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Stupid spammers

Installed a new WP theme yesterday, fresh from the webhost’s directory, and immediately noticed six lines of horrific spam code were hard wired into the main page template. With help from Greg Brooks, got rid of it in 45 minutes. Still, the Google cache for canuckflack.com is polluted with garbage medicine and pr0n links. How […]

You know religion is all about a good show

“We just had a group show put on by the Church of Satan, actually,” he says. “They had pretty good PowerPoints.” – David E. Williams, owner of Philadelphia’s Germ Books, mentions one of the gimmicks he’s used to draw more crowds into the store.

When adequate apparently is enough

Spotted these two restaurants in Leslieville, a neighbourhood in Toronto. I have no idea whether they deliver on their admittedly cautious brand promise. Has Leslieville been stung by high flying and high promising food options in the past, or are they simply looking for a predictable dinner time option?

New York’s Coke Tax

” … Pragmatically speaking, if we imposed a tax on the 50 billion places now hawking small plates, handcrafted artisanal cocktails with antique bitters, house-cured salumi, and featuring servers who call the customer “dude” or “bro” while texting on their cell phones, we could probably put enough dough in the state till to end obesity […]

The problem with Iceland

” … The rocks beneath Reykjavík may be igneous, but the city feels sedimentary: on top of several thick strata of architecture that should be called Nordic Pragmatic lies a thin layer that will almost certainly one day be known as Asshole Capitalist. The hobbit-size buildings that house the Icelandic government are charming and scaled […]

Tips for soon to be fired media execs

” … Unsolicited tip for media company c-levels: if your reaction to this crate of magic is “Hm. I wonder how we’d go about suing someone who ‘did this’ with our IP?” instead of, “Holy crap, clearly, this is the freaking future of entertainment,” it’s probably time to put some Ramen on your Visa and […]

Where desktop publishing destroys it all

These are two signs, on the same apartment building, down the street from my office. The top sign is obviously an original from the 1970s, with a cut metal facing over a plastic lightbox. And a really cool font. The bottom sign is some P.O.S designed on a desktop and stuck to the overhang on […]

Does not contain any lobster

Aside from the two giant red lobsters that take up half of the packaging, there is no reason why you would think this package of fish balls would contain lobster, you fool!

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