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July 29th, 2008

Declaring Email Bankrupty

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I've declared email bankruptcy today. For the full story, please see the full post on Silicon Island.

February 19th, 2008

New Math

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I haven't been moved to post in a while, but I read this article today and just had to put in my two cents.

The article is titled Parents Rise Up Against A New Approach to Math and is about certain schools teaching kids how to do basic math in a different way than the traditional multiplication tables and flashcards.

At first, I was thinking, geez, they're not teaching multiplication tables anymore? What's up with that?

Then, I saw this:
Memorization will only carry you so far," Knight said. "With 'Investigations,' kids understand the real values of the numbers and are not doing shortcuts. When they multiply 23 times 5, they'll do five 20s to get 100, and then add five 3s to get 15, and they put that all together and get 115. What they've done is made actual use of the numbers.
and that really struck a nerve, because that's how I actually do math in my head! And I actually started doing that kind of math spontaneously--nobody taught it to me, but I somehow stumbled onto this "style" and realized that it just worked better and faster so I've been doing it ever since.

So this "New Math" business might actually be onto something after all.

January 30th, 2008

DEMO Button
I'm here in Sunny California, at the beautiful Marriott Desert Springs Resort where the DEMO conference is being held this year. Yup, Standout Jobs was selected to present at DEMO!

It's been a long journey for Standout Jobs, and this week marks a major milestone--Standout Jobs has launched our first product, Reception, at DEMO 08. We waited till exactly 7am EST on Monday January 28th, which is when the embargo is lifted according to DEMO rules, to launch the product. The reception (pun intended) has been amazing, we were covered by TechCrunch, GigaOM and Mashable, among the major news sites, as well as local sites such as A frog in the valley, I never nu, Web1979, MontrealTechWatch, TechCFO, Mikel.org, Guillaume Thoreau, and Quebec Valley.

(If you're interested in all the details, you can of course consult the
Standout Jobs Blog.)

Most of my readers probably also read the likes of my cofounders Ben Yoskovitz and Austin Hill, so all this news is no surprise to you... But I do want to remind you that we will be presenting at 12:44PM EST LIVE on the web at demo.com, and this is where you'll be able to finally see just exactly why I've been so reclusive over the last year! ;-) But to be completely serious for a second, we'd love to have your virtual moral support.

I'd like to also give big props to the Standout Jobs A-Team that made this happen--In alphabetical order:
Thank you for your hard work everyone. We'll celebrate when I get back!

(x-posted to siliconisland)

December 31st, 2007

Montreal's Sexiest Geeks of 2007
Wow! This is an absolute riot. I've been nominated by the Montreal Gazette as one of Montreal's Sexiest Geeks of 2007!

The competition is pretty stiff, including my good friend Casey McKinnon who has included me in the fun that is Galacticast, and the admittedly uber-sexy Jade Raymond.

Still, I'm for certain the alpha-geek on the roster, since I'm probably the only person who codes on that list!

(OK, OK, Jade is a coder too: she has a Bachlor's degree in Computer Science from McGill. But she probably doesn't code anymore these days since she's now a "game producer". ;-) )

So vote for me! I'll reduce taxes! ;-)

(Crossposted to siliconisland)

August 16th, 2007

Minesweeper: The Movie

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June 12th, 2007

Allergy Season

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Ugh, there is tree pollen everywhere and I can barely breathe because of it... Sigh, I hate allergy season.

May 27th, 2007

I'm staying at the Pantages Hotel in Toronto for the week. This morning, I was deep in slumber when the housekeeper knocked on the door and announced "HouseKeeper!"

I realized I had to respond if I didn't want her to barge in... But it took me a few seconds to have this internal debate: "Er, did she speak to me in English or French, and do I respond in English or French"?

Eventually I realized she was speaking to me in English so I yelled out "Please come back later!" and then I promptly fell asleep again. :)

May 7th, 2007

I'm Several TV Stars!

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It's Monday... and that means a new episode of Galacticast!

This episode is for all those fans of "Lost" out there. I actually have a speaking role this week... THREE roles, in fact. So enjoy! And if you know what digg.com is, please digg up the story!



(Higher quality video on the Galacticast website.)

April 30th, 2007

Check it out, I'm in this week's Galacticast! Galacticast is an award-winning weekly comedy/parody show based in Montreal, produced by Rudy Jachan and Casey McKinnon. Just plain awesome.


(Higher quality video on the Galacticast website.)

April 12th, 2007

OK, this is just too amazing. This clip from a Japanese TV show will astound you. Part 1 is about a guy whose parallel parking skills are unmatched. Part 2 shows off a baseball player who can control a baseball like nobody's business... and he's OLD! I liked Part 2 more than Part 1 but both parts are worth watching for the sheer funness.

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