Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Poland probes the Teletubbies

This is almost as stupid as... let me see... oh, yeah. Almost as stupid as having government hearings into how you picked the captain of your country's hockey team.

The government of Poland is probing (forgive that word) whether or not the Teletubbies promote a homosexual lifestyle.

Must be nice living in Poland, where the biggest problem facing the country is a purple creature that carries a purse. Somewhere in hell today, Jerry Falwell is screaming "I TOLD YOU SO!"

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Top 100 Scariest Movie Scenes of All Time

Here's a list of the top 100 scariest movie scenes of all time.

I don't know if I'd pick just one scene out of a movie, but if you're talking about the whole movie, I'd agree with these ones from the list:

When A Stranger Calls
Seven
Silence of The Lambs

but the all-time best for me are The Shining and Alien.

Two movies that made the list are a little puzzling to me - Deliverance and Full Metal Jacket. Both good movies, in fact Full Metal Jacket makes my top three movies of all time, but scary? I don't agree with that.

What are your top scary movies?

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Oh, to be paid by the line of code

Two entries from the "not adding much value" file today.

public void ShowCursor(Cursor cursor)
{
const string fn = "ShowCursor()";

if(log.IsDebugEnabled)
log.Debug("Entering " + fn);

this.Cursor = cursor;

if(log.IsDebugEnabled)
log.Debug("Exiting " + fn);
}

///
/// Initialize the webservice calls
///

public void Initialize()
{
const string fn = "Initialize(): ";
log.Debug("Entering " + fn);
}

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Simple Life?

The best part is, I thought I was making it simpler...


------ Build started: Project: config,
Configuration: Debug .NET ------

Preparing resources...
Updating references...
Performing main compilation...
error CS0583: Internal Compiler Error
(0xc0000005 at address 535DB559): likely culprit is 'BIND'.

An internal error has occurred in the compiler. To work
around this problem, try simplifying or changing the
program near the locations listed below.
Locations at the top of the list are closer to the
point at which the internal error occurred.

c:\sandbox\config\user-config\userconfigcontroller.cs(1387,4):
error CS0585: Internal Compiler Error: stage 'BIND'

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Not being known as someone who lives on the bleeding edge, I've only recently stumbled upon StumbleUpon.


StumbleUpon claims to make it easy to "Channel surf the internet with the StumbleUpon toolbar to find great websites, videos, photos and more based on your interests. StumbleUpon learns what you like and makes better recommendations."

Interesting idea. I'll play with it for a while and see where it takes me. It seems to know a little about curling, but it's a bit out of date.

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Do you feel lucky?

There's a car in the parking lot today with a license plate holder that says "Google" on the top and "I'm feeling lucky!" on the bottom.

The car has a flat tire.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hello, Larry King?

My daughter is in Grade One at a Catholic school. Yesterday she came up to me and said, "Dad, tomorrow the Christ is coming to school..."

"What?!?" I interrupted, reaching for the telephone to call CNN.

"Um, I mean, Father is coming to school tomorrow to talk to us about bathtism."

"Baptism?" I ask, hanging up the phone.

"Yeah. Baptism," she says.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

And the award goes to...

The award for most... let's call it "innovative"... use of a C# Hashtable and an AsyncResult goes to:

private Hashtable _asyncResultToStudyUidMap = new Hashtable();


... later ...

IAsyncResult asyncResult =
_services.OrderService.BeginGetOrderForStudyPartially(
orderId, studyId, orderPropertyArray, new
AsyncCallback(RequestOrderInfoCompleted), null);

_asyncResultToStudyUidMap[asyncResult] = studyUid;


... later ...

string studyUid = (string) _asyncResultToStudyUidMap[asyncResult];

if (studyUid != null)
{
_cachedDictationInfos[studyUid] = dictationInfo;
_asyncResultToStudyUidMap.Remove(asyncResult);
}


In case you're wondering, yes, we really are using the AsyncResult as the key to the Hashtable.

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Conversation of the day

Chris: Do you know how I can throttle the bandwidth to my station? I want to simulate a slow network.

Marc: Jack has a little tool...

Chris: Yes, but we don't speak of that. [pause] Would he know how to do it?

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

BlackBerry.NET

Too bad SuperMegaCorp is running screaming from .NET. This would be a good add on to anybody's PACS.

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A rectal exam and two free tickets, what's the catch?

Want free baseball tickets? All you had to do last night was show up at Miller Park, home to the Milwaukee Brewers, and let a doctor check your prostate.

After the "free and confidential" rectal exam, you would have scored two free tickets to a future Brewers game.

Seems to me the Blue Jays have been doing this to the fans for the whole season, and nobody's getting free tickets.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Happy "American Craft Beer Week"!

May 14-20 is American Craft Beer Week, celebrating the hundreds of independent brewers in the US.

Here's a "dream case" for you - billed as "24 Great American Craft Beers You Should Be Drinking".

Living in Canada, there aren't too many of these around. I've had the pleasure of sampling Anchor Steam, both times I've gone to San Francisco. Call me crazy, but sitting around drinking this excellent beer was much more fun than going "clubbing" with my little friend.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Your government at work

The "powers that be" in Ottawa are looking for ways to improve things. The environment? Nope. Health care? Nope. Cabinet ministers lying and acting like children? Nope.

It must be a slow time on Parliament Hill these days. The biggest thing on the go? The choice of the captain for Canada's hockey team. Join me in telling these guys to give their head a shake.

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Water, water, everywhere

Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The scene: the desert. Hot. Dry.
The characters: twelve "wilderness survival" participants.

Dude One: Whoa, buddy, yer lookin' a little pale.

Dude Two: [gasp]

Dude One: Hang in there pal, remember - whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger!

Dude Two: [gasp] [erk] [thump]

Dude One: Buddy? Dude? Hmmm. Yer not lookin' so strong anymore.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007