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Let's talk about Porn


I came across an interesting article, titled The Porn Myth by Naomi Wolf. I can summarize it for you - they Myth is that pornography turns men into sex-crazed psychos, willing to rape and pillage to get what they want, which is sex, sex, sex. The actuality, according to Wolf is that men have becoming uninterested in women because women do not compare with the ideal porn woman.…

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Canon Rebel XTi


Well, it's been a while since I bought the Rebel XTi, and I thought I'd post a brief review. I've got a few other cameras that I'm comparing it too - a Canon 30D, a Fuji Finepix S3000 and S9000, a Canon Powershot A80 and A740 (those are all the cameras that I'm moderately to seriously familiar with). Since I'm not a professional photographer, I'll be talking about a few things that matter to me. I certainly won't be comparing every aspect acro…

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Well, I've gone and done it. I've bought a house. And, of course, the first thing one has to do when one buys a house is to rip out a large portion of the crappy work that someone else has done and put good work back into it.

All I have to say is this: I'm very lucky my father is a contractor.

We pulled out all of the upstairs washroom on the weekend (we took possession on Friday) including all the fixtures, most of the walls, in…

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I am a Page Rank Savant


So, try this out, if you're of a mind.

You should end up here (or thereabouts): Sunny Skies.

Two questions seem to immediately present themselves now:

How did I figure that out? More importantly:

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FIFA U-20 Austria vs. USA


I had the luck to catch the Austria - USA U-20 FIFA Soccer quarterfinal game on Saturday, and let me tell you, it was a doozy.

For the entire first half of regulation, I thought the United States was going to win. They showed a remarkable drive that was let down only by their inability to finish plays. Almost all of the action was in Austria's half, where I was sitting. The Americans had some of the best footwork I have ever seen in soc…

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Chain Genius


I had a thought, which I'm finding difficult to complete. It goes something like this.

My partner's father is not very good with computers. I don't think he really gets them, so he often will ask my partner for help with the computer. Now, my partner's no whiz-kid with computers, so whenever she has a crazy problem she'll ask me to fix it. I'm pretty good with computers - I work with them all day every day. However, when I can't answer …

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Transformers, or How I Learned to Forgive Michael Bay and love Summer Blockbusters


I went to see Transformers on Wednesday night. Yes, that's right. Opening night. If there's one thing I hate about movies in the theatre, it's seeing them on opening night. You're right in there with the unwashed masses (read: teenagers) that don't seem to get movies at the same level that I do. You're right, I'm being pretentious. It's on purpose, and it's mildly sarcastic. Mildly, because it's mostly true. (kidding!)

Man, do …

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Mr. Brooks


I saw Mr. Brooks a short while ago and I was surprised. Why surprise, you ask? Well, let's do a quick overview:

Writer / Director Bruce A. Evans

Pros: Screenplay of Stand By Me. Cons: Every other movie he's been affiliated with (Cutthroat Island, Jungle 2 Jungle, Kuffs, Assassins, etc.)

Leading Man Kevin Costner

Pros: Actually a pretty …

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On the Joys of Uninterruptable Power


Wait, that is a misleading or possibly even ironic title for this post, since I do not have a UPS. The fallout from this, unfortunately, is the complete pooching of my work desktop. I guess I'm getting ahead of myself.

On Friday afternoon, near the end of the day, I made a grievous error. I decided to upgrade my system from Ubuntu 6.10 to 7.04. There had been a couple of brown-outs over the course of the day, but I didn't think…

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Aphoenix Dot CA Looks Different!


Well, I changed up how aphoenix.ca is looking. I'm moderately happy with the overall effect, though I reserve the right to revert to the old look at any time. I'm already cooking up a scheme for the next look and I'm getting ready to start posting in my photoblog again (the photos are now going to be integrated into this part of the blog). On the topic of the photoblog - I just bought a new camera. It's a read →