Monday, December 31, 2001

My New Year's Party

Here's the ultimate test of how accurate a guesser I am of the size (or lack thereof) of this website's local readership: Everyone who reads this in time is welcome to come to my place to bring in 2002 like it ain't nobody's business.

If you don't know where the place is, then email me. If you can't find my email address on this site, then perhaps you should just stay at home and wrap yourself in a nice thick blanket until all the hubbub subsides.

The plan is to BBQ around 5 or 6 o'clock, and then start the hardy partying around 8 or 9. It ends whenever I feel like ending it :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2001

Merry Christmas!

So Christmas is here....I want to hear all your stories about visiting with relatives and/or in-laws. All the bitching about not getting those argyle socks you wanted, and all the jubilation over the mass of swag that you now boast.

Lay it on me. I can take it.

Here's what I wanted for Christmas. I didn't get it :(

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Universal to render significant portion of CD players useless

While implementing their "copy protection" scheme for music CDs, Universal Music will be simultaneously rendering most DVD players, car stereos, and computers unable to play their wares. It's quite silly, in a way: If I can't play music on my DVD player, in the room where I most want to listen to music, I'll be that much more determined to find a way to rip it and get it in a format that I can listen to anywhere.

Record companies don't get the fact that these copy protection schemes do more to annoy their patrons than they do to deter the would-be music pirates. Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.

Original article.

Thursday, December 13, 2001

Theatre room renovations: Part 1

For those of you that are interested, I've been documenting the renovation of my home theater room with plenty of pictures. Click on the link below for a bit of a description of what's going on in the photos.

Pictures are here if you can't read, and just want to look at the pretty pictures.

DCP_1308 to DCP_1313:
These pictures show the crappy state this room was in after I ripped most of the faux wood panelling, and silly decorative beams off of the walls. I found next to no insulation, which explains why everyone froze their asses off down there. Some of the panels are still up in these pictures, because those are the ones with the light fixtures on them, and I don't want to play wantonly with electricity.

DCP_1314 to DCP_1323:
Studding and insulating and wiring, oh my! That's basically what's going on here. DCP_1322 clearly shows the different types of wire. The white stuff is for power for lights and outlets. The red stuff is a slightly higher gague power cable for the electric heater that's going to go under the windows on the opposite wall. Each of the yellow cables contains 4x12 gague speaker wire. Plan for the future: bi-wire all your speakers! I now have approximately 10 billion times more insulation in that room (that figure is rounded up to the nearest 10 billion).

This is when the hole in the wall for the component rack gets cut out. You can see my ABC laundry detergent in the other room.

DCP_1325 to DCP_1332:
Drywall, drywall, drywall. This was probably the most time consuming process of the day. I can't imagine doing this myself. I would have screwed up so many times. All the outlets and lights and windows to cut around.

DCP_1333 and DCP_1334:
These are 2 pictures of the wall sconces that will hold the lights. Two will go on each side wall. There's also going to some pot lights in the ceiling, but they won't be on during movies, only when I need some real light in there.

Well, there you have it., the first bit of renovation. Tomorrow brings the tapers to finish of the drywall, and the electrician to actually get the lights working. Still to come is the 8" stage at the back for stadium seating purposes :)

Questions or comments are welcome...I'll try to answer them as best I can.

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

I'm number 5!

I finally have something to be proud of. I'm the fifth most screwed up individual on the Internet, according to The Screensavers and their "Web's Weirdest Personal Crusades" article.

I guess the Subway Petition isn't dead after all...

Monday, December 3, 2001

Build a computer controlled VCR

Our friends over at have an interesting article on building a computer controlled VCR, complete with a nifty diagram. Check it out.

Sunday, December 2, 2001

Eastlink screws the pooch

If anybody reading this gets their Internet connectivity via Eastlink Cable in Halifax, they may have noticed that they were unable to reach this site for part of Friday night and most of Saturday. My sources tell me that some routing thing-a-ma-bob that I don't fully understand was configured incorrectly. People not connected via Eastlink could reach just fine. Even people at Eastlink could. Just not their broadband subscribers.

Hmmm...Some compentance would be nice.