Category Archives: Reid

Airport Fun

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Gate 134
Waiting at Gate 134

boingo wireless
“Boingo”? Did Cory start up an ISP?

I’m sitting here at gate 134, with no WiFi because it’s provied by “Boingo Wireless”, and the minimum you can buy is 24 hours for $10.
If they sold 1- or 2-hour chunks for $5 they would be rolling in it, the idiots.

10 bucks a day
Wow $10 for 24 hours!
But I only want 1 hour

For the first time, I got pulled aside at US Customs.
I think my guy was alarmed when I said I was going on business and I would be attending a week of meetings.
He gave me an orange clipboard, and I went into the people-we-think-are-working-illegally waiting room.
Well, it wasn’t called that, but that’s what it felt like.

The lady at the front asked me to put my two index fingers against a biometric fingerprint scanner,
took my passport and boarding pass and asked me to sit down and wait for my name to be called.
She kept the documents, which alarmed me almost as much as taking my fingerprints.
I wonder if there is a mechanism by which I can get my fingerprints expunged.
I doubt it. “Foreigners” have pretty much zero rights in the U.S.

When my name was called I talked to a guy who was clearly zeroing in on my being a salaried employee.
But when I told him that (a) I worked in Toronto, and (b) was incorporated, he calmed way the fuck down.
He said it would be easier if I got a typewritten letter next time clearly delineating the relationship between myself and OSAF.
I dunno, this is the first time it was a hassle of any kind.

So now I am waiting at gate 134 for my flight to San Fran, after having a modest lunch of tuna sushi and a diet coke.
I have a couple of bags of Skittles for the plane, and I found an outlet into which I’ve plugged my laptop, so I’m good to go.

Or sit and wait until 1pm, as it were.

Visiting Fry’s next week

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So while I’m in San Francisco next week, I want to go visit a Fry’s Electronics to both pick up a new phone for home (the Panasonic KX-TG1034s with an extra handset), and to just browse.
There is no store near Toronto like Fry’s.
It’s like Canada Computers on steroids.

On the other hand, maybe there is an electronics place in San Francisco that sells the handsets at the same price and would be much easier to get to.
In order to go to Fry’s I’ll have to take the CalTrain (very similar to Toronto’s GO Trains) to Palo Alto and then
either walk or take a cab for two miles.

If anyone has advice about electronics stores in San Francisco, I would gladly appreciate it!

Missing my mini-FireWire cable!

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stack o videos
stack o’ videos – click for readable text!

So the deal is, if I transfer all our old 8mm videos to DVD/DivX, then we can buy a new HD video camera.

Cool, thinks I, all I need to do is borrow Vartan’s 8mm videocamera, which has FireWire out, making digitization a snap!

Vartans videocamera
Vartans videocamera

So I pick up the camera from Vartan Friday night, and tonight I try to set it up, only to discover that.. I can’t find my mini-FireWire cable!
You see, the videocamera has this teeny-tiny FireWire jack.

mini-FireWire jack
mini-FireWire jack

I have lots of full FireWire cables, but I think I may have lent out my mini-FireWire cable. 🙁

If you have such a cable I could borrow, or you have one of mine, let me know!
I’ll try asking at Friday night gaming, if I remember.
I guess I could always buy one while I’m in San Francisco next week..

It’s time for the annual changing of the internet provider

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Well, it’s that time of year again.

Last year at this time, our then-internet-provider,,
dumped all of its DSL customers into the lap of another provider, known variously as,, and other names.
I just call them 3Web.
It seemed okay for a while, but then we started getting outages, and then they became more frequent.

I checked my logs for last night and we had a one-minute outage about once every 45 minutes.
Needless to say, when Michael and Ronnie are plying WoW, a one minute outage is a major pain.
Especially when they have to spend 45 minutes waiting to do something in the game.

Michael did some research à la Google and found a place called
They offer 5 Mbps DSL, have a no-throttling policy, and also offer static IPs.
Sounds good to me!

So today I ordered our DSL from them to be activated on Mon Jul 16, 2007.
Which DSL provider you use is selected solely by the login id you use,
so for a couple of weeks I can go back and forth between them.

Hope it works out!

Sick again, sick again, jigeddy-jig

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What a great Fathers Day present, eh? Bleaugh

To offset this, my new 17″ Hi-res MacBook Pro arrived today (Monday).
Love the bright, bright screen.
Much brighter than my old 17″ 1.6GHz PowerBook, which will now be taken to Europe by Michael for four weeks.

The built-in iSight camera is surprisingly good!
It seems to handle the low light conditions of m basement much, much better than either of my standalone iSight cameras do.

is in Toronto this week and I’m hoping to get together.
Until recently, she was my fellow Toronto-ite at OSAF.

Iain’s photos
continue to amaze me.
He has an excellent eye for angles and lighting that capture the imagination.

Ok, time to have some chicken noodle soup.
Too bad all I have is Campbell’s, and not Lipton.

Selling Comics

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All of these comics are going up for sale tomorow (Sat May 26 2007), so if you’re interested, come by and check them out!
Send me email if you don’t have my address or need directions.

comic boxes in garage
Comic boxes in the garage

Luisa and I have been busy.
First I had to go through my comic collection, deciding what comics I wanted to keep.
These are entire series, like “Miracleman”, “Mage”, “Watchmen”.
Then we had to try to sort the comics.

Well, we got up to around “F”, and I’m sure there are still stragglers.
I used to have all my comics in a 4th Dimension database.
Then I had another database in Filemaker Pro, which is still around, but badly out of date.
(Hm, maybe I’ll post a PDF of the summary from 2001.)

the table
Most of “A” to “F” is on top of the table

I went through the first 11 boxes and did a quick scan of the titles, since people have been asking what I have.
This is only a rough scan, and only includes stuff that had multiple issues.

“**” means there were LOTS of the title,
either in proportion to the number of issues of the title, or in absolute numbers.

  • Arcana — Aztec
    • Area 88
    • Arion
    • Armageddon 2001
    • Astonishing Tales
    • Astro Boy Atari Force
    • Atlantis Chronicles
    • the Atom
    • the Authority
    • Avengers
    • Avengers Forever
    • Avengers West Coast
  • Amazon — Arak
    • The American
    • American Freak
    • Amethyst
    • A Next
    • Animal Man**
    • Appleseed
    • Aquaman
  • A. Bizzaro — Amazing Spider-Man
    • Action Comics
    • Adventures of Superman
    • Alpha Flight
    • Amazing Spider-Man
  • Babe — Betty by the Hour
    • Babe
    • Badger
    • Batgirl
    • Batman
    • Batman Black and White
    • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight**
    • Batman: Shadow of the Bat
    • Battlestar Galactica
  • Big Black Thing — Bullwinkle & Rocky
    • Billy Cole
    • Black Canary
    • Black Orchid
    • Blue Devil
    • Books of Faerie
    • Books of Magic**
    • Booster Gold
    • the Brave and the Bold
  • Cadillacs & Dinosaurs — Cyberpunk
    • Captain America**
    • Captain Atom**
    • Captain Canuck**
    • Captain Marvel
    • Classic X-Men
    • Comet Man
    • Concrete (+ variously named series)
    • Crying Freeman
    • Cyber 7
    • Cyberella**
  • Dagar — Demon
    • Daredevil**
    • Dark Horse Comics
    • Dark Horse Press (+ “DHP”)
    • Day of Judgment
    • DC Comics Presents
    • DC/Marvel Access
    • Deadface
    • Deathlok
    • Defenders**
    • Demon**
  • Detective Comics — Dreadlands
    • Detective Comics
    • Dirty Pair
    • Dirty Pair II
    • A Distant Soil
    • Doctor Fate
    • Doctor Strange**
    • Doctor Zero
    • Doom 2099
    • Doom Patrol**
    • Doomsday +1
    • Doomsday Squad
    • DP7
    • Dreadlands
  • Dreadstar — Fish Police
    • Dreadstar
    • the Dreaming**
    • Empire Lanes
    • the Extremist
    • Fantastic Four**
    • Firestorm**
    • First Issue Special
  • Fist of the North Star — Green Lantern
    • Fist of the North Star
    • Flash**
    • Four Star Spectacular
    • Freak Brothers
    • Freedom Fighters
    • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
    • Green Arrow
    • Green Lantern**
  • Green Lantern — Invasion
    • Green Lantern**
    • Green Lantern Corps
    • Green Lantern Corps Quarterly
    • Grendel**
    • Grendel: War Child
    • Hero Sandwich
    • Hourman
    • Hulk

You can see more pictures of the collection
on Flickr.
You can also click on the above photos to see them at original (8 Mpx) size.

Avoid Global if you want HD

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Global non-HD
No HD on “Global HD”?

It seems I am not alone
when it comes to my dislike of Global TV over the last couple of weeks.
Global has not been showing programs like
in HD on their HD channels for the last cople of weeks.
As a result, I’ve taken to watching Heroes one hour later (9pm instead of 8pm) on NBC, which *does* show it in HD.

Last night we watched “House” in non-HD on Global HD; next week I will look for an alternate (probably US) channel to get an HD feed.

2007-05-09-1213 Update:
Iain points out that although Global showed “Heroes” in non-HD, a lot of the commercials *were* HD.
The ultimate irony was seeing an ad for bell saying “if you had bell’s HD service you would be watcing the show in HD right now”.