Monthly Archives: August 2003

Scenes from a sci-fi convention 2: "Who let the mundane in?"

On Friday night, after helping Eric Raymond score some peanut butter cookies, a guy who looked sort of familiar approached me. “Hey Joey, when’d you take up the accordion?” I looked at him a little more closely, trying to figure out who this guy was. There was something familiar about the eyes… “It’s me, Tyler!” […]

Scenes from a sci-fi convention 1: I discover ESR’s weakness

I decided to bike over to the Royal York last night (only non-locals refer to it as the Fairmont Royal York), and see what was going on at the various parties being held by attendees of the TorCon, 61st World Science Fiction Convention. I knew I was at the right place because the Royal York […]

Welcome to the Mac club, Zooko. You’re one of the cool kids now.

Last night, I helped Bryce “Zooko” Wilcox-O’Hearn — Python hacker, computer language and security aficionado and all-round sweet guy — purchase a Mac. Like me, he was hoping to get one of the 15″ G4 PowerBooks, and like me, he found out that everyone’s been out of stock for the past few months. He purchased […]

At last, the identity of the time travel spammer is revealed

Hey, longtime readers: remember the guy who sent me time travel spam, and my response? Wired has a story on him! It turns out that he’s the same spammer who sent me spam last month. It would appear that he’s not a prankster, but a guy who actually believes that the technology exists. I will […]

The latest controversies

There are many changes in the law going on here in the province of Ontario, Canada. Perhaps you’ve heard of the effective decriminalization of marijuana possession or perhaps of the legalization of gay marriage, both issue where there’s been a lot of gnashing of teeth from the right of the political spectrum (and filling of […]

Hello, "Moxie" readers!

And welcome to The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century. Thanks for dropping by, and double-thanks to Moxie for linking to me as “the hot accordian [sic] guy”. It’s an honour to be linked to by my dream date blogger. If you’ve never been here before, you might want to check out this […]

Andy Ihnatko talks about charm

In a blog entry titled Liquid Charm Is On Backorder, And I’m #918 On The Waitlist, Andy Ihnatko has this paragraph on the problem of trying to emulate charming rogues: But does the general male populace appreciate that Colin Farrell arrived at Charm Island only after successfully navigating some desperately long odds? Of course not. […]