It'll Never Fly

Clever… not good, but clever.

You had one job

On January 7th, 2014 by Admin
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The clothing tag found on my Slanket.

Cracklin' Oat Bran

Feast with your eyes, not with your mouth, my Canadian brethren. My brother’s friend is a snowbird, who spends half the year in Arizona. This last spring he brought us back each a box of Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran.

You used to be able to get this stuff easily in Canada. It was available at any corner market. By around the late 80s, however, they disappeared off the shelves. I don’t know if it was an outright ban or what, but to a young impressionable kid it all amounts to the same thing… no more sugary goodness in your stomach.

So here, some 25 years later, I’ve got another bowl of the stuff sitting in front of me. And I gotta say… it’s EXACTLY THE SAME! So good! It’s tastes like my childhood. It took me back to watching Astro Boy (the Canadian dub, natch) while I played with my Transformers at the table before having to run off to school.

If only they could package this stuff and sell it. Wait a minute…! They did!

Lastly, how weird is it seeing a cereal box without any French on it? Super weird.

Turkey Vultures at Echo Lake

On May 19th, 2013 by Bob
Vultures perching 1 by wqoq
Vultures perching 1, a photo by wqoq on Flickr.

Not the most comforting sight to see when you look out across your balcony. Or when they were circling above for half an hour.


On May 15th, 2013
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Love it. Just wish I conformed to some ideal body type. Then I might have some to give away.

The GIF Pronunciation Page

On May 9th, 2013

If I’m around family and friends, I pronounce it with a soft G. If I’m around uptight twats that shit their pants every time I say something the way they don’t like, I pronounce it with a soft G.

(Via Dan Frakes)

iOS Hooper Selection

On May 6th, 2013
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While on the subject, I wanted to link to this video of a prototype method of text editing on iOS by Daniel Hooper. Pythonista has a variant of this, and having played with it the last couple days I gotta say its a real pleasure, especially for the finicky editing required when coding.

The video is from last year and made a big splash, but nothing really came of it except for the odd app here and there. Of course, for it to be system-wide you’d need Apple to implement it, or jail break your device.

Dare to be stupid

On May 6th, 2013 by Bob
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Tried out a new app this weekend called Pythonista which basically let’s you write and execute Python scripts on your iOS device. It obviously only contains a subset of the standard library, but also has some extra extensions specifically geared towards a touch device and touch gestures.

So what? Well the real power of it comes into play once you start automating repetitive tasks and leveraging custom URL schemes to get apps talking to one another.

For instance, here’s a script I can call from Safari if I find an interesting text passage that I feel worth quoting. I’ve updated this blog to be able to display and comment on links in the same manner as Daring Fireball. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the last time I redesigned the blog, I aped Gruber’s style, albeit with my own spin.

import webbrowser
import urllib
import clipboard
import re
title = urllib.quote(sys.argv[1], safe='')
link = urllib.quote(sys.argv[2], safe='')
bq = '> '
quote = clipboard.get().encode('utf-8')
if len(quote) > 0:
    quote = bq + quote
    quote = re.sub(r'(\r\n|\n|\r)', r'\1' + bq, quote)
    quote = urllib.quote(quote, safe='')
base = 'posterapp:///create?title=' + title + '&text=' + quote + '&customfield_linked_list_url=' + link

I call the script like so:


What this script does, is take the two arguments passed to it (page title and URL), as well as the contents of the clipboard (block quoted in Markdown format) and send the whole shebang to Poster for further editing where it can then be posted to this blog.

Federico Viticci has a much more in-depth article on which I urge you to read if any of this stuff at all excites you.

For a long time I’ve been working on lowering the barrier to entry of this blog. Hopefully this is another step in the right direction.

Site Update: Back to the Present

On February 3rd, 2013 by Admin

It’s not a hoverboard, but it’s close (not really, but it’s the only thing I can think of that has anything to do with hovering).

In honour of the football championship game that Americans like to play then call themselves “World Champions”, I’ve moved all my domain names from GoDaddy to Who knows, in ten years maybe I’ll switch to someone else.

Kevin Mitchell, writing for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix:

The city hosted pre-season CFL games between the Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers every year from 1988 to 1991 at Gordie Howe Bowl, but none have been here since.

Really? Did I know this and forget? I certainly don’t remember this factoid ever creeping into my life. Why was Griffiths Stadium not used? They would already have both been in operation for a couple of decades. Compared to today, Griffiths seems like the clear choice, and it does seem like the venue Taman’s considering. What was the situation back in ’88 that lead to selecting Gordie Howe Bowl? I know it’s only recently that Griffiths got a second goal post, but still… ;)

Don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot of history and significance at Gordie Howe Bowl, but it’s not exactly the first impression you want to give to newly signed players. Think about it. You sign some young, up-and-coming hot-shot college player from the States, and his first game-day experience is literally playing in a hole in the ground. What kind of message was that sending out about the Riders?

Granted, we did win a Grey Cup during those years. But so did Winnipeg… twice. Not sure I want to give them a leg-up like that again.

(Via Rod Pedersen)

Maguire’s First Law of Idiocy

On January 7th, 2013 by Bob

People are idiots.

I’ll be referring to this often.