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Archive for September 2004

Maxwell Smart would love this

September 14, 2004 @ 17:25 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net

I was checking out the BBC’s website and came across this article. Apparently, you can now use your flowers as speakers.

Coming soon: a device that will let you use your flower as a phone. I kid you not.

I’m going to have to call you back… my phone’s wilting.

First cache in over a month

September 11, 2004 @ 19:34 By: gordon Category: Geocaching

I finally found the time to do a little geocaching — first time in over a month, in fact. I headed out on my bike with my GPSr and several cache sheets printed up and did a little caching. In the end, I sought two caches and found one of them. The cache I found, William’s First (GCJWZH), was a small container about the size of a hockey puck. It was quite well hidden, but easy to find once the GPSr settled down.

Labour Day Weekend recap

September 07, 2004 @ 23:00 By: gordon Category: General

Well, I had a really great Labour Day weekend… I got together with friends for a BBQ in the afternoon and games in the evening. After the BBQ (i.e. very late in the evening) I headed up to the cottage where I arrived at 0145.

The weather on Sunday was great! I went sailing in the afternoon and headed over to Scott’s cottage on the other side of the lake. He grabbed a PFD and we headed out for a couple of hours of sailing.

Monday’s weather was greyer than Sunday’s, but still better than being stuck in town. I left for Ottawa shortly after noon. The traffic was quite heavy on the way home so I turned off highway 17 at Kinburn and made my way home via the country roads and Carp.

Scariest driver I’ve seen in almost 20 years

September 03, 2004 @ 01:19 By: gordon Category: General

I drove one of the guys I play D&D with home Wednesday evening. He lives in Kanata so we took the 417. Somewhere between Greenbank and the off-ramp for Bayshore Shopping Centre, we were passed by an SUV. Watching the SUV, we saw it weaving back and forth in the lane. As we continued along, the SUV continued to have difficulties staying in its lane. It then went to the extreme right lane across three or four lanes of traffic, crossed the solid white line into the shoulder and looked like it was going to smash into the croncrete barriers.

It was about at this time that I dialed *OPP (*677) on my cellphone to report the driver. While talking to the dispatcher, we saw the SUV force someone all the way onto the right hand shoulder. We caught up with the SUV, relayed the license plate and then passed it going up the hill to Kanata. By the top of the hill, I’d finished talking to the OPP.

Just past Eagleson, the SUV passed me again and forced someone else halfway onto the left shoulder. I called the OPP back to give them an update of this latest incident. The dispatcher from my first call answered and was typing a mile-a-minute. She told me there were officers out looking for the driver. Just after we committed to exiting at Castlefrank, she asked me if we were still following the SUV. I said unfortunately we weren’t and we finished up the conversation with her still typing.

Hopefully they found the driver before he hurt or killed someone with his stellar lack of driving skills. This is the worst driver I recall seeing in the almost 20 years I’ve been driving.

‘Splatometer’ counts bug numbers

September 02, 2004 @ 12:32 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net

Found on the BBC website:
‘Splatometer’ counts bug numbers