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General Chit Chat / Need An Idea
« on: March 31, 2012, 12:40:26 PM »
Wikipedia editors routinely celebrate April Fool's Day by doing funny stuff.  Last year, I created a proposal to move the Wikipedia servers to Canada that got some good attention.  I need a good idea to top that for this year.  Anyone have anything?  It could be another proposal, or a page that should be marked for deletion (like 2013 last year), etc.

I'll link to whatever I create based on suggestions here. :)


General Chit Chat / Fun Little Game
« on: November 12, 2011, 11:46:19 PM »
Come up with a caption for this image.

Have fun.  I've already seen one great one, hence this game.


General Chit Chat / Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs is Dead (aged 56)
« on: October 05, 2011, 11:58:12 PM »

Also, if you have an iPhone, tribute to him by using something on it today.


General Chit Chat / September 11, 2001 - Lest We Forget
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:57:48 AM »
Someone's gotta post this.

Today marks the ten year anniversary of what is one of the most tragic days in American history.  Today, ten years ago, two planes hit the World Trade Center.  A third hit the Pentagon in Washington, and a fourth went down in a Pennsylvania field.  The two towers both fell to the streets, killing thousands still inside.  The outer wall of the Pentagon collapsed, which has since been rebuilt.  The field - well, who knows, except I'm sure there's a memorial there.

I am typing this at about 9:50 a.m.  The memorial ceremony is on the television as I type, and they have been reading alphabetically the names of those killed on that day.  I am reading comments by others, on Facebook in general, and myself reflecting on my experience of the day.  GU and AGN were both popular sites back then, and I remember hopping into the AGN threads as I was not yet a member here at the time, I think.  I searched for the topic but am not sure it still exists; anyone is welcome to find it, and the GU one if there was one.  I had actually run upstairs after watching some of the news after the Pentagon strike, thinking that was going to be the main part of it, and not thinking the towers themselves were going to actually collapse (maybe partly shearing off, but not full out collapsing), and it was someone posting in the AGN thread that sent me back downstairs to see the replays - and the second tower collapsing.

I still think back to that day with a heavy heart.  I cannot imagine the dread I will feel if they strike again today.  It is, after all, not only September 11, but September of 2011, sort of a double 9/11.  They would be stupid to try, but I can't see why they wouldn't try.  Why they wouldn't use this opportunity to trick security forces.  Why they wouldn't sneak in and put a big bomb somewhere undetected.  And I also worry that someday, it will be Canada under attack.  I pray to God that isn't ever meant to happen.

There are also freakish similarities between today and ten years ago.  In New York, the temperature that morning was 64 degrees.  The temperature today is expected to be 64 degrees.  It was a bright and sunny day.  Today is a bright and sunny day.  Kind of makes you worry about deja vu, doesn't it?

Please post your thoughts regarding this tenth anniversary of America's Darkest Day.


General Chit Chat / Favourite Commercials
« on: August 05, 2011, 07:24:13 PM »
The Daily Fail seems to not be getting that much attention now (my post is still the last one in the thread, and it was a new Fail post), so I will return to generating random bits of conversation.  Maybe I'll revive it as a weekly thing.  For now, go vote for my latest Fail submission; dunno why it still wasn't on the vote page, but maybe because it's CBS material...

NEway, what's your favourite commercial?  I recently saw someone has posted the Top Commercials of 2010 special (hosted by Isaiah Mustafa - don't know him?  Click that, or just think Old Spice Guy), the top commercial being from outside the United States (I don't remember it now XD), but the Betty White Super Bowl ad was #2 and "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" (think Old Spice) was #3.  That is my personal favourite, and for some reason I've now memorized that commercial and could do it in a social situation if someone dared me to.

So what commercial stands out in your mind as a good one and favourite?


General Chit Chat / Vote for Epic Fail
« on: August 03, 2011, 05:26:31 PM »

Deserves front page mention.  Not sure how many have to vote before it goes to the voting page, but this guy was the unfortunate victim at the worst possible time of a devastating problem in a talent competition.


General Chit Chat / Another Hungry Mascot
« on: July 28, 2011, 06:11:40 PM »
Man, what is it with inflatable plastic mascots that makes them so hungry?

I loved this one.  Namely because it's Toronto's Raptor. :D


General Chit Chat / Hungry Mascot
« on: July 28, 2011, 12:39:53 PM »
This video is absolutely hilarious.  The third base coach tries to get the shark mascot to leave him alone for a while by chucking a baseball towards the stands, which is picked up and brought back twice.  So the coach fires the ball far into the outfield - or so you think, after the mascot's back is turned, the coach is tossing the ball up and down.  The mascot looks around, turns back to the coach...and things get hilarious.


General Chit Chat / F2 Tornado Confirmed
« on: July 26, 2011, 06:51:54 PM »
Sure it's a normal thing to have these across parts of the U.S., but it's not as common here - and it happened less than five minutes from my house - so it's an eerie experience and qualifies as "big news".

Per FriendlyForecast, an F2 tornado has been confirmed to have touched down southeast of Wyoming and continued an 11 km. (6.8 mile) trail of destruction ending south of Watford.  Some of what I personally witnessed was people trapped in their homes thanks to their driveways being blocked in by trees, a barn destroyed, a chimney ripped off of a house, and many trees down over about a 6 km. (3.7 miles or so) stretch of Lasalle Line.  It also ripped out a set of hydro towers just north of this destruction that are located south of Churchill Line and east of Inwood Line (look on a map southwest of Watford and southeast of Wyoming and you'll find it, Forest Town Line is in yellow), which briefly knocked out power to parts of Sarnia as well as longer-term outages in Petrolia and Watford (which kept us personally off the hydro grid for 28 hours), effectively closing Churchill at Inwood (and other routes leading to Churchill/Forest Town Line as well).

Kudos to the hydro crews for excellent work getting us back online as quickly as possible in the wake of this disaster.

(All details except the tornado route information and classification are based on my eyewitness accounts from Sunday.)


General Chit Chat / A Harrowing Experience
« on: July 24, 2011, 11:52:05 PM »
...and we almost got hit by it.

On Saturday, our road had a chance to bond...over golf.  Through our various backyards on this road we had a sorta neighbourhood golf tourney (hey, a rural road can be a neighbourhood :P ).  When one of our two flags got destroyed, I ended up doing duty holding up the flag and almost getting hit by a couple of zingers.  There was a barbecue afterwards at the locale of the final hole (I guess you could call it the 19th hole even though it was a nine hole "course"), and we heard a storm passing to our north.  Little did we know that another one was coming...and this one riddled with tornado warnings.

While we were hearing faint thunder for quite a while over the evening, without warning lightning came along and started striking visibally.  Two flashes in my father had the mindset that this was not a normal storm and said we had to leave (I watched the fan go off around this time, signifying the power going out; I'll get to this); I was quick to follow but had to go back to retrieve the ladies, who still sat chatting.  The rain started before we got inside, and we went about getting the house set up (candles and all) for a possible evening without lights, being told when we called the outage line that the lights were coming back on at 11 p.m.

That didn't happen.  I called for an update later and was told (automated) they'd be on this morning.  After a long night (and my mother, sleeping downstairs because the main bedroom got too warm, yelling at me for snoring - I can't help it!), I heard my mother at 6:30 dialing the hydro line (it was supposed to be on at 6).  Next update: 9:30 a.m.  My Dad and I went out to look around for damage after 8:00; one road in particular had LOADS of damage, it seemed every house had something going on from downed trees to lost lawn chairs (in fields of crops no less) to a chimney on the ground to a barn that was half destroyed.  We even saw a grain loader tipped over (and that is not an incredibly easy thing to do).  After getting to a bigger community nearby (which was also without power except for, of all places, the neighbourhood Tim Horton's - go figure, they got the most important thing for many running, purchaseable coffee), we loaded up on cinnamon buns, two coffees, and - at my request - a white milk, and headed back home (at my insistence going around to see where the road closures were).  By now, the radio predicted power at 11 a.m.  We decided we better borrow my grandparents' generator (which they don't want back, they've never needed it) to power our freezer and keep our food from spoiling; with this trip, we took my sister along to take pictures and took a look at even more of the road that suffered the most damage (literally a road and a half down from us).  We left our mother behind, who in her coffeeless state was pissing all of us off (and I tend to be the one she attempts to claim superiority over more than others because of my unfortunate personal situation).

On this latter trip, we came to our own conclusions.  There was a clear path of destruction: basically, that road was a bomb zone down the length of about three sideroads (I'm in the country).  I don't doubt more damage in the other direction that we didn't witness.  Further, four or six hydro towers (those big tall things) were taken right down, literally buckled over; we could see one from the detour route away from the road we were travelling, but couldn't see the rest down; just the gap where they once stood.  One main road was closed as towers on both sides were down, causing lines to go across the road.  Every path leading to this heavily impacted intersection was shut down; we were detoured as far away from that intersection as possible.  (I suspect lines connected across the E-W road from those towers came across that road as well, and with three paths from the intersection unusable, the fourth became a no-exit so it got shut as well and gave hydro crews a base for operations.)

NEway, we stayed briefly in the city, and then came home with lunch and the generator.  After eating and getting power cables all hooked up, we got freezers running again, and someone had the insight to hook up the television later for the news (hey, gotta see our local event, eh?), so we ended up testing that connection.  After some repairs to a broken hose in the sump pump, we got it going and went about our afternoon as best we could without technology (in my case at least), soon learning the power might be out until Monday around 11:00 or noon (my mother was livid by this point, I tried my best to stay away).  We all gathered for the news at 6, having dinner around then (we did well for no power, on that subject).  Afterwards, generator was shut down and everyone else went swimming; they came back and got some shows watched and taped on the PVR, and after 10:00 were just in the process of checking things on our computers (by now I insisted on getting mine plugged in, I had other sites to check quickly and they have some nice Internet box for alternate access) when the power suddenly popped back on 12 hours earlier than expected.  Rearrange all the plugs and shut down the generator again, and 2morrow we should be reloading the fridge (emptied recently into a cooler with ice).

So that was our wonderful weekend, and the reason you saw no fail or win posts from me.  I'm not doing them tonite, either; I am telling my story instead.  I may have pictures for you sometime if requested/if I feel like it.  Being powerless all weekend did prove a challenge; I now have to prepare for a possible trip out on my job applying search, and hoped to have some applications e-mailed over the weekend; that, naturally, didn't happen.

NEway, to sum up, no one at our party knew about the tornado warning.  If that tornado had started just a little to the east-northeast, I might not be typing this post to you right now.  We got extremely lucky that there was no damage anywhere in our area, or on one affected road for a couple of sideroads.  That tornado was closer than I was comfortable with.


General Chit Chat / Amy Winehouse Dies at Age 27
« on: July 23, 2011, 11:57:06 AM »

I need say no more.  I didn't really listen to her music (only song I know at all is "Rehab" thanks to Glee), but it's still sad news.

RIP Amy.


General Chit Chat / Demotivational Gaming Poster
« on: July 17, 2011, 05:46:48 PM »
Ah...I already posted my Weekly Win but wanted to share this separately as it fits a gaming forum as its own topic of discussion.  I found a lovely "demotivational" (gaming) poster for anyone interested regarding Super Smash Bros.

I want it enlarged and framed. :P


General Chit Chat / We Have a New Country
« on: July 08, 2011, 07:25:24 PM »
The Republic of South Sudan became the world's newest country at 12:01 a.m. local time on Saturday morning.  There's been a Wikipedia entry about the new country ever since it was first announced in 2005 they would gain independence from the rest of Sudan.  For further news coverage, here's an article from the Telegraph.

If you want video, I don't have the celebrations themselves, but here's a video of someone in the House of, Representatives talking about it.

Let's bid welcome of the new nation to this world of...nations.


General Chit Chat / The Daily Fail/Win
« on: June 23, 2011, 08:25:02 PM »
All right.  I'm going ahead and doing this.  I alluded to it a couple of days ago, and I find myself routinely checking for new funny Fails or Wins out there, so I might as well share my findings somewhere.  Here's how this will work.  Every day I remember, I will post a new funny Fail or Win.  Once in a while, it will be a poster with a funny saying instead.  Basically, like the funny of the day or something.  I won't steal images or their bandwidth and post them here visibly (even though it's convenient), I'll just link to the original image and you can click.

So for the first one, from the Failblog "Hall of Fame", we have this lovely entry showing that a GPS isn't always right.

(As an aside, I once received a direction to turn right myself.  It would have drowned my car in a pond.)

If I don't forget, I'll be back 2morrow with more delicious Fail/Win.


The Gaming Lounge / Revisiting Old Games
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:20:06 PM »
Sometimes, you play a game, have a feeling of meh, and never go back to it again.  Other times you play a game and play it endlessly for months as if it's a religion (WoW anyone?  Meh for me...).

Then you have those rare cases where you have a game that is fun to play, but life catches up with you.  However, the game catches hold and never lets go once it's latched on again.  Such is my case right now.

About seven years ago, I bought in a special Acropolis set the 2001 game Zeus: Master of Olympus, a city-building game in the same style as Caesar III and Pharaoh/Cleopatra before it.  Also in the set was its expansion, Poseidon, Master of Atlantis.  I started playing, did the first scenario or two, tried my hand at a couple of custom adventures, and then started playing the next game that came out, Emperor, RotMK.  I hadn't gone back to Zeus in a while but in the back of my mind knew of a set of adventures at the HeavenGames site that were a nice series.  I beat one or two of them in the past.  Recently, I found another site called CityBuildingContests (which for some reason has membership sealed off, mysteriously).  After downloading those contest scenarios, I realized I still like this game and have since conquered all of the included adventures on the regular Zeus side (including the Trojan War scenario, which features a very challenging Tenedos colony map with no resources for your city and armies attacking every so often; I beat it by taking 150,000 money in with me and bribed my way out of war).  I now have a craving to tackle the Poseidon adventures (one of which I beat before, and another which immediately looks a LOT tougher than the Trojan War one I spoke of) and also start tackling all of those custom maps that I've been finding in various places.

So here is my question.  Is there an old game (5 years, 10 years old) that you may have stopped playing in the past, but now you can't put down?  (Tetris and its many incarnations do not count, BTW, since there seems to be a new one every year or so. :P )


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