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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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Deregistering Parent Theme Widgets in Wordpress


I had a "fun" time figuring out how to deregister parent theme widgets in Wordpress the other day so I went through the codex and learned a lot about how functions are called in function.php. I learned about something I didn't know - you can specify the order of priority that something has within a hook!

This made deregistering widget areas pretty easy. In twentyten (something I child theme from a fair bit), the widgets are ad…

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Sunday Stranding - Update


In my last post, I talked about a problem I experienced in the The City of Guelph, where a local even stranded my neighbourhood so that we weren't able to leave. As it was happening, I tweeted about it. @CityOfGuelph was kind enough to tweet back with an email for me to get in touch with someone about the problem.

So I emailed the operations department …

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Sunday Stranding


On Sunday, the CIBC Walk for the Cure in Guelph raised $300,000 or more. It's a great idea for an event; a significant number of people from all over the city of Guelph get together and walk through Guelph while raising money to support cancer research. There is nothing better than a community coming together like this; it showcase the best things about Guelph and I'm proud …

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A Month of Android


A while ago I purchased a samsung galaxy vibrant (the first day they were available here in canada actually) and I thought o would give a but of a review of my thoughts on the phone and the OS after having used it for almost a month.

The phone is beautiful. The screen makes iPhone 3 screens look pretty bad and in my opinion, it beats the iPhone 4 in a side by side comparison. The Samsung is slick and gorgeous, responsive and vibrant; fr…

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What Twitter and YouTube are for


I started to follow @OldSpice today, and I have learned what Twitter and YouTube were put on the planet for.

Twitter and YouTube were created so that @OldSpice on a horse man would have a place, nay, a kingdom. It's his internet, I just live in it.

In all seriousness, I have never seen an ad campaign as effective as this one. I now have 3 …

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The Inalienable Right to Protest


I got some Facebook traction on this topic, and I'll address it here.

Michael said: "I think this post talks more about protesting effectively, more than criticizing the act of the protest." That's exactly what I was going for. I'm not saying that there's no place for protest, but thinking that any of the protests at the #G20 would be effective is naive. Direct protest to your MP or MPP is an effective thing to do, be…

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Exponential Growth

2010-06-24 pedantry

According to the CBC G8/G20 costs have grown exponentially. I can only infer that if the first 3 days cost $1,000,000,000, then the next 3 days will cost $1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (the cost squared, typically the smallest of what is considered exponential growth). That's unfortunate, because I think that's more money than the entire world has, so we're probably all going to starve to death now.

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