rich-c: salut, Daniel - quand tu arrive
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changed username to Guy F. rich-c: hi Guy, Daniel is monitoring but not here at teh moment rich-c: how are Sandra and Tamara? Guy F.: Howdy gentlemen! Guy F.: They are doing just fine! Tamara is simply adorable and too cute for words. rich-c: enjoying oru heat wave? Guy F.: Yeah, dunno how long it'll last. I have a small parade to attend to on Saturday, wonder if it'll be cooler by then. rich-c: (huh - my spellcheck is catching my mistakes but not correcting them) rich-c: yes, we are supposed to get showers tonight leading in a cooler air mass - nothing like what they have out west, though rich-c: here we will see freezing temperatures overnight, above during the day
Daniel Bienvenu moved to room Meeting Place Daniel Bienvenu: bonsoir Rich, Guy Guy F.: Hope it's not too warm for Saturday, me and a bunch of guys are dressing up as Santa Clauses and biking across Montreal. rich-c: welcome back, Daniel Guy F.: Howdy Danny boy. Daniel Bienvenu: Je vais bien... un peu de fatigue, mais heureux rich-c: well, Santa's bikng gear surely has to be relatively light, anyway? Guy F.: Costume is warm, synthetic. rich-c: may depend on the wind then - but bike stuff does have to be wind rsistant rich-c: tired but happy, Daniel - that means teh job is going well? Guy F.: Yes, and breathable, otherwise you sweat like crazy. I'm also doing Montreal - Ottawa in a few months (February), should be fun. rich-c: biking to Ottawa on February roads? you're out of your tree! Daniel Bienvenu: We are in a rush for another demo to another potiental hotel rich-c: a sort of Arcadia Encore, Daniel? Guy F.: Rich: Yeah, me and a few other people... 220 KMs. Guy F.: Dan, let me know when you need a new version of Space Hunter. I am slowly getting all of my Coleco programming tools to work on the Mac. rich-c: I wouldn't do it in June - but then I'm a bit past such things anyway Guy F.: Rich: Yeah, I hear for men, we start becoming wise in our 60s, early 70s. Daniel Bienvenu: It's a challenge for us for many reasons, the first one is because we didn't think about japanese language support in the first design and now the demo must have japanese language included. I don't have to translate, but I have to make a few changes in my codes. rich-c: well, since I'm into teh second half of my 70s, guess some wisdom may show up yet rich-c: can't james help you with that, Daniel? Daniel Bienvenu: Well, because I don't finish the new graphics for the menu and because I still have to finish my minigame named "jump or die", I think you have at least 2 weeks, maybe a month. rich-c: are you actually getting sales for tehse games, Daniel? Guy F.: Awesome, I'm really excited about that Dan! And to show my appreciation, you can keep whatever royalties it is from my share of the game, I donate it to you. Daniel Bienvenu: I don't have to translate, I just have to make modification in the codes to support the new requests. my immediat superior is taking care of the japanese. Daniel Bienvenu: For the cartridges, all the authors receive a cartridge, no cash... otherwise the price will be too high and the demand will be too low... Guy F.: No cash? I don't want any cash, but surely someone should get paid (ie: YOU!) rich-c: I think I am not fully au fait with just exactly what is going on here Guy F.: Rich: Daniel is publishing a Colecovision cartridge with a few minigames, 8 or so I believe, and one of the games, is one that I wrote last year. Daniel Bienvenu: Well, it's a project idea based on the first minigames success. rich-c: so if you aren't selling the cartridges, who is? Guy F.: Atari Age is, which a site/store that sells carts for retro/obsolete systems. Daniel Bienvenu: Because burning a 4k game in a cartridge is not logic... loosing a lot of space (normally 32K)... putting minigames togheter in a single cartridge is the solution Guy F.: It sure is Dan, and the people that benefit from it are the actual buyers. rich-c: yes, although it never fazed Coleco - many of their arcade games are only 8K Guy F.: I would like to polish my game though. Are we limited by 4Ks or do we have 8Ks? Daniel Bienvenu: the first problem is the pcbs, and someone suggest using the one from AtariAge because they are "adaptables". rich-c: pcbs? Daniel Bienvenu: the circuit to be in the carts Guy F.: F or the game cartridge Rich Guy F.: So I get to get a cartridge, cool, that Guy F.: 's more than I expected! Awesome! rich-c: as the Brits say, better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick Guy F.: As the jailmates say, it's better than dropping your soap in the showers and having to pick it up. Daniel Bienvenu: yes, for you, it's your first coleco game in cartridge, it's more special for you than me... Daniel Bienvenu: I'm very happy to help you publishing your game Guy F.: Dan: Yes, it is, it's been a dream of mine to publish something for the Coleco, and hopefull the dream will come to reality. rich-c: I gather that each cartridge may have games from a number of authors, then Guy F.: Rich: Yeah, about 3 or 4 I believe, including yours truly, Dale Wick. rich-c: sounds pretty neat, all things considered Daniel Bienvenu: I think the compositor for your game music must have one too. I will try to work on this. Guy F.: Well, it motivates me to perhaps embark on another game... something a bit bigger this time. I did find 4Ks to be a pretty tedious job. Took me a good 60 hours of coding to get the final result I wanted. rich-c: think it's fun I can claim to know at least three people currently writing Colecovision games Guy F.: Rich: Is your daughter showing up to chat tonight? rich-c: she should be, I was talking to her earlier - but she did think it might take her to 9.30 to finish up other stuff Daniel Bienvenu: Right here in Quebec there is Steve Begin who release some games originally from sega 1000 like "Lode Runner" and "Penguin Land" Guy F.: Dan: Something I've been wanting to ask you... rich-c: likely she's talking to her aunt (Erin's mom) who will be going to the Liberal convention Daniel Bienvenu: I'm listening, guy
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changed username to Guy B. Daniel Bienvenu: hi Guy B rich-c: hello, Otehr Guy ; - ) Guy F.: Dan: Remember Gulkave? I still have the source code completely commented and disassembled. If you ever have time to take a crack at converting it for the CV, I'd be more than happy to give it to you. What's left is to figure out the interrupt issue. Guy B.: Greetings! I'm on the notebook tonight. Have to charge it up. Guy F.: It works on the Colecovision emulator, but does not work on the real thing. rich-c: well, plug it in and go! rich-c: I got me a new toy - an external 160 gig USB hard disc Daniel Bienvenu: I have a lot of projects on the ice like Jeepers Creepers, and I also have to adapt Bejeweled to become Jewel Panic to let AtariAge and/or GoodDealGames release it. Guy B.: It's charging as I speak. We have a Winter Storm Watch here in Chicago for tomorrow night. Expecting some 3 to 7 inches of snow. Daniel Bienvenu: I can take a look on Gulkcave, but I can'T promise anything. Guy F.: Dan: It's a project for when you have free time. It's on teh back burner right now, simmering, but if it's ever realeased, it will be the most kick-as* game the CV has ever seen. Super fast paced, lots of graphics, etc.... awesome game. rich-c: that's OK, you're getting off easy - up to the northwest it's frigid and blizzzard conditions Guy B.: I have an external hard drive case which I can put in any size hard drive. Guy F.: Dan: I spent 70-80 hours of my life to disassemble the code by hand, so I wouldn't want it to go to waste. Guy B.: I can imagine what Bart Lynch is experiencing in his area. Guy F.: Rich: Yep, got one of those cases too with a 160 GB hard drive that I use with my Mac Mini. What I like about my case is that is has USB 2.0 and FireWire, and no matter what people will tell you, FireWire is still faster than USB 2.0. By pretty much a lot. Daniel Bienvenu: this dissabled game came from which game system? Guy F.: Dan: Sega, SG-1000 Guy F.: It's pretty much a direct port... or perhaps Steve Begin can help me out? rich-c: I got mine at Tiger Dirrect, it's USB 2.0 to SATA internally - all assembled Daniel Bienvenu: Well, because Steve Begin have good success on conversion from SG1000, maybe he will accept to help. Guy F.: Dan: Yep, he probably would, because he said the biggest part of the job is to disassemble it, the rest is easy. It's already disassembled, 100% functional. I am able to relocate the code, compile it, and run it on the SG-1000 and it runs flawlessly. Guy B.: I have a Tigerdirect Outlet store about 15 miles from me in Orland Park and that's where I got my USB hard drive enclosure. rich-c: now it has a replica of my C partition on it (in one logical drive) Daniel Bienvenu: you know my email address... always the same since year 2000. Guy F.: Dan: Mine has changed, I got myself a .Mac account subscription and am using a @mac.com address. rich-c: yes, in Toronto they are scatttered around teh outer suburbs too Guy F.: I know that Albert Yarusso would publish Gulkave in a heartbeat, he already contacted me several times to get the rights to it. rich-c: I had to pick up some Freecycle stuff (5-1/4 discs, actually) over in Etobicoke while Frances was at the Amiga meeting Guy F.: Rich: Is Pepsi allowed in Etobicoke? rich-c: and the new Tiger Direct shop was nearby so I went over to have a look rich-c: there are dirty rumours some folks even sneak in Nestea - but don't squeal on them! Guy F.: Rich: Har. rich-c: me, my department is beer - I do not drink pop Guy F.: Rich: Rrrrrr. Beer is for real men. Guy F.: And not the root kind of beer... rich-c: no, I find these days I rather fancy a strong stout Daniel Bienvenu: I've just called Steve Begin and he asked me if you changed the joystick routines or still use the original ones from the sg1000 version? he also said that he accept to take a look on your assembly code to help you finishing gulkave. rich-c: but Mill St. Brewery has a coffee-flavoured porter than I plan to try soon Guy F.: Dan: Nope, joystick routines I was going to keep as the last thing, once I got Gulkave working on the CV (ie: title screen, demo, etc...). Guy F.: Dan: Awesome news!!! Is he in Montreal? Daniel Bienvenu: I rich-c: I do wish someone could devise an interface that would let a Colecovision type joystick be used on a DOSbox, within the emulator Daniel Bienvenu: Steve Begin... Quebec city Guy F.: Dan: Oh OK, thought he was from Montreal... Guy F.: give him my emal: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll take it from there. rich-c: wonder where Bob is? scared by the forecast, maybe? Guy B.: It's raining here and no doubt by him as well. rich-c: right, teh rain is moving our way but is only very scattered showers so far rich-c: apparently BC got a real pile of snow, so be interesting to see how trhings are with Ron rich-c: the midwest is bitterly cold with blizzard conditions in places rich-c: but it looks as if the cold air may take oo and pass us to the north Guy F.: We're expecting 16 degrees C tomorrow afternoon. Guy F.: Pretty mild start for a December. rich-c: yes, we didn't quite make that today but came reasonably close rich-c: well, it ain't December yet, so don't tempt fate rich-c: anyway, I believe our recod snowfall date is Dec. 12th Guy F.: Nov. 30th in a few hours... pretty close. rich-c: have to get teh Christmas lights up tomorrow rich-c: yes, better buy my monthly tank of gas for November, then Guy F.: Rich: Just bought mine yesterday. Close to $60, grrrr. Guy B.: Annie watched me put up my Christmas decorations over the weekend. I think she's looking forward to her first Christmas. Guy F.: Annie is your dog, right? Guy B.: Yep. rich-c: did she try to sample any for flavour? Daniel Bienvenu: @GuyF. : done. email sent to you and Steve rich-c: my van tank holds 102 litres, Guy - need I say more? Guy F.: Mine when it's really dry about 60 or so. Guy F.: 57/58 more precisely. Daniel Bienvenu: I'm leaving the chat in approx 20 minutes. rich-c: I don't let mine get too far down, among other reasons because GM gas gauges are not too exact Guy F.: Dan: I got the email, thanks!!! rich-c: headed off home, Guy? Guy F.: Rich: I usually drive till my gas empty light is nice and bright. rich-c: oops, Daniel, I mean rich-c: don't have one of those - set teh trip odometer, fill after 300K Guy F.: Rich: Never been caught with my pants down up to know.... Actually, that's not true, I was coming down one night at 2:00 AM from NYC, and got stuck a bit before the Canadian border with no gas. I had to wait in a small city for the gas station to open.
moved to room Meeting Place Guy F.: I ended up going to a trucker at 4:00 AM and asking him if he could sell me a few liters of gas. He was quite startled when I approcahed him to say the least.
changed username to Ronald rich-c: I never got caught - buy once coasted up to the pump at the station with the tank dry Guy B.: Hi Ron. How's the weather by you? Ronald: Yo! Guy F.: Hiya Ronny. rich-c: hey Ron, got yourself dug out yet? Daniel Bienvenu: Je suis au travail Ronald: no..... still looking pretty messy out there Ronald: the Sebring remained in the driveway Daniel Bienvenu: I will go home as soon as I close my chat session rich-c: heard you were getting an unusually heavy dose Guy B.: We have a Winter Storm Watch for tomorrow night here in Chicago. Ronald: oh yeah, you could say that Guy B.: How bad? rich-c: well, if you can still see the car under it, it isn't that much Ronald: well it's not so much the amount of snow, it's the wind blowing it all over Ronald: and it's got the consistency of wet cement
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changed username to Pamela Guy B.: \HI Pam Pamela: made it rich-c: and where you are winter tires aren't that useful an investment rich-c: hi daughter Ronald: had to go to the hospital this morning for some bloodwork (part of annual medical) and I walked (only about 20 min) Ronald: but what a mess Guy B.: Annie's beside me. I'm on the notebook. Charging it up so I can take it to work tomorrow.
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changed username to james rich-c: before I forget - we need to discuss DSL modems - and what rentals ISPs charge for them Daniel Bienvenu: hi james james: afternoon everyone Guy B.: Hi James. How's everything by you? james: busy Pamela: who needs to discuss them, Dad? james: always busy Pamela: Hi, James rich-c: morning james, didnt see you come in Pamela: and Hi, everyone else james: just came on Pamela: sorry, just getting organized here rich-c: you need one, I may have an answer Guy B.: Is it cold by you James? james: i occasionally try to do a modicum of work but not getting much done lately Ronald: Don't send no more snow James james: is 10c "cold"? heh heh james: sunny.. not warm by any means but definitely not cold yet rich-c: well, by our standards this afternoon, yes Pamela: are you renting yours Dad, or did you buy it? Ronald: indeed. I travelled 3000 miles west to get away from this sort of thing james: should have gone about another 3000 :D rich-c: bought it and just bought a new one Pamela: why? Ronald: yes I think so rich-c: too long for here - but we can discuss it Pamela: sorry about your weather, Ron Ronald: Oh hey ! It happens once every 5 years rich-c: can't you tell we sound sorry? ;-) Ronald: ummm....yes james: this coming from toronto, eh ron :D Ronald: sympathy is a word in the dictionary between sh**t and syphallis rich-c: we'll soon be into it happening every five days - with encores in between :-( Ronald: yes, so I shall stop whining Pamela: I feel sorry for Calgary too - they'e getting the worst of it Ronald: yes, apparently -26 with a windchill of -50 james: we have a few clouds here Guy F.: Allright, gonna go for a quick bite, and I have a few episodes of Fraggle Rock to catch up... As always, ladies and gentleman it was a pleasure to chat with you and will hopefully see you next week. james: where's my sympathy? rich-c: yes, when I suspended teh satellite service teh call centre was there, and they said it was -28°C james: my brother just moved out there this year james: maybe this will change his mind Pamela: OMG, Guy, I didn't even see yo there
Guy F. left chat session Pamela: g'nite Pamela: oops Guy B.: I'm here and Annie is too. rich-c: see you Guy, take care of your girls! Pamela: I caught you, Guy, it was Gui I missed Pamela: caught the reference to Annie : ) Guy B.: And he just left. Ronald: Never did get to meet Annie Pamela: not paying as much attention as I should be rich-c: well, Calgary has its days, but it's also chinook country and pretty tolerable, I'm told Pamela: not at minus 28 it ain't rich-c: no, we never di, did we? Guy finked on us with that intro Ronald: can change on a dime
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changed username to Bobs Pamela: greetings, Bob Bobs: hi kids !!! Ronald: Right now I don't even want to look outside rich-c: hello, Roberto Ronald: Mr Guy B.: Hi Bob, you ready for the snow? Bobs: sorry to be late, but family stuff has to be done Ronald: Bob I presume Bobs: and better late tahn never, eh? Pamela: that's okay, we'll get to her next time, Guy Bobs: got snow eh ronald ?????? Pamela: don't feel too bad, Bob, I just got here Bobs: NO snow NO snow Guy B.: He got hit pretty good out there. Ronald: HAH!
Bobs changed username to BobS james: we had a real long indian summer here Ronald: speak for yourself sir Pamela: no snow till at least Sunday - I have a wedding to go to on Saturday james: some nice foliage still Ronald: could send you ours james: i'll keep the leaves, thanks Pamela: no thanks, Ron : ) rich-c: we still have two miniature rose blossoms flourishing on our garen plant BobS: heard there was snow in Vancouver.......Judy has friend flying in today for new granddaughter Pamela: what astounded me this morning was how green the grass was - I think it's growing again james: i'll be b&f, reorganizing this office Ronald: Our biggest problem is idiot drivers with bald tires james: always a few of them rich-c: Frances even found a couple of little flowers down in the forsythia yesterday Ronald: Mounties are ticketing a bunch of them Pamela: shocking, Ron : ) Ronald: Must admit, I am not equiped for this which is why the Sebring remains in the driveway Pamela: this is where being an Easterner comes in handy, Ron - you know how to drive in this stuff rich-c: I thought with your weatehr the normal need was slicks, Ron Ronald: line up of 60 people at the local Canadian Tire this morning Ronald: well yeah, but this ain't normal Pamela: all looking for snow tires, right? Ronald: yup james: heh heh rich-c: I have a set of Nokian all-season but they are unusually capable in snow
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changed username to Dale Dale: Hi all. BobS: good choice Ron......keep the car in the driveway till it blows over Guy B.: Hi Dale Pamela: Hi, Dale rich-c: hello Dale, welcome aboard Ronald: indeed Bob Daniel Bienvenu: bonsoir Dale BobS: Hi Dale Dale: I'm not dead yet. But feeling pretty sick today. Pamela: yes, I was hearing tales of everyone being required to use tire chains Daniel Bienvenu: I'm leaving in a few minutes... rich-c: really? what's with you? Ronald: oh oh Dale: Bad chest cold. Those always hit me the hardest. Pamela: Daniel, are you still at work? Daniel Bienvenu: yes Ronald: drink hot rums Dale till you can't see the end of the bed Pamela: oh, ick, Dale BobS: sorry to hear that rich-c: yes, first 48 hours you're afraid you'll die, next 48 you're afraid you won't Dale: Thank's Ron. Ronald: that's it Rich Pamela: no, that's the flu, Dad : ) rich-c: trust me, there are chest colds can do that to you too Daniel Bienvenu: :-) that's the best description I heard Pamela: we have at least three people sick at work in my area of the office - I'm hoping clean hands and clean living will get me through rich-c: sure it is just a cold and not anything worse? Daniel Bienvenu: today it was... slipery outside Pamela: what's your weather like, Daniel? james: have i mentioned yet that it's sunny and 10c? james: *ducks* rich-c: Ron, you never told me how your trip to the western final went Daniel Bienvenu: cold Daniel Bienvenu: like winter Dale: Ron, that's like Jill's whisky and two lemon cure: Take a bottle of whiskey and a lemon. Place the lemon on the dresser. Drink the whiskey until you see two lemons. When you wake up, you'll be better :-) Pamela: darn, missed : ) Daniel Bienvenu: sometimes snowing Ronald: go ahead James, rub it in Pamela: good thing I only throw socks and pillows, James Daniel Bienvenu: but regulary cold wind james: heh heh james: don't worry. i'll get my own Pamela: you have snow on the ground Daniel? Ronald: Tonight I walked 1/2 hour through wind and snow to go to a Weightwatchers meeting only to discover.......(you guessed it) rich-c: you are getting much worse than the Great Lakes areea then, Daniel rich-c: that's OK, you needed the exercise - gives you better umberss to talk about rich-c: test
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moved to room Meeting Place rich-c: thought I'd been dmped there - slow response james: was it something i said? :D
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changed username to Daniel james: i got dumped. wouldn't be the first ime james: *time Daniel: Great! i got dumped too BobS: oh ron....sympathy mon......but exercise will NOT hrt ya BobS: hurt Pamela: I think we all got dumped, James
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rich-1 confirmed ban Pamela: so it's your fault, is it Bob?
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Daniel changed username to Daniel Bienvenu BobS: yup Daniel Bienvenu: it's almost time for me to quit Pamela: so was everyone except Bob BobS: I am so pure i just stayed online Ronald: somebody wanna ditch my alter ego? Dale: I didn't do it. I promise. rich-1: looks like we all crashed out this time around Guy B.: We have two Ron's Pamela: which one is which, Ron? BobS: TWINS Ronald: The Two Ronnies
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Ronald confirmed ban Ronald: there Daniel Bienvenu: to answer the question... we had snow and rain yesturday. today it's ice on the ground.
james confirmed ban Pamela: that better?
james confirmed ban Ronald: yup Guy B.: Ok, we are all one's again. Except for me. Pamela: wow, sounds like you got a head start on winter, Daniel Guy B.: I didn't crash. rich-1: you must be getting circulation in off the Atlantic then, Daniel Ronald: So anyway, it turned out the Weightwatchers meet was cancelled Pamela: due to weather, right Ron? Ronald: I got the exercise out of it Ronald: yup Daniel Bienvenu: @Dale : when you can, send me the final 4k version of your game... before next year if possible. rich-1: Dale, did you get that error message from when I crashed out last week? rich-1: and if so did it tell you anything?
BobS confirmed ban james: ron, how is the battle of the bulge going? i know my dad has tried for years Pamela: brr, I'm chilly. Must be all of this cold weather talk Daniel Bienvenu: Well, it's time for me to leave ... I'm at work and it's cold outside. bye! Pamela: gnite, Daniel - safe trip home BobS: nite Daniel rich-1: bonsoir, Daniel - a la prochaine james: bye dan! BobS: be good Ronald: Down 25 James. Will have to go to tomorrow nights meeting to weigh in for this week Daniel Bienvenu: a la semaine prochaine! Dale: Daniel, I will probably have time to work on it next week. I'll just disable the latest buggy feature probably. Daniel Bienvenu: be good! :-) james: wow! congratulations! james: i should start a diet plan here - "james' japan diet" Ronald: well thank you sir. There's a long way to go yet
Daniel Bienvenu left chat session james: i lost 30lbs here and i didn't even think i had that much to lose Pamela: any results are good results, Ron rich-1: ramen thrice daily, nought else ;-) Ronald: yes exactly james: that stuff is the devil james: i'll eat it occasionally. it's not particularly healthy rich-1: I'm happy to be almost holding my weight despite being on prednisone Dale: Richard, no I didn't see the error. You were going to send it to my hotmail account? Maybe I should double check there, and see if I can track it down james: hard to gain weight eating fish and rice though with a 2k walk daily thrown in Ronald: Good Lord James, is there any of you left? rich-1: it sure is, james Pamela: that's what I was wondering james: most of what i lost was in brain mass i'm afraid Ronald: ROTFL Dale: I've had robots sending me AdamCon feedback spam, and I need to add one of those type in GIFs to my feedback page. rich-1: do chek, Dale; if necessary maybe I can resend, though I may have deleted it james: i went from 78kg to 64kg the first 6 months i was here. let me tell you, i was freaking out at one point james: because i wasn't even trying to lose weight Ronald: stress? james: no, just change in diet Pamela: problem is James, you keep losing the weight, and we keep finding it rich-1: that could make a guy seriously hyper! Ronald: oh right james: and doing lots of stuff outside be it walking up to the store or yard work Ronald: new land, new foods james: lol Ronald: that will do it james: no fool like an old fool though. the good news is it settled at 64-65kg and has stayed there since Pamela: James, were you a fish eater before the move? Regularly, I mean Ronald: what's your height James? james: oh, the latest gem from my little sweethearts - i'm middle aged. good thing they told me cause i'd been in denial james: i would eat it but it wasn't my principal diet james: height.. 172cm james: uhmm james: 5'8"ish Pamela: tell them they're still kids - talk about being in denial! Ronald: ok rich-1: I seem to mass about 76 kilos at the moment james: yeah, well at 32 i think i have a few years before i'm officially middle aged rich-1: but my height varies from day to day - downwards james: rich, are you trying to keep your weight up? Pamela: from the lofty age of 41, let me be the first to reassure you - you're nowhere near it : ) james: thanks! i'll pass that along to them Ronald: reminds me of an essay I wrote in grade 9 - made reference to a middle age man of 30 rich-1: no, I'd rather knock off a few kilos yet Ronald: My English teacher was not amused james: i'm sure your teacher docked you a few marks for that one Ronald: oh yes james: well these kids are in need of a paddlin' but that could get this lecherous old man in trouble :P Ronald: can't touch 'em and they know it rich-1: especially in a private school in a different culture Pamela: take up martial arts, then threaten to kick their butts - that'll teach them james: they're good kids, if not a little excitable at times Ronald: harrassment Pamela: my guess is James, if they're coming to your school volutarily, they're probably a very good bunch james: i'm the only one who gets harrassed james: by far Ronald: yes, expect so rich-1: who says it's voluntary - their parents sent them Ronald: I have to go get a sweater... brb james: japan isn't as pansied out as north america when it comes to this stuff yet rich-1: count your blessings - the pc life is a pain james: parents suing the school for scraped knees and dodgeballs and the like, none of that here yet james: a few words for parents and kids over there "man up, nancy boy" james: won't be happy till we're all wearing helmets and dressed in nerf Pamela: heck there were years where I went entire summers without two solid knees Pamela: wasn't summer if I didn't have a thick scab or two james: yours truly here took a bike at 40km/h off of a skateboard ramp Pamela: OUCH! james: not a smart thing to do, but then again 15 y.o. boys aren't exactly renowned for being thoughful about potential consequences Pamela: what did you land on? james: got a good arial view of the second storey of my friend's house, for all of a 1/2 second maybe Pamela: and what did you break? james: then proceeded downward at 9.8m/s^2 onto the pavement. landed on my back and arm james: remarkably, not only was i not (at least physically) dead, i didn't break anything rich-1: james, what is your email address? james: uhmm.. james at decarlo dot ca Pamela: so how is it I broke my arm falling six feet? james: luck of the draw. 15 y.o. boys are as rugged as they are stupid james: fortunately, or we wouldn't have very many 16 y.o. boys around
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changed username to Dr. D. Pamela: well hello, Rich Dr. D.: Hi all, it took a while to get here. Dr. D.: I am on a backup computer. rich-1: hi Rich, how are things now? rich-1: what happened to the usual one? Pamela: uh oh, somethin wrong with the laptop? BobS: hhey Dlc rich-1: kernal panic? BobS: how's the health ? Dr. D.: Powerbook HD died on Monday...fortunately it was making noises Sunday so I backed it all up. Ronald: dont see no little tory Rich Pamela: phew
(rich-1 gives rich-1 a nice tall frosty Guinness) james: anyway, i got away with a scraped elbow and ripped shirt Ronald: no grits either Dr. D.: I took it to the Apple Store tonight for repair, it will be out a week. Dr. D.: Department is paying for it, too. james: my only regret being that we didn't get it on video Pamela: and a lecture from the parents, I assume : ) Ronald: hi Dr. D Dr. D.: But right now I am on a 1996-vintage Powerbook 5300c. Dr. D.: 100 mHz PPC. james: nah, though they weren't impressed Dr. D.: Hi Ron. Guy B.: 1996? Pamela: are they ever? : ) Guy B.: Hi Dr D. Dr. D.: scraped elbow James? james: "what happened to you?" "fell off my bike" which wasn't entirely untrue, but i didn't want to burden them with details Dr. D.: Hi Guy, yes 1996. james: hi rich! long time Guy B.: Running Windows 95 on it? Dr. D.: Indeed, James. Dr. D.: It's a Mac, running OS 9.1. Pamela: probably a good thing, James james: i'm d/ling a 4.6gb file of season 2 of dr. who Dr. D.: haha I have them all Guy B.: Oh a Mac. Didn't know they had notebooks back that year. Ronald: Sounds like a good ol Mac james: you're likely ahead of me on the curve but if i have any episodes you want after i check to make sure they work, you're welcome to them james: figured as much Dr. D.: I dled 2 episodes of "Torchwood", watched the first one, and went ICK!, never watched the 2nd one, never wanted any more. rich-1: I just got an external 160gig HD so now my C drive is well backed up externally james: so you're turned off the new series then? Dr. D.: The laptop HD went to a 180 GB Firewire drive. james: trying to remember what the last episode i watched was Dr. D.: "Torchwood" was vile, vulgar, foul, a pity really, it didn't need to be. Pamela: gonna follow Ron's lead - brb Dr. D.: I will wait for the "Doctor Who" Xmas Special and the pilot of the new Sarah Jane Smith Mysteries. rich-1: it is currently 13°C here - at 10.30 p.m. - eat your hearts out Dr. D.: As for me healthwise, my cardiac tests are tomorrow afternoon. Ronald: Something is horribly wrong with this land of ours BobS: well hope they go well....... Ronald: -7 out here BobS: or youwill be like me and richard Dr. D.: Assuming they don't kill me, I will then be driving to Toronto to take Rin to the orthodontic surgeon Friday morning. rich-1: and if they're OK you can come support Rin while she has her wisdom teeth out? james: have i mentioned it's sunny and i think we're up to 14 now? Ronald: YES JAMES!!! Dr. D.: Best guess is still that it was all the dehydration and 6 hours of vomiting. james: did i mentiont that, pam? james: heh heh Dr. D.: I think it's your 14 C here in Cleveland. Pamela: bite me, James BobS: DISGUSTING James Dr. D.: I left my coat in the car, walked around in just shirt and tie all day outside. james: i've been called worse ;) Ronald: like I said, I think we've been ported to an alternate universe Pamela: LOL Dr. D.: Is it cold in Toronto Pam? rich-1: yes, we were essentially teh same Dr. D.: I was still going to bring my winter stuff. Ronald: I want my old universe back rich-1: no, but it will be when you get here, Rich - we are in for a weather change Pamela: you know, I have no idea, Rich - I haven't paid any attention to the temp, but I can find out - just a sec Dr. D.: That is what Stephen Harper is saying <runs> Dr. D.: <to Ron> rich-1: Guy is already under winter storm watch in Chicago james: i thought he was saying "vive le quebec libre" Dr. D.: Guess I will make sure I bring my boots and shovel too. Dr. D.: Nah, Harper is just saying BITE ME en Francais Ronald: Yes, everyone in the east is going to PAY for this james: sunshowers! yay! Dr. D.: I take it Ron has actual winter weather? rich-1: we know, but for the moment we'll enjoy the goods and worry about the plastic later Ronald: that right Dr. D james: soon i'll have a beautiful rainbow ;) Ronald: -12 C overnight Blowing snow Dr. D.: If so, good excuse to stay indoors and generate heat on the treadmill :-) Dale: Richard the last email I have from your tamcotec.com is from November 6 (from the mailing list) Pamela: okay, Rich - Thursday, high of 9, poss rain. Friday, high of 3, mixed precip. Saturday, high of 2, poss of precip. Sunday, high of minus 3, mixed precip Dr. D.: Hi Dale. Ronald: done that. Even walked to a Weightwatchers meeting that (unbeknownst to me) had been cancelled rich-1: O, guess those hotmail filterss are screwing up again Ronald: 1/2 hour there, 1/2 hour back in the wind and snow... (POOR ME!!) Dr. D.: On my way back Sunday night, there was a terrible rain squall around Burlington, like zero visibility. Ronald: Tell me again James.... how warm is it? Dr. D.: Just don't overdo it Ron, you have some time to ease back into it, don't undo all the slack years at once ;-) rich-1: unfortunately Dale I think the email is on the other computer Ronald: Yeah took me 62 years to get this way Dr. D.: It sounds cold to me when he says it in C, I hear it in F. Dale: Hi Dr.D Dr. D.: Transpose to another key Ronald: like when James talks Kilograms to me, I have no idea Ronald: Kilo is 2.2 lbs right? Dr. D.: I double it for approx. value (really x 2.2) Ronald: right Pamela: 454 grams in a pound, Ron (or .454 kgs) Dale: Double it and add 10% Dr. D.: A kilo of beef makes a big hamburger Ronald: indeed it would rich-1: yes, at one point I took off about 65 lbs., but I did it earlier - about 1973 Pamela: that's not a burger, it's a meatloaf : ) Dr. D.: Not if it is a flat patty Dr. D.: About 8 inches in diameter it would be too Ronald: these days I'm very suspicious of anything that weighs more than 3 oz Pamela: I rest my case Dr. D.: No hamburgers for me though Dr. D.: I actually did not have a single grilled thing the entire summer. rich-1: or better still download teh Windows Calc Plus power toy which does conversions Dr. D.: I am Jell-O and clear liquids until this gallbladder comes out. Pamela: there's something intrinsically wrong with that, Rich rich-1: amazing what you can get free from Microsoft these days james: i think it's about 15, ron ;) Dr. D.: Free virus-friendly OS Ronald: Yeah, like this Windows Vista I'm on, and Office 2007 - both Beta now james: "Ronald: like when James talks Kilograms to me, I have no idea" you know you love it Dr. D.: Easy access to market capitalists Ronald: but they'll self destruct in 2007 sometime I'd imagine Dr. D.: no security of personal data Dr. D.: probably backdoors for NSA et al. Pamela: how do you like Vista, Ron? Ronald: mostly eye-candy Pamela....but it does run better on the Acer than XP did rich-1: I think you are being extreme, Rich, but having had my own gall bladder troubles, well, that pain does inspire avoidance james: i'm still toying with a mac as my next purchase Dr. D.: Beware Acer, like beware Magic Chef household appliances Pamela: I have heard that it's more user friendly, and easier on the eye Ronald: Toy not James...... Serious must you be about Mac james: though i won't be buying anything for at least a few years. we need fancy things for the house we're building like "appliances" and "beds" rich-1: my Acer seems to be perking along in a most satisfactory fashion Pamela: appliances are over-rated, James : ) Pamela: like sleep james: indeed Dr. D.: I saw a 17" MacBook tonight at the Apple Store, looks just like my 17" PowerBook G4 except they did away with modem, added a 2nd FireWire port, and put an iSight video camera in the lid. Ronald: I just love my little MacBook Pamela: (says she, who only has the two most basic) rich-1: gee, I am getting by happily on 6-1/2 hours a night (12.30 - 7) Dr. D.: And it cost the same as my 17" PB did 2 years ago. Ronald: yeh Dr. D. the iSight cam is underused here. Used it to take a picture of myself, and never went back to it Dr. D.: sleep would be good, seeing as I got up at 3:48 AM Dr. D.: Also saw the giant $6K Cinerama display or whatever they called it Ronald: Good lord man - rich-1: why did you do that? Dr. D.: because I have to Richard rich-1: have to? how come? Dr. D.: the admin job is running me ragged...they changed major declarations this year to allow freshmen to declare majors the first semester. Ronald: I thought 6am on the treadmill was bad Dr. D.: I am swamped with biology wannabes Ronald: send them each a box of slugs Dr. D.: I have had to go to a 2-week appointment calendar to keep it straight. rich-1: sure, but there has to be a time when you just say OK, get back to you on that as soon as I can rich-1: leaving unsaid that that will be only after you have had your requisite sleep rich-1: you're supposed to ne teaching them, not killing yourslef Dr. D.: 75 freshmen all have to see me to sign the forms, or they can't register for classes (which is happening the last 2 and next 2 weeks). Dr. D.: I agree. rich-1: in fact if you drop dead at teh blackboard, they'll never get taught anyway Dr. D.: Lots of stuff has happened with this job this semester that never ahppened in the 33 years the previous occupant had it. Dr. D.: Our Chairman can't understand it. Ronald: What, increased student load? Dr. D.: It is mostly because class size has changed from 650 to 1150 since 2000. rich-1: he changes teh rules, then can't understand why things aren't the same? Ronald: ah Dr. D.: And that is a University decision. Dr. D.: Chairman doesn't determine who gets admitted to the University... Dr. D.: or how many Dr. D.: All depts. on campus now are facing scaling crises, just too many students for facilities and staff. Ronald: who determines tha Ronald: tt rich-1: yes, but he can demand the university hire more staff - they should have the extra tuition money to cover it Dr. D.: Mostly people needing to make up $80M deficit. Dr. D.: He can demand it and get laughed at. Dr. D.: I was lucky to get a 2% base salary increase with my promotion to Instructor. Ronald: more doing more with less Dr. D.: Talk of wage freeze this coming year. rich-1: depends on teh politics - there are ways (like something inspires a nosy reporter to drop by...) Dr. D.: Yeah, but there is no excess left, they already laid off about 250 workers over the last 2 years. Dr. D.: Reporters in this town are in back pocket of University. Dr. D.: I just do what I can...hope to make it through to Christmas. Ronald: like in my old world - nobody cares about the ATC system until two birds run into eachother rich-1: oh, here they are more inclined to dig for dirt - anywhere, whether it's there or not Dr. D.: Then I can relax...maybe spend a whole week with Rin. Dr. D.: I proably haven't seen her 3 weeks' worth of days since the wedding sigh rich-1: here or in Windsor? Dr. D.: Toronto. Dr. D.: Doubt I will get to Windsor when Rin is scheduled to be there. rich-1: is she going back there for Christmas? Dr. D.: She is only there the weekend before Xmas and leaving day after Boxing Day. Dr. D.: She doesn't have any time off left for the year. Ronald: Makes it tough on both of you Dr. D Dr. D.: It does Ron :-( Dr. D.: Esp. me in hospital, she cannot come. rich-1: (PRIVATE) Pam - when does Russell's schedule put your Christmas day? Ronald: geez Pamela: (PRIVATE) Boxing Day and the 27th off Dr. D.: In fact, US Consulate in Toronto said it would jeopardize her immigration petition if she formally applied for an emergency visa. Dr. D.: I am not dying. rich-1: well, if you're lucky, teh gall bladder should be easy, once you get teh heart issue clarified Ronald: so the border does exist Guy B.: Well folks, I'm going to go. Will be taking out the critter soon. See you all next week. Dr. D.: thank Homeland Security and xenophobic Republicans Pamela: (PRIVATE) still trying to work that out Dad - watch here for further bulletins Dr. D.: By Guy. Ronald: yeah rich-1: see you Guy, take cre of Annie Ronald: be well Guy....see ya next week Pamela: gnite Guy - stay warm Pamela: (PRIVATE) hugs to you Guy B.: She knows I take good care of her. Ronald: warm? what's that? Guy B.: (PRIVATE) Hugs too Dr. D.: sigh I have to go get wash out of dryer then go to bed...so I will logoff for tonight. rich-1: (PRIVATE) OK, guess you'll have to work out scheduling with your mother Guy B.: Poof
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Dr. D. left chat session Ronald: Hate to see you being worn like this Pamela: safe trip tomorrow, Rich rich-1: OK Rich, you take care too - and get your sleep, registrations can wait Pamela: well, that was quick BobS: heckhe is gone Ronald: Bob my son.... a question for ya BobS: lightning !!!!!!! BobS: ya mon Pamela: s'okay, I will tell him if I see him this weekend Ronald: My poor old hard drive (the one with the push pins) has packed it in. Do you think I could ask you and Doug to have a look at it BobS: sure.....what is it????? MFM or IDE ?? Ronald: IDE Ronald: it hasn't been used in quite a while.....attempted to boot it up a couple of nights ago, and it appears dead Ronald: booted once last night, but I think there's a power supply problem Ronald: Thinkin Doug might be able to shed some light BobS: ok, I can simply send you another one OR you can send it here and we can try to resurrect it for info and transfer to another one for you (free gratus) james: arright folks, i need to move some more stuff around here BobS: oh.......and what is the power supply ???? BobS: internal ADAM or external ibm ? james: so i'll have to bid you adieu until two weeks from now. i'll be in osaka next week and not around. plan accordingly ;) Ronald: I'll send it down. The power supply is one of the originals from Micro Innovations Pamela: g'nite James - have fun rich-1: right, james - take it easy so you don't die of heatstroke Ronald: night James BobS: be well james and have fun and be safe BobS: oh god..........anlther one of those ????? Ronald: send some sunshine eh? james: i'll be out in my hammock sipping pina coladas for y'all Dale: night james. rich-1: and enjoy your trip to Osaka Ronald: Oh get outa here Pamela: lol james: heh heh james: thanks! be safe everyone. bye! Dale: I'd better go. I'm out of it today anyway. BobS: ok Dale GET BETTER Ronald: Dale.... here's hopin you get well soon Ronald: that's no fun, I knw Pamela: understandable, Dale. Say Hi to Jillian and Jeffrey for us Ronald: know
james left chat session Dale: Thanks. rich-1: right - take care of that cold and make sure it doesn;t turn into something worse Pamela: and feel better! Dale: I wll Pam. Dale: poof
Dale left chat session rich-1: Ron, my email get there yet? Ronald: Oh.... sec... will go see BobS: Roon, send the card and the drive and power supply if possible and cheap BobS: Ron BobS: or forget the ps Pamela: Dad, will have a better idea about Christmas after the weekend rich-1: that means mailing it, Bob, and that ain't fast BobS: tis coming whether you plan it or not Pam BobS: so, he don't use the thiing anyway Pamela: I know Bob, but am just looking to get past this wedding of my girlfriends' for now Ronald: Heh heh ain't that the truth rich-1: right - maybe if you have free time we can even fix your computer Pamela: it's been a busy week and it's not getting better before Sunday Ronald: Ok Bob, Will dispense with the case BobS: pack well, snail mail and isure if possible and cheap and wait for it to come Ronald: right on BobS: insure Ronald: oh yes. BobS: cheap is the word mon rich-1: I am no longer using Windows 98SE, it's off my computer, so I can legally pass it on to you Ronald: There's a couple of wiring jobs in there that will kill you and Doug laughing....but get past that quick eh? Ronald: I mean this is push pin technology eh BobS: "-) Pamela: not much point, Dad, if we're going to replace the computer soon BobS: go to go now guys and gals.......see ya's next week rich-1: you've been saying that for an awful long time, Pam Pamela: do you want your push pins back, Ron? Ronald: So far as I can tell, all the data is still on the drive both EOS and TDOS, but the drive doesn't appear to be spinning up properly Ronald: sure Pam...... not like I don't have any around here rich-1: OK Bob, see you next week - you and Judy take care, now Ronald: niters B ob Pamela: night , Bob - hi to Judy BobS: ok nite
BobS left chat session Pamela: I know Dad, but there's a family rumour we're getting a computer for Christmas (or $ for one) rich-1: Pam, re our DSL modem - it was needing frequent reboots Ronald: nobody here but us Canucks rich-1: these DI seem to happen mostly after power interruptions Pamela: I was going to comment, but what sound does a beaver make?? Ronald: dunno rich-1: there is also a question about the health of the router/hyb Pamela: the thing is, I have a wish list for a new computer and I have yet to hash it out with Russell rich-1: hub Ronald: my my..... Ronald: the TV station I'm watching has gone from English to Cantonese rich-1: we got a replacement to see whre teh trouble is, by elimination Ronald: sign of the times out here Pamela: what station, Ron? rich-1: but the old one is now surplus, and may well work Ronald: M Channel Ronald: must be Vancouver rich-1: I have suspended our satellite service for December/January Pamela: did it used to be "the new XX (insert appropriate call letters here) ? Ronald: on the Road again Rich? rich-1: Frances NEVER watches tv, and with no racing or football, I won't either Ronald: could be.... I'm not the most attentive of TV watchers, and there have been a lot of channel changes lately Ronald: all tends to go over my head rich-1: no, just saving myself about $90 on something I won't use anyway Pamela: sounds like A channel, affiliate of Chum Group Ronald: oh ok Ronald: yes, Pam I think so rich-1: not that I wouldn't like to be on the road again, but trailers pull poorly in the snow Pamela: they tend to do a lot of local group-specific programming Pamela: we just got the thing put away, Dad - don't rush it! Ronald: well that's what I ve got - rehash of the day's news only in a foreigh language Pamela: I still have mud on my shoes : ) Ronald: Well people.... I think I shall go and do some more work on the Christmas card rich-1: and now it's time to think about putting up the Christmas lights Pamela: and I have a date with a full laundry basket Ronald: here I should have had them up this week....too late now Pamela: or two Ronald: right all....be well Ronald: see ya's next week Pamela: you too, Ron - keep up the good work rich-1: my leg is cramping, so gotta get off this chair - so let's pack it in Ronald: thanks.... I intend to Ronald: nite rich-1: dig out and take care, Ron - see you next week Pamela: okay - will call maybe tomorrow or Friday, Dad
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