Stuff I'm Digging

Backflip Shoe

Finally, someone thinks of the other guy — the guy that can’t do the backflip. A.k.a. me. I’m really hoping someone will produce these.

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My Pal TED

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If you’ve never heard of TED, and if you have any lust to be wowed, inspired or enlightened, I recommend you check the site out. Originally starting as a conference about Technology, Entertainment and Design, it’s now a hot spot for the world’s leading minds in fields of virtually any study you can think of. I will warn you though, I have a habit of getting lost following related and recommended links, often consuming hours of my day. I’d recommend a few, but I think it’s better for you to go and explore things yourself.

If you have heard of TED and haven’t subscribed to their RSS updates, do, because those great talks keep coming.

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Goals of a Colin Past

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I came home the other day and was delightfully surprised to find a very old and completely forgotten piece of paper. I guess my mother had been doing a bit of tidying when she discovered an old assignment of mine from middle school, “My Goals.” Reading over it provided quite a bit of humour, but I couldn’t help but notice that a few of the goals written were close to what I’ve come to achieve thus far, at least as far as the longer term goals go. Continue reading

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I Heart HBO

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To me, there aren’t a whole lot of things that beat a really good movie. A film that’s well written, directed and acted is simply a thing of beauty. I want to use the word ‘natural’, but I don’t think it’s fully accurate as I love a great deal of movies that are supernatural, even unnatural. But it’s close to describing the differences between most — and I mean most — films and television; television always has this way of feeling slightly false, and that’s in the best cases. Even what’s considered good television, say CSI (the original one, not one of it’s fifty spin-offs) or Dexter, are very entertaining on the surface, but when viewed with any regularity and really analyzed, show considerable problems. Whether it be hugely inflating the capabilities of technology, characters that serve typical cliche roles (the ‘token’ guy), or dropped plot details, most television ultimately leaves me wishing for a little more attention to detail. (I will declare there are currently two exceptions that I’m aware of on cable TV: Mad Men and Breaking Bad, two series that, at least in their first seasons, are quite brilliant.) And then HBO walks in and changes everything. Continue reading

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Instant Trash

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GOOD has a brief write-up regarding the generally unnecessary practice of stores printing out receipts of your purchases. I was glad to see this article because just the other day I was conversating with someone about just that: most of the receipts we receive on a regular basis serve no purpose but to either take up room in one’s pocket, wallet, purse or ultimately, the trash can. What irks me the most is that many retailers have taken the opportunity to place ads of upcoming sales or events on these receipts as well, so when I make my small purchase of beef jerky and some bananas, I’m handed a six inch micro-catalogue of what’s on sale. And Heaven forbid you should use your debit card — you’ve just earned yourself another slip verifying that yes, you did indeed make that purchase with your debit card. Just as asking whether one needs a bag or not, we should be given the same option for our receipts. My answer would almost always be “No.”

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