August 2010

I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This…

by Joey deVilla on August 19, 2010

Dark tunnel under a small footbridge labelled in spraypaint: "Free hugs"


Street Interview of the Day: “I Have No Secrets”

by Joey deVilla on August 14, 2010

Thanks to Hamish Grant for this find!



by Joey deVilla on August 13, 2010

I love this short film. When you watch it, remember that its title is Words:

Words was made by Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante of the New York/Los Angeles-based production company Everynone, with original music by Keith Kenniff.

The film is meant to accompany the Words episode of the radio show Radiolab. Here’s its abstract:

It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But in this hour of Radiolab, we try to do just that. We speak to a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, and we hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke. Plus: a group of children invent an entirely new language in Nicaragua in the 1970s.

Want to hear Radiolab’s Words episode? Click here to download the MP3.

Thanks to Biella Coleman for finding this!

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In Case of Emergency…

by Joey deVilla on August 12, 2010

You’d be surprised how often something like this would come in handy:

Two accordions in an "In case of emergency, break glass" case

This is from “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Twitpic account (click the photo to see the original). Thanks to Oliver Meyn for the heads-up!



by Joey deVilla on August 11, 2010

bairrada frontPhoto from Road Stories.

I belong to a little club that holds monthly “meatings” where we gather for the purposes of good times, scintillating conversation and the savoury pleasures of meat. Last night, our meating was held at Bairrada, a churrasqueira on College, a block west of Dovercourt (1002 College). They have other locations: one at Keele and St. Clair and one in Mississauga at Highway 10 and Dundas.

People unfamiliar with Portuguese cuisine typically think that it’s just fish. They’re partly correct; being an ocean-facing nation that produced some of the world’s greatest navigators during the age of exploration, they know a thing or two about seafood. However, they’re also a meat-and-potatoes culture as well. In fact, they’re a meat, potatoes and sauce culture.

bairrada patio

Bairrada, as is the custom with many Accordion City restaurants, is like Doctor Who’s TARDIS – bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside. There’s a fair bit of dining space inside the restaurant, but the real room is in its tree-canopied patio past the dining room. A barbecue lover would feel at home here.

One of their appetizers is listed in the menu in English as “flaming sausage”, and the name is truth in advertising:

flaming sausage 1

Take a closer look — the dish used to flame the sausage is shaped like a pig:

flaming sausage 2

We also had some fresh cheese, which had a very clean, baby mozzarella-like taste, which goes well with bread and sausage.

fresh cheese

I had the house steak, which comes served in a pool of sauce with a sunny-side-up perched on top of it and a generous helping of fried potatoes sliced twice as thick as potato chips. I enjoyed it so much that I forgot to snap a photo of it, so you’ll have to use your imagination. I’ll have to snap a photo next time.

Wendy had the chicken, which comes served covered in piri-piri spice and with rice and potatoes to suck up the delicious juices:

chickenPhoto from BlogTO.

You get a lot of bang for your buck at Bairrada: generous portions of delicious food cooked over an open flame, with appetizers typically below $10 and entrees typically $15 or less. If you’re looking for some meat and want to venture beyond the typical North American steakhouse, Bairrada’s a great place to visit.

Word-of-Mouth Reviews of Bairrada


Icons: Coffee plus Windows PhoneInterested in finding out more about Windows Phone 7 development and the opportunities that come with it? Want to see both the Samsung and LG Windows Phone 7 prototypes up close and personal? Want to take a break and have coffee with us?

Samsung "Taylor" Windows Phone 7 Prototype I’m holding a Coffee and Code with mobile developer Mark Arteaga and mobile expert Anthony Bartolo in downtown Toronto at the Starbucks at King and Yonge this Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. (4 King Street West, right on top of the subway station). We’ll be at or near the big conference table they’ve got in the back. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, “Coffee and Code” is an event where I take advantage of my status as a mobile worker and work out of a work-friendly cafe, where I’m reachable, findable and approachable. If you’ve got any questions about Microsoft, software development, the industry, the tech scene or just about anything else, this is a perfect chance to ask me!

This is a Windows Phone 7 Coffee and Code, and I’m bringing a couple of Windows Phone 7 people along with me. If you were at last year’s TechDays conferences, you may have seen them: Mark Arteaga, who’s written many apps for the old-school Windows Mobile and now writing apps for Windows Phone, and Anthony Bartolo, who’s been working in the mobile industry longer than a lot of my peers have been working. Come join us for a coffee (or tea, or lemonade) and some tech talk!

Catch Mark’s blog entry about this upcoming Coffee and Code here.

Anthony has also written a blog entry about Coffee and Code here.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.


Charlatan vs. Martyr vs. Hustler

by Joey deVilla on August 10, 2010

I should place an order for one of these posters:

"Charlatan Martyr Hustler" poster

It’s the creation of artist Joey Roth, and it’s a limited edition. Only 1,000 of these 11” by 17” posters were printed, hand-signed and numbered. You can place an order for them here, where you can find out a little more about how these posters were made.

In case you were wondering where I see myself on this chart:

Joey deVilla in a cowboy hat with the word "Hustler" spelled in glitter

(That’s me at the Hustler store in Los Angeles, January 2001.)