britwave…again

March 31, 2005 under Music

Barry has a post on his blog about his five favourite albums of all time. Personally, I’d have no way of narrowing that to five. I typically post a list a list of my favourite albums released each year, here on my website. But all-time? There are too many albums that have impacted me through out the years to constrict to a list.

And what’s the deal with all of these UK indie bands that sound like the British New Wave Invasion bands of the 80’s; The Libertines, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, etc. It was nice at first when it was just Franz Ferdinand all by themselves. I grew up listening to the original British New Wave Invasion, because my cousin Christine (and to a lesser extent, my cousin Paul) were into that scene when they were in highschool. XTC (the first album I ever owned was their Drums and Wires album), Squeeze, Talk Talk, ABC and Human League were some of the bands that I first listened to, among others in various genres. I now know how all of the original Black Sabbath and Stooges fans felt during grunge’s heyday. To each their own, of course. But I should warn the fans of the current crop of bands that the first Invasion in the 80’s didn’t last that long. I guess I’ll stick with the new releases from less trendy and stylistically different bands like Idlewild, Mercury Rev, Spoon and QotSA.

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easter and giving dc the boot

March 29, 2005 under Life

Dena and I made it back from Gaylord, MI, which is where we spent Easter weekend with her family. A good time was had by all. When you’re at the Big Buck Brewery, check out their Black River Stout.

Congrats go out to Barry on finally giving Dreamcatcher the boot, and getting hired by Webcast.tv as a Flash dude.

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it's like work

March 23, 2005 under Computers, Life, Programming, Software

I’m faced with the task of updating an application that I wrote in VBS. I’ll be rewriting it in C#. This may prove to be a wild learning experience in refactoring and porting.

Barry has an interesting discussion about “The Office” going on. It’s a bloody good discussion and I’m not talking bollocks, mates. But peep this…Dena and I have recently caught ourselves watching CKCO Evening News and The Passionate Eye on CBC Newworld more often. What’s that all about?

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benny

March 19, 2005 under Hockey, Sports

If you watched last night’s Rangers/Otters game at the The Aud on TV, you may have seen Dena and I. The Rogers Television camera operator seemed to have the lens pointed in our direction quite often. You may have seen Dena vehemently cheering for Andre Benoit to score, or wincing in pain. She’s had an inexplicably owie back since Thursday 🙁

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holy bird on st. patty's day

March 17, 2005 under Life

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

I had to laugh. My office is near a seminary. On my way home from work last night, I drive past it like I always do; it’s on my right. A red car with two passengers was leaving the seminary’s parking lot. The driver was looking in my direction (which was the same direction as many cars behind me) and, for whatever reason, drove to block the entire lane. I quickly slammed on my breaks so that I wouldn’t t-bone the guy, darted into the middle lane so that I wouldn’t cause a pile-up, and flipped the guy a reactionary bird. Of all the things I did not expect to see, was the passenger of the car with the idiot driver leaving the seminary and flipping me off in return. Perhaps a potential priest gave me “the finger”? Maybe the person doesn’t attend the seminary and was just visiting or something, but I’d find it a hell of a lot funnier if it was a priest-in-training 😉

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lssu cs rawks!

March 16, 2005 under Life

Yesterday, I received some mail from Alumni Relations at Lake State. More specifically, it was on behalf of the School of Mathematics and Computer Science. Apparently, the School of Mathematics and Computer Science is hosting a reunion this summer.

I’m not a fan of reunions, since they often degenrate into a competition of who’s financials have grown the most, who married the hottest hottie, yada yada. The only reason I’d even consider attending is to see the profs again, since the CS profs at Lake State were by far the best educators I’ve ever had the privilege of learning from.

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i thought i knew what i was doing

March 14, 2005 under Computers, Programming

I got a kick out of Peter Norvig‘s paper entitled Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years. According to it, if I exclude any experience from university and previous, I still have five years to go before I know what the hell I’m doing. He’s probably correct 😉

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eternal syntax of the python mind

March 12, 2005 under Computers, Life, Programming, Software

I find myself using Python more and more each day. py2exe and wxPython have been pleasant discoveries, as well.

Dena and I rented Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind this weekend. If it were possible for the data paths of our brains to be mapped that easily….eeek.

I’m very curious to listen to this mash-up, yet I’m solicitous at the same time.

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smooth stout

March 7, 2005 under Life

If you’re ever looking for alternative to the seemingly ubiquitous Guinness, consider Murphy’s Irish Stout. I discovered it this weekend, and it’s an easy-drinking stout that’s far less bitter than Guinness.

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bad r.a.m. does bad things

March 4, 2005 under Computers, Hardware

It’s ever so true…bad RAM does bad things. A couple of weeks ago, my computer blue-screened with this error while NSW2005 was running a scheduled LiveUpdate. I dind’t think much of it. Then last week my computer blue-screened while booting with this error. The second parameter on that blue screen was 0xC000016A (aka: STATUS_DISK_OPERATION_FAILED). I immediately thought the hard drive with the partition that contains my page file went wonky so I ran SpinRite on it but all was good. Then last weekend I was pwn-ing on a Half-Life2 Team Deathmatch server when my computer froze. Thinking back to this error, I decided to run Memtest86 and sure enough, error o’ plenty. To make sure it wasn’t my motherboard or CPU, I ran Memtest86 on some memory that I borrowed to plug into my computer. That test produced no errors. Bad RAM, argh. After buying a new stick from Kingston, all is well again. Ah, the trials and tribulations I have to go through 😉

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