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Monday, July 31st, 2006

the pace of bureaucracy, bikes, and Glue

Today has been and exciting day thus far, and I've learned some thing too.

1) Never underestimate the pace of bureaucracy. And I don't mean assume it's fast.
2) Don't underestimate glue. If I had stitches last night, tonight would have been wasted too.
3) Investing a couple of hours in an unlikely venture sometimes pays off.
MrSka @ 08:09 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

5 hours of fun for... glue

This afternoon I saw Jannette and the kids off for a few days of visiting her sister's place out in Nova Scotia. Of course, when they go away leaving me and the cats alone I usually have a Honey-Do list to tackle. High on that list tonight was the basement.

Long story short, I wasn't being as careful as I should have been, and I sliced myself with a utility knife. Right on the knuckle of my left index finger. Ouch. With the amount of blood I saw, and the gap I perceived in my finger, I thought it best to seek stitches. Unfortunately, this was 5pm on a Sunday, meaning every place that could stitch me up that WASN'T the emergency room was closed. So off to emergency I went.
MrSka @ 10:15 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Friday, July 28th, 2006

land, ho!!

There is a large, undeveloped piece of property very close to my house. It's for sale, it's zoned properly, it's on a transit route, it's close to shopping another amenities, it faces nearly due South (for solar applications), and there are no direct neighbours that might object to the development.

In short, we've found our primary development site for our cohousing project. I think Jannette and I are going to have to split off from the retrofit cohousing group sooner than later, and launch our publicity campaign sooner than later.

This ought to be fun.
MrSka @ 09:00 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

gotta love the schmutzdecke!

Today was a slow day at work, so I got to do a lot of poking around online. I stumbled across something that I had heard of before, but didn't think to look up again. I'm glad I found it, because slow sand filtering has got to be the coolest way of treating drinking water.
MrSka @ 09:59 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Monday, July 24th, 2006

going ga-ga over cohousing

Not quite two months ago a friend of mine (the local Green Party candidate) and her friend (and former campaign manager) started a local group to promote retrofit cohousing. What that means is that they take existing homes, tear down fences and bushes, develop some common space, and turn a regular neighbourhood into a mini community. It's something that really resonates with me, as I've wanted to develop an ecovillage/intentional community for years.

The group already has a small library of books and magazines, and I've borrowed Cohousing, which is apparently somewhat of a Bible in cohousing circles. It's a very, very, VERY good book, and has Jannette and I thinking along some different lines from retrofit cohousing.
MrSka @ 09:53 PM EST [Keep reading...]

the return of the janitor seeds

Back in highschool, I had developed a strange story/theory about janitors. (You know, back when I was young and stupid and janitors were a non-human sub-class of society.) I'd always see the custodians pushing their ultra-wide dry mops around, pushing a handful of green granular stuff in front of them. I decided that they were janitor seeds, and that in the off-hours they would sprout new janitors that would then push more seeds around and perpetuate their species. I got truly strange looks each time I recounted the story - complete with conspiritous, emphatic hush tones.

Well, everything's come full circle... I recently purchased my own 5kg box of "janitor seeds" for my basement.
MrSka @ 09:38 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

just like that, my refund's here

Just as a quick happy note, I am writing this on my Pismo once again. I picked it up after work, picked up an external drive bay, and with about 5 minutes of twiddling simply plugged everything together, hit the power button, and voila - my computer's back! The only difference is that now I have an extra cable coming out of the back, and there's a SUPER-bright blue LED lighting the room up.

Once I got the computer running again I checked my e-mail. There was an e-mail from the seller of this computer, asking for my PayPal account. I sent it to him, and not TWO MINUTES later, was notified that the refund was in my account. Absolutely stupendous. There are still good people in the world.

So, those of you that were hoping to nab a couple of prime Pismo parts from me, you'll have to wait. I'm going to try to keep this thing running until at least September 2007. Speaking of which, I gotta start a MacBook fund!
MrSka @ 10:43 PM EST [Keep reading...]

bye-bye project car, hello computer refund!

Despite being at work with just about zero work to do, it's been a good afternoon. Two issues have resolved very easily and very quickly.
MrSka @ 03:53 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Monday, July 10th, 2006

updates: laptop, work, racing

A few updates for you today:

- the status of my laptop, and how I might be able to resurrect it
- a milestone I neglected to mention in regards to working at Gerald's
- how my weekend at the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto went
- Happy 2nd Birthday to Isaac!

It's all pretty much good news this time around!
MrSka @ 10:15 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Friday, July 7th, 2006

one way or another, a $500 lesson

I whisked my ailing Pismo in to the local Apple Authorized technician today. Really, there was no good news, just relative shades of bad news.

One way or another, I've at least learned something - NEVER, EVER buy a used computer without having a technician looking at it first. In other words, no more eBay computers for me.
MrSka @ 07:45 PM EST [Keep reading...]

unfortunate alchemy

Last night some force of nature decided to peform some alchemy on me, and miraculously turned my laptop into a brick. Well, it's not fully brick-ified, but it certainly doesn't work right now. All I can tell is that the hard drive doesn't appear to be spinning anymore (as it's gone uncharacteristically silent), and the computer simply won't boot anymore.

Thus, today I'm off to seek professional help. I'm hoping that it's an easy fix, but realize that it might at the very least entail a new hard drive. If that's the case, I'm really, really hoping they can get the old one working to recover files off of. Otherwise, I just lost a whole whack of stuff. Yes, I do have a backup, but it's many months old. Some critical files are backed up on Gmail, but everything else? Don't ask.

My thanks to RH for the assistance last night... unfortunately, the Apple Hardware Diagnostics disc did nothing, nor did any funky book key sequence. We'll see what happens this afternoon.
MrSka @ 07:48 AM EST [Keep reading...]




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