i'm so new skool it's sick

November 29, 2003 under Computers, Programming

Somedays, you have to vent. I just have to tear apart the C/C++ data types known as character pointers and character arrays. They have their place in this world, but I’ve been burned by them too often (and maybe for the last time) when trying to do any string parsing and manipulation. Albeit, said data types in static functions will wreak havoc with your nerves when strings contain something that you weren’t expecting. From now on, I’m sticking with MFC’s CString or STL’s string data types. You have to be impressed with the patience that yesteryear’s C and C++ programmers had before MFC and STL came along. End of rant.

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we are trash

November 28, 2003 under Life

Dena and I were watching Cribs on MTV a couple nights ago. Cribs is the show where they have celebrities give tours of their homes and on the episode we saw, it was with Macy Gray, Brian McKnight and Sully from Godsmack. Obviously all of these homes are all posh with plenty of bling bling.

I suggested to Dena that we get a video camera and do our own Cribs episode. Picture if you will…

Welcome to the home of Dena Nantelle – legal assistant and Chris Bellini – underpaid software developer. This is a three-story walkup done in a classical style. Note the faux dents and scratches in the halls of the, ahem, complex. Enjoy the melange of cigarette/marijuana smoke and body odor that create the overpoweringly intoxicating aroma in the building. Marvel at the flourishes of mud and assorted stains on the stairs. As we enter Dena and Chris’ apartment, er, suite you will be greeted by a majestic 75cm x 50cm foyer. Your feet will be treated to a pampering while standing on the $10 floor mat from Casa de Wal-Mart. While the space can be described as cozy, you cannot deny the spacious feeling conjured by the dirty white pseudo dry wall. Go ahead, lean up against it. It will move with your body like a comfy blanket. Follow us into the kitchen and note the cheap floor tile, especially the area that the cats keep launching shit onto from their litter box. Pull up a seat to the kitchen table and run your hands across the nicks and dents in it. You can just *feel* the damaged goods discount from the Brick in them. Enter the kitchenette, but one at a time please. The kitchenette is very cozy. Feel the cooling mist from the fountain that is the faucet that never ceases to drip. Careful of the closet door in the kitchen that regularly falls off its hinges. It’s supposed to do that and what a rush it is when it does. Let’s make our way down the hall to the thinking room, nay, the bathroom. See that irremovable scum on the bathtub/shower? Nice touch indeed as is the Nintendo Gameboy on the toilet; very la-de-da. Enter the bedrooms and be sure to marvel at the even-cheaper-than-the-rest-of-the-tile floor tile. You can’t help but feel the sense of ruggedness from the black glue that has seeped through and dyed the floor tile. Venture back out to the living room and allow yourself to let the tensions of the day melt away on the footon couch. Are you in the mood to workout? Do a couple lifting reps of the footon’s lead-like mattress. Gaze at the outside vista through the patio doors, but be wary on the balcony as that is the mud dauber wasps’ domain.

Well, a good time was had by all. This is how we live. Now get the hell out! 😉

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go lions

November 27, 2003 under Life

Happy Thanksgiving to the Americans. Lucky Dena gets a turkey day twice in two months 😉 The bummer is that we have to listen to the Lions/Packers game on NFL.com while we’re at work.

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a walk in the snow

November 24, 2003 under Life

At work. C++ flowing from my brain to my fingers to the screen. Broken bathrooms. Fluorescent lights. Interruptions.

But it’s gently snowing outside! 🙂

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i'm affraid of the world

November 20, 2003 under Computers, Life, Programming

What a world folks. We’ve got kidnapping, homemade porn and Wacko Jacko being hunted by the fuzz (there’s a molestor’s moustache underneath all that rhinoplasty, I’m sure).

Python just might become my favourite language. It’s refreshing to see something different, practical (plenty of “why didn’t someone think of that before”‘s) and un-C-like.

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grey cup…keepin' it real

November 17, 2003 under Football, Life, Sports

A haircut was had. I no longer need to constantly tuck my hair behind my ears to keep it from falling into my face. Like you all care 😉

Anybody see the Grey Cup last night? Great game!

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mop attack

November 16, 2003 under Life

I was brushing my hair out of my eyes today, when my hair suddenly began to attack and devour my hand. Arg, time for a haircut.

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who wants to see bono play hockey?

November 15, 2003 under Politics

U2‘s Bono says he’s a fan of Canada. A fan of an entire country? Sure, I guess.

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the list is nih

November 14, 2003 under Computers, Music, Programming

Is anybody anticipating my annual list of outstanding albums, in my opinion, that were released throught the year? You can expect it sometime in December. Yes, I know, last year’s list appeared in January, but this year and from now on, it’ll be in December.

Things are progressing with JustCheckers. We now have 7 developers working on the project!

I’ve reworked my resume. How does it look?

Props to Chico for using ICQ more often as of late.

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blow job

November 13, 2003 under Life

Snow and high winds is what we woke up to this morning. I don’t mind the snow but the high winds can take a hike (thought some traffic lights were gonna fall a few times). Snow, yay! Southern Ontario drivers in the first snowfall of the year, boo! But snow, yay! 😉

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