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Wales 60, Canada 3

enevarim, linuxspice, and I went to the Wales vs. Canada international rugby test match this afternoon and sweltered in the 35+-degree heat. We missed the first half of the first half (including the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau), and the only seats left were partly obstructed, but it was fun anyway. There was a really good turnout of obvious -- and vocal -- Wales supporters in full regalia, in addition to less obvious ones like me.

I think I understand now what football games must be like for people who don't understand football. I understand rugby on the level of knowing what a try is and what a field goal is, and at the general level that moving the ball down the field toward the end where you're trying to score means that your team is doing well, but most of the action was a chaotic blur. The game was never really in doubt, as Canada really, really got clobbered, and the home side appeared to wilt or give up half way through the second half. There were two exciting moments when Canada threatened to at least score one try, but the Welsh defense put up a good goal line stand in both cases.

Last night, linuxspice and I met sonjaaa, kejlina, and secretsoflife at Cafe Crèepe for some yummy crèepes and some cool discussions of board games, Esperanto, Ruby on Rails, comparison shopping for SRS surgeons, and such. To top it all off, we got to see Howl's Moving Castle on its opening night. Very brief review: squeeeeee! (kejlina also needs to be added to the "get all the cool people to move to Toronto" project list....)

sonjaaa and I are tentatively on for a game of Memoir '44 at some point next week... and there may be yet another board game evening with some cow orkers at some point, too. Yesterday was our company barbecue, at which we discovered that five or six of us are big gaming geeks who'll play anything from fast-moving simple and elegant German-style games to big complicated grognard games, the sort that I can never get anyone to play with me.

We also went to see Sin City and Steamboy with thespian on Thursday, and she is tentatively planning to organize a couple of game days in a nice air-conditioned indoor space during the dog days of August. We had a long, long chat over coffee, snacks, and a pint after the double feature, and it looks like we may be going to a con in Boston over the July 1 / July 4 very long weekend with her and danaeris.

And between Steamboy and Howl's Moving Castle, we got to see anime on the big screen two nights in a row this week. How cool is that?

Tomorrow, we're off to the poly brunch that thespian is [not] hosting, after which we'll probably go Mouseboating and air conditioner shopping. Relief is in the forecast for Wednesday, but I've been practically estivating in this heat all week, and the long-term outlook for the summer is more of the same. Bleah. I really, really need to get Shrike in the water, so we can take her out into the lake to beat the heat.


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Jun. 12th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
In point, I'm not hosting it, just attending. I try to host nothing that will cause any drama. Game nights seem safe so far ;-)

Would you mind if I tagged along for the ac shopping? I need to figure out if it would maybe just be better to buy one than continue playing used advertisement roulette, which will eventually get me one, but that might be august...by which time I suspect the cats will have lost so much cohesion that I'll have to keep them in bowls until they solidify again.
Jun. 12th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
It probably wouldn't be until after the brunch, so sure. We might be going across the border for it, though; is that okay?
Jun. 12th, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
How much space do you have, btw? Future Shop has one on sale that'll take care of about 450 square feet or so, but that's half of the area that we need to cool....
Jun. 12th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
the apartment is 600 square feet (and starting to feel like it after some major housecleaning and dispersal of items). I'm also willing to just do the bedroom...today with the 32C temps, the humidex and everything made it 'feel' like 40C (that'd be 104F for those who don't think in Metric :-) ). And I'm sure that this apartment was a degree or two above that for part of the day. The fan I found the other day is helping, since it rotates and creates actual air flow, but if this is only June, I can't put the cats through July without helping them.
Jun. 12th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
Mmmm...Second Cup...I miss that place. *sighs*

Anyhow, it's been steamy-stifle-ly in Columbus for the last couple of weeks, as well. Urgh. *faints* You know how well I deal with heat. At least we have A/C in the apartment.

If you have questions about rugby, I can answer some of them. I'm by no means an expert, but I have a fair understanding of the rules (such as "no forward passes"). Scary thing is, as a result of watch Sky Sports News on Fox Soccer Channel, I've started to understand (and even become interested in) cricket.

Glad to hear you got to see anime on the big screen. Not sure when/if I'll be able to. Will be going to King's Island on Saturday, though. And it's supposed to be around 23 or so for highs, so not bad weather, either. ^_^
Jun. 13th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
Hey, there's a pro bono / open source project that linuxspice, catskillmarina, and I are working on that will eventually need some kick-ass GIS capabilities; would you be interested in getting involved?
Jun. 14th, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
Depends on what is needed on the GIS end. I don't know a great deal about writing a GIS front-end or anything like that. So, as I said, it largely depends on what exactly you're needing. If it's something that I can do, I'd be glad to help out, as it would give me recent work I could point to with prospective employers.
Jun. 13th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
ruby on rails
I did my first rails application today (the recipe one from onlamp), and I'm pleased it is less frustrating than Zope, but I'm still not sure about it.

The use of introspection from the database to plug into the generated code is very nice. And the generator itself is helpful. And, as far as I can tell they've avoided the "who in their right mind would call the critical variable '_' " mistake that Jim Fulton fell prey to in Zope.

But, ruby isn't python, and having to use @ to mean anything is just perl-like enough to be annoying.

What do you like about Rails?

Have you read Ian Bicking's blog entries about Rails v Python?

I'd like to figure out how to avoid having to learn yet another tool to do stuff that shouldn't be that hard to add onto something like jotweb.
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: ruby on rails
Thanks for the pointer to Bicking's blog... I'll journal about my reactions to it later when I get a chance.
Jun. 13th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
whoa... cool! glad ya had fun ^_^
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