The Nineties Melodica Megamix

Take a melodica — a cousin of the accordion in that it’s an air-powered keyboard instrument whose modern form was created by the accordion manufacturer Hohner — add some 90s dance hits, a backbeat and a touch of effects, and you get this killer video.


The Movie Gotham and the Republic Need

Darth Vader having a lightsaber duel with Batman

I’d love to see this movie. Wouldn’t you?


Shopify CEO and CPO Honoured at Ottawa Mayor’s “State of the City” Address

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Tobias Lutke

Shopify logo on black backgroundOttawa Mayor Jim Watson delivered his “State of the City” address yesterday, during which he honoured some of the capital city’s remarkable citizens. Among them were Shopify’s CEO Tobias “Tobi” Lütke and CPO (Chief Platform Officer) Harley Finkelstein for their work in building Shopify. Ottawa Business Journal calls Shopify Ottawa’s fastest-growing company, and it’s one of Canada’s most successful high-tech startups. We often like to say that Shopify is a Silicon Valley company that just happens to be located in Ottawa, and they make my job easy: it’s a damned easy company to evangelize.

Congrats, Tobi and Harley – and thanks for the job!

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.


Tampa Travel Diary 5: The Peacocks!

In my neck of the woods in Accordion City – just north of High Park, a huge area of green in the west end covering 400 acres and just north of Lake Ontario – the big birds who strut about are Canada geese. I wrote about them about this time last year in an article titled The Local Gaggle.

Down in Anitra’s neck of the woods in Tampa, the birds who walks around as if they own the place are a little different…

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…they’re peacocks.

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These guys have a sort of routine, typically appearing in the mid-afternoon and disappearing before dark. Some of them sauntered about at ground level…

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…while others preferred to perch atop the roofs.

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Here’s a female – a peahen – resting on someone’s front lawn.

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I managed to get a couple of photos of her before she got a bit antsy about my presence and decided to move away.

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The males are easy to spot. They’re avian metrosexuals, dressing more fancily than the female of the species.

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If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

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We looked about for any stray feathers they left behind, but the peacocks weren’t letting any of them go. They just spent their time surveying the real estate.

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It was pretty cool seeing these birds in the wild; I’d never seen them outside of a zoo. I’m looking forward to catching them again on my next visit.

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Shit Silicon Valley Says

After a wave of “Shit $SOME_SUBCULTURE Says” videos comes one whose lines you might find hauntingly familiar if you work in tech: Shit Silicon Valley Says.

Created by husband-and-wife team Tom Conrad and Kate Imbach, it’s bang-on – I’m guilty of having uttered most of the statements made in the video, including:

  • “I reblogged it and retweeted it.”
  • “I met so-and-so at $SOME_CONFERENCE …or was it Burning Man?”
  • “I miss seasons”, which I said during my stint in San Francisco, back in the days of “The Bubble”, and finally,
  • “How is this different from Facebook?” which I asked the CEO of the worst-run startup I ever worked at.

Watch, enjoy, and cringe slightly if you need to.

[ Found via TechCrunch. ]

This article also appears in the Shopify Technology Blog and Global Nerdy.


Portland vs. Brooklyn

I’ve hung out in and dated girls from both places, and therefore I can assure you with certainty that this Venn diagram is accurate.

(Found at The Frisky via Buzzfeed.)


Tampa Travel Diary 4: When “Street” Means “Family-Friendly”

The 'compliments' bulletin board at a Five Guys in Tampa.

What’s a guy to do when his local Five Guys is a pain to get to and he’s working from someone else’s home, where there’s one a mere block away? He schedules a little “me time” and has himself a nice bacon cheeseburger, that’s what.

While pouring myself a drink, I took a look at the corkboard that they leave for comments from satisfied customers. This one jumped out at me:

Card on the Five Guys 'compliments' board that reads 'Five Guys is da shiznet'.

“Five Guys is da shiznet. They never would’ve let a card saying “Five Guys is da shit” stay on the board, but apparently hip-hop variants like “shiznet” (and presumably “shizzle”) seem to pass muster. This may be one of those rare moments when making something more “street” makes it more family-friendly. Hollah!

If I worked at Five Guys, I might be tempted to post my own card in reply: “Thanks, biznatch!