I’ve been following a site called Shady Characters, created by Keith Houston. In his own words, “Shady Characters is all about the stories behind different marks of punctuation”. Recently, Keith went into some detail about the history of Emoji, which I encourage you to check out. The brief history of emoji is far more interestingContinue reading A history of Emoji
Gritty is the recently unveiled mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, an ice hockey team in the National Hockey League. Researching that sentence just now, I learned more about Gritty than I knew before. Despite not being au fait with Gritty’s origin story, I’ve been enamoured with his image and without realising it, I have contributedContinue reading Now I’m envisioning him talking like a wookiee
Look at this. Witness the audacity of the Fall 2018 collection from Moncler 1 Pierpaolo Piccioli. I must have one.
I’m a regular user of Flipboard, the app that tells me what’s happening in the world that isn’t Twitter. I have a carefully curated list of interests. One of the things I do with my lovely spouse is share links using Flipboard. In the user interface on my iPhone (I don’t use it elsewhere), thereContinue reading Flipboard and the case of usability that doesn’t care about you
This is interesting. An anonymous message-sharing system for messages under 100MB, including full Unicode support. Hopefully the spammers won’t abuse it like they did with my site ncane.com. Created by Jason Irwin, who writes: The content can be text of any reasonable length and the password can be of any reasonable length and include multipleContinue reading 10 Centuries Locker
This post is not long enough to be a fully-fleshed out post on my technical blog, so I’m putting it here. Understanding Optimizer Timeout and how Complex queries can be Affected in SQL Server by Joseph Pilov is a worthy read if you’re at all interested in how query plans are built.
[Last edited 5 December 2018.] A few weeks ago I started limiting my time on Twitter significantly, although I reactivated my account a couple of weeks later and it was like I never left. One network I feel more strongly about is Facebook, a company I describe as evil without a hint of irony. IContinue reading Wither social media?
Since I first heard the word dumbass, I’ve been a fan. It is delightful way to describe silly human behaviour. However, I retired it in 2006 because some people take offence at it. For one thing, it ends in an ass, which doesn’t mean donkey. That has the potential for tripping up web filters andContinue reading I’m retiring a word (tomcruise) in favour of a better word (obliviot)
In June of 2018 one of my favourite Canadians, Melody Zacharias, invited me to write a chapter for a book she is publishing later this year called “Let Them Finish”. [Edited 17 November 2018: You can buy the book on Amazon.com, and all proceeds go to charity.] [Edited 4 July 2021: You can read the fullContinue reading On writing important things
Married eleven years today. Together for thirteen. Thank you, Husband.