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Access Copyright Hemorages Cash

Access Copyright was defrauded of $60,000. They involved the Toronto police, provided them with the information they uncovered so that they could conduct an investigation of their own. Earlier today, the police announced that two arrests had been made.

The individuals charged with committing the fraudulent activity are a former employee and a person not connected with Access Copyright in any way. Because this activity was uncovered at an early stage the financial damage was limited to $60,000. This is a fraction of their annual distribution to affiliates of more than $20 million and they claim it does not have a significant impact on the Access Copyright or its affiliates.

Access Copyright has decided to make it harder on the authors. They now require a valid Social Insurance Number or Business Number from all affiliates before royalty payments can be made. The affiliation process has also been updated and includes a requirement that, in addition to a works list, new affiliates need to …

If you don't like how I drive, stay off the sidewalk

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Victoria has to be one least of the least pedestrian friendly cities in Canada. Other locations are poor because of poor weather but Victoria is ideal from that perspective.
I have ranted too much about bicyclists who mow down pedestrians. So I will not do so again here.
Pursing snatching and swarmings are rampant. Some cases are reported to police. If you are brave enough to walk during the off hours, you're taking your life in own hands. One stretch of Lampson Ave has seen over a half-dozen vicious swarmings in the last five years.
A strategic hodge-podge of zoning has led to office, residential and industrial zones nuzzled up to one another. Because commercial vehicles are large, police are less likely to pull them over because of the traffic disruption and the heat they would take for delaying vehicle on its way to doing its business. This is what I found a few years ago when we were returning from Vancouver. We were driving toward the turn off into the Sidney. We hit a red ligh…

Hotels in Victoria

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Hotel in Victoria
Originally uploaded by dewolfe0001. Come to Victoria BC! We have the best accomodations in the world. Tourist attractions, beautiful gardens. Stay at Barnard Park close to Victoria's inner harbour, the Empress, Government Street.
For a special unlimited time, Victoria is offering FREE accomodation. Single, twin, double, queen? You decide.
When I phoned the police to report that our park has become a campground, the report desk said that they would be quite a while before they could get to this. "There had been an emergency."
I don't know what has me more concerned:
A) An emergency like a traffic accident or similar can completely tie up the entire police force? If so, that means an earthquake, large scale fire or similar will lead to lawless pandemoneum.
B) Victoria doesn't care about the beginning of a squatter's camp because it's far from the Empress Tea Room, The Legislature lawn, Hatley Park, Butchart Gardens (or is it Butchard Gardens?), …

Counter Chinese Blocks and Censorship

Amnesty International has launched a new campaign (http://irrepressible.info/). They are asking that website owners republish material on your site that the censor prone nations would rather keep away from their population. While Google is in collusion with China and like-minded countries, you don't need to be.
The problem with this concept: they're delivering censored material via JavaScript. As soon as censors see this, they can block the Amnesty International domain and the JavaScript won't load. How they need to do it is to allow website holders to grab censored content on the server-to-server side then publish that material. You can do this with XML. You can do it with so many tools available to programmers.

Cartoons Galore

Sony: Home to PS3, PSP and Spyware

Did you buy a BMG/Sony CD then put it into your computer to play it? If so, Sony gave you a bonus. A bonus so profound they didn't even mention it. They installed a rootkit on your computer to counter copying. If they make you angry, join the class action settlement vs. BMG. The settlement isn't worth much, but it's worth more than nothing.

Sign up here:
https://secureweb.rustconsulting.com/sonybmgcdtechsettlement/Claim.aspx

If you bought one of these CDs:
ArtistTitleUPC40 Below SummerThe Mourning After79301828982A Static LullabyFaso Latido827969277225 or D161263AcceptancePhantoms696998901629 or D161429Alicia KeysUnplugged82876674242 or 82876731662 or D165215AmerieTouch827969076323 or D161365Amici ForeverDefined82876688832 or D161495Angie Stone Stone Love 82876562152 or D153051Anthoney HamiltonComing From Where I'm From82876521072 or D150669Art BlakeyDrum Suit827969363720 or D162083BabyfaceGrown & Sexy82876705682 or D162090Backstreet BoysNever …

Xena Day Spa: A photo essay...

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Driving by the Xena Day Spa on Fort Street, what does my wife see? Bailiff's Sale signs. HUGE signs on the windows of the spa that was run by a certain local figure (2). Ah... so nice. I don't know the circumstances of the closure. Or, if his other location has shut down as well. Or, what happens to those Xena Day Spa Gift Certificates purchased just before Mother's Day.

I guess nothing is going right for the character behind this "spa" gone wrong [2]. I have two things to say to that: Tee. Hee.

From the "good news out of bad news category": this location is now used by the Victoria Hospice.

Worth 1000 is Great!

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This site, Worth1000.com, has excellent contests. This one, is right up there. Horror movies images worked in renaissance classics.

Boats, Buttheads and Buses Don't Mix

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Before noon today, a bus T-boned a boat on Lampson Ave. in Esquimalt. A boat. From the looks of the aftermath, it seems like a butthead with a boat trailer peeled out with so much speed he wiped out another vehicle and threw his boat from the trailer. The fact that the boat is in one piece and there is no major damage to bus, tells me that the bus likely stopped in time.
Enough of the text: a picture is worth a 1000 words. Here's 3000 words (+/-):


I Want A Death Ray!

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The march of technology continues. A company called "Wicked Lasers" (http://wickedlasers.com/) has a variety of lasers, including lasers that will: Open-cut healing power (remember Logan's Run ?) Cut black electrical tape (remember Red Green's Back to the Future episode?) Ignite wooden or paper matches (I think they did this in the cantina scene of the Star Wars) Pop dark colored balloons (like in Black Sunday) Melt Plastic (uh... remember Westworld) Let's face: these aren't lasers, they're death rays and I WANT ONE! But, I'm not going to spring for one myself. Help me get one of these wicked lasers (my favorite is the Extreme 95mw [retail: $369.99]). Here are my daffy rules: Donate $5 to this cause via Paypal. I will keep track of the donations and list your name with thanks if desired. Once I have $370, I will buy a laser and do cool stuff with it. I'll make videos and I'll post them to YouTube. If I receive m…

My Inner Geek

My inner geek-- what a misnomer. I do everything but wear a Star Trek T-Shirt. Today I catered to my inner geek.
We are going to the Victoria Toy Show next week to flog a bunch of our toys and collectibles: not the creme of the crop, not those that hold special memories. We're getting rid of the stuff we have either enjoyed and we're getting rid of; or we've lugged around and we're done carting them around. What sort of stuff are we shedding:
- Beatles figures (from McFarlane Toys)
- $6 Million Man figures (a beat-up Steve Austin; and a most of a Maskatron-- sorry I am keeping the vaunted Oscar Goldman)
- A lot of Star Wars toys
- Many comics: (highlights)
Incredible Hulk #110Marvel Team-Up #53Micronauts #11-40ROM #17-18Spider-Woman #37Star Wars #42-63X-Men #149-170
In digging into my comics, I rediscovered that I had parted with most of my X-Men comics. My nephew helped me sort through comic books. We went through the Hulk and the original appearance of Wolverine... I had it…

Superman I Must Say!

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We have the copy of Entertainment Weekly with the new Superman, Brandon Routh, on the cover. When I looked at the cover, I was thinking: "Hey, he's looks familiar..."


Then it me: He looks like Martin Short aka Jiminy Glick aka Ed Grimley aka the Unfunniest Canadian in History (trust me: Alan Thicke, Sir John A. McDonald-- they're much funnier).

Luke and Boba: Together Again...

Two origins:
The first appearance of Luke Skywalker:


The first appearance of Boba Fett:


Thanks to Chuckchat for finding the Luke Skywalker clip!

Lastly, I do have more videos on YouTube.com
I'm not alone with getting on the YouTube wagon:
Clever, Witty & Quick: The CJP Blog: CJP Behind the Magic

Your Virtual Seller

Everquest came out several years ago. Soon after it's release I heard of people buying and selling items-- magic items they acquire in the game. Fake items sold for real cash (in some cases $1400+) and buyer isn't pissed! I like the irony that these guys who are handing out four figures probably pirate software thereby paying through the nose for a thing generated by a piece of software than the software itself.
Soon eBay became a venue to sell these virtual goodies. I found another place online that peddles unreal wares for Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest, World of Warcraft, City of Villians and most of the other MMORPGs: Your Virtual Seller
My favorite concept for online peddling. Get a cool magic item. Post it for sale. Set up the meeting to exchange the magic item. Leave. Then a bunch of your online buddies show up, mug the buyer, take his new magic item and leave with your friend's magic item. You get the cash; your buddies get to sell your item on their own.

Tilt-A-Whirl Gun Camera

Have you ever wondered what it looks like to ride on a tilt-a-whirl? Wonder no more:



After I took this, I went on the Zipper-- a sadastic device that spins you 360° at points. More than once, I had to dodge coins from my pocket.

Templars, Sion and Da Vinci's Code

I read "Holy Blood Holy Grail" in the 1980s and thought it was a wild read. My problem with the Bible is that thousands of years of history are packed into this small book. Large sweeping events are condensed into a couple of paragraphs. That means that events like the life of Christ as so abbreviated that Christ could have father 100 children and that would be entirely snipped from the gospels like a footnote of a footnote. In the original Greek, the phrase "Virgin Mary" (never with a man) is synonmous with "Maiden Mary" (never married a man). Because a virgin cannot be pregnant, the incongruence is the miracle of immaculate conception. The brevity of the Bible plus 2000+ years of rewrites has set up a troubling bias. Priests take the vow of chastity. The mother of Christ is a virgin. So, Jesus would have to be a virgin-- or at the very least fathered no children. The Bible didn't mention the children of Christ-- well, the version of the Bible we hav…

Happy Meal Loses Little Mermaids

When Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Cars comes out McDonald's Happy Meals will have reached a milestone. After this movie, McDonald's and Disney's cross promotional agreement of ten years is coming to a close. Happy Meals sales are driven by Disney tie-ins. Get the burger and lite-up toy. That connection had Disney worried. The little Disneyland patrons have had a hard time getting through the turnstiles. Childhood obesity rates have skyrocketed and fast food is likely to blame. Kids like their nutritionally devoid meals and they can't be expected to enjoy chicken wraps and carrot sticks. So, if McDonalds can't mend its ways, Disney is parting ways.
McDonalds is putting a positive spin on this: they say they're looking forward to non-exclusive agreements (Ice Age 3 Ice Cream? Shrek 3 Green Burgers?). The truth is: fast food used to be greasy to the touch. Now it's becoming increasingly more greasy in its reputation.

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Ugliest Man Alive

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Every time I turn on the TV, I'm hit with an image of Steve Nash: the NBA 2006 MVP. Because he lived in Victoria for a while, he's the local hero. That also means he's the the spokesman for MDG Canada. Why? Why is Steve Nash the spokesman for a computer company? Is Washoe going to become the spokesmodel for Cingular?
Maybe I've been spoiled by all of non-hideous athletes out there, but Steve Nash looks like he lost a bet and hopped face first into a mix master. Every time I see him, I compare him to two other less terrifying countenances. I think he does so well in Basketball because when he closes in on opponents, they recoil in terror.

Please: please fashion some sort of a bag to go over Steve Nash's head. Or, go back to broadcasting games solely on the radio.

Hospitals Don't Kill People: Doctors Kill People

Nanaimo Regional Hospital has come under fire for letting an old man die cold on a guerney in a hallway. Word came of a man's wife who was diagnosed with sinus infection when she actually had a brain aneurysm. The media lept on top of this story. Clearly, the government run hospitals were hurting people. The media put the blame on the government. The government responded with $7 million in quick-fix funding. Unfortunately, that won't do anything.
1/3 of the time, doctors cure their patients. 1/3 of the time, doctor's directions do nothing. 1/3 of the time, doctors harm their patients. Think about how your boss would react if you had this batting average? You'd get tossed out on your ear. Doctors get a raise. Years back, I had this really bad cough and fatigue. I saw my doctor. He said I should take Nyquil. A couple of weeks later, my cold was still really bad. I went to a clinic and that doctor said I may have an ear infection. A couple of weeks after that I almost p…

Best Buy Gets Overrun

This is great. A whole bunch of people show up at a Best Buy in blue shirts and khakis. Where are the staff? Why was that guy surly? Is everyone here a Best Buy employee? These are only a few questions that these guys would stir. Greaat...!