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February 29, 2004 under Life

Happy February 29th! See ya again in four years.

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fuck cancer!

February 24, 2004 under Life

Last week, my mom was diagnosed with low-grade non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She ended up spending five days at St. Mary’s General but she’s home now, taking chlorambucil. The rest of her treatment will be done at the Cancer Centre at Grand River Hospital. I guess if you have to get cancer, the Lymphomas are the kind you’d rather have.

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from the home office in sioux city, iowa

February 18, 2004 under Computers, Life, Programming

I’m working from home today. Yay! 🙂 Here’s why I like working from home:

  1. My home computer is much faster than my work computer.
  2. I’m never interupted by people telling me “they can’t print” or “Word just crashed for the third time today”. You see, they let our IT guy go two years back and added IT duties ontop of my software development duties.
  3. I code to music and all of my CDs are here at home.
  4. I don’t need to dress business-casual and can dress Chris-style (which is quite low in the style department).
  5. I can put my feet up on the desk when I’m thinking. I also pace when I’m concentrating on solving a problem or tracking down bugs. Pacing would make me look a little bit crazy in an office setting.

The code won’t write itself so off I go to work, which is where I am right now at home 😉

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i heart dena

February 15, 2004 under Life

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day; one of the biggest rip-offs in the year. When I was in university (in the US), I found out that they have a second similar day, known as Sweetest’s Day. In the States, they get ripped off twice!

This year, Dena and I decided that most Valentine’s Day stuff was poinltess commercial shlock that we didn’t want any part of. Hallmark and local florists didn’t make any money from us. Instead, we did unconventional things. Dena cleaned out my closest because she felt it was “too crowded in there”. We watched almost a weeks worth of episodes of Conan O’Brien that we taped at night when he did his show from the Elgin Theatre in Toronto last week. I then cooked a sumptuous meal for Dena; Beef Stroganoff for the entree, Champagne to drink and mini cheesecakes with strawberries for dessert. The fact that I cooked is unconventional because Dena rarely allows me in the kitchen 😉 I capped the night off by watching My Bloody Valentine (the movie and not the band, sadly) on Scream. Of course, Dena being the way she is with horror films, I was watching by my lonesome.

I was reminded of a childhood memory, too. I remember at St. Paul, we had a Valentine exchange. All of the elementary schools in Timmins did that and probably every elementary school in North America (and beyond?) did the same. The day before Valentine’s Day, the teacher would give us a list of names of the kids in our class for us to take home to our parents. My mom would go through the list while I personalized a cheesy little Valentine card for each kid in my class. On Valentine’s day in school, we would decorate paper bags, tape them to our desks. Then we went around the class and dropped our Valentine cards into everyone’s little paper bags. Then we read them. Then that was it. Looking back on that, I realize that the whole elementary school Valentine card exchange was extremely lame. Why would eight year-olds want to read “Be mine” on a card from a classmate? Eight years old! This was probably entertainment for the teacher.

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c is so last week

February 13, 2004 under Computers, Programming

It’s Friday the 13th, folks. 13 is just a number.

Have I mentioned that I hate character arrays? For a project at work, I’m stuck using C. I’ve said before that when it comes to C++, the MFC CString and the STL string classes rock! But with C….ugh. I need to keep a ton of ‘\0’ in my pockets.

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i've been demoed

February 12, 2004 under Computers, Software

The Unreal Tournament 2004 demo was released last night. Instead of waiting for horribly slow transfer rates from crap games sites like File Planet that charge for decent download speeds and no waits, use your favourite BitTorrent client and download the demo from this torrent.

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i got gaim

February 10, 2004 under Computers, Internet, Software

Since people are usually faithful to one type of IM software, I’ve decided to give Gaim a try. Essentially, Gaim handles multiple IMs (ICQ, AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Jabber, etc.) in a single interface. It’s not the first of its kind, but I like what I see so far compared to others like Trillian and MirandaIM. So far, it (Gaim) has some kewl features. It’s a little bit buggy, but I’ve found ways to work around most of its “features”.

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stars and taxes

February 9, 2004 under Hockey, Life, Sports

Another NHL All-Star Weekend has come and gone and is mostly uneventful, as usual. The skills competition on Saturday night is the best part. It looks like Gary Bettman is feeling some stress.

The cats’ annual vet appointment went well. Sundae almost ran through the wall when the needle touched her neck, but other than that, smooth sailin’. Belle has to try to shed half a kilo (~1 pound for the metric-challenged folks) according to the vet.

February is one of those blah months, but I’m looking forward to plugging my T4 and student loan interest into QuickTax and Netfile-in’ my way towards a nice surprise 🙂

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strong beer makes me a scatterbrain

February 6, 2004 under Life

Freezing rain=ugh

Today is one of those days in the year that Dena looks forward to, for whatever reason, and I dread. It’s time to take the cats in for the annual checkup at the vet. After that, the weekend can finally begin. Trois Pistoles and Dena’s tomato-bacon dip compliment each other awesomely 🙂

Did you know Justin Frankel left his position at AOL? I wonder what the state of Winamp is. Maybe Justin would like to join our JustCheckers project 😉

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nightmare on shitty api street

February 4, 2004 under Computers, Life, Programming

I completed a project at work that was shelved for many months. The reasons it was shelved were mostly for the worst reasons (Ex: horrible documentation of the API that I was using, little demand for the software, etc). But it was a great feeling when the light bulb in my head lit up and I found a solution. That’s my feel-good story of the week 🙂

In other news, Dena got me the Nightmare on Elm Street DVD box set as an early Valentines Day present. Now that’s love, folks 😀

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