Park it here

Parking on Campus a Snap With Carleton Professor’s App
Ottawa Citizen (06/16/10) Pilieci, Vito

Carleton University professor Dwight Deugo has developed iParked.ca, a system that enables users to pay for parking at campus lots with a text message.

The system reads the text messages from drivers and catalogs the payment and license plate information. The system also sends text message notifications 10 minutes before the paid parking time has expired, enabling users to pay again without having to repay at a meter.

“This works on any phone, you don’t need an iPhone or something like it,” Deugo says. If the system proves effective in tests over the summer, the university may use it for all of its parking lots next year.

Deugo says the idea for the system came to him when he got caught in bad weather and had no way to pay for parking without getting wet. “I was trying to park in the pouring rain and I got fed up,” he says. “I just thought, ‘Why can’t we do this?'”

Blonde joke for intellectuals :)

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Click that link above for the movie download.  I never quite know how to handle movies and movie formats.  How would I have embedded that?  What’s legal and what’s not? I don’t necessarily care but it would be good to know.  Is avi better than wmv?  Yeah, yeah, I could google this stuff if I really wanted to know.

On a completely different note, look at this tweet from yesterday.  Isn’t it wonderfully evocative?
@BluegrassPoet:   A pair of doves forage under the feeder, up to their soft pink breasts in grass. I pour peaches and raspberries into a pie shell.

Urban Word of the Day

June 14: store d’oeuvres

Snacks and food samples that a grocery store will serve at various locations in order to tempt the patrons into buying something they weren’t planning on (pizza, chips and dip, sausage, etc.). Usually happens on the weekend.

I went to Costco the other day and filled up on store d’oeuvres.

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Ha!  I know people (and probably shouldn’t admit it) who go to Costco on the weekends and eat lunch that way.   On purpose.   It’s like eating a pu-pu platter or tapas.  A little of this, a little of that …   It’s generally nice and heavy on the three main food groups – fat, carbs, and sodium.