The age of the "cute" 404 page

I've been busy. Really busy. Still, I managed to catch the Massive Technology Trade Show and Conference in March. While the presentations I saw were really good, I was inspired, to say the least, by Kate Trgovac's talk, a crash course on social networking tools, including but not limited to blogging, tagging, professional network sites, and virtual worlds.

On a whim, I checked her current blog entry and had to laugh at the thought that we are entering the age where user-friendly design is going haywire. Forget M$'s "friendly error pages"... this one takes the kate! (I mean, cake!)

Just for fun I went to find an error page on Kate's site, and she doesn't have anything installed. I guess even she realizes the silliness of the whole idea.

For more fun, check out MY linkedin profile if you dare!

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Though I’m not usually political...

I'm so sick of politicking. I would rather have had two elections at the same time back in the summer. This winter election stuff is a real piece of work. Still, as I was doing some research on the local candidates, I had to chuckle at this bit on James Moore’s blog. James is the local Conservative representiave for my region. (Nice guy. Answers email.)

Dated: Jan 6/2006

“ Visit the Liberal campaign site for B.C. at www.teambc.ca and click on ‘Delivering Results for British Columbia.’ ‘Coming Soon’? The campaign is only over a month old, and the Liberals have only had 12 years to ‘deliver,’ but I guess we'll go ahead and wait for them to spin their non-existent accomplishments for B.C., such as: years of inaction on softwood, ignoring the leaky condo issue and CMHC, no senate reform, no new laws to fight grow-ops, no effort to combat crystal meth, no legislation on street racing or auto theft, no accountability or plan for the west coast fishery, no support for dredging on the Fraser River, no plan on port security, all talk and no action on the Pacific Gateway, total abandonment of the pine beetle epidemic.... the list goes on. Anyway, I’m looking forward to their list of non-accomplishments for B.C.”

The Liberals have long since updated their site to fix this oversight, but what a faux pas in the heat of probably the most dangerous campaign of their careers. I sure hope that Canadians get smart and realize that we can’t continue letting politicians rob us blind. One party will spend our money ensuring they have pensions (while we have none), while another party will continually waste money on issues of little relevance to a broad majority of the population.

One such trivial waste of cash was the redefinition of marriage. When there are so many other issues of economic and social import that have first-hand impact on the lives of you and me, the current regime spent countless hours bulldozing an issue that should never have surfaced in parliament.

Wise up Canada. Look into the parties and review their platforms. Check out the character of the candidates running in your riding. Make sure you elect the person who best represents YOU. Canada deserves to see democracy live!

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The amazing disappearing act

My friends have come to know (and, I hope, love) my tendency to get so involved in what I’m doing so as to “vanish” off the face of the earth for awhile. That in itself is not so strange as when I eventually reappear, I do so in a BIG way. This time is no exception. I last blogged in July, and it’s now January.

The BIG entrance? I’ve started focusing on a new technology: tablet pc computing. Check out my ’nother blog at https://www.tabletpcblogs.com/blogs/jakethespud/

I’ll work on updating this one over time as well, but with all I’ve got going on....

See you online!

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Maybe Fashion Ain’t for Everybody

The latest metrosexual fashion statement for the business elite is men wearing pink shirts. Note that usually by the time I find out about a fashion craze it’s already been and gone. As high-tech and avant-garde as I may sound sometimes, I often proceed with caution and let others test the waters before jumping in.

An example, speaking of water and jumping: I remember a time years ago when I traveled with some friends through the interior and we made a pit stop at Rock Creek. We watched a group of kids jump off a bridge into the water to counter the sweltering heat. A twenty-foot jump would scare the socks off most people, but these kids did it with no fear. There was, however, one little guy no older than 8 who was scared to jump in.

I asked him, “Can you swim?”

“Yes,” was the reply.

“All your friends are jumping off and none of them are getting hurt. If you don’t do it, you will wonder for the rest of your life ‘what would have happened if only I did...?’ You owe it to yourself to do it at least once.”

He stared down at the water for a moment which I’m sure must have felt like an eternity. Quizzically he looked up at me, “Are YOU gonna do it, mister?”

Not one to refuse a challenge, I switched to my trunks and jumped in.

I say all this by way of introduction that I would not even have considered jumping off that bridge had I not the empirical data to support doing so posed no serious hazards to my health. Had some kid smashed his head on a rock, broken an appendage, or gotten snatched by an undercurrent I probably would not have been so secure in my decision.

This morning I was in the herd of office workers stampeding from the train, forming an inpentrible wall at least 10 people thick racing for the station exits. Some poor soul in his mid-20s looking all cool and business-like with his business briefcase, business slacks, business shades (indoors, no less), business sport coat hung over his business shoulder, and business pink shirt was slammed into the wall at every attempt he made to get on the train we just left. Eventually he managed to work his briefcase on the train before the doors slid shut on his arm.

I now have empirical data to support that nobody takes seriously a man wearing a pink shirt. I think I’ll stick with blue.

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Surprise! I'm back!

Last night I watched the movie Remember the Titans for the first time. It has now become the number one movie for me to watch whenever I feel sorry for myself. BIG wow. Reality, meet Truth. You won't always get along but you'll be better off in the long run.


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I'm Gonna Be In Pictures

Well... has this ever been an eventful year so far! And it's only just beginning. I was commenting that I can't believe it's already the end of April, but wow. Not only do I find myself in the middle of a web project that is taxing every cell of both sides of my brain (Windows AND Macintosh) but at my day job I was asked to join three of my co-workers as staff trainers, teaching end users how to order goods on our new ordering system.

So on the day we went to be trained as trainers, a guy in communications snapped a few pics of the session. Because of intellectual property rules their department needs to obtain model releases for all photos depicting specific individuals. This brings a flurry of emotions.

On the one hand, the I-type in me feels a sense of gratification that I am in one of the selected photos for the article being printed about the trainers. On the other hand, I was mortified to see how fat I look in print. Fortunately, the D-type in me gets over this stuff relatively quickly, so this entry is much ado about nothing.

For more information, check out the following links:

In addition to the disclaimer in the sidebar, I am not affiliated with Crown Financial, though I have followed their daily radio broadcasts since they merged with Christian Finanical Concepts. I was really surprised that I didn't hear of Larry Burkett's death in 2003, and that I had to find it on a website while searching for these links.

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...And yet I can't turn away...

OK. I admit it. I'm addicted to coffee from Starbucks. (funny how their name wasn't in my phone's dictionary. I'll have to add it). If you're in a generous mood I only drink toffee-nut long americanos with room for cream. Usually large sizes. Ha! Beat the line today.

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Delight yourself also in the Lord, and

He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) - I always thought that meant as I fell in love with Jesus He would make all my dreams come true. Today through Pastor Cheryl God showed me He first must replace those dreams and desires with His, and then He moves to make them happen.

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And God created them male and e-mail

This blogging thing is too cool. The day after I set up my first blog site, the server went down. Blogger.com were fixing a bunch of things and it caused some server glitches. Now they've fixed it, and I even got a personal response to my support request about emailing blogs. So... let's see if their little helper trick worked. Because, well, I'm male. Males like toys. Email is a toy. To be able to email and have my writing posted immediately is a very male-thing to do.

Edit after the post: Yep. It worked, but the line breaks looked really funny. I'll have to reconfigure the emails to work with it



Sweet Serenity

I am so proud of myself. After the last 7 months in our Celebrate Recovery program I finally got the idea to commit the entire Serenity Prayer to memory. Not the 4-line version. Not the version extended with the gruesome "stash the bodies" talk. The real one, that in all its simplicity expresses profound truth unlike any other text.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is and not as I would have it.

Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

Usually attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr (1926), but this site explains how Neibuhr came across the quote.

As I write these words I am reminded that with each day comes the freedom to make sense out of the chaos of yesterday. Why should I wait on tomorrow? Today's as good a day as any.

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