Monday, January 31, 2011

Grand Slam excitement

I had to PVR the Grand Slam final yesterday, because I was on the ice coaching the Juniors.  Was that extra end something else, or what?

The last two shots in that end will be in the year's Top 10 for sure.

Little Rockers win big

Continuing the successful curling weekend, Elmira sent two Little Rock teams to a bonspiel in Brampton on Saturday.  Both teams played really well, and won both their games.  V's team came in first, and the other team came second, out of ten teams!

2011 Dominion Regalia Silver Tankard - recap

The Fergus Curling Club sports a trophy case with photos, rocks and assorted curling items from way, way back.  The Club, founded in 1834, is the oldest continuously operating club in Canada.  We were greeted with smoking fast ice, which was great, and one to two feet of curl, which was not great.  We're used to four or five (sometimes more) feet of curl in Elmira, and much slower ice, so this took some getting used to.  Once we decided to throw "Elmira hog line weight" for draws, we were in good shape.

Going into the tenth end, we were down one.  Not a bad situation, except neither Elmira team had the hammer.  We had to go all out to steal, on both sheets.  We were not in a good steal position on our sheet, but we were lying four for their skip's last shot.  He had to draw full eight foot for one, and made it easily.  He did not miss a draw the entire game.  Over on the next sheet, our skip made a gentle tap to lie three.  They had a double for the win, but jammed it, and we stole two.  Off to an eleventh end we go...

In the extra end we made a tough tap to lie one on our skip's first rock.  He had almost exactly the same shot to lie four with his next one, but threw just a touch too much weight and hit a guard.  So, we took one, and our team on the next sheet had to hold the other guys to one in order to get to a twelfth end, or steal for the win.  We had a rock in the top 12 foot, and they had one on the button.  Our skip threw a perfect runback with his last rock, to leave us on the button behind cover.  They had a runback double for the win, but it floated out a bit, and on that brutally straight ice it didn't have a chance.  They peeled the rock in the 12 foot, and we stole one for the win.

A couple of guys on our team now have their first OCA patch, which was nice to see.  Now we're off to the Regionals in April, at the Ayr Curling Club.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Comeback of the day

If you’re going to give up a five-spot, it’s best to do it early.  Pitching the shutout after that is even better.


Honesty in technical documentation

From a "How to Ditch Windows in Favour of Linux" document.

How to get it to work perfectly:

1) Good Luck

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Honourable Mr. Gretzky?

A new survey reveals that Wayne Gretzky is one of the most admired Canadian celebrities.

How long until Stephen Harper puts Wayne into the Senate?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2011 Dominion Regalia Silver Tankard

The Silver Tankard is a neat competition.  Two teams from each club square off, with the winner determined by the total score across both sheets.  It’s a single knockout competition, so only one team gets out of the zone.

The last time I played in this, there were seven teams entered. This time, there are only two.

We’re playing this Saturday at the Fergus Curling Club, the only four-sheeter I know of that has a sheet number 8.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Good news and bad news

The good news is that curling is becoming more and more popular, especially since last year’s Olympics.

The bad news is that it seems to have attracted some cyber attackers.

Monday, January 17, 2011

2011 Fairfield Marriott Challenge - recap

Game One, Saturday morning.  We came up with the long side of the draw sheet, against the team that I picked to win the event.  Not a good start.  However, we scraped and clawed our way to score one in the 7th end, to be down one without hammer coming home.  We got a little lucky and stole one to tie it up.  Off to an extra end, which is a cold way to start a blizzardy Saturday morning, when you're the only game still on the ice in an eight sheeter.  Anyway, we got lucky in the extra end and stole again for the win.

Game Two, Saturday afternoon.  We ended up playing a team who had a bye the first game.  The skip has knocked us out of this event twice.  At least that couldn't happen this time.  We ended up playing very well, and our knowledge of the ice conditions from our first game helped.  We won easily in six ends.

Game Three, Saturday evening.  Not our best game.  Unfortunately, this was the A side semi-final.  I think we were a little tired by this time, and struggled with draw weight.  Still, we stole the 7th end to tie it up, and made the opposing skip draw a sliver of the button for the win, which he did.  Off to the B side...

Game Four, Sunday morning.  By a quirk of the draw sheet, we played the same team from game one, on the same sheet, with the same rocks.  No element of surprise.  We hung in tight, just avoiding a big end against us a couple of times.  We stole the 7th to tie the game (see a pattern yet?).  In the 8th end, they helped us out by ticking one of our rocks to the back of the button.  We guarded like crazy after that.  On their skip's first rock, he threw a howitzer at one of our rocks in the top 12 foot, angling it back to the rock on the button, and got them both.  Amazing shot.  We drew full four foot, half buried, and he picked it out for the win.

All in all, not a bad weekend.  Both losses came on tough shots with the game on the line.  And we wrapped up Sunday morning just in time for me to head home to coach the little rockers.

Friday, January 14, 2011

2011 Fairfield Marriott Challenge

My competitive curling season gets underway this weekend with the Fairfield Marriott Challenge.  The number of entries is down a little this year, to nine.  It's usually in the 11-14 range.

We're at the Guelph Curling Club.  It's been a long time since I've curled there, but I remember it being fast and straight.  Fast I like, but straight is not much fun.

Three of us on the team will be in the Intermediates (for "experienced", i.e., 40+, curlers) in a couple of weeks.  I'm trying to drum up sponsorship from Advil for that one.

Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me?

This song came out in 1985.  1985!

How many times has this been played on the radio since then?  And one complaint is enough to have it pulled?

Back in another life I worked for a radio station.  We played songs that would curl your hair.  I don't recall any of them ever resulting in a complaint, much less being yanked from the airwaves.


Wii find this interesting

Nintendo gets into the health care business?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pass the hat

I’m taking up a collection to buy the City of Waterloo a snowplow.

I’m not sure how many, if any at all, they currently have, but they were nowhere in sight this morning.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Email thread of the day

I was in the kitchen this morning, making lunches for the girls.  The BlackBerry buzzed…

I'm the wrong one to ask. :)


------Original Message------

From: Veronica Bernard
To: Marc Bernard
Subject: Clothes
Sent: Jan 11, 2011 7:41 AM

What can I wear today?


Sent from my iPod

Monday, January 10, 2011

You’ve got to keep one eye looking over your shoulder

I decided to add a new printer today.  There’s a printer right around the corner from my desk, and the one I was using before is way across the building.  Yes, I am lazy, but I rarely print.

I downloaded the driver and started the install.  A message came up:

Do you trust this printer?

Well, I don't know.  I only just met this printer.  Should I trust it?

Friday, January 07, 2011

Tell me true, tell me why?

Why does Zellers sell "Mixed Martial Arts training equipment" ?

And, the "Express Lane" isn't.  Especially when you get behind someone digging a few "coppers" out of his pocket.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

No, we're not channelling the Top 100 Books again.  Today, we're looking at the 10 Best and 10 Worst Jobs (according to

The 10 Best (average salary, in US$):

1. Software engineer: $87,140
2. Mathematician: $94,178
3. Actuary: $87,204
4. Statistician: $73,208
5. Computer systems analyst: $77,153
6. Meteorologist: $85,210
7. Biologist: $74,278
8. Historian: $63,208
9. Audiologist: $63,144
10. Dental hygienist: $67,107

The 10 Worst (average salary, in US$):

1. Oil rig roustabout: $32,143
2. Ironworker: $34,127
3. Lumberjack: $32,109
4. Roofer: $34,168
5. Taxi driver: $21,127
6. Emergency medical technician: $30,168
7. Welder: $35,126
8. Painter: $34,152
9. Meter reader: $34,171
10. Construction worker: $29,211

Personally, I'd be happy to be called a roustabout, and maybe even a lumberjack, but I don't know if I'd enjoy the work.

The best job has to be meteorologist, hands down.  Where else can you be wrong 90% of the time, and still make $85,210 a year?

Monday, January 03, 2011

Conversation of the day

I was helping the 10-year-old put away some Christmas decorations.  She had some music playing.

V: Dad, there's a couple of songs on my iPod with some swear words.

Me: Oh yeah?  Which ones?

V: Well... the "A" word...

Me: No, which songs?

V: Oh.  Ke$ha.

Quote of the day

Pete Dominick, from CNN's "All the Best and All the Worst of 2010":
The iPad is changing the way that we smear glass.