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June 27, 2010

My Personal Advertising Experiment in All Points Bulletin

I've been playing All Points Bulletin as of late, and have had a good time doing so. Despite numerous flaws, it has by far the best customization tools I have ever seen. The company that created the game is called┬áRealtime Worlds, which was founded by David Jones, who is most commonly known for creating the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Below is a video on the GameSpot YouTube channel, in which Jones describes some of the customization tools available in the game. The video does a decent job at giving you a quick overview, but you really have to use the tools to fully understand. You can make stuff that looks like it was made in Photoshop, that's how advanced the customization options are. Layers,…
Personal Stories
May 8, 2010

An Endless Wait For IntenseDebate

UPDATE: Soon after I wrote this article, Michael Koenig of IntenseDebate posted a comment with an offer to help me via his personal address. I appreciated the gesture, and made some modifications to the article below to reflect that. I think for the time being I will be keeping the default Wordpress comments, but will not completely rule out IntenseDebate for the future. In the beginning of April, I became aware that my blog was corrupt - no articles were visible, and the visuals weren't right. I promptly contacted my web host pair Networks, and after an hour of trying different things - their agent (who was extremely helpful), told me it was likely a problem within Wordpress. He tried repairing the database, but subsequent…
Personal Stories
March 28, 2010

Turning a Cat Into a Dog: Feeding Behavior

I've always preferred cats over dogs for one simple reason: independence. Still, I find myself wanting to enforce certain behaviors that are, well, dog-like. Whenever I grabbed the bag of food to feed my cat, he would get really excited, sometimes even blocking my ability to pour the food by sticking his head in the bowl. This eventually started to bother me, so I decided to train him how to behave when I'm giving him food. I decided he shouldn't be sticking his head in the bowl - he should be patiently waiting until I pour the food, and also wait for my command before he begins eating. I felt this would help cover cases where I wanted to add more than one type of…
HumorPersonal Stories
October 31, 2009

The Wall of Cookies

Back in June 2008, I invited a friend of mine to an Iron Maiden concert here in Montreal. Since he lives in Nova Scotia, this meant that he'd be staying at my place for a few days. Over the years I've known him, it was very clear to me that he really enjoyed cookies... so I thought I should be equipped for his arrival: The cabinet was almost completely full - each package you see in the photo had another identical one right behind it. Needless to say, we didn't finish all the cookies - I had to give them away to friends and family.
HumorPersonal Stories
October 13, 2009

Powerful Mail

A friend recently sent me a package - I couldn't help but laugh when I saw it: I wasn't home when this package arrived, and that meant the mailman had to leave note informing me that a package for "Refghi Power" would be waiting for me at the local post office. When I went to get it, I tried to contemplate how I would prove that I am "Refghi Power", as all my IDs claim I'm "Matt Refghi". Also, keep in mind that mostly everyone around here speaks French. Thankfully, the guy at the post office laughed and said he got it.