Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Slow news day?

Let me get this straight - Apple releases a new product and CNN gets all breaking-newsy about it?

What’s next?  BREAKING NEWS!! Tiger Woods left with unplayable lie in the bush?

Seriously, who cares?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Quote of the day

Today's quote comes from the world of science.  Specifically, astrobiology.  Experts in the field were asked what they thought alien life forms might look like.  Worms was a common answer.  When asked if there was any chance aliens might resemble life forms we are more familiar with, here's what they came up with.

"Some things have evolved many times on Earth such as hearts, eyes and jointed limbs, and the four "F"s - flight, fur, photosynthesis and sex," says Jack Cohen, a reproductive biologist who has helped science fiction authors design plausible aliens for their books.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thank you, Picture-in-Picture

Wow.  Five curling games on TV on the same day…

I managed to catch the last half of the Slam final, most of the Junior Women’s final, none of the Senior Men’s, most of the Junior Men’s and all of the Senior Women’s final.

It was great to see a club-mate win the Senior Women’s.  Now we need to get a bus trip booked to Ottawa at the end of March to do some cheering in person.

Conception fail

Another failed Digg ad.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Conversation of the day

Walking up to the front door this morning, I ran into Joe.

Joe: [tugging on the door, surprised to find it unlocked] Hey, it’s open!

Me: I can never tell when that’s going to unlock itself.   Some mornings it’s at 8:00, some mornings it’s at 8:15, sometimes it’s even at 8:30.

Joe: I have the sinking feeling that we wrote the software…

Local TV

Here’s a good one.

The day after Rogers culls the CITY-TV herd, they send me an email begging me to write to the CRTC to say what a good job Rogers does in local TV.

Nice try, Rogers.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Advertising placement fail

Why those rotten cruise lines!  I hate them!  I hate them! I… hello, that looks nice.


As seen on Digg’s feed in Google Reader.

Friday, January 15, 2010

When you dance, do your senses tingle?

My six-year-old will be on television one day.  Probably on something like Saturday Night Live.  It’s rare that a day goes by when she doesn’t have us rolling in aisles laughing.

Yesterday, on the way home from the sitter’s, the nine-year-old was telling me about her day at school.  The six-year-old was quiet as a mouse in the back seat. 

“Dad,” the nine-year-old said excitedly, “there’s a dance tomorrow night at the Lion’s Hall.  There’s also one in St. Jacobs.  But…,” she continued sadly, “you have to be in Grade Five to go.”

“That’s too bad,” I said, panicking, as my life flashed before my eyes.

“Yeah, but you can go if you have an older brother or sister going.  Sarah and Adam are going, and maybe Abby and Michael.  Michael is always chasing Abby around.”

“Well, that’s because he likes her,” I said.

“I know,” she said, “and Sarah’s going to the dance in Elmira, but Adam is going to the one in St. Jacobs.   All the girls were trying to get Sarah to talk to Adam to get it figured out, and all the boys were trying to get Adam to talk to Sarah, but they wouldn’t talk to each other.”

“Are they really interested in going to the same dance?” I asked.

“Oh yes,” she said, and with a knowing nod, added, “they’re going to be playing slow music there.”

At this point, the six-year-old chimed in loudly, “Huh!  I wonder why?”

And I nearly drove into a snow bank.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Grass fire development

We’re in the late stages of product development.  I mean, we’re getting really down to the wire.  We have one or more releases to testing, then it’s going to hit the fan.  For real, at a live site.

We’re entering the “Grass fire” stage.  This is the point where the grass is on fire all around you.  Every time you stomp your foot to put out the fire, sparks fly and light several tiny fires.  You stomp those too, but one or two of them grow larger.  Sometimes they spark themselves, and create more fires.

This is the hardest part for the development team – trying to convince the PdMs and PjMs that we need to stop fixing bugs, lest we make many more bugs.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Weasel words

Here’s a short but sweet reminder that it’s best to think before you write.  And don’t use any weasel words.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to cultivating balance.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Contingency plans?

When you host a curling event, especially a provincial championship,  you are always on the lookout for those “what can go wrong” cases.  Hopefully the most trouble you run into is running out of beer.

At the Saskatchewan Scotties, they’ve hit a much bigger snag – the curling club burned down.

Quite a shootout

This must have been a fun game to watch.  Maybe not to play in…


Thursday, January 07, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

This is nuts

Sans teeth

The tooth fairy came to our house last night.  Twice.

To be accurate, just once, but it was for two teeth.  F had two adult teeth come in some months ago, behind her baby teeth on the bottom shelf in the middle.  The baby teeth were starting to wiggle, but they were a long way from falling out on their own.

Yesterday afternoon we made a trek to the dentist.  He took a peek and announced they were coming out.

She whimpered a little bit, but took it really well, and by the time we made it home she was excited about putting the teeth aside for the tooth fairy, and what she was going to tell everyone at school this morning.  I even caught her testing out her new smile in the bathroom mirror.

She has a loose one on the top shelf too, but she’s determined that it’s going to come out all on its own.