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During the day, I work as a software developer. I spend 8 hours or more in front of a computer screen, and there are a tonne of utilities I use to make my day more efficient. Generally, the developer community is good about hyping these utilities.

When I come home and sit in front of my laptop (or more likely, lay in bed with my laptop), the programs I use can be summarized by iTunes, FireFox, and VLC.

FireFox has so many plug-ins to spice up your browsing experience, and VLC is basically just a video player, so no real need to increase productivity there. iTunes has always been a pain in the ass for me though. I like to listen to music pretty much all day, and when I’m at home browsing the internet, I like to have it on in the background.

Now that the internet is filled with multimedia, YouTube, bands on MySpace, various other video and audio sites, I found myself switching between iTunes and FireFox constantly so that I could pause my music while watching or listening to some clip.

I know this sounds like a minor inconvenience, but it’s these little things on computers that drive me nuts. Finally I was fed up enough to try and find a solution to this problem.

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plane

There are so many clichéd song lyrics that are going through my mind right now. “I’m leaving… on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again.” “Here I go again on my own. Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known.” etc. etc. Prime examples of facebook statuses I hope never to make. Nonetheless it’s hard not to try and equate what I’m feeling with a familiar source.

This will be the third time in my adult life that I’ve picked up and moved cities. I grew up in Winnipeg, and lived there until I graduated high school at 17. I have a late birthday, so that’s why it was so young. I moved out of the house to go to university in Ottawa. The first move was extremely easy for me, as high school is not one of my favourite memories. I was so excited to go try something new in a different city. It was an opportunity to be myself. Both in a sexual preference way, and in a social way.

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Fucked Up Wins Polaris Prize 2009

In: Music, Topher
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I detailed the short list for the Polaris Music Prize for 2009 back in July. Nominees included Patrick Watson, Montreal’s Malajube, and Homorazzi cast favourite Metric.

Well, the ceremony was performed last night and the winner was…. Fucked Up! Oh hell yeah! That’s who I hoped would win. The Chemistry of Common Life was a musical achievement like no other last year. They seriously pushed the envelope in hard core.

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Last week, the models were the clients and the designers were given another easy challenge that some of them still managed to mess up. Qristyl was in the bottom three for the third time and was rightly sent home. Althea listened to the challenge and her model and made a great outfit to snag the top spot and immunity for this week.

This week, the designers are finally presented with something interesting: make an outfit out of newspaper! Ooooh. Here’s a chance to be creative. I can’t wait to see the final results

Johnny starts off the episode singing “I’m never going to beeee, in the bottom threeee again.” Reverse Foreshadowing? I F’ing hope so. He’s the only really obvious one who’s out of his league.

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surfing-internet

Ever since Twitter’s been blowing up on the internet I’ve been noticing that the average attention span of the viewing public is becoming shorter and shorter. Less than 140 characters or else they’re moving onto the next page.

The old adage, “quality over quantity” has been replaced with “lack of quantity over quality”. After all, what do you have to lose reading a twitter message besides a couple of seconds? Who cares if it’s bad?

Many instant gratification blogs and web sites have existed for a few years or so (eg., I Can Has Cheezburger, Home of the LOL Cat, or Group Hug which has been around since before Facebook and YouTube) with varying levels of success, but it’s no secret that a lot more of them are starting up, and some are actually quite good.

Most have a common characteristic of anonymous people posting along a theme, where others can vote on whether it’s worthy of your consumption or not.

Click to read a list of my favourite wastes of time

project-runway

Ugh, there just aren’t enough hours in the day anymore. The few hours a week I allow myself to watch t.v. are filling up fast now that Mad Men, Project Runway, ANTM and other great shows are coming back for their fall season starts. At least True Blood is finished it’s second season. That will free up some time. So, my apologies for the lateness again.

Last week, the designers were put in teams. The tragic mess that is Mitchell was FINALLY sent home, and Ra’mon pulled out two winning looks all by himself. This week, we continue with the easy challenges. The designers have their models as their clients and have to make them a dress for an important industry function. Who will pull out all the stops? And who will be sent packing?

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Heidi’s taking a little beauty nap. She’s exhausted from the long weekend, and so am I, hence the lateness for the recap.

Last weeks pregnancy challenge revealed a few more details about this seasons crop of designers. The weak stayed weak, some unexposed talents shined magnificently and all in all we saw some interesting designs.

This week’s episode was one for the history books, as we got the first team challenge of season six! The challenge for this week is to design an outfit in teams of two for beach wear. But that’s not all, as the competition heats up with the first real twist.

Team members will fight, feelings will be hurt, and ultimately another designer must go home.

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Norm MacDonald on Conan

In: Topher, Videos
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I haven’t watched an episode of a late night talk show in a long time, but once upon a time I was a huge Conan O’Brien fan. Nowadays, I catch a clip of his new show online once in a while.

Watch this recent segment with Norm MacDonald. Norm sure knows how to spin a yarn. Trust me, it’s worth watching till the end of the joke. “… so a Moth goes into a Podiatrists office…”

The video acts up a little bit, so if the embed doesn’t work, click this.

video after the jump

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