Thursday, January 29, 2009

They're not all that big or bent

So my buddy, we'll call him "Tech" to obfuscate his true identity, IM'ed me this today:
Tech: So I was sitting there at blendz listening to my iPod surfing when I heard screaming and some crying outside my headphones. When I turn around I realize everyone is staring at me a few of them with expressions of outrage and bewilderment.
Tech: They seemed to think it inappropriate to keep the laptop sound on while I listened to my iPod. I apologized and offered to play my iPod through my laptop speakers seeing as the music worked really well for the video I was watching.
They declined.
Turning around further I saw a mother and daughter with horrified looks on their faces. Beside myself at being so callose I tried to comfort the daughter and explain "they're not all that big or bent" the daughter could only blink and the mother stammered.

Tech: Aparently watching porn with the sound blasting at blendz is frowned upon. I think there should be a sign

Thanks for the good laugh Chris, er... I mean Tech

Friday, January 16, 2009

Plagurism anyone?

I find it funny the way in which Wil Wheaton and others write blog entries as conversations with inanimate objects. It's not only funny, but also makes it really easy to explain a situation. So in the spirit of ripping off someone else's idea, here we go:
me: Finally, all this hard work has paid off and this script is done
linux: d00d, its only 137 lines of code
me: But they are 137 lines of glorious code!
linux: then why is it so easy to compile?
me: Because it's Perl!
linus: a real Perl programmer would have done it in 1 line
me: *sobs*

Ok, so not the best story ever written, but hey, its free! ciao

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Abolishment of the Mistake

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

"To err is human."

"If at first you don't succeed, try again."

All clichés that my millions of loyal readers have likely heard before. Why then is making a mistake so taboo today? Please don't take this as if I am trying to teach ans/or preach, I know that most of this is obvious. It's just that I see mistakes (or at least admitting to them) becoming extinct.

*** Warning - More clichés ahead! ***

I'm not suggestion that we should celebrate our errors, but rather we should remember shit happens. We should focus on repairing any damage done and learn from our mistakes. Seems rather simple and obvious right? Wrong.

Whenever a problem comes to light (usually well after the offence has taken place) everyone immediately starts pointing fingers. God forbid that someone fess up! How could they? After all, they were so diabolically clever in there plans to cover up the error! Fess up? Now!? C'mon!

Let's take a quick look at my quotes from above to see some of the obvious reasons FOR making and admitting to mistakes:
  • "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
    This would suggest that 'experience' is gained by slipping up. Yet another reason we NEED mistakes!
  • "To err is human."
    This one is pretty self-explanatory. Everyone f's up. You are not alone!
  • "If at first you don't succeed, try again."
    Trial and error is one of the best methods for solving certain puzzles. If we aren't afforded the right to stumble, we'll never learn to walk
We can't place all the blame on the hidden offender though. We should instead look at why they are so scared to be honest. I have found that every reaction has an equal and opposite reaction. If you (attempt to) cover up your mistake, it will always come back to bite you. If you instead admit that you made a human error and look for guidance on the next step to take, you'll be surprised how helpful people will be. They will be refreshed by your honesty! And guess what? If you start fixing the problem when it happens, you can usually avoid a lot of headaches that would occur if it were left unchecked. So again I ask, why lie? No seriously! It's not rhetorical... I want to hear your thoughts!

Maybe the most apt quote I can throw out as a conclusion would be "Common sense is far from common"

Oh, and I blame video games. ciao.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hello 2009!

Sorry for the lack of posting, but holidays kept me busy :D

So we made it. Another year endured and completed. I'm not one for official New Years resolutions (because they always fail anyways) but I am making some major changes for 2009.

The most important change being a new addition to the family. June 2 is the planned launch day, but the weather might cause a delay so we'll leave the launch window open. Not that anyone is ever prepared for having a kid, but I feel very little anxiety and lots of excitement for this. Saying goodbye to waking up in ditches or trying to jump over a drawbridge in a dirt bike is doable when I think about all the things I'll gain as a trade off.

The next big thing will be moving into a new place in February. Having a kid, buying a townhouse... welcome to being old!

The last thing will be getting surgery on my ACL... keeps getting postponed so who knows when it will actually get done, but I'm assuming sometime in the first 6 months of the year... Good times to be had by all...

Well, there's the necessary update. Maybe my next entry will be less update and more "hmmm....". ciao.