Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Because it's funny to me

One of these days I'll stop posting xkcd comics here, but this one was too funny not to.

If any of you actually burst out laughing without doing a google search for what 'sudo' means, I'd like to know :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Thinking Ahead

Aside from the "things still unresolved with...", this is eerily close to a thought process that has regularly run through my head. Mostly it is my brain making excuses, no doubt, but apparently I am not the only one. :)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Two-timing Troglodytes!

This was originally going to be a comment on my sister's blog comments (am I really reduced to that now? Commenting on comments? Apparently not, since now this is a post! ha! Chew on that!), but then I decided that as a public service, other people could use this information too.

Here are some alternate phrases for the next time you really need to express that righteous fury in a way that only a polysyllabic exclamation can do, and yet maintain a family friendly rating.

  • Billions of blue blistering barnacles! (see's list for more Haddock curses... too many to list here)
  • That's Bolshevism.
  • Aw, snap! (a little too valley-girl, but it might work for you)
  • Jiminy Crickets!
  • Crap on a crutch. (read the Note on the linked page. Do it now! I'll wait.)
  • Smurfing smurf!
  • Whoa! (Nelly optional. It does make it a bit less 'Keanu Reeves' though)

Now I freely admit that none of the above are original products of my brain. Here's some that are (of course, someone may have come up with these independently, but so did I, frog bite it!):

  • Polysyllabic Exclamation! (This one might work best shouted in a public place, just to see how many people go 'huh?' vs how many crack up)
  • Mercaptans! (based on the fact that many exclamations are synonyms for foul smelling substances, this should work well...)
  • Arrrgariffic! (sometimes blending words is fun!)
  • Cellular Mitosis! (hey, if other biological acts can work for curses.. this could spawn an entire line of new ones!)
  • Five nuns in a four man rowboat! (think about it a while... there are layers to this! Like ogres.)
  • Corrupted bytes after a three hour download! (ok, this one is inspired by an experience I had the other day and may not work for most people)
  • Tapping tappity taps! (just for you, Dad!)

Yeah ok I'm done now. Time to go see if today's three hour download has corrupted bytes...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Resistance is Futile

While it may not be quite as great as some, the hunt is on, and continues apace. I just did a telephone interview with a really neat team at Microsoft, and they want me to come in for an in-person interview. It is for a slightly different type of coding than I have done before, but life is nothing without variety.

Yay! Soon I may be assimilated.

oh, and there are more types of coding than you may have thought:

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Interview ftw?

Well, things have worked out serendipitously, and my nebulous "maybe I'll swing back through Vancouver and interview somewhere" plan from before leaving home has turned, through no real effort of my own, into "I'm in Vancouver and I have an interview at a really neat looking studio on Monday afternoon." I say through no real effort of my own because this stemmed from a Vancouver recruiter emailing me while I was in Seattle and setting up this whole thing.

I'm excited about it, and having spent the last two days wandering around Vancouver with Ben, have decided that this is actually a decent city to live in. Even though the cool places cost a zillion units of currency. (Seriously, that place is a few blocks from the job, and directly above a Home Depot, Save On Foods, Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Starbucks, Wendy's, and a branch of my bank. How much more feature-rich can it get?)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Days Are Just Packed

Live music. Afternoon at the shooting range. Wandering the wrong direction looking for more live music late at night. New jacket. Wedding+reception. All day BBQ and chillin'fest. (Yes it's a word. Because I said so. Shut up!). Discovering sauerkraut really can be tasty. Board games played till 0530h. The days, I tell you...

Oh, and... "Small medium at large." I suppose it is more obvious when you already know the answer.

Happy Canada Day!