Monday, June 30, 2008

Pet peeve of the day

How is this valuable? All this does is test whether log4net will roll the log file over when it hits 5 MB.

private void StudyRulesControl_Paint(object sender, PaintEventArgs e)
{
const string fn = "StudyRulesControl_Paint()";

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

this.ManageHorizontalScrollbar();

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

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

iPhone porn

I'm thinking there may be a future career for me in iPhone porn. Why not, it's got a touch screen doesn't it?

This is a huge untapped market, so to speak.

However, I might not get invited back to give a demo to the kindergarten class...

Subversion

Ok, folks. Help me resolve this conflict.

Which blank line do I want, the one from the branch or the one from the trunk?

<<<<<<< .working

=======

>>>>>>> .merge-right.r154469

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The sun will come out tomorrow



Ok, sunshine, bring it on. I'm looking for inspiration. Staring at a screen full of conflicts from the result of merging two wildly different versions of software. Looks like I tossed them in a blender and stood on the Pulse button.

If you need a pick-me-up, head over to Despair, Inc., and check out this year's build your own calendars. Demotivators at their best.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Classic comedy

George Carlin died, at 71. He was one of my favourites. I remember the first Carlin performance I saw. He walked to centre stage, picked up the microphone, and said, "Have you ever noticed that most of the women who are against abortion are ones you wouldn't want to fuck in the first place? [audience goes wild] Hi, I'm George Carlin."

Priceless. He will be missed.

Another classic comedy veteran played the Centre in the Square Saturday. We went to see Bill Cosby, for the second time here in Kitchener. He's 70 now, and it shows. He spent the show sitting on a chair, but that didn't take anything away from the performance. He still has all his marbles, and his timing and knack for storytelling is the same, but he's a little slower these days. The audience was rolling in the aisles during his "Dentist" bit which wrapped up the show.

New baby in the house



I picked up one of these babies on Friday. It's a Simon & Patrick Woodland Cedar.

Spent Friday evening online, downloading some tabs, and played all day Saturday. The sound this puts out is fantastic, and it should get better with age.

I tried a Yamaha spruce-top, but the action wasn't very good, and it sounded a little too twangy for me. Felt stiff too.

I also tried a smaller S&P Cedar, I think it was the Folk Cedar one. Sounded nice, but I was looking for something a bit bigger.

The next one I tried was the S&P Spruce, but I preferred the smoother sound of the Cedar.

Friday, June 20, 2008

10 drinking achievements before you die

Bonus points if you make it through all 10 without dying.

1. Case In A Day
2. Run The Taps At A Bar
3. Century Club
4. Brew Your Own Beer
5. Pub Crawl
6. Go To An AA Meeting at least once
7. Learn Something About Wine
8. Black Out Before Noon
9. Oktoberfest in Germany
10. Scotch.

Ok, I've done #4, #7, #10 and I'll call half #9, since I've done Oktoberfest in Kitchener.

No way I can do #1, though - I wouldn't cut back to a case a day just to cross it off the list.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Inverhuron Provincial Park - 2nd visit



We dusted out the trailer last week and headed to Inverhuron Provincial Park for the weekend. Our maiden voyage in the new trailer was to Inverhuron, two years ago. The park was only in its second summer that time, and the sites were pretty open, obviously recently hacked out of the bush.



This time around, we were in the Lime Kiln campground, and it's much more private. There are quite a few new sites being carved out as well - so new, in fact, the bulldozers are parked at the side of the road.



The water was a little cool, but the kids still went in. We biked the trail the whole way, from the beach back to the gatehouse, about 5km. A great way to spend Father's Day, and a good start to the summer.



Friday, June 13, 2008

It's bad luck to be superstitious

This is the first camping weekend of the summer. On my way to the kennel to drop off the dog this morning, a black cat crossed my path. Twice.

And, it's Friday the 13th.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Laughter is the best medicine

Sometimes you just have to use humour to get through stressful times.

My mother-in-law is in the hospital after some surgery. She'll be in for a while, some weeks in fact, and we're not sure where she'll be going when she's discharged.

Someone had suggested an "assisted living" centre, but it was pointed out that she visited someone in one of those places once, and now thinks that everyone in there walks around drooling and doesn't know who they are. I said that looked like our house at 10:00pm.

She also told us about a cat that she read about in the paper that lived to be 21. After last week's fracas with her cat, I don't think that was news we needed to hear.

Friday, June 06, 2008

10 films guaranteed to blow your mind

Looks like the server has been Dugg to death, but here's the list, and the Digg article:

The Truman Show (1998)
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Waking Life (2001)
The Matrix (1999)
Dark City (1998)
American Beauty (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Brazil (1985)
Network (1976)

I've seen Network, American Beauty and Brazil.

I don't remember much about Network, except that I liked it. I saw it a loooong time ago.

I thought American Beauty was ok, but it didn't come anywhere near living up to all the hype.

Brazil is my absolute all-time favourite movie. If you haven't seen it, you should.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Security in plain view

I was cleaning out the bottom drawer of my dresser the other day, and I found an old company golf shirt. It has the SuperMegaCorp logo, and beneath that, "Into the new millennium". This dates the shirt from late 1999. I know, the new millennium wasn't the end of 1999, but that's the kind of QC we do around here.

Anyway, beneath that is a cryptic word. At first glance, it means nothing. Unless you happen to have worked on the team that installed the software at our beta hospital. The word is the administrator password on the Windows NT 4.0 workstations in the radiology department.

I haven't been back to that site in years, but I wonder if the password is still the same...

Cat, free to a good home

Actually, any home will do. My mother-in-law is in the hospital, so we're cat sitting for a while. Her cat is a psychopath. No kidding - this animal is crazy. I thought my dog did some stupid things, but this cat...

Here's how my morning is shaping up so far (it's 8:08 as I write this).

I stayed up late last night watching the hockey game. Triple overtime, so I went to bed just before 1:00am. Woke up at 5:30 to the sound of the cat barfing on the bedroom floor. Got up, cleaned it up, had breakfast.

My four-year-old got up, went into the bathroom, and found that the cat had crapped all over the bathmat.

Then I went to get the newspaper. Opened the front door, took the paper out of the box, and watched the cat go smoking out the door between my legs. The damn thing jumped into the flower bed and took off. Now, if I was a smart man, I would have just shut the door, grabbed a cup of coffee and sat down to read the paper. But if I did that the kids would never forgive me. We just had to teach them to be caring little people, didn't we...

I followed the cat into the flower bed and snagged it by the scruff of the neck. Tossed it hissing and spitting into the house. Did I mention that it poured rain last night? Now I'm standing in the house with soaked muddy socks.

So, anyone want a cat?