for some of us, the hockey season starts tomorrow

September 30, 2007 under Hockey

I haven’t posted much about hockey lately. Dena gives me grief that all I talk about on this blog o’ mine is geek stuff. I try to tell her that I usually mention my daily goings-on with Facebook Status Updates feature for those that have me on their friends list. I get unimpressed looks from wifey, so…..

Tomorrow night begins a new season of Monday night shinney. This past summer, I played shinney on Mondays too. At the same time, I was on a team in the summer mens league at the Ice Park. Our team, the Devils, didn’t get off to a stellar start. Most teams in the league had been together for a few seasons. For us, it was our first time playing together, and the first few games really displayed our lack of cohesiveness. But we started to gel half way through the season and managed to make the playoffs. We lost 5-2 in the semi-finals to a team comprised of mostly ex-OHLers. We didn’t manage to get the Devils into any leagues this winter, unfortunately, due to financial reasons. So I’ll only be playing hockey once a week this winter. Twice a week in the summer and now only once a week for the winter; something about that seems wrong. Oh well. Our company is entering the High Tech Hockey Tournament this November – a tournament where companies in the Tech Triangle fight for hockey supremacy – so there’s a bit more hockey for me.

Fear not, the Devils will be back to challenge for the title in the summer league and hopefully in subsequent winter leagues.

PS: About a month ago, I ditched my old Bauer Supreme 1000’s for a new pair of Bauer Supreme 50’s and they’re awesome – crazy light.

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monster mash

September 20, 2007 under headhunters, malware, Monster.com

Last month, a worm that targeted job sites managed to steal user account information from Monster.com. Read the tech-y info about the worm, if you’re inclined. The stolen data is apparently being used to by spammers to conduct scams, instead of recruit for legitimate jobs. I’ve had a Monster account, as well as one at Workopolis, since the day that I graduated from university. So far, I haven’t received one of these scam emails. At least I don’t think I have received any – Gmail‘s spam filter is pretty good.

What I do get lately, though, are plenty of emails and calls from recruiters (90% are headhunters). Within the past couple of months, I’d guess that I get about 5 emails and 3 phone calls per week for “exciting developer positions in the Waterloo area”. Most of them are interesting-sounding positions with the many great companies in the Tech Triangle. However, I’m happy with the company that I work for (developers of computer security software – including antivirus – coincidentally), so I politely tell them that I’m not looking. But wow, I have to laugh at a few of the headhunters that want to nab me for “Java developer” positions. Did you even read my resume, Mr. Headhunter? Now that’s what I call spam.

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perfect pitch

Sometimes my ears and brain work together in perfect harmony. Last week on the drive home, Bookie played “Backed Out On The…” from the new Kevin Drew album, Spirit If…. While listening to it, I thought, “wow, this sounds like an awesome Dinosaur Jr. song” – the guitar solos sold me on that idea. Today I saw the video for “Backed Out On The…” and lo and behold, there’s J. Mascis and Lou Barlow in the clip:

PS: Turns out that J. Mascis does indeed play guitar and provides backing vox on “Backed Out On The…”.

PPS: The rest of Spirit If… rules, as well 🙂

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find the lockergnome?

September 14, 2007 under Chris Pirillo, doppelgangers

Is this Chris Pirillo on hight 8 in Kitchener?I highly doubt it, but I could’ve swore that I saw Chris Pirillo yesterday on my way home from work. I was on highway 8 in Kitchener on my way to pick up Dena in Cambridge, when a black Acura TSX merged in front of me. I subscribe to Chris’ blog’s feed so I know that he’s a TSX owner. The really weird thing was that there were 3 Acura vehicles in a row in front of me, but that’s totally unrelated to this story. The guy in the TSX had the same haircut and glasses as Pirillo, along with a visible Bluetooth headset. Could it be that Gnomedex will be held in K-W soon? 🙂

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happy day to me and my brethren

September 13, 2007 under Programmers' Day

Being the 256th day of this year, I’d like to wish all coders around the world a happy Programmers’ Day! It’s our day to recognize our ability to make computing devices useful by creating software.

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internet people

September 7, 2007 under humour, Internet

All things popular on the Web up until this point in time has been captured perfectly in this single video created by Dan Meth. Get your junk-food-for-the-mind fix with this ode to Internet pop culture here:

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