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CIBC Credit Card Fraud Department: You’re doing it wrong

This morning I received a text message purporting to be from CIBC: BRAD,¡ Please call CIBC at 1-866-454-4339 to verify recent transactions on your credit card ending in¡XXXX. Yes, the ¡s were part of the text message, and I’ve X’ed out the last four digits in my credit card. This text came from the number “242-222”. I signed […]

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Querying for slashes in Elasticsearch 0.90

If you upgrade Elasticsearch from 0.20 to 0.90, any queries you previously made using a front slash will fail with an error similar to: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 “error” : “SearchPhaseExecutionException[Failed to execute phase [query], total failure; shardFailures {[tJ5MGSY_RnOHfeAN2O8gnQ][twitter][2]: SearchParseException[[twitter][2]: from[-1],size[-1]: Parse Failure [Failed to parse source [{\n […]

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Why I will be voting Green

Let’s face reality: the Green Party isn’t going to win the 2013 BC Election. They might win one or two seats. They’ll probably get 9-10% of the popular vote. And that is why I’m voting for the Green Party on Tuesday. I don’t like the first past the post elections we have in BC and […]

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Why I won’t be voting Conservative

The BC Conservatives are planning on scrapping the carbon tax, bribing Lower Mainland drivers with a $408 tax credit for frequent toll and ferry users, expanding mining, supporting the Northern Gateway pipeline and Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, and so on, and so on. Those who know me know that I’m pretty left-wing. That’s why I […]

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Why I won’t be voting Liberal

On 11 May 2013 the Vancouver Sun published a list of 20 hot topics in the upcoming BC election with the positions of the four major parties. Based upon their responses, the BC Liberals have put a lot of their eggs in the Liquified Natural Gas basket. The BC Liberals are proposing that LNG be […]

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Why I won’t be voting NDP

I’m a big supporter of the NDP. I voted for the NDP in the last federal election. I’ve considered becoming a member of the federal NDP. I agree with a lot of the NDP’s policies. But I won’t be voting for them in the 2013 BC election. I really like what they’re doing around electoral […]

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Wherein I describe “fractally wrong” using Christy Clark as an example

I like to use the phrase “fractally wrong”. Loosely, it means “wrong no matter how deep you look” or “wrong no matter how many ways you look”. It’s best served up with an example. British Columbia Christy Clark was recently featured in a Vancouver Sun article. Let me pull some quotes from that story to […]

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Heaven-sent Bad Baby Names

Here’s my thought process as I was reading this week’s list of baby names in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald: “Nathaniel. That’s a good name. Navaih. That’s… uh, wait, that’s pretty close to that stupid Nevaeh name. That’ll go on the post. Next… Nevaeh. OH JESUS WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?” So not only were Navaih and […]

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Old Spice deodorant or Canadian indie band?

Have you seen Old Spice products lately? They’re going completely off the deep end with names that don’t seem to have any grounding in reality. In fact, they’re so crazy they’re nearly indistinguishable from indie band names, which naturally means it’s time for a new game of “Old Spice deodorant or Canadian indie band”! Ladyhawk […]

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Awesome Baby Names are Legendary

The people of Hawaii County must be learning, because this week’s list of baby names is filled with awesome. Let’s get started! Kicking off the awesome streak is Falen. Now, I’m not quite sure how this is pronounced, but if it’s pronounced “failin’”, then this kid has an instant awesome nickname: “Can’t Be” Falen! Awesome! […]