Category Archives: Tools + Annotations

handy tools and resources collected elsewhere which i use from time to time – stashed here so i can find when needed

Fact Checking Dossier for Political Animals

This list is borrowed from Democrats Abroad newsletter and was compiled by Beverly Bandler of DA-Mexico for easily fact-check and de-bunk rumours and innuendo which spread during this time of political intrigue.

PS American ex-pats … are you registered to Vote from Abroad? Be sure to fill in the forms and ensure you rballot arrives to your international address in time to count.

Factcheck is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, “consumer advocate” for voters to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Snopes validates or debunks urban legends, Internet rumors, and email hoaxes.

Fact-Checker “truth squads” the national political debate, focusing on the issues that are most important to voters.

Urban Legends covers Internet hoaxes, email rumors and urban legends, including petitions, politics, and protest.

Truth-o-meter is “a scorecard separating fact from fiction. A project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, it helps find the truth in the presidential campaign.”

RealClearPolitics claims to be an independent political site offering the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources.

Campaign Desk Columbia Journalism Review Campaign Desk fact checks the media.

OpenSecrets, the site of the Center for Responsive Politics, is your “guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy.”

On the Issues seeks to “provide non-partisan information for voters in the Presidential election, so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity.”

How to Smoke Cannabis while Avoiding Jail – an illustrated guide by Seattle lawyer Jeffery Steinborn

{Update – thanks Dominic!) This user-friendly guide was Illustrated and created by *awesome* graphic artist Ellen Forney (ellen’s blog) based on an interview with Seattle lawyer Jeffery Steinborn whose 10 Commandments are below for your continued perusal and education. Combine this with the ACLU bust card (download Bust Card .pdf) and you are a much better protected citizen.

Know your rights, these are your rights!


1. One law at a time. If you’re holding or using that’s one. Don’t break any others.

2. Practice Home Hygiene. Sooner or later, someone is going to show up at your door…

3. Never invite trouble into your home.

4. Protect the privacy of your home if you can.

5. Don’t think you’re safe out in the countryside.

6. Don’t take your pipe out of your house. Smoke joints.

7. Don’t be afraid to blend in if you’re on the wrong side of the pot laws.

8. Don’t talk, don’t talk, don’t talk, no digas nada.

9. When confronted by the police, take the advice on the back of my card and ask to call your lawyer.

10. Don’t forget it’s against the law.

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US/CAN border line-ups – BC to Washington cameras

Borders are a drag and I often travel o’er the USA/Canada territorial line in the sand via Peace Arch, Pacific (aka Truck) or Lynden cause sitting in a long border line is an exercise in boredom and inefficiency.

I always mean to add these hand resources, so here they are: cameras, wait times, back routes and more.

Rearview Mirror at the border with Hand
photo Lee LeFever

Bread the Producer’s video of The Police May 28, 2007 Vancouver

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Bread the Producer edited up this montage beauty of The Police’s epic return to Vancouver with a variety of songs and uncannily good audio quality. The whole gang was there (cosmo, Dingo, Bread, Leezer, Osmosis, Funboy, Toad …) to see a bit of music history as Sting thanked the Squamish nation for use of their Longhouse for rehearsal and called Stewart Copeland the best drummer in the world – yup.

Vancouver BC Place Stadium dome un-flated

{Note: Cross posted at GetElastic and Urban Vancouver and 2010 Daily Vancouverand Ephemeral Feasthouse}

{another note: Here is an article i wrote in 1979 about BC place when they were first considering the plan to build at 60,000+ seat stadium in Vancouver – view large to read the story.

Updated Dome pic with correct date[Note: Photo updated with correct date – sorry for any misunderstanding]

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Vancouver’s noble and venerable stadium BC Place – which opened in 1983 as one of the first self-supporting domes in the world – is the latest casualty of the wildest winter weather ever around here.

Early reports say a 40 foot rip caused the collapse under the wet heavy snow. Check out more with Derek Miller’s Penmachine and CBC and Vancouver Sun andNow Public. No injuries reported. See Derek’s snapshot of BC Place’s collapsed dome too.

I recall the inflating of the dome with a batch of 747 engines and seeing David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and The Tubes there in August 1983. But i digress …
view from new office

The two venues BC Place (home to the CFL Lions plus hosts a variety of concerts, trade shows, exhibitions and concerts) and GM Place (home of the NHL Canucks plus concerts etc.) sit directly across False Creek from EP HQ and dominate the skyline from our perspective.

BC place dome in better days
Oddly enough… in recent Olympic 2010 talk, there was discussion of removing the roof for a more ‘wintery’ experience in the opening and closing ceremonies. Wonder if the estimated $175 million (how did they come up with that number?) will encourage that decision.

Meanwhile, Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park is still recovering from the loss of 3000+ trees during the recent hurricane-force winds (well technically typhoon-strength winds since we are a Pacific city, not Atlantic), not to mention the boil-water requirement, a few massive snow storms (by our standards) and the wettest November ever (which is really something).

Press conference is scheduled for 2:30. Digg this story


More Fun with Generators

Endless enjoyment with these useful web tools to create otherwise useless made-up-ness:

inspired in part by Bong’s Lounge in Portland as photo’ged by Cosmo

yup, i like piglets

reminds me of Olympia’s Capitol Theater marquee which fell down recently (i blame Brokeback)