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Thinking Chaos, Thinking Fences


This is for those who descend into the code
and make their room a fridge for Superman


August 22, 2003

Beer afficianado Ryan wrote me an email about Black Bear Ale, brewed in BC with a similar logo to my barefoot. While searching for the ale, I stumbled upon the exhaustive Beer Advocate (I see that Storm King Stout is in first place--an American beer? Must have to do with user demographics).

Ryan also attended Vancouver's first flash mob, which I discussed a while back.


9:10:04 AM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Vancouver

My Irish friend Christine apparently saw a documentary on cryptococcal disease last night. Apparently:

Cryptococcal disease is a rare fungal infection that can affect the lungs and nervous system. In some cases, the infection can lead to swelling of the lining of the brain. The infection is caused by exposure to the spores of the cryptococcus fungus and can be successfully treated with anti-fungal medication.

Apparently the fungus is found in rotten or hollow Douglas Fir and Red Alder trees, which are abundant on the west coast of Canada. That's funny, I spent most of my childhood destroying rotten trees in the forest behind my house, and I never got infected.

I mention this mostly to torture my sister Imogene, who is deathly afraid of obscure, exotic diseases.


9:03:00 AM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Science Vancouver

Jim Elve brings us Blogs Canada, a directory of Canadian blogs. He's done a nice job of stealing the crappy look of Canadian government sites, right down to the name (until recently, our tax office was called Revenue Canada):

BlogsCanada is a pet project of Jelve Design, a small, 100% Canadian, family business run by a couple of Elves. Really. Check the Whois. We develop websites for small businesses and organizations. We are located in Canada and we pay Canadian taxes but we are definitely NOT the Government of Canada. We say so in the very first bit of text on every page of this site.

Jim also has an intelligent blog about Canadian politics.


8:57:41 AM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Canada Internet Politics

Krisitian references an extensive and fascinating poll completed by the BBC: What the World Thinks of America. Here's the full coverage, and it appears that you can even watch the program online. There was apparently a debate, and Canada was represented by the CBC's Peter Mansbridge.

All of the survey data is pretty interesting (and well rendered), but this particular chart stuck out:

I don't know what Brazil is thinking, but check out the American response. Who else do they think the superpowers are?

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the BBC is hands-down the best TV station in the world. This reminded me of some shtick on a hilarious Canadian show called This Hour has 22 Minutes: Talking to Americans.


8:47:34 AM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Canada Politics