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Hey Quick Plug... | Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

... said in a Pete Shweaty voice, of course.

I'm selling both my car and my (in)famous camera - they're both on craigslist and Kijiji and priced to sell fast, but preference is given to friends / family / the sexiest woman alive / anyone who reads my blog.

No, I'm not going carless or giving up photography. Quite the contrary; I'm getting a new car and a new camera. Another Pentax, of course. ;)

awesome nissan altima for strong men with big muscles

the camera that dreams are made of

Contact moi if you're interested in either one.

Productivity Music Podcast (PiMP) | Friday, September 25th, 2009

The past 3 weeks will be remembered as the time where I spent the most time in front of my computer I ever have - including pulling several sleepless nights - a feat hopefully never, ever to be repeated again.

This is it? This - the Internet generation - is the glowing future stalwart of humanity? What you call your collective unconscious, I call collective uninspired.

You are not original, you are not inventive, and you are certainly not innovative. You are not smarter, better, more unique or more imaginative than anyone who came before you. You are just a blip on the radar of history, to be quickly forgotten as the bump in the timeline that tried to fool humanity into thinking that cyberspace was a real place and that we'd solve all our problems sitting in our shiny domes; computerized humanity.

You will not live forever, there is no such thing as 'cloud computing', you will not become a cyborg, the Web is not a frontier, you are not pioneers. You are not heroes; there are no more heroes. They all died out a long time ago.

To ease the pain I will try and remember this period with the rhythms that were militantly blaring through my headphones all the while. In this podcast are 5 of them from 2009, beginning with Montreal's Champion:

Thoughts on | Monday, September 14th, 2009

Announced today over at the Google Public Policy blog is " Liberate your Data!"

We're a small team of Google Chicago engineers (named after a Monty Python skit about the Judean People's Front) that aims to make it easy for our users to transfer their personal data in and out of Google's services by building simple import and export functions. Our goal is to "liberate" data so that consumers and businesses using Google products always have a choice when it comes to the technology they use.

I may be wrong, but I do believe this is the first time I read about an entire team within such a big firm entirely dedicated to the issue of data portability. The irony here is that Google's track record in the past hasn't been perfect - as I've highlighted more than once - and as much as the decidedly non-Googlish branding and informal tone seem to conspire to lend the project a certain dissociation from the big G, it is very much real, as noted by the aforementioned Public Policy post and the wealth of information on how to delete / export your data from Google services.

This much chicken may be too much. | Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Pretty old news, but I was tipped off a couple of weeks ago that Kentucky Fried Chicken - KFC, or "PFK" as they are known here in Le Québec - was market testing out a new 'sandwich' that does away with the bread buns, replacing them with two pieces of fried chicken. I'm trying to think of something witty to say here, but the video promo speaks for itself:

I tend to mostly stay away from American Fast Food - especially anything that could potentially hurt my chances of gittin' with Pam Anderson - but this extreme concoction is too, uhhh, extreme to pass up. If they release it here, I'm definitely going to have to try it.

Image courtesy of

As a foodie, the fact that it's a sandwich held together with chicken and not bread is pretty cool, although I suppose that basically just makes it a large chicken strip with the sauce. Of course, the fact that it's a KFC / mass marketing product generally means that most of all the conversation about it will be on blogs and forums complaining about how gross it looks. If it were the product of some independent, forward-thinking chicken joint in Seattle, SF or New York you'd have hipsters posting about it on Flickr and Twitter praising it for its originality.

At any rate, you have to hand it to KFC for one thing - they just put back in question everything it means to be a sandwich: