Archive for May, 2007

The Future: Surface

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Microsoft unveiled yesterday, May 30th, a new line of computing called the “Microsoft Surface“. This device is pretty sweet, as one can do all sorts of nifty things by moving your hands around on the table – being able to use all your fingers to move objects, or paint a picture, build a video puzzle, or even copy files between wireless devices placed on its surface.

They claim they will be avaialbe for places like hotels and resturants by November, but won’t be out in the average person’s house for something like “3-5 years”. We have yet to see if Apple has anything up their sleeve, but either way we’re in for a new era of what we can do with our computers.

You can check out more on the Microsoft page, or the wikipedia article. A really neat video is on a third party site called Popular Mechanics.

Awesome Movie

Thursday, May 31st, 2007
Has anyone seen the movie
“Star Trek 15: 28 Snakes on a Plane of the Ring” ?

Film Meeting Tuesday

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I went downtown today and filmed UR beacuse there was a chance I was camping on Sunday night and wouldn’t be able to make it in on time on Monday. It was a pretty regular day, except we post-taped a singer named Tara Slone, who I later discovered through her interview that she was the lead singer of Joydrop! I used to listen to her two songs, “Sometimes wanna die” and “Beautiful” quite often. I have memories of listening to them on my discman many years ago while sitting around the campfire up at Shuswap! It was quite interesting to see and meet her in person. We recorded a song she sang after the interview.

Later, back at home, 5pm rolled around and only Jessy was sitting around with me. Where is everyone else?? Around 5:30, Greg showed up and we went outside to film a second speed fight.

Speed Fight 2

Craig showed up a bit later with Fader, and we played around with focus on my camera a bit. Later, Jessy and Craig headed out, and fader and greg and I did some more little things which I’ll post here once I edit them up… They are titled “Acting Around”.

Week Wrap-Up

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

This week has been awesome! I’ve been active doing things like hiking, biking, canoeing, filming things for TMM and UR. I’ve had a blast with good friends, and also I’ve been reminiscing and enjoying good times with friends from the past! Not only have I been enjoying the past and present, but I’ve also spent some good time having great discussions on where I am headed in my near and far futures. I’ve even had a hair-cut to change my look, and all in all, it’s just been a great week for me – nothing super especially greater than the others, but it was just packed with good times and memories.

Exhaustion to Drunkaustion

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

I went downtown on a Friday, which is unusual, but they requested I come in because Sting‘s son and his band, Fiction Plane, were performing on our show, and they “wanted more skilled camera operators”. I think I did an okay job. I felt their style of music didn’t allow me my full creativeness with my camera moves. Some days you just feel the music and get into it, today wasn’t really one of them.

After UR, I walked over to the CBC building (which is next to where I met Julia yesterday), and this time I met up with Christine and we hung out downtown for two hours or so. First we picked up pizza from a real cheap dollar store that a German intern from UR told me about a while ago. It’s $1.25 a slice and they a real huge pieces! After we ate, we felt super lazy and we just sat there for a while. Eventually when we decided to walk, we went for about a minute or two before we found the entrance to a pub, which lured us inside, only for me to discover a pool table too! Since it was still early afternoon it was really empty so we had a beer while playing a game of pool. We only had time for one game before I had to train home. I think I need to teach Christine to play more by giving her more practice time. I guess we’ll just have to play pool there a little more often.

On the train, I sat down and slept with my laptop on my lap. Strange because there was an empty seat next to me, across from me, and a table there too, but I was just so tired that I dozed off immediately and didn’t even have time to put the laptop down! I felt super exhausted, I guess from a killer busy week! The beer might have also helped soothe me a little too. When I finally got home, I crashed right away and had a nice nap until Ray showed up. The plan was to pre-drink before heading off to Roosters to meet up with people, but we were both exhausted so we just sat and chatted for a while. Adrienn showed up later, who I haven’t seen in about a year, and she drove us all to Roosters. We met up with Nicola, Sheena, Scott, Lisa, Chris, and another Sheena and we all had a good time down there. Since I ended up buying quite a few drinks for people, as well as a bunch for myself, my bill came to just over a hundred bucks…

Adrienn drove us home just after 1am, very nice of her, and Ray and I crashed pretty shortly after.

Facebook: Do Evil

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Where Google states in their philosophy to “do no evil“, we believe them, and they had given us little reason to believe otherwise. Facebook on the other hand chooses to hide their philosophy of “do evil” with a long and confusing terms of service page.

According to their website, here’s what Facebook users sign away:

By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant… to the Company, and irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof.

People, myself included, blindly are lured into this social networking site, later to discover that all along, Facebook has been collecting personal data about them and is using it for their own financial gain. Information from it’s 23 million users gives a pretty good idea of what sort of things people these days are doing – and other companies out there are willing to pay huge bucks to reap the benefits of what Facebook is mining.

OK, so you had a change of heart about that photo you posted and you want it off your Facebook site. No biggie – just delete it, right? Unfortunately most people also do not realize that even when you delete posts, photos, or even your account, your information is still stored in archives, and can still remain available on the web. Most of what’s on the internet can be archived.

I won’t elaborate any further because I’m certain you have heard it from a few different people already. The reality is that it’s all true – and when it comes to your privacy, one must draw the line somewhere. I choose that Facebook does evil when it comes to handling your private data, and I simply will no longer to be a part of it.

Below are facts on Facebook taken from the Vancouver daily newspaper, 24 hours.
  • # of Users: 23 million
  • # of networks: 47,000
  • # of user photos: 1.7 billion
  • Facebook is the sixth most trafficked site in the U.S. and the No. 1 photo-sharing site.
  • Largest Network: Boronto with more than 500,000 Facebook users
  • Vancouver Network: 230,000


  • Mark Zuckerberg, 22: Founder and CEO
  • Dustin Moskovitz, 22: Co-founder and VP of engineering
  • Adam D’Angelo, 23: Chief technology officer

Before creating, CEO Zuckerberg hacked into Harvard’s student records and created, a site where students could compare undergraduates’ photos and judge “who’s hotter.” The site was live for about four hours before administrators stepped in. Zuckerberg later created Facebook and dropped out of school.

Facebook’s gift service lets users give gifts. Below is a list of he most popular:

  • can of whoop ass
  • sausage on a fork
  • balloon animal
  • flaming bag of dog feces


  • Page views: 30 billion per month
  • Searches: 600 million per month
  • RAM in cache: Two terabytes
  • Search index size: 200 GB