canada day 2006

What fun, a holiday motorcycle ride about town with my new friend and bike mentor. I am feeling more confident every day – but not foolhardy! I can’t wait to ride around town more. And the gasoline bills are definitely to my liking.

For those of you waiting for your meme responses, they are online now at the previous post. Sorry for the delay; I was in the process of website and gallery migration, and those things had to occur first. For the record: Gallery 2 has a neater interface, but it slower and cumbersome to setup and configure, compared with Gallery 1.

The baby is so cute! I’ll have photos posted soon.

disagreeing is ok

I’ve had a lot of problems recently expressing something simple. I’m gonna take another crack at it:

  • I don’t really like most anime, but there are some genres I like. I’ll gladly watch anime, live action, play, musical, or whatever to get my dose of genres like random/sketch humour and twisted sci-fi.
  • I’m not a huge convention person. I prefer getting to know people one-on-one, and I find if you do that at a convention, you tend to alienate a lot of people. That said I can function at a convention when required as a speaker or attendee, but I tend to keep to myself.
  • “Alternative lifestyle” stuff is just great. I’m finding I’m happier doing things more mainstream-y, while maintaining an affinity for the unusual, an affection for those who involve themselves in it, and my own brand of quirkyness which is somewhere inbetween cheese and schlock.
  • I don’t enjoy programming big software projects, especially OO stuff and new languages. I respect all you language geeks and coders, especially because of my own past in it, but I’ve just lost the desire to learn new languages, or to actually program anything. I’m pleased to just take off the shelf OSS/COTS and go from there. I’d rather focus on the problem and describing it, working the requirements managing the project, and so on — y’all can enjoy putting that in code any way you like.
  • I’m still happy doing plugins, little projects, customizations, scripting, and what have you. I tend to prefer lower level stuff – microcontrollers, Verilog/VHDL/FPGA work, assembly, C and the like. I understand objects, used to teach courses in them, and can help design an architecture — but I’ve officially jumped off of the programmer bandwagon.
  • Design is good. I do recognize good design. I enjoy it and revel in it. I dislike designer elitism. I still am terrible at designing elegant things myself. I work best with creative folks who can turn my extensive requirements and logic into something aesthetically gorgeous.

Why has this been hard for me? Primarily because my own choices that some things are “not for me” has ended up coming across as disdain for others. Those who know me really well know that I don’t have disdain for anyone or anything, or any action. My housemates have been great in this regard. They know that when I get bitchy about something, that it’s really just about what I’d do if I were in their situation…not my judgement that their way of doing something is wrong or inappropriate.

“Separate but equal” gets far in this world, especially when extended to include cross-pollination and mutual acceptance, not just tolerance. I hope those of you who still read these pages accept my apology for any times I’ve made you feel uncomfortable, or for any who felt I was ever elitist in any way. I’m not better than you — I’m just better at making me happy than you are at making me happy! :D

old soap

Witness the miracle of my housemate’s mother, who has recently gifted us with more soap than we could humanly go through, even in a few years’ time. Amongst the multicolored wrappers now gracing a corner of our hallway linen closet are these three beauties:

Yes, that 4-pack of Palmolive is from Bi-Way, and cost $1.19:

And that blue bar is Fiesta!

Everyone here now wants to poke through her house and see what other ancient treasure we can find…though we’d have to be sure to avoid the asbestos potholder drawer…

bad hair day

Today my lovely housemate nanaimo decided to give me a much-needed scalp massage. I zoned out, half lost consciousness. It was good.

When I came to, my hair was so matted, it took me 30 minutes and about 1/4 a bottle of conditioner to get all the knots out. I was left with a quite sizable amount of hair loss.

It has now been immortalized as The Photo Of The Fallen Clump (of hair) By The Wohali of the not-so-big boobies:

the clump

(That’s a dime in that photo.)

goodbye neon

From Hobart: The Dodge Neon is being phased out.

17:42 <@Hobart> "hi"
17:42 <@Hobart> I guess if it launched 10 years later, the Neon would drive up 
to the screen and say    a/s/l ?
17:44 <@Hobart> hm, coworker suggested "OMG"

I think it’d say LOLLERZ. What do you think it’d say?

gmail anyone?

I have 100 invites remaining for gmail, Google’s web-based email service with ~2.5GB of storage. Anyone want an account? Anyone want a second account? A third account? Contact me.