Bootstrapping Baby

My first child, Nathan, was born recently. There’s some lovely pictures, some video clips of us in hospital & home, and a meandering tale about how bringing Nathan into the world wasn’t the easiest thing for any of us. Let the interesting times officially begin.

Self-Checkout

Okay, I’m usually a pretty reasonable guy. I get along with people pretty well and I try to go along with whatever. However.

The time is 10:15pm. There is not one other person in line at the Save On Foods. Why, do you suppose, a guy would take his groceries to the Self-Checkout lane? Could it be to bypass the milling throngs clogging the standard checkouts? No? Could it be because he just wants to make his purchases and get the hell out of the store because he’s in an unsocial mood? Hm… Nah, this must be someone who needs a lot of extra attention.

Honestly, that must have been going through the Self-Checkout clerk’s mind as I strolled up because she hovered. And she wouldn’t take a hint. While I was pushing the lookup produce button, she told me to push it. Then she helped me find the pesky T button (for tomatoes). Good thing. I’ve been struggling with those pesky alphabetized letters since ’07.

She was trying to help me to make room in my cart for bags while I was trying to shoo her away. Then one of the bags I was filling with groceries disappeared from the filling area. I looked over my shoulder and she was putting it in the cart, with me holding a grocerous item, with no bag to put it in. So I bore it. I was the stone at the bottom of the river, allowing the water to flow over it.

Is it wrong of me to be so annoyed at a person who could not take a hint and apparently didn’t think I could find the letter ‘t’ without her help?

Battlestar Galactica

Note to the wise: This post will contain information and give away plot points for the first four and a half seasons. If you haven’t seen these episodes and want to preserve a virginal innocence with regards to the identity of Cylons, etc., please go away. I will post other stuff later on but this is what this is about so move along.

So, I’m all caught up on Battlestar Galactica. Some thoughts:

Colonel Tye is probably my favourite character. When he was identified as one of the final five, I was shocked but the way he dealt with it in the latest show was brilliant. It showed that Tye wasn’t changed by his discovery. Probably Torry wasn’t either – a power-hungry bitch is a power-hungry bitch. Nice to see that some switch isn’t just turning on and changing who they are.

As soon as Apollo left Galactica, I knew that he would be the next president. It wasn’t even something I had to think about. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with this. I think he’s been one of the weaker characters, even if his would-be romance with Starbuck is interesting.

The best: All of the stuff on New Caprica, the boxing match between the old man and the chief, everything that comes out of a hybrid’s mouth, Dean Stockwell, Helo

The worst: Early Tom Zerrich, Dee dropping Billy for Apollo (where did that come from?), Caprica 6 having visions of Baltar (seemed forced to me), Starbuck’s problems with training nuggets, waiting to watch the next episode.

So, it’s a brief babble on a good TV show and I know I didn’t do it justice but I wanted to get something out, maybe start a discussion. Nah, who wants discussion, especially about TV, on the internet?

NAS Part II

I finally went out to get myself a NAS (Network Attached Storage).  I didn’t really want to spend much over 400 dollars and the DLink DNS 323 fit the bill perfectly.  I got two Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200 SATA II w/ 32MB cache for the DLink …

Merry Christmas

Just a quick entry here to wish everyone here a Merry Christmas. Hopefully you are able to spend Christmas with the ones you love and care for. To all those who don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays to you or “happy 2 days you don’t have to work” …