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The Problem With Movie Theaters.
From Mark Cuban's blog comes a long post about why the tradition model of the movie theater no longer works. Finally someone is taking another look at things and trying to make them better: The experience that a 16 year old expects is going to be completely different than what a 35 or 55 year old expects. When a 16 year old goes to a movie, there is absolutely nothing at all wrong with answering your cellphone, talking back to the screen and texting your heart away during a movie. The movie is just ......

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2006 3:58 PM

Vancouver Code Camp Geek Dinner
So, I'm sure by now you're all signed up for the Vancouver Code Camp and all that. If you're not, you'd better hurry, it's filling up quick... I'll wait. Go ahead... Great. Is anyone up for a geek dinner around the Code Camp time frame? Although the camp is going to be at BCIT, we could always arrange something downtown the night before or sometime after the camp. Would that be more convenient for everyone? Does anyone have any preferences as to date or location ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 1:12 PM

Election Day
Like probably most of Canadians, I'm tired of all the negative campaign ads that have been on tv for the past few weeks. Hardly anyone has been speaking about what they have to offer the country, only what bad things the other parties would do to it. Besides Mr. Harper's GST cut, which would only be a big benefit on large ticket items (generally only purchased by the rich and upper middle class) I don't see what good his party would do to the country. That's just my opinion of course. Anyways, whichever ......

Posted On Monday, January 23, 2006 9:35 AM

Superman Video Blog
Thanks to Darren for the link to the Superman Returns video blog. Just like the behind the scenes videos that were released around the recent Star Wars movies, the Superman video blog helps to fuel interest in the upcoming movie without letting too much slip. I've been a fan of Bryan Singer's work since The Usual Suspects, so I'm looking forward to this movie. Oh, and my favourite was video #7 as well. We were wondering why Peter Jackson looked so thin, I guess making King Kong really took it's toll ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2006 5:57 PM

Close But No Record
After 27 straight days of measurable rain we had two nice days in a row. I guess it rained a bit on Saturday (although we didn't see any), but not on Sunday. Vancouver was only one day away from breaking the record from 1953. So close... Of course rain is slated for the rest of the week... Still, it's better than the -12 C and the wind that's going on in Montreal right now ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 2:47 PM

Northern Voice 2006 Is Coming Up Fast
It's less than a month before Northern Voice 2006 here in Vancouver. The list of attendees is very impressive and the conference is filling up fast. They expect it to sell out again this year, so don't wait, sign up now before it's too late... I won't be able to make Moose Camp the day before, but I hope to catch up with lots of folks during the conference and over lunch and at the after conference party too ......

Posted On Sunday, January 15, 2006 10:51 PM

64 Bit Computing
Last Thursday I attended the Vancouver Small Business Server user group meeting. The topic was An Introduction to the Windows x64 Editions. The presenter was the very knowledgeable author and Microsoft MVP Charlie Russel, check out his blog for all sorts of info related to 64 bit computing. Although I'm just getting up to speed on the 64 bit world, it was a very interesting presentation. I've got to start getting to these things earlier, I'm always missing out on the pizza... ......

Posted On Sunday, January 15, 2006 10:49 PM

Sign Up For Vancouver Code Camp
Here's some shameless marketing stuff related to the upcoming Vancouver Code Camp on March 18, 2006 on the BCIT campus. Are you a developer interested in improving your .NET skills? Then this is the event to attend. The Vancouver Code Camp promises to be the biggest andbest community owned event we've ever had. This free one day seminar isdesigned as a series of intensive code related demos and technical sessionsto guide the developer to the next skill level. The continuing goal of CodeCamps is to ......

Posted On Sunday, January 15, 2006 10:49 PM

The .NET Security Blog
While working on my code for the presentation at the upcoming Vancouver Code Camp, I found the .NET Security blog of Shawn Farkas. If you need .NET security info this looks like a great place to start. His post on String Encoding was able to answer my question and I now have part one of my demo working! Thanks Shawn. I'm sure I'll be referring back to that post when I'm working on part three of the demo as well... Shawn also has a list of the CLR bloggers if you're looking for some other topic as ......

Posted On Monday, January 9, 2006 11:48 PM

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