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Geek test

Friday, May 29th, 2009

How many do you recognize? Meme Scenery

(Link courtesy of Blame It On The Voices)

Demonstrating, once again, how much our brains enjoy messing with us

Monday, May 25th, 2009

I haven’t had this much fun since the turning lady:

2009 Best Visual Illusions

White stuff

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Since last weekend wasn’t cooperating weather-wise, this weekend was the designated garden enhancement weekend. I was at the nursery when it opened yesterday morning promptly at 9am and picked up some more of the plants I put in the front beds last year, as well as some new varieties (some gorgeous chartreusey-lime sedum and a new echinacea varietal). I also splurged on a big pot that was already planted for the backyard, as well as some annuals to fill in the spaces and fix up the hanging basket that Sue gave me last year.

Spent the morning getting all of the plants in and since I was on a roll, then I cut the grass and pulled a couple hundred dandelions. I don’t know if was the perfect confluence of factors for dandelion growth, or that we’re paying the cost for banned herbicides, but the dandelions are out of control this year. Everywhere. Driving around town you can see numerous yards that are overrun with them. We’re not talking 30% coverage here, more like 80 or 90%, and I don’t think that many people are trying for the derelict look all at once. I think they (the dandelions, not the people) like a wet Spring. I think also that they suck.

In my case, I also lay full blame on the French Immersion school whose field is adjacent to my backyard. A field which is currently white with dandelion fluff. Excellent for my allergies.

Sure, I could be investigating the benefits of dandelion fritters (wtf?) but mostly I just curse while I’m pulling them out and then spend an hour on the couch recovering from sneezing/back aches.

Today, I went to pick up the “over the toilet” cupboard to finish off the bathroom. The box for which was just a few inches too long to fit across the back seats of the Subaru, and the width of which was just an inch to much to fit through the small pass-through in the trunk. I love my Subaru, but if I could redesign one thing about it, it would be to have at least one of the back seats fold all the way down for access from the trunk.

There was no way I was leaving it in the parking lot, so I figured out that I could recline the passenger seat all the way down and then fit the cupboard in like a supine sidekick for the drive home. Excellent until I started the car, because my car is a bit of a hardass when it comes to seat belt safety. It knows when someone is in a seat and doesn’t have on their seatbelt, and then reminds everyone in the car of this major transgression every 30 seconds with a series of seriously annoying pings. But, in one of those special radio moments, I soon found the answer…

Car: Ping-ping-ping

Me: It’s not a person, it’s a cupboard.

Car: Ping-ping-ping

Me: What part of “cupboard” don’t you understand?

Car: Ping-ping-ping

Me: FU, you autocratic tattle-tale!

Car radio: White lines…. (vision dreams of passion) / blowing through my mind… (and all the while, I think of you)

Me: Crank it!

Car: pingpingping

Me: Nah nah nah can’t hear you!  ...Something like a phenomenon (baby), tellin’ your body to come along (baby)…

The cupboard and I sang it home in the sunshine – speakers cranked and sunroof open.

BlackBerry will eat itself

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I had the best BB issue evar this week. Checked my email Monday morning, and all my mail except for Monday’s was gone. Since Monday was a holiday, I didn’t worry too much about it until yesterday morning …when I discovered that now all of my Monday email were gone, but I had the current days’ email, as well as 2 random email from August, 2008. I also lost my entire phone call history and all of my address book.

Got started with our helpdesk yesterday afternoon and they said they wanted to “cease and desist” me on the BES and mail server and see what that did, but we didn’t go forward since I was in meetings all day.

Which brings me to today, when it started deleting my email history every hour – i.e. if I didn’t see your email in the hour that it was sitting in my Inbox, then I guess you would SOL and I’d be off the hook, or something like that.

Helpdesk thought this behaviour was indeed “quirky” and ceased and desisted me. Which, if you’ve never been, is basically like a remote kill switch on your hummer. She ceased and my BB immediately desisted.

Everything seems to be in order again, but I’m not sure I’m gonna tell anyone it’s fixed. I kind of like the “BB ate my homework” excuse.


Monday, May 18th, 2009

Went to see Star Trek on the weekend. Enjoyment was obtained. Overall, the actor selections were equal to our collective nostalgia – Chris Pine is a nice bit of toffee, and Zachary Quinto was made for the part. These two carried the show, as they should. Karl Urban and Simon Pegg brought great guffahs as McCoy and Scottie. John Cho got more action in this movie than Sulu did during the original series, I think. Zoe Saldana is beautiful and the role was meant to bring more “power” to Uhura’s part in the team, but she still seemed pretty superfluous. Though there is the connection to Spock that mostly worked even though the origins and duration were left off-screen–nevertheless, it was more about what makes Spock than what makes her.

The opening sequence wherein we see Kirk’s father was some pretty good film – visually stunning, it was surprisingly emotional and brought everyone in from the get-go.

The visual effects were pretty spectacular throughout, actually (though if that was a “mining ship”, I’d hate to see what the Romulans were spending on their primary fleet). Few too many scenes with Kirk hanging by his hands over a precipice and being choked (sometimes in the same scene). Minor quibbles, though, really.

There was enough there for Trekkies and for newbs. I think I clapped a couple of times in the middle. I know some people aren’t too happy with the alternate timeline, and I think there’s a point to be made that there was a little too much time with Spock Prime.


Still and all, what makes the weekend absolutely a geekgasm is…

1. Dollhouse is renewed

2. Chuck is renewed.


Who says it’s a bad time to try something new?

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

This past week, Melle and I attended the Commuitech Tech Leadership Conference – it was a one-day event, with Seth Godin as the featured speaker, along with a keynote address by Jeremy Gutsche of trendhunter fame and Paul Kedrosky.

The crowd was a mix of startup types, executives, marketeers from some of the big local companies, as well as a bunch of headhunter/recruiting reps. The keynotes were entertaining and they offered a few aha moments. Everyone was “just so happy” to be in the K-W area, where we don’t know the word “recession”.


Cross your fingers, toes…

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Fox looks to be renewing Dollhouse.

Note in the article that they mention this might signal a shift of the networks to recognize online viewing as an appropriate “stream”–as per my discussion with Donal a few posts back.

get yer geek on

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Looks like Chuck is renewed!


Monday, May 11th, 2009

I’ve been using a hand push mower for a few years even though my yard is a bit big and rugged for it. So I finally broke down on the weekend and purchased a new power mower–but it’s a rechargeable electric one!

It’s very cute and enviro-friendly and all that. The battery is good for about 250 charges, which should take me through about 10 years or so. It’s also very quiet – just a little vroom vroom and that’s about it. Even comes with mulching or leaf bag capabilities.

This is the neatest my yard has looked in a while. So much fun!


Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Some of the phrases that landed people here recently:

  • winds were lifting her. I guess at least it’s not “wind beneath her wings”. A lot more fun:”winds were lifting her skirt”.
  • preteen top modeles en ballerine photos arts. Perv. French perv?
  • perky league. Perv! Or maybe a very scary group of brownie leaders who aren’t allowed in my yard.
  • wedding rules roof. Meaning there’s a limit on the wedding rules? Or if you are having a wedding on a roof, what’s the etiquette? I’m pretty sure I know nothing about either.
  • arbre twister baby. Should that be “arbre twister, baby”? Like, it was a small tornado that only took out one lonely french tree? Not sure why you’d be happy or emphatic about that.
  • priscilla lopes-schliep aunt. I know Priscilla is the hurdler for Canada who nailed it at the Olympics (bronze). I don’t know her aunt, but I’m sure she’s lovely.

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