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16
Apr
08

Mahalo Daily

Mahalo is a human powered search engine. Unlike google that uses algorithms to figure out how relative a website is to one’s search terms, Mahalo uses real live people to aggregate and compile lists for search terms. Try it out some time, you will get some very interesting results.

My favourite part of Mahalo is their daily show Mahalo Daily with Veronica Belmont. They pretty much cover any subject that they can. Some are behind-the-scenes looks, others are interviews and many are on exhibits and lifestyles. Take a moment and watch some videos. There might be something of interest to you. First video below is about classic cars and the second is about the Computer History Museum in California. I wonder if I can check it out when I’m down there in June.

EDIT: Veronica has left Mahalo and has gone to Revision3 (home of Diggnation) as a co-host of Tekzilla.

13
Apr
08

Canon XSi Sighting

On Thursday, I stopped by London Drugs to see if they had gotten the XSi in yet. To my surprise, there it was sitting in it’s glorious display case begging to be bought. The photo department person and I chatted about it for a few minutes and called Lina right away with my findings.

So, today, I went to London Drugs again and had a chance to play with the camera. It seemed like a nice camera (what do I know, right?) with some nice features. I found that turning on the live view feature took a little menu navigating. But, once it was enabled it was just a matter of pressing the “set” button. The odd thing about the live view is the fact that it doesn’t seem to autofocus. I guess you are supposed to set up the shot before hand. Of course the autofocus may be in there, but as I only had about 5-10 minutes with it, I didn’t really have a chance to check.

Very excited.

06
Apr
08

Chicago Update #2

Day 4:

Another museum morning. This time it’s a trip to the Field Museum. Again, the museum is huge. Also, once again, I was meeting Lina at the Navy Pier for 1pm, so I had to rush through some of the exhibits. The Field Museum has many many different areas and is the home of the most complete T-rex fossil, Sue. They also have a large collection of stuffed animals (not the kind you give to kids before going to bed), but the kind that was once alive. They even have some real mummies. Cool and creepy.

After rushing through some exhibits, I made my way over to the Navy Pier and had a Chicago Style hotdog. It comes with mustard, hot peppers, relish, celery salt, tomato, and a pickle. Mmm. The Pier was a neat place to take pics, but not that exciting as most of the stores were closed. It’s more of a summer attraction.

After that we did little shopping around downtown, checked out the Bean (actually called Cloud Gate) at Millennium Park, and finally went over to Hancock tower for a 360 degree view of the city at night.

Day 5:

Get ready for Home time. We pack up our stuff and leave it with guest services. Our plan for Day 5 is to head back to Millennium park and take more pictures of the buildings and art pieces before we head back to the hotel.

After our park venture, we had lunch at Giordano’s for it’s famous Chicago style stuffed pizza. We shared a medium and didn’t have to eat for the rest of the day. Did a bit more shopping and headed to the airport.

Conclusion:

The trip was a lot of fun. If you are going to Chicago for a visit, I would recommend that you get a CTA pass for 7 days ($20) for unlimited use of their transit system as well as the Chicago City Pass for the attractions I’ve visited. Since, I was running around quite a bit I wasn’t able to find many of their free WiFi spots around, but there are plenty of them. Keep and eye open for Caribou Coffee (they have great Chai Lattes with soy milk) and Panera Bread if you are looking for free WiFi access. I sure wish I had an iPod touch while I was there.

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03
Apr
08

Chicago Update #1

Day 1:

We started off the day at 3am to wake up and confirm our cab reservation. We take a shower and off we go to the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) for 4am. Crazy time to be there. Not even Tim Hortons is open at this time and wasn’t going to be open for another hour.

Getting to Chicago via Seattle was no problem. Security and Customs weren’t as bad as some people say it is. Things went very smoothly except for our delay arrival.

Once in Chicago, we went over to the Magnificent Mile for some looking around.

Day 2:

This morning I headed out to the Museum of Science and Industry. I added the option of the U-505 sub tour and took in the Sea Monster Omnimax movie. The ground floor exhibits were very cool. I was finally able to make it to the 2nd floor, which is the “Main floor.” These exhibits weren’t bad, but I found out half way through that the Museum was closing in the next 45 minutes. Needless to say, at that point I rushed through the sections to get as much as I can. I didn’t make it to the 3rd floor.

I had arranged to meet Lina at Watertower Place at 7pm, and since the Museum closed at 4pm, I took my time. I walked along the Michigan and Wabash. Found the Lego store and an Apple Store. Sweet.

To cap of the evening we ate at the Cheesecake Factory. Yes, you read correctly Gils: I ate at the Cheesecake Factory.

Day 3:

So far, as of 5:30pm Chicago time, I visited 2 attractions: Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium. Both were very nice and the size of these places puts our exhibits and museums in Vancouver to shame. If the rain stops soon, I’m going to head over to the fountain that you see in the opening sequence for Married with Children.

I was having a hard time finding a Wifi location and I don’t, and don’t think I’ll have enough time to upload all the pics. I think that’ll have to wait until I get back.

25
Mar
08

South Park

So I get a twitter post (tweet) from Dr. Tiki of Tikibar TV saying that South Park can be viewed online. All the episodes are there from 12 seasons in its entirety. Cool. I even heard it on News 1130 on the drive home. Awesome.

So here I am at home, very excited about this. I used to watch South Park with friends religiously. Unfortunately, in the last 5 or 6 years, I haven’t watched very many episodes. Mainly because it’s hard for me to watch TV shows on a regular basis to their schedule.

So, I go to http://www.southparkstudios.com and start to look into it. I see that there is a full episode guide. Select the season and then select the episode. Chose to watch the episode or read the guide. Of course, I choose watch episode. Bang! “Sorry Canada. Full episodes coming soon.” Man, oh man, why do we always get the short end of the free TV stick.

Lets hope that it’s actually sooner and not later.

24
Mar
08

Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park

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Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

Ever wonder where the road you drive on or drive past leads to? I do all the time. I like taking detours from regular routes to see where they lead and what’s around the corner. A little while ago, I decided to go all the way to the south end of Byrne Rd to see what’s there and found this park. The sun was setting and as usual had my camera on me. What a view.

23
Mar
08

Happy Birthday and Happy Easter

Happy Birthday Lina!!! Yay. I hope you enjoyed your party last night. I realized that nobody was taking any pictures. It was nice to get together with friends and just have fun.

Happy Easter to everyone. We won’t have another one this early for almost 220 years.

06
Mar
08

Classic Games

Recently, over lunch, Raf and I were having a flash back to yesteryear. We chatted about how we used to play this game or that game on the PC (I know, I didn’t always use a Mac). Reminiscing about such times, inevitably brings me back to my favourite game of that era: Day of the Tentacle. It’s a point-and-click adventure game, which is a genre that doesn’t really exist anymore.

To my surprise, I’ve found out that there are many emulators that allow you to play the game on multiple platforms. I can even use the PC CD on the Mac and play it.

I’ve now downloaded the emulator and now I have to find the CD-ROM.

Check out the video of the intro:

Update: I found the game shortly after I posted this, and wow does it ever work great.  I also found Sam & Max and that so far works flawlessly.   I predict that I’ll be spending countless hours playing these in the near future.

25
Feb
08

Father & Son

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Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

Looking through Christmas photos to make into a slide-show DVD and found this pic of Rob. Is there any doubt the some things are more nature than nurture? Photography is in their blood.

21
Feb
08

Cody the Photographer

Cody the Photographer

Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

This is Cody getting ready to take a picture. He has a way better camera than I do! I wish we had toys like this when we were kids.




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