Monday, July 31, 2006
How To Diagnose & Repair Equipment
1. Approach the ailing equipment in a confident manner. This gives the equipment the impression that you know something. This will also impress anyone who happens to be watching. If the equipment should suddenly start to work you will be credited with it's repair. If this step fails, proceed to step two.
2. Wildly wave the reference manual at the equipment. The equipment will assume that you are at least somewhat familiar with the theory of operation. Should this fail, proceed to step three.
3. In a forceful manner, recite Ohm's Law to the equipment - (beforehand, refer to a reliable textbook and assure your knowledge of Ohm's Law). This will prove to the equipment, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you know stuff. This is a drastic step and should be attempted only after the first two.
4. Jar the equipment slightly. This may require from a three to six foot drop, preferably onto a concrete floor. However, we must be very careful with this step. While jarring is an approved method of repairing equipment, we must not mark the floor. Again, this is a drastic step and, should it fail, we are forced to proceed to step five.
5. Add an integrated circuit or other component. This will prove to the equipment that you are familiar with circuit design. This step will also give the equipment an added load to carry, thereby increasing your advantage. Should these five steps fail, we must proceed to the most dangerous step of all. This step is seldom needed and must be used only as a final resort.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
In winter, we experience Chinook winds that can take the temperature from -20C (-4F) to +15C (59F) in a couple hours.
But today was a perfect example of why we should claim the trophy for weather weirdness. Check the temperature graph - it was 28C (82F) yesterday. Today it even made it to almost 26C, then at 4pm a north wind came up and BOOM!, the mercury fell to 15C in less than 10 minutes. It's just above 8C (46F) as I write this and I have seen reports of snow falling in the Rockies (near Canmore). It took a mere 4 hours for the temperature to fall 18C (64F). Allow me just to remind people that it is July.......
Along comes the new Pink Panther movie. Hey - I love Steve Martin. His physical comedy usually keeps me in stitches. But this Pink is 'the stink'. Worse, I can't figure out how to pay an eBayer to take this bomb off my hands.
Anyway, a big thank you to all my readers, especially those that take the time to say hello and offer feedback. All I ask is that you tell two friends.... and they tell two friends.... and so on.....
Saturday, July 29, 2006
I am scarred for life.........
Friday, July 28, 2006
Fidelity Wizards - Earthen Nickel - Neon Treachery - Neither Apathetic - Cheese Council
Thursday, July 27, 2006
"I mean, if you compare the casualty count from this war to, say, World War II, you know obviously it doesn't even compare. But World War II, the big picture was clear -- you know you're fighting because somebody was trying to take over the world, basically. This is like, what did we invade here for?"
Warning: Annoying registration pages possible.......
1st book: The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher.
1st movie you saw in the theatre: Swiss Family Robinson.
1st car you ever rode in: My Dad's Volkswagen Beetle. This would have been mid 60's.
1st dessert you enjoyed: My Oma's honey cake. I liked it so much, she used to have to hide it in the drawer of her sewing machine table. I still found it.
1st pet: A beagle named Spot. My mother tells me I didn't really like it much.
1st house you lived in: I lived with my Opa and Oma from 1961 til 1964 on Meunier St in St Laurent. The posted pic is about 3 blocks from the place.
1st alcoholic drink you ever tried: Vermouth.
1st full-time job: Stockperson in a music distributor company (Millbank/Discus).
1st vehicle ever owned (anything with a motor counts - but you had to own it): A 1979 Honda 185 Twinstar motorcycle.
1st time on an airliner: 1979 Montreal to Halifax - I was 18, on my way to military boot camp.
1st roomate: Dan Perry.
1st concert: Queen.
1st stereo: a Toshiba ghetto blaster - it's use led to a ticket for disturbing the peace.
1st trip to another country across an ocean: Verden, Germany - 1982.
Many Web 2.0 websites assert priority to their visual design and aesthetics , with the intention of providing a clear, well-organized and visually appealing site. Common design techniques include:
* Gradient backgrounds
* Large colorful icons, often with reflections and drop shadows
* Large text (especially in comparison with the emphasis on very small text in earlier designs)
* Diagonal hatch backgrounds
* Glossy three-dimensional elements
* Apparently random highlights and call-outs in text
Well, some people are having fun re-designing known logos using Web 2.0 aesthetics. Some of my faves are pictured here.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
The regular version of Google Maps doesn't offer the traffic-flow feature yet, but supposedly it's coming eventually. More on the story here.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
250 mile (400km) range. 0-60 in 4 seconds. Recharges in 3.5 hours. 2.6 cents per mile to drive (based on a 13 cent per kilowatt/hour electricity rate). Regenerative braking. Top speed - over 130mph (210km/h).
"We will not sell a Tesla Roadster to anyone outside of the continental US"
Saturday, July 22, 2006
One way to help visualize the relative sizes in the solar system is to imagine a model in which everything is reduced in size by a factor of a billion. Earth would be about the size of a grape. The Moon would be about a foot from the Earth. The Sun would be about the height of a man and about a city block from the Earth. Jupiter would be the size of a large grapefruit and 5 blocks away from the Sun. Saturn, the size of an orange would be 10 blocks away; Uranus and Neptune - lemons, 20 and 30 blocks away. A human on this scale would be the size of an atom but the nearest star would be over 40,000 km away.
Friday, July 21, 2006
UK designer Callum Peden has come up with a product idea for Google. It's called "Google Vision". About the size of a cell phone (with built-in GPS), a flexible screen scrolls. It would use image recognition and GPS data to tell you what you're looking at. The image would be compared against a database of objects known to be near the location identified by the GPS.
Physical objects would need to be indexed, such as via a Wiki. The technology needed to build such a device exists.......
Welcome to the MySpace generation.................
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
The problem is that Calgary is a very rich city right now. The economy is booming, housing starts continue to set country-leading records, corporations are flocking here like rats, construction proceeds at a pace that has truly created a massive labour shortage. But Alberta has one of the lowest minimum wage figures. There's your answer. It's almost impossible to work even a full-time minimum wage job in this city and be able to afford the cost of living. At $7.00/hr, working a 40 hour week, you'd make a little over $1100 a month - before taxes. The average rent in Calgary right now is $800-900 a month, so even if you shared a place, you won't get far. That's the price of success. Is it any wonder we have so many working poor that live in homeless shelters?
You should have seen the look of disdain from the rugby players assembled in the field across the street............ they were not amused.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Michael Robertson presents yet another article meant to illuminate the issue - only he also presents alternatives to purchasing music online that are not DRM-crippled.
Knowledge is power..........
Monday, July 17, 2006
Personally, I thought the matchup of Echoes (from Meddle) to the last scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey was better.
Beginners face a language problem: they can't ask questions because they don't know what the words mean, they can't know what the words mean until they can successfully use the system, and they can't successfully use the system because they can't ask questions.