Monthly Archives: October 2008

E-mail error ends up on road sign


Whenofficials asked for the Welsh translation of a road sign, they thoughtthe reply was what they needed.

Unfortunately,the e-mail response to Swansea council said in Welsh: “I am not in theoffice at the moment. Please send any work to be translated”.

Sothat was what went up under the English version which barred lorriesfrom a road near a supermarket.


Terry McBride on the future of the digital music business


Some people think that copyright is now reduced for practical purposes the right to monetary compensation, because internet technology will always circumvent limits on what people do with music. But this article takes a new view — copyright isn’t what will enable compensation. The nature of digital music and its meta data will be the source of compensation.

In this article, Terry McBride, one of the founders of Nettwork Music, argues that the future of the music business will be based on metadata. It makes for a very interesting view of the future of monetization of music from a key insider and forward thinker in the music industry in Canada and on the Internet. – So What is a Song by Terry McBride

October 29, and Ottawa is under 15 cm of snow

And just 10 days later, we’re under 15cm of snow here in Ottawa, and it feels like February!


October 18 – the peak weekend for leaf colour

Just one week later, it was peak Autumn weather, and we were in the country with the kids.



October 11, picking apples near Toronto

The change in weather over the past few weeks has been just bizarre. On October 11, just three weeks ago, we were picking apples with the kids near Toronto.


Can it really be that easy to set up a webpage?

Back in the day, you needed to know something about HTML to set up a decent web page. Next you could use Frontpage or some kind of simple template. Later still, you could sign up for online services where you could set up pages pretty easily. But now you can set up a very nice, very functional page by sending an email to Posterous?! Wow — it doesn’t get much simpler than that.


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