Adventures in Everyday

AdBlock for Google Chrome – by Gundlach
March 17, 2010, 12:09 am
Filed under: internet

It pays to pay for things you value

I’ve been experimenting with Google Chrome since its beginning, but until recently its lack of solid extensions and Linux compatibility stopped me from adopting it as my main browser.  Probably the biggest drawback for me was the absence of decent adblocking extensions. Seriously, all of the available adblocking extensions sucked. Do you even remember how ugly the internet is without an adblocker??

Enter Gundlach and his AdBlock extension for Chrome.

This is the only adblocking extension that seems to actually work, probably because you can use it to subscribe to EasyList, one of the same advertisement filter lists that Firefox’s AdBlock Plus uses. I recommend that users of AdBlock for Chrome also add EasyPrivacy to their subscriptions list in AdBlock’s options.

So I donated a little money to Gundlach, whose real name, I learned, is Michael. It pays, I think, to invest in those things in life that you really value; and, because I value aesthetically pleasing internet experiences, donating to Michael just feels right. What I didn’t expect in return was a personal message from the man himself, thanking me personally for my (very modest) contribution. Being a behaviourist, small tokens of appreciation such as his brief email mean lot to me, and so I have decided to blog a little about the experience.

Thanks, Michael, for AdBlock!

You can donate to Gundlach here


I’m A Hunter
July 17, 2009, 6:51 pm
Filed under: nostalgia

A Christmas Story

Twas the night before the night before the night before Christmas, and all through Boehr’s house, only one creature was stirring – and it was a mouse.

The murder weapon

Boehr barricaded himself in, locked in with the mouse, said “there’s only room for one of us in this house.”

With a twitch in his eye and a knife in his palm, Boehr searched and he hunted from dusk until dawn.

“Damn mouse! Damn mouse! I fricken hate you, damn mouse! DIE! Go to HELL! – Get out of my house!”

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MTS Making Your Phone Worthless
February 6, 2009, 8:32 pm
Filed under: winnipeg

Well, not exactly. You’ll still be able to make phone calls, text message, and browse the net, but after March 12, 2009, you (probably) won’t be able to transmit photos or videos wirelessly anymore. Why? Because they are replacing their Picture and Video Messaging Service with a new service – Media Messaging. According to their website (Retrieved Feb 6, 2009), only five phone models currently support this service – two of which “are no longer available.” All five models are Motorola for some reason.

MTS’s three available phones are expensive

MTS lists only three phones compatible with the new Media Messaging service. And, no surprise here, each model is stupidly expensive (by my frugal standards at least).

MOTOROKR Z6m Slider Phone
36-month contract – $49.99
24-month contract – $119.99

Motorola RAZR² V9m
36-month contract – $99.99
24-month contract – $169.99

Motorola KRZR K1M
Purchase price: $129.99 (includes $30.00 Airtime Credit)

My own phone (pictured below) is a simple Samsung M510 – included free with my original contract.  Shame on you, MTS. I won’t be bullied into buying a new phone!

Samsung M510 Cellular Phone

So I wrote them an email about it:

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Andrew Bird’s Moving Tale of One Man’s Love Affair With a Squid
September 25, 2008, 6:39 pm
Filed under: internet

Forbidden love

I found a remarkably beautiful – yet gloomy – music video today in the most unlikely of places: Discovery Channel’s “Deep Sea News” blog. The video will move and depress you:

Andrew Bird is a great artist and well worth listening to for any reason. Check out his page on for some tasty samples.

Break This Rule
July 30, 2008, 12:04 am
Filed under: personal

"For the sake of your safety, please don’t risk any adventure"

I’m posting this from China, where WordPress is forbidden. My apologies for its probable ugliness / nonexistence.

Brendan Boehr’s Artwork
June 7, 2008, 10:19 pm
Filed under: artwork, personal | Tags: attack

1. Art Attack

This innocently morbid image is from a poster that I made for my friends’ Arts and Crafts night. Cool kids do arts and crafts. I’m totally cool. Seriously.

It may be a cute image, but do note that this man is being impaled with colorful pencil crayons.

2. Heart Brain


A Poem
June 5, 2008, 12:20 pm
Filed under: artwork, personal | Tags:

If her curves and valleys are
green pastures and sunlit meadows,
then my fingers are sheep
and my heart a shepherd