Category Archives: friends

William & Mona visit

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Today William, Mona, Iain and Ria came for a visit all the way from Mountain View, California.
They were greeted with [!!]snow, cool temperatures, and a group of friends..

William and Mona

We had alerted people to visit with William, Mona and family, and they descended upon our humble abode.
During the course of this, many pictures were taken.
You can see my pictures either
on tnir,
on Flickr.
You can also see
John’s pictures, and
Debbie’s pictures.


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looks like an interesting alternative to Skype for online meetings/chats.
If someone else could create an account and let me chat with them to try it out, I would appreciate it.

Thoughts going out today to Peter and Laura and especially Jon.

Southpark pics

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Sorry, just had to share.

Reid Luisa
Reid Luisa
Michael Ronnie
Michael Ronnie
Update: Added a few more: Jeff, Debbie and Ruth.
Debbie’s skin colour isn’t right and I’ll try to fix that later, and maybe do even more.
(Look out Kaarel!)
Jeff Debbie
Jeff Debbie

These were all made in
South Park Studio.

Update 2: Updated Luisa and Debbie. Much better, I think!

Week at OSAF last week

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I spent the week last week in San Francisco, working at OSAF HQ during the week.
As always, it was a lot of fun, and this time, the walk from the hotel to work was fraught with peril.

I stayed at the Hotel Fusion, which is two blocks from the Apple Store on Ellis Street, off of Market (the main drag in SF).
So my first hurdle is to walk past the downtown SF Apple Store without going in.
Once on Market, a couple of stoplights away is CompUSA.
And this CompUSA has a big Apple section.
Oh, joy!
And this CompUSA had a way, way bigger selection of computers, accessories and peripherals than any Future Shop, Best Buy or Compu-Smart in Toronto.

At this point, I’m about ½ of the way to OSAF.
But the path is not clear yet!

There is a store around 2nd and Market that I think is called “Jeffrey’s” or maybe “Jeffrey’s Toys”.
I remarked on it at first because I thought it was funny to see the name “Jeffrey” displayed so prominently close to OSAF because one of my OSAF buddies is Jeffrey H.
But on the way back on my first work day, I decided to wander in and check it out.
Bad news!

From the outside it looked like it had the usual assortment of novelties and games.
Yo-yo’s, frisbees, Monopoly, etc.
But then I found a small section filled with .. German Boardgames.
On that day, that’s as far as I got.
I spent about ½ hour just delving over the assortment of games they had to see if I wanted to buy one.
I managed to make my saving throw though and me and my wallet left unscathed.

But I was definitely going to return.

And I did, the next day, again on the way back to the hotel.
But this time, I decided to explore further in.
I had seen people holding magazines and I thought I would check out the magazine rack.
The store goes pretty deep into the building!

I walk back to the slightly darker area in behind the cashiers, only to find.. comics!
Lots and lots and lots of comics!!

Now, I’m a comic collector from way back.
Since I was 8, in fact.
Just ask Luisa about when we were house-hunting a decade ago, asking if the basement had enough room to store 43 4-foot long boxes of comics.
Yes, 43.

So here we have not just a few comics, like you might see in a variety store (US translation: liquor store).
No, here we have all the new titles separated by publisher.
DC, Marvel, and the rest.
Plus a section for recently-released stuff (older than a week),
and the usual boxes of back issues (roughly older than a month).

My main worry once I was finished spending money was how I would fit it into my luggage to get home!
I thought I had already exhausted all my extra space with all the books I had bought a block from the hotel!

I should put up some pictures I took of the books and comics spread out on my hotel bed.
I’m such a nerd.

Just doing my bit to help the San Francisco/US economy!

Oldest posts

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Scott and I were looking at, finding far-back references to ourselves.
My earliest mention seems to be in net.jokes on “Thurs, Oct 31 1985 7:33 pm”.
Scott’s was in comp.sys.mac.programmer, of all places, on “Sun, May 23 1993 12:47 pm”.

I love the signature:

Reid Ellis       "Roads? Where we're going, who needs _roads_?"
This message brought to you courtesy of the Poslfit Committee

Ahh, good old bang-paths.
Who needs silly little “@” signs.
I wonder if the bang-path syntax still works?

Fifty SF Novels

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Thanks to Tanya, another list-of-stuff!

Bold the ones you’ve read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien*
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov*
Dune, Frank Herbert*
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein*
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
Neuromancer, William Gibson*
Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, James Blish*
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card*
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
The Forever War, Joe Haldeman*
Gateway, Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
Little, Big, John Crowley
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
On the Beach, Nevil Shute
Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
Ringworld, Larry Niven*
Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson*
Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester*
Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock*
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
Timescape, Gregory Benford
To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer*

mail hiccup

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Turns out postfix on tnir was only accepting mail from certain specific hosts since I brought it back up, so any mail sent to anyone on tnir (including me) over the last few days may have bounced a bit.

I’m hoping it was only a few days, so the valid mail will be retrying and get through. But if you get a bounced bit of email from tnir, now you’ll know why.