My friend asked eagerly.
Nick, you're my friend. I love you, and I would probably take a bullet for you. But No, I won't go see TMNT. EVER.
I'd go see Guardians of the Galaxy again tho!
*pops into existence* Merry Christmas one and all!
I'm very much alive, but also still very much a social network hermit :)
To sum up the year in 10 words or less ... Culinary gluttony Europe. Spanish guitar inspiration. Audrino teddy bear. Pie.
Now Here's some christmassy video awesomeness!
The Bear & The Hare from Hornet Inc on Vimeo.
*yawns* Back to hibernation!
R.I.P. Knut 2006-2011
*Sigh* :( It's been such a depressing month...
Tue, Feb. 8th, 2011, 01:13 am
"Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us."
— Brian Jacques
Farewell Mr Jacques, you will always be with us in spirit, like Martin at Redwall.
In this picture we cannot see Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont. Mrs Smegma will you stand up please.
Tue, Jan. 18th, 2011, 03:13 pm
*note: this is actually the 3rd time I've written this post, the first two had been mysteriously wiped out by a freak BSOD, and an application error. it's as if the fates don't want me to post...
I LIVE! Well... barely, but none the less I am alive. 2010 got busy really quick at the end of the first quarter, busy enough that I disappeared off the grid for about a month. *looks at previous posts* I sure ended on quite a downer eh?
Well, here's a summary of some highlights in no particular order.
- Attended Weddings! Congrats Christine and Dennis! Congrats Alex and paul!
- Helped bottlefeed a rambunctious n' cuddly black bear cub!
- Quit the damn lab (it's a highlight, it's about time, I felt under-appreciated and I was paid peanutz)
- Met some of the OTD Vancouver crew!*
- Joined the OTD Family!
- Finally got a new Phone! yay HTC Desire!
- Court Summons! For Jury duty! And my name never got drawn!
* OTD (Older Than Dos) is a Team Fortress 2 family / clan. Great server, great people, one of the best groups that I've gamed with.
Actually... I've kinda got mixed feelings about not being on the Jury, it was a murder trial, and I was really intrigued as to how the process really works. That is, opposed to what I've seen from TV shows. Sure it only pays $35 and takes up a good portion of the day for ~10 days, but it's something new and different. While walking home I was picturing it like one of those murder mystery games with evidence, witnesses and testimonies... except at the end, you don't really win, especially if the deliberation takes forever. The accused looked pretty scary tho, I wonder if I would have been able to be unbiased and without prejudice.
Anyhoo, time to play some more GTA on Ice
Fri, Apr. 16th, 2010, 08:02 pm
A quote to follow up my previous post
"Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding - a sign that man can learn to conserve what is left of the earth. Extinct, it will be another fading testimony to things man should have learned more about but was too preoccupied with himself to notice. In its beleaguered condition, it is above all a symbol of what man is doing to the entire planet. If we can learn from these experiences, and learn rationally, both grizzly and man may have a chance to survive."
- Frank Craighead
And ban the Trophy Hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest...Image Source: National Geographic
On April 1, the B.C. government opened the trophy hunt of bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. The genetically distinct Haida black bear is being targeted, as is the monarch of the rainforest – the grizzly.
IronIcally, bears were recently celebrated at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. We saw pictures of grizzlies and black bears on posters and murals all over Vancouver and a huge, white Spirit bear was featured in the opening ceremonies. Bears are embedded in Canadian culture and society. They symbolize our natural world that we are so blessed with and they also remind us of the vast, wild areas that Canada is known for. yet this spring, B.C. made another terrible decision in its controversial and checkered history of bear management.
A coworker sent me two links recently. Apparently Fujitsu Japan just made their Robot bear public,
Their bear has 12 actuators, 13 touch sensors, a nose camera, and 300 different actions. If only they made the bear a little cuter and hid the camera a little better. Hrmm, I wonder what they used and how loud their actuators are...
Then told me to get off my lazy ass and finish building the fucking bear that I've been working on for the last 2 years.
On another note, I'm sure I'd be one of the first casualties in a Robot Teddy Bear uprising. Maybe I should leave out the claws, fangs and lasers on this bear until I'm sure the AI is friendly and incorruptible.
... isn't so secret when he keeps a debug log.
Sorry for invading your privacy Bear, but it did help me find out who kept using my stapler without refilling it.
Poor bear, I don't think I'd get a chance to fix ya up until I get more funding.