Month: March 2002

Why you should care about XML

Why you should care about XML

This is a great article on Flash MX and XML. I finally “get” XML and why I should be using it for everything from making toast in the morning to that last cup of coffee at night. Never again will I wander the streets saying “Why oh why should I be using XML???”.

As you’ve probably noticed, I have slacked on my Blog since I returned from California. I wish I could say that it’s because I’m so relaxed that I don’t get around to it nearly enough…but that just ain’t the case.

Having fallen out of the habit for a week, it’s getting harder to get back in the habit. I’m gonna try though.

My new computer is fully operational now, and I finally settled on a naming convention for it. Since it’s my first “primarily business” computer that I’ve ever built, I’m calling it “HeadOne”, and it will be used mostly to do video editing and web design.

I just finished installing the last of my software, and can do some really cool stuff with this computer.

Of course the big test is, “How well does it play Unreal Tournament”? Good question, glad you asked. I will endeavour to find out in the very near future and report back here toot sweet. In the meantime I’m going to play with Premier and After Effects to make some cool video stuff. As soon as I get something neat done, I’ll post it here somewhere so y’all can check it out.

Something I haven’t done lately, a Best Of;

Comic of the week: Flash 184

Movie of the week: We went and saw Ice Age last week. Hilarious. Very very funny.

Website of the week: Sony Classical I’m on a bit of a Flash kick lately having gone to the Flash MX demo last week, and this is definately a kick butt product! Very cool indeed.

Still confused.

This week I picked up my new motherboard, a KT3 Ultra. I’ve been basing everything on buying the MSI K7T266a, because I didn’t think I’d be able to find the KT3 at retail for another few months since it was only officially released at the end of February. However, on Friday before Axxess, I popped in to Canada Computers, saw that they had the K7T266a for $193, and checked out a new store called PC Periphrials. They are the only store I’ve seen with the KT3, so I picked it up. However since I hadn’t read enough on RAM and stuff like that for the KT3, I figured I’d hold off on buying the processor and ram until I figure out a little more. So I’ve read most of the manual (which is really well written), placed everything in my case by eye, and am almost ready to commit to my processor (an AMD 1700+ XP) and some RAM, my only confusion is do I go with the 266, or the 333? I can only find one type of 333, and it’s the same price as the 266…but I don’t know the company, so I don’t know how good it will be.

The worst part about all of this is how long my computer could be out of commision for…it could be a very scary process indeed!

Tonight is WrestleMania at the Skydome. Joachim, Jeff and I are going to the Paramount to watch the show, which means we’ll get to see it with commentary and the like. Should be way fun. Hopefully a lot more fun than Axxess was ($40.00 to go and stand in lines to possibly see wrestlers…wooo, what fun that was! At least we got to see Funaki and The Hurricane wrestle a short match, and got to listen to William Regal berate the crowd a bit).

Wow…

My eye’s all twitchy and stuff. It’s been five days since we returned to Toronto, and all I’ve been doing is catching up. Catching up on work, catching up on reading, catching up on e-mail, catching up on TV, and catching up on regular every day (not going out to restraunts for two meals a day) life.

And of course my eye’s all twitchy.

I’m in the process of writing our little memoirs of our vacation on the Brian and Charlene page, we did a whole ton of fun stuff, and had a great time in Cali.

Back here in T-Dot, I’m swamped with all sorts of “Morph” stuff for TSN.ca and TSNMAX, and at the same time WrestleMania is in Toronto this week, so there’s a ton of cool wrestling related stuff that I’m working on for the tsn.ca/wrestling site.

I’m going to update the Comics and Movies pages later this week, and by the end of the month there should be a nice little step-by-step guide to building a PC on this site after I create my new computer (which I’m going to pick up this week).

In my TV catching up, I’ve been checking out the last few weeks’ worth of Buffy and Angel (which I am way behind on), and it looks like they’re both finally getting on track. Buffy is finally developing a direction out of the morass of ambiguity that the season has been. Angel is getting really dark, with Wesley becoming really weird and kinda creepy. It’s strange, but other than Buffy, Angel, Friends and Survivor, I don’t really watch much TV…and most of the stuff I watch is taped, so I can see it in almost half the time that I would normally take to watch it. I used to watch The West Wing, ER, and FarScape, but Farscape disappeared, West Wing kind of lost me, and ER just hasn’t been that interesting.

One of those days…

Ugh. This has actually been one of those weeks, you know the kind, where everything seems to drag when you want it to go fast, and things go fast when you need them to drag.

Take Wednesday for example, one of the best examples of a crappy day right from the start.

We start out with me waking up at 4:20 in the morning, and then not being able to get back to sleep. I went downstairs hoping to read, but I forgot my book on my bedside table, and didn’t want to wake my wife up.

I tried to get back to sleep until 5:30 when I decided to give up and watch some Buffy. Was afraid I’d wake my wife, so I kept it quiet. When she woke up I went to my computer, which is now making some weird noise.

Wrote two articles, and then left them at home (so I wasn’t able to edit and finish them up).

Went to the gym and forgot my clothes at home.

Went to the bank and found my ING bank card won’t work in the TD machines.

The Gap didn’t have my size in two of the types of pants I wanted to try on. Sales bimbo suggested I try on a 36…which wouldn’t fit over my enlarged quadraceps (the good news is that the waist was okay on the one pair, they just looked ridiculous due to my legs), settled on a pair of Chinos (which actually look and feel really great).

Got in to work at almost the time I normally do, even though was up since 4:20.

Went to Starbucks at lunch and burned the crap out of my mouth.

At about 2:00 in the afternoon I lost twenty minutes of work by hitting “CTRL S” in Photoshop, which caused it to crash for some unexplained reason (not a normal crash, just a simple closure of the Photoshop window with no accompanying warning sign).

Thank god the week is over. Char and I are going to California tomorrow, we leave at 6:00 in the evening out of Buffalo. This time tomorrow night, I’ll be in a bed in Sunny California.

We both really need this vacation!