Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot



Meditations, comments, gossip and other tidbits about technology.

August 27, 2003

The very serious Jim Elve references this news report that states Canadians must have neutral expressions in their passport photos (he might have cited a Canadian report):

"The International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, has released a recommendation regarding a new specification for photos in passports," explained Suzanne Meunier, spokeswoman for the Canadian Passport Office. "What they say is that the facial expression should be neutral ... no smiling, no laughing, no frowning -- no expressions, basically."

I had to renew my passport in Ireland, through the Canadian embassy in Dublin. I was apparently prescient, unknowingly satisfying these new requirements. I blurred a few data points to prevent forgery:

Customs people are always flumoxed when they try to run my passport through the reader. As you can see, it's not machine readable.

9:54:23 AM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Canada Technology

Some quick and dirty links:

  • A really poorly organized page about computer gripes. A classic example of not designing a Web site to scale over time, but still interesting reading.
  • Colleen offers an entertaining rant about things she dislikes, which include 'ads in bathroom stalls' and 'Cougars (not the animal type'. I must start on my own.
  • Flying anywhere soon? Don't look at this page.
  • On a related subject, more flight-related angst.
  • RadShelters4U, should our fears about North Korea's nuclear program come to pass. 

9:20:49 AM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Link Round-up Technology

My Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness was posted to Slashdot this morning. Hilarity ensued. I appear to be back up now, though, so that suggests that I was only down for a couple of hours.

Some tossers complained in the Slashdot comments that the page isn't very funny. Well, indeed, it's not a Saturday Night Live sketch or anything, but I think it's mildly amusing. So do other people, given the email I've received about it.

9:10:53 AM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Technology