Memeage!

Feb. 21st, 2009 05:45 pm
lance_sibley: (Lust - by crazybutgraphic)
Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] redeem147:

Post an image of the actor (or actress) you most crushed on in high school.

This one is easy:

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Yeah, I know. I was weird. :)
lance_sibley: (Happy In My Pants - by Raelala)
I seem to have made it through eight days with something to post about every day. Who'd've thunk it?

Today we had our Polaris holiday gathering. It was small, because of the bad weather (while I was waiting for a bus, there were times when I couldn't see the stoplights one block to the west - not just the housing of the stoplights, the lights themselves), but the 20 or so who showed up had a lot of fun.

The gathering was an afternoon of bowling - this might be the first time I've ever bowled four games in a single day, not to mention seven in a weekend. My legs are going to be killing me tomorrow. I did manage not to embarrass myself too badly - after all, I'm expected to be good at this game. (No pressure.) Though I think [livejournal.com profile] bnddbl07 managed to beat me in one game, and Declan almost beat me in another. (My excuse is that the lanes hadn't been oiled, and I'm sticking to that. :P )

Because we went to the same bowling alley where I have my Friday night league, and my league has a Sunday session as well, there were several people there whom I know. They all thought I was there to bowl off for some future date. (And apparently I wasn't the only one having trouble with the lanes today - one guy, whose average is something like 195, bowled a 136 in his first game.) Only a couple of people came over and said hi (on their way to the washrooms, presumably), saving me from more "Lance knows everyone" cracks.

Afterwards, a smaller group of us went to Swiss Chalet across the street for dinner. (That's a chicken-and-ribs place, for my non-Canadian friends.)

I got home to find a voicemail from my father - it's been decided that he, my mother and I are going to get together for lunch next Saturday to exchange Christmas gifts. Which reminds me, I still have to wrap theirs... I'll probably do that on Friday night. ;)

And the third thing that made me happy today was finding that I'd gotten an email from Eric - I'm meeting his family tomorrow night. *gulp* Wish me luck. :)

I suspect that I'll be told to work from home tomorrow, given the weather we had this weekend. I certainly hope that my remote access will be set up - I don't want to spend another 5 hours in transit like I did on Friday. But just in case, I should probably get to bed early tonight...
lance_sibley: (Bleed Blue And White)
What made me happy today? Well...

  1. I got six loads of laundry done today. There's nothing quite like warm, freshly cleaned clothes... though I still haven't put away the last two loads.

  2. The Leafs pummeled the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, 7-3.

  3. Stoney Creek Dairies Strawberry Shortcake ice cream. Mmmmm.

  4. I only have to do this meme for one more day. You have no idea how difficult it's been to come up with something new and interesting to post about...
lance_sibley: (Strike)
I'll get the bowling scores out of the way first: 136, 187, 123. Ick. I just couldn't avoid splits in that first game (I had four), and in the third, I couldn't have bought a spare. And we lost all three games (if either of my two missing teammates had left us declared scores, we might have won at least two of them).

Oh, and the trip down took a little over 2.5 hours. I left work earlier than usual despite having gotten in so late (my boss' business partner practically threw me out at 3:40) and I arrived at 6:15, which is a little earlier than I usually arrive, but I didn't want to chance getting there late (as I would have had I left at my usual time).

Now that that's overwith... on to part six of the happiness meme.

As I mentioned yesterday, I got home to find a notice of a package waiting for me at the post office. I picked it up this morning on my way to work, and tonight when I got home, I called Eric and we opened our Christmas gifts together. (Well, he opened the necklace last night, but left the other packages.)

I had mentioned, during a previous conversation, that I wasn't enamoured of how George Lucas was always tinkering with the original Star Wars trilogy, adding CGI and changing things I felt were unnecessary (like the bad CGI Jabba in the first movie). Well, Eric was obviously listening, because he got me the original trilogy on DVD (which I actually didn't have - I had the 1996 versions on VHS only). And when I say "original", this includes the original theatrical versions of each movie - to the point where the first one doesn't even have the subtitle "A New Hope" on it. I wonder if Han shoots first. ;)

Though what really made me happy was seeing his reaction upon opening the rest of his gifts. A month or so ago he'd mentioned that he wanted to get the Absolute Sandman collection - reprints of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel Sandman, leather-bound in slipcases - but that he was going to have to wait. Well, I bought him all four volumes. When he opened the first one and saw what it was, he said, "You didn't!", to which I simply replied, "Oh, yes I did." Apparently, I done good. :)

So, seeing his reaction made me very happy today. :)

He's heading to Memphis tomorrow morning to see his family for Christmas, so we won't see a whole lot of each other until he gets back next Saturday. Though he's taking his computer with him so that he can introduce me to his parents and brother. Note to self: make sure at least one nice shirt is clean, and shaving would probably not be a bad idea. ;)
lance_sibley: (dream - by xokadiox)
Even with today's sad news, I still have something that makes me happy that I can post about: Eric received my Christmas gifts today, and there are two packages waiting for me at the post office - presumably one of them is his gift to me.

I had him open the small package tonight, but we're holding off on the rest until I've had a chance to pick up my packages (assuming that one of them is indeed from him). The one he opened contained the necklace I got him from [livejournal.com profile] kairi_kiss' Etsy store - it's a button with the word "Serenity" on it, on a leather necklace. His response: "It's beautiful." :)

I can hardly wait until tomorrow night when he opens the rest. :)

Anyway, since I have to be up early to get to the post office - because he's leaving for Memphis Saturday morning, which is why we have to do this tomorrow night when I get home from bowling - I'm off to bed. Good night!
lance_sibley: (Nought So Queer As Folk - by viwiel)
On the way home from work tonight, I had to sit in the middle seat as both tables on either side of the back row were occupied; the one on my left by two teenage girls, one of whom had her shoes off and her feet up on the table and who wouldn't shut up the whole way down to their stop, and the table on my right by a male/female couple apparently in their early 20s. From the moment I sat down until the bus pulled into Finch, the guy kept up a running monologue on his cell phone. For the first 20 minutes, it seemed, he was leaving a message for a friend - with every fifth word or so being "JIMMMMMMYYYYYYY!!!!" in a really goofy voice. Just after he finished leaving that message, "JIMMMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!" called back. The guy said, "I just left you a voicemail - check it, it's important." :rolleyes: While they were talking, he got another call and said he had to take it, then switched over and greeted the new caller with "JIMMMMMMYYYYYYY!!!!!" in the same goofy voice.

Well, it turned out that it was the cable company calling to tell him that he hadn't paid his bill. So he had to spend the entire call using the same goofy voice. The poor person on the other end probably thought the guy had Tourette's or something.

So what does that have to do with the meme? Simple: today, I'm happy that I'm not him.

And, of course, that Eric and I spent more time together tonight. Unfortunately, his cable system went down for maintenance around midnight, so he was knocked offline. But we still had time for "Escape Velocity".

In other news, when I got home tonight I was taking off my coat when I noticed that my smoke detector was sitting on top of one of the bags of books that I'll be taking up to the used bookstore after Christmas. I thought, "WTF?" and looked up - and there was a new one up there. A month or so ago, someone was inspecting each apartment's smoke detectors, and I commented that mine was too sensitive - my cooking was setting it off. (And despite my not being a great cook, I don't burn my food that badly.) He asked if I wanted a new one, and I said yes. So appparently they came in and installed it today. However, this was a complete surprise - as far as I know, my asking for a new smoke detector doesn't override the Ontario Landlord and Tenant's Act provision that a superintendent or landlord has to provide 24 hours' written notice of the intention to enter someone's unit. So I'll be calling the management company tomorrow to complain.

And finally, I was supposed to hear back by today about the results of my CT scan - nothing. I'll call the clinic tomorrow, too. Maybe they haven't called because the test results didn't turn anything up. *fingers crossed*
lance_sibley: (Yay - by Raelala)
Things that made me happy today:


  1. Our office email was back up today, so I found two emails today from our insurance company client which she actually sent yesterday. (When I called her, though, she said she'd been too busy to notice that I hadn't responded.) I managed to fix both issues she reported in fairly short order, as well as adding a new "forgot password?" function to the login page. Considering that this entailed using ASP.NET 2.0 functionality which I'd never used before (the education employment website used 1.0), I was pleased that it was so easy.

  2. More progress on the project management tool - I got the function that allows a user to create an instance of a workflow template working, including copying file attachments from the template to the new instance.

  3. My boss' partner was meeting with clients today, and they brought all kinds of food with them, so I didn't have to pay for lunch. *grin*

  4. I spent the last four hours online with Eric, watching and talking about two BSG episodes. (Come on, you knew that would be in there. ;))

  5. Eric got official notification today that he got the job with Georgia State University that he'd interviewed for after being laid off from his previous job a few months ago, and he'll be starting January 4. He really wanted this job badly, so I'm really happy for him! :)



Off to bed now... *yawn*
lance_sibley: (sleepy)
Part two of the meme:

The rules are that for eight days you have to post something that made you happy that day.

Well, today was really not all that different from most other days, but it did make me happy that I was able to make more progress on the project management software I'm developing at work. I think I've pretty much completed 90% of it - I just need to rework how instances of project templates are going to work.

Also, it sounded like we may have officially been given the support contract for the insurance company whose software and website I've been supporting over the last month or so, which means that (hopefully) I'll continue to be busy for the foreseeable future.

And third, I watched the S4 premiere of BSG with Eric tonight. He showed me the 'Last Supper' image that was used to advertise the final season, and we spent about 15 minutes speculating about the symbolism. Good god, I think he's turned me into a full-fledged BSG fan. *grin*

On another note... last night, I think I did something strange to my laptop keyboard; I don't know how (except for the fact that while I'm generally a fast typist, I'm not always the most accurate), but I seem to have inadvertantly switched it over to use the French layout. I have to use the combination of keys that normally would produce a '<' to type an apostrophe. I can't find the quotation marks. and I have no idea how to reverse it (short of rebooting and seeing if that fixes it). Anyone have any ideas? (It took me a good 45 seconds just then to find the '?'... this is annoying.)
lance_sibley: (Happy In My Pants - by Raelala)
I got tagged by [livejournal.com profile] slaughteredewok for a meme, and figured that I would get started tonight (otherwise it's going to be pretty dull, because my daily routine doesn't change much, at least on weekdays).

The rules are that for eight days you have to post something that made you happy that day.

For most of the afternoon, I was at a Polaris Exec meeting. There's very little in life that makes me happier than spending time with groups of SF fans, and while we may occasionally have differing points of view about some things, the sheer amount of energy and productivity, which stems for each and every member's love of what we're doing, always reminds me of just why I throw myself so whole-heartedly into working on conventions.

The second part of tonight's response - as many of you may have guessed - pertains to the fact that I spent roughly six hours online with Eric this evening. We watched the final two episodes of S3 of Battlestar Galactica and discussed them for a bit (as well as discussing other things). The only thing that would be better would be if we were in the same room (hell, the same country would be nice, but you can't have everything - where would you keep it?). I can hardly wait for Chattacon in about six weeks. :)

As for the episodes themselves - I actually knew where the finale was heading, because when it first aired, I was at the desktop with Space on behind me. I heard the climactic scene unfold, and when it got to the big reveal, I stopped what I was doing, said, "What the hell?", and walked over so that I could see the TV. And I did that having only seen occasional bits of the show up until then - I don't think I'd actually seen any entire episodes at that point, but I was still thrown by the sudden left turn that the plot had taken. I can only imagine what people who had been watching the show all along must have felt.

My boss had burned copies of all of S4 to date for me, and we discovered tonight that my DVD player won't play the disc. :( So I downloaded VLC to my laptop (since my desktop doesn't have a DVD player), and we'll continue tomorrow night with the beginning of S4. At this rate, I'll be all caught up in time for the premiere of S4.5 in January. :)

I'd kind of wanted to be in bed by 12, with a mug of Neo Citran, because of this cold that's kicking my ass (and my sinuses, from the inside :( )... so much for that idea. Ah, well, it was worth it. :)

Now, I'm supposed to tag eight people:
[livejournal.com profile] whitesangria
[livejournal.com profile] thirdworld
[livejournal.com profile] montrealais
[livejournal.com profile] travellingone
[livejournal.com profile] msvu20
[livejournal.com profile] montymark
[livejournal.com profile] chanilye
[livejournal.com profile] kiramowett

Blargh.

Sep. 10th, 2008 11:33 pm
lance_sibley: (inferno)
The cold I brought home from Atlanta is slowly getting better... I didn't wake up at 3:30 this morning hacking up a lung like I did the night before. And the headache I had last night has gone away, though my neck is sore tonight... I must be getting old. :(

For those few of you who haven't heard the news, today the CERN supercollider was switched on. It'll be interesting to see what happens when they actually start doing some real science with it, as opposed to just letting it warm up like they did today. Personally, I think the fears people have been expressing about it causing the end of the world are just a tad overblown. If I remember my physics correctly (and [livejournal.com profile] nexstarman or [livejournal.com profile] kipron can correct me if I'm wrong), even if the particles being smashed together did cause a black hole to form, it would be so small that it would evaporate almost instantly.

Unfortunately, I suspect that we won't be having flashforwards as in Rob Sawyer's novel. :(

So if any of you have been worrying, here's a convenient website to update you on the status of the experiment:

Has the Large Hadron Collector Destroyed The World Yet?

And another, just in case you're still unsure:

Has The LHC Destroyed The Earth?

In other news, it has been officially determined that I am, in fact, insane. Right, [livejournal.com profile] travellingone? ;)

And now, from [livejournal.com profile] travellingone...

You post the answers, but not the questions. It's a 30 questions meme! If you want to play, comment and I'll return a screened reply of the questions. Then you have to post your own answers to them.

1. [livejournal.com profile] whitesangria, [livejournal.com profile] mutarada
2. [livejournal.com profile] dagibbs, [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll, [livejournal.com profile] bcholmes, [livejournal.com profile] the_nita, [livejournal.com profile] thespian
3. [livejournal.com profile] msvu20, [livejournal.com profile] nexstarman
4. [livejournal.com profile] indefatigable42
5. [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy, [livejournal.com profile] evil_admiral
6. I don't think this one really applies to anyone on my friendslist.
7. [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy, [livejournal.com profile] mutarada
8. [livejournal.com profile] crusherdisciple, [livejournal.com profile] ghostleegirl, [livejournal.com profile] rosemary_ca, [livejournal.com profile] twiddler
9. I'm assuming this doesn't apply to people with whom I've already done this, so... [livejournal.com profile] ghstlght74, [livejournal.com profile] evil_admiral, [livejournal.com profile] kipron, [livejournal.com profile] saintrobert, [livejournal.com profile] lizblackdog, [livejournal.com profile] stargate2077. If we're including people with whom we've already done it, add [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy, [livejournal.com profile] dx4, and Declan to that list.
10. [livejournal.com profile] rockgoddes, [livejournal.com profile] huntingdon
11. [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy
12. I can't narrow this down... so many of you are beautiful in every way possible.
13. [livejournal.com profile] gnumoose, [livejournal.com profile] mutarada
14. [livejournal.com profile] travellingone and [livejournal.com profile] yellow_freshia; [livejournal.com profile] neoengel
15. I can't say I've ever wanted to do that to anyone in particular.
16. [livejournal.com profile] whitesangria, [livejournal.com profile] rockgoddes
17. [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy
18. [livejournal.com profile] kaelsu2
19. [livejournal.com profile] whitesangria, [livejournal.com profile] gurudata, [livejournal.com profile] rockgoddes, [livejournal.com profile] huntingdon, [livejournal.com profile] msvu20
20. [livejournal.com profile] lizblackdog
21. I don't know what this means. Google returned pages about cathode ray tubes, stars, dogs and amino acids...
22. See #21.
23. I don't think this applies to anyone here. [livejournal.com profile] whitesangria would be closest.
24. [livejournal.com profile] whitesangria
25. [livejournal.com profile] dx4, [livejournal.com profile] ghstlght74, [livejournal.com profile] kevinlc
26. Circumstances require me to plead the Fifth. *grin*
27. [livejournal.com profile] ghstlght74
28. I'm assuming this refers to someone who doesn't already do it. [livejournal.com profile] kosst_amojan, [livejournal.com profile] evil_admiral
29. See #26.
30. My life would be much poorer without each of you being a part of it.
lance_sibley: (boywhocantsayno)
I've been tagged for a couple of memes, and never let it be said that I won't oblige. :)

First, here's one that [livejournal.com profile] hoskie tagged me for about a month ago, and it took me until now to get around to it:

The Handwriting Meme

1) your handle/name/username
2) left or right handed?
3) favourite letters to write
4) least favourite letters to write
5) write "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
6) tag five people beautiful people in your world

Pay no attention to the JPG behind the curtain. )

And from [livejournal.com profile] brotherflounder comes this one:

Choose a singer/band/group
- Answer the following questions using only titles of songs by that singer/band/group
- Tag 7 more people.

Big shock, I chose the Pet Shop Boys...

1. Are you male or female?
"The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On"

2. Describe yourself.
"Shameless"

3. What do people feel when they're around you?
This one's tough. "Positive Role Model", maybe?

(Though I'm tempted to use "Losing My Mind", "I'm With Stupid", or "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" ;) )

4. How would you describe your previous relationship?
"I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More"

5. Describe your current relationship.
"Single"

(Though "Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man)" and "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" might both be applicable...)

6. Where would you want to be now?
"One Of The Crowd"

7. How do you feel about love?
"Love Is A Catastrophe"

8. What's your life like?
"It's Alright"

(I was going to use "Being Boring", but I suspect that several people would line up to smack me upside the head... but I don't think it warrants "Absolutely Fabulous" either.)

9. What would you ask for if you had only one wish?
"Happiness Is An Option"

10. Say something wise.
"Se A Vide E (That's The Way Life Is)"

Tagging: [livejournal.com profile] gurudata, [livejournal.com profile] lizblackdog, [livejournal.com profile] kevinlc (I know you don't like getting tagged for memes, but it's a music one and I'm interested in your answers :) ), [livejournal.com profile] ghstlght74, [livejournal.com profile] defenestr8or, [livejournal.com profile] omahastar, and [livejournal.com profile] summ3r_daze. Though if anyone else wants to do it, feel free. I find this one interesting.

And for those following the U.S. elections, and the latest brouhaha over Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin, it seems that there are some folks out there who think that the wrong Palin got nominated: check out Michael Palin For President.
lance_sibley: (screaming)
First, some news... for those who haven't heard, Barry Morse (from The Fugitive and Space: 1999) passed away on Saturday. He was 89. I never actually met the gentleman despite his having been a guest at Toronto Trek... I want to say 18?

I knew he had done a lot in his career, but reading his official website, I was still amazed. I may pick up a copy of his autobiography, though I have enough books on my "to read" pile that I should be here until doomsday.

Today was a long day. I foolishly sat here at the computer until about 5:30 in the morning last night despite the fact that I had a noon meeting out by the airport and had to be up by 9:30. I managed to make it, though I had to go for the venti coffee on my way to the subway. (Mmmm, caffeine. :) ) I got home around 5:30, had dinner and sat at the computer while listening to the Super Bowl on the TV behind me. I'm not a football fan, but I was hoping that some of the American commercials might be aired despite the fact that we were getting the CTV simulcast. There was an article in the paper the other day which discussed the fact that Canadian advertisers want to get their share of the audience, which is why we wouldn't likely get any American ads - but at least half of the commercials that aired were promos for other CTV shows. I guess I'm going to have to watch them all online. (I did see the Budweiser commercial with the cavemen trying to get to a party. "Wheel sucks!" :) )

And I know I shouldn't take any joy in the fact that the Giants won, but I was getting thoroughly sick of seeing references in the newspaper to the Patriots' "perfect season".

I don't have much else to report at the moment, but I found this meme on my friendslist (from [livejournal.com profile] wouldyoueva, and I was amused at its accuracy:



Yup. Definitely not a morning person. So with that, I should be off to bed...
lance_sibley: (screen name - by peach_passion)
I've been tagged - by both [livejournal.com profile] andromakie and [livejournal.com profile] rockgoddes - for a meme, so here goes...

The rules:
- Link to the person who tagged you.
- Leave a comment on their blog so that their readers can visit yours.
- Post the rules on your blog.
- Share the seven (7) most famous or infamous people you have met.
- Tag 7 random people at the end of your post.
- Include links to their blogs.
- Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

I'm going to break those slightly - I'm not going to bother tracking down everyone I'm tagging and spamming them.

This one's actually kind of hard. Not because I haven't met that many famous people - obviously, given all of the conventions I've worked on, I have - but because I need to define "meet". Does it count if I got cattle-prodded through an autograph line? I chose to include those, simply because it makes my list a bit more interesting. :) I'll add some honourable mentions below to make up for it.


  1. Mickey Rooney. At Dragon*Con two years ago. I'm not sure what he has to do with science fiction or fantasy (apart from a film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream that he was in about 60 years ago), but he was there. I was lining up a photo on my cell phone when the dang thing rang - it was a headhunter here in Toronto calling me to set up an interview (I wasn't working at the time). Once I got rid of the call, I was at the front of the line, and so I asked permission to take a close-up picture. I was told that it would be $40 to pose with him, whereupon I said, "No, I don't want to pose with you... I just want to get a picture of you while you're signing." So he said sure. And then he posed anyway.



    After I walked away, I found a quiet corner and called the headhunter back. I said, "You'll never believe this, but you called just as I was taking a picture of Mickey Rooney." I had to explain that to him... he was amused (and apologetic).


  2. William Shatner. He was one of those "cattle prodded through an autograph line" encounters, but he did take the time to look up, smile, and thank me for coming (and for giving him money to sign his name, I suppose).


  3. Leonard Nimoy. Another cattle-prodding, except this time I got cattle-prodded through while he was distracted by his handler and so he never actually made eye contact with me. I'm not sure this really counts for the purposes of this meme.


  4. Patrick Stewart. Yeah, another cattle-prodding. But he was charming and polite. (And it seems we share a favourite author... he was reading Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair at the time.)


  5. Malcolm McDowell. His autograph line was a little more sedate, probably because he wasn't one of the $150-per-ticket guests. He was taking the time to exchange a few words with everyone. When I told him that I thought he was "sweet" in Time After Time, he smiled and said, "I don't think anyone's ever called me that before."


  6. Mark Tewksbury. The Olympic medallist sat down next to me on the subway when I was on my way to a Polaris meeting one day last year and proceeded to ask me where I was off to so early on a Sunday morning. He seemed a very nice guy, and took an interest when I told him about the convention, because he does a lot of motivational speaking seminars these days. I ran into him again last Pride, and he remembered me.


  7. Paul Henderson. Nearly every Canadian knows the quote... "HENDERSON HAS SCORED FOR CANADA!!!!" The man who put the puck past Vladislav Tretiak with 34 seconds left in game eight of the Canada-Soviet Union series in 1972. I don't really remember this meeting too well, because it happened over 30 years ago. I went to a "Skate With The Toros" event with my Cub pack (the Toros being Toronto's WHA franchise at the time, and he was playing with them along with Frank Mahovlich, whom I also met that day).





Some honourable (and not so honourable :) ) mentions...

An honourable mention has to go to someone whom I didn't actually meet, if you want to be technical... but about 24 years ago or so I participated in a little event at Toronto's City Hall as part of an honour guard for Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. She did come right up to me, looked at me and smiled, then moved on as she did a walkabout in Nathan Phillips Square. She's very short.

Not that he's all that difficult to meet if you want to, but David Gerrold - best known as the creator of that creature called a "tribble" - should probably only go on this list if only because at TT20, after I helped him load his luggage into his car, he kissed me goodbye. I'm sure that hasn't happened to too many other people. (Except, probably, [livejournal.com profile] esprix...)

He's probably not all that famous outside of business circles, but I've played bridge against Isadore Sharp, CEO of the Four Seasons hotel chain, a few hundred times.

[Edited to add: I'm going to tack a couple more "honourable mentions" onto the list just to balance out the science fiction actors. ;)

When I was working downtown at Manulife - this would have been in the spring of 2004, I think - I went to a deli in Cumberland Terrace one day. I finished eating, dumped my garbage, walked out into the corridor... and ran smack into Randy Harrison, who played Justin on Queer As Folk. Nice guy, though he seemed shy when I said hello and told him that I enjoyed his work.

And a couple of months later, I was walking back to the office after lunch when I ran into Robert Gant, who played Ben on QAF. He was heading into the condo building he must have been living in while he was here working on the show, carrying an armful of groceries. I got a lot of mileage from teasing [livejournal.com profile] dx4 about knowing where he lived. ;) ]

I guess dishonourable mention would go to Harlan Ellison. *grin* I was kneeling down at LACon IV (the 2006 Worldcon), putting some books he'd just signed in my backpack, when I felt a hand on my shoulder. I looked up, and he was looking down at me, and said, "My God, a real dwarf! I know you prefer to be called 'little people', but I'm five-foot-five, and you're a dwarf!"

Tagging... [livejournal.com profile] omahastar, [livejournal.com profile] brotherflounder, [livejournal.com profile] kipron, [livejournal.com profile] carynb, [livejournal.com profile] jj79, [livejournal.com profile] gnumoose and [livejournal.com profile] quarkwiz. (Anyone else who wants to do it, feel free. :) )
lance_sibley: (Strike)
It was a slow week at work. There were a few minor fixes that had to be put in, but I spent most of my time updating my unit tests to try to cover as much of the code as possible. The software is still reporting that some methods aren't being called at all, though, when I know damned well they are (I ran the test in question in debug mode).

I barely made it to the bowling alley on time (I walked in at 6:57, after missing a bus, the subway and another bus by seconds), meaning I had no time to grab food or get any practice in. I still managed to do okay: 171, 167, 153. Though that last game was frustrating, as I missed at least two easy spares and had to get a spare in the 9th and two strikes in the 10th in order to salvage something decent. Alas, we still lost the game by two pins. (We lost all three, but that was mainly due to our having to use a dummy score for Randy, as he came down with a migraine late this afternoon. He was going to come out anyway, but Mario wouldn't let him. Probably a good idea, considering that it was so fierce that he was sick to his stomach.)

I arrived at home about half an hour ago (having stopped to grab some dinner on the way), and found that one of the guys from the Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences who's been doing panels at Polaris has friended me on Facebook. Cool, that'll make it easier to get in touch with him about this year's programming. (Always thinking, me. :) )

Because everyone is doing it:


Boywhocantsayno

- a scoop of trustworthiness
- 2 heaping tablespoons of wealth
- a dash of charm

Combine in a blender until smooth.
'What is your personality recipe?' at QuizGalaxy.com


"2 heaping tablespoons of wealth"??? WTF? (And no, you can't have a loan. :P )

I think I'm going to go downtown tonight. I'm kind of tired, but that's likely due to having averaged only about five and a half hours of sleep per night this week and then rushing to bowling. However, I don't have to be anywhere tomorrow that I know of, and I feel like a beer or three.
lance_sibley: (boywhocantsayno)
Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] travellingone:

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And tagged by [livejournal.com profile] evil_admiral:

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lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
Gakked from about half my friendslist (but most recently from [livejournal.com profile] indefatigable42, I think): Search for your birth year on Youtube and post a video.

From what I've been able to figure out, they were filming this when I was being born, so I figure it's a good fit (okay, not exactly when I was born, as I was born at 2:25 on a Saturday morning, but close enough):



I spotted a blooper I've never seen anyone mention before, too. Note Kirk's magically self-mending uniform. It gets ripped when Spock slices through it, but later in the scene, it's whole again...

Here are two other fun ones from my birth year:





Edited to add: [livejournal.com profile] montrealais posted this and I thought I'd share. It has nothing to do with the meme, but I just loved the idea of a Pet Shop Boys music video using Star Trek clips:

lance_sibley: (cephaloPod)
Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] lizblackdog:

Find out your squid quotient!

I got a score of 120.25. And apparently my squid name is "Fearsome Lance the Behemoth!"
lance_sibley: (Absolutely Cuckoo - by crazybutgraphic)
The Scary Truth About Your Friends (monty python style) by Mellifera
Username
Has a silly walkmzrowan
Hates spamnetmouse
Weighs the same as a duckjim_gamma
Sells shrubberydagibbs
Has an outrageous accentd0r0thy_zb0rnak
Didn't expect the Spanish Inquisitionjaideran_frost
Sells dead parrotscuteteenboy
Ex-leperlizblackdog
Has a gweat fwiend in Wome named Biggus Dickusbananadancer
Splitter!lsanderson
Really hates the Romansnonstopdrivel


In other news... still no contact from the recruiter who wanted me to come downtown for a technical test last week. I left her a voicemail yesterday. I also applied to three more jobs last night that I found on Workopolis; that makes 26 since Christmas.
lance_sibley: (Opportunities)
I'm not making this up: the first one I got was "I love the smell of boywhocantsayno in the morning," and it crashed my browser. Guess Firefox knew it was a lie...

So I tried a couple of times to get it again so that I could post it, but instead I got these:

If I was a boywhocantsayno, a perfect boywhocantsayno, how would you know it was really me?

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:


This boywhocantsayno attracts Those We Do Not Speak Of. You must bury it.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:


Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the boywhocantsayno.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:


Edited to add this one, because the double-entendre was just too delicious not to share:

Come with boywhocantsayno if you want to live.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:


So... who knew that there would be so many job openings posted over Christmas? I've applied for 19 jobs over the past two days. It would be nice to get one of them... one was actually at RBC, which is where Mike works (and apparently, in the same building). Since I have to call him anyway to arrange for him to come over and pick up his family's Christmas gifts and what-have-you, I figure I'll see if he can find out who the HR person is who's in charge of that particular file, and put in a good word for me. It can't hurt, right?

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