What I’m watching

Hurrah for a new TV season! Here’s what I’m watching at the moment:

As well as catching up on some movies, and attempting to get up to speed on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Where do I find the time…


So, I’m sitting here, writing some notes for a meeting, and it’s just struck me how long it’s been since I actually wrote something with a pen. By write something, I don’t mean jotting down a shopping list or a phone number, I mean actually sit down and write 1000+ words.

I used to have bitch sessions when I was younger about how “grown-ups” writing was so hard to read. And I’m sorry to say, that my own writing has reached that very point. Maybe it’s because I’m a “grown-up” now (whatever that means), maybe it’s because I don’t read my own handwriting very often these days, hell – maybe it’s just because I have gammy fingers that don’t work properly any longer. Whatever it is, I am reading over my meeting notes, and they are barely legible. I can imagine that someone not familiar with my handwriting would have a pretty difficult time with it.

Good thing I can type, I guess!

Non-nerdy stuff

Well it seems that lately my blog has devolved into nerdy rants about programming and web design and other such things. I shall now attempt to write the wrong.

It is now nearing the end of the ski season, and (although I’m not 100% sure on the exact number) I believe I’m up to about 20 days on the mountain this season, which is not half bad as far as predominantly weekend trips go! My new board has survived relatively unscathed, with only a few superficial scratches. All in all I’m pretty happy with my purchase. It’s quite a big investment money-wise; if I put together all the money I’ve spent on getting my ass to the snow this year I could have purchased a half-decent car. I wish that was an exaggeration. Ahh well, it’s been a blast, I don’t regret it for a second! Unfortunately the snowmelt on Ruapehu is getting pretty extensive, it will only be any good for another week or two – unless there is a big cold snap – but I’m not holding my breath. The snow that is there isn’t particularly good, either; most days everything slushes up on-trail by about 11am, necessitating finding little patches of off-trail goodness.

Last week I went for some mid-week skiing Thursday/Friday, and stayed in one of the lodges on the mountain at Whakapapa – which was pretty damn awesome! Rolling out of bed, throwing on some clothing, and making the 3 minute walk up to the lifts is so bloody convenient. On Friday, a few places had some windblown pockets of fresh powder, so we decided to hike up above the lift-accessed areas a few times, and dropped into a couple of untouched bowls. There is nothing quite like fresh tracks in powder on a bluebird day. I can only describe it as epic. It’s runs like those that really make a season.

In other news, I’m listening to the new Muse album, and it’s bloody great. Get it. While I’m on the topic of music, I’ve recently jumped on the dubstep bandwagon. It’s quite a cool little upcoming genre, and it’s really grown on me in the last few months. I blame UP FM.

This post has zero flow; congratulations if you made it this far through all the waffle. My apologies. Did you catch the pun in the first paragraph? I thought it was quite clever. Yes I did.

Ternary love

foreach (Operator o in operators)
        o.Name +
        o.Equals(ternaryOperator) ?
            " is AWESOME!" :
            " is alright, I guess..."

Gotta love it.

sIFR, Redux

Here’s how not to use sIFR.


If you’re going to use any sort of scripted text replacement, for heaven’s sake, only use it where you need to use it (i.e. on dynamically generated text). The above page manages to get it right for the top logo and the footer text, but that’s about it. Mundane, static text such as “Author”, “Recent Blog Posts”, and “Topics” all get the sIFR treatment. And this is supposed to be a “design blog”. Kill me now.