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( Feb. 23rd, 2010 03:22 pm)
top five spaces for working remotely in Toronto. For those who find themselves working remotely when they're not home.
See my post over on NikkiNewsNet.

Federal Tory MP John Baird accidentally outed by a provincial candidate in an interview with Andy Barrie.

I'm really interested to see how this plays out. And for that matter, really interested to see how and if Rick Mercer responds.

When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like "Avatar"? - Avatar - io9

In which Annalee Newitz sums up the problems with Avatar and movies like it, and the fanboys fail to get it an have a tantrum in the comments.
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( Dec. 12th, 2009 12:08 am)

More from Watts here

And the National Post are now covering it (thanks to Warren Ellis, apparently).
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( Nov. 4th, 2009 03:19 pm)
the bandwidth of graffiti just got a lot higher.

Make a QR code ("2d barcode"), then have it fabbed with a 3d printer on a rubber stamp. Go and stamp your QR code all over. The QR code can be text, a vcard, or, more usefully, a URL.
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( Oct. 21st, 2009 10:17 am)
Two interesting stories on CBC's Metro Morining today, one following the other.

TDSB proposes Boys only school "boys act out more and get into much more trouble in the school system". I'm not a fan of this, mainly because I worry that it'll end up fostering the patriarchal mind-set.
At 17, Ankita Kumar-Ratta started Save The Girls, an NGO that aims to stop female feticide, the termination of a fetus on the grounds that its sex is a female. (sorry, could only find the audio link). The practice of aborting female fetuses is apparently alive and well in Canada in certain communities.
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( Oct. 14th, 2009 09:04 am)

You're after my robot bee!

Harvard got a $10 million grant to build a colony of robot bees. Sure, they're resistant tot he beepocalypse. But consider what happens when someone gets thr bright idea to start putting cameras on them. Are you prepared?

Marvel fails, again.

"Sexy" Halloween costumes. That look nothing like the charcater's outfits at all. One of them is for a character that doesn't exist. Well, okay, the Emma Frost one is pretty accurate.

Five Comic Book Costumes for Women that Won't Turn You Into a Sex Object

Also includes five costumes for men that *will* get you objectified.

Wanna pet zebra?

Scientists work on the genetics of domestication. StB: don't read this story. They do things to rats you won't like.

The Power of Hypnosis

Scientists propose using hypnosis to study various hysterical disorders (hysterical blindness, etc.) Based on thier tests, I am probably hypnotisable. Someone call King Mob.

Out Of Body Experiences

Brains freak me out.

Google Street View roundup

The Torontoist finds amusing things on Google street view in Toronto.

It's Steampunk month on

Maybe some day I'll even find time to read it!

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( Jun. 3rd, 2009 06:19 pm)

Murder in Toronto

Ryerson prof looks at homicide rates in different neighbourhoods, and looks at how they are similar, and then looks at neighbourhoods with similar characteristics but lower homicide rates. One theory is that tall appartment buildings are to blame, because they diminish the sense of community.

We Evolved On the Grasslands To Have This Debate

Local RPG author Robin Laws does a decent round-up on Evolutionary Psych and the gaming community.

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( May. 28th, 2009 03:15 pm)
Linkies (time to clean the tabs edition):

(apologies - I have liften these from all over, and have for gotten who I swiped them from)

NHS Behind the Headlines

The UK's NHS gets into the science behind popular news stories.

Behind the Headlines on BPA

As an example - what the most recent study on BPA plastics actually says. In brief - it establishes that drinking from BPA bottles increases BPA in your body. There isn't much in the way of research explaining exactly what that does to a person. Which isn't to say that it's proven safe, just that isn't hasn't been proven harmful, either.

You Ask, They... Answer?

Natural remedy store Neal's Yard Remedies agrees to do a "You Ask, They Answer" with the Guardian. Skeptics catch on, ask a lot of awkward questions.

Warning! Teenagers hug!

Moral panic about teenagers hugging. Even guys! Danger! 3 second hug limit instituted.

E is not the drug that destroys your brain, Speed is

An old article about the much touted study claiming that MDMA destroys the brain. Apparently the study was done with meth instead of E. OTOH, after some looking I did find more recent studies linking E to long term sleep pattern disruption and depression.

Cola destroys muscles!

I wonder what the Behind the Headlines site has on this? Anyway, according the the Beeb, "Excessive cola consumption can lead to anything from mild weakness to profound muscle paralysis".

Vacuum Buoyancy

The math behind a vacuum-driven airship.

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( May. 27th, 2009 02:56 pm)
The internet is wonderful - it allows artists to create wonderful things and put them where others can enjoy them.

Some days, though, I find it a touch depressing how much more talented other people are when compared to, say, me.

Case in point;

Faux retro novelization of movie covers
Faux retro movie posters

I really wish I had the time to invest in becoming that technically proficient, and encouraging my muse enough to become that creative.
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( Jan. 31st, 2009 09:50 pm)
I've created a wiki for game stuff. The first sections are live - if you're bored, take a look at the Nano-Victorian Future. [ profile] corwin77 has also put up a section on the Dude games. ACUS folks, feel free to provide commentary/criticism.

While this is a wiki, I'm not opening it up to global edits. [ profile] corwin77 has access to the Dude section - if you want an account so you can contribute to Dude, let me know and make sure I have an e-mail address for you.

There's still a couple uncreated links for NVF, but the important stuff is there. I've got until Friday to do the same for Blood Shadow, the other setting I'm planning to run a game in for ACUS this year.
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( Jan. 28th, 2009 09:53 am)
Go here. Go to season 6, Jan 6th ep, last video. Dude!
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( Jan. 7th, 2009 10:45 pm)
In other news this is awesome: The Recently Deflowered Girl with illustrations by Edward Gorey.
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( Jul. 18th, 2008 09:24 am)
Weird morning. Near home, traffic was far lighter than it usually would be at that time of day. On the 401, things got ugly, due to a big accidnet closing multiple lanes westbound near winston churchill, which is the exit after mine on the highway. I got off early, and found the alternate routes also insanely packed, and then got trapped at an intersection with seperate left turn signal lights that had my group of left-turners miss an entire light cycle.

When I got in, the walk from the parking lot to the office was enough to have the poor air quality set off my mild asthma - by the time I got upstairs, I sounded like Darth Vader. During his death scene. I pulled out the inhaler, so now I can mostly breathe okay, but I have a splitting headache, my heart rate is up, and the twitchy feeling in my veins suggests that the blood pressure jumped up, too. Breathing's still not 100%, and I feel like crud. If I don't start to feel better soon, I'm going to go back home, assuming I'm safe to drive.

On the plus side; I went out for drinks with [ profile] captainmushroom last night at what the Toronto Star calls "probably the most authentic Irish pub in the city".

Also, Zil and I are off to see Hellboy tonight. Hellboy! And apparently The Dark Knight actually lives up to the hype - the CBC's Jesse Wente (sp?) called it "not just the best superhero movie of the summer, but the best superhero movie of all time". Apparently Ledger's performance is amazing. I look forward to that, but I'm not going opening weekend.
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( Jun. 9th, 2008 02:45 pm)
Clearing out the tabs...

12 Helpful Suggestions for Men Regarding Conduct in Feminist Spaces

Dinosaur comics explains 'Male Gaze'

Because theory is easier to understand with dinosaurs.

Feminism101 on Male Gaze

The bit that made me want to jump up and down and shout "Oh! I think I get it now!" was this bit in the comments;
So when a woman is walking down the street, she self-consciously watches herself walking down the street, and modifies her behaviour for an imaginary ideal. In public situations, women define themselves as being constantly viewed and judged, in a way men don't have to.

Feminism101 on the role of men in the feminist movement.

My opinions and reactions to the actual theory presentedin these links intentionally left blank.


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