Monthly Archives: March 2010

The Day the Internet Lies*

April Fools Day was maybe kind of fun for a while, but now it just bugs me.

There’s no point in reading anything, because even if it’s true, you can’t believe it. I’m not even complaining about the quality of the humour. There are some jokes–a very few–that are really clever and funny. But it’s not worth the frustration.

So I’m out. Tomorrow, April 1st, I am taking a day off from the World Wide Web. Blogs, Twitter, RSS feeds, all ignored for the day. I’ll still be accessible on email, IM and so on, but no content. If you post something momentous or cool tomorrow, sorry, but you’re going to have to tell me about it later. I’m fasting.

I’m actually finding myself looking forward to turning it all off for 24 hours. It’s been a while since I disconnected myself like this (with no intention of catching up later). I’m thinking it’ll be kind of fun.

* Not that the Internet doesn’t lie on other days, of course. April 1 is just the day when it’s the most blatant and annoying.

Local Transportation Stuff and The 100

Hilary asked me to be on The 100 this week to talk about local transportation issues.

Which is awesome. But I can’t believe I forgot to mention TriTAG.

The 100 is a podcast about local culture, events and issues (roughly in that order), coming out of Ideas Transform. I know Bevan from Kwartzlab and I’d met the other hosts through CultureCamp (in person, anyway).

They asked me to come chat about transportation and urban design issues, since I’ve been writing about that a lot on WWBA lately:

I think it’s a good chat, but I feel like I left a lot out. Ah well. Follow me on WWBA and maybe I’ll flesh out the ideas a bit more. I am happy I got a plug in for Richard’s OpenStreetMap meetups.

The 100 is awesome. If you’d like to subscribe to the podcast, Will Spaetzel‘s fantastic Castroller service has automatically generated a podcast feed. I’m prodding Hilary and Bevan to get it into the iTunes store, hopefully in the next week or two.

Ubuntu Global Jam!

I'm going to Ubuntu Global Jam!Kwartzlab is hosting our first Ubuntu Global Jam!

The newly-formed Kitchener-Waterloo chapter of Ubuntu Canada is having its first Jam, to be held at Kwartzlab. We’re getting together to help make Ubuntu better: hang out, fix some bugs, test the new release and work on documentation. Txwikinger is going to show us how to do bug triage. I’m really excited. It’s going to be awesome.

Want to come? Sign up here. Yeah, you’ll need a launchpad account, but you need to create one to mess around with bugs anyway.