, 2008 at 2:09 am

Live in Ottawa? Interested in PHP? Join the PHP Developers in Ottawa Facebook group.

iOptOut Improves the Lame-Duck Canadian Do-Not-Call Registry System

April 8th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

The internet to the rescue…

The [Canadian do-not-call] registry is scheduled to take effect in mid-2008, yet many Canadians may be disappointed to learn about the exemption of a wide range of organizations (registered charities, business with prior relationships, political parties, survey companies, and newspapers)… However, organizations must remove numbers from their lists if specifically requested to do so… iOptOut [allows] Canadians to create and manage a personal do-not-call list… where you can opt-out of further contact from exempt organizations… [by sending] an email notification to each organization on your behalf requesting that your name, email address and phone number(s) be removed from their active marketing lists.


Michael Geist – Because the Hollywood Lobby Isnt Strong Enough

June 10th, 2007 at 11:25 am

Wow. Just a couple weeks after the movie industry strong-armed Canada into introducing an act to crack down on movie recording with camcorders (which similar laws, incidentally, haven’t stopped the US from becoming the largest source of camcorded movies), comes this…

Don Bell, a Liberal MP, yesterday introduced Bill C-453, the Canadian Motion Picture Secretariat Act. The bill would create a new government-backed secretariat, comprised of industry officials, to provide the House of Commons with reports every six months on potential legislative reforms to support the industry.

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Update: Just to be clear, the Brent in the comments section of the above link is not me.

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.

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The Optical Illusion Dragon

May 25th, 2007 at 12:26 pm

I recorded this at the Franklin Institute in Philedelphia on our recent trip down to Savannah.


The movement of the head is the illusion. In reality the head is actually concave, and it’s a skewed perception of depth that creates the illusion (in person, you need to close one eye in order to view the effect).

You’re doing great!

May 19th, 2007 at 11:18 am

“Some sort of ‘nano-technology’”

May 8th, 2007 at 11:07 am
Canadian 25 Cent Poppy Coin

I remember a while back when this story first came out. It seems to be making the rounds again. Too freaking funny.

One contractor marvelled that the coin didnt seem to have a power source, but was filled with some sort of “nano-technology.”

Another wondered how those things got into his pockets after he had put his loose change in a secure plastic bag.

“And you wonder why our war effort isnt going too well,” said John Pike, a security and military analyst at

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Branson offers $25M prize to fight climate change

February 9th, 2007 at 3:26 pm

British airline tycoon Richard Branson announced a $25-million prize for the first person or group to find a way to remove billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere…
The contest, called the Virgin Earth Challenge, will be open for five years, with a panel of judges including Branson and Gore evaluating submissions.

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