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General

Good bye HD DVD, hello Blu Ray

The Sony PS3
The Sony PS3

Well, I did it.  Last week in a moment of weakness I sold my HD DVD discs, put the HD DVD player up for auction, and went out and bought myself a Blu Ray player…a PS3 to be specific.

The deal at Rogers video was too good to pass up.  I’ve been eyeing a Blu Ray player for a while because I’m just enough of an AV snob to love the way high def movies look on the HD DVD player.  With nothing new coming out, I just needed a fix.

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Comics

The realities of the comics business

Yes, his name is really Al
Yes, his name is really Al

There’s a reason that the “Comic Shop Guy” is such a stereotype in the comics industry.  There quite frankly isn’t a lot of money in the business, and the overwhelmingly “pack rat-ish” mentality of comic book fans means that owners (who are usually fans) are drowning in overstock.

When you’re dealing with 10 and 15% margins, every item you have in stock requires you to sell 5 to break even.

This week we did something at All New Comics that we’ve resisted for as long as possible.  We raised prices.

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General

So uuber lame that it just might be cool

Star Wars hoodies by Marc Ecko
Star Wars hoodies by Marc Ecko

I like Marc Ecko, I had a really cool Marc Ecko yellow shirt once that Charlene hated with the firey heat of a thousand burning suns.  Unfortunately most of his stuff is a little too “Affliction” for my tastes.

However their new Star Wars line is pretty cool.  In my opinion this hoodie, may be the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while…or perhaps the lamest.  So lame in fact that it’s gone 180 degrees back around and become cool again!  This one however might be lame (although I’m on the fence on it, it might have gone like 190 degrees or something, and is just over-cool).

I loved that Boba Fett hoodie so much that I went to buy one, only to find out that Marc Ecko won’t ship to Canada.

Damn.

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Movies and TV

Gadget Dad: The Flip Ultra

The Flip Ultra in all its glory
The Flip Ultra in all its glory

When we bought our Pentax digital camera, we discovered that it had a nice little built-in video feature.  The movies it made were good, but not great, the sound was quite distorted, but the pictures were good enough that we could take little 30 second videos without hauling out the massive Sony Digital 8 camera most of the time.

Then we got our Canon Rebel XTi, and gone were the little videos (though the amazing pictures we’re taking more than make up for it).   Since last Christmas (when we got the Canon), our video production had dropped by quite a bit.

Then along came the Flip Ultra.

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General

Maks O’Brian joins our clan

Here's Maks O'Brian as he gets his first test.
Here is Maks as he gets his first test

Today at 1:20pm, we welcomed the newest addition to our family as Maks O’Brian without too much fuss.

Char woke up at 4am, tossing and turning and woke me up around 5 (of course last night was the night I decided to catch up on some work and TV at the same time and ended up crawling into bed around 2:30).  She woke me up again at 5:30 asking for Tylenol (which our midwife had recommended).  I got in the car and drove, looking for a 24 hour store that would sell Tylenol…not an easy feat when you’re groggy.  In the process I almost killed a skunk on Oxford, and had to hit two stores to find Tylenol (and then I only got Regular Strength).

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Internet

The Web Design 10 Commandments

I give you these 15 (SMASH), these ten, ten commandments!
I give you these 15 (SMASH), these ten, ten commandments!

There are a few pet peeves I have of web site designers, things usually done by people who don’t really know any better, who think that “more is more”, or who blindly listen to advocates without understanding the realities behind the advocacy.

With that in mind, I’m creating my Web Design 10 Commandments

  1. Thou shalt mark up thy pages semantically
  2. Thou shalt attempt to make thy pages validate
  3. Thou shalt not change the default mouse pointers
  4. Thou shalt not use self serving javascript
  5. Thou shalt not maketh thy website for one browser
  6. Thou shalt not relyeth on the Javascript
  7. Thou shalt respect the contrast.
  8. Thou shalt not employ the “SkipIntro”, nor shalt thou useth the “Splash Page”
  9. Thou shalt never auto start sound.
  10. Thou shalt not fear the table.
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About Me

Defeat is a dish best not served

Quoits, sometimes known as coits, the sport of kings or at the very least sailors is one of my passions.  I train for it for 12 months of the year to prepare for the annual “Bond Street Cup” (this year renamed the “Balvenie Street Cup”).  I’m a proud two time winner, but I’ve had a run of bad luck the last couple of years, having been linked to a blood doping scandal in 2006, and tasting bitter defeat in 2007.

This year would see yet another defeat at the hands of my many enemies, meaning I haven’t drank from the Bond Street Cup since 2005.  This stings and I have vowed to return in 2009 with a new drive.  I’ll be redoubling my Quoits training, and plan on coming back bigger and better than ever.

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Internet

To hell with IE 6

IE 6 burns in the deepest darkest fires of hell
IE 6 burns in the deepest darkest fires of hell

On February 16th 2001 Jeffery Zeldman posted an article called “To Hell with Bad Browsers” on A List Apart.  It was an eye opening experience for me, and was the piece of the puzzle to why accessibility and standards compliant websites were a must have going forward.  The title was memorable enough that it’s stuck with me all this time.

At the time I had just finished up the launch of TSNMAX, and the CEO of Bell Globe Media, Lib Gibson, was giving me a list of all of the problems that TSNMAX had with Netscape 4.7, which was her sole browser of choice.  The browser was dead in the water at the time, and the “To Hell With Bad Browsers” article gave me a ton of ammunition.

Fast Forward seven years, and we’re in the same boat, except this time with IE 6.  I hope that this treatise can be used by other developers to convince their bosses that it’s time to kill IE 6 in the corporate world.

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Games

Game Review: Star Wars the Force Unleashed

Yeah, that's a freaking Rancor!
Yeah, that is a freakin' Rancor!

Star Wars the Force Unleashed as a game is a good, but not great game.  Star Wars the Force Unleashed as a cannonical movie is incredible.  The gameplay at times is fantastic, but at times so broken and repetitive that it’s almost not worth playing through another level to get to the cutscene and story.

Almost not worth playing, fortunately for the Force Unleashed, the story that is told in the game is so good, that slogging through another impossible task is worth it.

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Our Family

Poor Yoda gets curb stomped

Yoda gets curb stomped from Brian Garside on Vimeo.

It’s a senseless tragedy. Poor little Yoda was just sitting there doing nothing, when suddenly…Kaylin happened.

It’s like a scene from Dagobah History X.

This little movie was created on my new Flip Video Ultra, which I’ll post a review of soon (it’s pretty frigging awesome).