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Hi, I'm Andrew Louis. I can typically be found tinkering with software, biking around Toronto, or gawking at concrete architecture. These days, I'm doing mostly freelance web development (with some photography gigs to spice things up). More →

November 5, 2008 · Briefs

Obamania in Toronto

Election Day in America means a night of anxious television watching for Canadians.

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November 4, 2008 · Writing

PZ Myers preaches to the choir

PZ Myers, a “godless liberal” and one of the Internet’s most popular bloggers was in Toronto on Halloween to talk about “Science Education: caught in the middle of the war between science and religion.”

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October 25, 2008 · Links

I'm sorry everyone

(Courtesy of MoveOn.org. Well done).

October 3, 2008 · Writing

My take on Citizen Lab

Citizen Lab has been covered by pretty much every publication out there. Not much of a surprise — hackers battling internet censorship makes for a pretty exciting story. However, in spite of the heroification of these “net commandos”, there’s rarely a focus on the role that North America plays in all of it.

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September 22, 2008 · Links

When the economy goes down, packaged food sales go up

During economic bad times, interesting things happen. Package food sales go up, for instance. According to Advertising Age, it’s been [...]

September 22, 2008 · Links

Technorati’s plea for restraint

While wandering around Technorati in a hopeless quest to figure out why exactly it’s still still relevant, I came across [...]

September 22, 2008 · Links

X-Plane gets an inside peek into Apple HQ

X-Plane is a simulator that’s nearly as good as Microsoft’s Flight Simulator but developed with a fraction of the programmers: [...]

September 21, 2008 · Links

Following the numbers

From the NYT (of course), a brutal examination of a “disability epidemic” in a railroad system: “Virtually every career employee [...]

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September 12, 2008 · Writing

Campaign web design roundup

2008 is a special year for political web design: the bar has been blown through the roof by BarackObama.com. How do Canadian sites do in comparison?

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September 10, 2008 · Briefs

Cracked iPhone

No. Not Jailbroken. Cracked. As in shattered glass.

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September 4, 2008 · Links

Underwater with a Rubik's Cube

This is my friend Ian. He can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute. Underwater. Admittedly, there are some [...]

September 4, 2008 · Watching

The 39 Steps (1935)

The best part was seeing how Hitchcock danced around the riskée plot scenario in which the male and female leads [...]

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August 31, 2008 · Links

Squabble in a billionaires' playground

In most sports, referees are the final arbiters of disputes. Apparently in sailing, it’s the courts. Shown above is Larry [...]

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August 28, 2008 · Links

Wikipedia: it's not just for plagiarizers anymore

In what comes as great news to anyone who runs a web site with user generated content, a federal judge [...]

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August 28, 2008 · Writing

What photography tells us about electricity

While wandering around downtown a few years ago, I snapped a shot of a car in motion by panning my camera to match the car’s speed. I thought it was a pretty boring shot until I noticed a pulsing pattern on all the lights in the background.

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August 27, 2008 · Links

Burger King expands value menu; franchises quake

In the states, Burger King is about to roll out new wraps priced at the impossible-to-resist price of $1.39. You’d [...]

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August 26, 2008 · Writing

First post!

After many years of hand wringing about my lack of a proper site, I’ve finally flipped the switch.

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August 25, 2008 · Briefs

Underwhelmed at Buskerfest

Buskerfest is a relatively new festival in Toronto which brings street performers to the St. Lawrence market Maybe it was [...]

August 18, 2008 · Reading

Soul on Ice (Eldridge Cleaver)

A series of essays, reflections, and vignettes on race, written smack in the middle of the 60s. If you investigate [...]

August 17, 2008 · Links

Flying to Toronto

No, not me. My friend Andrey visited Cuba a few weeks ago and made a timelapse video of the view [...]

August 15, 2008 · Links

Who said all Yanks are xenophobes?

From NPR’s Weekend Edition, a great tale of a departing US ambassador who left Peruvians with a special gift: a [...]

August 14, 2008 · Briefs

An example of outsourcing gone wrong

11:32 Andrew Louis ok. write me an intro blurb for my site 11:32 Tom Plaskon My name is Andrew. I [...]

August 11, 2008 · Links

ABC zings new age spirituality

I’m no defender of new age spirituality but this is quite the dig. Some say Hunter, a devotee of new [...]

August 10, 2008 · Briefs

Wandering around east of downtown

After popping by the Flickr 888 event, we decided to wander around east of downtown. We headed east along King, [...]

August 9, 2008 · Briefs

Spot the oddity

Today, I randomly checked the weather of all the cities I follow on my iPhone. How can this be fair? [...]

August 9, 2008 · Briefs

Swag that doesn't go straight to the garbage

As part of the Flickr 888, there was a Flickr party at C’est What. I popped by for a few [...]

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August 4, 2008 · Watching

Young People Fucking

There’s a good chance this movie wouldn’t have made it to theatres if it had a different name. It’s also [...]

August 4, 2008 · Writing

Fixing my Macbook Screen

Getting around the Apple Tax, DIY style

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August 4, 2008 · Links

Too weird for the wire

Kevin Carey narrates the story of four African American defendants on trial for murder, drug trafficking, and several other charges. [...]

August 4, 2008 · Links

Awesome!

Slate covers Bush’s overuse of this word in just about every situation: What else is awesome? Just about everything. “Thank [...]

August 3, 2008 · Watching

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Good: the darkness, the grit The Bad: explosions, explosions, explosions