Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Why I use Firefox, reason #37

It doesn’t display the Microsoft home page like Internet Explorer does…


The wisdom of seven-year-old boys

I was at the fancy new pool last night, watching my daughter’s swimming lesson, when I heard a commotion behind me.

I turned around and saw two boys, probably seven or eight years old.  The first one looked like he was lining up a field goal, and then took a running kick at the second one, catching him full-on in the nuts.

The second kid doubled over, gasping, and after a minute or so, he struggled to his feet.  Then he took a running kick at the first kid, catching him full-on in the grapes.

The crazy thing is, they kept doing this.  For about five minutes.  I don’t know if it was some sort of contest, or what, but each kid took several hard kicks in the onions.

No wonder I’m so happy I have two girls…

Friday, September 18, 2009

Conversation of the day

Rocky: SHUT UP!

Bugs Bunny: Shut u-up? Why certainly! You don't think I'm the type that would keep on blabbin'? Some people never know when to stop. When I'm told to shut up, I shut up...

Rocky: [sticks gun in Bugs's face] Shut UP shut-in' up!

Things they teach in MBA school

You can never spend enough time on an organizational chart.  Clearly defined lines of responsibility, all the way up the organizational tree, are a must.  Good reporting structures have won wars, you know.  There's no sense planning and designing products if you don't know who to report to.

Just think, without a rock-solid process, what could we accomplish?  There would be nothing to hold us back.


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Headline of the year

This has my vote as the blog post headline of the year.

Helena Guergis: Blowing a little dope of her own.

2011 Brier

Now that summer is finally here, as we enter our 18th or 19th day without rain, and without rain in the forecast for the next few days, it’s time to get back to curling.

The ice plant should be up and running now, and the icemakers will have fixed all the leaky pipes.  Two weeks tonight I’ll be stretching some muscles that have been unused for the summer, and taking the first shaky slides of the season.

The best news I’ve heard on the curling front this summer will actually be officially announced tomorrow - the 2011 Brier will be just down the road in London.  See you there!


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Friday, September 11, 2009

Stephen Harper, just visiting

Conservatives are getting all in a knot over losing power.

Iggy "says" he won't form a coalition, but...


Harper "says" there won't be a deficit, but... it’s $101 billion this year, and next.

Harper "says" we will have fixed date elections, but... he broke his own law when it was convenient.

Stephen Harper, just visiting...


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How quickly things change

My five-year-old is in Grade One this year.  Finally, she gets to go to school every day of the week.  She is allowed on the playground equipment this year.  She is old enough for Wednesday “pizza day”.  She even told me how small the Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten kids looked.

Last night, she had homework.  She was so excited, and talked to herself for 15 minutes while she completed the work.

The eight-year-old, who is now in Grade Four, rolled her eyes loudly from across the room…

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Inverhuron Provincial Park

From Inverhuron

We spent the Labour Day weekend basking in the warm sunshine at Inverhuron Provincial Park.  The water was a little cool, but it was spectacularly clear.  The visibility underwater was close to 20 feet.

From Inverhuron

From Inverhuron


The park was pretty busy, which was to be expected, considering this was easily the nicest stretch of days the entire summer.  The beach was packed every afternoon, but fairly quiet in the mornings.  Quite a crowd turned out for the awesome sunsets.


From Inverhuron


We biked around the park on the Scenic Bike Trail (or "Sonic Bike Trail" as the five-year-old called it).  We also headed outside the park to the Inverhuron Bike Park, which is about 5km to the South.  The "easy" free ride trail was ok for the kids, and we wandered into the "difficult" trail to see what it was like.  I certainly wouldn't try that route myself, except on foot, but reckless kids would love it.  The skills area was much more to our liking, and everyone took turns on the small jumps and hills.

All in all, a great place to spend a long weekend, and the second-last trip of the year.

More photos here:


Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Harold Albrecht shredding party idea

My local moron MP is holding a "shredding party" where folks can stop by to shred personally identifying papers.

Good idea, but let's go one better, and shred all of those idiotic propaganda pamphlets that he's been flooding the riding with.  Chock full of lies and smelling like the farmyard at the end of my street, these things ought to shred nicely.


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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Quote of the day

Me: Have you heard of a company that knows how to develop software?

Steve: I am aware of a software company that knows how to make film.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I need to get my hearing checked

What I heard:

“SuperMegaCorp is proud to be expanding our cardiology product line.  We’re interested in growing this part of the business, and look forward to an exciting product.”

What was said:

“SuperMegaCorp is slashing the cardiology development team in half, and scrapping all plans to move forward with an exciting product.”

I must have got too much smoke up my ass, and it affected my hearing…