what's goin' on

January 29, 2005 under Life

Barry is a music video star.

Pat hardly ever updates his website.

Chico wants a blog/website but hasn’t taken the plunge, yet.

Dena is happy that there are finally pictures (more to come)!!!

I’m just keeping tabs on things, is all 😉

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what's up, doc?

January 28, 2005 under Life, Music

Because I had some vacation days left over from last year, I took today off. We finally have a family doctor; Dr. Bret Schumilas. I haven’t seen a doctor in a really long time; I’m talking like fifteen years. He’s a young guy, is quite personable and seems like he’ll be a good physician. I ended up getting a Tetanus shot. I hadn’t had a booster shot since grade eight and apparently you’re supposed to get one every ten years. Either way, it looks like I’ll be around for a while 🙂

Also, the new album from …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Worlds Apart, rawks large. It’s not as loud as their previous albums, but that doesn’t mean it rawks any less. Trust me.

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this is football weather

January 24, 2005 under Football, Life, Sports

Yesterday was a bad football day for me. None of the teams that I was cheering for won. Given the current choice, I’m cheering for the Eagles 😐

Southern Ontario, as well as other parts of the continent, had some winter weather issues over the past couple of days. As usual, the greater majority of people here in southern Ontario either drive like they’ve never seen snow before or like the snow doesn’t actually exist. I’ve said this before, I’m saying it now, and I’ll probably be saying it again in the future. And yeah, it was cold, but for those from northern climates it shouldn’t seem that cold. My mom was freaking out over -30° Celsius for a couple of days. A couple of days. In Timmins, where she’s lived 97% of her life, it’s consistantly -30° for at least two months of the winter. Dena thinks it’s freezing too. Albeit, Crystal Falls probably isn’t as cold as Timmins in the winter for the most part, but it sure is much colder than Kitchener. I guess people acclimatize at different rates.

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bells and dynamic languages

January 20, 2005 under Computers, Music, Programming

I code with VBS and the WSH so much lately at work for automating Windows and Mastercam, I’m starting to think that I could easily make the transition to an ASP and ASP.NET pro 😉 But for any server-side web stuff that I need to do at the moment, I still prefer the three P’s; Perl, PHP and Python.

I’m digging that new QotSA single, “Little Sister”, and not just because I’m a QotSA/Josh Homme fan. There’s a cow bell in the song and for some reason, it reminds me of a hilarious skit on SNL where Will Ferrell‘s character is the cow bell player during Blue Oyster Cult‘s recording session for “Don’t Fear the Reaper”. Funny stuff 😀

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colts need a tonne of something

January 17, 2005 under Football, Life, Politics, Sports

I guess the Colts still aren’t a cold weather team 🙁 For the next round, I’m rooting for the Steelers and the Falcons.

Dena and I are resolving to try our best to help the environment. The federal governement set up a Climate Change department. Get your free copy of the Tips Guide for the government’s One-Tonne Challenge. We already do a lot of things mentioned in the guide like carpooling and recycling. Now we’re trying out the little things that might make a difference, such as energy efficient light bulbs.

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steam-y

January 16, 2005 under Life

I made an interesting find this weekend; a lager from Sleeman called Steam. Being a lager, it’s light and refreshing but this one seems perfect for hot summer days. I somehow found a way to make it work on a cold winter day, too, though 😉

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gas tube

January 12, 2005 under Life, Politics

While gassing up at an Esso station yesterday, I noticed that they have installed monitors in all of their pumps (speakers included). They display some Esso advertising as well as car care tips and traffic reports. Kind of a neat thing to see while you’re gassing up.

Speaking of things to see, tomorrow I want to watch the Canada For Asia Benefit Concert on CBC. The lineup looks amazing and it’s being done for all of the right reasons.

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no hockey league

January 11, 2005 under Hockey, Sports

Ten years ago today, the NHL lock-out of 1994 came to an end. I don’t think the same will happen this year. But folks, there’s still great hockey to see. The World Junior Championships were a good example. Sportsnet is showing a lot of AHL games. Local Rogers channels in Ontario always broadcast OHL games (we get plenty of Rangers games).

Then there’s NFL post season, which is in full-swing. Like last year, I’m cheering for the Colts and so is Dena. There’s also the NBA but basketball bores me to death, so I’ll leave that to your discretion.

I can wait for the NHL and the players association to get their heads out of their asses and find an agreement that makes both sides happy. There’s plenty of good hockey, and other sports, that I can watch.

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tighten the belt

January 8, 2005 under Life

It’s a new year, so Dena and I have decided to try some new things.

First, we’re going to seriously budget and save money. We’re sick of living like we did when we were university students. Appartment living is drag and personally, I’m sick of “sharing walls”.

Second, we’ll increase our social consciousness. That’s not to say we were neglectful self-serving assholes before. Quite the contrary. We just plan to take more action, rather than be idle. For starters, we’ll donate towards the tsunami victims via the Mennonite Central Comittee. Living in the Region of Waterloo, we are in mennonite country after all, and Dena feels more secure with them rather than another charity organization.

Finally (but probably not truly the last of the “new things”), we’re contemplating ditching our Bell land line. Rogers has their new Couples & Family Plan, which is intruiging. For the longest time, I’ve resisted getting a mobile phone. There’s something about having a transmitter against my head that puts me off. Hell, I keep our WiFi router powered off when not in use so that we don’t have unused radio waves bouncing all over the place. Also, I prefer communicating when I’m ready. It explains why I’m a fan of email, instant messaging and voice mail. But the convenience factors with mobile phones is starting to make sense, epseically that Couples & Family Plan for us.

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bye-bye bad mail

January 7, 2005 under Computers, Programming, Software

For those of you who administer a Microsoft Exchange 2000 server, you’ll know that “bad mail” can quickly fill up your BadMail folder (usually found in %ExchangeFolder%\Mailroot\vsi 1\BadMail). If you don’t know that already, you will in due time. If that “bad mail” folder becomes too full (I’m talking gigs worth), you won’t even be able to delete its contents with Windows Explorer, let alone view them; it’ll crash, trust me. Bounce-backs caused by spoofed messages from your organization (or simply wrong addresses) and more can cause “bad mail”. I whipped up a super simple Python script to delete the files in the BadMail folder. I know that not everyone has a Python interpreter installed on their Exchange Server so I also wrote an equally super simple one with VBS, as well. Use the Windows Task Scheduler to have it run when you want to (at work, I have it running nightly). You can find the two scripts in my Projects section over here.

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