Saturday, May 31, 2008

Blah

It is easy to take people for granted when they are always around.

I miss the fella.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Tom lukiwski the hateful Homophobe: A follow up

A little while back a member of the conservative party was exposed in a 16 year old party tape saying hateful homophobic things about gays (for full details please read this post). This guy pissed me off. More so than I have been pissed off in a long time. He apologised for his comments and then promised to try and make up for them.
Here are some excerpts from a fantastic article from the Hill Times:
"[Mr. Lukiwski] stated he is going to spend the rest of his life making amends, well when does that kick in? It's been quite a long time [since we sent the letter] and we still have received nothing. He says the only explanation is that it was stupid, thoughtless and insensitive, well I would say isn't it thoughtless and insensitive not to engage the community after you've received an invitation to?"

Another group, the GBLUR Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, which is a student-based gay-advocacy organization at the University of Regina, held a media conference where gay groups alongside Christian groups publicly accepted Mr. Lukiwski's apologies for the remarks he made in 1991 in which he referred to "homosexual faggots with dirt under their fingernails who transmit diseases."
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"[Reaching out] was an important part of what needed to be done after Mr. Lukiwski's comments came to light. His apology was one piece of that but all along I've said that he needed to be meeting with members of the GLBT community in Regina to have a conversation and to see what further steps would be necessary. I think it's extremely disappointing that he hasn't responded to that invitation or that request from the community," said Mr. Siksay."


So typical of this conservative government to give lip service to a real problem and then hope it goes away. This is what the harper conservatives have done on the environment, and all the other scandals that they are going through.

Man i wish the liberals had a decent leader.

Im not looking forward to it

This will be the first weekend in many months that the fella and I will not be spending together. He is going to a funeral on Saturday to provide emotional support for a friend. I know its unrealistic to spend EVERY weekend together, it will just be weird not having him around.

This weekend is the forth annual Bar Golf drinking tournament (click here for general Bar Golf rules). So at least I have something to look forward to.
Expect some drunken messy pics of me to be posted from the night soon!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Never in a million Years...

Never did i ever think that this would happen.

I am so excited that Bloc Party is finally coming to western Canada. I am sooo totally going! Strange there was no Vancouver date. Take that lotus land!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

An Open Letter to the Entertainment News Media

Dear Entertainment News Media,
I am going to keep this short as I feel this subject has been discussed FAR too much.
SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT SEX IN THE CITY ALREADY!
I do not want to hear anymore about:
How fabulous the 4 ladies are
How fashionable and trendy they are
How beutiful and expensive their clothes are
How every gay man loves the show
How New York it is

The show wasn't even that good.

So from now on you will substitute the above statements with the following.
How vacuous and tragic the content of the show was
How unrealistic and unrepresentative of real relationships the show was
How Sarah Jessica Parker looks like a manhorse (that would be what a man looks like if he was half horse) This can be substituted with a version of "hot tranny mess"
How overblown and bad the movie is going to be

Thank you.

Aaron

Monday, May 26, 2008

Where was I? Macbook review

I apologize for being MIA the last week or so. My old laptop died and I was forced to get a new one. In the ensuing mad dash to get myself back up and running I have not had much time for blogging.

The reason it has taken me longer than usual to restore things is that I have officially moved from a pc to a mac. This is my first post on my black macbook (white laptops are for 12 year old girls :P).

Having never really used a mac before I have to admit there was definitely a learning curve. Here is the review of my experience with it so far.

May 19, 12 pm: It's official my old laptop is dead.
May 19, 3 pm: Oooo even the styrofoam packaging is pretty. Definitely the simplest cleanest unboxing I have ever had.
May 19, 3:30 pm: Oooo more pretty graphics I am flying through an incredibly well rendered 3d space with welcome signs flying at me. This sure beats vista's ugly yellow bee bar and random screen shutdowns.
May 19, 3:35 pm: The built in webcamera is not exactly the best quality and i realize I am way overdue for a shave.
- I take a break to hang out at my parents place -
May 19, 7pm to 1 AM: Why is the backspace button called delete and where is the forward delete??
- Grrr must use command button instead of control to copy and paste things
- Indian Jones and the lost arc looks wicked good playing on my macbook onto my tv. The settings for dual screens are hard to find however.
- Itunes blows- long live Songbird now i just need them to create a visualization plugin for it
- Wow thats all it takes to install programs!??! drag and drop into the applications folder!??!? You have to be kidding that was way too easy!
- Spaces is awesome ( have been using a similar program with xp for a year or so now) totally indispensable. Spaces is a definite step up from that program.
- Dancing application icons are adorable.
-I have discovered the dual touch capabilities of the touchpad. Dual touch is definitely going to change the way we deal with computers i just wish there were more than a couple of features activated.
-Can't seem to find outlook for macs
-parallels is a sweet must have program
- too tired must continue exploring tomorrow.

May 20 9 AM: Bring macbook to work (decide i need to name it)
- Printing to the office printer is definitly not working (it prints out 40 pages of junk) I knew Ricoh would have shitty driver support for macs but i didn't think it would be this bad
-It takes me the rest of the day to sort out the printing and get my email set up. I find out that Microsoft has no pst import options for its office for mac. I need to find away to get my 3000 emails into my mac. I get pissed off that microsoft is still making my life difficult.
May 20 6 pm: I try and play around with boot camp. It partitions the drive and I install windows. When the computer starts up again i get a white page with a folder and a blinking question mark. I begin to worry. I call mikey and eventually have to call apple techsupport.
They are super friendly but the girl explains that I have done a great job trying to fix the problem but it looks like my particular problem is likely due to a bad hard drive because she has never seen the symptoms my system had before.
I take the macbook back to futureshop for a replacement.

Macbook Round 2
May 20 8 pm: - I get everything reinstalled and find a program called o2m to convert my pst into .mbox files that can be imported by pretty much any email program. The conversion takes about 3 hours on my old laptop.
May 21 9am: - Time machine is the coolest, prettiest backup utility ever. I am beginning to fall in love.

Current Thoughts: I do really love my mac I am still learning to adjust to some of the silly keyboard commands. I must say i found OSx much easier to pick up than i found vista to be. The really cool features really do make up for the learning curve. I am a bit worried about the reliability of the hardware it is running but so far I love the software side of things. I turfed boot camp and now use parallels exclusively (i find it runs much faster).

Friday, May 16, 2008

Well that is a kick in the nuts

I got to quote back from the guy who's car I hit in that blizzard a few weeks ago.
$618 bucks! Its mostly labour. The insurance deductible is 500 anyway so I will just pay out of pocket on this one.

It seems as if the world is conspiring to not allow me to buy a macbook despite the fact that my laptop power supply has a short and could stop working at literally any moment due to the fact that my battery lasts for all of 3 min. Bah i need to design a few more websites.

The Fella tells me that tonight's Battlestar is supposed to be shocking. At least I have that to look forward to :D this weekend.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Webcrimes: Case 1 The time machine

Sometimes you find a site that is just soooo bad you must share it with others. This one is courtesy of the fella.

With its lime green text and hyper pixelated gifs it is like stepping back into a time machine to 1997. I was a pimply faced youth listening to the dulcet melodies of Aqua's Dr. Jones and wishing that i was as cool as Will Smith in men in black (man how times change). While I still love Aqua (albeit much more discreetly) Mr. Smith is infinitely less cool that he used to be and the colour choices of this site are horrific. Being an Internet service provider one would think that they would make their website a bit more of a priority. Click here to explore the full site. in all of its dancing gif glory!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Look up waaaaay up

So I have had complaints that I seem self centered from the post about me and my brother competing for the best mothers day gift. I really don't understand how someone reading a blog called relentless egomania can really be all that surprised!?!? That
re·lent·less
–adjective
that does not relent; unyieldingly severe, strict, or harsh; unrelenting: a relentless enemy.

e·go·ma·ni·a
–noun
psychologically abnormal egotism.
Onto other news.
The Top model final tonight was good ( i was almost able to tolerate Tyra). I am glad it was between Whitney and Anya. I understand why they had Whitney win as it was the first time a plus size model had gotten so far. However a part of me still thinks that Anya took the more interesting photos.

I do think however that Whitney will be a fantastic role model and spokeswoman for women to be healthy so I guess it is all for the best.

I had 2 pints on the patio today. It was fanfuckingtastic I love summer patio drinking.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Down at Fraggle Rock...

Dance your cares away,
Worries for another day.
Let the music play,
Down at Fraggle Rock.
Down at Fraggle Rock.
Down at Fraggle Rock.
Down at Fraggle Rock.
Down at Fraggle Rock.


OMG words do not decribe how cool this will be. Those Weinsteins better not fuck it up. I hope they don't do CGI puppets.

Review: Microsofts Worldwide Telescope

It has been slow in the office this week as such I have had some time to play around with Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope. Think google earth for the universe without the search aspect.

I dled it and it installed quickly and within 3 min I was out exploring the universe. Overall it is kind of fun scrolling in and out of galaxies and planets. I was hoping for a more immersive 3d expereince feeling the stars whiz by as I scrolled in but I guess there is only so much you can do with 2d picture data.

It's fun however and it is free so go check it out.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Unexpectedly Evil

For those of you that once called a vagina home you should have been in some way celebrating Mother's day this weekend. I spent it with the whole family yesterday. Now I am in a pretty good position these days for extra family brownie points as my brother and his girlfriend have moved to Scotland.

I had talked to them about what they were going to do for mothers day before they left. Toddy wasn't sure if they were going to be doing anything for it. I took this inaction as the perfect opportunity to cement my role as favorite son.

I went all out i bought my mom 2 great gifts and her favorite meal for lunch tomorrow (KFC its gross but she loves it (just like my brother LOL)). I get to my parents place expecting a heroes welcome only to find my mother gushing with joy.

How is this possible if I had just arrived?!?! I ask my Mom what is happening and she tells me that Toddy and Nessa called and want to get her and my dad plane tickets to come visit them this summer for mothers and fathers day.

I was pissed. First they didn't tell me they were going to up my 2 awesome gifts with the perfect gift. Second they knew my mother would never allow them to buy her and dad tickets so all they had to do was offer with no real intent.

I'm impressed though I didn't think those two were this clever.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Just let go...

It has been a bit of a shitty week. Last night I started pulling up my year old hardwood floor in my closet that was damaged by that leak I had a few weeks ago. What I thought would be a few floorboards that needed replacing turned into this:

There was heavy duty mold extending almost 6 feet from the leak. You can see the difference in the subfloor colour. I was wearing a mask when i pulled things up but I still can't stop coughing.

This was really depressing. Nick is coming on friday morning to help me fix it. I just felt like nothing i did yesterday went according to plan.

I did watch a documentary about this Scottish guy who decides to fulfill his lifelong dream of living off the land in Alaska for a year. I have to admit i have always had a bit of a thing for survivalist stories and shows. There is something really appealing to me to living off the land and letting go of all this materialist crap that we all buy into. There has always been this part of me that wanted to just let it all go and be on my own in the woods. People are often surprised at how self sufficient I am when we are out and about on road trips and camping. I try and pick up what i can from the various documentaries and from growing up at my families cabin. Part of me believes I could really make a good go of it out there and another part of me thinks that I couldn't handle it.

I guess when the global economy collapses in 10 years I will get to find out.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

BEEF Spring Bear bash Photo

Luckily the fella managed to snap a few shots from the party on saturday. Unfortunatly I was to busy being a shooter whore to get anything with my camera.
pre-party


Mitch, Daren Darcy and I

Adventures in web hosting hell part one of a 43 part series

I have been designing and setting up a few websites over the last few months. I had been using my previously reliable hosting company to register and setup all of these accounts. As of last Friday however I have been having random problems.

One site wont resolve the website name and the IP address. One would think this is a dns issue but it seems to be localized to the Edmonton area. So that makes it an ISP issue doesn't it?

Another site seems to be working off of two different servers so if one enters in www before the address it gets sent to a different page. Without the www it gets sent to an older version of the site that I thought had been lost 3 months ago. This doesn't happen every time though and I have no idea how it is even possible for this to be happening.

Another site is exhibiting random database connection failures.

Now i would email to complain but I don't even know how some of this could possibly be happening aaand I am not sure how they would even fix it. I was emailing back and forth to tech support yesterday for about 3 hours (dealing with just the first site). I'm a little concerned as many of these sites have been paid up for 1-2 years.

*grumble bitch moan whine*

Computers are evil

Monday, May 05, 2008

And the comic book nerds rejoice

I am still wiped out from the party on Saturday. Apparently I am getting far too old to run on 3 hours of sleep.

The fella and I went to see Iron Man yesterday as I was hardly capable of doing much else.

After the recent disappointing comic book movies (I still refuse to accept that X-men 3 ever happened) I have to say I was a little worried about Iron Man. The movie was in development hell for years and had a spate of stars attached from Nicholas Cage (you can almost hear the collective shudder of all fanboys at the uttering of his name) to Clive Owen.

When Robert Downey Jr. was slated to fill the role of Tony Stark i think i peed my pants a little in excitement. I admit I was a pretty big Iron Man fan. I loved the technology and the baggage the hero carried around with him. I think Downey was born to play this role and the movie showed it. In fact it cemented my love for the actor (that blossomed in the excellent yet underrated Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).

He was of course totally perfect as the womanizing, charming, alcoholic Stark. The movie overall was really well done and even the perpetually awful Gweneth Paltrow wasn't able to fuck it up (see Sky Captain or any other Gweneth role for examples of her supreme suckage). I am totally looking forward to the sequel.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

BEEF! Spring bear bash

Last night was another gigantic success for the every 2 month bear party Daren and I created. It was only the second one and I wasn't sure how well it would go. The first one by a few estimates had about 120-140 show up.

We topped that easily this time at around 200. It was definitely a very different crowd than last one a little older and kinkier. The hairiest chest contest went over really well and i think we will be doing a best bear ass contest next time.

We have had an offer from a popular cruising site to sponsor the event. I am more than a little wary of doing that as so far we haven't really needed any outside support (other than the bar). It is certainly something we will consider.

I managed to not get messy drunk like at the first one. It is much harder selling shooters when you are sober though. I think I won't be selling any at the next one. I ended up getting a bunch of it spilled on me. So i spent 40 min walking around in a harness and boxer briefs totally sticky.
I guess there are worse ways to spend the night.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Theater Review: Comrades

Last night the roomie scored tickets to Comrades the new play that our friend Nathan is staring in. The play was great a little darker than the stuff I usually see. As always the best part was seeing the actors rapid fire switching from character to character.

The play is about the true story of two pacificst italian immagrants in 1920's new york who are wrongly accused of murder becuase they are anti government anarchists. It explores the themes of class inequality and the injustice it creates.

Comrades plays May 1-10 at the catalyst theater.
TICKETS:
$19, $15 Student/Senior/Equity
Opening Night with reception $25
2 for 1 Tuesday May 5th
Preview April 30th $15