Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sins of a seven-year-old

My seven-year-old is preparing for her first Communion this year.  Part of this is a Reconciliation.  She had to think hard about three things to mention to the priest.  We told her that she could always go to the back of the line if she had to take another pass at it.  Keeping it under twenty minutes was going to be a challenge.

But, last night she was ready.  She had her three things in mind, and just before going up she leaned over to me and said, "I am NOT going to mention farting all the way through V's guitar lessons!"

If it's not a sin to fart through your sister's entire guitar lesson, in a small music studio, it darn well should be.

Looking forward to seeing the girls in their finest clothes, and the boys with freshly scrubbed running shoes...

Election quote of the day

Jack Layton comments on the RCMP investigation into a(nother) Conservative staffer, who is no longer working on an Edmonton riding campaign.

"It looks like they are throwing the youngster under the bus, What about the senators that are still on the public payroll?  They are the ones who were responsible for this in-and-out scheme and they are up on charges for cheating in elections and yet they are still drawing public salary and apparently still helping out Stephen Harper with his re-election. How can that be right?"

Monday, March 28, 2011

Election quote of the day

From the opening weekend:

“[Stephen Harper] wouldn’t recognize the truth if it walked up and shook his hand.”

- Michael Ignatieff

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quote of the day

From K. Scott Allen:

Fiddling with the this pointer might sound funny, even perverse, to C++, Java, and C# programmers. What's next? Dogs sleeping with cats? Working nVidia drivers for Windows Vista? It's all part of the fun that is ECMAScript.

You found it, you fix it

If I can’t log a bug, I don’t have to fix it, right?


Conversation of the day

During the daily foosball game, two quick goals go in, between the goalie and the post.

Alan: Aw, man!  Two in the same hole!

[much laughter]

Me: I think I saw a movie like that once…

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Firefox 4

This is kinda neat.  Mozilla is tracking the Firefox 4 downloads, and displaying them on a map.

I upgraded yesterday, and the only thing I wish Firefox 4 had was a “downgrade to 3.6.15” option.  Firebug is badly broken…

Other than that, it seems ok.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mind numbing radio waves

The CD player in the car is acting up, so instead of rocking my way into work the past couple of days I’ve been listening to the radio.  What an eye opener.

FM radio is awful.  I scanned through the selection of stations over and over, hoping to find some music.  Not much luck.  The only music I could find was hip hop or country.

AM radio was worse.  Infomercials or ranting hosts or “music of your life”.

I did notice one trend among all stations:


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ice Technician Wanted

The Elmira & District Curling Club, located 10 minutes North of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario requires a Head Ice Technician for the 2011/12 season.

The club has 4 sheets of ice and approximately 250 adult members.  Eleven regular leagues run Sunday through Friday with rentals and bonspiels on weekends and occasionally through the week.  A Junior program runs on Sunday afternoons, with 50 members.  In the past year the club has installed a new compressor, chiller and new pipes and headers.

Responsibilities will include ice making and maintenance of the ice, training and supervision of ice attendants and general maintenance in the arena. Previous ice making experience is preferred.

Please respond to, or leave a message at 519-669-4220.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rick Mercer for Prime Minister

Then we could call it "The Mercer Government".

Too bad Conservatives don't watch CBC.  Then again, this would be so far over their head...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Now Playing

New music to code to:  Lost and Found, by the Spencer Teeter Band.
Barney Bentall meets Tom Petty meets Barenaked Ladies, with a sprinkling of Bruce Springsteen on top.
Toe tapping rock and roll with some great bluesy guitar work.  Highly recommended.

Good thing we're building all those prisons

We can fill them with Conservative staffers. 

More good old open, honest, accountable government for you.  At least the RCMP are involved.  Who's tough on crime, eh?

Monday, March 07, 2011

Brier 2011

We spent Saturday at the Brier in London.

Among the high points: some fantastic shot-making, the Patch, the race around the arena with an Ontario flag.

The low point: Stephen Harper showed up for some free publicity.  He even lowered himself to be seen sitting among the common people.  Nobody fell for it.

Most amusing: John Morris being swarmed by a crowd of twenty-something young ladies while standing in line at the bar.  I'm sure this has to be one of Kevin Martin's worst nightmares.  John probably tells him, "don't worry - unless we play the morning draw I won't bring more than three of them back to the hotel room".

Observations: Manitoba was looking pretty unstoppable.  Alberta wasn't challenged.  Ontario looked shakier than I would like.  Quebec did not seem out of place at all.  Northern Ontario, Nova Scotia and BC looked bad.  PEI looked worse.  Newfoundland looked angry.  NWT/Yukon and Saskatchewan looked middle-of-the-pack.  New Brunswick was close, but not close enough.

Friday, March 04, 2011

They don't advertise for killers in the newspaper

If a classic movie has a prequel or sequel made, well after the original, does it demean the memory of the original?  For instance, if there were to be a “Casablanca – the Early Years” or “Apocalypse Now and Then” would it be so bad?

I think so.  This is just not right.

Come in here dear boy, have a cigar

There’s some kid called Justin Bieber, who apparently is quite famous.  His movie is now the third highest grossing documentary of all time, behind March of the Penguins and Fahrenheit 9/11.

In related news, Michael Moore was seen jumping from a tall building.

Movie of the year

I see, on average, one movie a year.  This looks like the one to see this year.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Conversation of the day

I was in the kitchen this morning, making lunches for the kids.  I asked the comedian to help me with something.

F: Not now Dad, I'm trying to get a hunk of wax out of my ear.

Me: Ok, but come here when you get a chance.

F: Could be a while...  Wow!  Would you look at the size of that!  Mom would be so impressed with how big that ball of wax is that I just dug out of my ear all by myself.

Now that I think of it, I should have a) taken a picture and b) found out what she did with it.