lance_sibley: (Schedule - by whitetomb)
I had a phone call this morning from a recruiter regarding a PHP position, and a meeting this afternoon with another recruiter (the one [ profile] thefrenchmaid put me in touch with). The meeting went well, and he thinks that he might be able to help given my experience and knowledge. *fingers crossed*

(It was strange, though, how much he reminded me of Eric - between his height, and the fact that he was wearing a brown jacket, as was Eric when we were in Chattanooga. The recruiter is a bit older, though.)

After the meeting, I got home and spent about two hours fighting with Vista. I'd been keeping the list of positions I've applied to in an Excel spreadsheet, saving it after adding each new application. However, I didn't realize that I'd never started by saving it to a real folder on my laptop, and since I'd started it on my desktop and emailed it to myself, I'd been saving it in the Temporary Internet Files folder. Before emailing the list to the recruiter (which he'd asked me to do so that he doesn't submit me for any positions I'd already applied for), I had closed Excel. Now, do you think Vista would let me see the contents of the Temporary Internet Files folder? Of course not! I managed to change the settings so that I could see the files in the folder, but the Excel file was in a subfolder that wasn't visible. (I figured this out by re-downloading the older version from my email, clicking "Save As" and seeing where the save dialog started. I could see the other version I'd saved there, but I couldn't see it in Windows Explorer.)

It took me quite a while to figure out how to get Excel to re-open the version that was in the temporary folder - I was *this* close to just redoing the whole thing. Whew!

(Say what you like about Windows, but at least in XP I've never had to go through that much rigmarole just to find a file. Even the Search function wouldn't find the file. Argh.)

Apart from that, though, I haven't really done a whole lot today. Part of that may have been because I spent too much time making myself look good before I went to the meeting (I think it took me about an hour and a half to get out of the apartment today), and because I left about 40 minutes earlier than I really needed to, since I was walking to his office. It's fairly close, so it wasn't a big deal - it took me about 15 minutes, and it was a nice day. Besides, I didn't bother to buy a Metropass for April.

That actually feels really weird - I think I was even buying passes during my last bout of unemployment, just for the convenience. Convenience is one thing, but $109 is a lot of money to spend when I'm not planning on making at least 40 trips this month. I'll just buy tokens to use when I do have to go somewhere that's too far to walk.

Now for some levity... admit it, [ profile] huntingdon, this is how you went to work yesterday, isn't it? Admit it, this is you:

(Thanks to [ profile] neoengel, who found the image here.)
lance_sibley: (Hmm  - by little_icons)
[ profile] hico is picking me up around noon to head off to Montreal for Con*Cept for the weekend, so I really should be packing. Not to mention doing laundry. But I got home around 10:30 and had to return a phone call, then make dinner. Normally I might have tried to get home earlier, but I was trying to finish up something at work and so didn't leave the office until about 9 - I almost got all seven reports finished, but I'm having a bit of trouble tweaking the SQL for the last one and so I left it for Monday.

It's funny how things work out - I hadn't booked a room in the con hotel because, like with everything else, I left it until the last minute and the hotel ran out of rooms. (There's a Canadiens game Saturday night, plus a lot of people are coming for Anticipation meetings who wouldn't normally attend Con*Cept.) The phone call I had to return was from someone with whom I often share rooms at out-of-town cons, who had called this evening to ask if I'd like to share this weekend. So that's a bit of luck. :)

I didn't go for lunch until about 3:30 today, and on the way back decided to stop off at the store where Zak and I were working during the summer. Roman had said that I could have a router that he no longer needed, so I finally got around to picking it up and getting the instructions on how to set it up from Brian, who is the service department there (not just the service manager, he's the entire department). Once I get that set up, I'll be able to surf the Web from the comfort of my couch. :) (Well, I also need to get something to allow me to plug the three-pronged plug of my laptop into the two-pronged outlet in the wall behind the couch. Details, details.)

Of course, this also means that the plans Eric and I have made to watch the upcoming season of BSG together while chatting in IM will actually work. :) (Though I have to finish watching the rest of the series first... I'm currently on 1x12, "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Pt. 1". I still have a couple of months to get caught up, though. )

I'm sure everyone has already seen the new photos from the Trek movie. For the few of you who haven't:

Make with the clicky-clicky... )

I just don't know. The bridge looks completely different from what I was expecting or hoped for, and the uniforms look more like soccer jerseys. Karl Urban seems to have De Kelley's body language down to a "T", though.

There are more pictures online, here, here and here. (There are duplications between the sites, but some of them might be in higher resolution.)

And [ profile] bovil posted this the other day, which I thought I would share. Toronto people, note the name of the artist. :)

(For non-Toronto people, Lar deSouza is a regular at Polaris, and this year did a two-hour workshop on digital art. He also participates every year in our origami workshop.)

So, let's see, at this rate I should be starting to pack for the weekend around, what, 2 o'clock? :)
lance_sibley: (bats in my belfry)
... but first things first.

I had intended to go to bed relatively early last night. I was tired after a busy week, and I wanted to be able to get up early today, spend a leisurely few hours with the newspaper, and then head off to the Anticipation gathering/BBQ.

So what did I do instead? I sat at the computer until 5 in the morning surfing Youtube... and then slept until almost 2. *headdesk*

Anyway, the gathering was small, but fun. Ian (the seven year old son of two of the people who were there) was fascinated by a Meccano contraption that one of the hosts had set up and the massive collection of Lego. Much talk about fandom occurred, as well as some non-fannish topics. I now have more knowledge about kilts, which is always useful. Well, maybe not... unless you're a trivia geek like me. *grin* I got home around 1:30, and should probably get to bed soon because I have another gathering/BBQ to attend tomorrow.

But before I go... thanks to a comment made by [ profile] terri_osborne, I was motivated to Google myself. (Jeez, that sounds dirty.) In amongst the references to Polaris, Torcon, Keycon, Anticipation, Conadian, L.A.Con IV, theatre and various North American Bridge Championships, I came across a couple of short videos that I was in a few years ago, and hadn't known were online.

First, "Super Mechanical Fighting Team Jesus". The premise came from an ad-libbed line in a video that we made a few years earlier. That's me playing John the Baptist (and doing the voice of Jesus - we dubbed each other's voices. Don't ask.)

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Here's another one, with me as The Beaver. Again, don't ask...

See more funny videos at Funny or Die
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
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lance_sibley: (Brian - hehe - by little_icons)
As seen on Robert J. Sawyer's blog: Asimov's 30 Laws Of Robotics.

And I forget where I saw this - after all, I've read about 500 emails and 300 friendslist posts since getting home Monday night - but here are some Lambdacats. If you're a programmer, you'll probably laugh out loud at least once. (If you aren't, you won't get any of them...) I particularly liked "Static Cat".

I also forget where I came across this: Band Geek Hero t-shirts. When Guitar Hero just doesn't cut it any more and you want a full orchestra, I suppose.
lance_sibley: (Brian - hehe - by little_icons)

  1. Go to

  2. Enter the search term "Find Chuck Norris".

  3. Click "I'm Feeling Lucky".

lance_sibley: (Brian - hehe - by little_icons)
Swiped from [ profile] mencc1701:

When Advertising Firms Catch Teh Stoopid

And now to bed. *yawn*
lance_sibley: (bats in my belfry)
I just have to share this...

The answer to the question in the subject of this post: they're all being sued by Jonathan Riches... along with about a few hundred other people, in Philadelphia's U.S. District Court. There are 57 pages, listing everyone he's named in his prisoner's civil rights lawsuit (that's right, he's currently in jail for identity theft and credit card fraud). He seems to have named everyone and everything from those I named in the subject of this post to Skittles Candy, Don King, Paris Hilton, the Congolese Army, the YMCA, ninja samurai fighters, the Virgin Mary, the Doobie Brothers, George Orwell, Malcolm X, Teri Hatcher, the Holy Quran, the Fort McHenry Tunnel, Che Guevara, a statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, Jack Kevorkian, Ted Kaczynski, Hannibal Lecter, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Colossus of Rhodes, Gene Hackman, the Holy Grail, the Great Wall of China, Betty Crocker, the Magna Carta, Hegellian Principle, the 48th Grammy Awards, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the British Round Table... it just goes on and on. (I'm not sure how one can sue many of these... they're inanimate objects, fictional characters or philosophical beliefs.)

(Edit: I was just continuing to scroll through the list, and it gets better. He's named the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Ming Dynasty as defendants, too.)

The article at Philadelphia's
The list of defendants - I know I've already named quite a few of them, but do have a look if you have a few minutes. It's mind-boggling.

He's also suing Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback recently charged with organizing a dogfighting ring, for allegedly stealing two of his dogs along with his credit cards, which he then allegedly used at Petsmart to buy dog food. The suit goes on to claim that Vick pledged allegiance to al Qaeda, subjected Riches to microwave testing, and used drugs in school zones, and that after using the two dogs in his dogfighting operations, sold them on eBay in order to buy missiles from Iran. That one is particularly amusing, because it's handwritten.

And here are some of his other lawsuits.

The stupid, it burns. And yet it's simultaneously rather hilarious.
lance_sibley: (fantastic)
Following a link from the aforementioned lolcats page, I came across this image and thought you might like it:

lance_sibley: (Brian - hehe - by little_icons)
It's rather disconcerting to turn on CBC and have the first thing one hears be that Paul Martin has been penalized for hooking in Ottawa. Of course, it was this Paul Martin, who plays defense for the New Jersey Devils, not the Paul Martin who is the former Prime Minister of Canada. Whew, dodged a bullet there...

Even more amusing is LolTrek, a site which combines the latest craze of lolcats with Star Trek - specifically "The Trouble With Tribbles". Thanks to [ profile] bovil for the link.
lance_sibley: (Brian - hehe - by little_icons)
And just in time for this weekend's Polaris Programming Department's programme book editing meeting:

lance_sibley: (Cheeky - by crazybutgraphic)
This was posted at TrekBBS, and I thought I'd pass it along for all of you Monty Python fans out there:

Estimating The Airspeed Velocity Of An Unladen Swallow

I must say, the author went to a lot of trouble to work this out. Do read right to the bottom of the page - and I mean right to the bottom of the page.
lance_sibley: (Brian - hehe - by little_icons)
Amusement of the day: thanks go to [ profile] mencc1701, who posted this link over at TrekBBS:

Glarkware - Classic Metal Thingees:

Apparently they come as either buttons or magnets.
lance_sibley: (Eglinton)
... on a Samsung ad on the wall at St. George station, on the eastbound platform:

"Go Borg. Resistance is futile."

Class tonight wasn't that exciting - we spent most of it writing a Javascript program to build a web page whose background colour changes when you run the mouse over portions of the text. The rest was spent talking about loops, which have the exact same syntax in Javascript as in C#.

Speaking of which, the C# midterm is tomorrow night. I suppose I should probably read through the lecture notes as well as my own notes a few more times...
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
Actually, that should be "Hey, Wonder Woman fans," but [ profile] troystar is the most vocal about his WW fandom of everyone I know... [ profile] chase820 posted the following link, and I thought I'd pass it along for your amusement.

Project: Gay - Fighting For Your Rights In Your Satin Tights
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
I just came across this posted at TrekBBS, and it cracked me up, so I had to share. If you don't get it, don't worry about it.

Q: What do you get when you cross a mosquito and a mountain climber?

Read more... )

There are two kinds of people in this world:
[1]: People who start arrays with "1"
[1]: People who start arrays with "0".
lance_sibley: (cephaloPod)
Thanks to [ profile] terri_osborne for bringing this to light... the man behind Dork Tower, which creates such wonderfully twisted items (many of which can be found in my wardrobe) as the Collect Call Of Cthulhu and Dorkstock t-shirts, has created "My Little Cthulhu". Have a look here, and scroll down just a bit.

lance_sibley: (taking aim)
As if it weren't strange enough that there's a World Rock/Paper/Scissors Championship, here's an updated version of the game, with 25 different gestures that can be made:

  • gun

  • dynamite

  • nuke

  • lightning

  • devil

  • dragon

  • alien

  • water

  • bowl

  • air

  • moon

  • paper

  • sponge

  • wolf

  • cockroach

  • tree

  • man

  • woman

  • monkey

  • snake

  • axe

  • scissors

  • fire

  • sun

  • rock

And here is a table with all of the outcomes expressed verbally.

I can see it now...


"Okay... um... monkey lives in tree, enrages wolf and infuriates alien, tree shelters wolf and ensnares the alien's ship, wolf chases alien... um... so who won that round?"

"Hang on a sec, let me get the chart."

But if the tree shelters the wolf, and the monkey lives in the tree, isn't the tree also sheltering the monkey?

It seems I made my last post while Space was airing the Enterprise episode "Chosen Realm"... and now they're airing it again. They must be strapped for money these days - they're airing "The Hilarious House Of Frightenstein" three times per day. Oy. (That being said, I was amused by tonight's two Stargate SG-1 episodes: "Holiday" and "The Ties That Bind".) I did manage to catch tonight's episode of "Alias", though... the one with Gina Torres. Not bad at all, even if the show's premise is a little "out there", even for SF.
lance_sibley: (sunshine - by Raelala)
From the SMOFS list comes this:


A day after the planet Pluto was disowned by the world’s astronomers, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage is embracing the former baby in the solar system’s nine-planet pantheon.

In honor of the planet formerly known as Pluto, Texas Motor Speedway will give residents of Pluto a free ticket to the Dickies 500. The ticket would be for the 2015 or 2016 Dickies 500 since it is a three billion-mile trip that takes roughly 9½ years in the NEW HORIZONS spacecraft. Pluto race fans must show a photo ID with a proof of residence at the TMS ticket office to be eligible for a Dickies 500 ticket.

“This is such a Mickey Mouse move by the astronomers, especially since my second-grade teacher told me it was a planet back then and still should be,” Gossage said. “They may disregard Pluto, but Texas Motor Speedway won’t. We already have all 50 states and several foreign countries with season tickets, but we’d love to be the first speedway to get a season ticket-holder from Pluto. We are always looking to expand our market.”


I've been feeling sleepy all day. I don't know why, but it bodes well for getting a good night's sleep before my interview with the HR manager at ADP tomorrow morning. The recruiter sent me a 7 page document the other day with possible questions and suggested answers, but having read them, I'm afraid of sounding too scripted if I use them as written.


Sep. 9th, 2006 01:52 am
lance_sibley: (Strike)
Bowling started up again tonight for the new season. Walking tomorrow will be a chore, I think. :(

I didn't do that well - I had meant to get a practice session or two in during the summer, but somehow chairing a con, co-chairing another, and attending two more requiring travel got in the way. My first game was okay - 159 - but then I bowled 114 and 136. Ick. In that second game, breaking 100 was looking shaky - I only had one mark in the first seven frames, a spare in the fourth. Fortunately I managed a strike and a spare late in the game.

The evening started off with a shock - the Friday VP was making announcements, and apparently our league treasurer, Jacques, passed away suddenly in June. He was a young guy - possibly even younger than me, though I'm not sure. Apparently he was at a tournament when he noticed a lump on his side. The next day it had moved up to his neck. When he returned to Toronto he went to a doctor, and it was found to be cancer. Two weeks later, he was dead - they hadn't even had a chance to start chemotherapy yet.

He wasn't a close friend by any stretch, but he was someone I knew and liked.

The rest of my day was good, though. I met up with [ profile] redeem147 at a Tim Horton's near the bank where she works to deliver her autographed Mickey Rooney photo. We must have sat there talking about various stuff for two hours - IIRC, it was after 4 when I got home, and we'd met up just before 2.

It was also nice to see [ profile] h8torun and Mario again after not having seen them all summer - Randy, of course, I had lunch with yesterday. Our fifth team member from last year had declined to make the move from Wednesdays to Fridays with us, but the person the league assigned to our team wasn't there tonight. We had someone fill in, but I don't know if she's just temporary (she said she would be bowling with us again next week) or if she's supposed to be permanently replacing the other person.

I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the lack of eye candy in the Friday session of the league. There was one guy, bowling about ten lanes away, whom I thought was kind of cute. [ profile] h8torun agreed that he was kind of cute, albeit in that geeky way that I like. She and Randy tried to get me to go over and introduce myself, but I thought that would be a little out of the blue. I can wait until my team bowls against (or near) his, though this time I won't wait until the last night of the season like I did last year with John MacEachern, only to find out that he'd started seeing someone before I got up the nerve to ask him out.

There are also some people who were there tonight who also bowl on Wednesdays, so it's not as though there was nobody there I knew apart from my teammates. Nobody whom I'm particularly close to, though.

Oh, I did have one funny thing happen tonight - a woman whom I know slightly because she used to bowl on Wednesdays as well came over and asked if I did TV commercials. Apparently she had thought that the PC guy in the Mac-versus-PC commercials was me. She didn't believe me when I said that it wasn't. I'm not sure how to take that... I think I'm thinner and have more hair. (There's also the whole thing that he has brown hair, and I've been dying my hair blond for three years - and yet she kept insisting...)

And finally, from the SMOFS list earlier today: the California legislature introduced a bill a couple of weeks ago deploring the demotion of Pluto to dwarf planet status. Here's the bill itself. I particularly liked the clauses that stated that downgrading Pluto would cause psychological harm to Californians questioning their place in the universe (see line 3) and that it would reduce the number of planets available for legislative leaders to hide redistricting
legislation and other inconvenient political reform measures (line 17).


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