Wednesday, 15 August 2012

I Like London

But I hate those London Condo ads on the radio. You know the ones I'm talking about. Is it that hard to find somebody with a genuine London accent in this multicultural city of ours? Is that hard to find somebody who could fake a credible London accent? I'm so sick of hearing Melissa Mississauga or Nora North York or whoever she is exult over the "mahble showahs". Get the hook!

And another thing. I really hate all these condo developments in Toronto that rip off the names of neighbourhoods and streets in New York, London, and California. In addition to the monstrous "NY Towers" (for North York Towers) that are supposed to resemble the magnificent Art Deco Empire State Building, we have condo developments named for Chelsea, SoHo, South Beach, Marina del Ray, Park Avenue, and the West Village. I swear to God, I saw an apartment in the Queen Street West and Ossington area advertised as being "in Toronto's West Village" Gah!

Anyway. I gotta get ready for work. So I can earn some dough to pay for an apartment on Toronto's Lower East Side.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

What I did on my winter vacation

One of the most exciting things that happened to me whilst in the capital of the UK is that I lost 7 pounds (of body weight, not money). I guess that's what walking for hours carrying a daypack holding two cameras, a water bottle and Lonely Planet will do for you. I drank pints and pints of beer and had chips at lunch nearly every day, but I don't seem to have put on an ounce. Hurrah!

I didn't really "do" the museums or the art galleries. I visited the V&A one afternoon, but found it overwhelming. How much silver can a person look at in a day? And I went to the Museum of London, the largest urban history museum in the world. But most of the time, it was so bright and mild (by Canadian standards) outside - perfect picture-taking weather. So I walked around and took pictures.

I photographed things that were interesting to me. Some of these are in the photo album on the left, but I have a lot more - I took 135 digital pictures and about 30 with my point-and-shoot 35mm camera. I didn't bring the SLR as it's very heavy, the light meter is unreliable, and I need to replace a part on it.

I photographed Georgian terraces, an apartment building near Oxford Street, pastel-painted houses on Portobello road, various churches, some of them "famous", like St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, which stands near where Newgate Prison used to be, in the City, and St Giles-in-the-Field, in St Giles, which used to be one of the worst slums in London. I photographed Seven Dials (almost getting hit by a taxi in the process).

I went to the theatre - friends got us really great seats at Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin. It was really good. My favourite line is "Never mix, never worry".

I went shopping at Liberty of London, which is famous for making Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts furniture and decor accessible to the masses (well, the middle-class masses, I guess). I also explored the food halls at Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, and popped into Peter Jones. I bought my nephew the sweetest little cardigan and a jacket at Mothercare in Oxford Street. I walked down Carnaby Street a couple of times, because I was in the neighbourhood.

Six days wasn't nearly enough time to explore, so I'm tentatively planning another trip for the end of May. A few more days in London, overnight in Hastings and visiting the nearby very beautiful town of Rye, and maybe a couple of days in Paris? We'll see. May's the earliest I can get away for good weather and somewhat fewer tourists. Either that or I'll wait till September. But I'm definitely going back this year. There's so much more I want to see and now's the time to do it!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012


Just getting back into the swing of things here. You go away for three days, you need four days to catch up. Research, cataloguing, collection development, laundry - the fun never stops, I tells ya. On top of everything, one of my teeth has started to give off little twinges of pain. It might be a cracked filling, it might be a new cavity, or it might be that I keep catching myself clenching my teeth. Like, hard. Stress? I'm not stressed! What's to be stressed about? No stress here, no siree!

Anyway. Not much new to report. You?

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Memorial Day News

From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli comes today's tech news.

The US copyright law was enacted on this day in 1790. The Who performed the loudest concert ever with 76,000 watts of amplification in 1976. Seinfeld premiered in 1990.

It's Memorial Day.
Online sales boomed last year with 51% increase over 2002. Sales reached $114 billion, representing 5.4 of all retail sales. More importantly, online margins went from zero in 2002 to 21% in 2003 and 79% of online retailers were profitable. Is it too late to buy that Amazon stock?

A British beautician has won the "world's best female inventor" award at Inpex. Paula Ward was looking for a way to keep her daughter from logging on when she was away from home. Her device, which can block broadband access and access to specific phone numbers and can be controlled remotely, was picked up by Commtel and goes on sale later this summer.

Computer Associates has donated its Ingres database program to the open source community. Ingres has had trouble competing with market leaders Oracle and Sybase, but it's a mature and solid product that will be a valuable addition to the open source world. CA hopes improvements will flow back into the code base from open source developers.

20th Century Fox and Paramount are going after an online vendor who was still selling DVD Xcopy. In a lawsuit filed in New York on Friday, the movie companies accused Technology One of selling the DVD cracking program despite a court order pulling it from the shelves. A Technology One employee said, "no one told us to stop selling it." Don't get your hopes up, the link to DVD XCopy is no longer on the site.

If you're willing to give up some personal information you may soon be able to get a fast pass through airport security. The TSA's Registered Traveller program will begin testing in late June with 10,000 volunteers. Frequent flyers who want to join the program will have to pass a detailed background examination and pay an annual fee of around $100. Once approved they'll get a card with "biometric identification" that will allow them to skip all the airport security checks except the metal detector. Wonder how long before they start auctioning these off on eBay?

Ewww. The Spot is back. The Internet soap opera which burned bright but briefly nine years ago is back and coming to a cell phone near you. Sprint PCS will beam audio and pictures from the soap to your phone for $3.95 per month.

For the second time in two years, an Internet unknown has won the World Series of Poker. "Fossilman" Raymer earned a seat at the table in a $150 satellite event on The patent lawyer from Connecticut won $5 million dollars and the coveted silver bracelet on Friday. The 2nd, 7th, and 9th place finishers also qualified online.

The LA Times has an excellent article that brings home the human cost of IT outsourcing. Free registration required.

Listen in tomorrow at 6:45a Pacific for my weekly news commentary on KGO 810 AM in San Francisco.

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