Archive for January, 2006

Alphabetic animals

Monday, January 30th, 2006

The weekend project:

one old (highschool era) work of art
+ a colour scanner/printer
+ a couple of frames from Big Lots
+ pliers, tape, Stanley knife

= baby room decorations!

Now all I need to do is figure out which animal represents the letter “U”.


Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Friday night I played my first game of Go. It’s the kind of game where somebody just a little better than you can handily beat you, and my friend at work is a lot better than “absolute beginner”. His highest rating has been 3 kyu, which I think is saying something (beginners start at 30 kyu and approach 0 as they get better).

But it seems like a really good game. Perhaps I’ll get the hang of it after a few hundred games.

PS. Got ALSA sound working in Cedega. Bit crackly, but it mixes now!

E3 to enforce booth babe dress code

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, this year E3 plans to more stringently apply the dress code. No nudity, semi-nudity or bikini bottoms, on pain of a verbal warning, then $5000 fine and ejection from the show.

Booo! Does this mean I’m going to have to take photos of screens this year? That never works out well. Actually, I don’t think there were many transgressions last year. There is also the point that E3 and the tech tradeshow scene in general is a good financial boost to many aspiring actresses, models, and local students, so I hope this puritanism doesn’t impinge on that.

These girls work hard and they aren’t just eye candy: in the better booths (e.g. Nintendo) they explain how the games work and demo the games during slow periods. I don’t know how strictly these rules will be applied, exactly, but I’m hoping crop-tops and miniskirts (ideal gaming wear for a day of DDR in a hot tradeshow?) are still OK. And anyone that wants to see nudity can as always just head over the road into the car park for the seedier side of gaming.

VPNing and baby stuff…

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

On Friday night I managed to get the VPN connection to the office working so I can now use remote desktop to get in and check my email.

Today I went down to the store with the help of a friend with an SUV to pick up the crib. It was even bigger than I thought and we ended up having to go get straps and attach it to the roofrack. But we got it back here safely and it's now sitting in the baby's room waiting to be assembled.

The part of the changing table that was broken also arrived in the mail and I was able to mount the last drawer. So now we have taken care of all the major items: car seat, stroller, crib, changing table, glider & ottoman. Today we went down to Babies'R'Us and picked up various other stuff: bath, nappy bag, crib sheets, etc. The only biggish thing we have left to get is the play “yard” (as they are called in these hem-hem enlightened times); we hefted a bunch of them in BRU to get an idea, but will probably end up ordering it online.

But it's not all work, work, work; at least not yet. Today I also picked up a copy of Beyond Good and Evil on PS2, and Ninja Gaiden Black on XBox.

It starts…

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Spent most of the morning putting together the new changing table and rocker/glider. Gearing up for approx. 20 more years of toil :).

I must say, the changing table is possibly the highest quality flatpack furniture I've ever seen. Quite the cut above. It was my best furniture-assembling experience yet.

A wizard wheeze

Monday, January 16th, 2006

1. Spend several years cultivating the image of someone who is not especially afraid of spiders and who will be perfectly happy to pick them up (with bare hands if need be) and put them outside, should any be found around the house. NB. It helps if you are actually comfortable doing this.

2. Have a sibling, friend or partner who is quite scared of spiders.

3. Buy a bag of on-the-vine tomatoes. Remove the stalk from one. Save tomato for salad, bruschetta, whatever takes your fancy. But that's not the important bit right now. That stalk looks a bit like a (quite big) spider, doesn't it? Not under close scrutiny of course, but when seen at speed or out of the corner of one's eye it could be quite convincing…

4. Just as “the mark” is entering the room, act like you have just picked something up off the floor. Cup your hands around the stalk like you would a spider.

5. Stand up and show hands (closed) to the mark. Wave hands threateningly (still closed) in general direction of the mark. Mark will become somewhat agitated, saying things like “Oi, no, take it away! Don't you dare!” etc.

6. Open hands and throw “spider” in direction of the mark. Hilarity ensues.

Mustn't forget….

Friday, January 13th, 2006

…to eat the mince pies!

Also: recruiting mixer last night. Feeling good about hiring a network engineer…


Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Apparently it’s a sort of celebration of video games. So I am wondering what to do about it… I could just carry on as normal and spend my Saturday playing games (*cough* WoW *cough*)? I could get out some of the old ones (at least, the ones that can run on 120V/NTSC)? Or I could come in to work that day, and make my gaming contribution that way. Mrs Elbeno might not like that though.

Any gaming friends I might hook up with (with the possible exception of , but I don’t think he plays games much, at least post-1990 games) are a non-trivial distance away.

Answers on a postcard, please…

That's it for another year

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

The visiting family have left the Elbeno household, the remaining bits of Xmas fare that didn't get eaten are being thrown away, past their sell-by date, Santa Claus is Ebaying the list of naughty girls, and I get to pack up the decorations for another year.

As we enter the new year the proto-Elbeno is starting to make demands on my time already… shopping for crib, changing table, stroller, and the rest.

Physics joke

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Werner Heisenberg, having been delayed at the airport on his way to an important physics conference, is speeding down the road in his hire car when he sees a flashing blue light in his mirror and hears that familiar siren noise. He wearily pulls over, winds down the window, and shortly the police officer approaches.

“Excuse me sir, do you know how fast you were going?” says the policeman. And of course Werner replies…

“No officer, but I know exactly where I am!”