the-inbetween posts categorized as General

Before the Long Weekend

The last place I worked at had a policy wherein any three day long weekend would be treated as a four day long weekend. So on the Victoria Day weekend, I’d be able to take the Friday off in addition to the Monday. My current employer isn’t as flexible. So, here are some tips to make the last day before the long weekend more tolerable: Extended lunch: Order the dish that takes the longest to prepare. Don’t rush the food.…

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Premier Liar

I’m not one to talk politics much, but god damn the Ontario Liberals are pissing me off something awful. Complete cock-gobblers. The worst part of all the fun new taxes that the Liberals have instituted are the health care premiums. The breakdown is as follows: those that earn $20,000 or less will pay zero; those that earn $20,000 to $36,000 will pay $300 a year more; those that earn $36,000 to $48,000 will pay $450 per year; those that earn…

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Possible Uses for the DS

If you have ever used a real-time multiuser visual chat — or something similar — then you know you are going to encounter dicks. It’s inevitable. Nintendo’s Pictochat seems like a nice little application, but… a visual multi-user chat on a system that can auto-detect other clients nearby is bound to see the inevitable dickage as well. Also, will randy Brits take to the DS and go “toothing” Nintendo-style? I’m sure the conservative Big N would love to see that…

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Toxic Cloud of Death!!

When we moved to this part of Mississauga a year and a half ago, we did so with the assumption that this would be a quieter area. Since then, there’s been: one refinery explosion, one triple shooting (last week), and one toxic cloud (today). I’m starting to rethink that “quiet” thought. Having a Government of Ontario Air Monitoring truck sitting two houses down from you for the whole evening is just slightly unsettling.

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Enter the Monotony

Things are getting monotonous, even in the games I play during my free time. Final Fantasy XI is like work, only with negative cash flow. I log-in, work on my Job for a few hours, I try to get into a group to speed up experience hunting, the group turns out to be badly managed, collapses, and I end up losing a lot of time with little to show for it. I get enough of that every weekday from nine…

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Toronto to Montreal

Jets Go is offering a deal that will get you from Toronto to Montreal (or vice versa) for one dollar. The only catch is that you have to book before the end of the month and you can only fly between May 10th and May 15th. Other than that, one dollar to Montreal. Though if you were to look at your calendar, you would notice that that period spans Monday to Saturday — so no weekend getaways. In fact, no…

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Searching for Ottawa Fans

This explains it all. A Google search for Ottawa fan yields an interesting result. Now I understand. Speaking of search engines, the new Amazon-powered Google-like one seems fairly decent. Haven’t used it too much, and it fails the “Mike Nowak ego search” test, but there’s strong potential there. It’s good to have an alternative again; the world was being viewed through Google-coloured glasses for far too long. Well, far too long by internet standards. At least it’s consistent with Google…

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LJ Images Revived

Seems like the original LJ Images has been overloaded (the link spread like wildfire), so here are two replacements: perurb and n0wak (mine. Please don’t kill my server too.) One of the problems with posting the original link at a place I can not mention (first rule) is that my account there is old and I’m using a stupid username. So when that username gets referenced in thanks on other sites (which, obviously, also can’t mention the source — first…

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A Case of the (Easter) Mondays

The LiveJournal Images page is an endless source of amusement. Apart from the random cat pictures and online quiz results and, ugh, occasional goatse-esque imagery, there’s a large cache of personal photos. Personal teenaged emo-kid photos. It’s amusing to see just how cliched they make themselves out to be. The same old angsty, cheap webcam, half-a-face looking down shots over and over and over again. These kids are parodies of themselves. Eh, I’m amused. I’m also cruel. For the first…

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Eggs and Spam, FFXI style

There is an Easter event going on in the world of Final Fantasy XI. A moogle has appeared in the town squares giving away lettered eggs once a (virtual) day (one hour). The right combination of these eggs (based on your characters name), when traded back to the moogle, will award you with a rare non-transferable item. This has created an egg market, so to speak. One aspect of this is the giant mobs of people around the moogle. It…

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Style Change and Camouflage

I can’t help it. I always fall back on a grey and blue combination. I find shades of grey to be easier on the eyes than full on blacks and whites. Maybe it’s because of my high contrast laptop monitor — I might need to tweak levels a bit once I check it out on a CRT — but this is it for now. As for the style: eh, maybe it’s a bit overdone. Maybe a bit tired. But it’s…

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Stupid, stupid validation

So I’m trying to register a domain name, but failing thanks to this error: Stupid, stupid American-centric registration system. It allows me to pick Canada, it has a list of provinces, but it can’t seem to understand that maybe the whole world doesn’t use zip codes. So I can’t register because it won’t let me progress with my perfectly valid postal code. Stupid. NHL Playoff time! My lousy picks.

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Post-FlashintheCan

Holy fuck I’m spent. FitC 2004 was a good show. Didn’t get to all that many presentations (a physical impossibility, as there were often five running at the same time), and some of the ones I wanted to check out were over-booked (Josh Davis being one, expectedly. Though I’ve already seen him speak before, so no major loss), but despite that, it was worth the price of admission. *cough* The highlights of the show include WeFail‘s humorous showing, and getting…

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