Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I actually like Facebook in that it is a fine way to keep in touch with friends. I find some of their applications to be on the dumb side though.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Will Self Destruct will do that for you. This could be useful to send a tip to the authorities, sending out passwords, reporting fraud to your boss or institution, etc. Use your imagination.
Here's how it works: The recipient receives an e-mail with a link to a one-time secure web page which they will be able to view only once. Once the url has been accessed the message is deleted. You may enter your email address or just simply your name if you wish. If you do not enter an email address or name your identity will be anonymous to the message recipient.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
In 3 days, this blog will be 3 years old. Over 3400 posts. 90-150 readers a day. And I thank them all. Here's to 3 more years............ at least.
P.S.: If you told a couple friends about the blog, I wouldn't mind at all. No.... really. It's OK by me.
My favourite of the two is KWTF in Arizona. Anna Johns of TV Squad said of the call letters, "Now, this one I like. I think I'd keep it. I'd make my motto, 'Hey! KWTF is happening in Arizona!' "
I'll go you one better Anna. I think the station should recruit TV show stars standing on a set, looking into the camera and saying, "Hey Arizona! K, what the f......" the remainder of the last word trailing off....
Thanks again to E! (Ernest) for the find.
Thanks to E! for the find.
- Don't bother showing up early - the place is locked until almost pre-show class time.
- You get to meet a lot of people during pre-show.
- You play games with the company.
- You sometimes meet or hear stories about famous people.
- You can offer to perform with the company during pre-show.
- After that, the teams (for Theatre Sports) are assembled.
- Also, the other duties are filled (MC, judges, scorekeeper, etc.).
I know - you're asking, "Whoa dude! Why did you mention famous people? Who did you meet?" We had a guest teacher last night - improv guru Keith Johnstone. This guy invented many of the venue formats you see at Loose Moose.
I took the opportunity to shadow a few jobs for future reference. When the sign up sheet gets passed around, sometimes there's slim pickin's for what's available. I managed to get 2 usher positions in August, so if you go on the 3rd or 17th of August - it'll be me greeting you at the door.
Tonight, I'm officially shadowing the job of lighting the stage. I sat there last night, feeling like I had just been invited to the circus - backstage - in hopes of learning the craft and becoming one of them. It was totally exciting. Big shout out to Mandy, Brian, Sandy and Amy for accepting me into their group after meeting them on Tuesday night's orientation. It really helps to have a core group of friends you can talk to at Loose Moose.
Great days ahead.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Here's the video. Here's the EFF suing Universal for harrassing the rights of citizens.
How much more of this shit are you going to put up with America?
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
But those little rovers seem to be pulling through.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I hate eating there because KFC tastes so greasy these days. But Darlene occasionally bugs me to get dinner there so today I capitulated. What a mistake. I've been in a situation where they ran out of chicken in the past, so I was joking about that as we strolled up to their door.
Well, I'll be damned - they ran out again. We waited behind a half dozen or so other customers and noticed that they were getting rebuffed on some of the things they were asking for. The girl behind the window in the kitchen was whining and complaining about working there, telling the cashier that "They'll get what they get" in response to specific orders for white meat or what have you. She was openly threatening to shut the place down early (like at 4:30pm early), going on about how awful it is to work there and how she needed a vacation.
When it was our turn, Darlene wanted to pay extra for a keel. Only when our order would have been just about ready were we told that if we wanted a keel, we'd have to wait an additional 25 minutes. Say what!? We told them never mind.
Another customer was dining in and asked if they could have a cloth to wipe their table off. The two people working the store rolled their eyes, sighed, making a big deal out of the request. Holy frig people! A customer is offering to do your job - for free!
Another customer was told they couldn't get any white meat in their meal. It was just a sad display of apathy, ineptness and some other bad words I'll think of later. It seems they had the chicken around, they were just too damned lazy to cook it in time. The Colonel must be rolling in his grave.
Darlene realizes we are never going back there. How was the chicken? Mediocre. Not too greasy this time. But I've seen bigger magpies on my front lawn than the chickens that became our dinner......
Monday, July 23, 2007
Maybe there's really 2 Häagen-Dazs ice cream bars in the freezer, but my brain only wants me to see one......... yeah!
Of course, I haven't asked those punk-ass kids who drag race up and down the road almost nightly.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
This of course presumes that the music on everyone's electronic devices is all pirated content.
Message to the government of Canada: my tax dollars should not be spent on propping up the failing business model of a dinosaur industry that refuses to adapt its sales strategy according to the wishes of its customers.
Imagine if oil companies could sue people who operate windmills or solar panels, because the oil industry wasn't getting their due........
I know they're cool and all, but is it just me, or do people who ride these things just end up looking like dorks?
The job I currently enjoy wouldn't have manifested if I had not submitted that resume in the year previous. I would not have met Darlene if I had decided not to go to that party in 1987. I never would have met the dozens of great people I taught computers to (many of whom have become great friends) had I not listened to Darlene's advice and signed up for the CA Program at ABES (NAIT) in 2000. I wouldn't have had the opportunity to act the fool at Law Day this year had I not signed up for acting classes last fall (which in turn led to meeting a whole new group of people), which will end up contributing to my getting on stage doing improvizational theatre some day.
Words to live by........
Friday, July 20, 2007
I use a variety of applications to manage the visuals that I like adding to my posts. I use a screen capture utility to capture the part of the image in my browser window that I want to use for my blog post. Then I use Irfanview and/or Paint to edit the image, resize it and save it as a high quality .jpg file.
With Pickik, you don't need any of that, you just need your browser. You go to the Picnik site, upload a photo from your PC (if it's already there) or dig right into your Facebook, flickr or Picasa account for a photo. If the photo you need is on a website, just enter the URL of the page into Picnik and it will deliver the images (or whole web page) up for you to capture and edit. Once you have the image in your focus, you can resize it, crop it, fix the exposure, colour, remove red eye, sharpen. If you feel even more creative, you can add effects like Sepia, Vignette, etc.
You can even add an extension to Firefox to add right clicking into Picnik right from your web page. Awesome!
Once it's out of beta, the advanced features will only be part of their premium offering, but for now, it's all free. Maybe the best new web application released this year.
I refer to bands whose members eventually leave to join or form other bands as 'seed' bands.
Can you guess the name of the band whose various members left to help form or join with Foreigner, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and Bad Company?
I have posted the answer in the comments.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I'm usually not distracted by these kinds of programs, because the results are usually quite predictable - some combination of most flesh displayed, most developed breasts and/or vacuous facial expression assures a victory. But this competition seemed to be taking things to a higher level. It seems the contestants were being asked to display some hidden talent to differentiate them from the crowd.
The first girl demonstrated her ability to bring her arms together, elbows touching, hands pointed downward. Don't laugh - it's not as easy as it sounds - try it yourself. She seemed quite proud of herself and so she should be.
The second girl coyly displayed her hidden talent - she could stick out her tongue and lick her nose - but not the tip. No, she could actually lick her nostrils - both of them in fact. Incredible. It looked like the contest had shifted.
But a third girl had yet to unleash her super-power on the assembled crowd. She got out a mini break dancer's mat and put it on the ground. Then she put her head on the mat as if she was going to perform a head stand. But then she did the unexpected - she walked her feet around her head, keeping her head securely grounded to the mat, never allowing it to turn. She made her way completely in a circle, to the amazement of the judges. She was instantly declared the winner.
You can't just have a great body and a pretty face to win these bikini / model contests anymore. Or so it seems......
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Here is a BoingBoing portal to stories about the Chinese industrial manufacturing complex. A must read.
Dee Williams decided the best way to achieve that was to scale her home down. Waaay down. To the size of a large playhouse. 84 square feet.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
A group of friends is finishing a dinner on the back patio of their home. A hooded man slides into the yard and points a gun at the head of a 14-year-old girl.
"Give me your money, or I'll start shooting," he says.
Everyone freezes, including the girl's parents. Then one guest speaks. "We were just finishing dinner. Why don't you have a glass of wine with us?"
The intruder has a sip of their Chateau Malescot St-Exupery and says, "Damn, that's good wine."
The girl's father tells the intruder to take the whole glass, another offers him the whole bottle.
The robber, with his hood down, takes another sip and a bite of Camembert cheese. He puts the gun in his sweatpants.
"I think I may have come to the wrong house," he says before apologizing. "Can I get a hug?"
One guest stands up and wraps her arms around the armed man. The four other guests follow.
"Can we have a group hug?" the man asks. The five adults comply.
The man walks away a few moments later with the crystal wine glass in hand. Nothing was stolen, and no one was hurt.Sounds like a great movie scene, huh? Except that it actually happened........
Total price.......... $3.68
[pinching the scooter's cheeks and talking in baby talk]
"Who's a good little scooter.......... yes you are!!"
[pinching and baby talk stops]
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I went searching on their site for an inexpensive camera and found a bunch of refurbished Canon Powershot A410 cameras. It's only 3.2 Megapixel (only), but it'll do the job just fine. It has all the basic functionality of my original camera, plus only uses 2 AA batteries instead of 4. It ships this week. Cost? $90 my friends. That's a steal.
It's called the Spyder. This thing is actually for sale now - I saw a couple out front of my nearest motorcycle shop (Bow Cycle). They look bizarre, but I bet they're fun to drive. They cost around $19,000.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
There are none so blind as ... Stevie Wonder
Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and ... someone yells, "shut up!"
If you lie down with dogs, you'll ... stink in the morning
A miss is as good as a ... mr