Tuesday, November 30, 2004

3200km, 200%

[recorded earlier today on my palm pilot]

I'm sitting at starbucks waiting for Kim to pick me up. My ride home ended with a load pop, something cut through my rear tire. I did 23km today, 11km short my usual round trip. On the up side I only needed 19km to pass the 3200km mark for 2004. That's 200% of my original goal for this year. Its more than the past 3 years put together. I think I can reward myself with a latte.

Yeah I know I made it sound like I had given up for the year at 2600km, but Nov has been nicer than November in Calgary should be, so I kept ridding. Course being Calgary the nice weather can go on and off like a light switch. Still I Only wiped out twice, I've learned that ice fog can freeze up break and shift cables in a couple of hours and I've doubled my goal for the year! Did I mention that?

- Peace

Saturday, November 27, 2004

bday/xmas list

My family finds me hard to shop for, so they've asked (demanded) a bday xmas list. so here it is.

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2 or the deluxe version

A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian D. McLaren

The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armand M. Nicholi Jr. and/or the DVD

The Divine Conspiracy : Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God by Dallas Willard

A Grief Observed by CS Lewis

Any book by Eugene Peterson that I haven't read. I've read: Under the Unpredictable Plant, A Long Obedience, Reversed Thunder, Leap Over a Wall and of course The Message.

Rhe one book that I haven't read by William Gibson: Patern Recognition. Infact this is a hold over from last years list.

I've held off getting DVDs for two of my favorite trilogies cause I knew there would be an ultimate box set coming. The wait is nearly over:

The Ultimate Matrix Collection (The Matrix / Reloaded / Revolutions / Revisited / The Animatrix)

The Lord of the Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy (Special Extended DVD Edition)

also good choices:
Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)

Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Edition)

Mozilla Star TShirt XXXL

BTW for those of you who are wondering my Bday is Dec 24.

- Peace

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

xtreame stationary bike!

Saw the xbike at the Family Leisure Centre, it's a staitionary bike designed for mountain bikers. I have no idea if this is a gimic or not, but I've heard it's quite the work out. Since the handle bars move side to side you need to work you uper body to stay balanced while riding, more like trail riding.

Word is that there will be a drop in class starting in Dec. I'm going to have to give that a try.

- Peace

Monday, November 22, 2004

U2 on SatNightLive

Rudy has posted an mpeg of U2 on SNL.

- Peace

Saturday, November 20, 2004

The Price of Power

No not a rant about how power corrupts, just thought I'd share that the software we've been working on since Feb. went live today.

One of the things I worked on was the code that sets the price of electricity in Alberta. The price range can have an impact of a proximetly $200,000 / hour. I had to be quite parinoid about that code.

- Peace

Naked Objects Framework

I'm attending the Western Canada Java Software Symposium this weekened, and was most impressed with David Thomas's presentation on Naked Objets as a way to Object Oriented Rapid Application Development. He talke about doing two minute iterations as opposed to two week interations. He also pointed it it can be a great way to gather requirements, even if you don't us the Naked Object UI in the final version.

- Peace

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

GNU Chess

Playing and being beaten by GNU Chess.

- Peace

Sunday, November 14, 2004

More than food

From Tim's post about Melba

My son Mark and I have stopped by River of Life Lutheran Church in north Minneapolis a number of times these past two weeks. They open their basement kitchen each weekday to Loaves and Fishes, a program that serves free supper meals between 5:30 and 6:30. We heard about the program through a couple from our church that has made this a nightly event for themselves. They hang out, some times eating, but always listening, and usually praying with those who are interested.

I've noticed something about the Salvation Army's Center of Hope here in Calgary. We're good at serving food to people, but we're not good at sharing a meal with people. I need to move from talk to action as the good people at River of Life Lutheran Church have done.

- Peace

Saturday, November 13, 2004

The Homeless in Uptown: Fear vs. Love

Jon Trott talks about the down side of his neighbourhood going from being one of the very poorest neighbourhoods in Chicago to one of the city's hottest real estate markets.

He includes this choice quote from a new neighbour

If city and park district services can eliminate rats and Asian beetles, why can't they eliminate homeless people who are determined to spoil our parks, threaten our health and safety?

Worth a read.

- Peace

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

25 Pseudo Random Obscure References

I've added a new feature to Who Reads What @ blogs4God. The system picks 25 items with only a single reference at random, well pseudo random at least, and lists them on the right hand side.

I just felt it would open things up a bit, away to spotlight stuff that otherwise would get overlooked. Enjoy!

- Peace

Calgary shelter residents stricken by Norovirus, tests show

Mystery solved. It was creepy to be down there knowing that something big was happening but not knowing what.

- Peace

Sunday, November 07, 2004

A Song (for Kyle)

Halo 2 is on the way

November 9th is the big day

With a BLAM BLAM here
And a BLAM BLAM there
Here a BLAM there a BLAM
Everywhere a BLAM BLAM

Halo 2 is on the way

as seen on Mustard on Your Leg, a blog without perma links!

Course I'm waiting for it to come out on PC cause I'm a PS2 fan, and I'm not getting an xbox just to play Halo.

- Peace

Illness strikes Calgary Drop In centre clients

Kim, Sarah and I went down to the Center of Hope to help serve supper. As we drove past the Calgary Drop In Center (DI for short) we couldn't help but notice several ambulances and polices vehicles out side the building.

When we arived at the Center of Hope we were told the DI was in lockdown, something unknown was making people sick. Food poisoning was the word from one lady, but she also added "you don't quarintine people for food poising". To be honest standing there with my wife and daughter I was a little worried about what I had brought them into. Yeah it was happening a few blocks away, but lot's of people go back and forth between the DI and the Sally Anne every day.

While serving food we heard all sorts of comments, one guy said he'd been held hostage for three hours, several people said at least one person had died, their had been officers in bio hazard suits. There was no way to know how much was true. It was sureal.

We were told that the Center had received a phone call from officials warning everyone to wash their hands cause that's how the virus was spead. I made sure Sarah washed her hands!

We're back home and feeling ok. Sarah didn't eat supper but I think that was psychosymptomatic . On the other hand she cleaned up her area around the computer, she may be sicker than I thouht.

- Peace

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Intel Kills Plans for Chip for Large-Screen TVs


The chip was designed to push the price of 50-inch projection TVs under $2,000.

So I guess I'll have to join Kris and just spend the money on a more expensive TV now.

- Peace

Friday, November 05, 2004

Vote? Explain Your Answer

an interesting if unworkable idea.

- Peace

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

You'd think I'd learn...

Ridding in November is dangerous. There's not enough ice to justify putting on a studded tire. Riding a studded tire for 15 km on bare pavement would just kill it. However, there is enough ice on the path in Fish Creek to be a pain in the knee, the knee that hit the ground hard after loosing my balance and traction on the ice. No major damage, but ouch!

On the upside I saw a group of nine deer crossing the road as I headed down into fish creek. And I saw one deer as I climbed up out of fish creek.

- Peace

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

A Revival in Calgary Prayer / Worship Meeting

[from my buddy Lonnie]

Saturday November 6 2004 1PM - 4PM
Rocky Mountain College
All Welcome
For More Info http://www.revivalcalgary.info

Myself (Lonnie Hartley) and (Kameron Robinson) from Axis (Center Street Church)
Have had it on our hearts to arrange this
We would like this, God willing to be a meeting of prayer and worship
to pray for revival in Calgary, That God will be in the forefront of
our Christian Lives and that he comes to the forefront of the lives of
non-Christians, a Re-awakening of Christianity in the hearts and minds
of people in Calgary.

Definition Of Revival :
A time of reawakened interest in religion. A meeting or series of
meetings for the purpose of reawakening religious faith, often
characterized by impassioned preaching and public testimony.

Renewed interest in religion, after indifference and decline; a period
of religious awakening; special religious interest.

And if you can't make it, Please pray about this, that it is a success.

Thank Your For Your Time