kick me!

My car has a “Kick Me!” sign on the back; I’m convinced of this. Or maybe it has glasses with tape across the bridge…

My fourth interaction with an idiot driver who insisted that he go in front of me, despite the vast, prarie-like expanse of empty road behind my car, almost ended in an accident.

Picture me following close behind the Jeep Cherokee in front of me. In fact, I’m technically tailgating, since there is less than a car-length between him and me. Picture at least 150’ of empty lane behind me. Picture the guy who, completing a right turn beside my car, first accelerates, and then starts “aggressively drifting” across the lines into my lane (without signalling, of course).

I honked at him, to remind him that there was actually a car already occupying the space he was trying to claim. Apparently he is deaf as well as blind, because he proceeded to try to force his way into the gap that was too small for his car!! Fortunately the lane to my left was empty.. several more horn blasts were required before he gave up.

At which point he accellerated again and jumped in front of the Jeep.

posted at 5:29 pm on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 in Personal | Comments (1)
  1. Jeff K says:

    I’ve been tooling around various cities with my GPS recently. Detroit, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, Toronto, Niagara Falls (ON), and I am just finishing up a week in Montreal, and heading to New York City tomorrow. Toronto and environs has uniquely bad drivers in it. I seem to fit in Montreal, but the GPS is so efficient I get to where I want quickly in Montreal, and I do spend more time near Toronto. This year I’ve personally witnessed (as it happens) and old-kook side swipe a car at 7 & Weston, A roll-over with passenger ejection at hwy 48 & Duclos Pt. Road, and a 60km/h T-bone collision in Richmond Hill and a Truck-on-truck rear-ender on the 404 at Finch. I have also seen quite a few people run red lights without actually getting wiped-out (who appear to be looking down the street to the next set of lights, not the ones that are of immediate concern to them). I humbly think this is because I am observant.

Made in Eureka

My new favourite show has a products page!

Made in Eureka

I want a laptop transporter :-)

posted at 6:09 pm on Friday, August 25, 2006 in Humour, Links, TV | Comments Off on Made in Eureka

Cape Breton joins space race – Cape Breton joins space race

They’re building a private launch facility in Cape Breton, launches planned by 2009 or 2010.

I wonder if they need any network security people? :-)

posted at 9:53 pm on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 in Current Events, Links, Personal | Comments Off on Cape Breton joins space race

Wait, Aren’t You Scared?

Kung Fu Monkey- “Wait, Aren’t You Scared?”

Errr, no. And if you are, you frankly should be a little goddam embarrassed.

marvel as cool, well-trained, ruthless law-enforcement professionals — who spent decades honing their craft chasing my IRA cousins — execute their job magnificently.

posted at 8:11 pm on Sunday, August 13, 2006 in Current Events, Links | Comments (1)
  1. Greg Wilson says:

    “…I’m sending angry Welshmen to burn your country from the Rhine to the Polish border.” OK, now I’m scared ;-)

Schneier on Security- Last Week’s Terrorism Arrests

Schneier on Security- Last Week’s Terrorism Arrests

None of the airplane security measures implemented because of 9/11 — no-fly lists, secondary screening, prohibitions against pocket knives and corkscrews — had anything to do with last week’s arrests. And they wouldn’t have prevented the planned attacks, had the terrorists not been arrested. A national ID card wouldn’t have made a difference, either.

Instead, the arrests are a victory for old-fashioned intelligence and investigation.

Schneier can be a bit heavy-handed with his analyses, but I don’t think he’s wrong…

posted at 9:26 am on Sunday, August 13, 2006 in Current Events, Links | Comments Off on Schneier on Security- Last Week’s Terrorism Arrests

the $2-million comma – The $2-million comma

This agreement shall be effective from the date it is made and shall continue in force for a period of five (5) years from the date it is made, and thereafter for successive five (5) year terms, unless and until terminated by one year prior notice in writing by either party.

From a contract between Rogers Communications Inc. and Aliant Inc. for the placement of cable lines in Eastern Canada. Aliant cancelled the initial 5 year term in 2005 after only 3 years. The cancellation will force Rogers to pay an extra $2.13 million to use utility poles. The placement of the second comma in the sentence above permitted the contract’s cancellation, to the surprise of Rogers.

(via the Quotation of the Day mailing list)

posted at 7:44 am on Sunday, August 13, 2006 in Current Events, Links, Personal | Comments Off on the $2-million comma


I love thunderstorms…

Date & Hour Conditions Temp (°C) Humidity (%) Dew Point (°C) Wind (km/h) Pressure (kPa) Vis (km) Humidex
2 Aug 2006 22:00 EDT Thunderstorm with Rain 22 90 20 W 30 gust 55 100.8 24 30
2 Aug 2006 21:00 EDT Cloudy 30 71 24 WSW 30 gust 39 100.6 24 41
posted at 9:22 pm on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 in Current Events, Personal | Comments Off on freefall


In case anyone is wondering, my brain has left for vacation in Greenland, or Iceland, or somewhere else not-as-damned-hot-as-Toronto.

It turns out that we didn’t quite set a temperature record yesterday; we missed by 1/10th of a degree. But as they’ve been commenting on the news, we may have set a new record for the highest low temperature; on Monday night the temperature dropped to 27°C at about midnight and then stayed there until morning, never dropping further. Last night we had the same thing; the low temperature was 27°C, but again it stayed that temperature most of the night.

It was ~30°C in the house. We all slept (fitfully) in the basement last night.

I’ll be one of the many happy people when the cold front comes through tonight/tomorrow (update: now? the temperature just dropped 4°C between 3PM and 4PM…).

posted at 3:49 pm on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 in Current Events, Personal | Comments Off on heat

Title Links Plugin

I was asked for my title links plugin (See wordpress filter), so here it is:

Updated with a brute-force fix for a conflict with the “pretty quotes” functionality in Textile:

This plugin will create links between WordPress posts whenever the title of the target post appears in the text of another.

You can specify alternate link keywords for a post by creating a Custom Field named ‘link_names’, containing a set of alternate phrases surrounded by square brackets. e.g. if the ‘link_names’ field for the post titled “Lady Danielle de Barbarac” contains

[Lady Danielle] [Danielle]

Than any occurence of the either phrase in another wordpress post will create a link to the Lady Danielle article.

You can see this plugin in action on The Queen’s Guard and Five Rivers game log sites.

posted at 10:08 am on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 in Gaming, Personal, Programming | Comments (2)
  1. Kody says:

    What I want to do on my blog, is every few hours take the oldest post and move it to the
    front of the queue, all automatically. Anyone know if there is a plugin that can do this or
    a simple way to set up another plugin to do this (use my own feed perhaps)?

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