Shivering on the 49th Parallel
Wednesday, 13 June 2007

I know it's the "in" thing to do to rag on SUV drivers and it somewhat makes me a hypocrite as I have a Jeep Wrangler (2.5l, not the 4.0l) that I drive when I'm not commuting on my Vespa, but it has to be done. This guy today really chapped my hide.

I drove my Jeep today as I thought I had some computers to move around at work. I stopped in to get a coffee at Paperman's at the Strand but had to go to the ATM first. I parked in the middle of the parking lot,(you can just see the windshield of my Jeep at the back corner of his behemoth) walked less than 30m to the ATM at the entrance to the supermarket and waited briefly while the guy in the big new V8 Land Rover (I saw him park just ahead of me, right by the ATM) to finish his transaction. I saw him walk back to his V8 Land Rover, get in and... back out the wrong way? There's only one exit from the parking lot and he just put it behind him.

He drove around the parking lot, as I was finishing at the ATM and walking across the parking lot and re-parked in front of the coffee shop! What the hell for??? It wasn't like he was saving time, I ended up holding the door open for him. It wasn't up a steep grade or anything. And to be honest, he probably could have used burning off the extra three calories walking across the parking lot (again, not like I'm one to talk, but I DID walk across the parking lot). I couldn't believe that he actually got in his car, started it up and drove it about 50 feet just to park it again in the same strip-mall/plaza. What a dick.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007 21:26:23 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [4] | Rants | Scooter#
Friday, 08 June 2007
Saw this on Yahoo Oddly Enough news this morning...

AP - A World War I veteran's watch lost nearly 90 years ago, has stood the test of time. William B. Gill lost his watch in France, where he served in the U.S. Army. Another man, Carl Grothaus, won it in a poker game and brought it back to South Dakota.
"The way your dad looked at it, this watch was your birthright. He'd be damned if any slope's gonna put their greasy yellow hands on his boy's birthright, so he hid it, in the one place he knew he could hide something: his ass. Five long years, he wore this watch up his ass. Then when he died of dysentery, he gave me the watch. I hid this uncomfortable piece of metal up my ass for two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. And now, little man, I give the watch to you."

Yeah. just like that. :) I'm almost tempted to create a new blog category called Walken!
Friday, 08 June 2007 06:54:25 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [1] | Links | WWW#
Thursday, 07 June 2007

So the Ducks won the Stanley cup last night. Whoopty doo. I think this was the first Stanley Cup finals where I was actively rooting AGAINST BOTH teams. I really didn't care who won, I cheered every goal, every check and boo'd every bad call. If it had been anyone other than a Warm-weather or California team, I would have cheered for the West, if it was anyone other than Ottawa, I would have cheered for the East. I just.didn't.care.

Apparently I'm not the only one, as Legendz was pretty dead last night. Clay and Kendi were sitting on either side of me, G-Love showed up about halfway through the game, there were a few guys at the end of the bar watching and maybe a half-dozen people at the other bar. It was no busier than any other Wednesday night in the restaurant. Compare that scene with this one which was the World Cup of Hockey or the Olympics where you literally couldn't move in the whole restaurant AND bar. Allie, the manager was saying that it was a lot less busy than they expected, and pretty much as soon as Vancouver and Calgary were knocked out, their revenues went into the toilet.

I'm happy for Scott Neidermayer, getting to lift the cup and pass it to his brother, I'm happy that Pronger gets a ring after gtting so close in Edmonton last year and then having to move because his wife is a screechy bitch (although I can't really blame her for wanting to get out of Edmonton winters) and I'm happy for Brian Burke because he's always been a good GM in Vancouver and for Team Canada and never got any satisfaction in the NHL Playoffs (because Vancouver are historic chokers).

Ottawa? I really don't care. They've been shit-hot the last few years, with Alfredsson, Heatly and Spezza as their top line, but they always seem to get bounced in the conference finals. This year they went up against another team that always chokes in the conference finals--Buffalo so it was a coin toss and Ottawa won.

ANY OTHER TEAM and I would have cheered for them. At least there's only three months til training camp opens :)

Thursday, 07 June 2007 06:04:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Sports | Hockey#
Monday, 04 June 2007
The new version that was released a few days ago now supports dasBlog natively, which is the software that this website runs on. The best feature of the new Live Writer is that now it supports uploading of photos via HTTP. Before, it was kind of clunky as I had to upload the pics to flickr, navigate to the page, click all sizes, click the small link, then copy the html, come back here, go to HTML view and paste it in, THEn I could mess with the alignment settings and whatnot. Very labor intensive.

With the new version, I can click "insert photo" nav to the folder in my My Documents\My Pictures folder, select it and it automatically inserts a smaller version of it along with a drop shadow. Pretty cool stuff. I did the two posts about Rome last night using the new Windows Live Writer to try it out. You can set the picture to be a link to the jpg itself (default) or none, or a URL and put in a new URL. That way I could insert it locally and then make the picture link to something else, such as all the photos on flickr with the same tags (ie the picture of St Peter's square panoramic yesterday could itself be a link to http://www.flickr.com/photos/docjelly/tags/panoramic which would take you to all my photos that are tagged with panoramic).

There are some other neat things in there that it does, or does better than before, but this is by far the one feature that was worth the upgrade. Maybe it has to do with the recent upgrade of the software we're running here, but we upgraded that for the Aksimet spam filtering plugin more than anything else. I also enabled Feedburner instead of the built-in rss thing. If you're using the built-in RSS feed, might I suggest you re-add it as http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheresAlwaysRoomforJelly ?

Next up, get this place re-skinned, clean up the categories and figure out how to re-tag everything that's tagged as "Cayman" because that's 95% of the posts. I liken it to putting a label on your monitor that says MONITOR and one on your mouse that says MOUSE. :)

Monday, 04 June 2007 13:30:35 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | dasBlog | Microsoft | WWW#
Sunday, 03 June 2007
We started the day with a plan: take the subway to the Vatican, mosey around there, see what struck our fancy, then make our way southeast through Campo Dei Fiori to the ancient city, pass through the Coliseum, check out the Circus Maximus and then catch the subway back to Roma Termini and catch the train back to Florence in time for (a late for me, early for Florentines) dinner.
Sunday, 03 June 2007 21:53:49 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [2] | Pictures | Travel#
It was about a 2.5 hour train ride, but it went pretty quick. Watching the countryside roll by out the window you could tell as soon as you left Tuscany as the hills gave way to flat plains. We rolled in to Rome around 3:00 in the afternoon and went first to our hotel to check in.
Sunday, 03 June 2007 16:36:54 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Pictures | Travel#
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