A date with oddity.

Congratulations. We have all just experienced the moment that was 12:34:56 7/8/9 — that is, if you can suspend disbelief long enough to forget that this actually occurred 2000 years ago.

The rest of the world will tell you that we got the date wrong. If you belong to that camp, mark your calendars for August 7th, 2009.

moving servers yet again.

Can you see this post? Wonderful – that means that you are now seeing the correct site that is now living on my favourite of webhosts, Bluehost.

That is all.

Time for a quiz. What is your personality type?

It’s been ages since I’ve fed my quiz kick, so thanks to Degan for kicking it off Facebook style.

– Take the personality type quiz at blogthings.com –

I am an ENTP – The Visionary

You are charming, outgoing, friendly. You make a good first impression. You possess good negotiating skills and can convince anyone of anything. Happy to be the center of attention, you love to tell stories and show off. You’re very clever, but you are not disciplined enough to do well in structured environments.

In love, you see everything as a grand adventure. You enjoy taking risks for love. And if things don’t work out, you’re usually not too much worse for the wear!

You would make a great entrepreneur, marketing executive, or actor. At work, you need a lot of freedom to pursue your own path and vision.

How you see yourself: analytical, creative, and peaceful.

When other people don’t get you, they see you as detached, wishy-washy, and superficial.

nerd pick-up lines.

This geeky twist to the ol’ pick-up lines game caught my eye on Twitter today. Go to the #nerdpickuplines stream for and browse at your leisure.

I’ve listed some faves below (in other words, the ones that might have worked on me).

  • I think I less than three you. #
  • I can tell you’re 36-25-36, which by the way are all perfect squares. #
  • What’s your name? I just need to know who I will be blogging about later. #
  • If you won’t let me buy you a drink at least let me fix your laptop. #
  • My phone number? It’s easy to remember – it’s the first 10 digits of Pi. I moved to St. Louis just to be in the 314 area code. #

If you’ve got any gems, join in on the ideastorm on Twitter. Make sure to tag it with #nerdpickuplines.

historic v. ‘istoric.

TV folks: get it right. Historic has a pronounced H. Say it with me. A historic.

If you are still compelled to use “an”, for the love of all things linguistic, aspirate the H! An ‘istoric.

If you say an historic within earshot of me…don’t say I didn’t warn you.

That is all.

new gadget acquistion: acer aspire one (netbook).

Got my netbook last Tuesday after a week of researching online and gathering word of mouth on Twitter and Facebook. In the end, I decided on the Acer Aspire One.

My new netbook

It was the best budget netbook for me: cool colours (tempted to buy the girly pink; settled for blue), comfortable keyboard, decent trackpad. Got it from Best Buy, where it was going for $399. Luckily, I had a $200 gift card to help me out at the till.

The guy from Best Buy offered to “optimize” the computer for me for $99. The service takes at least 1 business day. I was skeptical of it and thought I could rely upon my extensive IT background, so I passed and spent 3-5 hours booting and configuring my netbook myself. Had to update firmware and drivers, one of which was preventing the wireless card from locating any of the networks in my building, let alone mine. For those that aren’t as handy with computers, I’d recommend the day of setup, else be prepared to call your closest tech friend for help (even I did, when I had to find the right NIC driver!). Consider buying your netbook a few days in advance of when you think you *need* it. Even without setup, it requires more time and patience to boot it up for first use as compared to its Mac brethren.

My netbook came XP and free trials of McAfee (including personal firewall) and Office 2007 Home and Student Edition — I’m using those until I’m forced to pay for any software.

It’s been exactly a week now and already I feel like my little netbook has paid for itself. I was able to provide coverage on location for an American Thanksgiving dinner that I was invited to and a nearly live blog account of a new food hopping dining experience. On Sunday, used it to take extensive notes at a coffee seminar that I will be writing an article for shortly.

Wireless connectivity was great as was the transfer speed via memory stick (it has built-in slots for SD and other formats, though I needed to use my external card reader for Compact Flash). The size was perfect for me: small enough to hide it on my lap while we sampled food at a large communal table, and large enough to hammer out text on its keyboard and preview results.

I do wish it had better battery performance, as it currently stands at about 2 hours on its own legs before I need to plug back in. The AC cord is bulky and heavy, so when you have to carry that around too, it adds a couple pounds to your mobile gear.

Performance can be sluggish at times, especially when switching applications. I did go into this with eyes open; netbooks are not made to be multi-tasking powerhouses like desktops or full-fledged laptops, but when the only apps active are 2 browser windows, it’s a little bothersome when the processor has to rest for a bit.

There you have it – hope my experience is a useful case study for your own netbook research!

Like greek mythology? Go see Metamorphoses.

My social calendar was busier than usual this past week.

We spent one of those evenings with Rebecca and Raul at the opening night of Metamorphoses, a locally produced play based on the Greek myths written long ago by Ovid. It was an interesting presentation of mythology as a thread of old and modern anecdotes of love (in all its manifestations).

Metamorphoses: Alycone & Ceyx

I had no expectations going into this experience; in fact, I hadn’t done any research into finding out what the play was about. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover that I’d be enjoying a performance about Greek myths, a subject that I was thoroughly enamored with as a child. (I’d done report after report on Greece and its culture for 2 years and still ache to visit the ruins of old.)

Highlights for me were the tales of Alycone & Ceyx, Myrrha, and Phaeton. The first two nearly moved me to tears: Alycone’s anguish and Myrrha’s despair were heartbreakingly acute.

Metamorphoses: Myrrha

The tale of Pantheon, on the other hand, made the most clever use of the 6-8 foot pool in the centre of the stage. It was a well executed modernization of Phaeton as surly pool kid raging against the aloofness of his father, the sun.

All in all, Kurt and I really enjoyed this play, and hope that you’ll have the chance to check it out too. Thanks to Rebecca B. for inviting us for a free screening, and Rebecca C. and Michelle for use of the photos above.

Want other perspectives on this night? Read Rebecca and Raul’s reviews as well.

Metamorphoses
July 31, 2008 – August 16, 2008
Pacific Theatre
1440 W 12th Ave | Vancouver
Tickets: www.pacifictheatre.org or call 604-224-4534

recap of nicole’s visit to vancouver.

My youngest sister-in-law flew in from Winnipeg to hang out with us these past 10 days. A lot of good times were had:

Despite our not-so-subtle efforts to convince her to move here, she returned home on Monday evening. Sniff. She is already missed.

update about stuff that isn’t edible.

Time to dust the cobwebs from this blog and let you in on what’s been happening outside of the dinner table.

  • Kurt is now a fully fledged Chartered Accountant! His dad, also a CA, proudly introduced him to the assembly on graduation day.
  • Only 5 more weeks before my good friend Dave becomes a daddy. Better finish that blankie while I catch up on So You Think You Can Dance tonight.
  • Started volunteering in the salsa dancing community. Feels great to be an active participant instead of a fairweather social dancer.
  • Changed jobs: now a proper Project Manager at an e-learning services provider in Gastown. It’s a dream job: challenging work with a wonderful group of people, situated in a historic neighbourhood that is bursting with restaurants I’ve never tried. Bruce had a hand in this….thanks for the hook-up.
  • Finally caught my talented brother perform with his men’s chorale last month. He was fantastic. I kept on looking around and beaming…”yeah, that’s my little brother you’re watching”.
  • Happy birthday, Bruce! At least I didn’t call you out on Facebook.
  • T-minus 1 week before my sister-in-law visits us for 10 days. Really excited to have her with us and cannot wait to belt out some Faith album tunes with her at the George Michael concert in July!