Thursday, April 26, 2007

Conversation of the day

We had some electrical work done a couple of months ago here at SuperMegaCorp. It involved cutting a large hole in the wall and rerouting some cables.

The hole sat gaping for two weeks, then the drywall guys showed up to fix it. The patched hole sat unpainted for three weeks, then the painter showed up. He pondered the wall to be painted for a few minutes, then left. Apparently it took two more weeks for inspiration to strike, but the wall was finally painted a nice deep sky blue last week.

Today the whiteboard guys showed up to hang the whiteboard back up on the wall. Jack sees the guys coming and jokingly says, "You know, we don't really like the hue of blue we ended up with. Can you do something about that?" The big whiteboard guy says, "Would you prefer the colour of blood?"

Needless to say, we're sticking with blue.


Monday, April 23, 2007

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If I were a web developer, I would work this in somehow...


Just another brick in the wall

I've told you about my idiot dog, and the dumb things she does to me. Like the time she locked everyone out of the house on New Year's eve. Or the time she caught and ate (most of) a rabbit in the back yard.

Last week she ate something she shouldn't have. Thursday night I was up every 30 minutes letting her out into the back yard so she could "take care of business". I thought that she would have shit herself dry by morning, but I guess not...

Friday afternoon when I returned home from work I was greeted at the door by a very unpleasant smell. The kind that would knock a buzzard off a shit wagon. Apparently, overcome by a wave of evil from below decks, she tried in vain to open the back door. The trim around the deck door was on the floor, in two shredded pieces. The curtains were off the wall, with the curtain rod dangling by one end. The other end had been ripped right out of the drywall.

There was shit everywhere. And I mean, everywhere.

Two hours later, the house was clean. Now, to attend to the dog. By this time, my wife was home. Together we managed to corral the dog in the back yard, and I grabbed the hose. We lifted the dog's tail and I started hosing her down. Quite a sight.

Now I think I know why the next-door neighbour wants to put up a fence. I wonder if she's looking for a pet...


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

BlackBerries get a RIM job

I'll say one thing for living in Waterloo - you sure hear a lot about Research In Motion. Especially today, when BlackBerry service is not up to its usually reliable self.

The building I work in, and in fact most of Waterloo it seems, is owned by RIM. There were a few tense faces standing outside for their morning smoke when I arrived at work today. Sure makes me glad I don't have a RIM job.

[apologies for those of you who found this post while googling for "rim job". Sorry to disappoint.]


Friday, April 13, 2007

The season wraps up

And the season wraps up. Team JugOrNot went through the regular season with one loss, one tie, and a bunch of wins (sorry I can't remember how many). We wobbled hard in the playoffs, just squeaking into the final game with a little help from one of the other teams.

The final was a comedy of errors for both teams, with each of us having easily our worst end of the season. Just a really bad game to pick to give up a big steal. The spectators in the crowd were happy that we gave out barf bags at the door. Without those two bad ends though, it was a pretty good game.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Other team (h) 1 5 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 10
Team JugOrNot 0 0 1 7 1 0 1 0 1 11

That 7-spot was our second 7-ender of the year. We had a game early in the season where we were trying a split for 8, but the rock overcurled and we raised one in for 7. I've seen a couple of 8-enders before, but this was the first time I've seen someone steal 7.

The season ends tonight, with the annual pilgrimage to the Spring Thaw in Vanastra.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Spring cleaning

The City of Toronto is pondering a new bylaw that would make dog owners stoop, scoop and place their dog droppings in special waste containers. This is to help address the estimated 2,500 tonnes a year of dog waste that is being trucked to Michigan with the rest of Toronto's garbage.

This strikes a chord with me today. I checked the weather forecast this morning, and the Weather Network is calling for up to 15cm (six inches for you non-metric folks) of snow tonight. I peeked out into the back yard and saw that my dog has been busy. I grabbed a bag and my trusty shovel ('cause who needs a shovel you can't trust when you're scooping) and headed out.

Now, dog owners know two things. First, spring sucks. Soggy logs that have been fermenting under the snow for months are not cool. Second, if you do this thankless job first thing in the morning, you have a good chance of catching the logs when they are still frozen. This makes it much easier to handle.

I don't know about you, but I think that if I ate the same thing every day of my life, and then shit in the backyard, all those logs would look pretty much the same. Not for my dog. There was every conceivable shape, texture and rainbow of colours out there this morning. At least they were frozen.

Let it snow...


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Jumping to conclusions

I saw this story today on SLAM! Sports, about Australia's attempt to get its curling team into the next Winter Olympics. I think the writer was a little ahead of himself.

"Absolutely," said Millikin after scoring a 9-5 win over Denmark prior to returning to the ice and beating Korea x-x in the late draw.

In fact, Korea won the game.

Better check that link, it probably won't last.


Sunday, April 01, 2007

A snapshot in the family album

So all I wanted to do was get a photo on the blog. I thought to myself, "self, how hard can that be?"

I easily found the Blogger Profile edit page, and found the spot to enter a photo url. I was hoping there would be an easy way to upload a photo right from there. In the blog post editing page, it's a snap. Click the "Add image" toolbar button, and away you go.

Instead, I need to point the thing to a photo that already has a url. Ok, that's easy. There's even a "click this to find out about easy photo hosting" link. Unfortunately, that installs a Google Picasa bullshit program called "Hello". What a piece of crap. At least the uninstall goes smoothly. :)

So now I'm back to trying to get a photo uploaded. And here I am at the blog post editing page. "Add image", browse, upload. Done.