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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Well, I'm testing a post from flickr. This thing is pretty cool. I think Stuart Butterfield went to my school (SMUS).
Originally uploaded by Jon_Aquino.

Copernic Desktop Search - The Search Engine for Your PC

Java Plugin Framework (JPF) - Home

Voice-Over-IP Lands On Mac Desktops: Skype For Mac OSX Is Here! - RG News

Well it's not the video chatting you were looking for but let me say
that Skype (for Windows and Mac) has amazing, amazing quality for a
voice chat. I've chatted with a couple of friends in Japan and it's
like they're really there (my brother who was on the phone with me one
time said "Is ... is Takeshi visiting?").

And it's free.

BC MSRM ArcSDE Data Storage Standards

Monday, August 30, 2004

GeekList: Games that play well with two ( 2 ) players

Boing Boing: BBEdit 8.0 is out

This is evidently the premiere Mac text editor.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Lincolnshire | Jet-powered wheelchair surprise

this is an audio post - click to play

this is an audio post - click to play

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Msgr M's homily

inviting the currently poor to your banquets

misplaced faith: "success", nationalism. Empty fulfilment.

fulfilling faith: love, action. Twofold command of love. All that is required to start: "Yes" (we believe).

Baptism = celebration of community, mystery of God, ancestors in faith.

How shall I live, knowing I will die?

My answer to this question up til now was: I will value the universal values of meaning, autonomy, connection, honesty, peace, physical well-being, and play.

I'm going to change it now to the following, influenced by the book "How Can I Help?": My need for meaning leads me to awareness, and my awareness leads me to Love's twofold commandment.

Games that Dale and I are considering

1 power grid 8.0 2-6 120min auction, economic
2 goa 8.0 2-4 90min auction, economic
3 st petersburg 7.8 2-4 90min card
4 san juan 7.7 2-4 45min card, building, economic
5 new england 7.1 3-4 90min auction, territory
6 industria 7.0 3-4 60min auction, economic, industrial
1 2 3 4 5 6

Trak3r's Attractions: Quotes to Code By

GmailFS - Gmail Filesystem

Sacred Heart Music, Sunday August 29

593 O Praise The Lord Sing Unto God
58 Yahweh The Faithful One
134 Come Unto Me
564 Praise To The Lord The Almighty

Looks like Yasuhiro is also satisfied with Raymond's Restaurant.

Me at my favourite Chinese buffet: Raymond's.

Patent 15836422. A novel method for constraining the location of a shopping cart.

Sharp makes the best calculators for students. There's that indefinable something about the design - how the layout is just right. Better than TI. Honourable mention goes to Casio.

The whiteboard in my room. Ideas and stuff.

Taking apart the forklift, in preparation for the next Meccano thing.

What my desk looks like these days. I drink a lot of water.

Dale and I immensely enjoyed our first game of the card-game version of Settlers of Catan.

What's currently hot in the board game market

Six recent games that have been played the most by boardgamegeek users
in the last 30 days. A couple of them scale down to two players, which
is a plus for me.

Ticket To Ride, train game

St. Petersburg, building cathedrals

Power Grid

San Juan, card-game version of Puerto Rico

Memoir '44, World War II version of Battle Cry

Goa, trading

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Hi Raf -- My choices for tomorrow are ...

593 O Praise The Lord Sing Unto God
40 Peace Prayer

What are your choices?

King's "Everything You Need to Know...."

Commonly-Used American Slang - Randomly Chosen

Random Name Generator

yao profile
yao automa
yao dan autoconnect warning
yao smart warp
yao auteeeeeeomatch ,
Mov Endpoint
dan gps
sam screens

Friday, August 27, 2004

start work 10:21 PM

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Protoform Project

TPC.INT: Send a FAX by E-mail

put walkman and hat in bag

great guitar chords: the new version of Parking Lot; also, You've Got A Friend

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

During construction of the Meccano forklift.

Here's the start of the Meccano forklift. I notice that the pics on my Olympus D-390 are clearer with the LCD on -- guess it warms up the CCD.

Some strum patterns.

I'm proud of my latest Meccano assembly. Mecanno is a nice change from the everyday for me.

They kind of look like little firework explosions.

Prior to a RoadMatcher meeting at 395 Waterfront Crescent.

Socialtext -- Enterprise Social Software

Dogpile - SearchSpy

Good Jython plugin for Eclipse

The Code Project - Auto-complete Control - JavaScript

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Flickr: Using the Organizr

Flickr's making headlines again:

ArcExplorer Web

Trick to make Eclipse more responsive

Monday, August 23, 2004

Yasuhiro's letter-writing advice

* ask two or three questions e.g. work, weather
* report the week's news in 3 or 4 sentences
* current feeling
* joke or funny story

todo: filter out long poems; convert tniv to text

pk on old table; why we need old table; adjoining map: I pick one

bring lamp home

Welcome to Flickr - Photo Sharing

Yeah bro actually I would recommend Flickr - it's the latest and the
greatest thing. I don't use it myself, so if you do I'll be interested
in hearing how good it is.

InfoWorld: Collaborative knowledge gardening: August 20, 2004: By Jon Udell : APPLICATION_DEVELOPMENT : APPLICATIONS

Flikr is the hottest photo-album service on the net right now. I don't
use it though because I'm worried it will become a pay-for-service...

Slashdot | Composite Of Earth At Night

Commons Launcher - Example

Geek Style: Optimizing Mozilla Firebird

Boing Boing: Crossbow for paralysed people

Rich Client Platform

Aldo's Macro Recorder works great with Oracle Designer. Here's a script to copy the values from the Name column to the Plural column:


Sunday, August 22, 2004

Music at William Head, August 22, 2004

Come and Journey, G

8 Be Not Afraid, G

Celtic Alleluia, G

Holy (Vickers), G

Lamb, capo 1, Dsus+Csap

Seek Ye First, G

Blessing, G

Abba, G

Master 2.9, Lo 15, Mid 15, Hi 5
Port-1: pluck 8, pick 6.5, strum 5
Master 2.4, Lo 15, Mid 15, Hi 9, Port-1 10

Default IE header and footer:

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I was hoping that the music would sound good today. Mom said that the guitar volume was good, but my voice was too quiet. I feel pretty frustrated because I want competence in music. Grrr.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Sacred Heart Music, Aug 22, 2004

17 Glory and Praise
243 This Alone
603 Gift of Finest
174 All The Ends

Me heading home, stuffed.

Dinner celebrating the memory of Guadalupe Nera

Bea, and George, who brought his usual wry sense of humour.

The other end of the table (yes I was sitting at the head) - Marilyn, Monsignor Michael, and Sig.

I was delighted to make the acquantance of Bob and Auntie Estella.

Confession in Ten Steps

Witness Notifier letter is in filing cabinet with personal letters

HFC Canada account balance: 1-800-463-9506

Food recommended by dad.

Here's what Noodle King looks like.

Musings on the ferry. Good ol' pen and ink, as my Palm batteries were low.

Supper beside the computer. And a couple of good attempts by mom at a cover page.

Another of mom's wonderful breakfasts: cheese and eggs on toast.

Here's Ji-Hwan, a bit uncomfortable in the hot sun.

On my way to see a client at the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management.

Mmm ... Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Blizzard

Fortunately Mom wasn't in the car when this happened - a van drove onto the car when the driver accidentally stepped on the gas instead of the brake.

Friday, August 20, 2004

todo: get back into violining

Christine Evans from Sidney

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

KeepResident Eclipse plugin for Windows - KeepResident Eclipse plugin

todo: learn names of Fowler's analysis patterns

Keith Devens - Wiki: ProgrammerFonts

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Carlo's Firefox Extension(s)

java - the Java application launcher

java - the Java application launcher

Bug ID: 4872096 no stack trace on java.lang.StackOverflowError makes it hard to locate bugs

Bug ID: 4872096 no stack trace on java.lang.StackOverflowError makes it hard to locate bugs

Monday, August 16, 2004

Your message could not be posted because of the following reason(s):
******, XML-RPC Error or Publishing Problem

I get frustrated when Blogger's post-by-email gives me this error. It's happened a couple dozen times today. Grr.

Files won't open from Desktop or Start Menu.

Google Search:

Left out of LinkedIn profile: OSI, Governor General's Academic Medal, Engineering Institute of Canada Scholarship (first year students from Vancouver Island)

Sunday, August 15, 2004

To ensure that the unit tests are hitting all the code ...

... there are code-coverage tools (like the free JCoverage) that tell you which lines of code have been touched. (JCoverage has pretty red-green bar graphs).


Nonviolent Communication

Not a programming book per se, but wonderfully valuable in communicating with your colleagues, especially when tempers are beginning to rise

To ensure that the unit tests are hitting all the code ...

... there are code-coverage tools (like the free JCoverage) that tell you which lines of code have been touched. (JCoverage has pretty red-green bar graphs).


comment on which fields are candidates for removal.


To my chagrin, Graham points out to me that Designer already has a MS-Access-to-Designer import feature

Thingster Overview

Chronic Muscle Pain Syndrome by Paul Davidson

dodgeit - free. receive-only. email. no set up. rss.

One of the best user interfaces I've ever seen.

Guide to Free Mac Music Software

Music at Sacred Heart

48 Sing To The Mountains

576 You Are The Voice

457 - Hail Holy Queen, Enthroned Above

10 Blest Be The Lord

shay, beauty

wm hd: new holy on different paper. teaching aids?


Friday, August 13, 2004 Home - Free Online Spell Checker and other goodies

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Kataba Small Tools - Colorize Java

Bro, it all started with you telling me over the phone ...

... about the cool Text-To-Speech service that James found. And now it
has appeared on Slashdot as well as another popular site:

There was a huge surge in page hits for this blog after my Slashdot article was posted. Number of page views shot up from 0 hits to 9 hits.

:::::: Welcome to NeoSpeech ::::::

pkt archiver

Music for memorial, Aug 21

E 55 Though
O 59 You are near
C 554 How Great
480 Amazing
603 Gift
F 174 All The

Slashdot | Online Replacements for Desktop Apps?

Whoa, something I wrote made it to Slashdot!

The Python Paradox

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Live webcams from around the world

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

If I could pick one JUMP improvement ...

Probably the single most important JUMP enhancement would be:

better performance (speed or memory)

Perhaps it would be worth taking a look at the Piccolo rendering
framework that some have alluded to.


Bumper-Sticker Computer Science

This picture shows how programmers concern themselves with lots of situations that rarely happen in practice: edge cases.

To check voicemail, hit Intercom then 850

H_____ is feeling overwhelmed today because she needs support and peace.

And I feel chagrined because my needs for acceptance and communication weren't getting met.

Boing Boing: Harry Potter filksing

Monday, August 09, 2004

I'm pleased with how today went. I checked over the grammar in one of N's school reports. It gives me meaning to help someone else. And at work I'm excited about a new project, because I want to exercise my competence in UI design, data modeling, and programming. I am proud of these skills. Now, to bed, nice and early.

Victor Cheung says another Vancouver-Victoria difference is that in Victoria people say thankyou to the bus driver

Deacon's homily

future hope rather than present trials

let faith transform our worldview

pray say *do*

Today Vic visited

I'm grateful for how we opened up to each other in conversation. We finished up the visit with some joking around. Very nice.

Harold Kuchner (sp?) When bad things happen to good people


mom - a bucket of waters, a bucket of loonies


Yay - I got a mention on New World Notes (well my avatar did anyway)

Someone's got a new toy.

Went to bed at midnight. Then got up at 4 AM to do homework ...

I'm having trouble selecting hymns for this Sunday

Nothing jumps out at me from the song list I'm using
( Would you let me
know the four songs you select for Saturday, when you have them? I
might go with them, or they might at least give me inspiration to
select two.

The seder's grab bag

Bro, forward this one to James! Books: A Third Look at Jesus: A Guidebook along a Road Least Traveled

Judi recommends this book

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Some plans for the JUMP SDE plug-in GUI

I love living at home

Definitive proof that I can blow bubbles

Yay - Vic pays a visit to Victoria

Here is the plan of music for an upcoming memorial service (August 21)

Music plans for the next couple of Sundays

One of Mom's favourite prayers, for immigrants

Me, nervous before doing music at mass

MacKenzie Avenue, the road to St. Joseph's where Sister Judi will pick me up for a ride to William Head