June 05, 2013
Current Thoughts » Winning A Word Association Game
I was sitting on the sidelines, watching my daughter play softball, when the small voice of a child next to me said "I'm bored".
Posted by Hammer at 12:10 AM
February 28, 2013
Nostalgia » Before Texting There Was Mainframe Chat
Looking back at the evolution of chat... before everyone had cell phones and the ability to chat in text message to almost anyone else, there was "the mainframe".
Posted by Hammer at 10:44 PM
January 04, 2013
Life Lessons » Being An Ass Behind National TV
I was on national television once in my life so far. To everyone who saw the program when it aired I was professional and intelligent, but behind the scenes I was an ass.
Posted by Hammer at 12:01 AM
September 30, 2012
Nostalgia » Death Of The Small Town Theatre
In our 2012 camping plans, we included a new camping destination: St. Brieux Regional Park. The camping trip ended up being great, however, something else in this small town attracted my attention: the movie theatre.
Posted by Hammer at 08:08 PM
June 19, 2012
Technology » Group Chat, the Mobile Motivator
It's interesting to watch the tides of public opinion around mobile devices ebb and flow. What has Apple done right, was has RIM done wrong, what is Google going to do with Android, and - the great unknown at this point - where does Windows Phone fit in? I don't have any answers, just some observations...
June 14, 2012
Technology » Mobile Social: Practice What You Preach
Today I listened while David O'Neill from Viafo talked to a group of us about social sharing in mobile apps. He made some great points, and I will be able to apply at least one of his ideas immediately. But the session wasn't completely one-sided, I think David also has some homework to do.
Posted by Hammer at 10:57 PM
June 12, 2012
Technology » Mobile Dev From An Era Past
This past weekend I had the good fortune to talk with another mobile developer - but not a developer for iOS or Android, but rather from a mobile era already gone by.
Posted by Hammer at 12:22 AM
June 09, 2012
Current Thoughts » The Indie Author Social Contract
Growing up (yes, decades ago now) I knew some people who called themselves writers. I somehow did not connect those people with the mainstream published authors who wrote the books I was reading on a daily basis.
May 10, 2012
Current Thoughts » The eBook Companion Video
Remember my first eBook from yesterday? Of course you do. So it turns out that reaction to the eBook was overwhelmingly positive! One of my friends even suggested that I follow up with a video.
Posted by Hammer at 11:58 PM
May 08, 2012
Current Thoughts » My First eBook
Here it is! Free of charge, and free of DRM. Download and enjoy my first eBook: How To Be Good At (almost) Everything.
April 25, 2012
My Life is a Stereo » Under The Bridge
In the fall of 1991 I was living in Kelowna but I still had friends back in Vancouver, so I would make the four hour drive to Vancouver about once a month. Some times I would spend a day or an evening all by myself in the big city...
Posted by Hammer at 01:14 AM
April 04, 2012
Technology » Titanium Tutorial 2j - Database Sync With JSON
This is the second Titanium database tutorial, modified to use JSON. You may want to read the first Titanium database tutorial for reference first, however this tutorial is where you should start actually working with Titanium Studio.
February 28, 2012
Current Events » Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed
Kids are amazing, and their minds are ALWAYS going full speed ahead, aren't they?
Posted by Hammer at 11:50 PM
February 21, 2012
Finance » Canada's Federal Debt 2012: Still Rising
Canada is going deeper into debt - federally, that is. This is the third fiscal year in a row where the Conservative Party of Canada have carried through on their plans for a non-balanced budget.
Posted by Hammer at 12:53 AM
February 13, 2012
Current Thoughts » Move Twitter Content Pane Left
I have been using Twitter for a while, and each time they change their site design it takes a bit of time to get used to it again. However, their last change (which I only recently inherited) didn't sit well with me; I don't like the content pane on the right. Here's a way to move it back to the left...
Posted by Hammer at 09:37 AM