Happy Canada Day!

by Joey deVilla on July 1, 2015

what canadians do

Today is July 1st, which is Canada Day, Canada’s national holiday!

On July 1, 1867, the British North America Act was signed, uniting three colonies into one country under the British Empire and called it Canada. Canada’s been my home for nearly 40 years, and I’m now an importer of Canadian-ness in Florida (a.k.a. “Canada South”). From a Canadian expat to my Canadian friends and family all over the world, Happy Canada Day!

Bonus reading: How Canada is perceived around the world, an article featuring interviews with 15 people from 15 countries, in which they’re asked how they see Canada.


economy class seating chart

Graphic created by The Cooper Review. Click the graphic to see the source.

I’m making a last-minute flight to Boston to visit the GSG mothership for a “planning for the second half of the year” / “Hey, we’re doing stunningly well, let’s celebrate” meeting / party. My flight arrangement were last-minute, which means that the airline’s picking my seat. Wish me luck, and good luck if you’re in the same situation!



In all the goings-on of the past few days, I’ve neglected to point to this statement by Benedict Evans, a venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz (often shortened to a16z), who’ve invested in the seed and Series A rounds for Soylent, the liquid “staple meal” meant for people too busy doing important things and making the world a better place to eat solid food. He posted it in a tweet, which I’m illustrating below:

“Soylent does not replace the meal you spend an hour cooking,” he writes:

dinner party

“…it replaces this:”

vienna sausages
I dunno; I’m still leaning towards the Vienna sausages. And I’m not the only one.


scalia and his wife maureen

If you want to see a person’s true character, just pay attention to what they do and say when thwarted, frustrated, or disappointed. Case in point: Here’s a strange excerpt from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent on today’s 5-4 ruling in favor of marriage equality:

One would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie. Expression, sure enough, is a freedom, but anyone in a long-lasting marriage will attest that that happy state constricts, rather than expands, what one can prudently say.

It’s douchey to get in a cheap shot at your spouse in conversation. To do it in writing is serious douchebaggery. But to diss the Missus out of spite because now people you think of as inferior have to be treated like equals in a government document that will be preserved, discussed, and likely be cited in future legal arguments and law classes? That takes a doucheLORD.

You might think that the good judge may have some ‘splainin’ to do when he gets home tonight, but it’s more likely that he’ll just go all Cotton Hill and say “If you got more feelin’s to express, get in the kitchen and put ’em in a bundt cake.”


A visual guide to the different comma styles

by Joey deVilla on June 26, 2015

There’s the standard comma, the oxford comma, the Walken comma, and of course, the Shatner comma:

comma styles

Thanks to Brett Savory for the find!


T-shirt of the day: Simpsonic Youth!

by Joey deVilla on June 25, 2015

I love this T-shirt design:

simpsonic youth

Click the t-shirt design to see the source.

It combines this Sonic Youth album cover…


…and this classic bit from The Simpsons:

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, here’s Sonic Youth’s Goo in its entirety!


Don’t troll on LinkedIn

by Joey deVilla on June 25, 2015

This appeared on my LinkedIn feed this morning:

ballsy good luck fixed

Commenter’s name redacted because everyone deserves a shot at online redemption.

In the end, the only reason LinkedIn has stayed a social networking site for professionals is that its users treat it as such. There’s lots of room for funny (or attempting-to-be-funny) replies in discussions on LinkedIn, but once the trolling begins, we lose a valuable forum for making those connections that make business possible.

(And seriously, trolling the Cancer Society? Ballsy! Good luck!)

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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