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Friends Mostly [Jan. 1st, 2020|08:20 pm]
Jonathan
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I'm making this journal "friends mostly". I, like many others, am not particularly keen on the idea of limiting access this way, but the fact is that I'm not posting much any more due to being concerned about who gets the content.

I wish to be able to mouth off, and say what's on my mind.

I'm not a friends Nazi - comment and I'll probably add you. I'd encourage some folks I think might be reading to get a free account and let me know. It is not my intention to exclude anyone, just free myself up to speak more openly about stuff that might cause me trouble in the future.

Whatever. I'll still be posting stuff publicly, just probably not much.
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Writer's Block: School Ties [Feb. 6th, 2012|03:51 pm]
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What is (or was) your college major? Do you use it for your career?


History of Ideas. I use it all the time, getting ideas, thinking about things, remembering ideas from the past.

Seriously, no practical application. Like death, it helps keep things in perspective I suppose. But even my technology MSc is irrelevant for my job, so the idea that my BA might have some applicability is LOL-worthy.
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Today's Video Selection [Jan. 13th, 2012|08:31 am]
Jonathan


Many lulz were had by all.

Regarding bicycle pornography, I give you Brother Cycles.

Brother Cycles Reynolds Track Frame from Brother Cycles on Vimeo.



Here is a Tokyo Fixed Gear build of that delicious frame.

Brother Reynolds Build

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Modestep - Sunlight [Aug. 25th, 2011|07:57 pm]
Jonathan
Song of the summer.



Here is a link to the youtube page for when lj-toys is not responding, which seems to be often.
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RailsConf 2010 - Gary Vaynerchuk [Jun. 14th, 2010|11:04 pm]
Jonathan
I was at RailsConf last week. It was surprisingly enjoyable - I say "surprisingly" because I've had a mixed experience with rubyists in the past.

When I was young, I often used to sit moodily in the corner at nightclubs getting drunk and nursing a burning hatred of all the hip and socially successful kids as they rocked their mascara and snakebite combos. Sometimes Ruby events evoke this horrific memory.

Not that I dislike Ruby itself. I mean, it isn't life changing like Scheme or anything, but it is interesting, and quirky, and playful, and at times beautiful. But those rubyists on their fixies in their skinny jeans, well, they make me want to stick my fingers down my throat so I can throw up my rice cake and reclaim my cheekbones.

RailsConf was pretty good though. Marco (a traveling companion) had been before - he told me it had "grown up". Well, so am I, so it stands to reason that we'd get along better now. There were some hipsters, yes, but there were tons of regular nerds too. I enjoyed that.

Here is Gary Vaynerchuk's keynote from the show. I'd never heard of him before, but this was very amusing and I liked his thinking.



Baltimore was also good, although I only saw the inner harbour and the light rail route to the airport. I would like to come back and see more of the place, now that Stringer Bell is gone and Marlo Stanfield has things under control.

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Titus Andronicus [Jun. 14th, 2010|10:34 pm]
Jonathan
"Whence shall we expect the approach of danger; shall some trans-Atlantic giant step the Earth and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe and Asia shall not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ride. If destruction be our lot, we must, ourselves, be it's author and finisher. As nation of free men, we will live forever, or die by suicide."
— Abraham Lincoln

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David Carradine Deceased [Jun. 4th, 2009|12:59 pm]
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Found dead in Thai hotel room.

Sounds like his death might turn out to have been just as remarkable as his life. There seems to be some uncharacteristic sensitivity in the press in the glossing over of embarrassing details (for now), which is a bit annoying. Whatever, he gone now.

Farewell Grasshopper, you were legend.
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Belle & Sebastian [May. 29th, 2009|05:57 pm]
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Via pgdf::



Quite lovely. There's an album coming on June 23 apparently, I'm looking forward to it.
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Pole [Jan. 22nd, 2009|11:04 am]
Jonathan

Pole
Originally uploaded by Kwai Chang Caine
This pole is on the corner of the street, a block from my street, across the road from the school my kids go to. Those are all staples, from fly posters across the ages (well, the ages of modern Toronto, which is to say, not really that many ages).

This image makes me happy. It doesn't quite encapsulate everything I love about living here, but it captures a big chunk of it. So many people want us to do stuff, see stuff, buy stuff, find stuff. Things happen here. Hustle Bustle.

You'd think I'd be looking forward to the jazz festival, but there's so much else to distract me in the meantime.

After living on the west coast for 8 years, the rather more terse and less easily cordial manner of the folks here was a little difficult to get used to. But I'm used to it now - I figure they haven't changed, and if anything, it should have gotten worse with the weather, so the fact that I'm not really aware of people looking cross or unapproachable must mean that my brain chemistry has changed.

Good times.
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A portrait of his daughters on the occasion of Jonathan Irving's 40th birthday [Jan. 9th, 2009|05:29 pm]
Jonathan
Hello LJ!

Where will you all be when LJ ends? It's a funny thing, I can't think of a site which would not cause at least most of you all to curl your lips in supercilious distaste (and rightly so). OTOH, it is difficult imagining a time when LJ seemed like the right answer... so who knows.

I have triangulation on most of you now. Perhaps its time to do a bit of profile surfing and address book maintenance.
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