vote for a cure for cancer

June 28, 2004 under Life, Music

Here’s some good news…my mom’s non-Hodgekin’s Lymphoma is in remission after only three months of chemo.

The new Cure album comes out tomorrow.

Today’s the day to vote, so go do it!

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dodgestone was more fun

June 23, 2004 under Life

Saw Dodgeball last night at the Odeon with Dena. I don’t get what all the hype is about. People have been gushing about this movie like it’s the funniest thing. It has some humourous moments but in no way did it cause an all-out laughing fit 😐

She needed the laughs since today she has a company golf tournament at some course in London. After far too long, I noticed she was locking her left index and right pinky fingers in her grip. Ack! She needs all the power she can get. This’ll be her first round trying out the new grip.

We have a technology preview of JustCheckers v0.1 available. Kewl 🙂

Other than that, nothing is else is new. Nothing at all.

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bam thwok

June 18, 2004 under Music

Update: Pat is also in agreement that “Bam Thwok” is mighty fine song.

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new pixies!!! new firefox!!!

June 18, 2004 under Computers, Music, Software

Folks. Listen to “Bam Thwok”…it’s a brand new freshly recorded Pixies song. Surprisingly, it’s a Kim song, too. So far, Barry and I give it two thumbs way up. It doesn’t sound like anything that the Pixies had done previously but it still sounds like Pixies. They haven’t recorded any material for thirteen years until now and it sounds like they never stopped. I can’t remember where I read this recently but to paraphrase “the Pixies save rock ‘n’ roll…for the second time”.

Went to see Single Threat last night with Dena and Natalie (works with Dena). They’re a local band from Cambridge and were good if you’re into that. They played tight, though.

The new version of Firefox is mint 🙂

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creative labs knows something

June 16, 2004 under Computers, Hardware

My new motherboard is back! I have a computer again! But no more soundcard. My Audigy gave up the ghost. It appears to be inflicted by a bug that’s common to the Audigy and Live! line of cards. I hadn’t heard of it until now, but if you Google “Audigy” and “EEPROM”, you’ll find a bunch of info on it. I hope Creative has this under control now. My card’s warranty was up so it’s garbage. Isn’t it great how hardware problems happen all at once? 🙁 So for now, I’ll use my motherboard’s onboard sound. Sure, I have to forego EAX or hardware acceleration that I was accustomed to with my Audigy but those settings distort the sound in UT2K4 on my system. The only games it rawked were Warcraft 3/Frozen Throne. I guess I won’t miss it that much.

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention in my last post-vow-of-blog-silence posting is that I got a wisdom tooth extracted.

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end of the vow of silence

June 14, 2004 under Computers, Life

Well, since I no longer need to keep my vow of blogging silence, I can post again 🙂

Dena wants me to mention about our trip to Crystal Falls. It was, well, Crystal Falls. Did the graduation thing with her brother, Justin and the family. Did the wedding reception thing for her friend Jodie and cousin Brad and the family. Watched the playoffs on, ugh, ESPN. Drinking contests, wood tick self-exams and a delayed plane in Detroit. A nice break, one could say.

I still don’t have a computer at home 🙁 It’s been hard to find out for sure where exactly my motherboard is right now. Hopefully I can get a definitive answer today.

I picked up two new albums last week; Sonic Youth‘s ‘Sonic Nurse’ and Local H‘s ‘What Ever Happened to P.J. Soles?’. Both, while different from each other, are superb albums.

Dreamcatcher once again has not paid me for work that I did for them. Once again, the apps that I developed for Dreamcatcher‘s product CD at E3 were used. This time the work wasn’t contracted out to Barry (why would a company contract out work to one of their employees anyway), but was an actual thing that Barry had to do as part of his employment at Dreamcatcher. In this case, it’s Dreamcatcher that pays and not Barry. Surprise surprise, Dreamcatcher hasn’t payed me and it’s been about six weeks. Does everyone remember the trouble I had last year in getting Dreamcatcher to pay me for coding that I did for them? Barry says that it’s Dreamcatcher‘s policy to pay its bills only when it becomes an issue. So once again, I say fuck Dreamcatcher! Do not buy any games from them. If you absolutely have to have one of their games, steal it and give 1/4 of the retail price to the store and 3/4 of the retail price to the developer of the game.

It would seem that all is back to normal 😉

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so close

June 7, 2004 under Hockey, Sports

The Flames were able to beat the three top seeds in the West, but they were unable to beat the Lightning and the NHL itself. How could they win when it appeared that the league didn’t want them to? The non-goal in Game 6 was reviewed at the end of the game and deemed inconclusive. At the end of the game?!?!? Less important goals in other games consumed much more review time. In Game 6’s case, the puck was dropped a mere 20 seconds following the whistle. Was this reviewed in under 20 seconds or not even reviewed at all? I’d bet on the latter. Three camera angles appear to show that Calgary had scored to take the lead. The imfamous “net cam” that’s prevalent in every televised game and could’ve been the deciding factor was mysteriously absent. It’s obvious from the way Calgary played in Game 7 that they were extremely dejected. What a let-down it must be. The NHL couldn’t possibly want to see Calgary win. This year an independant auditor determined that the NHL‘s combined net losses totalled $272.6 million thanks to waning interest in the lucrative market of the United States. Of course, hockey in Canada is as popular as ever and will always be a money-maker, but there are only 35 million potential viewers in this country. However, in the US, there are 300 million potential viewers. If Calgary were to win the Stanley Cup, how many people south of the border would care? The vast majority of Americans cannot even find the city of Calgary on a map! This is not the first time the NHL has attempted to court the people in traditionally non-hockey markets. Let’s not forget the Dallas Stars‘ overtime win in the Stanley Cup final against Buffalo in 1999, when Brett Hull scored with his foot blatently in the goal crease (Dena won’t like it that I said this but it’s true). The NHL denied it as long as they could but they eventually conceded that the wrong call was made. I believe that the NHL should adopt the coaches challenge rule that they have in the NFL. Time will tell what happens next year. Along the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league needs to be fixed and I’ll likely rant about that later. For now, that’s water under the bridge…

All in all, I’m proud of what the Flames accomplished this season. They were not predicted to make the playoffs and they did. They were not predicted to beat the Northwest Division champs, the Vancouver Canucks, but they did. Then they were not predicted to beat the Central Division champs, the Detroit RedWings, but they did. Finally, they were not predicted to beat the Pacific Division champs, the San Jose Sharks, but they did. The Flames accomplished this with one of the smallest payrolls in the league, they never had home-ice advantage in any of their four series, and played the entire playoffs with up to seven regular players out with injuries. The city of Calgary showed a ton of pride in their team, more so than any team in professional sports. Period. What other team, in any sport for that matter, has ever packed their home stadium when the team is on the road? I can’t think of any. The Flames can look back on this season as a success. This Flames fan of seventeen years is mighty proud.

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