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2012: My Personal Year In Review

  • Posted on: 31 December 2012
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
I debated writing this. I have a TONNE of stuff to do, but I thought: it’s New Years Eve. The year is played out. No matter how much I have on my plate, going MIA for an hour it's going to cost me some project's completion. The ship is going to sail or sink. I’m not going to drink to excess, so I can work tomorrow if I wish, while others sleep in and nurse hangovers.
I speak in pop-culture metaphors. It’s the best way I can describe what I want to convey. Forgive me. Darmok at Jalad.

Business : This Year

Total Recall, Totally Lame

  • Posted on: 10 August 2012
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
I was intrigued by the cool looking remake of Total Recall. The original movie was cheesy. This new movie is much worse. That's a shame: the look of this movie is great. The cast is very strong, if they're given good material (ie. Colin Farrell: stop reading, watch In Bruges and come back). The logic of the movie is amazingly sad. Here are the movies it lends too heavily from:
  • I, Robot
  • Minority Report
  • Serenity
  • Fifth Element
  • Blade Runner
Here are the movies that do not seem to influence this movie:

    How To Build A Gutter Planter

    • Posted on: 1 May 2012
    • By: Shawn DeWolfe
    If you can grow out, grow up. I love the idea of turning gutters into growing space. I set to the task of building gardening space out of gutters and some pressure treated wood. Turning gutters into planters Full disclosure: I did not invent this concept. All I am doing here is riffing on it and describing my work to make my own gutter garden.

    Alan Moore: Writing Pays Better Than Whinging

    • Posted on: 15 April 2012
    • By: Shawn DeWolfe

    I have to agree with JMS' sentiment: Alan Moore is a creative writer, vying for top spot as the best writer in comics in the minds of many (mine included). But Moore made a bad deal-- he made a succession of bad deals. How is it that Alan Moore's clout plus an agent or contract lawyer couldn't push the deal to be better? When I've seen bad deals, I've either taken them and looked at the strategic benefit; or I've walked away.

    How To Reverse the Effects of BPA

    • Posted on: 16 February 2012
    • By: Shawn DeWolfe

    If you're wondering how you and your dog are both getting fat, it could be as simple as canned foods. Many canned products are lined with a protective coating so that the contents of the food (like the acidity of canned tomatoes) doesn't interact with the metal to create erosion and spoilage. That protective layer is commonly made of Bis-phenol A (BPA).