Month: September 2001

Charlene’s Shower

Man did we clean up at Charlene’s shower last weekend. Char’s mom got us a Sony digital 8mm home camera, she told Char that if we wanted to upgrade, we could just take it in to Sears and pay the difference on a better unit, so I went in and upgraded from the TRV130 to the TRV530, which has a huge screen, and DV in/out which means I can do digital video editing through a firewire connection! That is so cool.

This also means that I can get Jeff to shoot our wedding on our own camera, and then edit it myself whenever I want to! I can’t wait.

TSNMAX is just about to launch, I’m busy all weekend doing MAX related things, mostly content related oddly enough…this is the first little bit of time that I’ve actually done any creative design so far. I worked on Friday from about 7:00am until 9:00 this morning, and I came back in tonight at 6:00 and I’ll probably leave at about 2:00 in the morning tonight. When I leave though, the site will be done.

On Monday I’m supposed to be downtown for a big meeting with folks, and of course I’ll have to be all decked out in a suit. Tomorrow afternoon Charlene moves in with me for the next couple of weeks…it seems almost unreal right now, and I don’t think it will sink in for a while…god, my bedroom is gonna be “our bedroom” for the next two weeks…weird.

THE D

THE D rules. The D is the greatest band that ever existed. The D rules all. The D is…D-licious!!!

Go to the Tenacious D website now, listen to the first single “WonderBoy”. Jack Black is a very funny man.

This has been a fun weekend. On Friday night I picked up the cameras for TSNMAX at Henry’s and am in the process of putting them together today. After picking up the cameras, we went out for dinner at the Beacher and then I went home and packed. At 11:00, Char and I went and saw Shikasta, (who rocked the mic by the way). Last night Ryan and Kari came down so we went to Tortilla Flats and had some daquiri’s (which are the best damn daquiris in the city) and then came home to crash out. This morning Kari and I went to The Beacher for breakfast because Ryan had gone home at 8:00. Charlene is currently at her shower, getting all showered and whatever else girls do during these things.

I played a little Twisted Metal Black, and now I’m surfing the web before going back downstairs to continue with the putting together of cameras and stuff.

This was a lousy comic week, but I’d say the best thing I read this week was U.S. War Machine #1&2 (it’s a weekly, so I picked up the first two issues on Wednesday). It’s interesting, and it’s moving along very quickly.

For last week, the best comic of the week was a toss up between the Authority #26, and Ultimate X-Men #9, coincidentally, both written by Mark Millar.

Stupid Virii

I got nailed by Nimda…and not from opening e-mails. First off, I’ve patched my system so I can’t get Code Red, I’ve installed a new hard drive, and I’ve got Norton Internet Security keeping an eye out for infections…there are a lot of SubSeven Trojans in the world. Last night however, a new program started asking for permission to use the internet, something called “TFTP.exe”, when I did a search on it (before deciding whether I should grant or deny access to this protocol), I found out that it was used as a back door into systems, and that you can infect a system by using it. Further investigations revealed a new worm called “Nimda” (admin spelled backwards), a quick Virus Definition update, and sure enough, it was the first thing that was caught. It had infected three files, admin.dll on the C: drive, admin.dll on the D: drive, and TFTP1476 in the InetPub/Scripts directory.

Damn viruses.

I don’t know what to say about last week. It all seems like a bad dream, but you can’t avoid it, it’s on every station, and honestly even today I woke up, turned on CNN, and expected the worst. On Saturday I awoke to a woman screaming on my clock radio, shouting “Oh my god, it’s coming down, oh my god, it’s coming down.” it took me a couple of seconds to realize it was a replay from Tuesday morning’s events. That I did NOT need. All I know for sure is that I do not want to fly anywhere for the forseeable future. There ain’t nowhere in the world that I need to be so bad that I gotta fly there right now when who knows what nutball is out there doing what.

Album Du Jour: This has been an all radio week, understandably.

DVD of the week: No time for movies.

Movie of the week: No time for movies.

Game of the week: Twisted Metal Black for the PS2

Website of the week: CNN.com

September 11 aftermath

This whole situation makes you feel so helpless. Tonight I’m watching the ABC news because Peter Jennings is the only reporter who is halfway tolerable (though Dan Rathers is a close second with CBS) and they are talking extensively about the rescue aid. Firefighters, police, and even local steel workers have all pitched in to do what they can to try to find any survivors. This makes you realize the need that we as humans have to help one another, I want so badly to do something that can make a difference…somehow making the world a better place by building a sports website just doesn’t seem so important.

When I was younger I wondered what forces could inspire my grandfather to enlist in the army at the age of 17. This last couple of days, I understand. If the call went out tomorrow to enlist, I would be among the first in line. Not for revenge, but just to do something proactive rather than be a spectator.

Everything is playing out like a Hollywood Blockbuster, but I really hope it doesn’t end like one. I don’t want to see the bad guys dead. Death is the easy way out. I want to see them brought before a court, not one country’s court, but a worldwide court. They should be put on trial for war crimes, and they should be humiliated in their followers’ eyes. Killing them will make them martyrs. Exposing them as cowardly frauds will destroy them utterly.

9/11

September 11th will go down as one of the worst days in North American history. I can’t believe what happened yesterday. As I was getting ready to leave for work yesterday, I flipped over to CP24 to see what the weather would be like. It was about 8:55, and they were announcing that an explosion had happened at the World Trade Center. Reports started coming out that it was an airplane, and just as they were confirming it, a second airplane came into the frame, and smashed into the other tower. As I headed off to work, they reported that a third plane had smashed into the Pentagon, and then said that two other planes were not responding.

As the day went on, it got worse, the World Trade Center collapsed beneath it’s own injured weight. In the Pentagon, hundreds were rumoured dead. One of the two missing planes crashed in Pensylvania, and the other was rumoured to have crashed in Colorado…but has not been mentioned since. All air traffic was stopped in the United States, and diverted to Canada. Baseball games were all stopped, and the Film Festival in Toronto was cancelled. Most of downtown Toronto was evacuated as a precautionary measure, and by 3:00 this city was a ghost town.

I had to go downtown last night, and it took me 30 minutes to get from CTV to Wayne Gretzky’s…which is usually an hour drive. I was a guest on “The Wrestling Wrap” which will air late in September, and thankfully it was a nice break. I was able to get my mind off of the tragedy and just have a little fun.

Afterwards, I went to Char’s place, and we watched the rest of the night unfold. At some point last night I realized that between nine am and about 11:30 last night, I had not seen one commercial break.

Even today, there tons of fires going on in New York, a couple of the buildings around the area are on fire at noon today, and nobody know when it will end.

For me, the worst part isn’t the grand scale of the tragedy, it’s the individual stories that are coming out right now. One of the gentlemen on the plane that crashed in Pensylvania had called his mom before the plane crashed and said he and two others were going to attempt to overtake the hijackers.

That was tragic.

This was just a regular guy, with two kids, a wife, and a family who loved him. He was just going about his business, and this happened to him. There were people in the World Trade Center who were just doing their jobs one minute, and the next they were literally incinerated.

I seem to say this a lot lately, but “There but for the grace of god go I.”

It’s hot (pronounced hawt), damn hawt!!!

This was a pretty productive weekend. On Friday night, I went out for dinner with Donnie “Freak Daddy” Abreu, and we talked about his new wrasslin’ project “The Wrestling Wrap”, which will debut on ONTV in late September. I’m going to be a guest on a couple of shows as a member of the “round table”, so I’ll be making my TV debut soon! That should be fun. We were talking about segment ideas, and ideas for his website and that kind of stuff.I went back to TSN and fixed the encoder a little more, then went to Char’s to feed the pig and watch some Smackdown.

Saturday morning I watched a new show called “Moolah Island” on Fox, and then went downtown to look for gifts for the guys in my wedding party. I got a great deal on what I was looking for, and managed to find exactly what I wanted. I’m about half way there, but I think it’s the coolest gift ever. I still have to figure out what to get Char, and I need to find something for Joachim (our MC/Usher) and Dennis (our other Usher). I went over to Char’s (she had just gotten back from her stagette), and we went to the mall. At the mall, I got a call from Lucas who said there was a problem with sound in one of the encoders, so I went over to CTV (we were at Scarborough Town Centre), and had to go back to the mall to get a couple of pieces, and then went all the way back to the office again, and finally hooked everything up. Then Char and I went to her place, and ran over to the Beaches Theatre to see RockStar (which was pretty good).

Today we went downtown, I picked up $80.00 worth of stuff for TSN, and then went grocery shopping. Joachim and I are going to have Rib Night in Canada soon, and I’m looking forward to using the new Clubhouse Rub on our ribs.

I’m going to try to do some work on the Wedding Site tonight, and get the guestbook up and running. I’m also going to play around with a new Tales From The Darkside layout. Hopefully I can come up with something solid soon. I’m not sure what I’ll have besides this page, but I’d like to do an art page, maybe a page on comics, and maybe even a rant page. Not positive yet, but it will be fun.

TSN V4 Redesign

I’m still recovering from working Tuesday at 9:00am to Wednesday at 5:00pm straight with about a half an hour nap (by putting two chairs together and stretching out between them). I went to sleep last night at 6:00 and woke up this morning at 8:00, starving. I then realized that other than a sub at about 2:00 yesterday, I hadn’t eaten at all on Wednesday. I had no time to think about food from about four in the morning until two when I realized I had to eat something or I would pass out. I got home and was too tired to make anything to eat…but luckily the ice cream truck had just arrived, so I grabbed a chocolate shake. By the time I had finished it, I was out like a light. I remember waking up around 4:30 or so in the morning, but I wasn’t really cognizant of what was going on.

I’m working on cutting up the WTSN graphics and getting the site ready for launch. Then I’m going to go in and make sure everyone’s okay, before playing a little ball at Bestview. If the monkeys win tonight, we are in 7th place. If we lose, we are last in the league. I don’t really care where we finish, as long as we have some fun.

Album Du Jour: Disturbed, The Sickness

DVD of the week: Unbreakable extra stuff

Movie of the week: O not as good as Ten Things I Hate About You, but an interesting take on the bard’s work.

Game of the week: Black and White (still, it’s the only thing I’ve got loaded on my new HD).

Website of the week: The Microsoft Pocket PC website. They’re releasing a new OS for my beloved iPAQ!

By the way, my new hard drive works awesome! It’s amazing how much faster it is than the old one. At work I have a new PC as well, a P4 1.4 gig with 512 RAM, and a Matrox Dual Head monitor (which I’ve got hooked up to a 19″ Dell and a 15″ flatscreen). Pretty cool stuff.

More redesign work at TSN

This was a pretty good weekend, not terrific, but pretty solid neverless. I created the WTSN and ESPN Classic Canada website layouts on Sunday and Monday, did some work on the Wedding Site and went to see RAW last night.

The show was pretty good, but it could have been better. I decided last night that I don’t think I’ll go to a live show again. First off, it’s just missing something without JR’s announcing, and second, unless you’re on the floor (and fat chance of that happening anymore), the atmosphere is just not quite right.

Tonight, I’m at work setting up PC’s and making sure everything works hunky dory. It’s looking good so far, I’ve just got to bring a couple of VTR’s and such over later this morning, and then write up a quick little “how to” for the new encoders.

One more thing, a really useful tool is the Microsoft Personal Security Advisor.