Archive for April, 2004

Messin with the Penguin

Messin with the Penguin


I’m considering switching from Windows 2000 to Linux. I have it installed on my development server and it works really well. I seriously considered Linux a few years ago but I was unimpressed with my database alternatives. SQL Server, and in particular the software available to manage SQL Server kept me in the Microsoft fold. Fortunately MySQL has come a long way and after playing with it for a bit I realized I could switch. Windows 2003 is already out and I need to upgrade the mail server to something that gives people a web based admin to access their email, and some spam/virus cleaning options would be good. Considering that most of the applications I run are written in ColdFusion I can port them over the Apache/Linux with few problems.

There is a certainly a learning curve to Linux. Once I get used to changing settings with text files it should be straight forward for me. I don’t think I’d ever switch to Linux on my work machine. I really like Windows 2000 and above. I just don’t want to pay the few thousand dollars to upgrade the software on my server. Not having to worry about licenses will be a big plus.

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Excited about the federal campaign

Excited about the federal campaign


Yesterday I had my first sit down meeting with Chris Axworthy. We had a fascinating discussion about the upcoming election, the campaign website, and the Liberal party. I came away with the impression that Chris is a very competent experienced politician. He spoke very intelligently about the issues and answered my questions very well.

Some people have criticized Paul Martin for the way he has handled the problems with the sponsorship issue. Essentially Paul handled it differently then Chretien. Paul was honest and admitted there was a problem. This goes hand in hand with Martin’s desire to be more transparent about government. Wouldn’t we all rather have at least some transparency in government? When the government actually admits it has a problem we want to crucify them. Has the Canadian public become so cynical of government that it can no longer accept the notion of honest governance?

A lot of people have asked me why I decided to support the Liberals. At the very least they are teasing me about it. It was Janice MacKinnon’s book, Minding the Public Purseā€ that sealed it for me. Janice was an NDP finance minister in Saskatchewan for some tough years in the mid nineties. Even though she was ideologically and politically opposed to Martin at the time, her book speaks glowingly about the fiscal direction taken by Paul. The people that have had to work with Paul like MacKinnon discovered that he was open, willing to listen, competent, practical, and able to make hard decisions for the good of the country.

For me Harper is the obvious second choice. I won’t vote for him because I don’t believe his radically decentralized vision of Canada is our best option. Essentially Harper wishes to dramatically reduce federal taxes and thus reduce the role of the federal government. The provinces will make up the difference by raising their own taxes. It sounds like a good short term plan for Alberta, with less of their money flowing around the country to places like Saskatchewan and Newfoundland. I don’t think this is what Canada is all about. We are one nation, not a collection of 10 states and we should help each other out.

I wouldn’t even consider Jack Layton and the NDP. Their fiscal policy is caught somewhere between 1975 and the Free Trade election of 1988.

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Kipper is toying

Kipper is toying


Out shot 12-2 in the third, facing the best Canucks team this series, and now ahead in the series 3-2.  Take game 1 out of the picture and Mikka has a GAA of 1!  The Flames will win at home and finish this series in 6.  After that the rest of the playoffs are gravy for me.  Now that St. Louis is out of the picture and the Preds were soundly defeated it looks like the Flames will play Detroit.  I’m not confident about that series, but I’m sure the Sharks would love to face a seriously beat up Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference final. 

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Why Darryl should move to Saskatoon

Why Darryl should move to Saskatoon


High profile author Yann Martel has decided to stay in Saskatoon after a brief stint as writer in residence in our major library.  Yann gives a pretty compelling argument for staying here in Canada’s Greatest City.

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Blogging and Friendships

Blogging and Friendship


Over the last 2 years I’ve come to know some really great people online.  People from all over the world.  People who are like me and people who aren’t.  Being in the middle of the political and theological spectrum I dialogue with people on both sides.  Sometimes I get to be a sounding board in sensitive situations.   The strongest relationships I have don’t stop at blogs and comments.  Using IM and now Skype I can develop much deeper relationships with people.  I really try to go that route because blogging has inherent weaknesses.

There are some people who think they can know a person through their blog.  You can’t.  Even somebody like Jordon, who blogs a lot, can’t be understood well.  There are certain things you don’t talk about on your blog.  There are lots of great wonderful positive stories I’d love to share but I can’t because that would betray confidence or someone’s desire for privacy.  My blog accurately reveals one side of my personality. 

In a small bible college setting your first year is all about exploring new things and making friends.  2nd year you have a core of returning friends and you accept some of the 1st years in your group.  By the time the 3rd year rolls around you have enough friends and you tend to form a more insulated group.  I almost wonder if I’m going in to my “third year” with my blog.  I don’t have enough room for more online friends without bumping others.  I don’t really want to add more people to my RSS reader because I don’t have the time to stay connected with the people that are already on there.  If blogging is like a conference I’ve grown tired of the workshops and the speakers.  I want to slide off to the side for a quiet chat with some of the people I’ve met. I think this another reason I’ve put more effort in to IM and Skype because they are simply more effective ways of having discussion. 

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Take it to the Limit one more time

Take it to the Limit one more time


Do you ever hear a song that evokes an emotional response before you consciously know the lyrics, you read the lyrics and you find there is something in the song that fits just right. It happened to me today.

All alone at the end of the of the evening
And the bright lights have faded to blue
I was thinking ’bout a woman who might have
Loved me and I never knew
You know I’ve always been a dreamer
(spent my life running ’round)
And it’s so hard to change
(Can’t seem to settle down)
But the dreams I’ve seen lately
Keep on turning out and burning out
And turning out the same

So put me on a highway
And show me a sign
And take it to the limit one more time

You can spend all your time making money
You can spend all your love making time
If it all fell to pieces tomorrow
Would you still be mine?

And when you’re looking for your freedom
(Nobody seems to care)
And you can’t find the door
(Can’t find it anywhere)
When there’s nothing to believe in
Still you’re coming back, you’re running back
You’re coming back for more

So put me on a highway
And show me a sign
And take it to the limit one more time

Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit
Take it to the limit one more time

by The Eagles

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Sponsorship Scandal: Only 13 Million Missing

Sponsorship Scandal: Only 13 Million Missing


So it turns out the “scandal” isn’t such a big deal after all.  Our provincial government has lost more money on risky potato ventures.

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The first of 16!

The first of 16!


The Flames won their first of 16 games this playoff.  Some might think I’m crazy for thinking my beloved Flames will taste Lord Stanley’s sweet nectar but you have to remember I am a Flames fan.  I am a fundamentalist Flames fan.  For me there is no grey, only black and white.  The truth is the Calgary Flames are the best team in hockey.  It’s also true that the Edmonton Oilers suck. 

I’ve been terribly disappointed in the Dallas Stars.  A team I could count on to beat Edmonton in the playoffs every year.  It looks like facing a real team in the first round is too much for them. 

I like the Habs…sort of.  They can win as many games as they like as long as they don’t win the cup.  Then they would have 25.  It would be nothing but “a quarter century of cups.”  Every Canadiens fan around the world chirping incessantly.  It is good that they are quiet and humble these days.  I think Boston should finish off this series in 4 or 5.

 

I’m very sure the Canucks are going to lose to the Flames.  Game one was an anomoly.  The loss of Bertuzzi is significant.  The Canucks have to send Jovo to the front because he’s the only one tough enough to handle the Flames defence.  The Flames should take one or two in Calgary and finish off this series in 6!

 

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Theology Pub: Tonight – 7pm – Saskatoon Inn

Theology Pub: Tonight – 7pm – Saskatoon Inn


Tonight’s discussion is church leavers.

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Hanging out with Ralph and Chris

Hanging out with Ralph and Chris


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