Thursday, July 22, 2004
Cold Room + Late Night + discussion of persistence mechanisms = SLEEEEEEEEEEEEP
Okay and the guy was pretty dry. Now I am in a session on pervasive computing, its a lot more interesting. Imagine calling a computer airline booking service from your advance phone, asking with voice for "Flights from Toronto to New York" and then having the computer understand you speech and display on your screen all the flights instead of r e a d i n g t h e m t o y o u v e r y v e r y s l o w l y. Then you read through the list and say "I'd like to book the third one." Again with out blinking, not that computers blink often, the system understands, and begins to book based upon the information your have stored in your phone, it asks you to confirm. So you check the display, and oh wait that's your old address. Make a few quick changes, and then tell the system "Okay its good now." The computer then asks you for your choice of credit cards. Your phone beats you to it and offers up your default credit card, which you then key in your password for. The system thanks you, you hang up, and then a text message with your confirmation number and eticket number shows up on your display and gets stored into you on phone agenda with flight times.
Now that is what I call a cool idea. Now lets just see someone do it, now that the tools allow it.
Please, Please do not let this technology empower the asking of "Do you want fries with that?"
On the topic of fries, there is a fast food franchise in the States called Jack in the Box, which is advertising a new type of fry they call "Natural Fries" or something like that because they are fresh cut from real potatoes so as to keep there skins. The ad for these new fries has Jack, the mascot, in a news conference with a reporter from France, and the reporter is harassing him in a stereotypical way about not calling them French fries, and does he hate the French, and jack is like "yeah sort of." The new age of tolerance we live in! BAH!
The food was great, the beer cold, and I got to ride a mechanical bull twice, sadly my best time was about 14 seconds, and thats only because my iron ring got caught in the rope and nearly ripped my finger off keeping me on. The group of us also played some black jack, and armadillo racing. To those canuk's like me, armadillo racing is exactly what you think it, take a couple of armadillo's put them in the hands of some crazy tourists, and then when the start gun goes, you drop your squirming armadillo into its track and they run to the end. There were also trail rides, but by the time I got there, they were already all full up for the night, and you could get your photo taken on a texas long horn (aka a big ass bull!) Gun fights pervaded the streets, but I think the guns had blanks, because there were not nearly enough bodies to match gun shots. So it was a good time, these IBM boys know how to throw a good time!
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
I think I have put on a lot of weight here, there is just too much coffee, and snacks and good food, I'm trying to cut back today, but I figure it will take a few weeks after I get home to get back on track with exercise.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Also, I figured while I was updating, I would add my American news source CNN which I don't really endorse or object to, its just convenient.
Finally, I added a link to Ill Will Press which is a site filled with flash animated cynical squirrel rants.
I might move the Homestar and squirrel links down to the comics section, haven't decided yet. In any case enjoy!
Monday, July 19, 2004
Anyways its time for my first regular session, as yesterday was just the jump starts, I must say before I depart that wireless is great!
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Saturday, July 17, 2004
So as I sit on a plane, the panic Thursday seem so distant, but at the time it was hurry hurry hurry, flurry flurry flurry. Since the reason I am on this plane is that I am on the first leg of a two week expedition. The first leg takes me to Grapevine Texas, Grapevine is just outside of Dallas, so I will be landing in about 1.5 hours at Dallas Fortworth. The purpose of this part of the journey is to attend IBM Rational User Conference. A 5 day conference about software design with a UML/Model/SOA spin. I'm really excited, there are some great topics, and it is the first time I have been to Dallas (actually there are a LOT of places that I have never been, Dallas just happens to be probably the farthest I've travelled (either that or Calgary, but Calgary has Tim Horton's so it seems less exotic.) Anyways the conference is entirely paid for by my company, I just have to go there and learn. I get one day, today, to myself to see the place, so hopefully I will get a chance to go out on the town and have a look around. I have a strong encouragement from a guy at work to go to Resistol Arena for the Rodeo! I think I will look into it, but you won't catch me playing Cowboy poker anytime soon. The second leg of my Journey will be... Calgary, where I have in fact been once before, this time around it is for my brother's wedding. I will be going out direct from Dallas on Thursday, where I will meet up with the rest of my family, for what promises to be a great vacation, once we get past the wedding. I wish someone would listen to me when I say I'm scared out of my mind, I think I have more cold feet then the groom. You see the problem is, I am both the MC and the Best man, both of which involve an inordinate amount of public speaking, and at the moment I am stuck in a downward spiral of public speaking disaster. My last great performance was my OAC English ISU presentation, (that's Grade 13 Independent Study Unit in layman's terms.) Prior to that I acted in all sorts of school plays, but from that point on it all went down hill, each one worse then the last, until I got a C in first semester of forth year, and decided for the safety of my group I would run the computer during our Thesis presentation. It must have been the best run computer in the universe because it netted me a job interview with IBM, that didn't pan out to anything, but damn, that was so fly mouse work! So with this in mind I think this is how the cycle works.
- 10 presentationStress = 0;
- 20 assignedPresentation;
- 30 presentationStress ++;
- 40 presentationQuality = 1/presentationStress;
- 50 if(presentationQuality <>
- 60 else(presentationStress --);
- 70 goto 20.
So you see how this is a terrible loop, where quality continually gets worse, until at infinity the quality is 0! So at the moment my presentation stress is at about a million, so I am just a little nervous, I have sometime to prepare, but I thought I would share my jitters with the empty void.
What did we do that weekend? Well we went up to Arrowhead park, which is just outside of Huntsville, we shared two sites between the lot of us. It is a really nice park, clean, well organized, not cramped, I mean you wouldn't go there to do serious camping, but for car camping its perfect. So we set everything up so that there were three tents per site, but all the cooking and hanging out would occur at one site. Then we proceeded to hang out. We drank, told jokes, told stories, listened to some music, and had a good time, we cooked meat on an open fire, in the man way, and basically enjoyed the great weather. We went swimming and played Frisbee and beach volleyball, we also played 500 up with a small foot ball and in the lake, that was good times. Caught up on a little sleep and relaxed, good times! Sunday we came home, I unpacked, and collapsed, ready for a stress filled work week : )
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
So I want a nice solid router table, good fence, something that will last, be comfortable to use, and more or less last me 10-15 years minimum. I would also like this at a reasonable price, I say reasonable because I am willing to spend a little more to get quality. So I buy one from crappytire (to non-Canadians Crappytire = Canadiantire = a large chain of stores which sell stuff like gardening equipment, tools, auto, sports houseware, and a few other things like that, it is like a department store with out the clothes, and twice the size.) Back to the table at hand, the thing cost me a lot more then I wanted to spend, so much more that I'm embarrassed to say, I put it together and boom, this is when I find out I need to drill and tap the holes for the router interface myself. Does this make anyone else nervous? I'm a beginner sure I could do this, but I don't feel comfortable doing it. In any case I am set on this course so manual makes a big hissy deal about 2 drill bits, one of which being a 3/4" steel countersink. So I go back to Crappytire, and what do I find, they don't care the bit that their product (it was specifically a Canadiantire Housebrand product) requires. What the bear? So by the time I get home I decided to take the thing back I think there is a more reasonable table I can get from Rona (another hardware superstore, like Homedepot,) and it is predrilled for my router. The whole affair is just maddening!
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Here is a pretty cool article about r2d2 sized robots at work in hospitals. The future is now OOoOooOooooOO.
On topic of future, and computers and the such, my friend Chris and I had a discussion on where software technology was going, he was in favour of more embedded code programmed in C and the whole OO thing disappearing, where as I see service oriented architecture, model driven design and OO going forward. In either case I don't think either of these fully describe the next paradigm, or perhaps don't even scratch the surface, I wish I could tell you what it would be, but then if I knew I would be rich!
Here is my darling brother Colin and sister Jenn before I was born (so mud face can't be more the one or two years old.) This is the park near our house in Bent Oak Circle, and many a times in our child hood would we come barging in our front door just to get barged back out by mom so she could hose the mud off us. Ah the good old days, you just can't find such high caliber mud pits anymore.
Monday, July 05, 2004
Sunday, July 04, 2004
Anyway that was my weekend and it was gooooood.
"So Trample off eh" --Moose Brother from Brother Bear