A Walk-through with Kathleen Connally

I don't know how I missed this video up until today...

Scrambled eggs in a mug

Last night I learned that scrambled eggs don't have to be made in a frying pan. It is also possible to microwave them in a mug, and get evenly cooked, fluffy scrambled eggs.

Passport Canada: Passport Cost

We're going to Hungary next month, and we have to jump through hoops to get Nikki's passport. They didn't accept her birth certificate, it was "void", so we have to wait until one arrives that cost us $65 because we added an extra $30 to the price to make sure it gets here in 5 business days. Anyway, back to the passport thing... Here's a beautiful document justifying why a Canadian passport costs $87CAD: http://www.ppt.gc.ca/support/faq.aspx?lang=eng&id=540
The fee for an adult passport is CAN$87. Of this amount, CAN$25 is used to recover the costs incurred by the Department of Foreign Affairs in providing consular services to Canadians abroad.

As for the remaining CAN$62, the breakdown is as follows:

- 47% towards security fees (e.g.: examination, guarantor checks)
- 43% towards production fees (e.g.: material, printing)
- 6% towards administration fees (e.g.: business sustaining)
Couple of questions arise:

1) Isn't the abbreviation for Canadian Dollars "CAD"

2) "For the remaining $62, the breakdown is as follows" ... 47%+43%+6% = 96% ... What? Where's the extra 4% going?

3) Let's forget the mistakes on the site, do our taxes not already pay for government employees to sit on their ass and do their job? Or is their job strictly to sit on their ass and collect good money? Any "actual" work gets added on and broken down into 47%=THEIR already paid manual labour, 43% WE pay for their ink and paper and 6% administration fee a.k.a. just to round it off to 100% .. or wait...

What a bunch of bull.

Recently Announced Projects in Niagara

Dave and I had an idea years and years ago about a website that would show projects in the Niagara region. This new government site is close to it, but not quite as detailed as what we had in mind.

Coldfusion Ordinalize

Quick function to display ordinal date in cfml (eg: 1st, 2nd, 3rd)
<cffunction name='ordinalize'>
 <cfargument name='day' required='yes'>
  <cfif day eq 1 or day eq 21 or day eq 31>
   <cfreturn day&"st">
  <cfelseif day eq 2 or day eq 22>
   <cfreturn day&"nd">
  <cfelseif day eq 3 or day eq 23>
   <cfreturn day&"rd">
   <cfreturn day&"th">

The Boneyard

I would've never thought that a place like this exists.
Map: http://jui.cc/ub, Homepage: http://pimaair.org/

Mixi sleeps

Nikki found her sleeping like this today.

She's been known to sleep in weird positions.

Canada wins gold

In case you weren't following, Canada just won gold against USA. Our friend Mr. Varga was on the edge of his seat.

jui.cc update

I made a bit of a change to jui.cc. When you go to a jui.cc URL, it'll now display a bar at the top of the page with the contents of the URL below it. For example, see the jui.cc URL for my site: http://jui.cc/1

Galen R. Frysinger

This static site probably took a long time to build. But beyond that, note this guy's résumé.

2010 Autoshow

Miles of MUTE photographed the 2010 Canadian International Autoshow for a Torontoist article. Great job, Miles.

Prince Japanese Steakhouse

I had the Salmon Teriyaki -- delicious!

Google Street View hits Welland

Looks like most of the area is covered now. Drag the little guy above the zoom slider onto Welland.

Dancing dog

This dog dances better than I do.

Orbán Viktor speech live

Peter and his coworkers over at Virgo have been working all week to get a flash project working that will stream their former prime minister's speech live (2010-02-05 14:00 GMT).. It has a live twitter feed and has voting capabilities. As a programmer, stuff like this is exciting when it's on such a large scale: http://backchannel.virgo.hu/

ISO Paper Sizes

A1, A2, A3, A4 .. etc etc. My cousin asked for some A4 size prints today and I had no idea what that actually is... so for the North American folk, here's a conversion chart lifted from Wikipedia:

ISO paper sizes in inches
Format A B C
0 33.1 × 46.8 39.4 × 55.7 36.1 × 51.1
1 23.4 × 33.1 27.8 × 39.4 25.5 × 36.1
2 16.5 × 23.4 19.7 × 27.8 18.0 × 25.5
3 11.7 × 16.5 13.9 × 19.7 12.8 × 18.0
4 8.3 × 11.7 9.8 × 13.9 9.0 × 12.8
5 5.8 × 8.3 6.9 × 9.8 6.4 × 9.0
6 4.1 × 5.8 4.9 × 6.9 4.5 × 6.4
7 2.9 × 4.1 3.5 × 4.9 3.2 × 4.5
8 2.0 × 2.9 2.4 × 3.5 2.2 × 3.2
9 1.5 × 2.0 1.7 × 2.4 1.6 × 2.2
10 1.0 × 1.5 1.2 × 1.7 1.1 × 1.6

Hungary 2010

I bought 2 tickets to Hungary today. They are for April. Apparently weather is nice there late April. Anyway, we're pretty excited! This will be my second visit within 2 years.

Stages of a photographer

Click on image to enlarge. Origin unknown.

BroadCom GB LAN

You gotta admire this program's Engrish...

Oh grade 10 finite, how you still haunt me

I first heard about the Monty Hall Problem in grade 10 finite class... And I never understood it... Then I forgot about it. Somehow I just thought of it and realized I still don't understand. Thanks to the Wikipedia article and its illustrations, I finally get it.

Welcome to yet another "duh" moment of my life! :)

Dreamhost: Wordpress page redirection loop error

I learned something last night.. I had to move a Wordpress site from one domain to another on Dreamhost. I read online that you have to create a fresh install of Wordpress on the new domain, then copy the wp-content folder over from the old domain. Finally you have to reconfigure the wp-config.php file on the new domain to point to the old database. I did all those steps and it was still coming back with a "redirection loop error"; the site caused an infinite loop for whatever reason and was not loading.. I messed around with the .htaccess file, I went in to each table in the database to make sure the old domain wasn't referenced anywhere... no luck. Finally I went back in to the Dreamhost control panel, to the Manage Domains section (https://panel.dreamhost.com/index.cgi?tree=domain.manage&) and edited the Web Hosting options for the new domain..

The solution was on this page. It has a section on there that asks "Do you want the www in the URL?" with the options "Leave it alone", "add www" and "remove www" ... I noticed that it was set to "add www" so I changed it to "leave it alone" and the Wordpress site finally started working.
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