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3D Me

Just a Gwai Lo - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00

I met Douglas Coupland! I had known for a while about his project to 3D scan and print each and every Canadian (minus those who couldn't make it to their local branch of a Quebec-based fashion retailer) for an installation he will later make. I was finally able to do it this weekend. I know one of his collaborators, John Biehler, so it occurred to them to scan me both wearing the Blue Jays cap I showed up in and one without. Everybody who gets scanned will get a copy of themselves, and, lucky me, I get two.

Published by Richard on May 4th, 2016

Euphoria

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 07:00

At 5:06 PM I saw a tweet by Drake (the rapper) that he was doing…something at 5 PM at 567 Queen St. West.

Published by Richard on April 24th, 2016

Euphoria

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 07:00

At 5:06 PM I saw a tweet by Drake (the rapper) that he was doing…something at 5 PM at 567 Queen St. West.

Published by Richard on April 24th, 2016

My 2015 in Books

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:57

I read 20 books in 2015.

Published by Richard on February 1st, 2016

My 2015 in Books

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:57

Learning my lesson from last year, I cut down my book reading goal to 20 books from 25. Thanks to several flights during my trip to Europe, and an inspired purchase of a Kindle during Amazon’s Prime Day (which I hilariously almost lost at the airport), I was able to surpass my goal. Read more about My 2015 in Books

Published by Richard on February 1st, 2016

A Year of Races

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 19:26

The Couch-to-5k program got me started running, which carved out time to listen to podcasts, and inspired by the runners in my Twitter timeline I ran my first 5k race, the 2014 Scotiabank a year ago this weekend. For the 2015 event, I set two goals for the same race: run a personal best 1 kilometre over the course of the race, and run a best overall for a 5k. I achieved both, and would have done even better if it weren't for a heatwave.

Published by Richard on June 28th, 2015

A Year of Races

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 19:26

The Couch-to-5k program got me started running, which carved out time to listen to podcasts, and inspired by the runners in my Twitter timeline I ran my first 5k race, the 2014 Scotiabank a year ago this weekend. For the 2015 event, I set two goals for the same race: run a personal best 1 kilometre over the course of the race, and run a best overall for a 5k. I achieved both, and would have done even better if it weren't for a heatwave. Read more about A Year of Races

Published by Richard on June 28th, 2015

Customer Care Experiences from the Other Side: Company A

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 13:00

First in a series on customer care as seen through the eyes of someone who’s done support but is a frequent consumer of support as well.

Published by Richard on June 23rd, 2015

Customer Care Experiences from the Other Side: Company A

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 13:00

First in a series on customer care as seen through the eyes of someone who’s done support but is a frequent consumer of support as well. Read more about Customer Care Experiences from the Other Side: Company A

Published by Richard on June 23rd, 2015

Series Introduction: Customer Care Experiences from the Other Side

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 17:22

My desire as a power user to get what I want from software is always tempered by my days in the early 2000s as an Internet trainer, the mid-2000s doing customer support at Bryght (the Drupal-powered hosted service, not the online furniture retailer), and, maybe to a lesser extent doing client work in the early 2010s at OpenRoad and Chapter Three. Those experiences gave me insight into the possibilities and limitations software companies face in delivering customer and client happiness. Read more about Series Introduction: Customer Care Experiences from the Other Side

Published by Richard on June 9th, 2015

Osoyoos

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 18:57

Photos of my trip to the Okanagan Valley during the Memorial Day long weekend. Read more about Osoyoos

Published by Richard on May 26th, 2015

Bare-Bones Sports Alerts in Slack

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:56

Instructions on how to get specialized sports alerts in Slack using Twitter. Read more about Bare-Bones Sports Alerts in Slack

Published by Richard on April 12th, 2015

Introducing Slack-Twitter

Just a Gwai Lo - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:45

Do you like Slack? Do you like Twitter? Would you like to use Twitter in your Slack? Read more about Introducing Slack-Twitter

Published by Richard on March 24th, 2015

There’s More to the Remembering Than Just What You Paid Attention To

One Stack Deep - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:11

Scientific American reported in December 2011 of research on the doorway effect, which is forgetting what you were going to do as soon as you entered a different room in your abode. Gabriel A. Radvanskya, Sabine A. Krawietza & Andrea K. Tamplina published a paper showing in experiments that people recalled less walking through a doorway than walking the same distance without a doorway.

From the Scientific American report:

Is it walking through the doorway that causes the forgetting, or is it that remembering is easier in the room in which you originally took in the information? Psychologists have known for a while that memory works best when the context during testing matches the context during learning; this is an example of what is called the encoding specificity principle.

Except that walking back to the room in which you thought of what you wanted to do doesn’t improve the chances of remembering what you wanted to do.

The doorway effect suggests that there’s more to the remembering than just what you paid attention to, when it happened, and how hard you tried. Instead, some forms of memory seem to be optimized to keep information ready-to-hand until its shelf life expires, and then purge that information in favor of new stuff.

No real solutions to the problem are offered in the article. Write down a list of what you need to do in the next room? The Scientific American reporters offer a theory that other events trigger purging of short-term memory, and these events probably won’t give you enough time to jot down the thing you needed to do just now.


My 2014 in Books

Just a Gwai Lo - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:30

I only got to 17 books read in 2014, falling short of the 25 I set out to read. Read more about My 2014 in Books

Published by Richard on January 15th, 2015

Just a Gwai Lo Now Powered by Drupal 7

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:30

This blog is now powered by Drupal 7. I’m redirecting some content that Drupal 7 wouldn’t handle to my archive site thanks to the Rabbit Hole module. (Assuming DNS has propagated to you, my SkyTrain Explorer journal should be a live and well, along with some link-blog posts and other whatnots.) This is also going to be a test of the Vinculum module's support of Webmention, since my site powered by Known supports it out of the box. Some related links can be found on the post in question. Read more about Just a Gwai Lo Now Powered by Drupal 7

Published by Richard on December 9th, 2014

2014 Eastside Culture Crawl

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 03:42

My photos and memories of walking around East Vancouver taking in the yearly arts and crafts festival. Read more about 2014 Eastside Culture Crawl

Published by Richard on November 24th, 2014

Hot Talks at Hot Art Wet City: Eastside Culture Crawl Artists Speak

Just a Gwai Lo - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:40

Tonight, at Hot Art Wet City, a wee little studio on Main & 6th Ave., I heard from several artists talk about their work and how they do it. Read more about Hot Talks at Hot Art Wet City: Eastside Culture Crawl Artists Speak

Published by Richard on November 13th, 2014

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