lance_sibley: (Default)
Eric pointed out to me last night that it had been a week since my last post, so I thought I'd better bring everyone up to date.

I spent most of this week working. I was late getting to the office a few times, which doesn't look good, I realize. I was managing to get up on four or five hours of sleep until this week, when it just caught up with me. Plus, the alarm on my cellphone, which I've been using as a supplement to my alarm clock, wasn't waking me. I discovered on Thursday that I had turned the volume of my cellphone ringer down to the minimum to avoid disturbing my co-workers - and forgotten to turn it back up when I got home. Oops. My co-workers are just going to have to put up with occasionally hearing the song "The Sodom And Gomorrah Show".

Despite being late a few times, I'm making good progress on my current project. I had a little problem caused by the profile on my PC somehow getting corrupted, preventing me from being able to investigate a problem that I'd been asked to look at, but eventually the administrator figured it out and I was able to resolve things.

Thursday evening, we had the hotel tour/meeting for Polaris. I finally found out where the squash courts and gym are in the Best Western (we've had to schedule some things over there due to having less space than we had at the Doubletree). I've also managed to get my con-related emails down a bit - I have maybe 15-20 in my Inbox that are still waiting for replies.

Last night, Eric and I watched the Dead Like Me movie. I had a slight hiccup - my DVD player wouldn't load the disc. All it was doing was making grinding noises. I tested another DVD in it and it started up fine, and my laptop was able to play the DLM movie, so I don't know what the problem was. Anyway, we managed to watch it. I was a little disappointed by the performance of the actress playing Daisy (who was not the same actress who played the role in the TV show), and I felt myself getting emotional during the scene with George, Delores and Murray (I was reminded a little too much of Vesta), but overall it was a decent bookend to the series, while leaving things open for more.

Today, I finally got around to going out to buy a paper shredder. I had two plastic bags full of receipts, ATM slips, and other things that I didn't want to just throw into the recycling bin, which had been sitting in the corner for quite a while. So I went down to the Eaton Centre and picked up a shredder at Grand & Toy (the G&T near me is closed on Sundays). Somehow, shredding two bags of paper took two hours and turned into six bags of confetti. I'm not sure how that happened.

Tomorrow, I figure I'll do more cleaning - take out the newspapers and other recycling, and sweep and mop the floors. I might do laundry as well. I want my apartment to be slightly less of a disaster when Eric arrives on Wednesday. :) (I was going to do that today, but spent more time downtown than I'd really meant to, just wandering around. Funny how that happens.)

So that's been my week.
lance_sibley: (illogical)
For your reading pleasure.
lance_sibley: (Intense)
I heard a few hours ago that Patrick McGoohan had passed away at the age of 80. The Prisoner is one of those shows I've always wanted to see, but have never had the opportunity - I've never heard of it being aired on TV (I'm sure it has been, I've just never heard about it), and the DVD set is awfully expensive. I wonder how he felt about the upcoming remake of the show.

And just now, I got the news that Ricardo Montalban has passed away at 88. (I had no idea he was that old... I figured he was around 75. He looked damned good for a man in his mid 40s during "Space Seed", not to mention being in his early 60s at the time of "Wrath Of Khan".) He was someone I'd always wanted to meet, not only because of his larger-than-life portrayal of Khan, but because I grew up watching "Fantasy Island". Alas, his failing health over the past few years meant that he wasn't accepting invitations to conventions (though I only ever heard of him being at one or two, anyway).

I always found it amusing that in one review of TWOK, the critic wrote that Montalban was "hilariously miscast as Khan". Guess that critic never watched TOS...

Rest in peace, gentlemen.
lance_sibley: (screaming)
Let me start off by saying - a propos of nothing - that seeing the name of someone one has had a one-night stand with in the newspaper is a bit jarring. Fortunately it was in the Lifestyle section, in an article talking about an office design called hotelling, but still. (I'm just glad I've never worked for a company that did this. Normally I keep far too much crap on my desk to be able to function in that kind of environment.)

Now that that's out of the way... I spent far too much money this weekend.

I've mentioned a few times that my PDA had been mysteriously crashing for no apparent reason lately. It stopped for a few weeks, then started again (I wonder if there's a correlation with the temperature, since I carry it everywhere in my backpack). Since it was about five years old (perhaps older), I decided it was time for a new one. I looked at a few that various friends have, and then went into Future Shop on Saturday... where I ended up deciding on another Palm. It has the advantage, at least, that I don't have to figure out how to convert all of my data from one format to another. Though a few of my games from the old one no longer seem to work on the new one.

It's a Palm TX, wi-fi and Bluetooth enabled, and came with a keyboard as well. Plus it has Word and Excel, and can synch with Outlook (which I never use, as I prefer webmail, but it's nice to have the option, I guess). With the taxes and extended warranty (probably a ripoff, but given the troubles I've had with the current one, if this one starts acting up in four years or less I don't have to worry about the expense), it was about $650. Yikes.

While I was in there, I saw that they were having a sale on laser printers as well. I'd been wanting one of those for a while, as I'm tired of the inkjet clogging up if I don't use it for a couple of weeks. (I don't print often, but when I do, I print a ton.) Again with the taxes and warranty, I got a Samsung laser printer/copier/scanner for about $400. (Before the taxes and warranty, it was about $250.) I just need to figure out how to get it home, now - the store may only be a five-minute walk from my apartment under normal circumstances, but carrying a printer, it would probably be more like half an hour. (And given the troubles I've been having with my bowling injury and subsequent pain in my other arm, probably from overcompensating a few weeks ago when I was taking all the crap from my solarium out to the dumpsters, I'd rather not risk further injury anyway.) I've arranged to borrow a dolly from the Penneys if I can't figure out some other way before next weekend.

So that was Saturday afternoon. In the evening, I went to see Cloverfield with [ profile] kairi_kiss, Chris & Lee Knight, and a couple of other folks. (I'm blanking on their names right now. :( ) I'm seeing mixed opinions from people, but I enjoyed it. Yeah, I know it was basically The Blair Witch Meets Godzilla, but I was entertained - which is my primary motivation when it comes to watching movies, TV shows or plays. Though that didn't stop me from thinking that the protagonists were stupid. Mind you, the protagonists in any horror film are stupid... otherwise they wouldn't be in the predicament in the first place.

And the Trek trailer? Sweeeeeeeeeet. My little monitor doesn't do it justice. (Okay, that may also be because the version I saw on was from a bootleg video.)

Today seemed like a long day. I managed to miss the bus at Finch thanks to some kind of delay on the subway (I couldn't hear the announcement - they were making it upstairs, and not on the platform, just as the southbound train rumbled in), and so I didn't get in until about half an hour later than usual. I still managed to fix a strange bug today, though our client is convinced that the solution is something different. (I can prove beyond a doubt that while his theorized cause may be a problem - I haven't checked yet - the one I found today definitely causes this problem.) It only took me six hours because Visual Studio (I almost typed "Visual Stupido", which is probably more accurate) kept crashing when I was in debug mode, executing the code line-by-line, just before I got to the problem code. Argh.)

I was going to go to Third Monday tonight, but figured it was moot because the Penneys weren't going to be there. (Had they been there, I would have been arranging to borrow their dolly, you see... it all hangs together.) So I came home and had dinner here... or rather, tried to. The damned phone kept ringing while I was eating. (All right, most people don't eat dinner at 10PM, I know...) And since it was my Denvention roommate calling to let me know that he'd booked our room in the Marriott (oh, yes, for those of you not on the SMOFS list who are interested, the hotel booking page became available today), I guess that's actually a good thing.

So now it's 11:30 and I'm only just getting started on the stuff I wanted to get done tonight. Sigh.

Oh, and I got two emails today asking me to work on Programming for Anticipation, in two different areas. Guess they think that being head of Events isn't enough work...
lance_sibley: (Happy In My Pants - by Raelala)
I'm surprised that I've only seen this twice on my friendslist so far today, and that it wasn't in today's newspaper:

Potential HIV Cure Discovered.

It's still too early to tell, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it works...

(Thanks to [ profile] esprix and [ profile] omahastar for posting links.)

On a somewhat lighter note... Space's movie lineup doesn't seem to have improved much despite the new "CTV Globe Media" logo they showed earlier tonight (though maybe that was part of the Dresden Files credits - I'm not sure if the sale has gone through yet). Laserhawk has to be one of the worst movies it's ever been my misfortune to have seen:

Teenagers in a mid-west town discover that they are destined to fight off an alien invasion as the crew of a spacecraft of unknown origin. They are aided by a mysterious patient in a psychiatric hospital and a frenetic comic book artist. Stars Jason James Richter, Melissa Galianos and Mark Hamill.

Funnily enough, this is the first time I've ever seen this on IMDb:

Plot Synopsis: This plot synopsis is empty. Add a synopsis

Very telling. (And what's with that title, anyway? So far as I could tell, the movie had nothing to do with either lasers or hawks...)

I only left the channel on because I was doing Fraser Simpson's Canada Day Cryptic Crossword in the newspaper (which I finished in about two hours, btw... now I have to remember to mail it in to be eligible for a prize, which I probably won't be eligible for because I actually know Fraser - I used to play Scrabble with him on Friday nights).

Oh, and since it's after midnight... Happy Canada Day, everyone! *shoots off fireworks*
lance_sibley: (Brian - hehe - by little_icons)
Some folks might remember Rebecca Eckler, the Globe and Mail "journalist" who snuck into the Hugos pre-party at Torcon 3 in 2003 and proceeded to write a hack piece making fun of science fiction fans?

Well, it seems she's suing Universal Studios, claiming that they ripped off her memoir Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-Be for the movie Knocked Up.

Okay, the similarities are striking, but after what she wrote about Torcon, and reading that she had had small offers from film producers but was "holding out for the Big American Offer," I find it hard to have any sympathy for her. Let's just think of it as her just desserts. ;)
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
Courtesy of [ profile] terri_osborne:

The Starship Enterprise finally has a new captain.

After months of speculation, J.J. Abrams has signed on to direct the next installment of the "Star Trek" feature franchise, sources said late Friday. "Star Trek XI" revolves around a young James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, chronicling their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and their first space mission.

Abrams, the prolific co-creator/executive producer of "Lost" and director of "Mission: Impossible -- 3" has been developing the project through his Paramount-based Bad Robot shingle as a producer and writer. But Abrams never committed to directing the project until Friday evening, when the deal was finalized, sources say. Abrams reps at WMA declined comment on the matter.

(From The Hollywood Reporter)

While I'm not unhappy that Abrams will be directing the movie, I'm ticked that the rumoured plot is true. Now, it may never have been said on screen that Kirk and Spock didn't meet until Kirk took command of the Enterprise, but it's still fairly well-accepted fanon. Abrams better have a damned good justification in his script for changing this long-held belief. And he better be extremely careful about casting. I suspect that many fans will be so put out by the plot that they'll only see it twice each. ;)
lance_sibley: (Strike)
Last week, at the end of the night of bowling, one of our opponents came over and said, "I didn't want to say anything while we were bowling, but you might do better if you stood up a little straighter - you'd get more speed on the ball. Right now your backswing is too short."

Leaving to one side the fact that this is supposed to be a social, fun kind of league and there was no particular reason for her to hide that little snippet from me all evening (I'm as competitive as anyone, but come on), I discovered tonight that she was full of it.

My first and second games both started out pathetically - I would throw the first ball into the pocket, leave one or two pins, and then on the spare attempt I would pull the ball slightly to the left and miss by the most minuscule amount possible (or, as my teammate Bridgette would ever-so-delicately put it, "by the width of a pubic hair"). So I went back to my normal style in the third game and promptly had my best game of the night.

Final scores: 155, 135, 183.

And those first two games' scores sound a lot better than they were - I had maybe 65 in the fifth frame of the first game, and 78 or thereabouts in the seventh frame of the second game. Fortunately I had strong finishes in both games (I actually reverted to my normal style in the ninth frame of the second game - and promptly got a spare in the ninth and two strikes plus nine in the tenth, for 49 pins in the last two frames).

Considering that three weeks ago I bowled two 200 games using my normal style, I'm not sure why I listened in the first place.

I was supposed to drop by [ profile] angrykat's gathering afterwards after coming home first (I wasn't showing up in sweat pants and a sweaty t-shirt, sorry), but my elbow is killing me (I still can't straighten my arm without pain) and my neck is kind of sore as well, probably due to the attempt to alter my style tonight. (Ye gods, I sound like a wreck.) Not to mention, I should probably be in bed by 2 or 3ish if I'm going to get up in time tomorrow - I'm meeting [ profile] gurudata at 1.

On the job hunting front, I heard nothing today, not even from the recruiter on whose voice mail I'd left a message yesterday regarding an 18-month government contract in Oshawa - I'd expected him to return my call, but I guess he was busy as today was the deadline for applications. (Yes, commuting to Oshawa will likely be difficult - don't remind me. Maybe I should learn to drive one of these years? Or maybe I should just talk Mike into letting me move in with him and his family, since he lives in Whitby. On second thought, that might be awkward...)

I heard through the grapevine tonight that a friend in the bowling league was laid off after 21 years at Bank of Montreal. I expect this means that there may be some additional competition for jobs over the next little while, though from what I've seen of their online job postings, BMO - or at least his part of it - is primarily a C++ shop, so maybe not. A year or so ago he'd offered to take my resume, but nothing ever came of it. It seems they got a new VP who cancelled all of the IT projects my friend was overseeing. Yikes. Sounds like he got a good severance package, though. Three weeks for every year of service? Oh yeah.

I just checked to see what was currently on TV so that I could fill in the "Music" line for this entry and found the following:

Full Moon High (PG)

A teenager (Adam Arkin) becomes a werewolf after a family vacation in Transylvania. Also stars Ed McMahon and Roz Kelly.

Yikes. It's just as well my back is to the TV...
lance_sibley: (what now)
Tom Cruise is in negotiations to be in Star Trek XI.


School tonight was okay - we started the evening with a ten question, multiple choice quiz (and I'm still not sure I got question #1 correct - I changed my mind at least three times), and then we started on JavaScript. So far, it seems simple enough, though I expect that I'll get mixed up at least once and try to use C# syntax in my JavaScript code or vice-versa.

Oh, and just because I haven't done one of these in a while...

Buff bad boy

You scored 30% masculine, 64% athletic, 27% exotic, and 37% refined!

You like your men with a boyish or feminine face but a manly body. You
like him to posess bad boy looks while still maintaining some
innocence. He looks like the all-American kind of hunk and I bet you
love someone like.......Travis Fimmel. But let's face it, the whole
point of this was to look at a bunch of hot guys. If you liked what you
saw, please rate my test!

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on masculine
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on athletic
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on exotic
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on refined

Link: The What type of MAN turns you on Test written by thinkandcome on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test


Sep. 6th, 2006 02:39 am
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
On the TV behind me, Amanda Tapping is explaining how black holes can be used for converting matter to energy, using tons of technobabble. And it's not even a Stargate episode.

Talk about typecasting.
lance_sibley: (balcony - by evenstar_estel)
For all of you who can't get enough bunnies:

The 30 second version of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, as performed by bunnies.
lance_sibley: (All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues)
I came across this on [ profile] the_nita's LJ earlier tonight, and thought I'd do my bit to pass it along.

Evgeni Plushenko had far too much fun doing this routine.

Brokeback Figure Skating?

Off to bed now. *yawn*
lance_sibley: (balcony - by evenstar_estel)
Watching Tom Jones being chased by Martians with ray guns never gets old.
lance_sibley: (Gaylaxicon)
...'m sleepy.

Got up around 11 today (on 5 hours of sleep) due to a Gaylaxicon committee meeting at 1. I feel that, despite some of us still having not gotten outstanding tasks done (and I include myself in that - oy, do I include myself :( ), we managed to get quite a bit accomplished and decided today. I really must make a push to get through my To Do list in the next few days, though, as I don't want emails and messages I send to get lost over Christmas.

Came home, had dinner, read the paper, watched the Leafs game (WTF is wrong with them these days? Four losses in their last five games, three by a 2-1 score :( ), and now I'm caught up on email and LJ. Fortunately today was a slow day for many of you, from the looks of things.

There was something amusing in today's Globe and Mail: The Omnificent English Dictionary was reviewed. It's a site which is gathering word definitions submitted by the public. But not just any kind of definitions; they're in the form of limericks. A couple of examples:

A mysterious murderer (serial)
Antiseptically wiped all material.
They searched night and day
For a clue (DNA),
But his traces were all abacterial.

My writs are routinely abated:
Defeated, excluded, negated.
The judges don't care
For my fanciful flair
Or my facts that are slightly misstated.


Oh, and for anyone here in Toronto who wants to see Brokeback Mountain, there's a special advance screening Thursday, December 15 at 7pm at the Varsity Cinemas in the Manulife Centre at Bay and Bloor.


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