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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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Recent Posts

Without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain’t as sweet.

Without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain’t as sweet.

Mar 6, 2012

Brrr…it was minus 3 degrees C today in NYC. For reference, in Phoenix its 22 degrees C, in LA its 13 degrees C. NYC winters are cold.  If that wasn’t obvious enough, this reality is driven home by the stream of Facebook pictures from friends in LA that showcase a beautiful sky with people frollicking on a beach in the dead of January. Quite often, I...

I found love in dynamic typing

I found love in dynamic typing

Mar 1, 2012

I’d not known bliss until I dipped my toes in the waters of dynamically typed languages. You see, starting with JAVA/C++ at Waterloo, up through my C# career at Microsoft, I only knew static typing. The idea of not needing a rigid type hierarchy was as foreign as democracy to a North Korean. Then I tried Objective-C: I walked across the DMZ, and straight into...

What would you do for a Twitter follower?

What would you do for a Twitter follower?

Feb 29, 2012

People will do a lot for a Klondike bar, its something we’ve known for a long time. While the silver-wrapped ice cream sandwich has its place in our hearts, a more relevant question today is ‘what would you do for a Twitter follower’? Twitter is more than a soapbox: we could always just open the window and yell our random thoughts out to the...

Ron & Me, Part II: My Republican Disenchantment

Ron & Me, Part II: My Republican Disenchantment

Feb 20, 2012

Last Thursday, on another globally-warmed winter night in NYC, I went for a walk.  Now I go for a walk every night, and Thursday differed only with the question that occupied my mind: why am I no longer a Republican?   On one hand, I knew that my feelings towards the Republican party were shaped by a few core principles, but I struggled to isolate them from...

Mikhail Gorbachev: The birthmark the world forgot

Mikhail Gorbachev: The birthmark the world forgot

Feb 8, 2012

History is written by the victors. Don’t believe me? Break out that 100 ruble stamp, and write a letter to Mikhail Gorbachev, he’ll tell you. 20 years after the Cold War, you’d think only guys named Ronald played parts in its closing act. Sure, Reagan and McDonald had speaking roles, but Mikhail Gorbachev is the tragic hero in the Cold...

A few words on Grammar Nazis…

A few words on Grammar Nazis…

Jan 26, 2012

I was tempted to write that Grammar Nazis are the worst kind, but that’s insensitive. Grammar Nazis are the 3rd worst type of Nazi (behind the original, and the neo varieties of course). I normally don’t pick fights, but when its those who live and die by the sword of Oxford, I unsheathe my dangling participle. I agree, spelling and grammar are...

Ron and Me: Part I

Ron and Me: Part I

Jan 24, 2012

I want to tell a story. I want to tell you about Ronald Reagan and me. No, we never knew each other, and we shared no Earthly bond beyond him being my first President (ok, Brian Mulroney should be more relevant, but he’s a muppet). Its hard to hate on Grandpa Ron, especially when he’d don the bright cardigan, sit in front of the TV, and whisper to...

Moving closer to the Hivemind, 140 characters at a time

Moving closer to the Hivemind, 140 characters at a time

Jan 13, 2012

And we’re back.  Call it what you might, but this is the first episode of what is to be Season 2 of this blog. I also hate the word ‘blog’,  its too Xanga-esque. I don’t know what I am going to write about in my coming posts,  I may yet turn romance novelist. Until then, when 140 characters just wont do, that is when I open my Evernote...

Juche: It’s what Kim Jong-un eats for dinner

Juche: It’s what Kim Jong-un eats for dinner

Dec 20, 2011

Tonight, stomachs across North Korea rumble in mourning. It is not food that they cry out for, but rather it is for their beloved, and now deceased, leader Kim Jong Il.  On Sunday, North Korean state television revealed to the world that Kim Jong Il, the sole remaining member of the ‘Bat Shit Crazy Dictators Club’, passed away at the relatively...

Which movie best gives a feeling of what computer programming is like?

Which movie best gives a feeling of what computer programming is like?

Nov 28, 2011

  “Phil? Hey, Phil? Phil! Phil Connors? Phil Connors, I thought that was you!” - Ned Ryerson – Groundhog Day Ned is like a NullPointerException that refuses to go away. Ned is a unrecognized selector thrown against a strongly typed variable. Ned is a HTTP timeout error when you’ve set all your timeouts to infinite. Ned is a...