March 2007

It’s Not Leonidas, It’s His Apartment

by Joey deVilla on March 31, 2007

My friend Darryl took the photos I posted in the recent article, Bachelor Pads (which references the New York Times article It’s Not You, It‘s Your Apartment) and gave ‘em the old Leonidas Photoshop treatment using the Leonidas heads I provided in this article. Here’s his handiwork:


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Over at the Tucows Blog, I’m writing a series of follow-up articles that expands or explains some of the things covered in the article by our CEO Elliot Noss, Questions to Ask Before You Pick Your Domain Name Registrar.

The first article in the series, titled Domains Explained, Part 1: Registrants, Registries, Registrars and Resellers, explains some the confusingly similar terms registrant, registry and registrar as well as the often-misunderstood term reseller. It starts with the handy diagram below and then explains each term in detail.

Diagram explaining domain name registrants, registrars, registries and resellers.

[Cross-posted to Global Nerdy.]

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Kathy Sierra, Meet Chris Locke. This is CNN.

by Joey deVilla on March 31, 2007

Kathy Sierra, Chris Locke and a dove carrying an olive branch.

Hey, something to watch while on the elliptical machine on Monday morning: Chris Locke writes that he met Kathy Sierra on Thursday night — on camera, by way of a CNN interview. According to the email sent to Locke by CNN, unless some “breaking news of a serious status” occurs, the interview will be broadcast on CNN American Morning (which airs from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern).

Don’t worry if you’re too busy in the morning to catch the segment. Someone will upload the Sierra/Locke summit segment to YouTube within an hour of its initial broadcast, and the analyses should appear online shortly afterwards.

[Cross-posted to Global Nerdy]

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Today is “Stop Cyberbullying Day”

by Joey deVilla on March 30, 2007

In response to what happened to Kathy Sierra (see here, here and here), Andy Carvin has declared today “Stop Cyberbullying Day”.

He writes:

I think we should all set aside some time that day to address cyberbullying. Write a blog post pointing to online resources about cyberbullying. Post a podcast about personal experiences. Create your own public service announcement about the dangers of cyberbullying and post it on YouTube. Then tag it with the phrase stopcyberbullying. If you’re uploading it somewhere that lets you type in your own tags, be sure to include it. If you’re blogging and don’t have tagging built into your blog, you can embed it with the HTML code shown here so it will be picked up by search tools like Technorati. The more people we can get blogging about it, the better, because that will catch the attention of search tools and social media websites, spreading awareness further. It will also allow us to aggregate everyone’s posts so we can see who’s participating.

And if you don’t have a blog or don’t want to post anything online, you can still get involved. You can use some of the educational resources on sites like cyberbully.org or Nancy Willard’s website in your classroom that day, or with your kids at home. You could hunt down other resources and share them at your school, your church, your community group. You could even write a letter to the editor or to your political representatives and tell them what you think.

Of course, one day isn’t enough to change everything. And there are other days of the year where other people are fighting to raise awareness, like Safe Internet Day. But it’s a start. And perhaps we can use some of our energies that day to discuss what we can do to make online safety a topic that we deal with on a regular basis. So I’ve created an online social network called Stop Cyberbullying using a free tool called Ning. Anyone who joins can post resources and share ideas, including text and video. I’ll also use the site to aggregate a stream of what people are doing in support of Stop Cyberbullying Day, assuming people accept my challenge to take action on Friday.

So without further ado, I declare this Friday Stop Bullying Day. If we don’t take a stand, who will? -andy

There’s been some discussion in the comments to an earlier post on the topic. I’m a bit too busy to write in depth about what I think, but if you’ve got two cents on the subject, feel free to post a comment.

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Remember that xkcd comic featuring the time traveller from the future who liked to dress in “period costumes” of early 21st century bloggers?

Final panel of xkcd comic on Cory Doctorow.

Well, we’ve now got a temporal causality loop on our hands. On Tuesday night, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation presented Cory Doctorow (a friend and former boss of mine) with a Pioneer Award, they were inspired the comic (which has made its way around geek circles) and also presented him with a red cape, goggles and a balloon:

Cory Doctorow in a red cape and googles.

Congrats, Cory!

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A Near-Confluence of Conferences

by Joey deVilla on March 30, 2007

It looks as though May will be a busy conference month for me, what with my booked ticket for RailsConf (Portland, Oregon) and likely-but-not-yet-confirmed trips to ISPCON (Orlando, Florida) and Mesh (thankfully, in Toronto) conferences, shown in the screenshot of my calendar below:

Calendar showing my tentative conference schedule.

I still have to fit Toronto Technology Week and an as-yet-unscheduled DemoCamp into that month.

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Bus vs. Ninja

by Joey deVilla on March 30, 2007

Guy in black clothes and balaclava kicking in the front window of a bus.
Photo courtesy of Miss Fipi Lele.

My friend Paul is always looking for a newer, better routine for his tae kwon do black belt demonstrations. He might want to consider this!

I like the dog — it looks as though he’s asking “Ooh! That looks fun! Can I kick the bus too? Can I? Huh? Can I? Huh?”

Or perhaps he’s saying “No, you idiot! I said that to win the game, you have to defeat the BOSS!

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