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John Jarvis
iorek7 on Glasses with blue, white and yellow elephants, and white flowers; cracked the last one -- any ideas on where I could get replacements? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"*facepalm* I'm _such_ an amateur. Yeah, Ikea. Found them in a snap with that keyword. *blush* Cheers!" - John Jarvis
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They’re informal, but these workers are essential - The Globe and Mail - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-d...
Statistics re unpaid care workers - John Jarvis
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The Beer Store Debate & Ontario’s Policy Quagmire - http://torontodistillery.ca/blogs...
jlj shared this story from Toronto Distillery Co. - News: Wow. Can't believe how little I knew about this. Thought-provoking stuff. By Charles Benoit Seems like everyone who’s paying attention gets that Ontario is uniquely screwed up when it comes to beer retail. And thanks to the efforts of the OCSA, more and more people are paying attention, which is great. But how precisely do we fix that? And what about the Wine Rack? And of course, what about the LCBO? To answer these questions, it helps to consider precisely how booze physically gets from point A to point B, and who’s doing that leg work. In this post I give an overview of beverage alcohol distribution (Part 1), the peculiar way it’s developed in Ontario (Part 2), and finally my own suggestions as to how to proceed from where we’re at (Part 3). Nobody’s paying me to write this, just trying to make a contribution to the debate. Part 1: Won’t somebody please think about the children distribution? There are three necessary... - John Jarvis
John Jarvis
Artist creates giant concertina book - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
jlj shared this story from BBC News - Gloucestershire: Beautiful stuff! Cheltenham man's hand-drawn concertina book - John Jarvis
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A Long Tail of Whales: Half of Mobile Games Money Comes From 0.15 Percent of Players - http://recode.net/2014...
jlj shared this story from Re/code: Disturbing. Great piece, though. Ken C. Moore / Shutterstock Oh, you’ve spent a couple dollars on Candy Crush? How cute. In a mobile monetization report released today, app testing firm Swrve found that in January, half of free-to-play games’ in-app purchases came from 0.15 percent of players. Only 1.5 percent of players of games in the Swrve network spent any money at all. The latter finding is in line with what the advocates of free-to-play have been saying for years: Players don’t have to pay anything to enjoy the game. But the former stat underscores the importance of big spenders, or “whales” in industry lingo, to the app ecosystem. Broken out as a percentage of only players who pay anything at all, Swrve’s report still points to whales. As the chart below shows, the top 10 percent of that 1.5 percent of paying players produces a dramatic upswing in revenue from even the 20th percentile group. Some game companies talk openly about the fact that... - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from gemma correll and her merry band of misfits: Love it :-) - John Jarvis
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'It's an absolute suicide mission' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
jlj shared this story from BBC News - Gloucestershire: Wow. Hadn't heard about this. I'll have to go back through his video diary on YouTube. Charity runner's Canadian record attempt - John Jarvis
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What Amazon Reviewers Think of Samsung’s $45,000 TV - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
jlj shared this story from Future Tense: lol It has an 85-inch screen, a 120-watt speaker system, and a quad-core processor. And for a limited time, the Samsung UN85S9 85-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV is on sale for $5,002 off on Amazon.com. Granted, it will still set you back $39,997.99. Does it get good reviews from Amazon users? Of course it does—if by “good” you mean “brutal.” A few excerpts: Five stars: “Very satisfied”: My wife and I bought this after selling our daughter Amanda into white slavery. We actually got a refurbished. It's missing the remote, but oh well-- for $10K off, I can afford a universal, right? The picture is amazing. I've never seen the world with such clarity. … - James Thach Five stars: Great Investment! … Let's just say the Samsung UN85S9 85-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV looks a lot better on the wall than any college diploma could. - Anuj K. Five stars: Simply Amazing I needed an additional television for my breezeway walking from the... - John Jarvis
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Some New Warm-up Sketches... - http://samkieth.blogspot.com/2013...
jlj shared this story from Trout-a-verse: Amazing stuff Mucho Apologies for the lack of post. Tons of thanks to everyone who's reached out to make sure I'm 'okay'. Also thanks to Karel Kelly who threw up an interview with me here. Started a new sketchbook.. probably no new lines I have to make, but sometimes a different size or colored sketchbook makes us *feel* as though there's a fresh start. New possibilities. Some sense of hope. Here's some more surreal Trout doodles.. ( or Twout as it's sometimes spelled).. My therapy is... usual escape into creativity and doodles... here's a spread from a Mars attack comic that's eventually coming out. A wistful post-martian-attack mom.. fits the mood I'm emerging from. You probably already know the drill we all go thru. Defaulting to "hermit-crab" status... during the impending pre-thanksgiving- and pre-christmas-cluster.... ....that makes some of us all plunge into various forms of our own private holiday regression. No excuses. Not seeking... - John Jarvis
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Man, I _cannot_ get enough of this track! - John Jarvis
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Ottawa home to controversial software licensing industry - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
jlj shared this story from CBC | Ottawa News: Interesting. I think there are definitely some important distinctions to be made, even if the whole topic leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Rockstar, Wi-Lan and Conversant have made Ottawa a hotbed of an industry based on asserting software patents. But not everyone thinks this is a good thing. - John Jarvis
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Guest Column: Seeking clarity on cloudy beer - http://protzonbeer.co.uk/columns...
jlj shared this story from Protz On Beer, by Roger Protz: Fantastic article. The biggest surprise, for me, was learning that SIBA has now dropped "beer clarity" from their rating system. Excellent news for fans of tasty beer! Justin Hawke of Moor Beer argues that adding finings and other clearing agents strip beer of flavour and character. His beers are naturally hazy, find favour in pubs and win beer festivals prizes. - John Jarvis
John Jarvis
Big Mouth: Fish Scales - http://boingboing.net/2013...
jlj shared this story from Boing Boing » Comic: lol Read all Big Mouth comics here. - John Jarvis
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Big Mouth: Fish Scales - http://boingboing.net/2013...
jlj shared this story from Boing Boing » Comic: lol Read all Big Mouth comics here. - John Jarvis
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Robocalls witnesses revealed after judge lifts publication ban - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
jlj shared this story from CBC | Ottawa News: Really disturbing. A trial to keep an eye on, for sure. A publication ban has been lifted on the names of six witnesses who allegedly said then Conservative Party staffer Michael Sona bragged to them about arranging a misleading robocall in Canada's 2011 federal election. - John Jarvis
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Robocalls witnesses revealed after judge lifts publication ban - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
jlj shared this story from CBC | Ottawa News: Really disturbing. A trial to keep an eye on, for sure. A publication ban has been lifted on the names of six witnesses who allegedly said then Conservative Party staffer Michael Sona bragged to them about arranging a misleading robocall in Canada's 2011 federal election. - John Jarvis
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Shoot for the Moon - http://xkcd.com/1291/
jlj shared this story from xkcd.com: Especially good alt text today. :-) - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from BrewDog Blog: Awesome! I've tried their Rosée d'hibiscus some time ago, and remember enjoying it. Great to see them getting this exposure. Eclectic beers from Montreal - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from Jess Fink: Fantastic! - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from ambera wellmann: Beautiful! Part of the upcoming “Embers” exhibit at Gallery Page and Strange fugue 48″ x 64″ oil on canvas, 2013 - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from the monologuist: Incredible. I've got some digging to do. I just read that Lou Reed died. Which is crazy. There aren't that many artists of his generation whose death would stop me in my tracks. Fewer that I'd be compelled to write something about. But one of his records was a particular touchstone for me. If I was in New York right now I'd probably feel compelled to go to his house and leave flowers. Which sounds ridiculous. Like any kid, I had phases with lots of artists from my parent's record collections. They all had their moments. Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Neil Young, all the usual suspects. Lou Reed was the same generation, but he was different. The music never felt tied to an earlier era. It wasn't old music that I was nevertheless able to relate to; it didn't feel old. It felt like it was mine. It always felt honest and straightforward, even when some of the records didn't quite connect. In high school, along with Transformer and Velvet Underground... - John Jarvis
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jlj shared this story from the monologuist: Incredible. I've got some digging to do. I just read that Lou Reed died. Which is crazy. There aren't that many artists of his generation whose death would stop me in my tracks. Fewer that I'd be compelled to write something about. But one of his records was a particular touchstone for me. If I was in New York right now I'd probably feel compelled to go to his house and leave flowers. Which sounds ridiculous. Like any kid, I had phases with lots of artists from my parent's record collections. They all had their moments. Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Neil Young, all the usual suspects. Lou Reed was the same generation, but he was different. The music never felt tied to an earlier era. It wasn't old music that I was nevertheless able to relate to; it didn't feel old. It felt like it was mine. It always felt honest and straightforward, even when some of the records didn't quite connect. In high school, along with Transformer and Velvet Underground... - John Jarvis
John Jarvis
waiting around the world - http://janaromanova.com/waiting...
jlj shared this story from jana romanova: I _love_ this project! Fantastic stuff. «Waiting» project travels around the world, so many people sent me links on publications and re-posts in different countries during the last month. Here are some discoveries. If you know more — please, send me a link, I will add it here, especially if there are any (really any, even creepy) comments and if people write something by their own, not just re-posting. Something interesting for a future projects can come out of it. Germany http://www.stern.de/fotogra... Greece http://www.eimaimama.gr/2013... Spain http://futyan.com/?p=2550 US http://www.slate.com/blogs... http://www.featureshoot.com/2012...... - John Jarvis
John Jarvis
waiting around the world - http://janaromanova.com/waiting...
jlj shared this story from jana romanova: I _love_ this project! Fantastic stuff. «Waiting» project travels around the world, so many people sent me links on publications and re-posts in different countries during the last month. Here are some discoveries. If you know more — please, send me a link, I will add it here, especially if there are any (really any, even creepy) comments and if people write something by their own, not just re-posting. Something interesting for a future projects can come out of it. Germany http://www.stern.de/fotogra... Greece http://www.eimaimama.gr/2013... Spain http://futyan.com/?p=2550 US http://www.slate.com/blogs... http://www.featureshoot.com/2012...... - John Jarvis
John Jarvis
BrewDog Collab Fest – The New Beers - http://www.brewdog.com/blog-ar...
jlj shared this story from BrewDog Blog: Wicked! Some of my favourite breweries, gettin' together. Love it. We reveal what our teams have been brewing up - John Jarvis
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Alice Munro is 1st Canadian woman to win Nobel literature prize - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
jlj shared this story from CBC | Ottawa News: Fantastic! I've always loved her work. Alice Munro wins Canada's Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming for Literature, the first Canadian woman to take the award since its launch in 1901. She tells CBC she was awoken by her daughter in B.C. in the middle of the night to learn the news. to win the prize. - John Jarvis
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Alice Munro is 1st Canadian woman to win Nobel literature prize - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
jlj shared this story from CBC | Ottawa News: Fantastic! I've always loved her work. Alice Munro wins Canada's Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming for Literature, the first Canadian woman to take the award since its launch in 1901. She tells CBC she was awoken by her daughter in B.C. in the middle of the night to learn the news. to win the prize. - John Jarvis
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an open letter to sinéad o’connor, re: miley cyrus. - http://amandapalmer.net/blog...
jlj shared this story from The official website of Amanda Fucking Palmer. Yes it is - Amanda Palmer » Blog: Wow. I'm in awe. Even if she didn't write this on a plane -- and if she did, dear God, this woman is on another plain of consciousness -- her eloquence, sensitivity and... sheer force of will are breathtaking. Truly. And, frankly, at the risk of disrespecting a favourite artist of my youth as well, her letter made Sinéad's seem a bit naive, slapdash, and even uneducated (at times). A must-read post, certainly, if anything is. Sinéad O’Connor wrote a letter to Miley Cyrus, you can read it here:bit.ly/SOColMC (or HERE on The Guardian if her site’s down from heavy traffic) This is my letter back to Sinéad. Dear Sinéad, I love you. I grew up worshipping your music and your bold attitude and, especially, your refusal to sign up to the bullshit beauty standard. You were one of the few women rockstars that was clearly doing things her own way, and you inspired me to no end. I want to... - John Jarvis
John Jarvis
an open letter to sinéad o’connor, re: miley cyrus. - http://amandapalmer.net/blog...
jlj shared this story from The official website of Amanda Fucking Palmer. Yes it is - Amanda Palmer » Blog: Wow. I'm in awe. Even if she didn't write this on a plane -- and if she did, dear God, this woman is on another plain of consciousness -- her eloquence, sensitivity and... sheer force of will are breathtaking. Truly. And, frankly, at the risk of disrespecting a favourite artist of my youth as well, her letter made Sinéad's seem a bit naive, slapdash, and even uneducated (at times). A must-read post, certainly, if anything is. Sinéad O’Connor wrote a letter to Miley Cyrus, you can read it here:bit.ly/SOColMC (or HERE on The Guardian if her site’s down from heavy traffic) This is my letter back to Sinéad. Dear Sinéad, I love you. I grew up worshipping your music and your bold attitude and, especially, your refusal to sign up to the bullshit beauty standard. You were one of the few women rockstars that was clearly doing things her own way, and you inspired me to no end. I want to... - John Jarvis
John Jarvis
The Bonehead Mistake That Brought Down an Online Drug-Dealing Empire - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
jlj shared this story from Future Tense: What a great story! Ah, the human animal. Even the finest programmers could use a little help from their friends on Stack Overflow now and then. The site, which invites users to ask and answer one another’s questions about specific coding problems, has become a global hub for software engineers, catering to pros and amateurs alike. Silk Road mastermind “Dread Pirate Roberts,” it seems, was no exception. According to the criminal complaint against Ross William Ulbricht, the man who allegedly ran the vast online drug marketplace from his San Francisco apartment, he ventured humbly onto the site in March 2012 to ask a couple of friendly questions. The first one, it seems, was relatively innocuous, if a bit unorthodox. But a second query struck FBI investigators as rather incriminating, in retrospect: “How can I connect to a Tor hidden service using curl in php? ” ”, the user asked. Silk Road is, of course, a Tor hidden service—perhaps the world’s... - John Jarvis
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