Rob and Yvonne are married

In their back yard. Parksville B.C. 🙂

I’ll link to the official wedding photographer’s pics once those are available. These are a few I snapped.

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It was good to get the nuclear McCharles family together again. The two bachelors are the bookends.

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Carly Rae Jepsen – Nine Inch Nails mashup

Vimeo user yepimthetoaster mashed up Carly Rae Jepsen’s recent single “I Really Like You” with Nine Inch Nail’s “Head Like A Hole” and the result is a catchy masterpiece entitled “I Really Like A Hole”. Yes, even the title is perfect.


Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

Brazzaville–Kinshasa bridge?

The Brazzaville–Kinshasa Bridge is a proposed road-rail bridge planned to connect Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which are major capital cities on the Congo River.

The bridge would need to be about 4 km long. …


Though these are the two closest National capitals in the world, almost nobody feels this is going to happen any time soon.

… significant political and infrastructure challenges prevent the two cities from functioning with any meaningful connection …

What IS happening is a riverfront park in Brazzaville, that includes a bridge. On the Brazzaville side.

bridge BRAZZA

We checked out the construction.



It’s well underway. Looks super modern. Looks a waste of money in a city where the majority of the population have no toilet, running water or power.

Still, I’m interested to see how it turns out.


control electronics with your EYES

Since the IO6 update on my iPhone 4S, Siri’s been working much better in Canada.

Still, using voice to interact with a device is crude. Not feasible in many noisy or crowded environments.

Forget voice controls as the future of TV. Instead, it will be all about your eyes. The technology already exists, and it was built by three young men in a garage. In their spare time.

PredictGaze is software that turns the camera on ordinary computing devices into a sophisticated eye-tracking technology.

Reading a book on your iPad and want to turn the page? Just look down at the bottom right-hand corner.

Watching a smart TV and want to see what’s on the other channel? Direct your gaze at a corner of the screen.

Reading a long article on your iPhone? The story will scroll down as your eye moves down the page. You can even play “Pong” using only your eyes to zip your paddle back and forward.

None of this requires any special equipment, and it works in changing light conditions, from a distance of 12 feet, and on shaky handheld devices that are constantly on the move. …

panda daily – Three Guys in a Garage Are Turning Your Eyes Into Powerful Remote Controls

Here’s one of a number of demo videos via that link.

Click PLAY or watch Muting music with a “shush” gesture on YouTube.

I can hardly wait.

Aakash Jain, Abhilekh Agarwal, and Saurav Kumar met a couple of years ago at Cornell University.

All are in their mid-20s, have to maintain full-time jobs because they’re all from India and in the US on non-immigrant work visas …

The kind of people many Republicans blame for stealing American jobs. The kind of entrepreneurs who might found one of the next great American companies.

Dean Koontz – Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas is a thriller novel by American writer Dean Koontz, published in 2003. The novel derives its title from the protagonist, a twenty-year-old short-order cook named Odd Thomas. …

“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz’s dazzling New York Times bestseller, a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who offers up his heart in these pages and will forever capture yours. …


… Following the success of the novel, two sequels, Forever Odd (2005), and Brother Odd (2006) were also written by Koontz. A third sequel, Odd Hours, was released on May 20, 2008 and a fourth sequel, Odd Apocalypse, was released on July 31, 2012. Two graphic-novel prequels, In Odd We Trust and Odd Is On Our Side …

I’ll read more.

A movie is planned.