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Williamsburg: Every Month is Movember

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012

It’s been 7 weeks since I packed my satchel, grabbed my walking stick and set out for that Hipster hinterland known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Like Darwin crawling over the...

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politics

Austerity will not save Greece (or the Euro)

Posted by on May 16, 2012

Like Brett Favre, and Madagascar sequels, the Greek Debt Crisis just keeps coming back. I thought the beast hath been slayed with Greek acceptance of a bailout-for-austerity package...

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technology

Behold Our Latest Creation: BlackBerry 10 Templates!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

If you have thought to yourself  “geez, what have those cats at Blue Label Labs been up too?! that Oscial site never gets updated!” then wait no more! I want to...

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bahndr

What in the devil is a Bahndr?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012

You’re not alone if you’ve seen “Bahndr” appear on your Facebook or Twitter and wondered to yourself “say what?” What is Bahndr? What does it...

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Behold Our Latest Creation: BlackBerry 10 Templates!

Behold Our Latest Creation: BlackBerry 10 Templates!

Mar 12, 2013

If you have thought to yourself  “geez, what have those cats at Blue Label Labs been up too?! that Oscial site never gets updated!” then wait no more! I want to announce the launch our latest offering for app designers and entrepreneurs: BlackBerry10Templates.com! BlackBerry10Templates.com is our newest line of app mockup and prototyping tools for...

We wrote a book!

We wrote a book!

Dec 4, 2012

If you’ve been a longtime Oscial reader, then you might have noticed a drop off in my frequency of posts recently. It’s not because I don’t love you, it’s just that I’ve been heads down writing a real book. Yes, a honest to goodness, non fiction book. What’s it about? Gandalf? Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu? The viscosity...

Just how bad is Apple Maps?

Just how bad is Apple Maps?

Nov 12, 2012

For those of you wondering if the recent backlash against Apple Maps is justified, let me shed some light for you: Apple Maps makes ‘The Adventures of Pluto Nash’ look like cinematic gold. Apple Maps is like the app equivalent of the XFL . Apple Maps is about as useful as a solar-powered flashlight. Apple Maps makes Michael Brown look like...

Williamsburg: Every Month is Movember

Williamsburg: Every Month is Movember

Oct 23, 2012

It’s been 7 weeks since I packed my satchel, grabbed my walking stick and set out for that Hipster hinterland known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Like Darwin crawling over the rocks of the Galapagos, I’ve sat in cafes, perused antique shops, and explored artist’s colonies in my attempt to understand what Williamsburg is all about. It may be 1...

What in the devil is a Bahndr?

What in the devil is a Bahndr?

Sep 22, 2012

You’re not alone if you’ve seen “Bahndr” appear on your Facebook or Twitter and wondered to yourself “say what?” What is Bahndr? What does it mean? From whence did Bahndr come? All perfectly good questions, Bahndr is the name of a free iPhone app we’ve recently finished and which is now freely available on the Apple...

Idea to Appster – Everything you need to go from idea to app

Idea to Appster – Everything you need to go from idea to app

Sep 11, 2012

Well with the summer’s end, and Jack Frost’s imminent arrival, its time we unveiled the newest member of the Blue Label web-site stable: Idea to Appster, everything you need to turn your idea into an app. Idea to Appster is  designed to empower would be mobile app entrepreneurs, or Appsters as we like to call them,  with the knowledge and guidance...

Goodbye Midtown, hello Williamsburg

Goodbye Midtown, hello Williamsburg

Sep 3, 2012

A funny thing happened yesterday, at 7am my eyes opened not to a truck horn or a NJ Transit bus, but to quiet, absolute quiet. When I walked out of my apartment, I was no longer a frog trying to get across 9th avenue while dodging cube vans and cabs. I leisurely strolled across Wythe Avenue like it was rush hour in Pyongyang. At the next block, instead of needle...

5 things to know about Canadians

5 things to know about Canadians

Jul 31, 2012

As a Canadian living the USA, I know Americans think Canadians are odd. I try to keep my identity hidden, but when an American finds out I am Canadian, they react with a sort-of  “ohhh!! so that explains it!”, like a great realization has dawned on them that my being Canadian explains so many eccentricities. In some ways, Canadians are a lot like...

Japan Technology: the Honda Accords that wont quit

Japan Technology: the Honda Accords that wont quit

Jul 22, 2012

There’s not much left of 1993.  My Jurassic Park VHS tape is buried in cobwebs, I can’t find my Mossimo shirt, and my old Intel 486DX2  computer is probably polluting the water supply of a 3rd world country. 19 years ago reading a book actually involved a book, and checking into a flight required carbon-paper booklets. 19 years ago the internet...

Is there anything Hollywood won’t reboot?

Is there anything Hollywood won’t reboot?

Jul 16, 2012

Its the age of the franchise in Hollywood, and the masters of the left coast pull no punches when it comes to reaching into the dustbin of movie history, pulling out some Sylvester Stallone turd, slathering a little IMAX/3D margarine atop and creating their newest $100 million franchise. Its bad enough that Spiderman has already been rebooted just 10 years...