Category: Social Networks

The web gets the music [to] me – fast.

By , 14 December 2007 16:52

On Facebook, Kate Dugas posted a video link from StopBigMedia

Homogenization: Good for Milk, bad for media.

Interesting and disturbing at the same time for the U.S. – sadly, nothing new for Vancouver – but I wanted to know about the music playing in the video, that I really liked.

I googled “oh lord there is no heaven techno

which led to this site: The song is “no heaven” from DJ Champion.

Over to Wikipedia for verification [hey, he’s from Montreal!!],
then finding the album he released in 2004 and the song title.

A visit Seeqpod for the musicwhich also links to the video:


Aside: If you have more than one option to share/embed a video, do you look at the profile of the YouTube member posting it to see what else they have saved? I do. I may like their taste in music but not their sense of humour.

Related news:

In Canada, media concentration and copyright protection work together to compromise

Net Neutrality Canada -

Now playing: The Velvet Underground – [The Rolling Stone Magazines 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time CD4 #335] Sweet Jane
via FoxyTunes

Bob Dylan promotes Bokashi

By , 23 September 2007 08:28

What can I say? He comes cheap these days…

This customizable version of the famous music video of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues is part of a promotion for Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits collection in stores October 1.

Also available as a Facebook application


Hat tip: William Azaroff via Facebook
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Vancity Bike Share – Take it. Ride it. Pass it on.

By , 26 June 2007 10:00

Vancity Bike Share |

Take it. Ride it. Pass it on.

Welcome to the home of the Vancity Bike Share – a community experiment.

Vancity Bike Share wants to see you to get on a bike, share it with others and spread the word about cycling. It is a chance to try alternative transportation, increase your daily exercise and share with your community. is your Vancity Bike Share home base. Currently, we are looking for people who want to participate in this experiment. If you’d like to get your hands on one of our bikes, click here.

Launch party:

Come eat some pancakes and watch as the Vancity Bike Share takes its first pedal!

June 27, 2007
7:30am-9:00am (BEST’s Pancake Breakfast)
9:00am – 9:30am (Launch of Vancity’s Bike Share)
200 Granville Street (Granville Square – just west of Waterfront Station)

Bike Share #1 - want one?

Bike Share #5

Work colleagues on their new bikes:
Riaz & David #2

Facebook and composting?

By , 27 May 2007 18:37

I started to make use of Facebook this week.

When I first connected a few months ago it seemed that the demographic was much younger than I. Lately, I have found that the many of the Vancouver Blogger MU members have profiles as do other people I know from work and elsewhere. Once I started connecting with people I know and have met in Real Life it started to look more normal to me.

After posting my own ad in the Market Place, I found one wanting worms and offered some to David. He came by today with his DD and collected enough to get started:

worm container

David’s DD had no problem picking up the worms out of the compost and putting them in the bucket.

If you do not have an FB profile most of the links above will not work.

Meetup Using GoogleDocs to recruit new staff [from Google?]

By , 25 May 2007 16:18

Oh that’s wicked….

At Google, you’re Organizing the World’s Information.
It’s important work because information is power.

At Meetup, you’re Organizing the World’s People. Actually, helping the World’s People Self-Organize.

It’s important work because people are even more powerful than information. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)

Read it all….

I am a meetup member.

Metropolis at Metrotown offers free e-waste recycling until 22 April 07

By , 18 April 2007 07:37

I found this on Vancouver Craigslist

Earth Day coming up on Saturday…. Boy are they in for a surprise with the amount of stuff that will show up.

Metropolis at Metrotown

Got Old Electronics? Anyone with old computers, printers and electronics is encouraged to drop by Metropolis at Metrotown’s Atrium Court between April 16 -22. Metropolis at Metrotown will recycle all electronics for free!

Bonus: “What’s more? Get a free herb planter in exchange for electronics and help lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions while quantities last!”

ACCEPTABLE – Electronics

  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Telephone systems
  • All Television types
  • VCR’s
  • 3M Players
  • Electronic games
  • Sony Play Stations 1 – 2 – 3
  • Radios
  • CD Players
  • Cellular phones
  • PC (personal computer)
  • Monitors CRT’s
  • Mainframe computers
  • Scanners
  • Printers
  • Fax Machines
  • Photocopiers
  • Scientific equipment
  • Toner cartridges
  • Photographic sound & visual recording equipment
  • Cameras
  • Car stereos
  • Electric ballasts
  • Electronic wiring
  • Power cables
  • Irons
  • Watches

Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Mon – Fri

9:30 am – 9:00 pm Sat

11:00 am – 6:00 pm Sun

Location: Atrium Court. Ground Level

Other resources for e-waste recycling:

Alternative Disposal & Recycling Locations

e-waste end of life electronic equipment

Starting in 2008 all e-waste in the GVRD will be banned from landfill sites:

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Two Videos

By , 18 March 2007 22:54

about our day and age:

The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)

It is hard to believe that a little video I created in my basement in St. George Kansas could be seen by over 1.7 million people, be translated into (at least) 5 languages, and be shown to large audiences at major conferences on 6 continents within just one month of its creation. In some ways, the journey of the video speaks volumes that the content of the video could only hint at. I know I could not have done this with the technology available 3 years ago – certainly not 13 years ago – so the world really is different and I’m just happy to be part of the mass of people trying to rethink how we can best live in this quickly changing environment.Digital Ethnography

Speaking of a “quickly changing environment”….

Did You Know? aka Shift Happens

Source info on Karl Fisch‘s blog.

Seed ball making workshop a success!

By , 12 March 2007 22:38

This event went so well.

Making seed balls - In trays for drying

Read about it here* and see more pictures here

The next step is to plant them. April 1st seem like a great day for that.

*08April07 – changed their message format from online writing/storage to email only. What they didn’t tell us is that they would be deleting all existing messages. Grrr!

16March07 – More about seed balls from workshop participant Andrea Bellamy here and here

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Local Cooling helps reduce computer energy use and shows savings

By , 17 February 2007 13:53

Update: Added third paragraph from LC in quote and Reality Check

Yes I know, techies/geeks can adjust shutdown options on their computers to save energy. I do it too. This application tracks how many computers are using their program and the net energy savings in terms of KWhs, gallons of oil [barrels would be better – divide by 55] and the number of trees needed to balance the now saved carbon emissions.

As a beta program, right now the stats are basic and don’t include the number of computers that team and/or companies have using the program, but I have a fix for that. See below.

More than 30 billion kilowatt-hours of energy is wasted because many of us simply forget to shut down our computers when we’re not using them. If we could just improve the efficiency of how we use our PCs, the savings in energy costs would be over $3 billion dollars! The CO2 emissions from just 15 computers are equivalent in energy terms to the gas consumption used by one car.


By adjusting the power mode settings our advanced algorithms will predict how much you will save based on past PC usage and statistical data. Every time LocalCooling saves power by either turning of your screen, putting your hard drive to sleep when not used or shutting down your PC when you are away your savings stats will start to grow. Download LocalCooling today and optimize your PC’s energy efficiency in minutes.

Our goal is to introduce 100,000,000 PC users into the Local Cooling community. If just 100 million of us optimize the efficiency of our computers’ energy consumption, we could prevent over 300 billion kg of CO2 gas emissions, equivalent to over 1.8 billion gallons of oil, in just the first year alone.*

Team challenge

When you create your profile, in the form field that says “Join a group” put ChangeEverythingFriends

Send an email to aapATgreatdayDOTca with your stats feed after you install the program and I will add you to this team page which also shows you how to turn of the beep sounds the program makes.

For people and companies with multiple computers:

You download the program and login with the same account on all computers. Once you have been running the application on all systems this will be stated in your account view. This will add all your savings from all computers to your account.

Tell me how many computers you are running.

TreeHugger gives a lukewarm review, but the comments are more positive.

*Reality check: 1.8 billion gallons of oil is equivalent to 42,857,142 barrels of oil. LC uses gallons to make their numbers look bigger. According to US Dept of Energy November 2006 statistics, the US consumes 20,802,000 barrels/day, so 100,000,000 computers for a year on LocalCooling will save two days U.S. oil consumption.

Obviously a lot more has to be done to solve the problems of global warming, but I have to start somewhere.

More stats:

Annual U.S. oil consumption 7,592,730,000 barrels
Local Cooling savings as a percentage: 0.56

World oil consumption: 83,990,000 barrels/day
Annually: 30,656,350,000
Local Cooling savings as a percentage: 0.13

oil consumption: 2,280,000 barrels/day
Annually: 832,200,000
Local Cooling savings as a percentage: 5.14

Are there 100,000,000 computers in Canada?:-)

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on – Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?

By , 6 February 2007 11:13

It is important to know where the opinions about climate change and global warming are coming from.

Trying to get the counter message to a social networking system like delicious is difficult when opinion / commenting options are limited. I think I had better outcome on StumbleUpon

Number of people saving this article on

Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?
this url has been saved by 202 people.

Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?

“….Tim Ball, a long-retired professor from the University of Winnipeg and a well-known climate-change denier who has not published a peer-reviewed scientific publication on climatology in more than a decade.” Read more:…

by UrbanWild to climatechange globalwarming media analysis canada 07feb 2007 oil company shill … 3 hours ago

And then there is the curious case of Tim Ball, a long-retired professor from the University of Winnipeg and a well-known climate-change denier who has not published a peer-reviewed scientific publication on climatology in more than a decade.

That’s not to say that Ball hasn’t been busy writing lately. Over the past five years, he has published no less than 39 opinion pieces and 32 letters to the editor in 24 Canadian newspapers. Fifty of these pieces ran in papers owned by CanWest MediaWorks. These efforts totalled an incredible 44,500 words.

This is even more surprising, given the monotony of his material. Virtually all of these articles were variations on a single theme: science does not support the idea that global warming is caused by humans. Invariably, the bylines of the opinion pieces characterized Ball as an expert on climatology. What is the public to think?

Among his unorthodox views, published as recently as last month in the Calgary Sun:

* Global temperatures have declined since 1998 in direct contradiction to computer models on which the Kyoto Accord is based (incorrect).

* Ice-core records show that temperature rises before CO2 rises, not because of it (misleading).

* Evidence is mounting that pre-industrial levels of CO2 may have been much higher than the 280 parts per million assumed by environmentalists to have existed at that time (again, misleading).

* New research shows that changes in the energy output of the sun account for most of the recent warming and cooling of our planet (wrong).

* The primary evidence of human influence on climate, the famous “hockey stick” temperature-trends graph of climatologist Michael Mann, has been debunked as manipulated and wrong (not so).

An essential component of journalism is fact-checking. Do these surprising assertions have any scientific basis?

When told of these claims, Richard Gammon, professor of oceanography and atmos­heric sciences at the University of Washington, somewhat exasperatedly refuted them as either scientifically baseless or misleading.

Lastly, there has been a twist to the Tim Ball story. In April of last year, one of his op-eds in the Calgary Herald slamming the science of climate change raised the ire of Dan Johnson, a professor of environmental science at the University of Lethbridge.

Johnson wrote a letter to the editor questioning Ball’s academic credentials and was quickly sued for defamation. Ball filed suit on September 1 against Johnson and four editors at the Herald for $325,000 for, among other things, “damages to his income earning capacity as a sought after speaker with respect to global warming”.

Ball sued the Herald for publishing a letter to the editor. Good move. Now the Herald lawyers have to discredit Dr. Ball in order to defend themselves. – Al

In the statement of defense filed by the Herald on December 7, the paper noted that Ball “is a member of the Friends of Science, a group dedicated to discrediting mainstream scientific beliefs and theories regarding the contribution of human sourced greenhouse gases to global warming”, and that “the Friends of Science and the plaintiff are, at least in part, supported and funded by members of the oil and gas industry who have a vested interest in limiting the impact of the Kyoto Accord on their business.”

The Herald also stated that Ball “has published few articles in academically recognized peer-reviewed scientific journals” and that he “has not conducted research regarding the relationship between climate and elements within the atmosphere”.

And here is how Herald editors characterized the man whose opinion pieces on climate change they had chosen to publish eight times in the past five years: “The plaintiff is viewed as a paid promoter of the agenda of the oil and gas industry rather than as a practicing scientist.”

Strange. This was not how he was identified in his bylines. In an op-ed in April of last year, the Herald cited him as “a Victoria-based environmental consultant. He was the first climatology PhD in Canada and worked as a professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg for 28 years.”

Hmmm. I wonder if I will receive a “cease and desist” order for posting this.

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