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  • My Eggpost Newsletter Is Now Available Only by Mail - Since maybe 1999, I’ve run an email newsletter named Eggpost. I think it topped out at about 3200 subscribers or so, but sending it became so much work – keeping the mailing list clean, trying to get mailing list software that works but isn’t expensive, etc. I’ve decided to start writing to it regularly again, […]
  • Twitter: Still a White Supremacist Website - From what I can tell, “Krang T Nelson”, a left wing non-nazi normal person who wrote funny, obviously jokey tweets got in a fight with a racist, Daily-Stormer-quoting, muslim-hating, Sandy Hook/Heather Hayer truther lady, who got a bunch of other racists worked up, so Twitter suspended him. Just going to dump in a bunch of […]
  • In 3 Days This Domain Will be 20 Years Old - I don’t really have anything to say about it, but I know I’ll forget about this by Saturday, so I’m just going to post now. Hold up is there any way I could ask for like, cash gifts. Oh and the only reason I thought to look this up a week or two ago is […]
  • Why Stephen Paddock Killed - It’s a pretty amazing thing that 3+ weeks after Stephen Paddock murdered 58 people in Las Vegas, people are still acting like it’s a big mystery. I keep expecting it to come out, and I haven’t bothered even tweeting about it, because it seems pointless, but I figured I’d get it down for the record. […]
  • Twitter Is Literally a White Supremacist Website - I know that most people understand what Twitter is at this point, but first, indulge me with a little background on the site: Twitter is literally a white supremacist website. For its entire life, it has ignored mountains of racism (and every other form of abuse), because to kick off all the Nazis and hysterical […]
  • Does Bacon Come From a Pig? - Yesterday, I did an Instagram story for my online store. At one point, for no real reason, I put a pack of bacon in front of the camera, and I said “I don’t know if I should eat this bacon, it was 3 packs for $7, which seems too cheap, but I mean, it all […]
  • The Three Times I Was on TV - Paul Ford just wrote a very good guide to being interview in the media. He makes some excellent, excellent points, it’s really amazing how much of it hits home for me. It got me thinking about mistakes I made long ago when dealing with media stuff. I started 2 blog-hosting sites, Pitas.com and Diaryland.com, in […]
  • Eating in Nashville - I just wrote this blog post title, and then I realized it sounds like that song “Walking in Memphis”. Then I wanted to change it to “Eating in Memphis? Hell No, More Like Eating in Nashville!”, but I feel like people won’t find that as funny as I do. I also realized this story happens […]
  • Youtube Idea - I don’t think I’ll ever get around to doing this, so I guess I’ll just write it here: You know how Youtube channels sometimes have celebration videos like “woo we got 5000 followers, wow!” and whatnot – I think it’d be funny to create a channel, and make the first video one of those, pretending to […]
  • adoshif - One time, I was moving, and I found notebooks of lyrics from my high school band. They weren’t emotional or anything, but still so, so bad. For about a day, I thought about how badly I needed to erase their existence, in a way that could not be reversed. I cut them into tiny pieces […]
  • One of the Worst Topics for a Blog Post - I think back when blogs were conquering the Earth, a common slam on them was that a lot of people would just write “Sorry I haven’t updated, I will soon!”, and then maybe a little more detail, but not much. I keep holding myself back from doing that, because I have been meaning to update, […]
  • Why the Juicero Is so Expensive - A bunch of rich people thought a huge amount of people were as dumb as themselves.
  • The Hidden Danger of Cryonics. - All the smart transhumanists and futurists are really into cryonics. If you’re rich, it seems kind of like a no-risk situation to have your body frozen after death, with the hope that scientists will figure out a way to bring you back to life eventually. Worst case scenario, the power grid goes out for an extended […]
  • New Site – I’m in the Business of.. Film? - I’m in the film business. I know what you’re saying: “What?”. I am saying the same thing. But uhh yeah, I am running a little online store selling film. Camera film. Photo film. You know the stuff. The site is called Buy Film Canada. The main deal is that my biggest hobby is film photography, […]
  • Domain Name Decisions - So, a quick thing: As I mentioned in a couple of earlier posts, I’m starting a little online store, and part of the idea is that I’m selling a type of product that isn’t that easy to get in Canada as in the USA. You can buy this type of product at some stores, but not a […]
  • More About Reality Simulation Theory - I think I wrote about Simulation Theory a while ago on here (oh yeah here it is, I forget what I said). Basically, it’s the idea that maybe our whole world is a simulation,and it’s been getting so much press for the last year or two. One thing I love about it is just how corny […]
  • What Eggs Like - Sometimes I remember I should be posting and I feel bad, but then I think about all the really terrible posts I don’t tweet, and I feel better, responsible even. That’s me, a good, responsible blogger, not posting a bunch of crap just to put in hours. Now however, having just said that, I did save […]
  • New posts coming – I’m in a new business - I’m starting a new business, it’s not totally internet. I’ll be doing posts about it really soon. Maybe endless posts, I don’t know – everyone always thinks they’ll do that, but then they don’t, but I do envision lots of posts. I’m gonna close that Patreon if I can figure out how, it was a […]
  • The Most Expensive Mistakes When Starting a Blog - Sorry, this title is probably misleading or sounds clickbaity. I’m not trying to do a clickbait – I’m actually trying to save all my clickbait karma for when I need it. My plan is that this blog is going to be thousands of posts about uhh.. whatever the point of this blog is (?), but […]
  • US/Canada Import Place - I just remembered a sort of weird thing. For those who don’t know, I’m in Canada. You can order almost any American item, and find most of them in stores too, but now and then you run into a brick wall. For various reasons (some dumb, some logical), you just can’t get certain things shipped to Canada. […]
  • Sign Painters Movie and Book - I watched a great movie last week. Sign Painters is a 2014 documentary, directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, about the hand painted sign industry. Levine and Macon interview a number of people across the U.S. about all aspects of the business. A lot of the interviewees are artists who started painting back when the industry was […]
  • Patreon Update - So my Patreon campaign is going about about how I expected, not incredible, but it’s early days. The way I figure it, if you’re going to make it to 1 million patrons/month, you have to start at the very bottom. I was thinking of a few ideas to pump up the campaign, here are a […]
  • How I Back up My Personal Files - A friend of mine sent me a question about backing up personal files. She said this: What is the best way to buy long-term cloud storage that is private, secure, resistant to destruction? Archival storage for personal files… maybe 1TB total, more if it’s affordable I don’t think I’ve written about this much, but this […]
  • What Actually Is Machine Learning? - Now that I’ve posted two things about going to the ML conference, I’ve had two people I know ask me about machine learning. For all the attention and press that the field has received, it seems that a lot of people still just don’t quite understand what it is. I completely understand the confusion. It seems […]
  • My Week at a Machine Learning Conference – Part 2, Barcelona – Day 1 - As we concluded the first part of this trip, I had left Iceland for Spain to attend NIPS (Neural Information Processing Systems) 2016. I arrived in Barcelona at about 8:30 PM the night before the conference began. I noticed a few people on the plane who had a vague “going to a computer conference” vibe to them. One […]
  • Steve Jobs - I just want to post something quickly. I’ve been working on some stuff for this blog, and I should have new content quite soon, but in the meantime, I want to talk about Steve Jobs. I don’t think any blogger has ever done that. A lot of people know about Steve Jobs, and his complicated […]
  • My Week at a Machine Learning Conference – Part 1, Iceland - I just got home from a couple of weeks in Europe. I spent most of the time in Barcelona, at the NIPS 2016 conference, and then visited Iceland for a little bit on the way home. On the way to Spain, I had a 12 hour stopover in Iceland. The plane arrived there at 2 AM […]
  • Driving Confrontations - This is off subject, but I just wrote the title for this post, Driving Confrontations, and is it just me or does it sound like it could be the name of a prog-rock album? I’m picturing an album cover now with three cars that have been outfitted with space shuttle wings, all coming at each […]
  • Instagram Spam-following Experiment - I’ve only mentioned this to a few people, but I’ve been doing an Instagram experiment for about a month. It involves my normal account, as well as a new fake account I created. I didn’t come up with any really amazing insights or discoveries, and I wasn’t sure what to post about it, but I […]
  • I Have a Better Idea than Curing Death - So many scientists and dotcom billionaires are working on curing death. The idea is that death by old age is a terrible bug in humanity, and something that should be fixed immediately. Preferably before these guys die. I understand this. I know personally when I think about Baby Boomers and what they’ve done to the world, […]
  • Deer Family - I went to a conservation area two days ago, just for a walk, and I only took my new film camera (from this post). I’ve been to this area before, and it’s kind of cool, but I didn’t think it was that amazing. After walking around for about 45 minutes, I came around a corner […]
  • The Better Alternative to Small Houses That Nobody Is Talking About - Small houses are a big trend, and I like them, but I don’t agree with the idea that they save you money. They’re cheaper than buying big homes, but every time I see a story or TV show about them, the prices are a lot higher than I expect. I think there’s a certain base […]
  • Nikon F4 - After writing the post about the designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, I did end up getting one of the cameras in the post. I did a bit of wheeling and dealing on Kijiji (which has killed Craigslist in Canada), and got a Nikon F4S from a nice guy who used to do wedding photography in the ’80s […]
  • Human Consciousness - I’ve always wanted to figure out the whole deal with human consciousness, so, a while ago, I got a book about it. In the past week, I finally got around to reading it, and guess what: The author doesn’t know what human consciousness is. I don’t want to get too angry here, but that’s a […]
  • Punctuation - For 95% of my life, I used apostrophes when I wanted to show possession. An example: The dog’s hat is bigger than Dan’s hat. but in the last year, I read something that said this was incorrect. Some website about grammar explained that using apostrophes that way was a common error, and you should do it […]
  • A Little Trick to Make Food Taste Better - When I travel on a plane, I don’t go out of my way to plan out any food. I usually eat before going to the airport, but I’m always careful to not overeat, in case it makes me ill or something. Sometimes I think how amazing it’d be to have some really nice food, like […]
  • 1972 Polaroid Promotion Film by the Eames Office - When I started watching this video, I was confused, and thought it was a modern video someone had made, trying to parody the style of 1970’s corporate films. I guess it was because of the video quality – this is 480p but looks pretty decent. A minute or so in, I was thinking wow, whoever […]
  • How This Site Got Its Admittedly Dumb Name - I just got an email reminder that this domain name is going to be auto-renewed tomorrow. This will be the 19th renewal, yikes. I know what you might be saying: “Andrew, this domain is 19 years old? You’re so young, when did you register it, were you 5 years old?” The answer is yes. Sometimes, people […]
  • Giorgetto Giugiaro Designed the Delorean, but Also Some Classic Cameras - I have a weird little thing that I don’t think I’ve heard anyone else talk about. I love it when you can buy items designed by legendary designers for a reasonable price. If you search Ebay for “Dieter Rams” for instance, you’ll find quite a wide array of his work, and it’s possible to buy […]
  • Streaming Vector Face Chat App (Great Post Title haha) - This is an app idea I’ve thought about a bit. I’ve used Facetime, Skype and Google Hangouts to do video chat over the years, and the video quality hasn’t gotten much better over that time. The small improvement is, I think, mostly due to laptops/phones/tablets having progressively better cameras. The main problem is bandwidth. I’m not sure […]
  • Technological Unemployment, Customer Support and an Anecdote about Some Shady Guys from Thailand - A lot of people are talking about technological unemployment lately. This, if you’re not aware, is the idea that as technology gets better and better, a huge amount of jobs will become automated, leading to unprecedented levels of unemployment. I’m not an expert on the subject by any means, but I’ve been paying attention to […]
  • Longreads - I figured out the thing about “longreads” that I don’t like: They’re really long. They should invent shortreads.
  • Iceland - I don’t think many of my recent entries have been very short, but when I started updating this site again, I wanted to really focus on frequency, and not on quality (obviously). Part of the idea is that basically anytime I have something to say that doesn’t fit on Twitter, or isn’t too ephemeral, I’d […]
  • Can I Not Look at My Own Face for a Year - The other day, I was wearing a pretty ludicrous, misshapen sweatshirt that I own. I looked pretty dumb, and I passed my camera to someone, so that I could get a photo. I got home and as I began to go through the six or sevens photos, it occurred to me that maybe I should post one […]
  • I Have Maybe One Donald Trump Blog Post In Me - Listen, until I set up a Patreon account and become a rich blogger (this is common right?), I’m not going to edit my blog posts four times each, and they might be a little rough. I read an interview sometime in the ’90s (remember those). I forget who it was with, but I think it was Jay […]
  • The Screaming Heads of Burk’s Falls - A few weeks ago,  saw something about the site Atlas Obscura, because they have a new book out. The site is basically what it says: An atlas of obscure, odd places all over the world. I checked out what odd places are close to me, as everyone probably does, and the one that stood out was […]
  • Food Startup Idea - I thought of what would be a good food startup: Instead of delivering me food from a restaurant menu, give me the option of sending a recipe that I found online, and have them make it, and then deliver it to me. I guess this is like having a personal chef, but one a one-off, on-demand basis. […]
  • The Institute for Creation of Malevolent Artificial Intelligence - I’ve had this idea for a little while, but I don’t really see a reason to proceed with it: The joke was to create a fake website for a (presumably secretive) research initiative whose ultimate goal is to produce a malevolent superintelligent AI. There are a lot of great organizations out there working towards safety […]
  • Snapchat Spectacles and I Guess Wearables in General - Just some thoughts on this stuff, I’m not structuring this really. Snapchat is making Internet glasses, and they actually look kind of cool. They’re not manufacturing a huge run of them, and there aren’t details yet on whether they’ll have different styles or what, so it’s hard to really predict whether they’ll succeed, or be […]
  • Owned At The Airport - Almost 2 years ago, I went to NYC to an event with this company I was doing some contract work for. On the way home, I got so humiliated online, and it still makes me laugh so hard thinking about it. I was at the airport, waiting for my flight at the gate. There were these […]
  • How To Solve Online News - I’ve been thinking about this only a tiny, tiny bit lately: People are always trying to create businesses based around delivering news online in a different way. I’ve seen so many apps with different gimmicks (uh delivery strategies?), bots, and I just saw an article where that guy Jason Calcanis (doughy VC) has some new […]
  • Self-driving Cars - I follow a lot of futurist type people on social media, and they are constantly posting projections about self-driving cars. If you average them all out, the current consensus is 99% of all cars currently on the road will be replaced with self-driving cars in the next (hold on doing the math) 40 minutes. Everybody […]
  • Almost All Vintage Guitars are Fake - This is a subject I’ve been meaning to write about for a while, but I feel like I have too much to say about it, and I may organize my thoughts badly. Tonight on Instagram, I saw a vintage guitar collector describe how he was scammed by a guitar dealer, but the collector still didn’t seem […]
  • “That wasn’t real” - A lady walked by me downtown today, and she was on her phone, and I couldn’t help but hear her say, quite loudly: You know that ‘walking date’ we went on? That wasn’t real! And I have spent the last few hours thinking so much about this. I think there are a few possibilities, none […]
  • Nobody Has Been Able to Identify This Song for 15 Years (Autobahn/Karate) - I downloaded an MP3 called Autobahn around the year 2000, which I thought was by the band Karate, but once I listened, it clearly wasn’t. Now and then, the song would pop up on random play, and I’d Google it, and nothing would ever come up. A few years ago, while Googling it, I found this blog […]
  • LGTM - I did some contract work earlier this year for a company that was fairly corporate. Early on, I noticed that whenever a developer would put in a pull request, someone would code review it, and if the code didn’t have any issues, they’d write “LGTM” along with a little gif of what I believe was a […]
  • Flossers - I have to tell you a product that changed my life. It didn’t change it a lot, but at least a little bit. The product is: Flossers. You already knew that from the subject line. This is a flosser: You buy them at a drugstore, and they make flossing so, so much easier. They come with minty smells […]
  • Twitter Followers - Know what is a sort of weird thing: I don’t keep track of my Twitter follower number, but every once in a while, I’ll notice that it’s at some really memorable number, like 5555 or something. The other day I happened to see it was at 7774, and I thought “oh, 3 people until it’s a […]
  • Numbers - I have a weird problem where I always want to know various statistics that are almost certainly unknowable. Here is an example: Yesterday was the 15 year anniversary of 9-11. A lot of people were reminiscing about it – wait, is that the right word, reminiscing? That sounds a bit too friendly. I already almost […]
  • Iconic Canadian Male Singers - That is one terrible blog title. I was at the park a couple of weeks ago, and a lady had a shirt on that said: AVRIL SHANIA ALANIS JONI CELINE Actually, here’s a copy I found on the web. To me, that’s a very smart t-shirt – very marketable. I got thinking about what names […]
  • Apple Killing Headphones - Sadly, I am not an Apple blogger. If you’re an Apple blogger, you can make like $400,000 a year by saying stuff like “Samsung made the Home icon 1px smaller – this is a billion dollar mistake”, or “I’m with Tim Cook on this one” (which you can add to 100% of Tim Cook quotes, […]
  • Coincidental Bot Story - The title for this post is kind of bad I guess. This is just a pretty weird thing that happened to me earlier this year, an odd coincidence. I don’t want to get into specific details, because I don’t want to specifically identify the person involved, but the city it happened in isn’t really the […]
  • Dark Sky Preserve - Last night, I went to this place in Ontario, the Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve. It’s about two hours north of Toronto, and it’s a protected area where uhh.. it’s dark. I gotta admit, I’m not up on all the details, but if you Google it, it’s supposed to be a place where lots of people […]
  • Mr. Peanut is Hateful Trash - I just saw this tweet from Mr. Peanut: And you can get a lot from it, in my opinion. At first glance, we just have a peanut relaxing in the sun. But look closer, he’s wearing hip jeans and pants, and he even has an ironic monocle and top hat. I think it’s accurate to […]
  • Message Boards - One of my favourite things online are message boards. I’ve always thought that their importance is underrated, and I believe it’s because so much of their content can lie in long threads that nobody will read unless they’re a regular on the board, and sometimes all the content on the board is completely hidden to […]
  • Oops I made some guy delete his Twitter account - Last night, I used the Twitter search bar to find an older tweet of mine. I typed in “pin two tweets to your profile” and the results were pretty boring, but as I scrolled down the list, I saw that a couple of people had plagiarized my tweet. The first one I noticed only had maybe […]
  • Camp Bongopix – 80s Retro Camping - This is kind of interesting: Up by Algonquin Park (Ontario, Canada’s oldest provincial park, quite historical), there’s a new business, Camp Bongopix, that rents out cabins, and their theme is to recreate the 1980s cottage experience. They have rooms with N64 consoles and VHS equipment, and things look decorated in a pretty convincing 80s style. It’s a […]
  • Cinnamon Scrambled Eggs - I invented a new dish yesterday, although someone may have already done it. I’m not googling to check. The dish is cinnamon scrambled eggs. I was going to write out the recipe, but what it really boils down to is that you make scrambled eggs, but you put cinnamon in there. You have to stick […]
  • The ‘Let 40 Horses Loose At Burning Man’ Campaign - Three days ago, on a whim, I started a joke Gofundme campaign called “Let 40 Horses Loose At Burning Man” and then linked it from Twitter for a few laughs. I was surprised how smooth and easy it is to set up a Gofundme campaign, they really have their act together. After setting it up, […]
  • Ice Life Hack - Here’s a little trick I try to do during the summer, maybe it’ll be useful to you: A while ago, I went to the dollar store and bought 4 cheap ice cube trays. I fill them regularly and put them in the freezer. I try to remember every day or so to go get them and […]
  • VR Photography (Ricoh Theta S) - Earlier this year, I got this VR camera, the Ricoh Theta S (amazon). It lets you take 360° photos or video. This isn’t a review but let me start with a few thoughts on the camera itself It’s pretty cool for a bunch of reasons: It’s quite small, so it’s very portable. It has a very high […]
  • Names - You should never make fun of any kid’s name you find dumb online, even if you think the name is terrible. Even if that person doesn’t see it (maybe they won’t), someone else could read what you said, and that person might have a kid with the same name, and it could make them feel […]
  • Important Note - Everybody without a blog is lazy or a coward.
  • Yell At Brands - I had an idea a while ago for a site called Yell At Brands. The basic idea was that you’d go to it, pick a brand, and write your complaints, and it’d stick them all into categories or sections or whatever. Here’s why I think this would be a good site: People love yelling at […]
  • Mongers - Almost every monger is bad: Warmonger, Gossipmonger, Hatemonger. But nobody has a problem with the Fishmonger. They’re good really. Something to think over.
  • Jeff’s Maps - I found a very interesting business yesterday, Jeff’s Maps. It seems to be a one person business, run by a guy named Jeff of course, that sells really good maps to a few hotspots in Ontario, including two of the big provincial parks (Algonquin and Killarney). He designs the maps himself, and adds a bonus information […]
  • Revolving Restaurants - The future is probably going to be very robotic and extremely efficient. It’s already sort of like that – every new big business is very professional, and everything is very logical. Apple became incredibly successful by making computers, so they decided to make computer-phones as well, and then computer-tablets, and then computer-watches. I miss the old […]
  • Lights things that are actually heavy - For a long time, I’ve had a theory that almost everything with light in the name is actually heavy. Here are some examples: Lighthouse – These are extremely heavy. Lightning – This is heavy in the sense of heavy metal. These are the only examples I’ve thought about over the years.
  • Ergonomics Hack - I think it’d be cool to start some sort of myth that it’s really good for your back to wear a lifejacket while you’re working at your desk. If it caught on, it’d be pretty hilarious. There’s a thing where sometimes people sit on those big yoga balls at their desk, and are convinced it’s […]
  • The Word Geek - I was thinking about how before computers got popular, the word geek usually meant a circus freak who bit the heads off of live chickens. My first thought on this was that maybe anytime anyone calls themselves a geek, it’d be fun to accuse them of appropriating circus sideshow culture, but I don’t know if that […]
  • Smales’s Law - Any Internet message board, given enough time and users, will eventually contain a 5000 post thread about buying small apartment buildings, and renting them out for income.
  • My Easy Guacamole Recipe - It seems like everybody is into guacamole. It tastes great and is extremely good for you, but there’s one problem: It can take a while to make. Also it is messy to make. What I’m saying is that there are two problems, I guess. You also have to own lemon or lime juice and garlic […]
  • The “Are We Living In a Simulation” Hypothesis - I forget where I first ran across the whole “We’re probably living in a simulation” thing, but I think it may have been in a Youtube video. Later on, I watched another video, which I believe was a TED Talk, by Nick Bostrom. (edit: Here’s a video of him discussing it – I just googled […]
  • Second Post - I was thinking that a funny thing to do here would be to do my first post by quoting that “First thing first, I’m the realest” line, which is from rap artist Iggy Azalea. But instead I’m going to think pretty hard about what kind of stupid-ass crappy opinion I can come up with and post here, […]
  • TIME TO BLOG - Well, it’s August of 2016 and I feel like it’s time to get blogging. A lot of great things are happening in the world, we’re basically living in a golden age and nothing is bad. People are happy, and they are ready for my posts.