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Stats of the Union Address


Forgive the title, but I've been looking through my stats and have found some interesting things and made some decisions about design moving forward.

First up, screen resolution. Over 85% of people accessing my site did so at a resolution at or exceeding a width of 1280px. That's a change from even a year ago, when only about 65% of people ran at that resolution. It's nice to see upgrades happening.

Next, browsers. IE comes in ro…

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Vancouver and San Jose (and a bit about Toronto)


I am a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

There, I said it. I put it out there. The Leafs, they are my team. My jersey is a blue one. Every year, I hold on to the faint glimmer of hope that my team will make it into the playoffs. Not that they'll win; just that they'll get into the playoffs. That's life as a Leafs fan.

However, they're not my actual favourite team. Like most everyone else in the Leafs nation, I am mildly ashamed to say &qu…

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Aphoenix's Sunny Skies v. [Redacted]


Hello all! I got an interesting email from one **[redacted]** about my my photo Sunny Skies. Here is the email, with Trevor's email taken out.

I believe we have been in contact before. My picture, "Sunny Skies" is still up on your website. I would appreciate this being taken down, or at least some credit given. The reason I am ticked off about this is because that everyone on your c…

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Sunny Skies Saga Solved


There has been follow up from [redacted]:

I do remember taking a picture similar a while back. While it was similar, you are right that it might not have been the same one. Sorry about that. I'll try to dig up my picture for conformation.

Five minutes later, I received this:

I have found the picture on my old computer. While it is extremely similar, there are not any trees at the bot…

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Good News Everyone!


In addition to reading this in the voice of Professor Farnsworth, you now know that my IE6 usage has dropped to well under 1%. To those of you still visiting in IE6, please take the time to complain to the internet cafe that you are browing from in Indonesia.

Yes, Google Analytics can be fairly specific...

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That's Undemocratic!


The past weekend, I was fortunate enough to get involved in a project called That's Undemocratic, which is a tongue-in-cheek political satire site. My good friend Sean had the idea to use a popular style of meme featuring a focal picture, with two text areas, in an effort to remove the efficacy of the words "That's…

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Facebook is your friend. And so can you!


This is a blog post that I started in around 2008. I'm going to post it, and then hopefully follow up with my more current thoughts on Social networking.

Social Networking. That's one of those buzzwords that I almost cringe when I hear.

There is a gap in Social Networking, and it's right in the middle. When you fall through it, you start to think of Facebook as an end point instead of a starting point. You think…

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Kids update


Well, I haven't actually written anything down about the fact that I am now the father of two awesome girls (no longer just one). Kid2 was born Feb 8, and it's been awesome having a tiny kid around the house, though it has, at times, been a challenge. We're lucky with respect to the sleep thing; she sleeps like a champ. We're also lucky to have an older daughter who is doing an amazing job as a big sister. Kid1 is fantastically caring and awes…

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JennPhoenix.ca - in Brief


I spent about 40 minutes earlier this week designing and deploying JennPhoenix.ca for my sister, who does piano lessons. [caption id="attachment_467" align="alignright" width="400" caption="Jenn's New Piano website"]

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How Project Euler got me to Infringe Almost Every Copyright


That's a bit of a sensationalist title, but it's also not too far off of true.

I was recently working on a problem for Project Euler that starts off like so:

An irrational decimal fraction is created by concatenating the positive integers:


The constructed number is made in such a way that you count from n to i…

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