April 29, 2004

Another reason to hate MS

It's bad enough Outlook Express sends messages in HTML by default, causing endless embarrassment [yes, I tracked down how to turn that feature off], but they also have text wrapping turned on by default. So if you're typing along, doing the text wrapping yourself, the damn POS will totally mangle your nicely formatted text when you actually send it. You won't even realize your message looked like shit when you sent it unless you open the sent message in your 'sent items' folder. Et le coup de gras, you can't turn it off! There is no option to turn text wrapping off. I tried setting text wrapping to '0', thinking that might work, but no, it rejects that number saying 'text wrapping must be between 32 to 132' or some such shite. [totally unrelated, but somebody said 'shite' on a major US network the other night, sorry can't remember which one, but don't they realize 'shite' is just another way of saying 'shit'? or am I wrong?] Anyway, I'm hoping I can find a registry hack to turn it off. I know, I should just not wrap text myself and let the program do it, but it's a hard habit to break. And it should be up to me, not BFG.

Posted by Fungii at 11:01 PM

April 27, 2004

Here it comes now

Tonight .. Rain beginning this evening changing to snow overnight. Occasional blowing snow overnight. Wind west 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming north 50 gusting to 70 this evening. Low minus 1.
Wednesday .. Snow ending in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Amount 10 to 15 cm. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 30 in the afternoon. High plus 5. UV index 3 or moderate
Noooooo! I really hate the "Amount 10 to 15 cm" part. It's got to be a typo, it's got to be a typo! Please be a typo! :(

Update: Woke up this morning, and there's no snow, the streets are perfectly dry. What a relief! :)

Posted by Fungii at 06:00 PM

April 25, 2004

Working Weekend

I told somebody I'd have this database/web interface thingy done this weekend, so I've been busy trying to get it done. But I don't think I'm going to have it finished in time. Most of it's done, entries are entered in the database, I learned how to set and retrieve cookies, which I used on the page to make re-entering information over and over again unnecessary. And I set it up so form results get displayed in a seperate iframe, so the user can stay on the same page and keep entering info on the form. Argh, what a pain, I'm going to try to get at least the start of the database search function done tonight. Or try, I'm feeling soooo tired. :(

Posted by Fungii at 10:10 PM

April 24, 2004

Brachypelma boehmei

Brachypelma boehmeiI heard the local pet shop had some Mexican fireleg spiderlings for sale, so I just had to get one. For $50.00, it was a decent deal. They also had some Avicularia versicolor spiderlings, but they were very small. I didn't want to risk buying one and having it die, like the last one I had did. Plus I couldn't afford it. Maybe next time.

Posted by Fungii at 02:16 PM

April 17, 2004

Thrixopelma puriens

Peruvian green velvetOops, one more. Thrixopelma puriens, and a cricket. Not sure if the cricket survived the photo op. ;)

Posted by Fungii at 09:05 PM

Male Grammostola grossa

The old manAnd lastly, here's my male Grammostola grossa. I've had him for a year and a half, and he was an adult when I got him. This is the longest I've had a male T live. He seems healthy. And hairy.

Posted by Fungii at 08:14 PM

Haplopelma lividum

Cobalt blueHere's my Haplopelma lividum. She hasn't eaten any crickets since she's molted, nor has she dug a burrow again. I'm getting a little worried about her!

Posted by Fungii at 08:07 PM

Male B. emilia

HurtMexican redlegHere's my male Brachypelma emilia. The first picture shows where he was bleeding. The blue spot is where he was bleeding from his leg, the red spot is where he was bleeding from his abdomen. I checked him out today, there is still a bit of liquid beaded up on his abdomen. I hope he survives, I have a hot date for him when he's all grown up!

Posted by Fungii at 08:00 PM

Female B. emilia

Chubby GrlllHere's my female Brachypelma emilia. She's looking fat and healthy. :)

Posted by Fungii at 07:52 PM

April 16, 2004

Male emilia

I came home today and took a look at my male Brachypelma emilia when I noticed a bit of liquid on his abdomen and leg. I'm so mad, at the stupid spider for hurting himself and at myself for leaving him in a cage that was too tall. He must have fallen and hurt himself. I'm waiting for him to mature so I can try breeding him with my female emilia, so I really don't want him to die. Argh! I switched him to a shallower cage and now I'm just waiting to see if he'll recover. It didn't look too bad, just a couple little droplets. This spider has really pissed me off lately, it has refused to eat any crickets since he's molted a few months ago. While his abdomen is fairly plump for a male, I know it will shrink a lot the next time he molts if he doesn't eat anything. Little bastard.

He reminds me of a male B. smithi I had a few years back. That little bastard refused to eat any crickets and his abdomen was very small after molting into an adult. He only lived for a few months after his final molt. The thing is, I had him in the same kind of tall cage, and I never noticed him hurting himself even tho he was always climbing the sides. I suppose he could have hurt himself and I never noticed.

Posted by Fungii at 07:39 PM

April 14, 2004


Ack! It's snowing! And we're supposed to get as much as 10cm of the white crap today. How depressing! :(

Posted by Fungii at 07:56 AM

April 13, 2004

Go to hell, Helene

''Officials at Heritage Canada, in tandem with Industry Canada, will soon meet to draft legislation to amend a loophole in the Copyright Act that permits music downloading," Ms. Schérrèr said in a recent interview. In addition, the minister will push to have the federal government ratify two international treaties that protect the ownership of copyright materials.

Heritage minister Helene Schrerrer declares that she will table legislation to crack down on music downloading. How predictable. And pathetic. Apparently, she was 'motivated' by discussions she had at the Junos with Canadian music industry officials. Hello. On a day when a poll is released that shows the Liberals continuing to lose ground, this isn't exactly the smartest thing to put out there. You're supposed to represent the people, not the spoiled brats in the music industry. Bitch.

The CRIA filed an appeal today of the ruling making file sharing legal.

It is becoming apparent that stopping file sharing may be technologically impossible. It is the nature of the Internet. Legal challenges effectively shut down Napster in 2002, so it's demonstrably possible to stop centrally controlled digital-music piracy through legal means. However, stopping peer-to-peer distribution may not be possible by technical or legal means.
That quote is from the Heritage Canada site. So they're going to enact legislation that they realize from the get-go is doomed to failure. What an incredible waste of time. The music industry will get their 29 sacrificial lambs, and it won't change a damn thing.

Here's some contact info I got from here. I hope it's current.

Hélène Chalifour Scherrer
Minister of Canadian Heritage
Room 511-S
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Fax: (819) 994-1267
Email: Scherrer.H@parl.gc.ca

Lucienne Robillard
Minister of Industry
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Email: Robillard.L@parl.gc.ca

House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage
c/o Clerk, Rémi Bourgault
House of Commons
Pîèce/Room 640, 180 Wellington
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone : (613) 947-6729
Fax : (613) 947-9670
Email: HERI@parl.gc.ca

Posted by Fungii at 06:23 PM

April 09, 2004

Upgrading MT

Trying to upgrade to MT 2.661. It's fucked up all my plugins and crap, as per usual. Will try to get it back to normal eventually. I needed to upgrade because I wanted to install the spam filter thing that only works with 2.6X versions of MT. What a pia.

Update: finally got most of my stuff back to normal. My plugins work again. And I installed the MT Blacklist plugin so hopefully I won't be getting so much spam anymore. I was really getting sick of deleting that shit every day.

Posted by Fungii at 12:05 PM

April 08, 2004

Calgary Pix

Facing West - CalgaryFacing Directly West - CalgaryFacing Northwest - Calgary A couple days ago I had a delivery for Western Oil Sands at 2400-440-2 Avenue SW. There was nobody at the front desk so I took a look out their bigass windows. Nice view. I took a few pictures and here's all of them. It was a nice day but crazy windy, I was cleaning dirt out of my eyes and ears when I got home. [when it's really windy, dirt gets blown around, right into my face!]
The chubby building on the right [in the first pic] is the Shaw Court building. [Shaw is my ISP] You can't see it very clearly in this picture, but it has a combination of glass and granite [concrete?] on its facade, kinda funky. I go there every morning to do a pickup from IBM. They suck, it's never ready.

Posted by Fungii at 07:08 PM

April 07, 2004

Good Thursday

I have to do three pickups first thing in the morning tomorrow, plus pickup bagels and doughnuts. And it's supposed to rain. Ugh, I think it's going to be a long day tomorrow. But Friday's a holiday, so woohoo, three day long weekend. I just hope my Blackberry works better than it did today, half my messages didn't come through till hours later. Luckily I had my messages forwarded to my Shaw account, and I had a script setup to access that account via the web browser on my BB. So I did manage to get most of my messages in a reasonable amount of time. Rogers sux!

Posted by Fungii at 11:11 PM

April 06, 2004

You are here

When the 40,000 subscribers to Reason, the monthly libertarian magazine, receive a copy of the June issue, they will see on the cover a satellite photo of a neighborhood - their own neighborhood. And their house will be graphically circled.

Putting 40,000 Readers, One by One, on a Cover

Huh, cool!
Well no, not cool.
But cool!

Posted by Fungii at 08:14 AM

April 05, 2004

New Accounts

I started doing stuff for a new account today, and tomorrow I have to talk to some other people about them using me for their courier work too. Woohoo! I just hope they give me enough business to make it worthwhile. Doing billing is getting to be a real pain, so many little accounts.

Posted by Fungii at 11:08 PM

April 03, 2004

Re-test all drivers

Our Alberta government wants to re-test all drivers. This has to be the stupidest idea I've ever heard. They've already passed the driver test, what the hell makes them think it would be any different the second time around? The problem isn't that people don't know the rules of the road, it's just that some people choose not to follow them. Re-testing won't change a damn thing. And the cost, there must be millions of drivers in this province! I think the money would be better spent on healthcare, education, roads, and beer. Just a ridiculous idea.

Posted by Fungii at 02:10 PM

Default = Nickelback

After listening to two Default albums, I am convinced you could make a mix CD of Default and Nickelback, 50/50, and you would never know it had two different bands on it. Too bad these two bands only know how to play the exact same song over and over again...

Posted by Fungii at 01:50 PM