Wa-hey-hey-ve, goo-oodbye!

Well it looks like the Mayans really were predicting 2012 as the end of the world… in which Google Wave existed. It must be sad for the original engineering team who dreamed it up, but it’s good that they’re able to learn from it, close it, and put that new experience somewhere else.

Remember kids, the lord Science teaches that there is no such thing as “failure”, it’s just new data!

Standing Desk

My home office got an upgrade today with the addition of a new “Standing” desk. In a nutshell, the idea is that standing up while you’re working on a computer can prevent many of the common ailments that plague a geek, or any office worker type really. There’s claims that you can also burn more calories than sitting all day, which helps offset the mocha’s I love so much, and also I’m hoping to build more strength in my dodgy knee I pwned at kung-fu training a while back. I see the standing desk phenomenon in the same kind of light that I see any hippie-quick-fix type thing and that is to take it with a grain of salt, but I wanted to give it a really good go before I passed any judgement. People say it works for them, maybe I’ll like it… Continue reading

Piracy made me buy music, shirts, and concert tickets.

I grew up in the 90’s when digital piracy was pretty much the done thing by any tech savvy kid at school. Torrents didn’t exist yet, but the amount of “Warez” sites around that published copyrighted music, games and software made it easy. I did have to learn a lot about internet security and it also eventually made me immune to stuff like Goatse (Counterstrike and friends who linkbaited everyone on MSN helped too though) but that’s for another post.

I was thinking about it today because probably one of the artists I downloaded the most of was Weird Al, and now as an adult, I own 2 of his CD’s, a bunch of tracks through iTunes, I just went to his concert and I bought a t-shirt. I’ve probably now spent more than his average fan, and it’s because I was able to listen to not just one or two tracks for free, but entire albums and crappy radio rips when I was 14. So, who else has a similar story? I’m sure there’s other artists I’ve done a similar thing for, and not just music too – I know that I’ve bought DVD’s based on watching something downloaded freely (pirated or not, e.g. Dr. Horrible’s Blog), and bought books from people even though their content is free on their website (ever read this guy’s stuff?).

When has pirating something ended up with you owning the same content legally, by choice?