Tuesday, February 20, 2007
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Monday, February 12, 2007
Getting into Scotch isn't as easy as getting into wine, mainly because a bottle of the former is several times more expensive than one of the latter. Scotch also has at least as many idiosyncratic adjectives as wine, trading 'plum' and 'cherry' for 'woody' and 'peaty'. It's an odd experience to learn these terms. It's kind of like when you were in pre-school (or earlier) when you were first learning colours -- You can't really understand what exactly 'red' is until somebody shows you a stop sign, so the only way to be able to talk to another Scotch drinker about what you're tasting and experiencing is to try a whole bunch of different Scotches. That in itself can be a bit exciting and more than a bit frustrating.
So far, I've tried GlenFiddich, Oban, Dalwhinnie, and Lagavulin, and I've discovered that I'm partial to the ones that are described as 'peaty', particularly Lagavulin and Oban. Anybody else a Scotch drinker? What are your favourites?
Whilst shopping for wares in the grocery store, I came upon a bottle of lemonade that I had never seen before. I was taken by the friendly, lemon-shaped head on the bottle. I had to have it.
Pucker up lemonade, not only makes their URL remarkably hard to find on the bottle, but is remarkably good lemonade to boot. At $1.99 / 473 ml, it's not cheap, but people are paying just about that much for the same amount of water these days.
Best line from the bottle: "Made in Canada by a guy in an apron (inc.)".
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Quality of Service kind of does this for the network, process priority does it for CPU cycles. But CPU speeds haven't been the bottleneck in modern personal computers for a number of years -- now it's the hard drive. I can't understand why any OS I've used still doesn't support a way to limit access to the hard drive the same way they've done for CPU cycles for decades.
Friday, February 9, 2007
In any given class hierarchy, it's probable that at least some of those classes will exist purely for the purpose of polymorphism, and they'll be abstract classes. This is no less true with a hierarchy of forms or controls. In my particular example, there's not much use in instantiating an instance of the base page class because it'll have no controls on it, so I marked it as abstract. As I soon found out, the designer in Visual Studio 2005 takes great exception to this.
For some reason, the VS2005 designer tries to actually create instances of these abstract base classes and I'm not quite sure why. If all the abstract methods and properties in the base classes are made virtual and given simple, default bodies, so that the classes can be instantiated, the designer will start working again. It's a real shame; I love using abstract methods in base classes because I find myself often forgetting to implement the derived-class versions of virtual methods like I'm supposed to, and it's nice to have the compiler remind you if you don't. It's just unfortunate that this can't happen if you want the designer to work with your abstract forms or controls.
Monday, February 5, 2007
The auction is on Ebay now, so get bidding if you're interested :)
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Who in their right mind would bring all those people together for a movie? I can't even fathom Justin Timberlake and Morgan Freeman in back to back movies, let alone the same movie. That being said, now I must own it. It was only $7.99. I'll give my review after I actually watch it.
Friday, February 2, 2007
The Superstore's bags must be easier to produce. They must be, because I cannot conceive of another reason that they would be so retarded. The handles of Superstore bags are on the ends of the bags instead of the sides. If you're trying to carry a frozen pizza or something that is much longer than it is wide, the handles are the whole length of the pizza box away from each other. Obviously, that is very awkward.
Sobeys got it right. The handles on their bags are where handles ought to be on a sensible bag. One hand can easily go right through both handles, pizza box and all.
Shouldn't a supermarket, of all places, understand what makes a good bag? These places do research into customer behaviour and put the staple items in distributed locations so you have to traverse more of the store to get them all. Just today, I went to get milk, and it was at the complete opposite end of the store from the entrance. If I were handicapped, I'd probably never buy milk -- you'd have to walk too far. The Superstore is just dumb, and they have dumb bags. I do like the President's Choice brand though.
Speaking of Air Miles, while I was writing this blog, and gathering the links for those websites that I linked to, I explored the potential rewards I can get with the number of points that I have. I haven't yet redeemed any points in the 7 or so years that I've been collecting. I think I'm going to get myself a Griddler.