lance_sibley: (wake me up)
... and yet it's about to be. I've been drowsy since I got back from lunch with my parents. Okay, I slept particularly badly last night, but still... I've been fighting the urge to nap for the past four hours so that I'll get to sleep tonight.

Anyhow, it was so warm in here that I decided to pop up to Future Shop and Indigo to use the gift cards my parents gave me. That may have been a mistake... when I checked CP24 before going out, the temperature was 9C (48F) and the humidity was 94%. (!!!) I should have switched to a lighter coat, but I couldn't be bothered. *fans self*

Anyway, I picked up Lost S4, First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde and Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher. I'm not sure if it's the seventh one in the series (since the publisher stopped numbering them after #6), but it was the only one they had in paperback that I didn't already own.

So now, for next time I feel the need to go shopping, I have 12 cents left on the Future Shop gift card and 49 cents on the Indigo card. Now that's what I call planning. :)

A question for my friends who have iTunes: do you find that it interferes with the performance of your computer? I usually leave it open even when I'm not playing music (since I leave the computer on most of the time), and it was running ridiculously slowly recently. I rebooted earlier today, and haven't yet opened iTunes, and it's running as smooth as silk. Weird.
lance_sibley: (Facepalm - by prettygood)
So yesterday, I discovered that I didn't have a Robertson screwdriver and so couldn't replace my mop head in order to clean my kitchen and dining room. I measured the screws, and it seemed that I needed one with a head one eighth of an inch wide. No problem, I figured. Surely I'll be able to find one today.

Around 1:30, I got on the subway and rode down to St. Clair, where there's a Home Hardware (the same one I went to yesterday to buy the hardwood cleaner and CLR), but it was closed today. Okay, so I misremembered - I'd thought their sign said that they would be open today. So back on the subway I got to ride down to Dundas. Surely the Canadian Tire there would be open, since the area around the Eaton Centre is considered a tourist area and so everything is usually open on holidays. Nope, they were closed too. So down Yonge Street I walked, all the way to Front and back up to College. Along the way, I stopped in every single store I saw that I thought might carry what I needed, but either a) they didn't sell them, or b) they sold them, but the wrong size.

At this point, I remembered that there's a hardware store somewhere in the Church/Wellesley area, so I walked over to Church Street. I popped into the Timothy's Coffee at Church and Maitland and asked, but they said that it was closed today.

By this point, I was getting a little tired. So I figured I would give up for today and walk over to Wellesley station and come home. On the way I spotted a dollar store on the NE corner of Church and Wellesley, so I thought I'd give it one last try.

Success! A few minutes later, I had in my possession a one-eight-inch Robertson screwdriver. I got on the subway and came home...

Whereupon I discovered that I must have mismeasured the screw, and the screwdriver I'd bought was too big. I probably should have gotten a 3/16" one... which would have seen me getting home two hours earlier.

Three and a half hours for nothing. *headdesk*

Maybe it's just as well. After all that, I'm too tired to do housework anyway.

At least I got my exercise for the day week month. Mapquest says all that walking was just under two miles, but it felt like a heck of a lot more.
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 [livejournal.com 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 IESB.net 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: (Facepalm - by prettygood)
Argh. I don't know why I should be surprised, because about every other time I try to start a post here, Firefox crashes. But it's particularly annoying when one is in the middle of something time-consuming and has to start over from the beginning. I swear, I've got the computer of the damned here. "Kylie Eleison", as they say...

First, I have to apologize to [livejournal.com profile] rosemary_ca for missing brunch on Sunday. I went to bed around 1:30 on Saturday night, figuring I'd wake up on my own around 9:30 and have plenty of time to get there for 11. Well, I woke up at 11:30. *headdesk* I didn't realize I was so tired - especially since I hadn't done anything.

Backtrack to Friday... we left the office early and my boss treated Zak and me to lunch and a movie at Richmond Hill Centre. We were going to see The Golden Compass, but we couldn't find a conveniently-timed showing, so we ended up seeing Walk Hard instead. Having seen Walk The Line on a flight a year or so ago, I thought they did a fairly good job spoofing the musical biopic genre. I ended up going straight home after the movie (since the theatre was about five bus stops north of Steeles, my boss said there was no point in my going back to the office), meaning that my bonus cheque is still sitting on my boss' desk where he'd forgotten it. He apologized, both for forgetting it and for it not being that big, but I wasn't really expecting anything. And that gives me something to look forward to tomorrow. :)

It seems to have become something of a tradition for me that I spend the days around Christmas watching an entire season's worth of television on DVD. I started watching Lost S2 on the weekend and finished it last night, and started watching S3 this evening while I finished the last of the leftover chili that was Christmas dinner. (I should have at least bought ground turkey instead of ground beef, I suppose. At least I had egg nog ice cream.) If I'm lucky, I'll get through S3 before S4 premieres (that's in a couple of weeks, no?) and I'll be able to watch it at the same time as the rest of the world.

Most of the rest of my Christmas break has been spent cleaning the junk out of my solarium and dining room, as I mentioned in my last post. Now, all that's in my solarium is my bike, the situp bench I bought about 20 years ago (don't say it...), and the curtains and curtain rod I bought a few years ago but haven't gotten around to putting up. (Oh, and about a tonne of styrofoam bits, thanks to my cat having had a penchant for climbing into the box that my air conditioner came in and shredding everything inside.) My dining room still has all the old videotapes and books piled on the table, but other than that, a cooler and an air mattress I seem to have inexplicably acquired (I have no idea where it came from, and don't remember ever buying one), and some cases of empty beer bottles I really should return for the deposit, the rest of my junk has either been thrown out or put into my storage locker. (All that carrying might explain why my shoulder is so sore today.)

I guess the next step (after doing something about the books and videotapes, and taking the bottles back to the beer store) is to do something about the moisture damage under the air conditioner - I'm going to have to repaint that wall and figure out how to replace some of the parquet flooring that's warped. I should probably try to figure out if I can fit the stuff that's on the shelves in my hall and bedroom closets in the locker, too.

I tried to do some shopping today - I've been wanting a new leather jacket (in soft brown leather) for quite some time, so I schlepped up the the strip where all the outlet stores are and had a look, but I couldn't find anything I liked. And while I was heading up there, I thought I'd drop in and quickly say hi to Ambrose if he was at work, since his store is up in that area. I felt a little awkward about going in, even though I was in the area on my own errand anyway (go ahead, point out how convenient that was, but I usually do my shopping at Yorkdale anyway, and his store is about a ten minute bus ride away), but he hasn't been answering his phone lately and I did, after all, have a Christmas gift for him.

Things were a little insane in there (I was surprised to see how many people were shopping for kitchenwares on Boxing Day), but I managed to find him and give him his Christmas gift, and we arranged to have dinner this Friday evening. I think we're going to be having a Talk. If we're going to continue to see each other, there has to be better communication. And if his lack of communication is because he's lost interest, then I need to know. He didn't even respond to my "Merry Christmas" text message - which is just unacceptable. (His explanation was that he got five text messages yesterday and when he finally turned his phone on - he said he's been keeping it off most of the time lately - he didn't realize there was more than one and only looked at the first, which wasn't mine. Okay, that's plausible, I suppose, when when we talked a couple of weeks ago, he said he was going to try to do a better job of staying in touch when things were too crazy to get together, and he didn't return two voice mails from this week.)
lance_sibley: (Strike)
Bowling last night was rather futile: 187, 143, 137. The second game, I missed two or three easy spares because my arm was starting to bother me and I was starting to get too delicate, being afraid to pull the ball across my body when shooting for the left corner. The third game sucked because I had five splits, including three in a row and four in the first six frames. I've spared the 6-7-10 a few times over the years, but it just wasn't going to happen last night.

I went down to Best Buy at the Eaton Centre again today because when I was in there last week, they'd been having a sale on printers and I've been thinking about getting a laser printer to replace the inkjet that was given to me a couple of years ago. The sale was over, but they still had a nice little printer/scanner/copier for $130, and a printer/scanner/copier/fax for $160. However, their customer service put me off buying from them, because I was standing there for at least 20 minutes before a sales associate even came anywhere near me, and it was another 10-15 minutes before anyone actually asked if they could help me. And then, his attitude was one of "I'm only helping you because you complained, but I don't really believe that you've been standing here that long." Case in point: there were no boxed units of the first model on the shelf below the display model, but he found a bunch of them stacked up on a high shelf about 40 feet away. He then asked, "Well, do you want one?" like it was an imposition for him to have to sell something to me. I then asked about home delivery, because it was too large, heavy and awkward for me to consider taking home by subway. (Why the box has to be as large as it is when the printer is as small as it is, I'm not sure.) When he told me that home delivery was $45, I thanked him for his help and told him that I would not be getting it. $45 to deliver an item that only costs $130 in the first place? Seems a little steep to me.

That, and it turned out that it wasn't a colour printer. The colour printers were across the store, and started at something like $400. (Not that I do a lot of colour printing, but it would be nice to be able to.)

By this point, I had a raging headache, so I came home, took two Tylenol and plopped down on the couch for a bit. Around the time that I was thinking that I might want to get up and make dinner, I heard the announcement on Space that the premiere episode of Blood Ties was about to be repeated, so I decided to watch it as I'd only seen about half of it at Polaris this year, and missed it a couple of weeks ago on City and forgot to set the VCR for last night's airing on Space. I hope it lasts. I wouldn't mind seeing more of Kyle Schmid. *grin* The strange thing is that I'm thinking that I've seen Dylan Neal, who plays Mike Celucci, in something else, but nothing in his IMDb listing looks familiar. I must be confusing him with another actor, but for the life of me, I can't think who. At first I thought it was Peter Keleghan, but it's not him - I remembered his name from watching Billable Hours, on which he played Clark. (He was also Ranger Gord on The Red Green Show, which I hadn't realized.) My next thought was that perhaps I was remembering the surname wrong, so I looked up Peter Kelleher, but there's no actor listed by that name. The only other thing I could think of was that I might have been thinking of someone on Traders, but when I looked it up, I didn't see anyone remotely like Dylan Neal listed. So I'm at a loss to figure out why he seems so familiar, when I haven't seen anything else he's been in. Weird.

The other thing I should mention: in a recent post, I made a vague remark that I'd opened myself up to being called silly (or stupid, depending on your point of view) by sending an email, but I didn't say why. Well, now that I've gotten a response to the email I'd sent, I guess I can come clean about what I was referring to: I'm going to be one of the co-heads of the Programming department for Polaris 22. I did the job for TT18 and TT19 with [livejournal.com profile] ozreison, so it's not as though I'm taking on something beyond my abilities; it's just that with the amount of time I spend commuting, I'm a little concerned about being able to keep up with the volume of email that the job entails. Someone suggested that I get a Blackberry so that I can deal with emails while I'm on the bus, but when I was talking to Mario last night, he suggested instead that I go for a Windows Mobile device. Apparently Telus, with which I already have a cellphone contract, has them, so I'll have to talk to [livejournal.com profile] gurudata and see what he has to say about them. Alternatively, I may just spend my weekends catching up on the week's emails. We'll have to see how it goes.

I'm not sure what I'm doing tomorrow. I have an invitation that I haven't responded to yet because I'm waiting to find out about whether we have a Polaris Policies and Procedures meeting tomorrow afternoon - [livejournal.com profile] whitesangria, if you see this, please check your voicemail. :)

Now, whether to stay online or go watch Spaceballs:

Dark Helmet: What's with all the churning and bubbling? Do you call that a radar screen?
Col. Sandurz: No, sir, we call it Mr. Coffee. Would you care for some?
Dark Helmet: Yes. You know I always have coffee while I watch radar.

Not one of Mel Brooks' better efforts, but I still enjoy it...
lance_sibley: (song coming on)
I may have a working stereo by this time next week - I finally called up Bay/Bloor Radio today, and talked for a few minutes to someone in their service department. He had me pop the front off of my speakers (I didn't know you could do that) and push on the woofers. He said that if they recede slightly, the problem is likely with the receiver. Since they did, I put my receiver into a cloth bag and schlepped down to the store to have him look at it in person (which was much easier than schlepping my speakers downtown would have been). He plugged it in, and apparently there's supposed to be a click about five seconds after you turn it on, when the capacitors are charged (something else I didn't know), and lo and behold, there was nothing. So I left it there to be fixed, and I should have it back in a week or so.

Crawling around on the floor for an hour unplugging everything and plugging everything in to my computer's speakers to find the fault wasn't exactly fun, however. Unfortunately, I couldn't plug my stereo speakers into anything else to test them because they don't have RCA jacks - they have something called "stranded wire" which connects to post terminals (I'm just reading the manual here, so don't ask any questions ;) ), and I don't have anything else that has that kind of input terminal. Similarly, I couldn't plug my computer's speakers into the back of the receiver, so I'm trusting that a 30-second diagnosis by the guy in the service department was accurate. (They're pretty good at Bay/Bloor, mind you. They're expensive, but since that's where I got the stereo in the first place, it made sense to me to take it back there.)

I don't know what I was thinking when I set my system up the way it is - the electrical outlet is barely reachable behind the entertainment unit if I'm lying on my back in front of the unit and reaching through the smallish hole in the back without actually being able to see what I'm doing. (At least the hole is low enough that it's more-or-less right in front of the outlet.) I'm thinking that when I set it up, I didn't have quite the amount of weight on the attached bookcases and just moved the whole unit slightly away from the wall... but I wouldn't dare do that now.

While I was at the store, I browsed at LCD flatscreen TVs and iPods as well, but I didn't buy anything as I wanted to compare Future Shop's and Best Buy's prices. (FS and BB's TVs seem to be slightly cheaper, but their iPods are more expensive.) I also need to measure the TV shelf to make sure that a 32" flatscreen TV will fit (my current TV is 26", but a 26" flatscreen's picture looks small, probably because it's 16x9 instead of 4x3). I think there should be no problem, given the size of the footprint.

The guy at Bay/Bloor had a theory that my TV's colour has gone off because of the proximity of my stereo speakers - the magnets may have killed one or more of the colour guns. It's possible, I suppose, though one would think it would take less than ten years to die if that were the case... but there's another argument in favour of getting an LCD TV. Apparently they're not affected by magnetic fields.

But it will be nice to be able to watch DVDs in stereo again, not to mention to be able to listen to music on something better than my computer's speakers (which aren't bad, but they're not the same quality at all).

Oh, and memo to self... stop buying books until you've read the ones you have. There's an Indigo next door to Bay/Bloor Radio, and they were having a "buy three, get one free" paperback sale. I ended up getting another Dresden Files book (I still haven't read the one I bought last year), an omnibus edition of the first two Blood books by [livejournal.com profile] andpuff, and [livejournal.com profile] antipope's Iron Sunrise (I thought I already had Singularity Sky, but when I got home, I didn't see it on the shelf). Oh, and I did pick up Rosalie's book while I was in there, so I can stop into the bridge club some time this week and get her to sign it. However, once my stereo is fixed and I can watch DVDs again, when will I find the time to get all that reading done? I must have twenty or thirty books that I haven't gotten to yet... I may have to cancel my Globe subscription and start reading books on the bus instead.
lance_sibley: (balcony - by evenstar_estel)
Muuuuuch better - I can see now, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] travellingone's reminder last night that Canadian Tire sells halogen light bulbs. There's even a CT about a ten-minute walk south of where I work, so I picked up two this evening. No more stumbling around in the dark. No doubt, when the one currently in the lamp burns out, however, I'll forget that I bought two, or forget where I stashed the second one. (You can all feel free to remind me that it's in the left-most drawer in the kitchen, if I should post in six months or so about stumbling around in the dark again.)

And tonight featured the return of the DVD Monster, I think... I made it into Future Shop and HMV tonight and picked up a bunch of stuff that I saw last weekend when I was up at Yorkdale to get my hair cut, but hadn't bought because I didn't manage to make it back to the store before it closed. Tonight's haul:


  • Battlestar Galactica, season 2 - I know I swore I wouldn't buy it in two separate box sets, but Future Shop had them bundled together for $70, which is probably what the full season would go for anyway

  • The Practice, season 1 - how come I didn't know this was coming out?

  • The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (the "Special Frills" edition)

  • The Princess Bride (the "Dread Pirate Roberts" edition, which is exactly the same as the "Buttercup" edition except for a booklet that I wasn't paying an extra $10 for)

  • The Producers - the film of the musical (I know the reviews all said it sucked, but hey, it has Matthew Broderick and John Barrowman, so I had to have it)

  • Dr. Strangelove - I didn't have an overwhelming need for this, but since it was on the "2 for $30" shelf and I didn't see anything else there I particularly wanted, I figured why not? It's a good movie.

  • Light At The End Of The World (the new Erasure album)

  • Release The Stars (the new Rufus Wainwright album)



Yes, I probably do have more money than brains. (That's because the zombies got my brains the other day, no doubt.)

As a result of all this, I didn't get home until about 8:45. I was kicking myself because I'd forgotten that CBS was airing Bob Barker's final The Price Is Right episode, before he goes off into retirement, tonight. I did catch the end, though, and I was disappointed that he didn't say much beyond his usual "have your pets spayed or neutered" schtick. However, they segued directly into the Daytime Emmy Awards, so I watched him make his entrance with three of the show's models hanging off him. (Dirty old man. :) ) possible spoiler for the Emmys )

I should probably work on memorizing my lines for tomorrow's filming. (I'm being good and not going out tonight. :) ) I've been working on it a little during my commute home for the past few days. Most of the scenes aren't too tough, but there are one or two that I'm having a little trouble with. Fortunately I have the file open here on my computer, so I can alternate between reading my friendslist and running lines. :)
lance_sibley: (Pool table)
My first big accomplishment this weekend was that I went through my Inbox and got rid of a lot of emails that had been sitting in there waiting for responses. Most of them, it turned out, didn't need responses at all, but my pack-rat mentality had me keeping them around in case I thought of something to say. So I got my Inbox down from 330 or so messages to 74. Most of the recent ones were Polaris-related, and I answered some of them, but there were a couple where I thought [livejournal.com profile] ennisdl might have handled them outside of the group email account, so I sent him an email to ask about that as well as a couple of other items. Around 10:30 my phone rang, and I was reeeeeally tempted to pick it up and say, "Hi, Dave." I just had a feeling that it was him... and it was. When I told him, he said, "Who else would be crazy enough to call you at this hour on a Saturday night?" (As I said in response, there was about a 10% chance that it might have been [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy... which is the reason I didn't answer the phone with "Hi, Dave." It would have been embarrassing had I been wrong.)

Then I spent today... well, spending far too much money. No, I didn't go to the Paradise Comicon - I'm not a big comics person, though I've been known to buy a few over the years - I went to Yorkdale Mall. I finally got around to buying a new pair of jeans, as the ones I've been wearing have pretty much given up the ghost. In fact, when I went to reach for my wallet, there was a big hole in my back pocket that I'm fairly certain wasn't there when I got dressed today, so my timing was good. But it turned out to be more difficult than I'd expected - since when does Tommy Hilfiger not sell black jeans? Though I spent so much time in there, and Sears, and a couple of other places trying on various pairs that by the time I made my decision, the mall was closing and I couldn't go back to the Levi's store to check out their selection. (I ended up getting a pair of blue jeans and a pair of cargo pants - described on the tag as "coconut brown" - at the Tommy Hilfiger store. $120 - ouch. And I still want a pair of black jeans.) The guy who sold them to me was trying to talk me into trying a pair of low-rise jeans, too. I said, "No, thanks, I'm too old to show off my underwear."

I also got my hair cut today (another $120). Jozo, who has been cutting my hair for about eight years now, shared something kind of amusing - it seems that four years ago, when he highlighted my hair for the very first time, he'd been cutting the hair of a friend when I arrived. Apparently they saw me later that afternoon at the Word On The Street book festival down on Queen Street and called him to ask, "Did you give him highlights? It's quite a change!" ([livejournal.com profile] redeem147, that was the same Word On The Street where I ran into you and [livejournal.com profile] senexmacdonald, and one of you had said to the other, "That looks like the back of Lance's head, but it's blond..." :) ) Until Jozo shared the story with me this afternoon, I hadn't really thought about it, but yeah, I've been blond for nearly four years now (that was just before Torcon), and he's been cutting my hair for something like 8 or 9 years. Where does the time go?

Oh, the other semi-amusing exchange happened when he asked me how long it had been since I last got it cut, since my roots had grown out quite a bit. I told him that I had to get Lee to cut it while he was away on vacation because I had a job interview (which means it would have been February or March), and he said, "That's okay, I've cheated on my hairdresser too."

So now I'm all pretty for Pride in two weeks. Assuming I actually go, since we have a Polaris meeting on the same day as the parade (second year in a row that's happened). I'll still probably go downtown on the weekend, though my sense of commitment is too strong to allow me to blow off the meeting for the parade itself. (Whether or not I'll have gotten any sleep the night before the meeting remains to be seen, since the bars on Church Street stay open until 4am that weekend. :) )
lance_sibley: (Crack - by Raelala)
It's been a busy weekend... yesterday I met up with [livejournal.com profile] summ3r_daze for coffee around 2. We spent the time chatting about various topics, and at one point she asked what time it was. I pulled out my cellphone and we realized it was just after 5, and we'd sat there for three hours! I'm surprised the staff didn't come over to harass us about buying more coffee if we were going to take up a table (it seemed to be fairly busy the whole time). Obviously we were both enjoying the afternoon. :)

I came home, made dinner, read the paper, watched the Leafs pummel the Buffalo Sabres - always a good thing - and decided to start working on my VB assignment. I'd been thinking a lot about how I wanted to do it, but I hadn't actually started the work yet. Eight hours later... oy. And I was still coming up against a problem I didn't know how to solve, involving navigating between multiple forms. (It seems that when you hide a form, and later reopen it, the Load event doesn't actually fire, meaning that my code to open and read a file wasn't executing - so if the content of the form changed, those changes weren't being picked up.) I finally went to bed around 7 - which is going to kill me for sleeping tonight. :(

I woke up today and halfway up the street to Starbucks, I realized a possible solution to my form navigation problem. For fear of forgetting, I took out my cellphone and called my own home number, and left myself a message describing the solution. Jeez, is that what my answering machine sounds like? Good lord, that's awful. Okay, it's 20 years old, but it's digital, not tape - it shouldn't sound like a tape that's sat in a bucket of toxic waste. I may have to ditch the phone and buy a new one that either has a better answering machine built in, or pony up for Bell Call Answer.

Speaking of Bell, I also paid all of my bills today - that paycheque certainly didn't last long. (Okay, it was only for my first three days, but still...) I discovered that my bank had raised my Mastercard limit another two grand or so - so naturally I went shopping. At Future Shop, I considered picking up the first two seasons of Numb3rs, but decided instead on Stargate: Atlantis S2 - and then I found the entire series of Alien Nation in the 2-for-$30 bin, along with X3: The Last Stand. Then I popped into HMV, which I usually avoid like the plague because it's the most expensive of the music-and-video stores, but today I'm glad I did - I was finally able to get my hands on S5 of Queer As Folk. They had the special collectors' edition, which has some extra bonus features. And they had the Pet Shop Boys CD "Concrete," which is their concert album from last May, which was recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra and directed by Trevor Horn, and features Rufus Wainwright singing "Casanova In Hell," Frances Barber singing "Friendly Fire," and Robbie Williams singing "Jealousy".

So yeah, as I said, that paycheque didn't last long...

Anyhow, back to my VB assignment for a bit. I hope my brilliant idea actually works...
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This should be interesting:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/news/cult/news/drwho/2005/07/25/20752.shtml

Not only are they bringing back Sarah Jane (one of the Companions to the Third and Fourth Doctors), Anthony Stewart Head is slated to guest star and Stephen Fry is writing for the show...

This should be good.

I spent some time browsing in the IT section of my local Indigo. Why do computer books have to be so #@!?*&% expensive? I was thinking about picking up books on Javascript and Dreamweaver, but for $75 each? No.
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James Doohan, Scotty on "Star Trek", passed away this morning at the age of 85.



I never got a chance to meet Mr. Doohan - I was not at the Toronto Trek where he was a guest, and I missed the chance a couple of years ago when he was at SFX, though I saw him from a distance as he was signing autographs. One always thinks there will be another opportunity.

I'm grateful, though, that I was able to play some small role in getting him his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as his son Chris got my email address from somewhere (probably the Torcon 3 website) and contacted me (and many others) when he started his campaign, and I passed his email around. (Oddly, last night I was deleting the huge backlog of emails I had read but left in my Inbox, and Chris' email was still in there.)

It's a crying shame that he still doesn't have a star on the Canadian Walk Of Fame. I would encourage all of my Canadian friends to write to their board, and nominate him. Heck, even if you're not Canadian, you may still be able to nominate. I'm not sure.

Rest in peace, Mr. Doohan.




I finally got around to going downtown to buy new shoes today. My old Rockports split open a few months ago, when I was wandering around Kensington Market with [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy one day, and I kept putting off replacing them. There's a Rockport store in the Eaton Centre, so I got a new pair there today. (I wear Rockports at the recommendation of the chiropodist I saw a few years ago about my plantar fasciitis - they're the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.)

On the way there, I stopped off at the ticket booth at Yonge and Dundas to say hi to Michael - he'd brought his dog to work today. For some reason I'd envisioned the dog as being big and yappy (hey, his name is Shatner), but he's the most adorable beagle puppy. He leaped at my leg at one point and wrapped his front paws around it - fortunately he's not old enough to know about leg-humping yet, though. We chatted for about half an hour or so, and I caught him up on what he missed at TT this weekend. He asked me if I was planning on going out to karaoke any time soon - I hadn't been, but I suppose I could have my arm twisted. ;) It seems, however, that he's not available Friday, and I have tentative plans to go out on Saturday night. (Hm, I don't think the ticket booth is open on Mondays, so he might be open to going out Sunday night...)

After buying shoes, I decided to go book shopping. I'd been meaning to pick up Joe Haldeman's Forever Peace and Forever Free for some time - pity I didn't get around to it before meeting him in Boston a few weeks ago. I also got Jasper Fforde's Something Rotten and Warren Dunford's The Scene Stealer. There's a new Fforde out, but they only had the British edition and I'm anal-retentive enough about books to want to wait for the North American edition. The cover art on the British editions is much more interesting, but this being the first time I'd ever seen them, all I have is the North American editions. I want my bookshelf to look somewhat non-haphazard. (And everyone who's been in my apartment scoffs.) As for the Dunford, he writes light gay humour of the type that I enjoy - plus he lives and sets his books in Toronto, so I actually know the landmarks, which makes reading him even more fun.

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