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Recycling [20 Jul 2009|09:40am]
St. John's doesn't have curbside recycling! I was not too suprised when I found out there was no composting, but no recycling? I though everyone had made the change.
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[23 Apr 2009|06:03pm]
This weekend in Ottawa is the "The Guy Show" and next weekend is "The Women's Show". I don't really want to talk about the themes, activites or products at either show, I want to talk about the names.

Notices how it's "The Guy Show" and not "The Guy's Show", and it's not "The Woman Show", also notice how the alternatives sound weird. If you think it's because Guy reffers to a single man notice how "The Men's Show" sounds out of place as well.
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Desktops [13 Mar 2009|05:41pm]
My desktops are both pictures I took, they both happen to be Cars.

Here is my home desktop.


Here is my work desktop:

work desktop2

You may notice the work desktop is really wide. This is because I have dual monitors. Setting up a single picture across two monitors takes a little trick. You need to crop the photo in the correct shape (10:4 for 2 standard monitors like mine) then resize it so that it is the same resolution (2560:1024 for mine) as the two monitors. After this is done in the desktop settings select the picture and TILE it as appose to centering or stretching it, other wise the picture will appear the same on both monitors.

Also the center of the photo is missing, that is another technique that makes the photo look better over two monitors. Delete the center of the picture that would be under the bezel of the monitor, it's a simple thing but it make the photo scan better.
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Jenga Pistol [11 Mar 2009|09:45am]

Made by one of my coworkers.
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[31 Jan 2009|07:26pm]
from ladykutenay

Open iTunes:

How many songs total: 10870

How many hours or days of music: 29 days, 12 hours, 16 minutes, 06 seconds

Most recently played: "Calling Dr. Love" by Kiss

Most played: "10,000 Nights" by Alphabeat 34 plays

Most recently added: "Marry Happy" by Kate Nash
Sort by song title:

First Song: "A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)" by Van Halen
Last Song: "99 Luftballons" by Nena

Sort by time:

Shortest Song: "You Always Sing the Same" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Longest Song: "Bitches Brew" by Miles Davis

Sort by album:

First album: Abbey Road by The Beatles
Last album: 7800 Farenheit by Jon Bon Jovi
First song that comes up on Shuffle: "The Pritty Things are Going to Hell" by Bowie

Search the following and state how many songs come up:
Death - 27
Life - 167
Love - 494
Hate – 37
You - 1392
Sex – 61
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[20 Jan 2009|07:33pm]
[ mood | confused ]

People who drive SUVs have to remember that if thier back window is high off the ground they can't rely on it to tell if there is a car behind them. What if there is a car that is a pretty average sized car such as a Saturn Ion Quad Coupe? Well the answer is you are going to back into them and up onto thier hood!

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[20 Jan 2009|07:24pm]
So last night using Opera finally payed off when Tim made a comment about a feature on the new macbook I got to say "I use Opera so I can already do that with a mouse gesture."
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Eyeball game [03 Oct 2008|09:49am]
You should all try this eyeballing game my coworker made:

Eyeball Game
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[10 Sep 2008|06:46pm]
[ mood | Sore ]

I rode my bike to work today.

Now I can hardly walk.

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[27 Aug 2008|09:56am]
Today at work we found an old Sonic Dismembrator!

That officially wins the award for coolest named tool!

We have been trying to come up with things to Dismembrate all morning.

Edit: Also found: boxes of hypodermic needles.
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Bicycles [23 Aug 2008|10:24pm]
I bought a bike today. It is a used 2007 KHS Flight 220. It is dark gray. It is pretty awesome, I took it for a short ride tonight and it was a lot of fun, this bike is crazy fast. I sort of feel dumb for going 3 years in Toronto without a bike.

The next step is getting to the point where I can do the 15km commute to work. It may not sound that bad but I am very out of shape.

One other thing. This bike has STI shifters (the shifters that are integrated into the brake leaver) and OMG I could never go back! I have never been one for mountain bikes, this is my 3rd road bike and the one main complaint I have with old road bikes is the downtube shifter. I just didn't shift very much on my last bike, but not needing to move my hands means shifting all the time to keep myself in the best gear and makes riding so much easier (the bike also seems way lighter than my last bike).

There will be pictures soon.
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[11 Jul 2008|11:10pm]
My coworker Ferenc built himself an electric bike. I got to ride it the other day and boy was it fun.

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[20 Jun 2008|10:52am]
I first heard of concrete evidence of water on mars from MarsPhoenix's Twitter.

Are you ready to celebrate?
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Yard Sale [19 Jun 2008|10:03am]
We are having a Yard Sale Saturday from 10-3. You should stop by and purchase some of our wares, or just hang out.

It is at 224 Gerrard Street. The entrance to the back yard is off of Seaton Street.

There will be household goods, music stuff, kitchen stuff, furniture maybe some clothes.
such things as:

Air Conditioner
Card Table
Crappy Love Seat
Milkshake mixer
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[10 Jun 2008|10:28am]
A few months ago at my work signs were put up on the paper towel dispensers in the washroom that say:

"To help reduce paper towel waste we would ask you to limit your self to 1 or 2 pieces of paper towel"

This resulted in an immediate 40% reduction in the paper towel use at work.

Sometimes simple things can make big differences.
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Puppy [09 Jun 2008|08:16pm]
My brother got a puppy.

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[16 May 2008|11:09pm]
If you were to ask me "Sam, did you supper consist solely of 2 steaks?" I would have to answer YES!
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[02 May 2008|01:59pm]
It is almost that time again.

The day your taste buds have been waiting for all year.

The 3rd Annual Deep Frying Party.

Saturday, May 24th!

Edit: Night has changed to Friday May 23rd.
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Latest photography experiment [06 Feb 2008|08:34pm]

Originally uploaded by Sam Mac

This is my first attempt at high speed photography. I took about 30 photos and this is the only one to turn out really nicely. This is what I love most about digital cameras.
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close up lense [04 Feb 2008|09:22pm]

close up lense
Originally uploaded by Sam Mac
Today I made a macro lens for my camera. I did this by taping the first element (farthest from your eye) of a pair of cheap binoculars to a UV filter.

It seems to work pretty well. It is pretty dark and it is far from sharp, but it works.

There are some pics I took with the lens on my flickr page.
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