February 15, 2005
last night in orange
spent the last few days in Lyon and Orange. We visited all the cool wine regions in Orange including Tavel, chateau neuf du pape, giondas and the like, as well as pointe du garde and various insanely wonderful villages in the area... off to Arles tomorrow. I cannot get instant messaging to work, which is a pain in the ass, but everything else is going wonderfully. I wish I could just ignore the internet, but there are important messages I am waiting for. The good news is that I got offered an interview at Ryerson University!!!
I hope you're all having fun.
February 11, 2005
AWOL in France
So... hello from France. Can you believe it? I cannot find a cyber-cafe that can handle gmail, and I forwarded all my email there... And Yuka's. I guess well have to wait until we get to Sarah-land to get properly caught up.
Anyway, expect few updates from us until the connectivity improves. I'm off to the tourist info place to find out where I can get a wireless hotspot.
February 07, 2005
Yuka and I are on a walk about for a bit. Masako's taking care of the homestead. See you all intermittently online... the less the better.
February 06, 2005
LBL said I could blog this cute picture of her babeee wearing a cute bunny hat.
February 05, 2005
February 04, 2005
BAKKAPHOENIX is Moving!
BakkaPhoenix is moving back to queen street. And there will be much rejoicing.
Truth is, we've grown. In the past few years, we've added more books, more events, more of everything that makes us Us. Consequently, we need more space. So we're very excited to announce that as of March 1, 2005, Bakka-Phoenix will be moving to:
697 Queen St. West.
Yep, you saw that right: Queen Street West, our old haunting grounds. The new place is half a block west of Bathurst, on the south side of Queen. It's bigger, it's shiny, and we're really looking forward to seeing what we can do with the space.
February 02, 2005
A Wiki Search Engine or Bottom-up Extortion?
It is hard for me to keep on top of things these days. Thanks to the crew at many2many I find things like this...
This is pretty interesting.¬Ý Web’Äôs Biggest not only claims to be the biggest search engine, but the biggest wiki.¬Ý
It leverages existing search engines and scrapes the whois database.¬Ý The spider captures summaries, which is all the engine searches, which gives you easy breadth, but not depth.¬Ý The summaries are far from perfect, but it seems the idea is they are meant to be changed.¬Ý A smart hack, if legal (Andy Beal wonders if this violates whois guidelines).
It seems as if I have 50 Gmail accounts to give away.
February 01, 2005
BCS on CSPAN
Brian Cantwell Smith, dean of the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto Smith, the author of "On the Origin of Objects," combines degrees in computer science and philosophy and is an expert on the interdisciplinary convergence brought about by digitization. His talk is titled, "And Is All This Stuff Really Digital After All?"