Monday, January 30, 2006

Blair: Global Warming needs your help to continue (commentary)
[Edit: Link no longer operational]

From the article:

"The threat posed by climate change may be greater than previously thought, and global warming is advancing at an unsustainable rate..."

You hear that, folks? If we don't want to keep having to invest more and more into raising the earth's temperature, we've got to act now.


- RG>

My First Cyrillic Spam

I got my first Cyrillic (Russian alphabet) spam today in my Gmail account, complete with attachment!

"Земельные участки. Новое в 2006 году." - makes 1337speak look like a pile of crap.

Gmail is actually very good at filtering spam; most of the false negatives are from my e-mail accounts that forwards to G-mail, and I know that there are at least 200 spams/day from there.

- RG>

Sunday, January 22, 2006

My First All-Nigher

Friday night, after the weekly activist movie, I went to the office to analyze four years' worth of financial documents. This took me until about 03:30.

When I got home, I did my regular checking-of-the-internets, ending about 04:30. I went to go to sleep, and failed to do so. So I went back on the internet and started watching video clips from I did this until about 10:30am. I then read the two issues of Macleans that I had lying around, and got really tired. I went to sleep at 11:30am.

And then I had to get up at 13:00 again.

It was my very first all-nighter (although not the typical kind, where you do it out of necessity). Prior to this, the latest I'd ever stayed up was about 04:00. I did it without food or drink, and the 6-hour finance meeting at 13:00 was a pain in the body, though I was able to concentrate. Thank you Tim Horton's donuts.

I just hope that I'll be able to make it on Election day--I will be the only Registration Officer working at the polling location, from 09:00 to 21:30 (or later, if there's a lineup when the doors close). Seeing how I'm in Ottawa Centre, a very political riding, and they're predicting a high voter turnout, I might be in for a big day.

Anyway, I'm still sick. I think it might be tonsillitis.

- RG>

[Edited 2007-12-29 to correct the url "", after discovering a surprising number of referrals for the search term "". Other errata/updates include: m90 is no longer in my rounds for internet videos; I cancelled my Macleans subscription years ago; the thank-you was to the donuts, not to the corporation; and I was not the only Registration Officer that day; I do, however, still feel a little under the weather.]

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Deep thought

I was just thinking to myself about myself, and I started saying "I feel like Schrödinger's cat," because I don't know whether or not I am alive.

And then I thought, wait a minute! If I were Schrödinger's cat, I would know whether I were alive.

Then I thought, what if I were Schrödinger's cat, but also outside the box, unable to see inside it? Then I both would both know and not know at the same time!

And then I said, "whoa..."

- RG>

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

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Does the spoon spill far from the soup?