Monday, January 30, 2006

File this under must have

Ten bucks buys you a self lighting shot glass. Whack it on the table to turn it on and whack it again to turn it off. A single battery lasts 35 gallons or roughly two weeks in summer if you hang out with big gay Al.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Explain me this

Doesn't this seem kind of weird to you:

Bernard Shapiro (the federal ethics commissioner) slapped conservative MP Gurmant Grewal and the conservative party on the wrists for unethical behaviour but he waited until after the election to release his report.

Meanwhile the RCMP which rarely holds press conferences, held a press conference in the middle of the election to announce that they are investigating liberal MP Ralph Goodale. Well that's a little odd, what's stranger is that they hadn't collected any evidence and hadn't been handed any proof, they based their investigation on a hearsay complaint by NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis. Wait a sec, don't they usually collect evidence before they start an criminal investigation?

Here's the weirdest part, the spike in trading was a massive sell-off in income trusts because they (alleged insiders) thought Goodale would raise the taxes on income trusts. He did the opposite, he lowered dividend taxes on regular companies and didn't touch the trusts. So in turn everybody that rushed out to sell their income trusts got screwed. If there was a leak, there would be no market action at all. Whoever had inside information, really had it all wrong.

It's unbelievable how the media completely missed this detail that completely reframes the whole situation. Something stinks here.

It's pretty clear that ethics are applied fast and loose within all areas of authority. It's a shame because this kind of stuff just makes it harder to convince people to vote in the first place.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Member of parliament joke

I used some artistic liberty and reworked a monkey joke a bit:

A guy walks into a bar with his member of parliament. He orders a drink and while he's drinking it the MP runs around all over the place. The MP grabs some olives off the bar and eats them, then grabs some sliced limes and eats them, then jumps up on the pool table, grabs the cue ball, sticks it in his mouth and swallows it whole while reciting his ode to Margret Thatcher.

The bartender screams at the guy, "Did you see what your MP just did?"

The guy says, "No, what?" "He just ate the cue ball off my pool table, whole!", says the bartender. "Yeah, that doesn't surprise me," replied the patron. "He eats everything in sight, the little right wing bastard. I'll pay for the cue ball and stuff." He finishes his drink, pays his bill, and leaves.

Two weeks later he's in the bar again, and he has his MP with him. He orders a drink and the MP starts running around the bar again screaming about Ronald Reagan. While the man is drinking his drink, the member of parliament finds a maraschino cherry on the bar. He grabs it, sticks it up his ass, pulls it out, and eats it.

The bartender is disgusted. "Did you see what your member of parliament did now?", he asks. "Now what?", responds the patron. "Well, he stuck a maraschino cherry up his ass, then pulled it out and ate it!" says the barkeeper.

"Yeah, that doesn't surprise me," replied the patron. "He still eats everything in sight, but ever since he swallowed that damn cue ball he measures everything first!"

It's your right

If you are Canadian and didn't vote today, you should be ashamed.

Off topic

Do you have to buy a present for somebody who has everything?

Consider one of these:

Or maybe something like this:

This is cool:

But this is way cooler:

And words just can't describe how cool this is:

And finally for the absolutely coolest and most dangerous toy that you have ever seen:

I've always wanted a class IIIb laser that could burn a hole on the surface of the moon.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Dual head unit with MP3 reader

As some of you know I have been working on getting a car/boat MP3 sound system up and running for the past year with some success.

I have this Rockford Fosgate Omnifi with a 20GB hard drive and a Clarion marine head unit.

To cut a long story short, the combo sucks:

- Clarion buzzes constantly with and without the omnifi
- Omnifi reboots every time I stop and start the boat, takes a minute to come back
- Doesn't remember it's settings after a reboot
- Takes a dozen keypresses to do ANYTHING at all

And finally the worst offense:

How the hell can you have 5000 songs and only 10 playlists? Who is the genius product manager that figured this one out?

Luckily Dual has a head unit and adapter coming soon that fully controls "plays for sure" windows media/mp3 devices:

300 bucks total and the Creative zen Xtra 60GB is going for under 300 bucks these days. Sure I could get an iPod and some kind of adapter but the integration is terrible and I refuse to buy into AAC.

If Microsoft discontinues development of WM9, it doesn't matter so much because the codec source code is out there and the chips are licensed to hundreds of OEMs. If Apple pulls the plug on iTunes or decides to get tyrannical about it, there is pretty much sweet FA that you can do because it's sole sourced. Funny how nobody is giving Apple & Google the same scrutiny that IBM & Microsoft has had.

Just wait a bit until the sheep realize they are being led off the cliff. Usually by then its too late.

My spelling

Yeah, I know my spelling sucks. The only thing that sucks worse is my handwriting.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Today in history

Thirty years ago today, the United States misplaced a hydrogen bomb and dropped a couple of others on farms in Spain, now home to a couple of scenic craters.

The fact is

Let me tell you something, never trust anybody who starts a sentence with "The fact is". For that matter put "make no mistake" into the same category.

"The fact is, mono-skis should be banned."
"Make no mistake, I only lie when my lips are moving."

The fact is that we keep seeing these politicians bullshit like the world supply of bullshit is going to run out and make no mistake that it most definately is completely fabricated bullshit.

Cases in point:

Steven Harper says that the Liberals plundered taxes and mismanaged the economy. Hold on, we have the lowest unemployment in 30 years, we're the strongest G8 economy, our debt/GDP ratio is under 40% and falling, our personal tax to earnings ratio is less than it's been in decades and everybody is doing well. The fact is that Steven is full of shit.

Paul Martin says that he had nothing to do with any of the current or past scandals. Make no mistake, a finance minister who doesn't know where a quarter of a billion dollars went during his watch is either an idiot or a liar. The fact is, this guy acts like a bumbling accountant.

Make no mistake that the fact is that the real truth does not need to be proceeded with three hollow words.

The fact is that opinions and lies are not substitutes for the truth even when claimed to be facts spoken in serious tones while wagging fingers at onlooking cameras.

On the subject of posts

So I have gone over 10,000 page views, whoo hoo. There was some anonymous person who posted and since he/she didn't leave a name, I can't get a prize out to them. I'll keep extending it every increment of 100 until somebody gets it so go ahead and post and the same rules apply.

On the subject of snow

Damn, the rain washed away a lot of snow even up north. That puts a damper on snowboarding for a while.

Other stuff

Check out the Lamborghini Muira concept car:

I just got one of these for a project and I am totally infatuated with it:

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Abe Vigoda is still alive

Yes he is, and happy new year to all of you. This year maybe some of you will actually post something so I don't feel like such a retard talking to myself. Yeah that means you.

Post a reply before I hit 10,000 and the person who posted a reply before 10,000 who is the first to post a reply after 10,000 will get a special limited edition Sliq tuque. Not that I expect anybody to actually post or anything.

Back to blogging, it's been snowing something fierce up in St. Donat so the local yahoos and I have been riding powder every weekend and back to our regular winter routine. My holidays went pretty well, saw the folks in Toronto for a couple of days, partied with some buddies in town and then went up north for a long weekend of total mayhem. Sometimes you just gotta shake the bugs out if you know what I mean.

I kept hearing "Stop it, you're only encouraging him" over and over. Maybe it's a sign. Then again, sounds normal.

BTW: I love my Lib Tech Magne Traction, ugliest board I ever had but definately the most functional. Lots of stunned faces when they realize what it is.

What else do you want to know? Reverend Dave of the Church of our Lady of Perpetual Pleasure and Anarchy hung out for a while over the holidays and got a bit of skiing/snowboarding and drinking done before heading back to his ministry. It's great to see some old faces looking a little cross eyed.

I spent a day in Halifax last week, got to see the inside of an airplane, the airport, a hotel, a conference room and then the airport again. Can't wait to do it again (sark).

It seems like I never have enough time to do everything I want to do, which is not so bad because for the most part everything that is filling up my schedule is pretty killer stuff, just would like to do a lot more of it.

My beloved Rio Carbon has been appropriated by my GF so I am music-less until I find my next gadget. I'm leaning towards the Sony losenges.

On XBOX 360

Oh yeah, been XBOX'ing a bit recently. The 360 games are absurdly detailed at 1080i.

Here's my picks

DOA4 - WHOAH, lots more jiggly boobage kicking the crap out of each other. It's way faster and way more responsive and in turn harder than DOA3.

GT4 - Love that Murcielago, makes me get a little dizzy playing for more than half an hour.

Kameo - The GF is deep in this one, it's got really mighty graphics, every single blade of grass in the field is nicely rendered as are the thousands of trolls battling you. Kind of scary actually for a first generation game.

Perfect Dark/Quake 4 - Didn't get too much out of these yet, still running around in the dark shooting at nothing in particular.