Diary of a Mad Man Podcast Episode #3!

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Headlight modulators

“Dear Prudence: I don’t think young children should watch television”

Ajusto app that watches your driving habits leads to privacy concerns

Facing 50 Fears

Friendly Giant Intro

Air Canada 137 flight to Vancouver turned around due to ‘disruptive passenger’

The Perfect Birth Control for Men Is Here. Why Can’t We Use It?

Family of cyclist killed on Stanley Park Causeway files lawsuit

The 7 Most Gloriously Disgusting Ballpark Snacks of 2015

Diary of a Mad Man Podcast Episode #2!

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Ellyn MNamara

The big fear lurking behind the controversial new Indiana religious freedom law

Monica Lewinsky Is Back, but This Time It’s on Her Terms

The NUS Asked Its Student Delegates To Use Jazz Hands Instead Of Clapping To Avoid Triggering Anxiety

Kinny Cheng

Playgrounds need to be more challenging, UBC researcher says

Why I don’t Google-stalk my dates

11 Sounds That Your Kids Have Probably Never Heard

Jai Dillon

Ford Tech Could Put an End to Speeding Tickets

Diary of a Mad Man Podcast Episode #1!

I’ve been threatening to resurrect “Trash Talk” for years but never found the right co-host – I think I have now. :)

You can listen here. Let us know what you think. WARNING – THIS IS A SHOW MEANT FOR ADULTS. We use language not meant for those with delicate sensibilities. If you listen to this podcast and then complain about the language or the subject matter, I will publicly mock you.

Things we talked about:

Starbucks Will Stop Putting The Words ‘Race Together’ On Cups

Mo’ne Davis forgives her Twitter troll: “He’s hurt even more”

Vasectomy Madness: Making the cut to watch the games

Savage Love

The show is making its way through the iTunes Podcast approval system. We’ll let you know when it is available.

Settling In…

Life. You have to live it, don’t you? Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad.

Right now, life is mostly pretty damn good. I’m almost completely (still got big stuff left for the movers) out of my Surrey dungeon (basement suites suck!) and into a new home in Chilliwack, BC. And it really is a home – a real above ground house!
There is a minor downside. Whereas before, I was living a 40 minute ride (but 90 minutes on public transit) from downtown Vancouver, now I’m in a little community outside of a little community way outside of Vancouver – it’s almost a two hour ride to downtown now.

But…

It’s very pretty out here. When I lived in Vancouver before the move to the USA, I never came out to this area (the Fraser Valley). But it’s beautiful and peaceful. I’m surrounded by mountains and farms and chickens and horses and goats and cows and dogs and birds.

The sunsets are beautiful as are the sunrises and living above ground means I can actually see them.


The new house “came with” a Jack Russell Terrier named Grommit:

He is sweet and smart and not at all yappy. Internet access sucks as does cable TV choices but I can live with the trade-off of the views and the wonderful roads to ride my motorcycle on.

Yesterday, my bike rolled over to 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles),

I’ve been riding a little under 4.5 months. Not bad for winter mileage! I imagine that will easily quadruple over the spring, summer and fall out here.

The only real downside is I have to share the house with a Harley-Davidson rider. And, because we live in Farm Country, the smell of liquid shit being spread is amazing for its pungency.

My personal life has gotten better too but I’ll wait to talk more about that – don’t want to jinx anything. :)

I still don’t make nearly as much money as I need to live on and continue to scrape by month to month but I’m relatively happy, my depression is lessened and, with spring already in full bloom here in this area of BC (the Cherry and Magnolia trees have already blossomed!), I feel, more than I have for a long time, I’m going to make it.

That’s all anyone can really do, isn’t it?

RealTime Industries’ Reflective Decals

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I ride a motorcycle – a 2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES to be specific.

Riding is the single most dangerous thing I do but it’s also the most fun I can have with my clothes on, so I do it as much as I can. But you have to “manage the risk”. One way of doing that is by being visible to those who drive cars, whether it be through bright colors, high visibility gear, more lights, etc.

I highly recommend these kinds of reflective decals you can easily put on your bike. Hell, even *I* can do it and I’m usually pretty incompetent when it comes to these kinds of things. Similar to the kinds of materials you see on a bicyclist’s clothing, these “stick” to your bike and become visible when car headlights hit them. They have the added bonus of looking really good, too!

I got my set from the nice people at RealTime Industries. They don’t have decals for every make and model but if they are available for your bike, I really encourage you to get a set for your ride.

Here are the before and after shots (click the image for a larger image). The light source is the camera flash:
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As you can see, the difference is obvious. Every little bit helps and this is a great way to make yourself more visible to “cagers”.

One week before it ends for all time, The Newsroom trots out its worst episode yet

It seems like everyone agrees – last night’s episode of “The newsroom” was a giant, steaming pile of shit. I sat watching it, dumbfounded. I had to rewind to the beginning to make sure Aaron Sorkin actually wrote this. And wondered what chemicals he was on when he did.

One week before it ends for all time, The Newsroom trots out its worst episode yet:

“Oh Shenandoah”, last night’s episode of The Newsroom, was a disasterpiece, an episode of television so bad I was gobsmacked by what I was watching. Literally everything about it was miscalculated, with every storyline hitting some point where it became too ridiculous to take seriously at all.”

The End of ‘The Newsroom’ Is Bringing Out the Worst in Aaron Sorkin:

“With only one episode left before the end of The Newsroom, Sorkin managed to produce an episode of the series that exemplified all of its worst tendencies, to such an extreme that it may make it impossible for me to take anything he writes or has written seriously ever again.”

The Newsroom’s Crazy-Making Campus-Rape Episode:

“The season finale runs next week and thank God for that. Like poor old Charlie Skinner, my heart can’t take it anymore.”

There was literally not a single storyline that was believable, let alone enjoyable. First time in my life I can’t wait for a Sorkin series to end.

Extreme Enduro Race POV


Extreme Enduro POV Race Through the City – YouTube:

Follow along from Ben Hemingway’s point of view as he goes head-to-head with Andreas Lettenbichler for the city portion of Extreme XL de Lagares.

I love riding motorcycles but even in my wildest dreams, I couldn’t A) ride a bike like these B) ride a bike like these that fast and C) ride a bike like these that fast through the course these guys are on!

Macworld Expo is Dead

Expo

Regardless of the spin IDG is trying to put on this, this is not a hiatus. Regardless of the hopes of attendees, Macworld Expo, Macworld/iWorld in any incarnation is well and truly dead.

No one thing killed the show. It was a death of a thousand cuts, starting with Apple abandoning the show (and, I maintain, abandoning the community that supported it for so many years) and the strength of various other outlets to get Apple’s and the vendors message out. IDG’s inability to pivot the show to “something else” also contributed, along with their inability to work with and convince vendors and attendees the show still had value.

I have been and will continue to be pilloried for my criticism of IDG and their, quite frankly, botching of so many aspects of the show. For their “fudging” of attendance figures and for their bullying of the media and vendors, among many other things. Make no mistake – a great deal of any blame for the failure of the show lies directly at the feet of IDG and their management.

But the on the floor staff of any particular Macworld Expo was always amazing. Whether it was the wonderfully bubbly Sarah Hindmarsh (now Harvey – congratulations!), the dedicated and devoted Kathy Moran or the hardest working guy at the show, Paul Kent. They did the best they could with what little IDG gave them. And their best was often better than anything anyone else could even imagine.

Jon Seff:

“That’s what I’ll miss the most—an event that drew together people I read online or communicated with on Twitter into meatspace for a few days.”

There is no trade show I’m aware of that had the constituencies of a Macworld Expo – everything from brand new users to grizzled old veterans. Artists and techies. IT pros and their customers. Shareware developers (remember those?) And huge multibillion dollar corporations. Paul Kent and his staff (and others before them) had an absolute bear of a time trying to serve all those different groups and, for the most part until Apple left, served them well.

I’ve always said the Expo wasn’t about Apple or the show floor or the vendors or the media or the announcements – although all those things were important and the show wouldn’t be a success without them – but about the people and the community. Friends, new and old. Listeners, readers, developers, colleagues, bartenders, taxi drivers, waiters. And all the fun you had with them.

I remember very few of the products or pamphlets or buttons I got at any individual Expo (hell, I went to 30+ of them around the world over the years) but I always remember the people I met and every year, looked forward to the shows to seeing them again.

I’ll miss that the most.