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Archive for October, 2006

Two From Flash

When Adobe bought Macromedia it acquired Flash technology, which seems to have been the point, giving Adobe a badly needed toehold in the world of sophisticated web production.See Dave Shea’s mezzoblue. Tim Bray thinks it was more about DreamWeaver. Certainly it allows Adobe to reach most of the computers in the world, because of the widespread adoption of Flash. Herewith two Flash-based applications that might be of interest, and that should, if Adobe has played its cards right, run on your computer right now.

First is a Macromedia legacy piece, FlashPaper. This has been around for a while . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

I Would Have Been a Judge

but I didn’t have the Latin.

Now I see that the Finnish Presidency (Finland holding the rotating presidency of the EU) is issuing press releases in Suomi (Obviously), English (understandably) and Latin. Seriously, here is last week’s community news.

There is a strong pro-Latin movement in Finland:

The news in Latin on national radio gets 75,000 listeners, which may not sound like much, but on a per capita basis is more than some BBC Radio 4 programmes get.

“In Latin we have more listeners in the world than for Finnish broadcasts,” explains Professor Tuomo Pekannen, who . . . [more]

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Google Coop!

I just finished playing with Google Coop which features a new Custom Search Engine (CSE) — it’s similar to Rollyo, with a couple of new additions. Here’s the TechCrunch post where I found it, and also check out the Google Documentation & FAQ.

From my initial tour, the two big differences that I could see were:

  1. The removal of the 25 site Rollyo limit. Looks like Google Coop will let you include “as many sites as you want”.
  2. No limit on the addition of advertising code such as Adsense, which will put some more pennies in the
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Vie Privée, Internet Et Peur du Loup!

Comme une trainée de poudre, la semaine passée, s’est propagée l’idée qu’Internet est un monde dangereux où il ne fait pas bon mettre une souris dehors. Partout, une information, assez nébuleuse, s’est dissiminée faisant état d’études décrivant l’horreur du décor: La Presse, La Gazette, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CTV, juste pour identifier les coupures que j’ai eu l’occasion de lire.

Michel Leblanc, un de mes anciens étudiants, mais je pense qu’il est plus juste de l’identifier comme un des gourous de la blogosphère québécoise, a eut un coup de sang pour ce qu’il considère . . . [more]

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The Law of Wine

Largely as a result of the Canadian penchant for vesting the sales of wine in government monopolies, our law of wine is singularly underdeveloped. I had occasion to reflect on this while attending a book and wine evening at the UofT Faculty Club profiling the marvellous Natalie McLeanThis is an intelligently designed and thoroughly accessible website too., whose new book Red and White and Drunk All Over would make an excellent Christmas present for anyone who enjoys books or wineFor those of more frugal instincts, she has an amazing free email newsletter about wine, written in an accessible and . . . [more]

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A Classic of Tax Correspondence

Since we haven’t discussed tax research for a while, I thought I’d direct you to a small classic ostensibly from the Inland Revenue, whose bona fides – such as they might be – are attested to by its publication in The Guardian, a paper of impeccable probity and accuracy.

Dear Mr Addison, I am writing to you to express our thanks for your more-than-prompt reply to our latest communication, and also to answer some of the points you raise.

I will address them, as ever, in order.

Firstly, I must take issue with your description of our last

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Legislation Act, 2006

On October 19, Ontario’s Access to Justice Act, Bill 14, had Royal Assent, becoming S.O. 2006 c. 21.

This Act includes as Schedule F the Legislation Act, 2006. This is a comprehensive statute on the publication, citation and proof of statutes and regulations (including making e-Laws a presumptively accurate statement of law – no more disclaimers), changes of law (in the absence of decennial revisions), and a revised Interpretation Act. The Legislation Act, 2006, will come into force one year from Royal Assent, unless proclaimed in force earlier (which I am hoping will happen.)

Bill 14 in final form will . . . [more]

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Melvil Dewey Rolls in His Grave – Part Deux

Ms Dewey, the next generation of search engines, was released this week. Rumour has it this is from MSN. Watch as Ms. Dewey flirts and cajoles you to type in a search. Try these or make up some of your own:

American Idol
Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie (or anyone else really famous)
Janina Gavankar
what’s your sign?
Howard Stern

You have to try some of these 2 or 3 times. Hours of fun, but definitely not for the whole family. She has a number of intros as well, so worth visiting multiple times.

I don’t . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

I know someone who sends me those annoying email jokes that do the rounds. Usually I toss ’em; occasionally I read ’em and toss ’em; but for some reason I accorded the last one a place on my hard drive — where I found it today when browsing through the oddments section looking for a Friday Fillip. It’s a list of “euphemisms” for stupid.

Stupid is one of the prime things we who read Slaw cannot be, at least in our professional lives. We got where we are by being or appearing smart, and smart is what lets us hang . . . [more]

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