11/30/2003 03:49:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Things are good. Very, very good. Chris has leny me his DVD-R burner, so I've been archiving the episodes of Star Trek Enterprise and Babylon 5 that I've spent a few months collecting. The upside is that I have all episodes of Enterprise, and a season and a half of Bab.5. The downside is that I only have a 60 Gb disk. Which was, up to last night, really, really full. I've now got 14 Gb free, and I'm using Dr.Divx to re-encode the Babylon 5 episodes to something a little more mageable than 382 Mb per show. I have to thank Chris for this. Not only did he set up my rig so that it's a lean, mean, ripping machine, he taught me how to use it. And he lent me equipment to do it. Thanks again! Borrowing this stuff has given me a taste for DVD burners. I'm thinking of getting one after Christmas....150$ for a DVD+/- R. For anyone who doesn't know the set up, DVD-R and DVD+R are like VHS and Beta. Same over all format, but incompatible. So DVD +/- can record on both. Neat, hunh? Chris and Mike this weekend (BMP Image, 700x242 pixels) Anyhoo, time to run! CYODFS|W|P|107023258646941544|W|P||W|P|11/29/2003 01:15:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Sorry it's been sol ong since my last post, but things have been kinda hectic around here. In fact, Chris and Tara are coming over this afternoon, so I'll have to keep this short. Chris is going to help me fix certain things about my computer that I don't know how to do, as well as showing me how to burn a DVD and rip one as well. I'm borrowing his DVD burner to back up the TV shows that I have accumulated and take up something like 28 gigs. At 4.2 Gb/DVD, it's going to take 7 blanks to back everything up. That leaves me 3 to copy movies that I'm going to rent from Rogers. Any suggestions? CYODFS.|W|P|107013695996403084|W|P||W|P|11/19/2003 04:40:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|So I've strted using the great little program called BitTorrent. From what I understand of it, it's distributed bandwidth file sharing. So instead of one file coming from one user. basically every user's PC is turned into a server. The files are linked through websites, and you jsut dowload them like normal files. Except that it happens exceptioanlly fast. Here's a link to a sample of the amount of stuff available. If you like BitTorrent, go here and get it. Upside is that it's fast. Downside is that it's not intuitive at all. We got more snow today. I'm grumbling as I write this. There has been too much snow too soon. I saw a garbage truck fish tailing today. That was kinda cool. And now I've got a head ache, I'm sure from sitting in front of a computer screen all day. Why doesn't this place go LCD? For a company that has the wellfare of it's employees so well known, you'd think they'd be concerned with the amount of radiation we're absorbing on a daily basis. CYODFS |W|P|106928520309812477|W|P||W|P|11/18/2003 04:20:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Holy Moley.....I want one of these!!!! CYODFS|W|P|106919762739740911|W|P||W|P|11/18/2003 04:11:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|So I've planning an outing on Friday, if anyone decides to attend. One of our clients from Edmonton is going to be in town, and we're hitting the "Rose and Crown" pub on 4th. It'll be an interesting time, so I'm excited about it. I'm also way more excited because it's my first event like it. It's not going out with friends. It's going out with co-workers. Hopefully I won't come off as a complete retard. And hopefully I won't come off like Tucker Max on Absinth ... actually, that'd be pretty cool. Foley, youhaven't written back to me! Waht's going on? Are you a resident DJ yet? Do I have to go up there and layeth the smacketh down upon thyne candy ass? CYODFS|W|P|106919707570397279|W|P||W|P|11/17/2003 04:33:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Mikey got a new monitor today. :) Well, it's new as in new to me. San got it from Nortel at a significant'y reduced rate (i.e. charity auction...she got it for 16$) and, for one reason or another, Bob's system didn't like it. So they gave it to me. Mike likes it. We can watch movies now and actually _SEE_ what is going on. Very convenient. Ahhhh, the Grey Cup. Montreal vs Edmonton part II. This time, Edmonton won. Last year, it was Montreal. I have to admit that I wish we could have seen the game. I was very much looking foerward to it, but from waht I have gathered from other people, it wasn't all that spectacular of a game. It's odd...I'm not normally a posrts fan, but when the playoffs come, it's all suddenly really interesting to me. Playoffs and the Olympics. Bob came over last night (San was ill at home) and we chatted and drank and ate and drank. And then we drank. Let me put it this way: I was feeling mighty rough this morning! Wether that was the hangover or that memory of dousing my nice, beautiful, 90$ wirelss keyboard with beer, I'm not sure, but all in all I felt like junk until about 10 A.M. Ahhhhh.....it felt like i was in Lennoxville again! Except taht it was at home with Bob, and not at the Lion with Aaron and Mev. We miss you guys something horrible. Drop us a line sometime! CYODFS|W|P|106911198355567712|W|P||W|P|11/11/2003 04:37:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Wow. Who would have thought that a day dedicated to remembering own fallen dead, and celebrating our living proud could have been so very, unbelievably, boring? Apparently it was very busy this morning, but as soon as I got in, it died. Not very amusing, but since I'm getting paid 17.77x1.5/hr OR 17.77x2/hr for this, all in all, there's nothing to complain about really. CYODFS.|W|P|106859385589498654|W|P||W|P|11/11/2003 11:59:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Well, I've changed things around a little bit. Let me know how you feel about it. I'm here until 5, then here afterwards. CYODFS.|W|P|106857718023238659|W|P||W|P|11/10/2003 03:52:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Slashdot | Apple G5 Ads Banned In UK Apparently Apple's new adds are somewhat...muisleading. I tried to watch this at the office, but there's no QuickTime on my box and I can't get past the firewalls in here. :( CYODFS|W|P|106850477772477533|W|P||W|P|11/07/2003 04:28:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|So today is a day of missed opportunities and dissapoitments. There I was, walking through the TD Centre, on my way for lunch, when I look over and see some very beautiful young ladies sitting behind a desk signing pictures of themselves. "My that's vain" I remember thinking. Little did I know. Seeing how it had been along time since my stomach had seen food, I decided to eat first and ask questions later. Having finished some crappy fast food, but happy since I saw my favorite turtles in the Gardens, I proceeded, full of curiosity, down to the table with the good looking vain ladies. They were gone. "Oh well, whatever" I think to myself. So I go in and pick up a coy of Wired . Those of you know know me will think "Doesn't he get a subscription to that?" Yes, I do. They have not sent me a copy in three months, and since this one has Linus Torvalds on the cover, I needed it. Go here to read it for yourself. But I digress. As I'm paying for the magazine, I inquire as to whom the nice-looking ladies were. "Them?" responds the clerk, "oh they're just some Penthouse Pets that were signing 8x10 glossy's of themselves if you bought a magazine here. You just missed them, they left about 5 minutes ago". Well, needless to say my jaw dropped and all manner of foul things found their way out of my mouth and into the ears of every passer-by within earshot. Free pictures of Penthouse Pets, and I missed it because I was gawking at turtles. I'll never live this down. CYODFS.|W|P|106824773698571478|W|P||W|P|11/06/2003 04:20:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|So, it turns out that the Tomacco mentioned below has enough nicotine in it to kill a person, something like 50 or 60 milligrams. Something tells me we won't be seeing that at Safeway anytime soon, although C.S.I. could make an interesting story about it. The salad that kills. As it turns out Shell might be making me an offer to become a permanent employee, seeing how the person I'm replacing has gone on to better things. I'm seriously considering it, despite all the misginving and bitchings I've subjected you all to in the past. There is a very strong money component to it, but for me that's never been a deciding factor. Instead, I need to like and respect the people I work with and have them do the same for me. I'm also torn between a company that I loved (E.T.F.S.) and one that I have something of family history with (Shell Canada). If anyone has any advice, e-mail me and share it, please. It's odd, but as far as I can remember, this is the first time that I've had more than one company sort of, in the smallest kind of way, inticing me to work for them. And guess what? "Hey Mikey, I think he likes it...." CYODFS |W|P|106816083198439993|W|P||W|P|11/03/2003 04:53:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Holy crapsticks. Tomacco! It's finally here! CYODFS.|W|P|106790360920853498|W|P||W|P|11/03/2003 04:31:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|My original post for today had a comparison of Quebec and non-Quebec (read: wrong) poutines. But when I actually saw the pictures, and realized that I was ranting about some that is essentially artery clogger with cancer-causing goodness thrown in for flavour, I decided to take it down. Yeah, I'm a wimp, but so what. Those pictures were gross. Instead, please enjoy this picture of a pumpkin puking his guts out. CYODFS|W|P|10679023137930755|W|P||W|P|11/02/2003 01:35:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|There are some things that Rose and I have just come to accept. Taxes will rise, Alberta driverws are insane, and winter has finally arrived. It's here and has made it's intentions clear: it's not going anywhere. Last night, and most of this morning, probably the afternoon too, it was snowing. In the event that you don't believe me, go here and contrast it to here and tell me that I'm not completely insane. I dare you. CYODFS|W|P|106780530119954764|W|P||W|P|