Check out the world clock …

I’ve added a new page to View from the Edge, a flash application from Poodwaddle called World Clock. Its a neat little application that displays current time, and allows the viewer to select a variety of ways to view statistics in various global categories. I’ve always been fascinated by time and how we mark and represent it (in fact, a couple of my first posts on this blog were about Mayan calenders and temporal measurements), and clocks and calenders are an extension of that fascination for me. You’ll also notice a couple of new widgets in the right sidebar … I’ve added a small analog clock, and a small analog calender to the sidebar, again just to feed my fascination with temporal measurement.

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Hug your system admin today …

SysAdminDayToday is the last Friday of July, and thanks to Andrew Leonard of Salon’s “How the World Works” section (which, for the record, is an excellent resource for detailed information about how some of the more complex processes in the world interact with each other) and Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing for the reminder that means today is System Administrator Appreciation Day globally.

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Wednesday Comedy at the New Cecil in Medicine Hat …

Saturated CecilLooking for something to do on a Wednesday night in Medicine Hat? Wondering where you can see a good show for a very reasonable cost? Check out the Cecil Hotel in Medicine Hat every Wednesday this summer for comedy from some of Canada’s top comedians. This week, on July 25th 2007, local funny woman Stephanie Foley will be opening for MC James Moore, and headliner Otis Kiwanis.

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If I were a Simpson …

Elron SimpsonWith the Simpsons movie less than a week away, I came across this neat little function on the official website for the movie, www.simpsonsmovie.com. By going through a number of options for various different parts of the body, you can put together a Simpsons character of your own choosing. There is an option from that screen to go to another site to upload a photo of yourself, but so far I haven’t tested that version.

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Take a Comedy Detour with Daryl Makk

I happened to catch an amazing show last night here in Medicine Hat. Daryl Makk is a comic thats been around for a lot of years, and its easy to see why. He’s been around at a few of the recent shows I’ve done at Dickens, but it had been a number of years since I’d seen a full show of his. Last night, he rolled into Medicine Hat with his Comedy Detour at the Cecil Hotel, and its been a very long time since I’ve laughed that hard. If anyone in Medicine Hat is looking for a fun Wednesday night, its worth keeping the Cecil in mind … the Comedy Detour will be in town throughout the summer featuring a wide variety of comedy talent.

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Another Dickens Show

LyleAndStephAtDickensIts been a bit slow here at View from the Edge for postings, but I’ve actually been pretty busy lately. I haven’t been working much at my day job, though I am back there today after a bit more than a week off. Rather than being lazy for the week, however, which is more often than not what I do with time off, I’ve been working and traveling a fair bit with comedy. The picture that leads this entry off is a shot of Steph and I from this past Monday Comedy Night at Dickens, with the official sign. It was great to have company for the trip, and my second time down in as many weeks was good practice as well. I did new material on both shows, which reflects the other thing thats been occupying my time off recently, writing for my stand-up act. Those sorts of jokes often don’t translate as well to the blog as they do on stage, just as stories that come off well here, like the orangutan story in my last post, don’t necessarily work on stage for a variety of reasons. I won’t publish much of that writing on here, but instead you’ll see it through the video I post, or by coming to see a show when I happen to be in a town near you.

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Death by orangutan …

An elephant at YankariWe all have incidents in our lives, I think, that scare us a little as we look back on them, cases where we came far closer than we’d like to very bad things happening, even closer than we realized at the time. Its remarkable how funny these incidents can seem from hindsight, even when they aren’t so funny at the time, but in this case, its actually about a dead heat … I must admit, as dangerous as I knew the situation was when it happened, I couldn’t help laughing about it at the time as well.

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