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ramblings of an information troubleshooter
you're wearing on my mental health
a knock at the door woke me up today. twas someone
from stats canada administering a health survey. was it
a bad time, he asked ? well, duh, i'm rubbing sand out
of my eyes in my underwear, what did he think ? do
people actually figure that going door to door for
information surveys is actually welcome ? i still had
laundry drying all over the living room ! so, i told
him to visit me at work on monday and shut the door.
didn't feel like going back to sleep, so i spent the rest of
day listening to mixes that i had traded for on aotm and
browsed for other potential mix trades. how geeky, right ?
but y'know, i get so much enjoyment from music and i
hardly invest any time into finding new stuff anymore. just
because i've bought a lot of music over the years doesn't
mean i should be so jaded and closed off to potentially
great new music. anyway, i did manage to hook up a
couple more trades, so i'll be busy preparing those mixes
i'm a guitar hero with mortgage equity
got my income tax refund notice today and the amount of
my refund is suspiciously close to my RRSP contribution
limit for 2005. hmm, do i go on a spending spree, or close
my eyes, pretend the money never went into my bank
account and just toss the money into the retirement fund ?
spent a bit of time trying to figure out how to mask the URL
of this site since the current directory path includes my
name. i exchanged emails with my ISP's tech support and
he set up a static IP address for me. i then called up my
domain name registrar to figure out how to relate zzz.ca to
that static IP address. the URL forwarding features that
they had didn't work exactly the way i wanted, and changing
the DNS servers really wonkified things. i decided to let
it stew for a few hours overnight and i'll take another look
at it tomorrow.
- interesting link of the day: an article from the
oct.2004 issue of wired argues that businesses that
will thrive in the future are ones that are able to
give up their singular focus on hits to profit from the
long_tail of demand.
- IP idiocy link of the day: michael geist
the myths about how P2P file sharing is having a detrimental
effect on the livelihoods of canadian musicians.
- big-box retailers are gaining music sales market share
from traditional record stores and are more 'hit'-focused,
only stocking the best-sellers and ignoring catalogue
- big-box retailers are paying record companies less per cd;
- number of releases per year has gone down;
- cannibalization of shelf space / discretionary spending by
- declining economic conditions
never calculate the currency we've spent
so i went for the RRSP contribution instead of splurging
on a skidoo. i bought some stocks with the proceeds.
first i doubled my stake in Cumberland Resources
for their gold mine outside of Baker Lake. i'm in the
economic pessimist camp (thank you mr. bush) and the
gold play is a hedge.
i also topped up my units of Northern Properties
the real estate investment trust (REIT) of my landlord.
The REIT spins off a distribution each month - i almost
prefer to see it as a discount on my monthly rent :)
now, normally, dividend income should be taken outside of
an RSP due to its already lower tax bracket, but since my
employer pension plan haircuts two thirds of my RRSP
contribution room, i'm using the monthly cash flow to
slowly build up my pool of liquid capital in the RRSP.
volunteered for my second shift at the community tax
clinic. paul showed up at the library with a laptop (yes !)
so i didn't have to fill out the tax forms manually like last
time. 3 clients came and we did 4 tax returns - you do
the math. everyone went away happy that they were
getting a refund (even the late-filer). it was nice to help
people on an individual basis.
i'm gonna keep drinkin' until i'm petrified
the day started off blustery, with the schools closed thanks
to the snowdrifts that had built up overnite. managed to get
to work just in time to find out that we were getting shut
down for the morning until conditions improved. since i was
there already (and since i walk to work), i decided not to
risk another back and forth journey so i just got settled in
to my work day.
team white: julian, mark, martha, siobhan, greg, me
team black: denis, kevin, alastair, gavin, jacques, carine
there was a bit of jockeying for players after team white
went ahead 2-nil. denis and i swapped teams to even
things up a bit, but team white still dominated the scoring,
if not the play. this was the last game for denis, who ships
out for newfoundland tomorrow, but he put on a good farewell
show for the boisterous crowd.
the next game will be on the 27th after toonik tyme. we
were thinking of promoting it as 'the rookie night', where
those who have expressed interest but haven't shown up, can
get a chance to try it without too many of us veterans
around to hog the ball or look down our noses while they
lose their footing :)
a group of us gathered afterwards at the qamotiq where we
intended to see denis off in grand fashion .... but they ran
out of beer. so, most of the group headed up to the
storehouse to drown out their misery at his impending
departure. having already had a busy weekend at the local
watering holes, i decided to take a pass.
instead, i decided to wander over to todd's to scope out
the card table action. unfortunately, on the stroll to the
four corners, i slipped on the slippery little ridge built up
between the graded roadway and the piled up snowbanks
on the side of the road - and this just after a car went by.
i managed to bang my knee worse than any injury
acquired from playing broomball, but was still able to limp
around. we'll see how it feels tomorrow.
anyway, todd managed to stare down peter for his second
tourney win, and also the second time that they've finished 1-2.
the next big match will be on the 23rd, so save up your
you make the darkness seem so far
at lunchtime, david and i walked over to the IBC studios to
check out the open house for a mockumentary production
that will be shooting in town for the next couple of weeks
during toonik tyme. the show will try to explore the
differences between how inuit and qallunaaq see the world.
also attending were annie, patrick and thor. we wrote our
contact info down and had our pictures taken and were
told to show up at the college on saturday for a crowd
after work i delivered the final technical report for the banff
mountain film festival, plus the final invoice for the technician,
to pauline at the red fed. then went to deb's haircuts to get
my regular 6-weekish buzz cut from scotty. then i went
home and crashed for 3 hours - guess my late nites caught
up to me.
got back up to start working on the springtime / road mix
that i'll be making for the
It - Spring 2005 Edition mix exchange. i'm torn between
using songs with a 'road / car' theme and just ones that feel
like springtime. maybe i'll mix in a bit of both ... ? oh, and it
turns out that malcolm is one of my mix exchange partners so
we'll both save on a bit of postage.
like a spider on the wall, i get around
got home around 6 and again crashed for a few hours.
sue was hosting a pre-legion party, but i figured that some
sustenance was my first priority. slid over to the legion
at 10 to meet up with david, tanya, andrea and anna at
the quiet lounge. also hit up alec for some advice on how
to handle myself i were to find myself in a casino poker
room on my trip south. after one round, we headed out
to the dance section where we ran into malcolm, sara,
sue and olivia.
david introduced me to his friend heidi who plied me with
poetry by maya angelou and plans to visit peru next year.
at another table were greg, bella, molly, jeffrey and maxine.
lots of co-workers were there too, so it felt like i was back
at a university dance where i knew bunches of people but all
from different campus spheres.
at closing. kevin and i got the best seats in the house next
to the exit. besides scanning all the shapes that had been
gyrating mere moments before on the dancefloor in full light,
we were nearly enveloped by a 2-on-1 fight that spilled over
the chairs next to us. once we got outside, we observed
some girl-on-girl pickup action, before heading for home.
since the film production for saturday morning had been
cancelled, i accepted kevin's invitation to visit. we
ordered supper from the snack and played the first few
stages of 'crimson skies', a pretty neat aerial combat
game. around 5 in the morning, we called it an evening
and i stumbled home to bed.
maybe we'd watch the sun rise
slept until the afternoon and then hit the navigator for
saturday nite karaoke. others at the head table included
judith, iain, kathleen, brad, david and norman. brad stole
the show as always, charming the entire bar with
renditions of 'kansas city', 'bad bad leroy brown', 'new
york, new york', 'personality', and his signature tune,
'stagger lee'. me, i stood up to sing willie nelson's
'always on my mind' and busted the speakers on the far
side of the bar.
from there, i accompanied judith, iain, david and norman
to the quiet lounge of the legion for a couple more rounds.
then david and i went to circulate and see who was out
dancing this saturday nite. i realized too late that
wearing a turtleneck and windpants might be alright for
karaoke, but they're murder on the dancefloor.
anyway, we hung out with joe, lisa, maddy and angie,
and were introduced to elisapee and tanya. too soon,
the lights came on and we were ushered out into the
cold evening, trying to figure out where the post-legion
party would be. clambering into a station wagon cab,
with people stacked like cordwood in the back, we hit
one advertised party to find the shades shuttered, so
the cabbie suggested jeff's as the evening's hotspot.
jeff's place was already hopping by the time we unloaded
ourselves from the cab. his dog, bailey, was a
rambunctious sort that welcomed every guest with a
flurry of fur. joe complained that it felt like a high school
party where all the kiddies are trying to live up to the
legendary antics of their just slightly older predecessors.
to wrap up the evening, we had an impromptu
throat-singing demonstration. the cabbie who took me
home at 5 a.m. (errgghhh) was looking forward to leaving
town in 2 weeks to hang out with his grandkids after
spending the last 11 years in iqaluit. with weekends like
this, we'll see if i last that long ...
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