Bubble, Bubble, Build's In Trouble

10/22/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Programming, Toys

Well, my coworker Robert actually went out and did it :)

I came back to work after my wedding to see two lava lamps on top of the filing cabinet outside our office.

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Katamari Damacy

10/22/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Games

Link: http://www.namco.com/games/katamari_damacy/

A lot of people I know have encountered this before (to which I have to say, why didn't you tell me about it?), but our good friends Ennien and Robin showed this to us during one of our visits.

They gave us a pre-wedding gift of a Playstation along with this quirky, quirky game. It was mighty fine for stress relief. In the history of unique games, I would place this one right up there with Dungeon Keeper (where you get to be the bad guy defending your treasure against heroes) or Nomads (battling out between flying islands).

This game is weird, weird, weird, and I love it!

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Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

10/22/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Movies

Link: http://www.wandg.com/

My best man took me to see this movie on the day of the wedding. Ahhh, what a nerve-calmer :)

It's pretty good, and the story line with its twist is nifty, but it doesn't get truly funny until quite late in the movie. I still much prefer Aardman's "A Close Shave" for its pace and humour.

Still, I hope they make more. Making a feature-length claymation film is pretty impressive. Seeing it in the movie theater, you can see the fingerprints on Gromit pretty clearly.

(The business of censoring the poster on the Isle of Portland in the UK was quite bizarre as well.)

 

Wedded!

10/19/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]

Wow, I am going to have a lot of updates to do here, especially to the wedding site, now that we've done the whole kitten kaboodle!

The wedding went great!

Some people told me in advance that things go much more quickly than you had imagined it would. I would not have believed that before. I do now.

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Frigits

10/11/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions, Reviews, Toys

While I was ordering a couple of things from good ol' ThinkGeek, I decided to spoil myself a little bit with a silly toy. That toy was Frigits, which is essentially a little marble maze on magnets that you stick to the side of your fridge. You know, stainless steel refrigerators may look nice, but to deny yourself magnets and other toys... I just can't see them being worth it.

Anyhow, here's a picture...

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A Week Left!

10/08/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]

Great googly-moogly - there's a week and some handful of hours left until the wedding. Criminy! Lots of last-minute things to do, I'm sure, but we have covered off so many. We can't get away for an actual honeymoon, but we'll spoil ourselves for a couple of days - this sort of occasion doesn't come around very often!

One late-minute thing I covered off was to get the rings engraved on the inside. It has our names, the date of the wedding, and the phrase Anar ar isil in Tengwar as a nod to many things.

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.NET and Delphi 2005

10/07/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Programming

WARNING: Technical :)

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Townhouse Gone!

10/03/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]

Possession date has come and gone. September 30, all final transfers took place!

Thank you to my sweetie and my future in-laws especially for all their hard work in evacuating the place, and to my realtor for getting it on market and giving some great advice :)

That is all!

 

Hacker, Hack Thyself

10/03/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions

I'm sure this one has made the rounds before (it's from April), but I just love the [possibly apocryphal?] story and didn't encounter it until just today.

It answers the question: what happens when a angry, blustering, amateur "hacker" who feels powerful because they have downloaded hacker tools... meets people who know simple networking :)

The story...

Comment by Adam:

Cute! I'm continually amazed at the number of technical people who don't understand that "localhost" or "127.0.0.0" refers to their own machine. I'm slightly less surprised at the number who do know that but don't understand the concept of loopback versus routers just sending packets back.

(And I'm also testing the RSS feed so generally ignore this spurious comment!)

Comment by Ritchie:

And how is the RSS feed working?

*laugh* I tried to keep up with blogs using SharpReader for a while, then work got utterly insane and I didn't have the attention span any more...

SharpReader really does grab things far too often by default. I'll have to look up the reader Tom was recommending after having tried SharpReader. (Of course, if it looks like a Unix shell prompt, I'll laugh ;)

Comment by Adam:

I'm using Trillian's RSS feed monitor. I only have it set up at work rather than at home. It seemed to work fine other than for some reason all of the updates appeared at once, typically at the same time each day, rather than when they were posted which does break the timely RSS concept a bit. Since I have it polling every five minutes or so, I would assume it's your aggregrator that's updating the RSS page once a day.

 

First E-mail Spoof "Attack"

10/02/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Internet, Spamming

No, it was just under 350 bouncebacks from a spam that forged a nimblebrain address as their 'from:' address.

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Tales of Outsourcing

09/25/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, People, Programming

A friend of mine related their experience with outsourcing to India. This may not be the way it happens everywhere, but I found it most interesting, since it shows that the promise of outsourcing does not necessarily match what it delivers. It's not necessarily the difference that you would expect.

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Quantum Reality : Nick Herbert

09/25/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Attractions, Science

Link: http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385235690/thecerealkill-20

Full title: Quantum Reality | Beyond the New Physics

This is a pretty appealing book about the mysteries of quantum physics. If you know a little math (no calculus required) and perhaps the way sound waves work, this is a great introduction to what quantum theory is all about, and some really good insights into attempts to figure out what it all might mean.

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Accidents Happen

09/22/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]

Got in an accident over the weekend. Was sandwiched between two cars. Nobody was injured, but my poor car's left eye popped out, as it were...

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Arrrrrrrr

09/19/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]

Link: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

Just a reminderr, landlubbers and mateys... and Metis, that today be the day ye arrre best advised to talk like a pirate, arrrr, for 'tis Talk Like A Pirate Day.

I've been mighty downcast e'er since the days yon cutter we commandeered sunk in the Bow River with its cargo of bootlegged CDs. Arrrrr. Tis perhaps better this way, for the scalliwags in the rubber dinghies always got the better of us, and the seagulls, well, I'd best not say the insult they did do to yars truly.

 

Subversion

09/18/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Programming

Link: http://subversion.tigris.org/

No spies or anarchy here, at least in the traditional sense. I'm talking here about a magnificent little version control system, and if you're programming or even maintaining documents, it is a godsend.

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