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“Explore. Dream. Discover.”

It’s one of the recurring themes of this blog, and it bears repeating:

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbors. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."Photo found via Reddit. Click the photo to see the source.

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방구 (or: “Did You Fart?”)

Peter Griffin, with Brian taped to his face as a replacement moustache: "Moustache fart."

“Chiamattt” is the younger brother of my high school pal Kevin, and he recently discovered the golden rule of farting: location, location, location.

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Smooch!

Man and woman in surgical masks, kissing Photo courtesy of Elvis Depressley.

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If Housepets Were Libertarians

Most of the comics on LeftyCartoons.com flop for various reasons, but I rather like this one:

Comic: "If Housepets Were Libertarians"Click the comic to see it at full size.

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“Cubical” vs. “Cubicle”

I’ve seen too many misuses of the word cubical in the past couple of days, so I thought I’d post this quick guide.

A cubicle is the office workspace created in by a system of dividing walls, such as the one below:

An office cubicle with a computer, a phone and little else.

The cubicle system evolved from Herman Miller’s Action Office, a system for open-plan offices designed by Robert Propst. Propst wanted to design a system that boosted productivity; it was never his intention to build something whose primary purpose was to pack as many workers as possible into as little space as possible. He is said to have denounced the cubicle systems inspired by Action Office as “monolithic insanity”.

Cubical means “shaped like a cube” or “having the qualities of a cube”, such as the Borg ship in the photo below:

A Borg cube, as seen from the main screen on the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Perhaps the confusion between the two words arises because both cubicles and the cubical Borg ship are designed to house interchangeable drones who work in the service of a hive mind. Remember: they don’t have “Casual Fridays” on the Borg Cube!

Guy in shorts and golf shirt in a Borg chamber at "Star Trek: the Experience"

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Perspective

Newspaper quick interview: "What is something you wish you had, but can't have?" John Daniels, 29, Software Developer: "A large yacht." Claire Daniels, 28, Health Care: "Millions and millions of dollars." Jess Gaite, 18, Student: "I wish my parents were still alive."Found via Certified Bullshit Technician.

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In Transit

Vancouver Convention Centre

Flying to Vancouver today to speak at TechDays Vancouver tomorrow. If you’re in the ‘hood and want to catch up and talk tech, accordions or whatnot, drop me a line!