Miscellanea

10 days, over 5000 words. And I know I’m constrained (personal and external factors responsible).

I think its of value to note that in the many years I’ve lived in Canada, I’ve never frequented Swiss Chalet. Shocking, I know. Today, my entire house decided to buy in on two Family Dinners. Being the “ultra-paranoid health nut”, I decided to read up on the nutritional info for this chicken dinner. Swiss Chalet’s pages list the 1/2 chicken (without skin) weighing in at around 462 calories. Then, of course, you have to add the fries, the roll, the Chalet sauce … so on and so forth. As anyone will tell you, the trimmings can do almost as much damage as the entree.

During my investigations I read some interesting stories by purpoted Swiss Chalet employees. They claimed that the fowl in question was basted with chicken fat and salt before being slow roasted.

How…nice…

I made myself some whole wheat pasta, some chicken breast meat and mixed it with veggies and Classico pasta sauce. Topped it off with an apple. Very satisfying.

Soon after, I jetted it over to the PAC and heckled both Justin and Kurt through a squash game. I would have played – but the dinner and the 1/2L of water I’d just downed prior to reading their email put an end to that plan. We ended up laughing and talking it up till around 10:30. I’ve known these guys (surprisingly no photos!) since 1st year residence and we’ve been extremely good friends since then. We always make it a point to keep in touch.

Hmm…what else? Oh yes, applied for my last 3 jobs today. Now, all I’ve got to do is sit back and watch the rejections pile in :-)

I’m comin’ ’round to open the blinds
You can’t hide here any longer
My God you need to rinse those puffy eyes

Ah yes….Dido just started playing on iTunes. Which reminds me of a conversation I had today with Farhan, a colleague of Kurt’s, from a past life in Honeywell. Farhan had just completed 2B Computer Engineering. On hearing this, my only comment was:

It only gets harder.

I won’t list the obscenities. We talked quite a bit about how quite a few Comps in CompE generally hate their program. As if that weren’t enough, we discussed the curious fact that they wanted out – of Engineering in general. It wasn’t simply enough to leave CompE, you needed to leave the entire field behind. Exorcise it.

Check out Creative Commons. From their site:

Creative Commons is a non-profit that offers an alternative to full copyright

I should place the license my works are released under on this blog. It’s a “Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike” license. Essentially, that means:

  1. If you use it, cite me as the originator.
  2. Only non-commercial uses please (not like that’ll be an issue).
  3. If you use it, the derivative work should be released under the same license.

There’s more info on the official website. I find it a far better alternative to simple public domain.

In light of the presidential debates airing tonight, I thought I’d link to the Top 10 Secrets They Don’t Want You To Know About The Debates. Makes for interesting reading… I didn’t realize any of this and honestly, it disturbs me. (hat tip to Matt)

Finally, considering a Pro account at Flickr. I really can’t splurge, but I use it a lot now, and I’m happy supporting a Canadian company make a difference out there in the web. We need more tech companies like this to make a splash. Put Canada on the tech map.

Proud to be Canadian :-)

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