who doesn't like turtles? honestly

July 31, 2007 under Uncategorized

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so i says to mabel, i says….

July 30, 2007 under The Simpsons Movie

Not only did the Simpsons Movie totally live up to my expectations, it surpassed Fox’s financial expectations at the box office. I think most long-time Simpsons fans would find very few faults with the film. It stayed true to itself and only on a few occasions did it feel like a major motion picture (Ex: improved animation a la Futurama). All in all I, a fan from the very beginning, wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. The only way I think that it could’ve been better would be if Phil Hartman were still around to lend his voice again. Sadly, that won’t ever happen, but we can learn a valuable lesson from all of this; mild-mannered Canadian guys shouldn’t marry psycho American chicks 😉

Oh, and Spider Pig wasn’t the highlight of the Simpsons Movie, thankfully.

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d'oh!

July 27, 2007 under Simpsons

Me as a Simpsons characterToday’s the day that the Simpsons Movie opens. For those that know me, you can probably guess how geared up I am to see this. It only took 18 years, but I hope it was worth the wait. Since the first season starting airing on Thursday evenings on Global back in 1989 (Northern Cable in Timmins didn’t have a Fox affiliate in the channel lineup at that time but Global carried most of Fox’s lineup anyway), I’ve been watching religiously. The Simpsons is probably the closest thing to fanboy-ism for me. Even though some may disagree and say its glory days are behind it, I still say it’s one of the smartest shows on TV. What other show mixes humour of both the high and low brow variety with satirical takes pop culture, social and political issues? Hopefully, the movie will follow suit. And if it doesn’t, then I’ll take a cue from Comic Book Guy – “I must be first to register my disgust on the internet regarding the new Simpsons film”. But I seriously doubt that I’ll have to.

And in case you’re wondering who that dapper fellow to the left is, that’s me as a Simpsons character 🙂

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set @my_balance = select sum(savings_balance) from client_accounts where savings_balance > 0.00

July 25, 2007 under ASP.NET, C++, IIS

Today’s Daily WTF post was one of their funny screenshot articles and one of them struck me as being quite familiar:

IIS Error Message on a Diebold ATM

Die-hard readers of my blog may be thinking that based on the Diebold logo in the picture, that I’m reminded of one of my rants against slow Diebold ABMs. It’s not. That “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” ASP.NET error is the one that makes me shudder – more so, since this is a banking application.

Sometimes this is caused by trying to access variables and object beyond the current scope, but Visual Studio can notice these more often than not during a build. Where I really get nabbed is when trying to access a null object. Sure, sometimes it’s just a slight oversight on my part and I try to access an objects methods and properties without actually instantiating it first. Hey, it happens. Yet, often I find that an object doesn’t instantiate and I don’t find until much later….like runtime later. So I’m now conditioned to try to catch everything:

   MyCoolClass myobject = null;

   try
   {
      myobject = new MyCoolClass();
      myobject.someVoidMethod(SOME_CONSTANT);
   }
   catch (Exception ex)
   {
      Response.Write(ex.Message.ToString());
   }
   finally
   {
      myobject = null;
   }

That’s my two cents, anyway 😉

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i think i heard 'one more time'

July 24, 2007 under Chacarron Mocaron, El Chombo, funny

Remember, no matter how bad things seem, El Chombo‘s “Chacarron” is always there to lift your spirits 🙂

Does anybody have accurate lyrics for it? 😉

PS: Those who listen to the Dean Blundell Show on weekday mornings on CFNY have probably heard this thousands of times – you people are undoubtedly smiling all of the time.

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if my opinion on the polaris award mattered…

July 24, 2007 under Polaris Music Prize, The Besnard Lakes

…I’d pick Are The Dark Horse by The Besnard Lakes to be this year’s recipient of the Polaris Music Prize. I always choose the dark horse in these situations. Ha! I made a funny 😉

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not sicko – feelin' fine

July 23, 2007 under health, Sicko, Tommy Douglas, Transformers

Dena and I watched Sicko this weekend and all I can say is this:

Thank the heavens for Tommy Douglas! He was justly voted to be the Greatest Canadian of all time.

We also saw Transformers and it was total eye candy, but the candy was sweet ‘n’ tasty with a bunch of syrupy nostalgia.

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you will be pwn'd by the warm mountain winds

July 20, 2007 under Uncategorized

I’m not what you would call a good checkers player or even someone who actually cares about the game. Yet I still find it interesting that a team of computer science researchers at the University of Alberta have written a program, known as Chinook, that can play a perfect game of checkers. The researchers told Reuters that this is the most complicated game to be solved thus far. Besides chess, I wonder what other games are still unsolved. The Tic-Tac-Toe game that ships with KDE is pretty damn hard to me, so that one must’ve been solved already 😉

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facetime with facebook

July 19, 2007 under Facebook

Hello world!

I know that it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything of value. In my defense, I’ve been busy: contract work, home improvements, visitors, Pat and Jen‘s wedding, and other stuff. However, I have managed to find time to log into Facebook to see what everybody else has been up to. Now that Facebook provides an API for 3rd parties, I’ve been deluged by requests to add a bunch of “apps”: Zombie, Horoscope, Top Friends and the list goes on. Since I don’t want all these apps cluttering my view, I’ve declined them by clicking the “ignore” button on the requests page. In doing so, I noticed a spelling error:

Facebook spells DECLINED incorrectly

The word “declined” is missing the “l”. I’d love to point out this minor oversight to Facebook staff, but the only way I see to get a whole of them is to email them at their address dedicated to privacy issues or generic info address.

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daydream revelation: religion makes people crazy

July 9, 2007 under Daydream Revelations

Religion seems to create more problems that it solves. For a moment, forget about:

  • whether organized religions make sense or which one is the right one, belief in something…anything intangible is fine. For some people, they seem to need that for direction and meaning in their life. For others, that direction and meaning comes from different sources like science, family, drugs and others. To me, this is all ok; different strokes for different folks.
  • Being concerned with events that may or may not have happened prior to pre-recorded history.

Organized religion seems to create too many “our supreme being(s) is/are better than your supreme being(s)” situations. On small scales, this leads to cliques and faith-based segregation. In a global sense, this often leads to full-on wars.

What if instead, people believe in themselves, first and foremost? What if people live life being the best person that they can be, simply being kind to themselves and to others? War is acceptable homicide. I can’t see it being worth starting a war with somebody because they believed in themselves. Killing someone for believing in themselves and treating others with dignity and respect would be flat out murder.

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