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Archive for January 2009

Midweek limericks

Some of my favourites:

There once was a man from Nantucket
whose walrus oh so luved its bukket.
One day walrus groaned,
it had just gotten pwned;
Said the lolcat “O HAI, I JUST TUK IT”.

There once was a [person] from [place]
Whose [body part] was [special case].
When [event] would occur,
It would cause [him or her]
To violate [law of time/space].

There once was a man named Bertold
Who drank beer when the weather grew cold
As he reached for his cup…
Oh, snap! You just got limerickrolled!

All these and more at LimerickDB: Top 150.

Bonus recommendation:

After reading all the acclaim poured over World of Goo, I downloaded the demo on my Mac. It’s a series of physics puzzles that reminds me a lot of Fantastic Contraption.

I wound up buying the game, as WiiWare instead of as a computer game. It sits in your Wii menu looking like a channel. The WiiWare version costs $15 (the computer versions are $20) but you can only buy Wii points in multiples of $10. The WiiWare game won’t allow to play player-built new levels, which sucks and isn’t mentioned on the game’s home page. The FAQ states: “The WiiWare supports up to 4 players in a ‘pick up ‘n’ play’ co-op mode. The PC version has online leaderboards for each individual level. Other than that, they’re the same.”

No, they’re not.

Pricier than expected

Back in September, I parked on a street near Concordia before one of my classes. A month or so later, a letter from the City of Montreal informed me that I’d parked next to a construction zone and had received a taicket, and that it was time to pay the $42 or go to court over it.

I hadn’t found a ticket on my car, and I didn’t recall any signage indicating a construction zone, although I vaguely remembered some of that flexible, soft-plastic, orange fencing set up on a nearby lawn. Maybe that was it. Regardless, I had no evidence with which to fight this ticket, so I had to pay. I couldn’t fight the man over this and expect to win, unlike last time.

I asked Elvi to pay it online for me, which she did promptly.

Last week, we received another letter from the city, telling us that we lost our court case and now had to pay $95. Say what?

Our credit card shows our payment, but Elvi never received a confirmation e-mail. She called the city agents and they said that without the case number of the e-mail we did not get, they have no way of connecting our payment to our ticket, despite the fact that we got no other tickets last fall (as far as I know).

So we’re screwed. We paid the $42 ticket in October and while the city has the cash, the authorities say there’s no evidence for why they have the money. Now, we have to send them another $95.

I’m going to call VISA tomorrow and try to straighten this out. It’s freaking theft.

Bonus ticket:

Friday night, the Montreal Juniors held a promotion for NDG hockey in which kids wearing their hockey sweaters got in free. My ticket cost $15. That’s not a bad deal, and when you factor in the loss of Child Three’s gloves (well, one of them) and the parking ticket I got for parking in a long, long line of other cars that also got tickets (there was a single sign at the end of the block), it’s still less expensive than a Habs game.

Keeping tabs

We spent New Year’s Eve and most of New Year’s Day on the outskirts of Cornwall, Ont. Most of our time was spent watching kids play Wii or eating.

It’s nice to do something special.

I found a job posting that fits me perfectly and I would absolutely love to do it, so I applied. I’m bound to never hear from them.

And now, to complete this random assortment of minor notes, allow me to present you with a copy of one of the very first five images to appear on the World Wide Web.

From Wikipedia:

Back in 1992, after their show at the CERN Hardronic Festival, my colleague Tim Berners-Lee asked me for a few scanned photos of “the CERN girls” to publish them on some sort of information system he had just invented, called the “World Wide Web”. I had only a vague idea of what that was, but I scanned some photos on my Mac and FTPed them to Tim’s now famous “”. How was I to know that I was passing an historical milestone, as the one above was the first picture ever to be clicked on in a web browser!

Every click…
...contributes to world domination.