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Winter Olympics

Posted 2010.02.17 17.35 in Sports

I’m not much into the winter olympics. Don’t have too much to say about it. Not terribly interested in it. Sure it’s nice to see Canada win a few medals, but I’m not sitting there watching it on tv or anything.

The only winter olympic sport that I was ever marginally interested in was the biathalon. It just seemed like a good combination – the boredom and drudgery of cross-country skiing, punctuated now and then with gunfire. Back when my folks had one of those ‘nordic track’ exercise thingies in the basement, I bought an air rifle and that made the make-believe basement skiing much more fun. Every 10 or 15 minutes you stop with the skiing and plink some targets.

Anyhow, I did end up watching a few minutes of something. What struck me most, was that the starting pistol seems to be some kind of orange plastic electronic doodad. It had like a xenon bulb at the tip that went ‘flash’ when the guy pushed the button, and the loudspeakers made a ‘bang’ sound. And that’s when I sort of thought, WTF?

I mean, is this just a Canadian thing because we’re so afraid of guns? Or is this actually a common olympic / sporting thing now? Where they use toy plastic electronic guns that make a ‘bang’ noise and go ‘flash’?

If they still do the biathalon, are they allowed to use real guns in that? I mean, I think it was 8 or 12 years ago when I last paid attention and they were using these funky super-expensive .22 rifles that were more or less specifically designed for olympics… but who knows now? Maybe they use laser-tag guns and blinky target lights that go ‘beep’.

I’m pretty sure the biathalon was based on the concept of having to hunt for your dinner in a snowy environment. All this technology and safety and stuff waters things down, IMHO. I’d rather see them just grab whatever the heck they were comfortable with or was the most fun. Like an actual hunting rifle? .303 or a .30-06 or something. Ski for a few minutes, then BLAMO! they obliterate some target 300 yards away.

I saw the news about the tragedy on the luge track last week. That was sad. They said that the Vancouver luge track was the fastest and most dangerous in the world. After the olympics are over, do they have a ‘special winter olympics’ like they do for the summer ones? Do they have all the same events? Will they be sending special olympians down the same luge track?

Anyhow, the winter olympics really just boils down to two things… first, there’s only a month or so till the next F1 season starts. And second, there’s only a few months till the World Cup. Not that I’m much of a football fan, as in, not at all, but I like the way the World Cup brings lots of nations together to kick a ball around. And I like hearing phrases like “injury time” and “time added on”. Canada typically sucks at it, so I root for England instead.

That’s about all I have on my mind for olympics. Cheers!

Battle of teh Interwebz Ads

Posted 2009.12.22 17.57 in Computers/Internet/Technology

I don’t even remember where I was surfing when I spotted these two ads on the edge of my screen. Normally my filters are very good at blanking this stuff out so that I can no longer see it, but when something comes along that is funny or ironic, the filters know enough to pop it into my awareness.

So here’s two ads offering quick ways for people to earn lots of money. I’ve underlined the bits that I thought were funny at the time.

It might not be so funny now, I’m not sure.

Anyhow, I have to question the whole concept – I mean, if these people have proven ways to make money, why would they want to share them? I mean, just do it yourself and then you have all teh moneez!

 

Four Supercoffees and No Food

Posted 2009.12.20 15.18 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

Before I was just unfocused, or focusing on the wrong things. But after four Supercoffees and no food, now I am well and truly blurry.

Like some caffein can energize you, give you a little boost, a little extra oomph. But four Supercoffees worth of caffein just leads to a state of tense buzzing.

I did get three more chores done, so my yesterday-list is up to 5 out of 11 tasks completed. I haven’t started on today’s list though.

Oh and I redid the Random Words thingy so it’s really actually random now. It’s still in alphabetical order  – I didn’t want the same words appearing in a random sequence. That’s silly. I wanted random words, appearing alphabetically. And I got what I wanted.

Except that in doing so, I may have taken the concept of a ‘tag cloud’ and, you know, slightly broken it?

Doesn’t matter. Random is as random does. Stephanie is as caffein buzzzzzzzzzz.

 

Goes Together Like…

Posted 2009.12.02 15.52 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Pointless Blather

There are some things that just go great together. Peanut Butter and Jelly. Cookies and Milk. Guns and Alcohol. Laptops and Driving. Ok I might have made one of those up.

What follows below though is not made-up. This is a real product, as near as I can tell, that you can really buy.

Laptop Car Desk

Click the image to order your own Laptop Steering-Wheel Desk from Amazon! Be sure to check out all the customer-supplied photographs of the product in use, and read the customer reviews. If that doesn’t convince you to buy one of these for everyone on your x-mas list, then nothing will.

(Found this through ThatWillBuffOut.com)

My Eyes! Aauuugh!

Posted 2009.09.18 7.38 in Hobbies, Photography

I know I said I wasn’t going to try and process colour film in B&W chemicals any more. The problem is, I was reading and came across a clue as to what I did wrong. I didn’t fix it long enough – I read someone was fixing for 30 minutes to get good results. So armed with this new knowledge, I decided to give it another shot. I had two exposed rolls, and got a second reel for my tank so I can now process ruin film at twice the efficiency.

Well, it didn’t really turn out again. I don’t know what was wrong this time. Maybe I mixed the fixer too weak. I’ll have to go and read some more. The negs were still so dark (almost opaque) that I really had to push the scanner just to get an image out of them.

This time though I decided to go a little crazy with them. Instead of scanning them as black and white, I scanned in colour. And instead of trying to get realistic images, I decided to just yank the sliders and dials this way and that, I let each frame inspire me.

Oh – and I almost forgot! All these pictures were taken with a pinhole camera! I was not just testing the home film processing, but the roll itself was a test of using a pinhole instead of a lens.

Are You A Pirate?

Posted 2009.03.24 10.04 in Music/Movies/TV

Ok, this should be the last silly song for a while.  Probably.  No promises.

Are You a Pirate?

Are You a Pirate?

More Songs About Food

Posted 2009.03.23 10.15 in Music/Movies/TV

Personally, I’ll never look at scrambled eggs the same way again…

Wiggle Jiggle... Yellow Middle!

Wiggle Jiggle... Yellow Middle!

See the Egg Song here!