Archive for December, 2009

Science World Needs More Scientists

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

I took Erik to Science World today, and while he had an absolutely fantastic time, I was disappointed to see so many broken exhibits.  I know kids can be hard on stuff, and that place sure had a lot of energetic brats running around, but too many things are just plain old worn out and dead.

That said, they have this great huge fun water thing with dams, waterfalls, balls shooting all over.  I’d kill to have something like that in my backyard to muck around with.  I was thinking it would make for a phenomenal 3D interactive game somehow.  Maybe more natural looking.  I’m picturing a flowing river, and you get to use all sorts of things like dumptrucks, backhoes and cement mixers and can just build and destroy as you see fit.

I recall my favourite fishing outing ever with my home boy Sean up in the Laurentians.  We got bored of fishing (which was good, plenty of little trout) so we set off to rearrange the boulders and rocks in a halfassed attempt to dam the river.  I don’t think anything is as fun as messing about in a stream of water.

Best thing about real streams, they don’t break.


Comic Sans!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

I got an email today, somebody pitching me advertising space in a local business magazine … written with Comic Sans!

How am I supposed to take this offer seriously?  What kind of person thinks this look is acceptable?

She’s probably the type of person whose office is splattered with “cute” things like a kitten poster, pictures of her small yappy annoying sweater-wearing dog, and has one of those pencil-cap troll dolls with the big neon hair.

Or she’s fresh out of high school and never worked a day in a the real world before.

Either way, Comic Sans is not an acceptable font in any business situation.  Ever.



Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

You have to watch this video, it will change your life.

Winter Photos

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

There’s no snow here in Vancouver, just bare naked trees.

My Toddler Installed Qimo Linux

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

My kid isn’t overly interested in computers or any of the other tech junk I have lying around the house, he’s happily into play-dough and Hot Wheels and make believe and just goofing off in the funniest ways I’ve never imagined.  Computers have always been around, like the clock on the wall, the fridge, candle holders, books, sunglasses, the rug and the cat.  He doesn’t really care for any of those things — well, actually he really likes books.  We’ve been in the habit of reading at least three books to him every night before bedtime, and he’s hooked, he can’t (refuses) to fall asleep without a good reading.

Anyways, where was I?  Oh yeah, computers.

So I inherited this ancient computer from my best client, a 1.2 Mhz Intel Celeron with 256 MB of RAM.  Nothing great, but not old enough to throw out.  After all my awesome, kick-ass pfSense firewall/router is running on a much older Pentium-3.  Old stuff can still be useful.  Like me.  I’m old and useful.

I thought it would be fun to set up a kid-friendly OS for the munchkin, and set out to try every single linux distribution under the sun.  Ubuntu is good, Suse works fine, all the big names install and run beautifully.  But I was on the hunt for a real kid-centric OS.

I stumbled on Qimo Linux, which is tagged as “Qimo 4 Kids – Software for Kids”.  The install was very lightweight, is based on Ubuntu so you know the hardware compatibility is wide, and installed really quickly.  So quickly my 2.5 year old boy actually stood around and watched the entire process with me.

Hey, he doesn’t stick around long enough to help mom make a batch of cookies.

Yes the subject of this post does indicate that he installed it himself, well he could … in a year or so I guess.  He’ll still be a toddler by then right?  The installer is that easy.

Once it was up and running I handed over the proverbial keys and showed him a few things.  Like how moving the mouse correlates to the pointer on the screen, how to left-click, and how to mash the shit out of the keyboard.

Now he fires up Tux Paint and loves the hell out of it, you should see his masterpieces.  A fireman with a banana hat riding a dinosaur and birthday cakes all around.  That sort of cool stuff.  He’s very proud of his paintings.  I should hook it up to the network so he can print them, I guess.

I’ll wait ’till he figures out how to do that himself.

Awesome White Rappers

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Thousand Ireland Dressing

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Somebody should make that stuff.


I’d put it on all my salads.  Especially potato salad.  Mmmmm.


Friday, December 11th, 2009

Only 99 days ’till Spring!


Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Have you seen YouTube Doubler?  It plays two videos at the same time.

With hilarious results.

Cough cough

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Dear Lady Who Drops Off Her Spawn at our Daycare:

Turn off your big SUV while you’re inside dropping off your cute little girl.  There’s no reason to let it sit outside in the driveway with the engine running.

That evil look I gave you this morning?  Oh yeah you better believe it was evil.  Did it hurt?  Did you drive away wondering why the hell I was giving you my evil eye?

Well probably not, you gave me one right back.  Well, you always look like that.  What’s wrong with you, anyways?

Aside from being a polluting twit, that is.

So look, no more evil eyes, just turn off your damn truck.  And smile once in awhile, it doesn’t hurt.