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Jason Birch
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Father, husband, newbie drummer (Dec 2011).

IT professional with strong geographic information systems background.

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"The future is made up of network-connected appliances that are using your electricity to mine somebody else's Dogecoin. Our nightmarish dystopia may be stranger than expected."

May?
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Aside from that comment at the end of the post, it's interesting how so many of our "devices" are hackable.  My nearly-dead WDTV My Book Live was easily ahem customized, and I had it running numerous additional things including a seedbox.  My routers are all running DD-WRT.  My Synology NAS box also has a couple of extras I installed using ipkg.  The WDTV Live streaming box I have is hackable, but having read what little extra it can do, it was not worth the effort.  The only thing I don't dare hack is my Oppo BDP-105...it's not exactly "disposable".  ;)
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Bowen Park is in the middle of downtown Nanaimo. Its 36 hectares are mostly natural, but it also features an outdoor pool, lawn bowling, an activity center, an 18 hole disc golf course, tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, horseshoe pitches, picnic shelters, curling and lacrosse. And this is just one of over 120 parks in our city.

http://www.nanaimo.ca/PRC/Locations/Parks/56-Bowen-Park?media=screen

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Bowen Park in Nanaimo - a City gem!
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+Jason Birch your entire area is on my bucket list of travel destinations.  Very nice!  I've been around the country but have yet to see the Pacific Northwest.  I see a two- or three-week trip, from Portland Oregon all the way up through BC, then across Canada to get back home.
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Wow, amazing how many things from the 90's I've forgotten... Warp was my favourite.
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I had a handful of the After Dark screensavers.  My favorites were the Warner Bros., and the Totally Twisted (especially the "bungee jumping cows").  
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Macro!  Polo!  Love the baby octopus....
 
Our Dive last night at Finn Beach.
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I really like this idea by +Doc Searls; a place where I could track experience and updates for my stuff, and vendors could gain benefit of full lifecycle feedback without me needing to share my personal info. Even if this company sold "me", wouldn't be any worse than CC companies.

I personally prefer Ecco shoes. Feel better on my feet even before breaking in, and good longevity.
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Had an awesome conversation today with a couple Ontario local government GIS folks who are implementing a system for publishing individual templated web pages from geographic features a la +Brian Timoney

http://mapbrief.com/2013/03/15/your-online-map-is-missing-half-its-audience-more-revealing-web-analytics-from-the-field/

I love it when people "just get it"... SEO for spatial records has HUGE value to your residents.

Publishing only via a map interface is like Amazon saying: "here's our list of fantasy books, now start paging through them to find what you want!"
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Whoa. I'd have been cowering against the cabin for fear of some cross deck jumping :-) 
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This is pretty interesting; I wonder if Nanaimo has something similar. I know there are elevated reservoirs around town, and the city has a sharing agreement with the mill... My guess is that we wouldn't have a parallel delivery system though.
The five-alarm fire that destroyed a San Francisco apartment building this week put the city's municipal water supply to the test: When water pressure began to dwindle, firefighters tapped an emergency system that was built below the city--all the way back in 1913.
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True dat.
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"""If you think about open data from a political “data must be free” perspective, you will come up with projects like identi.ca and app.net. If you think about it from a “useful interoperability” perspective, you will come up with standards like GTFS (which cities use to provide their transit schedules to Google Maps and others), Blue Button (which started at the VA as a program for veterans, but now allows consumers to download their medical records), not to mention the government open data in areas like mapping, weather, and location data that powers so many commercial services today.
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Will the Internet of Things be proprietary or open?  It seems to me that the best way to ensure that the answer to that question is “open” is not to wave banners saying “open data” or to try to create open versions of successful proprietary products but to work assiduously to find ways in which open data and cooperating systems create more value than closed, proprietary data."""
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