Friday, June 20, 2008

My Moo MiniCards came!

My Moo MiniCards came!
Originally uploaded by acodring
I'm really happy with how these turned out.

I let moo pick 100 random shots from 'My Favs' set on flickr, then spent 5 minutes adjusting the automatic cropping.

I've been thinking about getting these since Phil handed me a 'personal' card in addition to his business card a while ago.

Glad I finally did!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Fail and fail often

Seth inspires us to fail:
The object isn’t to be perfect. The goal isn’t to hold back until you’ve created something beyond reproach. I believe the opposite is true. Our birthright is to fail and to fail often, but to fail in search of something bigger than we can imagine. To do anything else is to waste it all.

cant fail cafe - red line
Originally uploaded by pbo31

I'm feeling a theme building here.

"GrandCentral Me"

[Edit 2: Based on a few confused calls, I need to clarify that I don't work for Google, and Google have disabled GrandCentral invites. I'd really like to be able to help you get your own GrandCentral number, but I can't. Since I'm Canadian, I'll say sorry.]

[Edit: GrandCentral have that 'Keep my number private' thing checked by default. If you leave it checked, you show up as 'Unknown' and you'll be filtered out of my day.]

The Basics:
Type in your name and the phone number you'd like to talk to me from. When you click submit GrandCentral will call you first on the number you provided, then call me on one or more of my phones. No charge to you. No charge to me. Gotta love Google.

The Backstory:
Last year I was hearing a lot about a "one phone number" VOIP service called GrandCentral. I was intrigued but figured it couldn't last so it wasn't worth signing up. Then I saw Google bought them and quickly signed up before invites closed.

It's only marginally useful since they don't have Ottawa numbers to choose from, but I can put up these 'Call Me' buttons that allow you to set up a call from a number of your choice to me. Free. From anywhere. You can also call me direct from a real phone with the service, but I don't think I'll put that number up here...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

What Are Your Solstice Plans?

I'm not a "scoop" kind of blogger, but this is close.

If you live near the Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge uberopolis you're sure to enjoy the launch party of the Solar Collector project. From what I know of the Gorbet's, they don't do things in half measures. Druid costume optional.

Evening launch party and performance
June 21st, 8:30pm

(the sculpture comes to life at dusk, ~9:30pm)

Solar Collector

We invite you to celebrate the summer solstice at the launch of Solar Collector on June 21st.
Bring an evening picnic out to the grassy lawn under the apple trees, and enjoy live music to accompany the sculpture’s performance.

100 Maple Grove Road, Cambridge, Ontario (Google satellite map)

In a collaboration between the community and the sun, Solar Collector gathers human expression and solar energy during the day, then brings them together each night in a performance of flowing light.

Twelve aluminum shafts rise from the grassy hill in front of the Waterloo Regional Operations Centre. Their graceful shape reflects the angles of the sun through the year. The tallest shaft is perpendicular to the sun at winter solstice, when the sun is low in the sky. The flattest shaft faces the high sun at summer solstice.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sun Burn Remedy

Chilling on the porch
Originally uploaded by acodring
Flickr's got a new 'stats' feature and it's way too addictive.

It allows me to see that 4 people in the last week have googled "Sun Burn Remedy" or something close on google images and then clicked through to my goofy lobster face.

Original photo caption:

"One snorkelling trip lasted longer than expected and resulted in nasty sunburns. Here I am trying a homeopathic cure for sunburn - beer and grilled cheese."

There's got to be some big adwords revenue in that somewhere! :-)