Thursday, September 29, 2005

Juggers and Replicants

I had a great time with everyone at the Roastery. Rainswept and Starcat were already there for a while before Handwing and I arrived on our bikes. The conversation was whimsical with a dose of nostalgia thrown in for good measure. I'm sure that is why RS posted his fav movie list as several of them were topics of brief discussion. Rutger Hauer was the man of the evening. If we had known in advance, I could have contacted him to see if he was available for a keynote or something.

I'm going to be seeing Serenity tomorrow night--with or with out you, aa haa. Wendy is going with me, as are my cousin David an (I think) Handwing and perhaps Mrs. 'Wing too. Probably an early show. If you want to sit with us, let me know so we can meet up. Damn! I still don't know what theatre it will be at. We'll just have to wing it. I'll update tomorrow...

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

My Bookmarks - if you care


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Google Maps
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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RhymeZone rhyming dictionary and thesaurus
AltaVista's Babel Fish Translation Service
The Encyclopedia of Arda
Canada Post - business/personal
Saskatoon Airport Authority - Flight Info - Arrivals


GRUB Manual: Commands
Google Search: howto mouse config xfree86 debian
Gentoo Linux Documentation -- The X Server Configuration HOWTO
how do i setup a scroll wheel mouse in xfree86 4.0.x?

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Weather Forecast - news
Little Scratches
Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters
Penny Arcade!

Kids - Crafts and Learning

Kid's Page Archive - free printable worksheets for preschool - fifth grade.
Tracing paper for writing practice - Coloring Pages - Printable Pages
FREE Coloring Pages - Coloring Page Fun
Kids Domain - Crafts
DLTK's Printable Crafts for Kids
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tv listings

TV Listings - Global - - CTV News, Shows and Sports -- Canadian Television - Program Guide - Daily Schedule

Family Sites

James Journal
Diakuw dayhome
Quest Swiki

Fun in Saskatoon

What To Do In Saskatoon
VHQ - The Video Store With More!
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Saskatoon Road Runners Association - runners, walkers, and wheelchair racers; weekly runs; race schedules, results; membership information
Saskatoon Public Library


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FreewarePalm: the one and only site for downloading freeware files for PalmOS handhelds.


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Hall Of Light - - the database of amiga games
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Jaybee's AmigaInABox!
LeChuck's - English
Aminet at

Download Skype for Windows
Panasonic Consumer Electronics - Live Manuals
The Order of the Stick - by Rich Burlew
Space Tree the Space Tree
mininova : TV shows > Star-Trek The Next Generation

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Art Apreciation

I like to think of myself as a strange combination of strict and lenient. I am willing to let my children do things that often will make others shudder with fear or loathing or both -- for a variety of reasons. Yet, at the same time, I require them to hold themselves to behavioral guidelines that many adults I know find distasteful or just plain impossible. I don't do it for the shock value. There is a method to the madness, as it were. So you will have to take my word for it that during the taking of these pictures, Reid and Anwyn were models of perfect behavior [and me too ;) ] with the singular exception that they were climbing all over pieces of artwork.
Notice how I am in none of these pictures? That is 'cause I would never do such things...

September 7th was a beautiful day. I wanted to test out the new trailer that my grant money (hope, hope) was going to pay for. And I was begining to miss the time that would not come again; Reid and Anwyn were to start Kindergarten in just two days. In desperation I took them on a lovely and long bike ride along the riverbank. We talked about the wier, played some sliding games on a cool staircase and eventually made our way to the outdoor art gallery.

I hope to do it again as soon as I am able, but I sure hope to take a better camera! Well, it's better than no camera. Lets hear it for my trusty Sony Clie UX50.

And lets hear it for daycare providers...

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Musical Tuesday

So, we are already ahead of schedule on our quest to watch the run of Firefly before the movie comes out at the end of the month. I took that as a cue to do something a bit different this week.

I was feeling guilty that I hadn't managed to go listen to Kyro at his doo a few weeks back. The least I could do is listen to some of what makes his world go round. What a treat! Kyro, that is some great stuff. I enjoyed them all quite well, but particularly "Stream of Consciousness". Please keep us informed of your next chance to perform. I will try a bit harder to attend.

After making Vin listen to the afore mentioned tracks, we spun a few old AMIGA tunes: Blood Money, Shadow of the Beast, and Cannon Fodder are among my favorites. They are .mod files and you will need an Amiga, or failing that, winamp, or something akin to listen to them. I showed him a few ancient family pics that I have been editing for our grandmother, including this great one of my Dad and his owl. Farley Mowat, eat your heart out! That lead to a discussion about vanity and peoples obsessions with photographs and a rant from Vin about the internet making things too easy for people. Like the Greeks of old, Vin yearned for Agon, or The Struggle, to make his life worth while.

Hot coffee was needed and after heading back upstairs, we watched a single episode of FF-- Ariel, before calling it an early night at a paltry 10:05pm. If you were here, I'm sure we would have stayed up much later and had a terrific conversation.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Summer is Dying Fast

Quite a few exciting things have been happening...

James and I, with the help of David and Matthew gutted Jim's PS2 in an attempt to add a mod-chip allowing him to play games of Asian origin. The theory sounded simple enough, but when it came time to do the soldering -- wow! We manged the 15 solders to the chip just fine, but on the motherboard was entirely different. I guess we needed specialized tools because the places we were expected to solder to were about 5 times smaller than I could imagine doing with our tools. We have enlisted help and I will let you know how it turns out.

I've been painting the trim on our house. Fans may notice that the "Bunisher", courtesey Brad Sawatzky, is helping out.Almost, but not quite, done. The rain has put a halt to production. Fortunately, I managed to get the front door done. I'm insanely pleased with it. Those of you who don't remember the boring and offensive original can be reminded here. I think the black and silver hammered finnish look smart and sexy. The Bunisher agrees.