Category: Play

Commie Sense

(8) Often, when a thing is just begun, it is impossible to know how it will end, much less whether society will acknowledge it. If you want success you must make every possible effort, you must keep a cool head and resist anxiety. If you work calmly and steadfastly, you will attain happiness. But if you are constantly focused on the fruits of success, the loneliness will be unbearable; you’ll be unable to stay the course and will end up empty-handed. During these times we should remember that ________.

a) Good things all come at a price.

b) No pain, no gain.

c) If winter is here, can spring be far behind?

d) The road is winding, but the future is bright.

Commie Sense
Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2006. From the entrance exam for Chinese civil servants. Last year, 365,000 people applied for 10,282 openings; they had 120 minutes to answer 130 questions. Translated from the Chinese by Eric Abrahamsen. Originally from Harper’s Magazine, February 2006.


Randy wants to put together 4camp. Basically in his own words:
Unlike BarCamp, 4camp would be held at a real campground (w/ Wifi, of course) in the Toronto area. Unlike BarCamp, it’s not about discussing and presenting existing ideas, but rather inventing new ideas. 4camp would be for entrepreneurs and startup junkies, who aren’t currently consumed by an existing startup. 4camp is for developers and other geeks, who want to get together and start something new, on the Web or whatever, it doesn’t really matter.

Well although I am an entrepreneur who is totally consumed by visual search I still give 4camp the thumbs up. Count me in. And for an added bonus let’s do it somewhere where I can get some trail runs in… and that will be heaven. Geeks and runs!

Sweaty Betty


With such a scarily busy schedule there is no time anymore to sit down an enjoy an absinthe. Well, this Saturday my good friend Adriana (Adriana where the hell is your blog!) and I are making time. Making time to see you all, say hello, catch up and just enjoy the good old fashioned patio hangout. I hope you will forgive me for not staying in touch and being the distant friend I have become… Such are the times when the only priority is your company. But I want to see you all so come on down to Sweaty Betty.

This is not a geek fest so don’t be scared. All welcome. Come and hang out with friends. I promise we won’t be just blabing about image search. If you catch me talking work I will buy you a drink! See you all on Saturday. Details below.

Sweaty Betty: not a tourist attraction!
Date: Saturday June 3, 2006
Time: 7 PM until you can no longer stand
Where: Patio and back room, 13 Ossington Avenue (Queen and Ossington)

The PEZ MP3 player

The PEZ MP3 player – A dream project now a reality from a Maker.
Pat Misterovich is a stay-at-home dad with a one-person company. He had a Dream – to make an MP3 player that looks like a PEZ dispenser. He had been reading an article about a guy who turned an Altoids tin into iPod speakers. Out of curiosity he asked PEZ if they might be willing to license their brand for such a thing. They did not think he was crazy and so was the PEZ MP3 player born. Make Magazine chronicled Pat’s progress and today you too can buy a PEZ MP3 player.