chico outshines the olympics

February 27, 2002 under Computers, Life, Programming

It appears that the Olympics aren’t as important in Timmins as they are in other parts of the world. One of Timmins‘ newspapers, The Timmins Times has decided to put its focus on Chico instead of our gold medal-winning hockey teams. This article is the next step in Chico’s road to becoming Timmins‘ ultimate media whore; replacing the likes of Shania Twain, Steve Sullivan and my cuz Paul Bellini 😉

As for what I’ve been up-to lately, well it’s about 5-foot 8 inches 🙂 Survivor 4 starts this Thursday. Yawn. In the office at In-House Solutions we have a Survivor pool. Usually this involved choosing who will win immunity or luxury challenges and who will get booted at the end of an episode. I won the pool for Survivor 2 and came in third-place for Survivor 3 (I forgot to vote during one week). I don’t think I will watch the fourth incarnation of Survivor, however. It’s getting tired. Also, the Family Guy is on at the same time and that show is hilarious. In my second year of university, I lived with eight other people…I’ve lived Survivor on my own.

I know that I haven’t updated/finished this site in a while. I’ve been really busy at work. They let our IT guy go a couple weeks ago so I’ve taken on the extra duties on top of my current job. I should change my title from “Software Developer” to “All Things Digital Guru”. I think it’s a little big for our business cards, though 😉 Exchange development is a bitch and it’s even worse when a sudden rush has been put on it. Plus in my free time, I’m improving a product of mine that many in our office and elsewhere like. I won’t go into to detail about it, but it’s a tray application that I originally wrote in Visual Basic. However, I’ve received a lot of requests for new features recently and Visual Basic isn’t too accomodating when updating an app that I carelessly developed on a whim. So I’m developing the next version from scratch using C++ and taking into account that people actually like it a lot and will want it updated in the future. Plus I’ve never developed a tray app with C++ before 🙂

Oh, and I’m trying to win tickets to Wrestlemania in Toronto for Dena via a contest on the TSN show, Off The Record. That one is a killer 🙂

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hockey on the world stage

February 25, 2002 under Hockey, Politics, Sports

Don Cherry is right. We Canadians are totally unlike our neighbours to the south. Unlike Americans, we do criticize ourselves harshly and when Team Canada got schooled by Sweden and barely beat Germany, the criticisms were flying. You can all testify that I ripped Canadian men’s hockey team a new one. However, that guy from NBC Sports that bashed Gretzky and Team Canada is a moron and should thank his lucky stars that he has a job, ’cause his hockey knowledge is questionable. I had to clear that up.

So we won double-gold in hockey. Fuckin’ eh! But why do we have to do it in the most unglamorous way possible? Canada’s women’s team never beat the American team in the past year or so and then they finally beat them in the game that counted the most. On top of that, they did it in a game officiated by an American ref who called anything and everything against the Canadians. And our men’s team played horrible at first and got progressively better each game. High drama, yes, but no glory. I guess that’s how we differ from other countries. We’re not about the glitz and glamour, rather the end result.

So they were partying in the streets because of Canada’s victory. That’s not out of the ordinary. But poor Dena couldn’t understand what the big deal was all about. It’s tough to explain I guess. Canada is geographically the second largest country in the world, but it’s a relatively young country with only a population of 30 million; compared, to say the USA, with 350 million people and a much smaller country geographically. Hockey is one of those cultural things here in Canada that can unite all the people of this huge country. And for our country to finish fourth in the medal standings with such a small population compared to the other top countries, that’s another feat we should be proud of. The hockey gold is especially nice to be one against the Americans since most of the teams are based down there (and don’t get me started on the brain drain situation). But remember, when Detroit, New Jersey and Colorado won all those Stanley Cups, those teams had similar designs; Canadian coaches, 22 Canadians, 1 American and 2 Russians. Dena might understand what all the fuss is about here, one day.


PS: I’m glad Jerome Iginla is a Flame 🙂

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five rings of corruption

February 18, 2002 under Politics

Winter Olypics; quite the joke if you ask me. The Olympic organization is one of the most corrupt organizations in the world. Blah blah blah Jamie Sale and David Pelletier. Blah blah blah nutty judge from France. I don’t really care since figure skating isn’t even a sport, in my opinion. What I do care about is Canada’s mens hockey team. While the passing hockey fan may think “wow, Team Canada has all the best from the NHL“. I tend to disagree. We put in our trust in the greatest hockey player to have ever lived, Wayne Gretzkey, to put together a gold medal team. Well I gotta say that Wayne may have been one hell of a player, but he’s not the smartest person in the world. From my point of view, he picked his buddies like Mario Lemieux, Al MacInnis, Joe Nieuwendyk and Ed Belfour. He also picked good ol’ sponge head Eric Lindros and Theo Fluery, both of whom have seen better days. I side with Don Cherry and many others wondering why Wayne overlooked those having great seasons like Joe Thornton and Jose Theodore. Wayne picked a team that’s big when he should’ve picked a better skating team that would be suited to the larger ice surface. This remeinds me of my hockey days when I played for one of Timmins‘ two AAA bantam teams (note: bantam = 15-16 yr olds). The talent pool was big in Timmins that year and it warranted two AAA bantam teams to compliment all of the AA and house league bantam teams from Timmins. I played for LaRonde and we were listed as AAA Minor. The other team, Miller Paving, was listed as AAA major. The reason for the “minor” and “major” descriptors was unclear…politics most likely. Mill Paving consisted of a large team. Even most of the forwards were six feet or taller. Even with all the size they had, they lacked speed and frequently lost in major tournaments. Our team, on the other hand, had a good balance. We had big tough defencemen, grinding forwards, and fast forwards (I fell into this category). We won…a lot; the TMHA (Timmins Minor Hockey Association) season, many tournaments and came in second in the NOHA (Norhtern Ontario Hockey Association) Playoffs. Many felt that we should’ve been the major team. But such is the case when it comes down to who you know and not what you can do.

Back to my Team Canada rant…and let’s face it, Pat Quinn is not a good coach. The only reason the Leafs are doing as well is they are is because of talent; Quinn has little to do with it. So why is he coaching Team Canada? Politics. Gettin’ spanked by Sweden and barely beating Germany is downright embarrasing. I hate to think of what will happen today against the Czechs.

Oh and we finally bought a TV for that DVD player that Dena got me for Christmas 🙂

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always too short

February 11, 2002 under Computers, Software

Where did this past weekend go? That’s what I’m asking. I picked up a copy of Return To Castle Wolfenstein and started to play it on Friday. It’s the latest game from id Software and is the sequel to Wolfenstein 3D that was released way back in the early 1990’s. It uses id‘s own Quake3 Team Arena 3D engine so it looks nice. According to many reviews for this game, it’s single-player game is supposed to be decent and the multiplayer is supposed to be amazing (nothing can top Unreal Tournament‘s multiplayer, in my opinion). I played the single-player campaign and assumed it would be a game requiring an itchy trigger finger to make the piles of Nazi corpses grow. Damn, was I wrong. This game required both a steady stream of bullets as well as some tactical strategy. The setting so far has ranged from military camps to German castles. However, Mission 2 in this game will be a set of maps that I will never forget. The Nazi’s were attempting to create super soldiers but some of these experiments went wrong and resulted in zombies and mutants. The movement of these characters looks so creepy and the setting is disturbing. My suggestion for a spine-tingling experience; play Mission 2 in a dark room with a sound card capable of 3D positional audio and crank it. You’ll be paranoid for hours after you’ve stepped away from your computer. I’m back in the gaming spirit. Bring on Unreal Tournament 2 and Doom 3 🙂

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a superbowl worth watching

February 4, 2002 under Football, Sports

Finally, a Super Bowl worth watching. Normally the Super Bowl ends in a blowout like 42-7 or something but not this time. Dena and I were cheering for the Patriots because her Detroit Lions were out of contention a long time ago and we like to cheer for the underdogs. Even though it looked as if the game’s momentum favored the Rams late in the 4th quarter, it was nice because it was a close game worth watching. But New England won, so all is right and just in the world. Well, a little more than usual 🙂

Oh, and yes I know that Tripod has seemed to have found a way to thwarte my method of avoiding those pop-ups. Shhh…I’m workin’ on it 😉

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