Meeting Celebrities

16 Oct 2009
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A few days ago, a good friend blogged about a her experience meeting Nick Hornby, one of her literary idols. My sister also recently met David Sedaris, who proceeded to complimented her hair and butter her up in general. He even went as far as to say he'd be interested in her if he wasn't gay!

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Thank you to all those who came out to my "Building a Better Blog With Drupal" presentation last week at the Vancouver League of Drupalers meeting. I enjoyed the open discussion and learnt a few things myself. Here is the download of my slides in PDF format. I would have posted directly on groups.drupal.org but the site doesn't seem to be like the file attachment.

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Summary: Google Calendar synchronization via CalDav is now online. Google's official CalDav setup and usage instructions for iCal (Leopard only) will help you get started and will answer common questions.

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Cloud Computing has been a popular buzzword in high tech as of late. The actual meaning of the term is murky; for background on the its meaning see Infoworld's fantastic overview. For myself, Cloud Computing is primarily about developer access to cheap utility computing (as great as that is!). Rather, it is about consumer's transition to software as a service (SaaS) and the shift towards storing data "in the cloud".

The Moose is Loose!

22 Feb 2008
Posted by rickvug

I'm typing here at the Northern Voice 2008 Blogging Conference. I figure that is reason enough to finally put something up - the first post in over half a year! Since I started keeping a blog in about 2003 I've had a few such unplanned "sabbaticals". I think that this conference might just be enough to jolt me back into action!

I'll report through the day if anything comes up.

PS - I have to mention that I have big news to share that deserves some proper attention...

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Slides for my "Achieving Awesome Drupal Design" presentation have been saved as a PDF document and are available for download. The PDF export did not work correctly for slides with lots of animation such as the design examples. Half of the design examples were from my workplace Image X Media so you can always visit our portfolio there to see many of the examples again. The presentation was taped and I'm sure that it will be online soon.

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Connecting with fans is what makes some bands stand out as great live bands. The Arcade Fire is one such band as goes farther than any other to bridge the gap between the band and their audience. They actually get rid of this barrier. Here's the proof:

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rain rain rain rain rain rain rain

Originally uploaded by David Watanabe.

I love Vancouver but this rainy season really gets to me sometimes. I can't wait for the summer when everything is warm, sunny and green.

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I've been delayed in uploading all of my Bolivian photos yet again so what I will leave you with is just a bunch of "odds and sods". Photos of Bolivia that are just a bit off kilter, just like the country itself. First up is the strange list of house rules for Randy´s "flat", which I at least found to be hilarious. Judge them for yourself, if you can make out the writing:
[editors note: "Catu" is a selfish pet cat]
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Yup, that´s right - I´m taking a vacation from traveling. I know what you´re all thinking "a vacation? are you not already on vacation?"... contrary to popular opinion, traveling can actually be a lot of hard work: climbing mountains, getting sun burns, trying to find a hostel at 2am, 31 hour bus rides through the Andes, 7 day without showers and even 41 days (and counting!) without shaving.

All of these inconveniences slowly take their toll, which made me almost cheer at the sight of the beautiful paved roads as we crossed over the Bolivian boarder into Chile. From there I´ve traveled a ways North to find the amazing beach town Iquique waiting. I really didn´t expect things to be so nice here. Palm trees are everywhere, the beach is full of white sand, surfers infest the water, the sun is hot and the city´archetecture spectacular. It all reminds me a lot of Maui although with a more Spanish and only a sprinkling of gringos lurking about.

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