Saturday, September 30, 2006
Go to Google, and choose the "Images" tab. Then type in site:sitename.com, where sitename is the name of the site you want to browse visually, such as amazon.com. Then, when you see a picture you like, just click on it and Google will take you to the page that has the picture. Of course, some sites offer better visual browsing than others. Like art.com, for example..........
Friday, September 29, 2006
This could be very helpful in creating the photo album for your profile on the online dating service...........
You know - unless you wanna be called Dweeby Von Asshat....... or Weenis (among others).
Do not watch this episode at work or in front of the kids. Let the tongue lashing begin.....
What the hell is happening to our society? The men in question asked a very legitimate question - they asked the purser if the stewardess would have made the request if they were a man and a woman. That's when things got rough. Because you know - men kissing is just a secret sign that a terrorist act is about to be exercised.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Today if you buy a DVD, you can lend it, show it on any player you want and then sell it. If you pay that same money to Amazon's Unbox service to download the film to your PC, you can only watch it on a selected few screens and only as long as Amazon still likes you.
Read about it here.
I think in the pic, Darlene clearly indicates what I think of that.........
" Whereas once the voices in public places were always directed to people who were present, a great back-turning [has] taken place. A voice on a bus is now as likely to be speaking to someone invisible and absent as someone else sitting on the bus.
Have you noticed that no one makes firm appointments anymore? Everything is sketchy, provisional, penciled in. "I'll call you when I get there." "Something's come up; can we reschedule?"
The hell [sic] phone may be a boon to the spontaneous, but it's also a license for the slippery, the evasive and the passive aggressive to mess with your head."
We hit the highway to get out of the city and got onto a country road so he could show off the acceleration. Poor pickup truck in front of us probably was starting to freak out when he saw this stealth car racing at him from behind at 150km/h. We turned around, got back to the highway and took the cloverleaf onramp at 120km/h (75mph). That's not a typo. Those F1 tires held us to the road very nicely, but as we were approaching the end of the onramp, I was getting just a little nervous. You run out of merge lane pretty fast doing 120km/h+ and the right lane was not clear - I repeat - it was NOT clear! I guess I worried for nothing, because he tromped it and we got past those wannabees toute de suite. Those poor bastards just saw a black blur go by them on the right and probably had a little heart murmur. We were doing 210km/h (130mph) before he let off the gas and cruised back into city limits.
Yeah.......... good times.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The product is the Roomba Discovery vacuum. It's a little robot that will clean whatever floor you unleash it on, with the ability to return to its charger before it runs out of juice. It can avoid furniture, stairs, and can be contained in an area using the virtual walls that are included. I understand that it won't do as good a job on carpeting as a human with a powerful vac, but now that we have mostly hardwood flooring, I'm thinking it might do the trick. Plus, I'll get to own a real robot! Yay!
I even have a plan to help pay for it. I'm going to sell tickets to people who own cats who want to bring them over to experience their reactions to the little automaton........
There are just so many factors affecting backup solutions that you need to consider more than just reliability. You should also consider practicality, ease of use, degree of risk, cost and time invested. Remember - I'm speaking in the context of a home user's needs only. There is no such thing as a "best" solution - only best for you. So ask yourself if the data on your hard drive is that valuable. Can you get by with just a backup of those files created by you, or do you need to backup everything? Is it enough to save the files on your own PC or do you want to physically store them elsewhere? What kind of media is big enough, durable enough and perhaps, portable enough? External hard drive, DVDs, CDs, USB thumb drive, backup tapes, take your pick.... each have their pros and cons.
In my completely irrelevant yet humbly offered opinion, my idea of the perfect backup would be the copying of valued files over the network to another PC (under my control) using the leftover space to store the backup. It's making use of existing hardware and network resources - very efficient.
Anyway, some things to think about. Best is so subjective..........
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
P.S.: He's Canadian.......
One of the most curious things I get to witness (on an amazingly frequent basis), are the drug deals that go down on the street in broad daylight. These people are so damned obvious by their attempt at inconspicuousness, it's as entertaining as watching a candid camera show on TV. These people are shifty beyond description; pacing up and down the street; ducking in and out of alleys; trying to hide behind light standards and transparent bus shelters (it's not working....); exhibiting nervous laughter and talking louder than normal; limbs flailing about like someone who has lost conscious control of their muscles; frenetic, schizophrenic glances over their shoulders with a display of paranoia not seen since the TV show "X Files".
I wonder if they truly realize how much attention they attract to themselves? Or have the drugs affected them so badly, that they've just lost touch with physical reality? It's like watching someone with a severe tic try to act normal. Regarding the picture, don't let their fancy outfits fool you........... they're still jonesing - big time.
There's a lot of talk (again) about a high speed rail link between Calgary and Edmonton. Those that are bringing it up are suggesting that the traffic on the highway connecting the two cities will reach capacity soon with all the massive growth, so a high speed rail line may be justifiable. In an effort to gauge viability, they're setting up cameras between the two cities to determine if highway users are in fact driving the whole stretch.
First of all, even if 90% of the highway's traffic were made up of people going all the way from one city to the other, this is not justification to build a rail line. If getting from one to the other without their cars was an option, these people would have already been inclined to take a flight. But they're not. Why? Cost is one issue. I think mostly because they need (want?) their cars when they get to the destination. A rail link is not going to be useful to anyone whose start point or destination falls outside the downtown core, especially the 2 cities' transit systems being what they are. I can tell you right now it's not a viable solution in the form they're going to suggest.
The real solution would be a high speed rail line that has train cars like they have on the Eurotunnel Shuttle line between the UK and France. The kind that accommodates cars. If people had the choice to drive onto the train, sit back for an hour (or so) for the trip and drive off the train at their destination, it would sell like hotcakes. Because the worst part of the trip isn't just the boring drive there, it's the "how do I get the rest of the way?" upon arrival.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Photo from danakay.
In case the image doesn't resolve well on your screen, he's whispering to her, "I can't wait to take you home and rip your down coat, fur hat, wool scarf, gloves, sweater, shirt, boots, jeans, socks, silk thermals, insulated bra and granny panties right off you."
Sunday, September 24, 2006
For example, I would have no qualms about wearing a shirt with the slogan pictured here. It's very witty.
More about the latest buzzwords from business here.
Photo by c2k2e.
Folks......... if you've got a geek on your Xmas gift list this year, I would highly recommend this little baby.
Allow me to direct you to one of the funniest efforts in machinima that I have seen for a long time. Male Restroom Etiquette.
Disclaimer - this video is most certainly NOT safe for work...
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Many more pictures here. The damned back doors swivel like helicopter rotor blades. The question still remains............. why? I'll tell you one thing - those back tires are gonna need to be rotated right quick........
I finally found a pair of cotton blend pants at Old Navy for a steal. Now I just have to get Darlene to hem them and taper the hem (again - is it hem?) so I don't look like I'm Snoop Dogg's long lost 'cracka' cousin. YO!
Were there any peculiarities about the car(s) you bought that had to be just so? Or is there anything about your current car that you can't stand (aesthetically)?
Pic from a photo by Zach's Dame
I'm really looking forward to the next class.
Pic from a photo by Ende
Friday, September 22, 2006
What blows me away is that I'm 45 and she's now turning 36(?). I think my brother Bob will be 35 in January. By my current perception, they're only just trailing me in age by a tiny bit. But at one time, I was 13 and she would have only been 4, while Bob would have only been 2 - a huge gap at the time. When I was 25, they were 16 and 14 respectively.
That's so.................. bizarre. Heidi.... Bob..... I'll always have fond memories of going out of my way to entertain you both.
NO...... that is not permission to tell the world "what" I used to do to entertain you.........
There's a lesson to be learned here. I'm gonna get me some ATM manuals!!!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I wonder if the webhosts that host any sites that sell the kind of weapon used in the shooting will be booted. I bet you it's not going to happen. Because guns don't kill people........ goths kill people........... For their blood. I'm kidding................ You don't really believe that, do you?
Don't take my word for it. Watch the video.
Then I continued to read the labels and noticed that each specific product type had its own subtitle. Names such as Grip It; Stuck Up; Grab; Phat Head; Whacked Out; etc. OK............ I guess the marketing people at Stiff @#!% didn't get any points for subtlety.
I started out using VMWare Workstation to create a VM hosting Ubuntu Linux. Once I got it working, I decided to cheap out, uninstall VMWare Workstation and install VMWare Player instead. It worked like a charm. The VM played in Player with no hiccups, but I had to deal with that annoying bar across the top of the screen - which, when you're trying to demo Ubuntu, can be a real pain. Plus, after a while, I decided I wanted to open the VM in Workstation (or Server) again to make some changes and make use of the snapshots feature.
So I uninstalled Player, reinstalled Workstation and ran the VM. Problem - the internet connection was lost. Being pretty new to VMWare, I didn't know what virtual network settings could cause my symptoms, but I suspected that moving from Player back to Workstation screwed things up. I was right, but I didn't know why. I read a bunch of forum entries online and all my settings looked good. I tried to break the NAT virtual settings (I need NAT to fool the network I'll be connecting to that I'm a Windows box), hoping that breaking it would force VMWare to repair itself. Nope. So I put everything back the way I found it (which fixed nothing) and was about to give up.
Running out of things to try, I deactivated, then reactivated my eth0 network interface in Ubuntu. Bingo! Internet connection returned. But I had no idea why. Was this a one time thing? Did I inadvertently break and repair my NAT virtual network device? Nope.
When you reinstall VMWare Workstation, the software randomly picks a new virtual IP network address range. So for example, when I originally created the VM, the software picked 192.168.25.128 as the IP for the Ubuntu VM (using NAT). Which always worked fine. But when I reinstalled VMWare, the software picked a new random address range, and gave the VM let's say 192.168.39.128. The VM however, is still trying to use the original address because as far as it's concerned, the lease hasn't expired. Which is why deactivating then reactivating the Ubuntu network interface fixed the problem. I essentially forced Ubuntu to forget the current lease and get a new one, which it did - which makes everything work just fine.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
I'm sorry if you feel that way, but the way I saw it, Eva is a better performer than Craig. As the judges said, she sang the song (that was written for the winner) as if she co-wrote it. I don't quite buy her "Oh my - you really like me?" act, but she is the best talent on the show (in the top 5). Did you hear her rendition of Alicia Keye's "How Come You Don't Call Me"? Come on! Sorry my Newfie friends, Craig just couldn't match Eva's range, nor her soul. In fact, a recurring thing where Craig was concerned kept getting mentioned by both the judges and guests on the show. It was his lack of (albeit perceived) emotional attachment to the songs he sang. I agree. It made a big difference.
Are the Newfoundlanders gone yet.....?
What rock album was the first with printed lyrics?
Do you know who the first musical guest on Saturday Night Live was?
These and other firsts, at Blender.
P.S.: The picture is not a hint...... I just like the cover.
They're only available in the UK right now, but I have a feeling that will change real soon.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Student: Karl Plesz
Born: Ville de Saint Laurent (Montreal) 1961
Graduation year: 1978
Current homework assignment: Training Developer / Trainer in a high tech multinational corporation.
Would your teachers have predicted what you do now? I really don't think so. I was focused on everything but school back then.
Career regrets: Wish I had tried university or even college for that matter. I feel like I missed out on some unique experiences.
Smartest payoff: Joining the military in 1979.
Worst time in high school: Pretty much all of it. I was a scrawny, pimple-faced geek who had no chance whatsoever with the ladies.
Best time in high school: The bright spot was when the ne'er-do-wells sort of tolerated me thanks to my new friend - a big guy named Christopher. I really enjoyed hanging out at Mario's Pool Hall across the street.
How did the Mantle rate you? If I had a Mantle (our yearbook), I'd be able to tell you. I have no idea.
Favourite teacher: Tie: Mr. Patrick (English) and Mr. Gaspar (Math). Mr. Gaspar used to bring us bagels from downtown Montreal almost every week.
Future challenges: To continue to find work opportunities that challenge my brain and soothe my soul. I really want to go into business for myself. Someday...........
Part crazy, part mangy, all rabid, you're the pirate all the others fear might just snap soon. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!
Feel free to let me know what name you were given in the comments. The site may be a little slow until the pirate hoopla has died down.....