the-inbetween posts categorized as General

The bachelor life

I am back on the internets! Well, I wasn’t truly gone as there was always some spare time at work, but home is where it counts. Anyway, before I get to my petty moving in thoughts, I’ll first get to this reminder: The 2004 World Rock Paper Scissors Championships are tomorrow (Saturday). Register now or get your tickets at the door tomorrow (if available). ahem. Yes. As of last Monday night (Thanksgiving), I am less of a loser. I’m no…

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Rules of Thumb

The general rule of thumb is as follows: when you are out of work, work is hard to come by; when you do get work, you then are greeted with multiple job offers. When it rains, it pours. The corollary to this is that new and great opportunities always tend to show up when you are otherwise occupied. Like, say, with a move. So when you have a new job and, at the same time, you are moving — you…

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The Last Saturday and The View

Here are photos from last Saturday’s paintball event, taken by someone ten trillion billion times better than I will ever be. On the crappy picture front, here’s a really low-resolution photo of my new view. It’s hard to tell, but that big blurry thing is the lake. The view would be a hell of a lot nicer if the ugly residential buildings weren’t obstructing it.

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Quick Stuff

Started a new full-time gig today. Got a dental appointment Wednesday. Moving this weekend. Busy. Gradius V rocks. Katamari Damacy is everything I expected it to be, which rocks and rolls. Paintball on Saturday was fun, but I’m feeling the major muscle strains now. Bruised in about a dozen places too, but it’s the muscles that are killing me. Started testing out my newish phone’s crappy phonecam. Figured it was a good time to put that old flickr account to…

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Hunting

Apartment hunting is an annoying, annoying task. You spend time and money to get yourself half-way across the city to scope out an apartment… only to be greeted by a really stubborn lock that required a coating of WD40 to open. And if that wasn’t enough, greeting you within that apartment is a nice dead mouse. “Yeah, I don’t think this place is for me.” Which was too kind of a thing to say. By suburban standards, the area was…

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World Cup

It’s late August. It’s the summer. The Summer Olympics are still going full steam. Naturally, it’s the perfect time to start thinking… hockey! The World Cup of Hockey is especially important this year as it might be the highest level of hockey that we will see for a long time. While Canada has lost its first exhibition match to the USA, it’s worth remembering that the Canadians are terribly slow starters in international tournaments. It’s also an exhibition game, so…

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Splurge Blues

Dudes. I just so totally bought all six Cowboy Bebop DVDs. It was a real spur of the moment indulgance, but at 40% off I couldn’t pass it up. I’m not sure how many days this sale on Bandai DVDs has left, so if you have the slightest bit of an itchy trigger-finger on this kind of shit, I advise you not to follow that link. Especially if you have Cowboy Bebop in your crosshairs. Those other animes? I know…

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Summer Olympics

I’ve always liked the Winter Olympics best. They’re more focused and the events are more interesting than the Summer equivalents. Nonetheless, there are a few events in the Summer that are worth a bit of attention. So, Mike Nowak’s Events Most Worth Watching at the Summer Olympics (for various reasons): Boxing Canoe/Kayak Slalom (white water) Cycling, Track (short sprint and individual pursuit) Beach Volleyball* Athletics (100m, 200m, 110m hurdles) Additionally. Events that might be cool but I have no idea…

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Dextre: Hubble Rescue

A while ago, it was announced that Hubble might not be serviced anymore. It will eat through its remaining battery power and become an orbiting piece of junk. Scientists cried. A lot. So, not too long ago, there came news that NASA was reconsidering. Since the shuttle is grounded, sending a manned crew up there to fix it is pretty much out of the question. The news over the last week has been that NASA is considering sending up a…

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Retro Computing Shows

In the same vein as CBC’s 1993 story A Network Called “Internet”, there are three new retro computing talk-show clips posted to archive.org: Battle of the Browsers, from 1997; Spreadsheet Wars from 1988; and DOS to Mac and Back from 1989. I love retro-geek stuff like this. Unfortunately, the clips are two gigs each so I won’t be seeing them anytime soon. Consider this a “save it for later” post. (Edit: the Spreadsheet Wars clip has a smaller, low-res version.…

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Week and a half

The last week and a half was brutal. During that time, I worked through the weekend, worked late hours and, er, even later hours. I’d have been stuck downtown (or at least forced to take a really expensive cab) on Thursday at 2am had it not been for some saving graces (thanks!). The worst part of this period is that throughout it all, I had an annoying and painful tooth ache. Once the four day long weekend hit, my first…

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Raccoon City

Go to the Resident Evil: Apocalypse site. Enter said site. Notice something odd about the “laboratory”? If you do, then watch the trailer and watch it get blown-up! haha.

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Game Woes

Is it the games, or is it just me? Every dedicated gamer hits a slump. A point where the fun factor drops, the tedium grows, and interests shift to other outlets. Perhaps it’s the current crop of games — not an unreasonable claim, as the summer is the slow season — but I think I’m experiencing that slump. There is nothing truly captivating out there. Nothing that warrants more than a passing glance. Devil May Cry 3, er… I mean,…

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