Monthly Archives: April 2008

Me on CBC’s Search Engine

I’ve been quoted on CBC’s Search Engine! You can listen to the episode online. I just got around to listening to the episode (via podcast, of course) today.

A couple weeks ago they asked question about whether net neutrality should be a right. I caught that in my RSS feed and manage to get first post with one of many, many little arguments that I think pile up and demonstrate why some sort of guaranteed net neutrality is essential to what makes the Internet a positive, democratizing force. Here’s what I said:

The Internet is a platform. It’s nothing without the people and the technologies that are built on it.

Net Neutrality guarantees that new technologies (and new people) won’t be excluded by incumbents seeking to defend their position.

Tim Berners-Lee said “When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone for permission.” http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/node/144

They left out the bit about incumbents in the show… Not brilliant or earth-shattering, I think, but I think it’s a point that needs making.

Attack of the Graske!

Way back in 2005 for the first Doctor Who Christmas special, the BBC broadcast a “game” over its interactive digital television sevice. The game was Attack of the Graske. It stars David Tennant as the Doctor and the omnipresent Jimmy Vee as the Graske and is a tiny, interactive Doctor Who episode.

Sadly for us not in the UK, you were only able to play the game if your Geo-IP location shows up in that blessed isle. But no longer! I was able to play the game from Canada on the BBC’s revamped Doctor Who site!

Play Attack of the Graske!

Yeah, you can watch the videos on YouTube or whatever, but this is better. Okay, it’s not a great game or anything, but it’s nice to finally be able to play it (more or less) as intended.

Jimmy Vee reprises his role as the Graske in The Sarah Jane Adventures. And while it’s not strictly necessary to have played the Graske game before watching that episode (I certainly liked it well enough), it’s nice now to have that option.

The Gym: Conclusion

I am honestly trying to find some way towards a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. Whatever that means. I want to be reasonably healthy when I get old and the last few years it’s dawned on me that I really ought to get started now if I want to have any hope in the future. I’m not obsessive about it. I don’t want to be buff and bronzed. I don’t care that much. I just don’t want to have diabetes and multiple heart attacks by the time I’m 45. Not an insurmountable goal, I don’t think.

I had a membership to the gym for a year before I actually started using it. I canceled it this week.

I actually was using it for a good few months there. Three times a week for a good number of weeks. The key fob thing worked out pretty well. It works like this: they program in a workout routine; I should up and go through the paces. I don’t have to think about anything. I can just listen to audio books and do what the machines tell me.

I liked this idea. If I have to think about what I’m going to do next in the course of a workout, I’m liable to opt for packing up and going home.

There were a couple problems, though. Continue reading