Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hawk at Work

My new office is a tad in the middle of nowhere, at least in walking terms. There are major streets near, and the road is hardly devoid of buildings, but that area isn't exactly build up, and there is quite a lot of green space around...

And a hawk. We see him flying around quite a bit from our eleventh floor windows. He circles a lot. Sometimes he flies really close to the building and swoops past the windows. One particular day, we caught him hanging out on the building right outside of our work area. Luckily I had my camera on me.

Gummies and Coolness

While studying for my last exam, I was eating a bag of Gummi Bears and pulled this one out.
Holy crap! Conjoined twin gummies!!! I decided that during this day of cramming compiler notes, this was by far the coolest thing I had seen. I mean, how many conjoined twin gummies could there be? I snapped a picture (as I love any excuse not to study) and decided to eat it, carefully nibbling it so that I ate only green, then yellow.

Back to studying....holy crap another one!!! Yup, there were two conjoined twin gummies in my package! This time, I ate the whole thing at once.

By far the awesomest thing of my day, perhaps my week. And no, I don't think that that's sad.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Chronic-WHAT-cles of Narnia

So, I play a online game called Hollywood Stock Exchange that, as the name implies, is a fake stock market related to movies, actors, etc.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian opened this weekend and sadly did not do nearly as well as I, or many people on the HSX board expected. I lost 1.6 million HSX dollars today. Really sucked.

Let's see how everyone else did:

I particularly like the, "This is worse than my "short 300" debacle," quote.

Monday, May 12, 2008

On Monsters and Jesus

I was sent this video by my friend Daniel who insisted that I post it.
This is a list of the top 10 movie monsters, as chosen by some guy on you tube.

Daniel has never seen a Gamera movie, and had never even heard of him before watching this. He really wants to watch one now, so I'll have to provide one for him.

While watching it, I recognized the voice, so I looked at the name of the poster. It's the Angry Video Game Nerd! Awesome! This guy, in case you've never seen one of his videos, posts reviews of old and incredibly sucky video games. The first I saw was his review of several bible games for the NES.

For more sucky games, I've also seen this video about the Atari ET game, which I have played long ago...and yes, it does suck hardcore.

Anyhow Daniel, it's posted.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Rock Stars and Cab Drivers

So I went to a fundraiser this past weekend to support my friend Natasha's roller derby team, Chicks Ahoy! Yup, Toronto has a women's roller derby league. Anyhow, it was at the Cadillac Lounge on Queen Street. We drank, went there, drank, supported the team thorough the purchase of raffle tickets and the participation in contests, and came home.

One contest was a Rock Band competition. I've never played before, but I have played Guitar Hero. There were prizes for the best individual in each difficulty level: a shirt, movie passes, and a copy of Guitar Hero 3 for easy, medium, and hard respectively. Anyhow, my band did fairly well, scoring second place in score but dropping to third by the end of the night. But, my individual percentage got me into a face off with another guy for best medium player. Guess who walked away with the win and two movie passes? Oh ya, me baby! I can now claim I've won a rock band contest, how geeky is that?! Anyhow, my fiancee did the lyrics during my faceoff song and got 100%!! She's awesome, and disappointed that that didn't get her a prise, but unfortunately they didn't count the other players ranks on the tie breaker songs, since it was to decide between the two of us. Jipped! Oh well, she still walked away from the evening with a Chicks Ahoy! Tshirt.

Then I got hit by a taxi. Ya.

Five of us were trying to get home, and the street car wasn't coming, so we flagged a taxi driving by to see if he would take five. He wouldn't. While the others were talking to him, I walked a few feet into the street to look and see if the street car was in sight. I will say, I looked both ways first and the street was completely empty apart from the stopped taxi! A taxi that was facing away from me! Well, taxi dude decided that he needed to back up without looking. I don't even know why he backed up! He wanted to pull a uturn, but it was a completely empty street!!! He could've pulled it from where he was! There was no need for him to throw it into reverse. Regardless, he didn't even check his damn mirror! I hear people yell my name, next thing I know I have a car bumper hitting my leg. Now, taxi dude boy hadn't gained any speed, and was going into reverse, so it barely hurt, but still, the stupid driver drove into me!!! He left shortly after, but only after one of us asked him, "Now will you take five?".

Anyhow, good night overall. Oh, and if anyone wants to avoid a cab driver who apparently doesn't look before he drives, AEFY 668 is the plate.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Programming Jokes?

Recently from the internet:

Adam: what do you get when you divide an uint_32 with a uint_16 ?
Sent at 2:27 PM on Tuesday
me: your mom?
Adam: mmmmm..
forget it, i'll just do it when i parse the results with python.
me: oh. this was a serious question?
I thought it was the start of a bad programming joke.
Adam: no
do i look lke someone who would go around telling bad programming jokes?
We discussed his actual problem, and the conversation eventually became:
Adam: Why weren't the Romans very good C programmers?
Adam: They had no way to return 0.
me: oh dear.
Adam: Two bytes meet. The first one asks, "Are you ill?" The second replies, "No, just feeling a bit off."

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Cooper the Bloor St Cat

So on Bloor St. near Christie, there is this cat who hangs out on the street. He's a bit of a local celebrity, with people stopping and asking how he is today. Others come by and have their picture taken with him. He's pretty much there everytime I walk by. He's named Cooper. How do I know? He has a sign posted explaining his presence.

You see this cat? He is Cooper. He is not lost or hungry. He lives right here at 648 Bloor. He has a cat door and can come and go when he likes. He loves people and especially loves hearing how beautiful he is. Who Doesn't? So, feel free to hang out with him. Cooper has food restrictions so please do not feed him. He is also microchipped so don't take him - he will be traced. Cooper has been mooching for food like this for 11 years. But pats + praise is all he really needs. On behalf of the cat--thanks