Tuesday, February 27, 2007


It's been a little quiet around here lately...

Let me just say, a barfing three-year-old is not a happy three-year-old. Or a sleepy one.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Monday, February 19, 2007

It's all in the timing

How about this for timing? On the eve of the Ontario Men's curling championship, the undefeated Glenn Howard team suffered a loss when their second, Brent Laing, went home to Huntsville for the birth of his child. The team had a few hours to decide whether they would be better off playing with three players, or picking up a spare from the spare pool in Sarnia.

Deciding that sweeping would be too large a factor, they went with a spare, picking up Steve Bice. Bice managed to squeeze in some practice time on the ice in the morning, then stepped in at the lead position. For a guy who must have been crapping busted glass, he played pretty well. The game was never much in doubt, and Howard is off to his second consecutive Brier.

The best part of the game was watching Bice in the post-handshake "team hug", and getting up with the rest of the guys for the banner and trophy presentation. Classy move by Howard and the boys. Now we'll see if Bice ends up in Hamilton as the fifth man. His track record is excellent.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Conversation of the day

In a team meeting. Jack is briefing the team.

Jack: Next item... I was feeling some pressure from management last week, when they told me that our project was "being watched".

Alan: Jack, that's a tactic.

Jack: It is?

Alan: Yes.

Jack: Was I played?

Alan: Yes.

Jack: Really?

Alan: Yes. That's a project management tactic to make you sweat and get the project finished faster.

Jack: I'm going to use this as a growth opportunity.


Must... tread... water...

I was talking to one of our testers today. He told me he was thinking of moving to our Quality and Regulatory group. To me, that would be like falling through the ice. You'd get numb pretty fast, then really sleepy. Things would get all gray around the edges, and you'd slip under, but you would welcome it.

Not that there's anything wrong with working in Quality and Regulatory, it's just not the place for me.


Monday, February 12, 2007

Silver Tankard

I played in the Ontario Curling Association's Silver Tankard event on the weekend. This is a two-team event, where the total score for the two games determines the winner. It's also a single-knockout event, so one bad game and you're done.

We started well - our mates on the next sheet went up 6-0 through three ends, and we were tied 4-4 through four ends (although all four of their points came in one end - doh!). Through eight ends we were tied up and the other team was up a couple. In the 10th end, our partners were up one, sitting one, with the hammer. The last shot was wide and light, so they scored a single. We were in big trouble on our side, with the other team sitting two. At least we had the hammer, and our last shot was (supposed to be) a draw to a piece of the four-foot. Even if we hit full-twelve we would only give up a single, and make it to an extra end. However, our skip threw a back-line draw, and that was all she wrote.

All things considered, it was a fun time. I thought we played well, except for the four-ender and the last shot. The ice at the Galt Country Club was really fast, and curled two to three feet.

If we'd won that game, we would have met Damien "patch man" Villard in the final. I caught some of his game on the sheets next to us - it was ugly. I thought the coroner would be called out to clean up after the beating he laid on some young guys from the KW Granite club.


Friday, February 09, 2007

This looks like fun

Thousands of people are expected in downtown Halifax tonight, to try to set a world record for the largest pub crawl.

Two things jump to mind: I'm going to Halifax this summer - why couldn't they just wait? And, I bet they're drinking Guinness.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

If you hate Macs...

You'll love this rant.


TheGoodBlogs support a Good Cause

If you take a peek down the left side of the blog page (for those of you who aren't visiting us with a newsreader) you'll see a widget from TheGoodBlogs. The intent of TheGoodBlogs is to "create distributed communities of bloggers who actively promote each other every time readers visit their blogs".

Today, I noticed that the folks at TheGoodBlogs have pitched in to help fight breast cancer, with a donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Good stuff. Highly recommended.


No shame

I heard the best term for having a bad day. "Being the wingman on 'no shame' night."

That is all.


Friday, February 02, 2007

Groundhog day

I guess climate change is real. Three out of three groundhogs polled report that spring will come early this year.

For what it's worth, today is my birthday, and I saw my shadow this morning when walking the dog. Although, that was by moonlight, and it's overcast right now.

I think I'll trust the groundhogs.


Real programmers Don't Use Pascal

An oldie but a goodie.

Real programmers don't use Pascal.

I suspect the same applies to C#...


Thursday, February 01, 2007

A long wait for justice

If you live in Canada, you're probably familiar with the Steven Truscott story. Sentenced to hang in 1959, when he was fourteen years old, for a murder that many doubt he committed.

The story is playing out this week in an Ontario appeals court, where evidence that was unavailable at his original trial is being presented. This case is interesting for many reasons. It's the first televised court proceeding in Canada. It's quite possible an innocent man spent years in prison. And my wife grew up in the area - she knows several of the people involved in the case and the investigation.

All this has me wondering, though... Would we even be talking about this if he was hanged when he was supposed to? I doubt it.