Tuesday, 4 September 2012 07:56 pm
There was quite a downpour this morning. I was hanging out with my parents at their hotel just as they were on their way back home; I stuck around a bit longer so I wouldn't be caught in the worst of it getting back to the car. It turned out to be a very warm rain, but also a lot of water.

Things I then saw on my way to work:

- ducks swimming on the shoulder of the road
- a toddler joyfully stomping in puddles in a front yard
- a pair of middle-aged women driving a scooter in the bike-lane with raincoats billowing. The one in the front looked like she was soaked to the bone and had an ear-to-ear grin.
Yesterday's Globe and Mail included these two comics. "Pooch Cafe" is often funny, but "Betty" is seldom worth a chuckle for me, but the pair of them next to each other at Valentine's Day were appreciated.

So, whether or not you celebrate today, whether or not you're looking, happy with the love or loves you've got, or desperately wishing the media would just stop trying to push stuff down our throats (hi)... Hope you have a happy day.
Chuck Norris has endorsed Mike Huckabee for president.

It's an awesome ad, but the guy's a Creationist Pro-War Death Penalty Advocate. I'd much rather see Mike Huckabee endorse Chuck Norris for president.

Conveniently, the video and audio to support that are right there.

I don't have the time or chops, but I bet someone out there does.

Waiting. :)

[ETA 3:30pm: R(TM)ark replied to my email to them with: "Sounds like a great idea! But we can't do it right now. Good luck!". damn.]

Weekend in review

Monday, 20 August 2007 07:58 pm
This was a great weekend, slightly better 'cause I took a partial mental-health day on Friday. The campus had no network, and I wasn't going to be terribly useful twiddling my thumbs, so I had lunch with [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball, [livejournal.com profile] chezmax & [livejournal.com profile] the_infamous_j and came home. :)

Saturday d. and I drove into Toronto for [livejournal.com profile] chickenfeet2003's Thai Birthday Bash. We had some good gallery visits in the Distillery District (and a just a few bad ones). My favourite was a photography studio that is going to display Heidi Leverty's prints next month- I liked the stuff of hers that they showed us. Also, they have the Epson competitor to [livejournal.com profile] catbear's Big Ass Printer (BAP? ...does one name printers the size of a human? Who knows.) Anyhow, the guy talked about how neat it was to just try things out on a printer that's got four-foot-wide paper in it. Yeah, I could see that.

Aaand I took a few photos I like.

"Anyone who lives..." II

Then, to [livejournal.com profile] chickenfeet2003's for dinner and company. Awesome food- my tastebuds were singing, and not just from the spicy. Though that was part of it. It is such a good thing to get well-made hot food that wasn't prepared by my sweetie. (Mmmm, lemongrass and fish sauce.) We knew more people there than I expected, including [livejournal.com profile] beable and [livejournal.com profile] amarylliss. Good times.

Sunday, I went to Quaker Meeting, after which we talked about my hopes that my parents can move to Ithaca NY. People were quite supportive, which felt good. ...I don't think I've mentioned this trip here; I'm taking this Friday off, and meeting my parents in Ithaca- we're all staying at EcoVillage, because my mom thinks they might like it there. I've visited friends who live at EcoVillage; and even went around on a tour once; I think it's possible they could fall in love with the place. Above all, I hope my folks get enough of an urge to consider a move seriously! (To Ithaca? Elsewhere? I just think they'd be happier in a more interesting town than where they currently live.)

Also at Quaker Meeting, we collected together a big bag of kids' clothes and $60 worth of over-the-counter drugs, which are going to Burundi. I've never sent stuff to Burundi before. :)

In the evening, [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball, [livejournal.com profile] the_infamous_j, [livejournal.com profile] chezmax and I went off to the cinema- to see Stardust. It was a charming movie. Not too heavy, not too light, a bit campy and cheesy, and some pretty flying and magic sequences.

And that's the weekend that was.
Zeitgeist says: a bunch of us are worried about where we are, planning for the future, and what comes next. I'm feeling it, and so are at least half a dozen people on my friends-list, especially with that sentence-meme about dissatisfaction and self-doubt going around. I do think firecat has some excellent points, though I'm not going to copy that sentence into my journal, even though there are times that I feel exactly that way.

Instead, I am going to quote [livejournal.com profile] boutell, with the hope that you'll go and read the post it came from. Because right now I feel this way.

"Joy might look like something that happens to somebody else, someone who has an effortless lock on happiness. But it's not like that. Joy is hard work. It is something we create in spite of everything. It is the habit of a lifetime. The sooner learned, the better." [livejournal.com profile] boutell


kid's books

Thursday, 11 May 2006 11:08 pm
One thing led to another and I was just looking for one of my kid-books on amazon.

They have Old MacDonald Had an Apartment Building, which has been reissued. (yay!)

But I realized that the author and illustrator, Judi and Ron Barrett, also did two other books I loved to pieces, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and (probably my favourite), The Giant Jam Sandwich.

Oh, plus Mercer Mayer's Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo. These were the happy stuff of my childhood. I can remember sounding out letters in these, so that would put them at approximately age 4, or a bit earlier.

If, by some chance, you want to raise a kid with an early and strong appreciation for whimsy, these books won't hurt. (Though if you asked my parents, I'm sure they would say they DID hurt, by the 25,000th repetition.)

Mmm. Happy memories.

Good evening

Thursday, 20 April 2006 10:53 pm
I'm a happy camper. We just had our first guest presenter at my Perl User Group meeting; he was an excellent speaker, on a great topic [1], followed up by some good local-ish [2] beer, and biking home in shorts and tee-shirt for a total of ~10km today. And [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball is coming in 2.5 days, huzzah huzzah.

Logistically, in the list of: preparing the talk, presenting the talk, reserving the room, ordering and getting the pizza, paying for the pizza, and cleaning up after the pizza, I only had to do one item. There have been many months when I didn't have to do most of them (some when I did) but I think this time it was distributed more evenly; two people each did two items, the other two were chiefly done by one person each. That is to say, I think we're more organized. I think if I were to be hit by a bus, the group would continue. Which is a good stage to be at.

[1] Cees Hek spoke to us on AJAX - Dynamic web sites with DHTML and Perl: How to use the popular Prototype library to fill your web application with flashy widgets such as draggable lists, autocompleting text boxes and transition effects. With a focus on HTML::Prototype and CGI::Application.

That is to say, some of the magick behind gmail, flickr, and such; sending data without reloading pages. With a minimum of fuss/writing XML (ugh).

[2] I've been corrected. It was by Molson. (*sigh* Shows what I know about beer.) But it was still OK beer; Rickard's Red.
I've not read d.'s travelogues today (heck, I've not caught up on his 15-post set last week) so apologies if there's overlap.

Yesterday was great )

But today kicked ass )
Arrived early on Wednesday, successfully navigated the trains from Gatwick to London, found my hotel with absolutely no problem, looked once again at my ticket to discover HOLY F*CK my return ticket was for 16 April, not 9 April! One phone call to the airline later, I'm a chunk poorer, but at least I'm going home the same week I expected to. Ugh. I can only blame my own stupidity. Because even if I didn't make the original mistake while ordering, I certainly received confirmation emails from the airline which contained the dates in question. Ugh.

So far: I can still recommend Zoom Airlines. The original fare (ahem) was cheap enough, and they served two meals (sort of): a sandwich at 11pm, and a full hot breakfast: omlette, hash-browns, a slice of tomato, a fresh fruit cup, a pretty-good roll and butter, and tea. Points to them.

The hotel room is smallish but quite servicable, and has wifi.

Yesterday, I hung around the room until d. showed up, the we went touristing for the afternoon (down near Trafalgar Square) and ate dinner at a gastro-pub.

Hm. I'd write more, but we should go eat as it's 7:30. Later! (and no, I don't believe that I could qualify for [livejournal.com profile] boutell's "I'm too tired to blog about Europe" contest...)

Weekend fun

Monday, 27 March 2006 07:15 pm
Friday night, I went to dinner with Quaker friends; two who are going away on a 4 month trip to walk across Spain. We'll certainly miss them, partly since they are responsible for a lot of the week-to-week repair tasks for the Meeting House. Speaking of which, the weekend also featured not one but two Quaker Meeting House disasters, one sewer-pipe-related and expensive, they other boiler-related and expensive. Those became the capstone to Sunday's Quaker Meeting, which included an emergency Business Meeting to deal with the problems. Otherwise, the Quaker Meeting continued the last month's string of really good Meetings- there were a few surprising messages, all of them good.

Saturday, I lazed and programmed. Fish and I talked about photo mosaics and by the time we were done talking, we were most of the way toward planning the code, so we (mostly he) went ahead and wrote a mosaic-builder. That will get its own post, later.

I also went over to our favourite neighbours' (L & D) house for an extended chat and coffee. They just bought a shiny silver espresso-maker for L's birthday. D, being D, had to try out what happened if he turned on the steam-maker when there wasn't a cup in place ("to clean it out") with predictable results. L, being L, rolled her eyes and shoed him from the room while we made coffee. :)

In the evening, I went to the concert for [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball's chorus, themed for Easter. Most of the first half was a capella and I was really feeling the harmonies. Great stuff.

Oh, Sunday also featured a walk uptown with [livejournal.com profile] roverthedog, to try and buy a book and a ticket to see Karen Armstrong speak next Saturday (her latest book is about the 9th century BCE, during which time she says all of the following were created: Confucianism and Daoism in China; Hinduism and Buddhism in India; monotheism in Israel; and philosophical rationalism in Greece. I don't exactly believe her dates are that tight; Confucus lived 350 years later; but I liked her other books on comparative theology so I'll go see her speak again.)

What is this?

Saturday, 25 March 2006 12:36 am
da: (blue)
I was walking [livejournal.com profile] roverthedog and came across this... thing, a block from my house, right at the path that goes to the neighbourhood elementary school.

What is this thing? )

Edit: It looks like I've got smart friends (and a friend-of-friends- Hi [Bad username or site: abrichar - @ livejournal.com]!) I was still perplexed about the operation of this thing, so I image-googled. This one made it... quite clear.
Here's looking at you! )

Thanks, all. ([livejournal.com profile] chickenfeet2003: I think I liked it better as a Victorian puzzle. *very amused*)
Tonight's movie theme was: "all-dancing, all-singing, attractive young men and women wearing overalls."

Stomp Out Loud )

East Side Story )
da: (bit)
There's little as boring as entering one's expenses into Quicken. (*)

Last fall, we filled our tank at the Ultramar Gas Bar in Garafraxa, Ontario. That should be a song. "I Wanna go Back to Garafraxa". You could sing it at the Gas Bar.

Speaking of songs, last month we went to dinner at Charbries, one of our favourite local restaurants. Their cash-register was having a bad hair day. So the next time I'm asked to a poetry slam, I'll contribute this:



* ([livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball would claim grading is as boring, but I think Quicken's worse, especially for accounts that aren't automatically downloaded from the bank. Why aren't they? That's a damn good question I've been wondering myself.)

Today's a good day

Tuesday, 1 February 2005 02:29 pm
This morning, the purchasing guy at work handed me a new ergonomic mouse; which means I can take my other one home again.

This morning I handed off my article on drawing quilt patterns to the editor of [livejournal.com profile] perl_review. The issue will come out some time in the spring, and since my article is on a colourful topic, it gets the cover. Now I have something else to send dan's mom, who was the reason I started playing with these in the first place.

I also found out that my article for Linux Journal is in the March issue. I won't complain much, because they will be paying me. But about bloody time; this ain't acadamia. I think the author's bio is two times out of date, since I wrote the article about the same time I started my previous job last summer. Because the topic is decidedly non-colourful, (the Perl Debugger), it appears it did not get the cover.

Now I need to be less one-note and write something interesting that has nothing at all to do with a scripting language.

My Morning

Saturday, 29 January 2005 01:52 pm
This morning I dropped a pile of clothes and dishes and such at the local menonnite-run thift shop, successfully mailed our old DSL modem back to Bell Canada, bought bagels, and went to the Beer Store, where I stocked up on Waterloo Dark for me and Blanche de Chambley for dan.

It seems to have taken me three years, but I'm getting the hang of Canada Post. The post office itself is closed on weekends, and there's no Saturday delivery. However, there are postal outlets in various pharmacies around town that will take packages on Saturday *and* Sunday.

The bagel shop I went to has odd hours (basically when the owner feels like it), and it's in a relatively inconvenient location for us. But they have the only NY-style bagels in town, and the owner knows he has us where he wants us. They are good bagels.

I've got an annoying song stuck in my head, courtesy CBC radio the other night, when they interviewed a Saskatchewanian used car salesman who won the contest for a centenial theme song, creatively titled "Saskatchewan, We Love This Place!". The song is so insipid, but really catchy. You can read the chorus here. But don't bother, it's awful. Why in the world we had to listen to it, on Ontario public radio, is anybody's guess. Thank you, CBC. Edit: you too listen to it, too!

In a bit, d and I are going snow-shoeing, if we can figure out where to go. Then this evening, to a party. Tomorrow, to a house-cooling (dan's colleague Therese is going on a six-month sabbatical with her husband and young child). Sometime in there, I hope to get started on building the second rocking chair.

On Cold Days

Saturday, 22 January 2005 04:01 pm
What do do on a blustery, -15 degree, flurrying day? d's answer today seems to be playing a lot of Civ. Mine has been to play around with computer-generated limericks and quilt squares.

I'm happier with the virtual quilt squares, which got turned into a christmas present: a large print with 10,000 patterns. 'Cause they asked, I hope to also turn it into an article for a quarterly Perl magazine some time in the next month.

The limericks suck.

there once was a sword-leaved from noil pschent
who stay sports neologize so blent
sneesh black-figure prate
rail-line cockleboat privat-docent


The database I'm using doesn't have parts-of-speech, only meter and pronunciation, so the best it can do is nonsense words. Eventually, I'd like to work my way up to: providing as much as I could come up with on my own, and the program will suggest words to complete the lines.

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