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Funny how the Z-Boys turned out

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Tony Alva in a Pass the Bucket video (2011)

Jay Adams released from prison (2008)

New York Times article on Jay Adams post-release

From whence they came

Skateboard Kings (1978)

See the rest of the film here

Dogtown & Z Boys documentary film teaser

Lords of Dogtown film teaser

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May 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm

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Testing blogpost.py

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Trying out blogpost.py

Testing out blogpost.py to post from command line.

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May 29, 2011 at 5:52 am

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How to manage your e-book library without a Kindle

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I’ve given up on the Kindle until Amazon comes up with something better that doesn’t feel like a Casio Digital Diary. In the meantime, here’s how I’m managing my e-book library across devices and formats.

I primarily use ePub for reading e-books on devices because it offers decent formatting and font sizes for comfortable reading on smaller screens.

Calibre provides a great way to convert e-books from just about any format (including PDF) to ePub, and does a pretty good job of maintaining the formatting. Page breaks might not always be preserved, but at least chapter headings are obvious and paragraphs are properly formatted. Calibre also has pretty good library management features and I generally delete the source format once I’ve converted to ePub to keep things lightweight.

Both iBooks and Stanza provide a great reading experience on the iPhone (which is my primary e-book reading device now). Despite the small screen, they both handle font sizes well and do a good job of maintaining readability.

But I prefer Stanza because it’s faster, allows screen rotation locking, and most of all – allows you to load e-books into your device library over the air (via the same wi-fi network).

The Calibre-Stanza pair comes into its own when you turn on the content server in Calibre (click the “Connect/Share” icon and select “Start content server”), and then in Stanza, tap “Get books”, look under the “Shared” tab, and tap “Books on calibre (on your computer)”. This lets you access and download books from your Calibre library directly into Stanza on your device via wi-fi. You just need both your computer and your device to be on the same wi-fi network.

That’s way less troublesome than dragging books into iTunes and syncing your iPhone (which can take a while if you’ve got lots of apps) just to transfer a few books, and you also don’t end up with duplicate books on iTunes and Calibre.

Unfortunately for Android users, Stanza isn’t available on Android, but here are a few possible alternatives.

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April 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

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Get paid to do what you love

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Say that again to yourself.

“Get paid to do what you love.”

That’s got to be the aim of our working lives. But first, you’ve got to find out what you love.

If you’re a surfer, snowboarder, mountain biker or skater, that’s easy. (The hard part is building the talent and skills.) But if you’re a modern-day city dweller, discovering what you love is itself a challenge.

How many of us have found it, how many are still looking, and how many have forgotten to look?

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January 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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The Joys of Writing Rediscovered

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I’m rediscovering the joys of writing through WriteRoom – a great little Mac application that does one simple thing – it helps you focus on your writing by providing a full-screen text editing interface with nothing but black in the background. No desktop wallpaper, no Tweetie, no Facebook in a browser window, no instant messenger client, no distractions. It’s amazing how effective it is in helping you focus on just writing.



Distraction-free writing with WriteRoom

What’s equally amazing is the converse realisation, that our computer desktops and interfaces have become so cluttered with distractions that it’s become increasingly difficult to focus on one task at hand. We have so many other applications open and running in the background that it becomes too easy to say “let’s have a look at Facebook for a second,” or “let’s see what’s happening on Twitter right now,” and soon lose that solid half-hour, one-hour or two-hour stretch of undivided attention that we need for a good session of writing, coding, design work or anything else worth doing.

Much has been said about the perils of multi-tasking in the modern age, and I wonder how much that has caused us to lose the sense of craft in what we do – spending time, effort and attention fully on something that we do or want to become good at, in order to get better at it, and produce results that we’re proud of.

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November 12, 2009 at 2:33 am

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National Emoticon

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Has everyone noticed how much this Singaporean national emblem resembles an emoticon?

I wonder if our country’s early leaders really had a sense of humour (I seriously doubt that). Modern day lexicon and usage aside, it’s still recognisable as a smiley face. Even the designer back in the 60’s must have realised it, right?

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August 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm

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Recalibrating tolerances

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Every once in a while, we have an experience that potentially recalibrates our understanding of something about ourselves.

An injury recalibrates our understanding of how much pain we can tolerate and what we can do in spite of pain.

A gut busting run recalibrates how far or how fast we’re able to run.

A period of extreme uncertainty recalibrates how much risk and uncertainty we’re able to live with and how well we cope with uncertainty.

A massive failure or the threat of one recalibrates how humbled we can be.

A huge success or the prospect of one recalibrates how much we think we can achieve if we don’t give up.

I suppose that’s what it means to discover and break one’s limits. As painful as it sounds, physically and emotionally, each is a beautiful experience well worth savouring.

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July 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

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