Monday, November 26, 2007
I was playing as England against France and I was 2-0 down at halftime. Every French player was faster and stronger than mine; if I sprinted down the field with the ball, I was either overtaken or knocked over. If a French player sprinted down the field, I couldn't catch him!
The most obvious cheat was a stunning long range shot I made that completely fooled the keeper and went over his head. I was just about to celebrate it crossing the line into the net when a French defender appeared from nowhere and headed it off the line. Huh?!??!
I'm not sure I can continue playing it after this. I know games cheat, but this is the worst I've noticed in this game. And it was the first time it ruined the game for me. Sulk. Pout.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I don't remember the wording as I didn't have time to read it all. But one gist of it was that I couldn't provide comments or a description of the game. I think. Oh well, it doesn't matter as I'm probably going to get sued anyway for saying that Calgary blew it. There I did it.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Here's the description:
"This is a nasty one! I really only have vague memories of it, but it was a golf game I played prior to 1982, probably on some form of Tandy/Radio Shack computer. I believe it was top-down ASCII? It's the earliest memory I have of a computer game (as opposed to a console or arcade game), but I can't remember what it was!"
Any ideas what it was?
Rock Paper Shotgun
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sure cover bands may sound good and their singers may hit the high notes, but they don't have the awesome power of Maiden or Bruce.
Cover Band (Sanctuary)
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Rich, maybe you should check out their albums; they're pretty damn good. Catchy tunes for the most part, some excellent guitar work. Should be able to pick them up cheap.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Inflation: approaching 5,000%
4m need food aid
Life expectancy: 37 (men), 34 (women)
If I were living in Zimbabwe, on average, I would expect to be dead in just under two years. Scary and sad.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
So this time round I'm consulting Google Maps and their satellite images to get a feel for the area around the hotel. Is the hotel by a highway, or is it by a park? Is it near the coast or in the middle of an industrial area.
The downside is that Google Maps doesn't always return the correct location, so I'll have to rely on good ole faith and luck.
Friday, July 13, 2007
I feel somewhat cheated because my main opinion on the book is that it is a wonderful story, full of adventure, beautifully painted vistas, humour, drama and tragedy. So to find the story is based on fact devalues my enjoyment somewhat. Still, it was definitely worth reading except if you followed the above links before reading the book, shame on you!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
During open-uterus, fetal surgery, the fetus' hand popped out of the womb and a picture was taken of the event. Urban legend says the fetus grabbed the surgeon's hand but this has been proven false.
Either way it's a moving photo and shows the advances in modern science and the fragility of life.
The photo is available on Michael Clancy's website (see bottom of the page). Be warned it is graphic.
The house itself was very disappointing. From the outside it looks bigger than ours, and that may well be true. But the interior didn't give that impression. The house had four bedrooms; ours has three, but they were all small. The master bedroom was significantly smaller than ours.
The house itself was badly in need of a complete redecoration. The info sheet said some windows were new but I didn't spot them. Apart from the carpets and the kitchen, everything else in the house was original; tired looking and badly in need of an update.
The basement was finished, with two fully carpeted playrooms, a separate storage room and the laundry room. The whole basement smelled like Tokyo in the middle of summer. I've not been to Tokyo, but that's how damp and smelly it was. The rest of the house smelled like pets, though there were no visible signs of them.
The house was priced at CAN$285,000, which considering the house needs about 30k in upgrades, is way overpriced.
The front garden had far too many plants and would be extremely high maintenance, despite the info sheet claiming low maintenance. The rear garden was tiny, overgrown with bushes and trees and extremely dark. Yeuch!
On our way out the realtor asked what we thought. I replied it was smaller than it looked from the outside. I really wanted to say all of the above but thought of better of it. He tried to engage us in conversation on our way out, and we struggled to leave. He gave me his business card, which I promptly threw away once we got home.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
If I sit and watch Netbean's memory meter, it slowly rises by 100k every few seconds.
Friday, July 06, 2007
From the article:
"Critics say that flying rock stars in on aeroplanes and using a great deal of electricity to power several concerts sends out mixed messages about energy conservation."
Aha! That's it!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
- showing the desktop hides Safari, but it always reappears for no reason
- CTRL+BACKSPACE doesn't delete the previous word
- clicking the icon in the task bar for running Safari doesn't minimise it
Safari is a terrible attempt at being a Windows application. I stopped using it a while ago and I still see no reason to try again.
(Posted from Safari!)
Sunday, July 01, 2007
The second picture (zoomed out) turns this particular event into a comedic tragedy. You have to ask yourself, how is it that the tanks didn't just drive around him?
Still, standing up for your beliefs is one thing; standing up for your beliefs while facing tanks and probable death is another. Especially considering hundreds or thousands of protestors were killed.
This picture overwhelms me - I find it very emotional. More so because it makes me feel irrelevant in comparison. It's a shame his identity isn't known - I'd love to know what became of him.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
We took her to hospital out of precaution and they basically agreed that nothing looked broken. It was a really busy night at CHEO but luckily they fast-tracked us up the waiting list. I guess given she's 14 months with a possible broken noise they wanted to see her. The Doctor examined her and answered all our questions. She gave us some good information and was happy to briefly play with Emma for a minute or two while she talked to us. She examined Emma's skull, nose and face in general to make sure nothing was cracked or broken. Clean bill of health! Surprisingly, Emma didn't show any signs of apprehension after the fall while scooting round the living room. We'd learned our lesson and stuck closer to her when she got tired tonight. Especially when I caught her literally running across the room. "You're not meant to do that yet! You're only 14 months old!!" God I love my little angel!
For me, our time in the hospital was more traumatic than the accident. One poor 13 year old boy had hit his head while playing soccer and had no memory of it. Mrs S. said they asked him questions and after a short while he would forget they'd asked him.
Another little boy had broken a bone in his leg and they must have reset it while we waited in the corridor outside. Listening to his screams was somewhat disturbing. All things we'll have to expect and prepare for I guess.
I'm not sure my heart has recovered from the experience. Her fall was mostly my fault; Mrs. S. was on the phone and I had just turned round to get a clean diaper. It broke my heart to hear her scream so and to see the distress she was in. I gave her lots of hugs and kisses and walked around with her in my arms while I examined her nose and face. After a short while she calmed down and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Yes Steve, Stodge Rock lives on. Rock On!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
The little one was sick for the past few days. She was teething - sprouting molars. Typically when she teethed she salivated a lot, was tired, cough and sneezed and that was mostly it. But the past few days were rough on her. She was obviously in pain as she was unconsolable at times; she had no appetite and refused everything we put in front of her bar three or four mouthfuls of watermelon. She was incredibly tired and upset and at times it was all she could do to lie there and watch her Einstein video. Oh and she also had a fever; nothing critical but enough that we were worried.
She three up Friday night - I think in our haste to make sure she was hydrated we probably gave her too much milk given her stomach was off. She threw up in her crib and then again as I was carrying her to the bathroom. I spent a wee while picking up curdled milk chunks (i.e. cottage cheese!) and undigested chunks of fruit out of the carpet!!
Extremely gross, but it'll make for a good story when she's old enough to understand! Anyway, she's much better today. She hardly slept last night but made up for it today and she's almost back to her usual self. We took her to the park this evening so she could enjoy the swing for a while. She was quite tired by 8pm despite her many hours of sleeping today, which means she's still catching up and will hopefully sleep through the night. We're all tired, especially Mrs Stodge, who kindly took the brunt of last night's troubles and woes. Tomorrow will be a brighter day!
To all those parents with sick kids; I have so many words I want to say to express my awe but none will come out.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
There's approximately 6x3 inches of story plus pages and pages of adverts. I can't remember the last time I visited Forbes' website but I know I won't be going back in a hurry.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Since then I discovered an amazing shareware product called Reaper, which is another Digital Audio Workstation, or so they call themselves. It's extremely cheap, developed by (I think) the guy who wrote or worked on WinAmp and it's feature list is incredible.
This is my first attempt at recording with Reaper:
First Guitar Attempt
Ignore my dreadful attempts at being a guitar virtuoso and forgive the fact I still live in the 80s!
Here's some more:
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
By 40 minutes into the first half, I was 6-0 up with some beautiful goals scored by my forwards. In case you were wondering, I was playing England again. Rooney and Owen were simply outstanding, and Owen's little side-step to score in the box was so impressive, I wasn't sure it was my fingers on the keyboard!
I think it might be time to crank up the difficulty notch a level.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
What do I love most about this game? Apart from the fact I CAN win, I love the realism. Some of my moves and goals were realistic; I gave up an own goal when my defender and keeper got confused. My opponent gave up an own goal when his retreating defender accidentally headed the ball into his own net.
One powerful shot hit the post and travelled parallel to the goal line before spinning out for a corner. Now that was cool!
It's the main reason I keep playing the game. My only real stubborn opponent is Portugal. I wonder if the developers were Portugese or were fans of the country?
Check it out; I highly recommend it!
Friday, March 30, 2007
I find this so bizarre it's almost almost unbelievable.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Photosmart R725 6.2MP Digital Camera - CAN$189.95
Canon PowerShot A460 Digital Camera - CAN$169.99
Kodak C653 6.1MP Digital Camera - CAN$143.99
Kodak EasyShare C743 7.1MP Digital Camera - CAN$169.99
Sony Cybershot DSCS650 7.2MP Digital Still Camera - CAN$179.99
So far the candidates are Canon's A460 and Sony's W30. They're both around $190 and both get good reviews. The downside to the Sony is that it uses Sony's proprietary and probably more expensive memory stick. By the sounds of it the A460 is better than the DC10 DVD camcorder we bought last year.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
0: 351476 IO-APIC-edge timer
1: 4706 IO-APIC-edge i8042
8: 1 IO-APIC-edge rtc
9: 0 IO-APIC-fasteoi acpi
12: 63789 IO-APIC-edge i8042
15: 12192 IO-APIC-edge ide1
16: 16398 IO-APIC-fasteoi libata, NVidia CK8S
17: 21531 IO-APIC-fasteoi libata, ohci_hcd:usb2
18: 135002 IO-APIC-fasteoi ohci_hcd:usb3, eth0
19: 2 IO-APIC-fasteoi ehci_hcd:usb1
20: 0 IO-APIC-fasteoi snd_ca0106
21: 2 IO-APIC-fasteoi ohci1394
22: 124150 IO-APIC-fasteoi eth1, nvidia
Friday, March 16, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
According to the Django tutorials, you can get a working administration front end for a basic poll application in minutes. You don't have to write the admin front end (code or layout) as it's already provided in generic form that you override. Damn impressive!
Just thinking of how I could extend my PHP framework to provide this functionality hurts my brain. It's a huge amount of work and I'm wondering why I would even consider continuing with my scripts. I love Python programming and Django (and other frameworks) would be ideal for prototyping some ideas I have. Sooooo.....
Monday, March 12, 2007
The package manager, Conary, seems to have roots in RPM (written by an original developer of RPM) and while I find it faster than RPM and Yum, it definitely seems slower than Ubuntu's apt-get. The package repository is somewhat unreliable, one install was coming down the pipe at 500k/s while others timed out. I installed the NVIDIA drivers, which involved editing the xorg.conf to get the "fancy desktop stuff", but there's no graphical front end to Conary, so it involves pasting commands into the console. Overall it's a good distro, but I'm tempted to try Mint Linux, which is based on Ubuntu.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
"Wow! A 2 year old Five Hundred that rides and sounds like my seven year old Taurus!"
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
The title is for an article on ArsTechnica:
Blackberry Owners Chained to Work
Well duh! Take my manager, for example. No, I mean, take him please! Just kidding. His blackberry is surgically attached to his hip. Either that or he has it set to buzz for kicks. This is one of the reasons I refuse to get one - I don't want to be available 24/7. I value my family life too much. My thinking is, if you get a blackberry for work and make yourself available 24/7 then you only have yourself to blame if your family life and health suffer.
Do you REALLY need to be available 24/7? And do you REALLY need to be reachable everywhere you go? I'm sure people take them on holiday. Me, I'd much rather be sitting reading a good book than sending work emails or reading how everyone's stressed and having a bad day!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
1) The Taurus was a bland fleet car that was not updated and left to die
2) Ford blames the Five Hundred name for low sales (it has nothing to do with zero advertising on Ford's part)
I'm not North American, I didn't grow up here, but this doesn't make sense to me. The Five Hundred has an identity as a large, roomy and safe vehicle. The earlier complaints of it being underpowered are no longer valid with the new 3.5L V6 engine. Ford has revamped the exterior style, and while I may not necessarily like it, I do think it brings more cohesion to the car.
Disclaimer: I drive a 2005 Five Hundred, though it will be my last Ford.
Friday, February 09, 2007
When I write a new email in Outlook, the toolbar has 21 buttons available. Twenty one! I don't send HTML emails, only plain text, so at least twelve of those are unnecessary. I always use keyboard shortcuts for copying, cutting and pasting. That frees up another three buttons.
I use Outlook at work - I receive far too many emails each day and never organise them into folders. I can sort my inbox by date received or the name of the sender. Outlook kindly groups emails into dates: "Today", "Yesterday". "Last Week" and "Last Month". I find this extremely useful as it provides a visual distinction that reduces the time I spend looking for older emails. I sometimes organise folders - most of them are labelled "Archive 2006 Q2" and so forth. So I guess I am lazy, but am I lazy because I want to be or because Outlook isn't helping me make the most of my time? Am I disorganised because "I am" or because Outlook requires too much effort to stay organised? I'm guessing mostly the former though organising folders and dragging and dropping emails info folders is painful when my folder hierarchy is too long to fit onto the screen.
Applications and DEs try to be all things to all people. Is this is a good thing or can functionality and configurability be reduced to reduce complexity?
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
What I need is a program that can rip each video clip from a DVD into individual AVI or MPEG files. I've found some programs that either rip to VOB (three files in total) or one large AVI for the whole disc. Neither of which are useful to me.
I do have software that came with the Canon camera that looks like it will let me drag and drop different video clips into a project and then burn a new DVD. But I'm missing the step before this.