I'm a father, manager, programmer, scrum master, geek, & movie lover.

Psychotic 72hrs

Naked Day!

-You might be a geek if you use phrases like ‘within a pico-second.’ -You might be a geek if you get excited about your new USB key -You might be a geek if you long forlornly for the days of Saturday morning cartoons

Wow; it’s a good thing there’s nothing wrong with being a geek, eh?

at 2004-02-04 15:40:42

dad said: Tim Hortons coffee and doughnuts went up in price coincident with a raise in the minimum wage;now that bites…sooo some bytes go down and some bites go up. at 2004-02-04 19:10:02

beige said: You might be a geek if you laugh at any of these : Geek “Yo Mamma” Jokes at 2004-02-04 21:12:01

No to All

Where’s the “No to All” option? It’d be great to have if you wanted to save time, or if you wanted to keep original versions of the files. In Windows XP, you don’t have to click “No” for each duplicate file. Hold down Shift while you click “No,” and that will act as if you had clicked a “No to All” option. It’s a simple but cool little Windows XP secret. This does not work in Windows 98 or earlier. And because I didn’t have an amusing original thought last night, I’ll post someone else’s. Thanks to Andre Molnar for writing down these excerpts from an online video of Regoczei’s speaking at a conference: - “b’logs [sic] are an oral artform propagated through writing” - “b’logs [sic] are the un-edited personal statements released to the world” - “Saving the world is easy. Selling to the world is difficult.” - “… the only business model for future - IMPORTANT - partnerships - we don’t sell to you - we partner with you - we are in the same business - if you don’t get paid we don’t get paid - and this totally removes the conflict of interest situation” - “I’ll tell you why the world needs to be saved - we have all been (inaudible - perhaps tranquilized) and our personal voice was not allowed to be heard. And when I look at b’logs I say to myself - that’s what the web was all about” - “books are never finished they are abandoned - they are abandoned when things get interesting - when things get ‘difficult’” - “designers practice the designer’s should. They say things like ‘this is how it should be,’ ‘that is how it should be’ - ‘this is crappy technology - we are not going to learn it - we reserve the right to build something better’ - This is what designers do” - “Miracles happen over night - just by people changing their minds… … there is no need to be a long voice crying in the wilderness” - “E-mail is the incorrect spelling. Even the New York Times has it wrong. email is from unix, and commands are never capitalized in unix.”

Also, thanks to Igor for getting the Linux server to love my accounting application.

“Technology” Technology

And I’d like to think that’s true. I mean, we must believe that any problem can be solved, right? It’s out job. at 2004-02-06 11:52:29

dad said: There’s no imagining when someone gives you a genuine smile.

here’s a poem i like, DISCOVERY….Hermann Hagedorn.1880’s Out of the eden of my love, The little house so lean and spent, The little room where,like a dove, Under the rafters lives my love, Back to the bustling world i went.

I wandered down the dusty street. Men jostled there and wept and swore, But in the throbbing and the beat, The babel of the feverish street, Was something that was not before.

Deep into each pale,passing face I gazed in wonder.What strange gleam Had in this gray and sordid place Clothed as with glory each pale face, And lit dim eyes with dream?

Like an explorer,midst those eyes, By unimagined deeps i trod; And lo!Where yesterday were lies And lusts in those world hardened eyes, I saw the stars of God. at 2004-02-06 20:14:10

Databases & Disney!

My Self

Ice Cream & RSS

Great Canadians, Great Music

Hey, Hey Mr. Postman

The Passion & Free Pepsi Stuff

Name Brand Beef

Re feedreader, it would be a bit cooler if you could check articles off as “read” through the web interface, but you can’t. The web interface also doesn’t show which articles you’ve previously read through the app-interface.

If you have a router to share your internet w/ more than one computer, finding your IP address is more complicated— have to go into the router admin, and find the WAN-side IP address. Then you have to open up a port and redirect it to your computer. Not for the tech-averse…

Does html work in here?… at 2004-02-20 13:42:14

said: >You can’t tell shit about me by my logos, so I don’t want them to >be seen.

One thing we can tell is that you’re anti-logo. Therefore, you are most likely one of “those” who we refer to by various names: tree hugger, anti-globalist, commie, hippie, you choose..

And, aren’t you a proud owner of the Kangol hat (I might be wrong, but I can recall you wearing it :) at 2004-02-21 11:45:21

said: One other thing..

“cmd” will not work in WIN9x/ME. “command” will :) at 2004-02-21 11:47:33

Derek Martin said: Actually it’s not a Kangol hat :) It’s a Shakespeare at Stratford hat, and my Grandmother bought it for me when we went there to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so it’s a keepsake as much as anything else. It is the shape of a Kangol hat, but it’s corduroy, not that gawdawful fuzzy crap. at 2004-02-23 10:32:42

KGB, Zen, Saints & Tesla

“I decided to take a picture of the building next to my apartment building because it used to be KGB - and I thought that ‘d be cool to show friends. So i took a picture, and took about two steps, and to skip over the details I spent the next 1/2 hour IN the former KGB building explaining in Russian (read: sign language) why I was taking pictures of the Ministry of Defense!!!! They don’t like it when people take pictures.”

Comments from my old blog:

derek said: Damn! This is great news! I just found out that they’re already in pre-production, working on “Boondock II: The Second Coming” — a sequel to the Boondock Saints! Woohoo! at 2004-02-23 13:54:28

mom said: one of the things i love about you, amoung others, is your enthusiasm and love for so many things. you are such a passionate person, in the truest and broadest sense of the shows in so many ways, hugs, mom at 2004-02-23 15:28:37

Arlene, Pi, & Manual Labour

Lord of the Hunted?

Climate Change & Adventure

This site is certified 60% EVIL by the Gematriculator

Speaking of my youth and stuff I liked back then, here’s a story from when I was about 17. I *think* Mark and Ben were in the suburban with me, but it might just have been Ben and I. We were driving around Sarnia, totally bored, which was a fairly usual thing to do. On previous “boring drives” we’d pirated some roadside furniture (a couch and leather recliner for my basement), and attacked pedestrians with day-old jelly donuts. It was a lot of fun. One guy thought the jelly donut coming at him was a grenade and totally dove for cover. We laughed and laughed. In hindsight it was probably pretty terrifying for him — I hope he at least ate the donut afterwards. Anyway, on this night in particular we were really bored, and had the usual tapes in the tape deck: Nine Inch Nails (Pretty Hate Machine), Swing Kids Soundtrack, and my Driving Tunes mix, which began with the Peter Gunn Theme (the kickass driving song from the movie The Blues Brothers). So, Ben and I are sitting driving around trying to decide what to do, and I think Ben said “lets follow that truck”. Okay, sure, why not. So we start following a similarly huge suburbanesque vehicle. They start to speed up, so I pop in the Peter Gunn Theme and speed up after them. This feels really cool. We’re going 50, 60, 70 down the streets of Sarnia. The main streets. Got pretty fast on London Road and Exmouth. They decided to try to lose us, and started taking sharp corners, and eventually wound around under the Bluewater Bridge, adn started going down some back roads — and *just* when they were starting to get away from us (they were maybe a block and a half ahead of us, because though I enjoy a fast drive, I don’t enjoy a crazy drive) — just as they were getting away, a couple cop cars pull out in front of us chasing that truck! Ben and I are like “WHAT THE FUCK!”, so the Cops pulled their truck over, and Ben and I looped around the block to see what would happen, when we got back around The Cops were cuffing the guys and tossing them in their cruiser!!! We had totally been following some criminals! It was the **craziest** thing, ever. No wonder they got nervous and tried to lose us — they probably thought we were The Pigs, when in actuality we threw more donuts than we ate ;) Coolest phrase I came across over the weekend is one I’d like to think I live by: > “We must all fear evil men, but there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men” — Edmund Burke

This is the sentiment that lies at the core of activism, NGOs, and not-for-profits, and it’s definitely at the heart of the saying “If you’re not with us, you’re against us.” As long as there are people in the world doing evil things, there needs to be a greater number actively doing good, not standing idly by, living lives of neutrality. Neutrality is simple; you never have to justify yourself, and you never have to fight for what you believe in, and for a better future. If you don’t, we won’t have one.

Comments from my old blog:

(James Trott (UK))[] said: Derek, you know im a level headed guy. But I beleive your vampire story 100% and whole heartedly, I beleive in my time i’ve met several “vampires” all confessed as such, and whilst not afflicted in the regular conception of vampires, certainly exhibited VERY simmilar traits and behaviours. Im sure we should share a beer and discuss it more, only one though! We know what happened last time!!!

Furthermore, ive had an idea about your whole “OpenSource” dilemma, drop me an email, and lets get a bit of a thread going on it!

mom said: maybe you are old enough now to know the ” family ” secret now! hugs, and —— mom at 2004-02-26 14:16:09

beige said: That was ME you mook! Remember we drove around under the bluewater bridge while we were tailing those guys? Sweeet. Oh, and Jesper was with us for the donut throwing adventure because it was his going-away party. We ‘borrowed’ the letters S-I-L-L-Y from some local signs too. at 2004-02-26 14:36:07

mom said: couldn’t resist, but just kidding, really! love ya, mom at 2004-02-26 14:36:40

dad said: Shakes head slowly while musing. at 2004-02-27 00:07:16