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Not Playing Nice with iPhoto


Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 — 11:53pm PDT
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I am more of a Windows drone that I lead to believe and I realized this tonight while dealing with iPhoto.

First of all, it keeps “Original” copies of your files, and when you modify, it adds another copy to the “Modified” folder. Then when you want to upload anything online you have to “export” and use that file (yes, the THIRD file of the SAME pic) to upload. Then when you want to sort your photos in iPhoto all is fine and dandy until you want to actually look up the FILES. Go to Finder > Pictures > iPhoto Library > and in 3 various folders you’ll have 3 versions of your photo.

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My favourite part is that iPhoto sorts things into “Rolls” for me. So not only do I have a file in 3 different locations (what a WASTE of space) I now have “Roll 14”, which means 6 months down the road I’m supposed to remember that pertains to “pictures from the Canucks game”. Of course I could just import Roll 14 into iPhoto and name the album “pictures from the Canucks game” but god knows how many more files it will toss in however many more directories.

I am used to ONE file being in ONE location. I could edit, save, toss it in Flickr Uploader and be done. Magic. I can use a program to sort and make albums but I always know if I want to do anything with that ONE file it’s right where I left it. If I put it under 2007 > March, it’s going to be in the March folder, not in some far off location on my hard drive in triplicate.

It seems that some of these Apple programs make everything shiney and pretty meanwhile it’s making a mess of your files and folder systems on your hard drive. Is there something I not getting something here? Or is this just a Windows mentality that I just can’t shake?

Canucks vs Wild Tonight


Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 — 12:22pm PDT
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We’re going to the game tonight. It’ll be John’s first regular season game this late in the season. I’ll be wearing my Johnny Canuck t-shirt – we’re stoked. Thanks craigslist!

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Wireless Lunch


Monday, March 12th, 2007 — 12:03pm PDT
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This is the first time I’ve done this – setup camp at a coffee shop to write. It was mimicked in Family Guy last night, too funny. Although I’m not writing a screenplay, I’m checking email, writing a blog post and then I will eat a chicken caesar wrap. For 5 bucks I got a wrap and free wireless over the next hour, I can’t complain.

I just happened upon this place, Java Express. It’s MUCH less crowded than a Blenz and it only took me about 4 minutes to walk here. Before leaving the office I checked out on this site – it suggested I try Blenz on Heather and Broadway or Cactus Club on Broadway and Granville. I started off walking in one direction and ended up here. I was going to snap a pic with my phone and bluetooth-it to my Macbook but I’m still too shy. I’m not ready for something like that right now, but I am now one of “those” people, and I have to accept it. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Doing McGeough Proud


Sunday, March 11th, 2007 — 11:02pm PDT
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Here I am violating “Blog Vacation Day“. Mine usually is Sunday but since there’s only a few minutes left, I think I’m in the clear. This isn’t much of a blog post, just a tribute to a person in a whale suit.

Penalties, Explained by Fin

I’ve become quite the Fin fan ever since I met’em last year at Sapperton Days in New Westminster. Great team spirit, a head that spews steam, and since the friendly whale mascot of the Vancouver Canucks started to blog well, that just won me over.

Although he’s not a cool, athletic, and in-your-face as Super Grizz [Sportsecyclopedia]. Man that guy was fun, eh? He used to come to our high school and do fancy slam dunks off mini trampolines… but I digress.

There are some pretty hideous mascots out there, not to mention a couple that just freak the bejesus outta me. I think Fin’s also much better than having cheerleaders or double the amount of ice girls prancing around the rink.

And if that photo above doesn’t learn’ya a thing or two about calls, check out the post JJ’s got up. It’ll educate AND make your teeth ache – it’s just that sweet.

Amazing Race 11 – Episode 3 Live Blog


Sunday, March 11th, 2007 — 6:00am PDT
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Sorry folks! We’ve been MIA for episode 3 but here’s a very basic rundown:

The teams white water rafted, carried fish and raced across South America. Charla and Mirna continued to be aggressive and the Beauty Queens ended up doing the Detour task BEFORE even finding the clue. They weren’t penalized at the mat, instead they had to go back and find the clue. It took them no time at all and still came in 4th. Rob and Amber were first to the mat – so far dominating the race.

For a general, generic episode recap, try the official site. Yes, I know, that’s really crappy of us to do but maybe we’ll get a proper recap for episode 3 up soon enough, in honour of David and Mary who were eliminated.

I’m going to be live-blogging the west coast feed of Episode 4 in about 5 minutes so stay tuned!

Amazing Race 11 – Episode 4 Live Blog


Sunday, March 11th, 2007 — 6:00am PDT
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LIVE BLOG!
To make up for not posting anything for Episode 3 I’ve decided to live-blog the West coast feed of tonight’s episode. Teams will take off from Playa Petrohue, Chile.

Everyone will need to get to the airport and fly to another part of Chile, once on the ground they will have to drive to their destination: Lord Lonsdale’s Shipwreck.

After checking in at the airport Rob & Amber hop on the internet and investigate their clue, searching around and finding out that they will probably be looking for a painting when they land, and not an actual shipwreck.

Other teams begin to arrive at the airport and book similar flights out at 9:40am. Terri and Ian are too late and do not get this flight, which means Joe & Bill and Charla & Mirna who are just on their way from the pit stop, won’t be able to make it either.

Terri and Ian luck out as the airline finds them two seats. Joe & Bill are SOL and as Charla & Mirna arrive they all get on the same flight at 11:15am.

COMMERCIAL

As teams land they ride to get their clue, it is at the sight of a shipwreck.

DETOUR – based on Magellan’s voyages.

1) Navigate it
Use a map to get to the plaza where they get a compass, heading straight South to find the nautilus building where they will get their next clue.

2) Sign it
Choose a pole and building supplies, use a map as reference to figure out where Magellan’s voyage began, building a sign post with all visited cities’ names nailed to it – spelled correctly.

Eric & Dani and Oswald & Danny finish Navigate it first, meanwhile Rob & Amber struggle with Sign it as their city names are spelled wrong. Terri & Ian also finish Navigate it with ease and advance to the airport.

Teams must then travel 165 miles by charter plain to get to Argentina.

Joe & Bill and Mirna & Charla JUST arrive at the FIRST airport location and head toward the shipwreck where they will get their DETOUR clue.

Uchenna & Joyce are the first to finish Sign it and head to the airport where they are on the second flight out. Amber urges Rob to quit and head to Navigate it but he won’t give up. FYI Rob, it’s not spelled “Philipeans”. The Beauty Queens convince Rob & Amber to quit and head to Navigate, they team up and head to the OTHER detour. Charla & Mirna head to Sign it, foolishly. Joe & Bill head to Navigate it around the same time at Rob & Amber and the BQs.

I seriously think the BQs have a very sensible and straightforward approach to their game this season. Working reasonably with other teams and leaving the drama for Charla & Mirna.

COMMERCIAL

Charla & Mirna give up on Sign it, meanwhile Joe & Bill complete Navigate it – Rob & Amber and the BQs finish their detour while Joe & Bill are arriving at the airport, they all get signed up on charter #2.

Charter #1 lands and teams race to the next clue. Terri & Ian and Os & Danny search for the clue box. Teams must tarvel by taxi to a bay where they will take a boat which will only take 2 teams at a time. It will bring them to an island where they will need to get their next clue from the post office. The name of the island means “end of the world” as it’s the southern-most tip of South America.

The boat leaves every 20 minutes – Eric & Dani and Os & Danny get on the first boat and get to their clue – a ROAD BLOCK

Choose a full mail bag, search through 1600 letters to find a letter addressed to their team. What they don’t know is that the letters are written by some of their competitors from the first season. Once they find their letter they will have to read it out loud and get their next clue.

Once their Road Block is complete teams must follow a path from the post office to Mastil de Belgrano to find the pit stop.

Terri & Ian make it on boat #3, Uchenna & Joyce, Joe & Bill and the BQs are all behind, lining up for a boat.

Oswald & Danny hit the mat first, followed by Eric & Danielle.

While looking for the clue Rob & Amber pretend to find it and tell Charla & Mirna in passing, that they found the clue way off track. This leaves them to search in a false location. It was actually pretty funny but C & M are right pissed.

Terri & Ian find their letter at the post office and head on foot to the path toward the pit stop.

Joe & Bill and the BQs get on boat 6, Uchenna & Joyce and Rob & Amber are on boat 7 with Charla & Mirna on boat 8.

Rob & Amber are confronted by C & M who say they lied to them about getting the clue. Well of COURSE they lied, they’re playing the game. But Amber perpetuated it and when confronted said, she wasn’t telling THEM she found the clue already, she was just talking to Rob about something. Rob IS rubbing off on her.

COMMERCIAL

BQ and Joe & Bill arrive at the post office to sort their mail. Rob & Amber and Uchenna & Joyce are on the boat. Joe & Bill find their letter first and take off. The BQs find their letter, which is actually from Bama! But only one of the ladies signed it – BQ makes their way to the path up to the pit stop and comes in 5th.

Rob & Amber, Uchenna & Joyce are still sorting mail as Charla and Mirna arrive. Uchenna & Joyce find their letter first and take off finishing 6th. Rob & Amber take off in a foot race vs Rob & Amber with Charla yelling “LEVEL 5 on the treadmill!” They make it to the mat first, in 7th place. Rob and Amber arrive LAST at the mat and are ELIMINATED! They’re in really great spirits but it was interesting that they went from 1st to last – all because of the Sign it detour.

(Original Post by Rebecca Bollwitt on the Amazing Race 11 blog)