Camping – wohoo

Posted in Around Vancouver

Ianiv & I, as well as about 15 friends, are heading off for a camping trip at Golden Ears. It’s not your hard-core type camping. We have lots of stuff to make the camping experience quite comfortable.

I am really looking forward to it. And the marshmallows. Oh yes. It will be good. Somehow crappy food like veggie burgers just tastes better when camping. We’re not vegetarian really, but it’s just what we have in the freezer.

We might partake of a hike while we’re there. We’ve been to Golden Ears a few times and really enjoy the hikes. It’s also one of the nicest campgrounds we’ve been too – large sites, clean facilities, great variety of outdoor fun.

So, it’s going to be a big party – plus tons of relaxation and hopefully some sun.

We’ll obviously be nonexistant on our blogs until Sunday afternoon. It’s a good break, but I’m not looking forward to reading my Bloglines folder when I get back! yikes! Good think our SPAM filters are good as well. Don’t need to worry about that, at least.

Blogging jobs

Posted in Blogging

As many of you might have already read on Tris’ blog, we’ve got some new blogging gigs. Thanks to Tris, we’ve been able to take on some really great blogs.

I’ll be writing on:
Ianiv will be writing on
Tris will be writing on

Up to now, Tris has been writing on all three blogs. And doing a fabulous job. However, the owner of the blogs at wants to make each blog a thought-leader, and part of the way to do that is to get a different writer for each blog. So, that’s the story. Tris tipped us off and we were excited to take it on.

As Tris notes, it’s a great way to “keep it in the family.” Ianiv & I tend to chat with Tris most days, so we share a lot of links and ideas. We should be able to create some good blog conversations this way too.

Ianiv & I will be using the Blogaholics and Blogging Help bylines, and Tris will be using his byline too “Tris Hussey is the Chief Blogging Officer for Qumana Software and Managing Director of Qumana Services. He can be reached at tris AT qumana DOT com or tris AT trishussey DOT com.”

Now, I was hoping to get the login info today, but no luck. Ianiv & I will be gone until Sunday afternoon – we’re off camping. Might be able to snap up a post if I’m lucky, but don’t count on it. Too bad, I’m just itching to go!

On another note, I’ll be continuing as a contributing writer on Get Real. Passed my Guest Blogger stage. Wohoo. Exciting day.

Can’t wait to get more of these gigs!

Atari Flashback 2.0

Posted in Gadgets & Gizmos

This is so cool! Atari announced they will be launching the Atari Flashback 2.0, which will look like an Atari 2600 console. It will include two joysticks and 40 games such as Pong, Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Lunar Lander, Breakout, Missile Command and Combat. And it will only cost about $30, for endless hours of retro fun.

I left my Atari 2600 and a box full of games in Mexico when I moved to Canada 8 years ago. What the hell was I thinking?

Read the full press release.

Yagoohoo!gle anyone?

Posted in Blogging

Dual frame search results for Yahoo and Google. Pretty cool. Like the name – YaGoohoo!gle.

I think I prefer Google search results. Ahem.

Search: Blogaholics

Is the trackback dead?

Posted in Blogging

Do you think trackbacks are dead? Comments? How does this change our perspective of the power of blogs for communication?


I think it’s time we faced the fact that Trackback is dead. We should state up front – the aspirations behind Trackback were admirable. We should reassert that we understand that there is a very real need to find mechanisms to knit together the world of webloggers and to allow conversations across multiple weblogs to operate effectively. We must recognise that Trackback was one of the first and most important attempts to work in that area. But Nevertheless, we have to face the fact – Trackback is dead.

It has been killed by spam and by spammers – by the sheer horror of ping after ping pushing mother/son incest and bestiality links. It has been killed by the exploitation of human beings quite prepared to desecrate the work of tens of thousands of people in order that they should scrabble together a few coins. It has been killed by the experience of an inbox overwhelmed by the automated rape of our creative endeavours.

What do you think?

People who make keyboards do not have cats

Posted in Cats

I am firmly convinced that the makers of keyboards do not have cats. No matter how hard you try to stop it, they always want to step on the keys.

Well, I was just finishing off a post for Get Real, and was quite happy with it (really, in fact, down to the last word), when the cats both decide to take a little trip to the other side of the desk. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to lift them fast enough to avoid a paw inadvertantly stepping on the power key.

Ok, I can forgive the cats, Not the smartest animals. But, the people who made the keyboard… Why would you ever put a power button on a Keyboard? Sleep, yes. Hibernate, maybe. But power!

My 2nd attempt at the article is not as good. I have no idea what my inspiration was in the first go around but I’m attempting it anyway.

Guess the Google

Posted in Games

Guess the Google game – get a batch of 20 images and try to guess the search term.


Fun stuff. Can you guess the Google?

Link via The J-Walk Blog

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