Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pretty much normal

switch (ea.RowStyle)
case "SychronizedStudy"
ea.ForeColor = GuiColors.ButtonBackColor;

case "UnsychronizedStudy":
ea.ForeColor = GuiColors.LabelForeColor;

case "PrettyMuchNormal":
ea.ForeColor = GuiColors.LabelForeColor;


And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you…

I’ve been humming that a lot lately.  My big monkey turns ten tomorrow.

Here she is the first time I held her, on her second day in the world.

And on her first birthday, looking wiser beyond her years.

At the Hopewell Rocks.

Playing in the leaves.

At the beach.

cool cat

Happy birthday V!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Things they should teach in MBA school

An employee retention strategy that involves slagging the competition, especially the local competition, will not work.

Monday, November 22, 2010

You can’t handle the Boolean truths

I see your Boolean Truths, and I raise you a ParamValueIsTrueAsBoolean.

protected bool ParamValueIsTrueAsBoolean(string stringvalue)
    return (stringvalue.Equals("J") ||
        stringvalue.Equals("Y") ||
        stringvalue.Equals("1") ||
        stringvalue.Equals("j") ||
        stringvalue.Equals("y") ||
        stringvalue.Equals("True") ||

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Best information use disclosure, ever

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Ok, just a little pin prick


Last year’s flu shots went fairly well.  The (then) six-year-old went with me, and the nine-year-old went with my wife.  This year, the seven-year-old said the same thing, “I want to go with Dad.”

Ok, that’s fine.  My wife and the girls all went to the flu shot clinic yesterday afternoon, with the plan being that two of them would get the shot.  After watching Mom and Big Sister get the shot, somehow the seven-year-old decided she was brave enough to get the shot without me.  Great, that would save a lot of time, and everyone would be better off.

Except… the girls drew the rookie flu shot injector.  The needle went in, hit bone, and the rookie wiggled the needle around in there for some time, before finally giving up without actually administering any vaccine.  You can imagine how well that went over.

So last night after work, we dropped off Big Sister at gymnastics and went back to the flu clinic.  This time we were well armed with a favourite bear and her blankie.  When we arrived at the front of the line, the rookie’s station was open.  My daughter looked the coordinator in the eye and said, “I. AM. NOT. GOING. TO. NUMBER. NINE!”  I explained what had happened earlier, and we went to a different station.  There was a minor amount of freaking out, but in the end it went ok.

Consider yourself warned – stay away from #9.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A dream unthreatened by the morning light

I had a dream last night.

In a typical year, I remember maybe one or two dreams.  And even then, it's only a snippet, or maybe a theme.  Rarely anything specific.

But I remember dreaming last night.  I dreamed something so funny I was probably laughing in my sleep.  In my dream, I thought that since this was so funny, I should write it down.  I remember writing.  I remember reading what I had written to make sure I had captured it properly, so I wouldn't forget anything.

Then I woke up.  And I can't remember what I wrote.  But trust me, if I could remember, you'd be laughing now.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Laurier curling

The Wilfred Laurier Women's Curling team came out to Elmira yesterday to share some tips and tricks with our Little Rock and Banatam curlers.

The kids really enjoyed the visit and learned a new drill - Pick Up Sticks.  The boys were a little aggressive at this, with few rocks left in play, but the girls were more gentle and created a tougher scenario for themselves.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Here's a survey that says 1 in 10 kids in the US has ADHD.

That's unbelievable.  Why, just the other day I was... HEY!  Would you look at that!  I can spin a whiteboard marker on my desk and it almost always stops pointing right at the keyboard.  Who knew?  I wonder if there will be popcorn in the cafeteria tomorrow...

Monday, November 01, 2010

Will you still let me join in with the game?

Randy Quaid and his wife are seeking asylum in Canada. 

I'm pretty sure this won't be the last time you hear "Randy Quaid" and "Asylum" in the same sentence.