Monday, May 19, 2003

Bacardi Ciclon

Here at Spine.cx, we feel that it is important to provide the viewing public with not only reviews of frivolous things like CDs, movies, and pop bottles on the street, but also important things like alcohol. It is with that sentiment that I give to you the first Spine.cx review of an alcholic beverage: the brand new (at least to me) Bacardi Ciclon (there's an accent or something over that 'o', but I don't know how to do that. Anyway, it's pronounced "see'-clone"). It is "Bacardi gold rum infused with blue agave tequila and a natural lime flavour".

Click inside for the review.

Well, I guess the first thing to do is smell it. I'll just crack open the bottle here...Mmmm. It smells pretty good. Maybe I'll just have a taste. *sip* I think we have a winner. This stuff tastes pretty damn good just on its own...I find my mind racing to think about what this would mix well with. For any of you who have tried Bacardi Limon, it's a little like that, but you can definately taste the tequila in it; not overpowering tequila, as I'm sure some of you are definately thinking, but rather the nice subtle tequila, like you'd find in a marguarita. I love saying that: Marguarrrrita! Salsa! Chi Chi Rodriguez!

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I believe I shall try Sprite as a mix. *Pour* *Mix* And the verdict is good after the first sip. I think it's the artificial lime in the sprite that blends well with the artificial lime in the alcohol. I could really get into this stuff sitting on the beach, with a lot of hot chicks around. Or as a backup, I could really get into this stuff sitting in my room typing on my computer, which is basically what I'm doing now. It's a poor substitute for option #1.

This stuff is very smooth. Not a bad aftertaste or anything. I think I would buy it again, perhaps in a larger quantity, so I get, like, more of it.

So anyway, tune in next time for my review of Baja Tango, kind of like Baja Rosa, but made with oranges instead of strawberries.

Steve gives
Bacardi Ciclon
Thumbs Up!
P.S. If there are any people reading this from any large liquor corporations that would like to donate some product, and maybe get a favourable review, *nudge* *wink*, I can be reached by email 24/7.

Friday, May 16, 2003

I am the champion

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and I guess they were right about that one. Being at work when you don't want to be there; on a Friday afternoon; when it's sunny outside; can make your mind do weird things. We invented a new sport: Carpet Surfing.

See, we recently had our office renovated and we got brand new cubicles. They suck. They were designed by sadists. Ergonomic they are not. Their keyboard trays were attached to the desks via hydraulic arms that any person of substantial height could not help but continuously smash their knees against upon sitting down. So they were promptly removed.

Step 1. Run and jump onto a keyboard tray and slide acrosss the carpet. Go for distance. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit.

So far, I have the record.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Camping trip 2003 redux

Just letting everyone know that the group campsite at Blomidon has been booked for the weekend of August 1st through the 4th for around 20 people. So if you care, you should make sure you can get that Friday (August 1st) off.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, you may want to reference the previous article that was posted on this subject. Also, you should let us know that you intend to be there, so we can make different arrangements if need be.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Somebody's getting a littering ticket

So, I'm standing on Hollis Street, minding my own business when out of nowhere, this truck drives by and starts dumping empty plastic bottles of every sort all over the road right in front of Province House. And NOT by accident. Nearly the entire street was covered. Luckily, crack Spine.cx reporter Raymond Seto was there with his camera.

Check out the photos inside.

Monday, May 12, 2003

The only thing worse than software problems...

Are hardware problems.

I was very happy to finally get a new, up-to-date machine (2.4 GHz P4) machine at work last week, complete with a shiny new 40 Gb hard drive. I installed the newly-gold Windows Server 2003 and the slew of applications that I need to do my job and I was off to the races. Everything was going smoothly until I came in Monday morning and pressed a key to break the machine out of its screen-saver hibernation. Beep! Reboot. Fuck.

Half an hour of trying unsuccessfully to boot, I gave up. Shortly thereafter, I began hearing strange clicking noises coming from the drive. Ack. Another drive, another install of W2K3, and the better part of a of a day later, I'm back where I started, pretty much the same, save a large ball of cynicism I've yet to remove from my ass.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time I have had a drive fail on me, but all that have failed have been Western Digitals. Typically, at home, I would buy Fujitsu, but I'm told that they don't make desktop drives anymore, is that correct? Right now, at work, I have a Seagate, and at home, I have a WD (it was a present) and a Quantum.

What does the population at large recommend for hard drives? Has anyone else out there experienced the craptactular experience that is a hard drive failure? Did you have backups? ;) What drives have good warranties now? Which ones have the best MTBF (mean time between failures)?

I'm curious.

Saturday, May 3, 2003

Ads?! WTF!?

I have taken a big step with the website today. I decided to try offering textual ads for sale on Spine.cx. I don't really see any reason why it would piss anyone off, but that's what I find myself worrying about. It's not like they're as bad as banner ads, or popunders, or those ones that seem to float across what you're trying to read. The last thing I want to become is one of those Internet hypocrites who goes on and on about free this and open source that, and then turn around and start having huge, gaudy ads on my site. That would really be offensive to me.

Hopefully, textual ads will be a happy medium; they'll don't attract much undue attention and they're only on the right side, so if you're not looking for them, they'll stay out of your way :)

Also, I bought a new keyboard for my PDA. I wrote this article on it. It is hard to get used to typing on it because it's even smaller than a laptop keyboard. I suppose that I will get used to it though. It's a hell of a lot easier than trying to write all of this in Graffiti. The worst thing is that the right shift key is just a *little* too far to the right. Where I would reach for the right shift key with my pinky on a normal keyboard is the 'cursor up' key on this one. For size and weight, it's fantastic. Lighter than the PDA itself, it folds up to be not much bigger than than the PDA. It becomes its own case. The PDA/keyboard combination is WAY easier to lug around than a laptop. Granted, there are more than a few things that you can on a laptop that you can't on a PDA, but for the difference in weight and ease of manipulation, I'll take the PDA any day.

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