Archive for September, 2008

Canoe Storage and High School Physics

Monday, September 29th, 2008
Usually I say that I’m the worst handyman on the planet, but this time I did something pretty handy! I wanted to hang the canoe from the ceiling in the garage, first to take it off the floor and get it out of the way, and second so I could just drive into the garage and either drop it on the car or hoist it up out of the way. Call me lazy.

I wandered around the hardware store for an hour imagining what I could do with different things, and walked out with two 4-foot PVC pipes, some pulleys, hooks, and rope. And a stud finder, which Erik later ruined by dropping into the toilet. He had fun for awhile walking around making it beep. No idea why he thought it should get flushed away.

And there you have it, super easy canoe storage that you can pull up with one hand!

Some simple pulley action doubles the lifting weight, and splitting it up over both sides means you just have to pull 5 pounds to lift the canoe up to the ceiling. I can easily walk under it without it being anywhere near my head — which also means I can just drive the car under it and drop the canoe straight onto the racks. What a time saver.

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Renting vs. Buying

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Anita and I rent. We know that in the long run, we’ll be financially better off than if we bought. Aside from the blip on the real estate radar that’s happened over the last few years pushing real estate prices through the roof, that has come to an end and will not happen again for a long time for a zillion reasons. This we know to be true, but sometimes have a hard time convincing some people who are (like most) convinced that renting is a waste and the only way to plan for the future is to buy.

This article in Yahoo Real Estate explains the whole thing very well, here’s a great excerpt:

Rent is the cost of owning shares with money you would otherwise spend on a house. Houses have ownership costs, too: taxes, insurance and maintenance. Rent costs about 5% of house prices each year if we apply the price/rent ratio of 19. House incidentals often cost around 2%. If you have $300,000 and a choice between spending it on a house or shares, you’ll pay $6,000 a year in incidentals if you buy the house or about $15,000 a year ($1,250 a month) in rent if you buy the shares. But the shares will return $21,000 a year after inflation while the house will return zero. (My numbers work out even better than these. I pay a smidgen less than $1,250 a month for rent, while house prices in my neighborhood are far higher than $300,000.)

My last day off

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Today is my last day off between jobs, on Monday morning I’ll be heading downtown to my new job. I wish I could sit around doing nothing today, you know be really lazy and unproductive, because I think its the last time I’ll have a quiet day for a few months at least.

Anita went to work early this morning so she could finish up some things, then she’ll be coming home to vegetate with me. I dropped off little Erik at daycare (after ignoring Anita’s instructions and getting lost in North Coquitlam somewhere), and now I’m home with a Venti Mild, a bad cough, and a really messy garage that needs some cleaning up.

Summer’s over!

And now for something completely stupid

Friday, September 12th, 2008

CERN was Hacked!

Friday, September 12th, 2008


Just to prove a point: Computer security is harder than building a $7 billion black-hole creating proton smasher.

Hackers broke into the Large Hadron Collider’s network, which is ridiculous considering this is the biggest scientific experiment in the world full of super eggheads and meganerds.

They’re still at it, if you want to see the hacking damage in action you can watch it live on one of their webcams here. http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html

Nothing much to say.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Had a great meal at Milestones tonight, pigged out on Kobe Beef Meatloaf, which Erik devoured. Until Anita gave him his first french fry (made from yams). Then he wanted nothing to do with the Kobe. That’s ok! Going out for dinner is supposed to be a treat, anything goes. Later on if he decides he wants to start with cheesecake and work his way backwards, that’s cool with us.

That doesn’t mean you can take him to McDonald’s Granny and Opa!! 🙂

Bedtime for the little bugger is coming up soon, I better get my butt inside and help out.

Ike, you suck!

Monday, September 8th, 2008


Well, Hurricane Ike just ruined my buddy Sean’s vacation plans with his family. He was supposed to fly to Cuba this morning for some much needed R&R but Mother Nature had different plans. Apparently her plans are to destroy destroy destroy! Cuba is getting the brunt of it right now, and Ike is projected to slam into Texas later on this week. But he might just dissapear instead, or who knows.

Wanted: Esquire Magazine

Monday, September 8th, 2008




If you find it, buy it for me please, I’ll pay you back even if I end up with multiple copies. This month’s issue of Esquire Magazine features something new, something we’re sure to see much more of in the future, and that is an E-Ink cover.

A what?

A paper LCD screen, so to speak.

$150 Billion in 10 years?

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Well that’s what Google did.  Just a short ten years ago we saw the birth of Google, and today they’re worth $150 billion smackeroos.  Not bad.  I could do better with a lemonade stand though.

Check out the photos from Google’s original server room here:  http://backrub.c63.be/May1998/hardware.htm

Call and answer.

Monday, September 1st, 2008

We called, they answered, we now have a ton of friends and family willing to help out with the move. This is very awesome! Everybody hates moving, I know I loathe it, so any help we get to shave a few minutes off the task will be great.

It’s Monday night, back to work tomorrow. Only 14 business days left at my current gig before I take a little break and start my new job on October 1st. This is going to be one crazy month.