Sore Back

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So a few of us headed out for Tall Scott's cabin this weekend. The weather was fabulous, although that also meant we spent most of our time in the shade :-). We did a little swimming, wake boarding, tubing, drinking, and just lounging. Not being a student anymore kicks ass, I think it's right in the middle of midterms right now... ahhh.

Anyway, I went wake boarding saturday after we got there. I think it was my best performance thus far (maybe my 5th time?), I was even doing little jumps on the wake, it was sweet. However, it appears that I'm now paying for it. Sunday I was pretty sore. But hot damn! Every time I rolled over last night I woke up cause my back hurt so much. Right now I can barely even walk! Heck, just sitting in this quite comfortable chair is painful. Am I really this old!?!? I think it's time to start doing deadlifts at the gym again...

50 first dates et. al.

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Not much going on here today so I thought I'd post about a few movies I've watched lately.

Amelie:
I thought this movie was definately one of the better ones I've seen in a long time. It was a pretty cool story and I thought it was very funny, in a dark sort of way. Basically it's a story about this girl who's neglected by her parents so she's got an overactive imagination and decides to go around and make the world a better place for the people around her using very ellaborate schemes.

I would say it was most similar to Run Lola Run, although not all that similar I guess, but the same kind of style. If you liked Run Lola Run, you'd definately like this one too. I couldn't even say what my favorite part of the movie was since the whole thing was so good. Although I suppose the gnome travelling around the world was pretty good.

Along Came Poly:
About as text book romantic comedy as they come. Pretty typical and predictable but still has some good laughs.

50 First Dates:
This movie was hillarious. I couldn't stop laughing through most of it. I would definately recommend it to anyone looking for a good comedy. Heck I was even crying through a lot of it, it's just that funny!

btw, Ariane and I won a 19inch tv (through one of those home lotteries), which makes it a little easier to watch movies on than the old 12incher.

cellphone users - rating

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The following is a list of cellphone user's in various places and how I rate them. The rating scale is either "dumbass", "impartial", "awesome".

cellphone while driving - dumbass
cellphone while in car (but abruptly stopped car in the middle of the rightmost lane of traffic so that they weren't driving when talking, but yet even more likely to cause an accident) - dumbass
cellphone while on the john - awesome
cellphone while grocery shopping - dumbass
cellphone with headset while grocery shopping - awesome (cause they look like psycho's talking to themselves)
cellphone with headset pretty much anywhere but driving - awesome
cellphone with headset while driving - impartial
cellphone in movie store - impartial
cellphone in movie theatre - dumbass
cellphone while walking - impartial
cellphone at work - impartial
cellphone at home - impartial
cellphone at restaurant (with group) - impartial
cellphone at restaurant (with one or two companions for longer than 30 seconds) - dumbass

what's the wierdest place you've seen or heard someone talking on their cellphone?

Lame firebells

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So I'm just trying to kill some time while I wait for them to turn off the firebell so that I can go back to work. I thought I'd grab my laptop just incase there was a real fire and because when the fire bell's are going I think theives like to work.

Anyway, it's been a pretty standard week. Last friday My parents, bro, Ariane, and I went to cirque de soleil. It was pretty good. I really had no idea what to expect of it.

I got my parents to bring down their power washer so we could clean the deck. And damn, you never would've known we had a green deck! It was pretty much black before I started. I'll have to post my before-after picture a little later when I grab it from my digital camera.

Oh yeah, we watched super size me on saturday night too. It was a really good film. Really funny and really surprising. Brought up some good points, but the demographic in the theatre was all early 20 to early 30 year olds, mostly fit. But I think it should really be shown to other demographics as well. I'm sure some cool social studies teachers will show the movie in their classes, I know I watched a couple movies that could be categorized similarly, when I was in highschool.

Anyway, if you haven't seen it yet, I'd strongly recommend it.

Alright, looks like I can go back to work now.

ARRGG! I almost just lost half of this post that was unsaved. I went to save it and BOOM, please logon. Fricken SFU wireless and their silly timeouts. It can propagate GET variables, but not POST variables. They're lucky my back button worked, otherwise they would have hell to pay.

I'm Done!

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That's right, 5 years and 4 months and I was done my uni classes. 6 months later and I now have officially graduated and I officially have my B.Sc, yeah baby!

The whole ceremony was good enough, I suppose. I'm pretty sure the chancellor and president do almost the exact same speach every year. This year the honourary degree went to an olympic gold medalist, doesn't really hit home with a bunch of comp. sci.'s. In fact, most of them just talked through it, way to go guys!

Weather was pretty good too. We were pretty lucky this year with weather being cloudy tuesday and again on saturday. Kinda hot to be wearing a longsleeve dress shirt and pants, but at least it wasn't raining.

I think last years was a lot better though, and Roy talked at it so you can't really beat that.

Oh yeah, and Annalise was there too! I was pretty damn surprised to see her. I didn't find her afterwards though, which sucked. But when she first was walking in I was all like, "hey, that's Annalise! Nah, just must be that chick who looks like Annalise." But then it was! Crazy stuff.

New Gentoo Developer

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That's right folks, you're reading the blog of a brand new gentoo developer. You can now email me at hadfield at gentoo . org, if you feel so inclined. My dev website is here so I'll probably add any gentoo related stuff I have up there shortly. I'm pumped about this :-).

EDIT: Here's a link to the email sent to gentoo-dev mailling list welcoming me and two other new dev's.

Voter turn-outs?

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It seems like all the news and media is all like: "vote! vote! you have to vote, or else!" Or else what? Or else I won't get a say? Or else I won't be supporting democracy?

Let's say I live in the interior of BC. I know conservatives are going to win my riding. But say I want to vote liberal... I vote liberal, and then what, they lose in that riding anyway, and they'll lose by a lot. So what say did I have? My say is so completely miniscule that it hardly warrants spending the time to go to the local highschool's voting booths.

If on the other hand the riding is close, maybe then the say I get by voting is a little more prominent.

The countries with the largest voter turn outs are also generally the countries who have the most going wrong for them. The parties actually differ on the issues and those issues actually touch home, things like human rights and freedom of speech. Often the election process in those countries is even corrupt to some extent. The difference between your party winning and losing can mean a very different lifestyle for you.

Our parties in Canada differ in so few aspects that even if the party you completely despise and hate everything they stand for gets elected, your life will likely change only by the few dollars you have to spend on various taxes. So the shear fact that we have a low voter turn out can probably be attributed to the fact that the people of Canada are relatively happy with the way things are going.

They're also all like, "it's imortant that young people vote". Well you know what? If it's so damn important, then let young people vote! People in highschool know more about politics then probably any other demographic group in Canada. Take me for example, the last federal election was in 1997, I was just finishing grade 11. When I was in grade 11 I knew far more about canadian politics then I do now and probably more than I'll know for the rest of my life. Yet I wasn't allowed to vote. Why? Because I didn't pay taxes? That's rediculous, because the next 6 years of my life were probably largely effected by the party who won that election as I was just about to move out on my own and go to University. Note that university students don't really pay taxes, nor do the homeless or jobless, but they still get to vote. Or maybe it's because I wasn't responsible enough to know who to vote for. This is also rediculous, the average highschool student is probably more responsible when it comes to voting then the average Canadian in any other age demographic.

[EDIT: Note I wasn't really thinking straight in the above paragraph.. the last federal election was in 2000, of course, but my sentiment is still the same. Someone who's 17 right now may not get a chance to vote until they're 22 (2009)]

Instead, millions of Canadians who have no idea about the political parties or standpoints were allowed to vote and decide my future, and the future of all the other students my age who actually cared about things like funding for education and who would actually be attending an educational institution for the next few years of their lives.

If by "young", you mean 18 - 25 year olds, then give us some issues we care about to vote for. Seriously, 9 billion on health care, 25 billion on health care? I don't care about health care. Maybe I will when I get older and need more, but for now, I honestly don't care. And pumping billions into a system without a proper formula to recover the system is equivelant to pumping billions of dollars into /dev/null.

Give me issues like "value added" products, issues regarding the technology (such as tech jobs and re-designed patent and copyright law to deal with the internet and software), and issues about the environment. Get serious with the health thing and encourage me to be healthy now, don't give me a way to deal with my unheathfull lifestyle when it comes back to haunt me. Subsidize gym passes and don't charge me to go hiking in provincial parks (yes I know that's a provincial, not federal thing) and increase taxes on "fast food" while decreasing taxes on "healthful food" (whatever that is). Give me solutions for starting my own company such as more grants and loans to new and potential entrepreneurs.

Give me issues that I care about and then I'll excersize my right to vote. But until you do that, the only right I'm going to be excersizing is the right to say "fuck you, I'll vote when you give me an issue to vote on".

Copy and Paste

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People who copy and paste entire functions deserve to be shot. Why the fuck do you think functions were invented in the first place!?!?

I've already removed 600 lines of code from a 2600 line source file and I've got probably another 1000 lines more that can be removed because the dumbass was copy and paste happy.

Haircuts

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So I got my haircut today. I don't think I had had it cut since January or February, so it was roughly three inches long. Anyway, I go to magicuts today (ya ya, it was my own fault, I know) and I ask for a number 2 razer on the sides and back and to cut the rest to about half the length.

15 minutes later...

The razer job was ok, but the rest... well, my hair is now about 1/2 an inch long on top (note that 3 inches divided by 2 equals 1.5, not .5), however, I guess she thought she'd make up for the shortness on top by leaving the front of my hair 2.5 inches. Got any good images yet? Ahhh magicuts.

Well don't worry, Ariane fixed it.

Movable Type BS

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Movable Type is the blog software I'm using right now to run my blog and other blogs on this site. Movable Type 3.0 was launched yesterday, along with a new pricing scheme. Up until now MovableType has been free for non-commercial use. To some respect that is still the case. They have posted an article where they attempt to explain why they've suddenly decided to begin charging here.

The fact is, is that it's their code, it costs time and money to host, so why shouldn't they be allowed to charge however the hell they want? The problem in my eyes, is that numerous people contributed to the project in the form of donations and prividing free support to the MT community. Those people are more or less being cut off from MT and being asked to pay money to use a product which they had a hand in making what it is today.

If you notice, they do still allow you to have a free version, it just won't be supported by them. Which is perfectly fine. Where the real issue comes in, is this:
"No more than one author and three weblogs"

If it wasn't for this one clause, I would have no problems with the new pricing scheme and perhaps even support it. This means I cannot legally upgrade movable type without paying a minimum of $150 USD. This is very unfortunate. MT is an excellent program and is getting a lot better. I will not be upgrading movable type and will be looking for a GPL'd (or another OSI license) blogging app to replace movable type with. I imagine that several others will too. But hey, if sixapart wants to cut off the users and community who make up the MT userbase right now, then that's their choice. It's just also our choice to move on to something that's a little more friendly to the community.

It's always a little sad when a great app goes this way, and the owners abandon the community who helped to get them where they are.

Musical Websites

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All "Web designers" who decide that it's a really good idea to make music automatically start playing on websites when someone goes to them, deserve death, a slow and painful death. If I wanted music playing, I'd play it, thank you very much.

So I'm working in my boss's (sumo's) office today since I don't have my own office yet (some intense renovations are currently going on and I'll have one when they're done in my end of the building) and sumo is on vacation for 4 weeks. sumo likes to play music, so she's brought in her own speaker system w/ subwoofer. She usually plays her music roughly loud enough that she so that the office next to her can barely hear it. I think you can see where this is going...

So today, I'm minding my own business, ripping some audioslave tracks, but my ripper couldn't connect to freeDB for some reason so I had to manually name all the tracks. So I'm looking for some websites that list all the track names and this one Sony one looks promising, I click it but it's taking a long time to load so I go onto other things.

Well apparently it was taking so long to load because it had to load a bunch of fucking songs! About two minutes later this music starts blasting out of the speakers WAY louder than sumo had them set, so loud in fact that it was hurting my ears! The base is pounding away along with the attached speakers AND the speakers on the sun workstation I'm using. And at this point I've got no clue where the music is coming from, I'm just freaking out! Remember, I have already been working on other things for a couple minutes since I tried to load the site.

So I manage to turn off the speaker system but the sun machine is still blasting away. I don't know if you've ever tried to control the volume on a sun machine, but I sure haven't. After a few seconds I realized it was the fucking website and shut it down. But man did it freak me out. Not only that, but I now seriously dislike the audioslave track I am a highway. And of course everyone else in this end of the building probably thinks I'm an asshole or something. Ah well, I'll just blame it on the construction workers.

bitches!

Watchout Gentoo Devs... here I come

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So the other day I was asked if I wanted to become an official Gentoo Developer. I've been working on GLEP 15(which is gonna be totally sweet, btw) with another developer.

I'm totally stoked about becoming an official dev for the project. Check out my bugzilla bug here. All I've gotta do now is read through a bunch of gentoo dev docs and write the gentoo dev quiz.

New Laptop... Finally!

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So after a week of _very_ painful waiting (for Ariane and Scott too (due to my constant whining)) my new laptop finally arrived yesterday (I'm even typing this blog on it). Conveniently the Gentoo 2004.1 CD also arrived the same day. Naturally my first task was to remove the windows partition to give gentoo a little more room. Would you believe that the base dell windows install is nearly 5GB! I coudn't, in fact I had even originally been planning on keeping the windows install.

Anyway, some of the more important specs are:
* Dell 600m
* SXGA ATI Radeon (1400x1050 max. res.)
* 1.4GHz Intel Centrino
* 512MB DDR
* 30GB 7200 RPM HDD

The only thing that sucks, is when I was looking at the specs I realized that I got the wrong battery, I got the 4 cell one, which they claim can last up to 3hours, but the 6 cell one would've been much better and lasted up to 5 hours. Ah well.

The laptop is WAY faster then I thought it would be. Bootstrapping Gentoo on my old laptop took more than two full days. On this baby it was under two hours. I'm loving the centrino. All I gots to do now is get the wireless and sound setup properly.

I still am not quite sure what to name it. My last laptop was named laplimbo, and Scott's I believe is lapdance. So maybe I can get some suggestions from whoever's reading this... I've just named it 'santorini' for now (after the greek island).

Why Science != Science

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Ok, so I was thinking about this the other day and it seems that if a field needs to add the word "science" to its name, you can be pretty damn sure it aint a science.

Let's look at some examples:
Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy

Computer Science, Social Sciences, Political Science, Earth Science.

I don't think many would disagree that the four in the first row are sciences. But the second row? Well let me tell you, there's absolutely nothing scientific about writing a piece of code. And Earth Science!? They can't even come up with their own freaking theories! Every single one of "their" theories comes from Physics, Chemistry, and Geology.

All Earth "Scientists" do is memorize various physical phenomenon (i.e. glaciers) and the colours and texture of rocks. IMO, memorizing is not a science, unless of course you're doing a study on it in Psychology.

It's about time the official names of these "sciences" were changed from things like:
Earth Science
To
Earth "Science"

First Post

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Alright, so after some harsh words from Parveen on the muther board I decided I ought to quit putting it off and just start a damn blog.

So here it is. My blog. Out in the open for anyone to see. Hmm... I'm feeling kind of naked right now for some reason (and no Parveen, I probably won't be posting nude pictures of myself like you requested).

So I challenge everyone who's reading this to start their own damn blog (if you haven't already) instead of just leaching the benefits of the blogs of others (unless of course you're morally against the whole idea of blogging). After all, we all need something to read when we're trying to kill time at work.