Imported so you know it’s good

Have stuff, will travel.

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Allright, this is one more post about the Africa project. (This used to be a link, but the website is not dead)

One of the funny things about going to Africa is the need to pack for a 16 day trip, in a country where I probably won’t be able to buy clothes or rely on the hotel service to wash them for me (in a timely manner). All of this without going over the 2 pieces of luggage + one backpack limit.

Here’s what I came up with. But I’m willing to listen to people who are more experienced travelers than I am. Dave?

Laptop & Peripherials:
Thinkpad T43
AC charger
Wireless mouse
4G USB key (personnal files, pictures backup, etc.)
2G USB key (workshop backup material)
Electrical adapter

Polycom PVX:
WebCam
Headset
Installation software

Photography:
Canon A570IS Digital Camera
Relevant batteries (2×2)
compact charger
2G Memory card
Multicard reader + cable

Blackberry:
Blackberry 8700
USB Cable (to charge with laptop)

Entertaintment:
2x book (The kite runner, suggestion?)
iPod Touch 32G – Isn’t it pretty?
USB cable (to charge with laptop)

Clothes:
516x underwear
516x socks
2x cargo pants (light, dark)
1x jeans (blue or black?)
4x t-shirts (black, beige, others)
2x dress shirt (blue, black)
1x suit jacket (black)
1x bathing suit

Shoes:
1x Open Shoes (Crocs)
1x Walking Shoes
1x Extra pair of laces

Hat:
1x Tilley Hat

Toiletries:
Normal toiletries (including razor, nail clipper, etc.)
Detergent for clothes
Insect repellent
Purell
Lots of sunscreen
Lip balm

Small “First Aid” Kit:
Prescribed medicine (diarrhea, malaria, etc.)
Antiseptic cream
Plasters
After sun treatment

Other:
Sunglasses
Net for sleeping

Stuff I have to bring for the Workshop:
10x booklet for participants
10x USB keys

Money:
300 USD
300 EUROS

What am I missing?

Edit: Poppy was very convincing about the underwear & socks. 😉

Superbowl XLII

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What a game. I thought excitement was not allowed during the Superbowl.

A little disapointed that I didn’t get to see history in the making, but that Manning kid was fabulous. Just before the game, we recreated the Superbowl before the Superbowl and the Giants managed to beat the Patriots in sudden death. 😉

A brief word about the commercials: Meh. As my friend Dwaynifer pointed, the bumpers were more interesting then most of the commercials. Although I must admin Shaq as a jockey made me laugh.

Another iPod Meme

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The “My iPod is ruling my life” meme, Opus 763

Instructions:

* Fire up your MP3 player or iPod or computer-based music browser.
* Turn on the Shuffle or Random feature.
* Press play. The title of the song that plays is your first answer.
* You can listen to the song or press “next” to go on
* The title of the next song is your second answer, and so on
* Important: you need to READ and UNDERSTAND the question BEFORE you click “next”. It’s even better if you read the question aloud. Ask any astrologer or tarot card reader.
* Post your results here or on your own blog. Link to this post if you please.

Divination Meme

1. How do I present myself to the world? Under Wraps (Jethro Tull)
2. What do I value the most? Dear Friend (Fish)
3. How do I communicate with others? Mood Swings (Me, Mom and Morgentaler)
4. Where do I come from? Drips, featuring Obie Trice (Eminem)
5. How do I creatively express myself (or how do I have fun)? Sinus (Type O Negative)
6. How does my work environment contribute to my overall well-being? Count to Six and Die (Marylin Manson)
7. What kind of person am I attracted to? Mope (The Bloodhound Gang)
8. How do I view death/transformation? Heartbeat (Hooverphonic)
9. What are my beliefs? At Last, forever (Jethro Tull)
10. What do I want to be known for / what is my calling? Internal Exile (Fish)
11. What kinds of friends do I have? Homewrecker (The Porn Flakes)
12. What are my dreams *really* about? In the Backseat (Arcade Fire)

Music Meme

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Saw this at Avitable’s and Poppy’s. I don’t have time to blog, but this is lunchtime, and what the heck it’s just a meme. 😉

Rules: Put your music player on shuffle, press forward for each question and use the song title as the answer.

Since I have a lot of French songs, I’ve decided to put an English and a French “answer” for each question. Results are amazingly pertinent (for most of them).

What does next year have in store for me?
talk of the town, by Jack Johnson
Penses-tu, par Kevin Parent

What’s my love life like?
Angel’s Time, by Me, Mom and Morgentaler
Harmonie du soir à Chateauguay, par Beau Dommage

What do I say when life gets hard?
A (Acoustic), by Barenaked Ladies
Paradis perdu, par Jean Leloup

What do you think of on waking up?
Time, by Pink Floyd
Train de vie (le surcheval), par Mes Aïeux

What song will I dance to at my wedding?
Script for a Jester’s Tear, by Marillion
Chaque jour se vit d’espérance, par Daniel Bélanger

What do you want as a career?
Conventioneers, by Barenaked Ladies
Le gars d’la compagnie, par les Cowboys Fringants

Your favorite saying?
Along comes Mary, by the Bloodhoung Gang
Les Blues me guette, par Offenbach

Favorite place?
Empty, by the Cranberries
Su’ mon big wheel (c’tait l’fun), par les Cowboys Fringants

What do you think of your parents?
Music Box (Remix), by Hooverphonic
La pluie, par Jean Leloup

What’s your porn star name?
Left Right, by Jethro Tull
La Valseuse, par Richard Desjardins

Where would you go on a first date?
Off The Hook, by Barenaked Ladies
La valée des réputations, par Jean Leloup

Drug of choice?
Crowds, by Bahaus
Spleen et Montréal, par Loco Locass

Describe yourself.
The Cruel Ship’s Captain, by Bryan Ferry
Intouchable et Immortel, par Daniel Bélanger

What is the thing i like doing most?
Tourniquet, by Marylin Manson
Cruel (il fait droid, on gèle) par Daniel Bélanger

What is my state of mind like at the moment?
Dark Star, by Beck
Un temps de chien, par Thomas Fersen

How will I die?
Plague of Ghosts: Raingods Dancing, by Fish
Soleil (ne me choisis pas), par Ex-Libris

Today is the day!

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I can’t believe it. This is the kind of thing you are told about as a child but never quite think it’s true until it finally happens.

Today was the day they replaced the duct tape on the carpets at work.

I’ll let this one sink in a bit.

To say we have old carpeting at work would be an understatement. The building is maybe 40 years old and the carpet is the original carpet. When the carpet rips, because let’s say someone drags a chair across it, of just turns on the lights, maintenance comes in and duct tapes the ripped part.

There’s a good reason for that. Ten years ago, the building was supposed to be demolished because of all the asbestos in it. Eight years ago when a new videoconferencing room was installed, they surface-mounted the wires because the buiding was to be demolished any minute now. When I got there two years ago, they told me not to get too confortable because the building was coming down in the next few months. Now our moving date has been set to mid 2009. Wait, I’ve just been told that it’s more likely to be late 2010.

So today, people from maintenance were working hard to peel 10 yers of duct tape to replace it with fresh duct tape. But they didn’t just rip and replace, they trimmed the excess carpet, so it wouldn’t make bumps in the carpet.

Did I mention the water is not drinkable in that building? The air quality sucks? There’s asbestos everywhere? Did I mention it used to be the Child Study Center?

As a funny aside, since this used to be a building with a lot of kids in, the sinks are unusual. They look a little like this, except way less stylish. This was done so the kids could gather around the sink (which is about 5′ in diameter and 3′ tall) and all wash their hands at the same time. When I interviewed for the job there, I got in, shook everybody’s hand and said: “Your urinals are really strange”. They still hired me.

To sum up: Carpets old, duct tape new.

On an unrelated note, I went to see 30 days of night. Read a very nice abstract of the movie on Wikipedia. Don’t go see that movie. It is really dumb and I can’t believe that it’s only 51% rotten on rottentomatoes.com.

Waiting for Cool.

12:30 AM.

I guess this is Tuesday now. I’m sitting here waiting for “Duh!” to turn to “Cool”. No exclamation mark after cool. We turned the clock back on Sunday morning, and while most people got one more hour of sleep out of the deal, for me it finally happened: I worked a 25-hour day. I’m now one hour behind on everything. I’m on one cool out of 3 Duhs! at this point.

Work is crazy (as usual). As an aside, I’ve been here almost two years now, and in the past 24 months things have changed drastically. We used to have one crazy time at the beginning of each semester – So 3 times per year, and a much smaller crazy time mid-semster (you know, mid-terms and all) and one last crazy time at the end of semesters. Now we have less crazy periods: We have one per year. The problem is that it lasts 12 months.

School is crazy (as usual). I’m doing extra stuff worth absolutly no points to save on driving 7 hours to get to class and back. Saturday, I got up at 7:30 and started working on school stuff. Eventually, I was hungry so I went upstairs and it was 19:30. I swear (and I swore). I completely lost my Saturday! I got an e-mail that might require me to drive down once more before the final exam. It’s really hard to express your disagreement to someone who’ll grade your final exam before getting your masters. I’m such a whore. 😦

My hair is crazy. This is what my hair looked like today.

HarperHair

 

If it was just up to me, it would look like that tomorrow.

 

I think I can get a suit like that. BTW, be really careful if you search for “shaven head” in Google Pictures.

Family life is cool. My daughter won (again) some sort of draw at her school. We’re seriously considering getting her to buy us one lotto ticket. Last year, she won something in most of the draws for prizes at her school. It started with the “reading week”. She told us that we needed to fill this form, because she was going to enter the draw and win the prize. We explained to her that the other 400 children in the school also had a chance to win, and that she had roughly a 0.25% chance of winning, and explained the random factor of any draw, etc. But she won. Then it was some sort of Halloween draw, and she won again. She kept winning the whole year. It gotten so boad that other parents with kids in other grades know my daughter as the girl who wins everything.

Crap, still one cool and two Duhs! I’m waiting for a computer to finish importing courses (big courses, 600 megs to 1.5 Gig in size) on the new server. While it’s importing, the result page gives me a Duh! besides the course code. When it’s done, the Duh! changes to a Cool. Pretty nifty, n’est-ce pas? 😉

It’s my sister birthday today. Happy birthday S.

I have close to 200 pairs of socks. On Sunday morning, as I’m putting my fresly washed clothes away, I noticed that all my socks were in a pile inside my contemporary man’s chest with two drawers. Mine is green, has an arched top, but you get the general idea. So I started taking them out and putting them on the bed. My plan was to have them (the socks) share a drawer with my underwear. Incidently, I just bought new underwear, so at the same time I went through my “old” underwear withthe firm intention to throw away anything that had holes in. Well the underwear must have heard about my plan, because it turns out I only had two pairs with unwanted holes in. I could swear I had close to 10 pairs with holes on Friday. Anyways, with 200 pairs of socks and close to 25 pair of underwear, there’s no way that all these things could share a drawer. Why do I have so many socks? LovelyWife thought it was going to be fun to blog about this, but I see she was wrong now.

That’s it. I’m off.

1:10 AM.

It’s a tie!

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There’s this guy at work who always wears a tie. He’s a little younger than me, he’s not a bad guy. He’s just a little too serious about being in charge of stuff.

The first time he came to my office he commented that his tie was a little too short. I agreed. He took his tie off, and redid it. I wanted to test how far I could take this. Over the course of a month, I made more and more comments on his tie and everytime he took it off, and redid it.

I’ve been doing this for the last month now.

I trained him well: He comes in, I comment on his tie, and he unties it and knots it again. I comment again, he redoes it again. I’m trying to see how many times I can get him to redo his tie this way.

My record is 4 times in one visit.  

Is this evil?