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Blogging in a new era
I haven't posted a blog here in quite some time. As the internet marched forward, most of my online activities have spread out to other sites.

I mostly share links and thoughts via Facebook these days. You can follow me there. I post many things as public, in addition to the new friends-only posts I make.

FB has also become the place where I post most of my photos. However, I still maintain a flickr account where I post more artsy photos.

I just transitioned the server this website is being hosted on to a new one. So I thought I would throw this post up here as a marker for that. Hope you're well :)
Posted by dustin on November 26, 2014. Tagged with

 

Fun with a Fisheye Lens
2011 was my 6th year attending the Northern Voice personal media conference. I took the opportunity this time to play around more with my DSLR camera. I got to talking with photographer John Biehler about shooting using a fisheye lens, and he was kind enough to lend me his for the second day of the conference.

Fisheye is such a different perspective, it took me some time to get a feel for what it works well on. Here are a few of my favorite fisheye shots from the day (click to enlarge):

Life Sciences Center at UBC

Northern Voice Conference 2011

Northern Voice transportation map

Fisheye Porthole

See all my photos in my 2011 Northern Voice photoset. The first half were with a 'regular' lens, and the second half are fisheye shots.
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Northern Voice 2010 takeaways
Notes from day 1 of the 2010 Northern Voice personal media conference...

Bryan Alexander reminds us inject a sense of mystery into our (digital) lives.

How do you Find Your Voice?
Monica Hamburg says "Write, write and keep on writing. Don't be afraid to suck."

Dave Olson says "Take Risks and Hone your Craft with practice. Your voice comes out of your personal experiences."

The Cunting Linguist said "Write for yourself. Create excellent content. Be yourself online and don't pull your punches."

Taylor Loren ended the day with a hilarious take on relationships in the digital age. She had artistic slideshow technique, and maybe works with my cousin.

PS: Lunch chatting with the creator of Get out of Canada!

PPS: A friend of mine recently started a new blog about food and environment issues in Vancouver. I have been quite enjoying it, so check out: None too strong.
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Banned Names
The Onion AV Club has just released their annual and reliably hilarious list of the year's worst band names. Among my favourites this time round:

Illectrolytes
Gestapo Pussy Ranch
Anal Hearse
Meth Teeth
Piss Pissedofferson

Check it out!
Posted by goodladd on January 4, 2009. Tagged with

 

Online Publishing Playgrounds in 2008
I've taken to sharing links and quick posts on my twitter account instead of here. Twitter is a real-time micro-blog network. It lets you write short posts and also watch a feed of messages from people you follow.

People can follow your posts without you following them back, making for an interesting usage slope: how much publishing vs reading. Wildly different uses result.

This blog remains the place for longer writing. A blog is a simple way of creating permanent public webpages. An important tool in the cyberage.

Why do I publish media online?
To share information.
To entertain.
To advertise my business.
To advertise causes I believe in.
To write the history of my life.
To help write the history of humanity.

Watch the video The Machine is Us for a powerful visualization.


What about Facebook?
I am still a fan of Facebook. I find it useful for events, photos, and entertainment. Facebook remains a walled garden, so it doesn't compete with blogs or twitter for real web publishing. It excels as a more private communications infrastructure.

One of the speakers at Interesting Vancouver scoffed at Facebook as a community tool. Well, my pictures from the last Vancouver Zombie Flashmob were mostly collectively tagged when I added them to the event page on Facebook. That is community building.
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Do White People Love Maps?
Strange Maps blog, a site dedicated to unusual cartography.

I love maps so this place is right up my alley. I was drawn there by this map of Ludacris' ho-by-area-code map.
Posted by vinny9 on March 17, 2008. Tagged with

 

*Cookie Monster Eating Noises*
Montreal restaurant openings in 2008

After getting interested in the foodie scene mostly thanks to King Casey's erudite yet eminently readable food blog and a xmas gift of the Larousse Gastronomique (Hardcover) from me to Tash (which I've been perusing), I'm slowly getting interested in being hoity-toity with mah food. Thanks, King Casey!

Another good Montreal foodie blog is An Endless Banquet.
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Vancouver bloggers on parade
Vancouver is a high-tech city; tons of people here are bloggers. Here's a clearing house of Vancouver based blogs that have ended up in my RSS reader. I don't actually end up reading them all now, but there's good stuff within.
Vancouver bloggers: please comment with a link to your blog and a description of what you write about. The internets will check it out.

And say "hi" to me at this year's Northern Voice Vancouver blogger conference.
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Blogs are so 1918
A man is posting his grandfather's letters from the First World War trenches on a blog, 90 years to the day from when they were written:

http://wwar1.blogspot.com/
Posted by chrisdye on January 8, 2008. Tagged with

 

Jerry? Is That You?
The top 11 foods that would be better with bacon.

Make sure you click through to the very last one.
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Who Is The Girliest Sillytecher Of Them All?
Has anyone seen this before?

The Gender Genie

Based on the work of some Israeli linguists, this algorithm looks at a chunk of text and guesses whether or not the author was male or female. In the original study it guessed correctly something like 90% of the time, though the web-based tool has a lower success rate.

A quick rundown of the blogs I tested:

Me - Consistently guessed male
Adrienne - Mostly guessed female, one false male guess
Budman - Consistently guessed female
Sean - Mostly guessed male, one false female guess

I'm not sure what this proves, apart from the fact that Budman apparently has a very feminine writing style.
Posted by goodladd on April 21, 2007. Tagged with
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Awesome software only on the Mac
These Are A Few Of My Favorite Tools was one of the last sessions from day 1 of Northern Voice. It introduced a number of helpful tools for blogging or just being more productive on your computer. They're all listed on that page, so check them out (if you use a Mac). I'm going to be trying out a few when I have some more time, since a number of them looked awesome.

Everybody was free to go up and demo some of their fav tools, in true unconference style. It turned out that only Mac users did though. Throughout the session there were a few "Does this run on Windows?" questions asked. The answer was always "uh no... it's mac only... but there might be a windows equivalent" (except for the FireFox extensions, which are cross-platform). As a Macintosh Cult member, it made me smile to see the tables turned, in terms of software choice.

It's great to see the wealth of tools available on Mac OS X now. Full credit goes to Apple for giving out free dev tools, and winning massive mindshare amongst the creatives and hackers who are building the future of software.
Posted by dustin on February 24, 2007. Tagged with
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Transit Camp update from Moose Camp
It's lunchtime at Moose Camp after some good sessions. I'm quite intrigued by the idea of a Vancouver Transit Camp. That link is just a temporary home on the northernvoice wiki as the idea gathers steam.

Apparently Toronto recently held a Transit Camp that was an open discussion organized by local transit enthusiasts. They were focused on bringing forth solutions (as opposed to whining about problems). They got participation from the city and the TTC and came out of it on a positive road.

Some people here are talking about putting together a GVRD Transit Camp and I hope it happens. Check the Vancouver link above if you want to get involved.
Posted by dustin on February 23, 2007. Tagged with
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Vancouver bloggers chow down
The Northern Voice intro dinner was pretty awesome. The food was tasty, the chocolate fountain was flowing (until it broke), drinks were bountiful, and lots of bloggers were out and about...
  • Momentum is Vancouver's awesome bike magazine. They're looking for more writers - get in contact.

  • Beyond Robson is Vancouver's premier culture blog. They claim to not cover the mainstream.

  • Tim Bray is a famous geek and great technology writer. He brought his kids (and a cowboy hat).

  • Boris Mann is some kind of Canadian mafia kingpin. Thanks to him and the other chefs for the food.

  • The World Is Not Flat is a live-blogged memoir of a year-long trip around the world.

  • uberbabe I'll let you investigate for yourself.
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    Blogging in person


    The next few days I'm going to be attending Vancouver's blogging conference Northern Voice.

    Last year I was too late to get a ticket to both days, but I went to moose camp. I met some interesting people and had a fun time. So I'm going back for the full deal this year. There's a welcome dinner happening tonight to kick it off. Rumor is there will be a chocolate fountain there...
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