Wednesday 21 January 2004

JetsGo, and Simplifly!

I can???t say I???ve ever done this before. Blogging from a Boeing-McDonnell MD-83 passenger jet, cruising at 35000 feet. It???s sweet. The passenger load is light enough that most everybody who wanted one got their own aisle all to themselves. Of course, only Hannah, Nathan and I had the foresight to want it, but it was very comfortable nonetheless.

CUTC promises to be replete with much of the awesomeness. A variety of interesting seminars in a number of interesting fields await me when I reach Toronto. So does some kind of free software, likely from Microsoft.

I also look forward to visits with friends in the Greater Toronto Area. Fun promises to ensue, I???ve no doubt. More than likely, I???ll be back in Wolfville before this gets posted, but we???ll see. It depends on how l33t and awesome the ???in-room Intarweb browser??? is.

[Update: The in-room Internet browser sucks. There is, however, free Internet access from the hotels Business Centre. Because I'm obviously a rich businessman who needs web access to do my business. Obviously.]

In other news, the discernment process continues pretty much unabated. Three meetings have now been held, centering on primarily theological topics. We???ve thrown away the manual to some extent, and are letting the meetings progress as they will be led. I think it???s probably best that way; it lets us discuss anything we want.

Anyway, I???m off to the washroom, and then to go and enjoy the rest of the flight. Wheeee!!

Sunday 18 January 2004

Little Answers

Someone once described myth as a way of describing the indescribable. I think, today, I discovered a corollary to this idea. Namely, that sometimes the simplest answers to the most complex of questions are the best ones.

Sunday 4 January 2004

Proof I Can Rant About Nothing

"Many great things have come out of Worcester, Massachusetts, but surely one of the greatest is Candlepin Bowling."

You read that right. There are quotation marks around that expression, which means that someone else had the audacity to say it. In public. So other people could cite it. Furthermore, it's on the homepage of the International Candlepin Bowling Assocation -- yes, you read that right, too. This organization also exists.

I dare someone to tell me many a few one good thing that has come from Worcester, Massachusetts. And further, I would dare someone (the same someone, even) to tell me why we need an international association for a ""sport" played only in three states of the Union and two provinces of the Confederation (or Dominion, if you like it).

If this diatribe about bowling isn't scary enough, I present as a further offering, the following instructional video from Microsoft on efficient algorithms for generating clouds in flight simulators [streaming video, M$-format].

A report on the Holiday Break will follow later.