Update 2: I offered this feedback regarding the physical layout of the changes. They make sense to me, but I have no gauge on their feasibility. Will see what the staff member has to say.
I'm using the Twitter API to scrape some data for a few projects I'm working on. From the scrape of my own account it's interesting to see the relationships that pop out - even in a rudimentary analysis of my tweets. The data I've pulled together is from:
- All of my own tweets (and who is mentioned in those tweets).
- All tweets where I'm mentioned (and everyone who is mentioned in those tweets).
Ok. So what?
A random thing. Below is an #opendata map of murals in Ottawa. I think it would be cool to do a distributed flashmob and get new photos taken. What do they look like now? Covered in snow? Who knows?
So I propose we fan out and do a "distributed" flash mob. Same time period, different locations, snap-upload-share-discover.
Santa brought me an Apple TV for Christmas, which was excellent since he also brought me my first TV in about 10 years. I'm all around pleased with how the Apple TV box works with one exception: the screen-saver is fancy and nice, but lacks the only kind of screen saver I actually like: a blank screen.
In the end I did bike to work today. But I almost didn't, twice. At my front door I made a split second decision to check when the bus was coming and started pulling out my phone. Then I remembered my Presto card is still bungled and the idea of paying cash (again) was enough to get me on my bike instead.
I know I'll enjoy the ride once I start - but the small, tiny hurdle of getting started can still stop me. Not today!
Yes, yes, it has all been a lot of fun playing with the Duffy soundboard. Had I known it was going to blow up like that I would have made a nicer webpage. Alas. Since it started one comment by David Akin has stuck with me though - was Duffy's video pitch that effective of a fundraiser?
Presto stopped working for me one day because all of a sudden my balance went from "positive something" to -$97. I'm one of the 3% of people who struggled through the website to setup an "auto-load" feature. When my balance goes under $20 it's supposed to top up to $40.
I asked for the updated Traffic and Parking by-law since there are so many concerns swirling around a cyclist getting a ticket for "taking the lane". Jump to Section 96.
This copy of the by-law includes all amendments up to January 2012. I've asked if there are any amendments not yet included. Will update here when I hear.
A lunchtime distraction I created so you too could have a lunchtime distraction.
Click inside the playing area, then use your left and right arrows to score talking points.
Side note: this was created using scratch.mit.edu -- an educational programming tool suitable for kids and adults too. You can see how the game was constructed here and start hacking it right away if you like.
UPDATE: So the three little words remain, "or other property", but my concern about it was mooted by a motion by Councillor Chiarelli to require the local councillor to sign-off on any exemptions. My worry was the delegated powers that were intended for city-related projects would slowly, over time, morph into a general power applicable to any project on "other property" because the wording (in my view) would allow that.