Friday, April 27, 2012

Rick Mercer, Centennial Hall

We saw Rick Mercer last night, at Centennial Hall in London.

Rick was hilarious, as always, telling behind-the-scenes stories from his TV show.  Best line of the night was "Politics is show business for ugly people."

Centennial Hall, however, is without a doubt the worst place to see a live show.  Who builds a theatre with a floor that slopes down away from the stage?  Crazy, but then again, it's London.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Action shot

Photo from the Timbits.  Nice form, except for the "close your eyes and hope for the best"...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Conversation of the day

Bedtime the other night...

F: [storming into the living room] What. Are. They. DOING. IN. THERE?!?!

Me: [stupidly taking the bait] What do you mean?

F: Mom and V are locked in the bathroom, and I NEED TO BRUSH MY TEETH!

Me: Just do what I do when this happens - hide in the basement until it's all over.

You know you're having a bad day when...

... your software is misbehaving on the company iPad, and the most helpful advice you receive from a coworker is "well, I guess you should install iTunes".

There's a reason the windows in the new building don't open.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The dangers of "shuffle"

Just now, with the headphones louder than they should be, I went from this:

to this:

Monday, April 16, 2012

2012 Timbits recap

I had the great pleasure of coaching a team from St. Teresa of Avila school in Elmira at the 2012 Timbits Elementary School Provincial Curling Championship in Parry Sound last week.  80 teams from across Ontario competed in sixteen pools.  The pool winners advanced to a playoff round where they split into four divisions.

Our team struggled with the superfast ice in the Bobby Orr Community Centre arena, and lost our first three round-robin games.  We improved each game though, and were never discouraged.  Our final game was played in the Parry Sound Curling Club, on a more familiar ice surface.  We played an outstanding final game, and finished with a draw that covered the pin to score three, and a 9-2 final.

It was a great experience for everyone involved, and we're lucky enough to have two members of the team eligible to return next year, when the event will be held in Gananoque.

Lots of photos here.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Thanks Tony!

It was great to see Tony Clement at the opening ceremonies of the Timbits Curling this weekend.  Particularly touching was seeing Tony passing out unmarked $20 bills to each curler as they walked by.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Timbits 2012

The 2012 Timbits Elementary School Provincial Curling championship begins tomorrow.  Follow the team from St. Teresa, representing the Elmira & District Curling Club as we head to Parry Sound.

Results will be available on the event site here.  You can also follow us on Twitter @StTeresaCurling for up-to-the-minute results.

Here's the arena getting ready for us!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Conversation of the day

The girls were watching Big Bang Theory last night.

J: Stephen Hawking is in this episode.

V: Who's he?

J: He's a famous scientist.

V: Is he smarter than Einstein?

F: Hey! You call me Einstein sometimes!

V: No, I call you Frankenstein.

F: Whatever...

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Olympic Curling pre-trials

Ok, curling fans, just when you thought the season was over comes the news that Kitchener will host the Olympic pre-trials.

The pre-trials is the “last chance” competition to make it to the final group that will play off to represent Canada at the next winter Olympics.

Ei käytössä suomeksi

The application I'm working on these days runs in 18 different languages.  Every so often we send the UI strings out to be translated.  Some of them have no direct equivalent in other languages, and some are the same in most (or all) languages.

One such string was flagged in the content we sent to the translation company as "No translation. Not used in Finnish".  Guess what we ended up with in the UI?


Tuesday men's league

Another weird one in last night's championship game, as we tried to defend our title from last year...

Started with the hammer due to our win in the Page 1-2 game. Not typically our strength, although this year it has gone well - we've usually scored a couple in the first end.  Not last night - Skip airballed a hit against two, and we were out of the gate down 2-0.

Second end we had to draw to a rock in the back four foot.  Skip was wide and heavy, bounced off it and gave up another.  Through two ends, Skip was pitching a shutout - 0%.

Third end looked like more of the same.  They had one buried in the four foot on our Skip's first.  He asked if we should peel a guard or try an angle runback.  I voted runback.  He ran it in and rolled buried behind a corner.  They tried to bury a draw but it hung out in the open, and we nosed it for three.  Tie game, 3-3!

Fourth end we put the pressure on.  They had a double through a tight opening, but it over curled a bit and they rolled out, giving us a steal of two, to make it 5-3.

Fifth end they hit and rolled a few inches too far and we stole one more, to make it 6-3.

Sixth end we piled five rocks into the four foot.  Their skip threw as hard as he could, and got four of them out.  Terrific shot, almost close enough to measure, but another steal of one.  Now 7-3.

Seventh end we made a slight mistake on the last shot and it didn't quite curl enough. They had a tough runback double for three, which would have left us up one coming home with the hammer.  The runback ended up sticking on our rock in the four foot, and we stole one more.

Handshakes - final score 8-3 for us.  They never scored a point with the hammer the whole game, and we only did once, in the third end.  Our Skip was 0% for the first two ends and 100% the rest of the way.

And that's it for the curling season for me, except for a coaching job next week at the Timbits.

Monday, April 02, 2012


Last fall I attended a two-day coaching course put on by the Ontario Curling Association.  It was part of the process towards becoming a certified Competition Coach.  Certification is required for coaching a team in any OCA competition starting next season, and coaches are required for any Junior team.

The second part of the certification process in an online ethics exam, which I passed in February.

The final part is an on-ice evaluation of a practice.  An evaluator watches a minimum one hour practice and runs down a checklist of coaching technique and behaviours.

I completed the on-ice evaluation last Sunday, and heard back from the OCA on Friday - I am officially certified!