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So, a new year again, eh?

There was (in alphabetical order) Apples to Apples, Doctor Who, drinking, flashing (getting to be a NYE tradition!), kissing, making out, and so on. This can't possibly be all that bad, now, can it?

I went to the party of [livejournal.com profile] maery, Patrick and [livejournal.com profile] iangurudata with [livejournal.com profile] azrhey, [livejournal.com profile] liberation_now, [livejournal.com profile] obskura, [livejournal.com profile] scjody and [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe, which was pretty cool. There was this thing with a clove orange going around, which was kind of fun, but provided me with ample occasion to face my shyness. I tried to do good, but I mostly fumbled and ended up feeling rather dorky, it seems. I reflected on the delta of going from partying in Barcelona to partying in Verdun for NYE, but while the venue might be a bit sketchier, being in good company more than makes up for it!

[livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I went back to [livejournal.com profile] liberation_now and [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe's place after the stroke of midnight, for a nice evening of hanging out and playing games (Apples to Apples!). There, it was eventually discovered that Bailey's and wine are actively evil when mixed together. Very evil. As in, we all ended up sick, to various degrees. Eurgh. Still, a pretty awesome night.

We were going to go to my dad's for dinner the next day, but as it turned out, the snowstorm (combined with a nasty hangover) put a stop to that.
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Took a sick day today, for the silliest of reasons. Monday, I really didn't feel like lugging myself to work, but today, I was doing all right, other than a sore throat. Walking out the door, it started raining a little. Nothing serious, just a little pleasant rain, and I hopped on the bus quickly anyway.

You see, the bus system in my area is pretty simple. I go the Grande Rue St-Michel, there's a bus stop, and all of the buses stopping there go to the train station. Simple enough, right? It soon started to pour, and quickly after, the bus took an unexpected turn. Seems this bus was temporarily redirected. I figured I'd get off at the next stop, and walk to the station, but it just kept going for a good while first, to join its normal route.

I quickly got lost, running around in the pouring rain, trying to find my way to the train station. I managed to find the train tracks in time to see my train pass by. Ugh. After finding another bus headed in a more convenient direction (AKA "somewhere I've been before"), I decided that maybe I'd better cut my losses and go home, instead of going in the freezer they call my office (although it did get better).

To think I was actually looking forward to work today, and would have rather stayed in bed yesterday... Ugh. Well, I get to write about a few recent things, I suppose.

Thursday, I went to the QJeLT of Toulibre. I'm trying to reverse-engineer how I went from knowing nearly no one when I arrived in Montréal, to see what I could be doing now. I guess starting meeting people from one field of interest and jumping around to other subjects is one way.

Friday, I went to see Matmos, as part of the Printemps de Septembre. As [livejournal.com profile] azrhey wasn't feeling too well, I hooked up with one of my co-workers. I took some photos. Some interesting conversation too, although it was a bit one-sided (on my side). I blabbered a lot. ;-)

[livejournal.com profile] azrhey's bike had a slow leak on her rear tire, so Saturday we headed out to have it fixed. We each bought bike computers, while we were there, decently priced German little things. I got myself a small rear-view mirror, so I can check my six when I'm doing my thing in the streets of Toulouse. Then, we biked back, stopping at the fair for a ferris wheel ride. I took some more photos, once more.

Sunday, we rode our bikes along the Canal du Midi, tasted the wonders of Quick's sundaes, then watched The Devil Wears Prada.

It's been four weeks since I ordered in the battery for my laptop, and they said "four to six weeks". Where's my battery now? WHERE IS IT?
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Well, it's been a while I haven't done a technical post, and well, I'm feeling a bit under the weather, so it might be a bit shoddy and make even less sense than usual, but you'll just have to deal with that, won't you?

Recently, jdub (who has one of my favouritest domain name, I hope he'll give it to me in his will) was talking about things that suck. Those too lazy to click the preceding link are probably wondering what thing and/or how so. Well, it's Python, that for what sounds like a totally lame excuse, has a maximum timeout of a hundred milliseconds in its select()-based main loop, in order to poll whether the interpreter received a signal. Polling. Jebus, it's 2006 already, somebody tell these people!

Now, someone like apenwarr, who both wrote such code and sat beside me, consequently almost going deaf from my horrified screams, many times over. Note to others who think of writing such code: it might be hazardous to your health! Save yourself! Write a byte to a pipe in your signal handler!

Now, of course, the primary reasons to do so would often be things like "not sucking" and "not going deaf", but power usage is getting to be an important problem in enterprise computing, not to mention longer autonomy for laptops, as well as quieter and cooler workstations, which can then be made smaller and less obtrusive. Sun keeps telling us, and Google is having issues with it. Like apenwarr once said, semi-famously, inspired by Spiderman's uncle, "with great power comes a great power bill", in the order of 1 to 2 millions $US per month!

As [livejournal.com profile] kernelslacker is pointing out in his experiments that you can actually look into these things at home, provided you have the appropriate gadget. I'd be very interested in playing around with this, but I'd need to find myself a similar tool adapted to European power standards... Anyone has a lead for me?

Now, you might wonder what's the point of that post. Me too. I forgot. Stupid cold...
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Yesterday, when I left home for work, I almost forgot my keys, remembering them when I was in-between the two exterior doors (the inside one being locked), so I called [livejournal.com profile] azrhey with my cellphone to have her bring me my keys. That was the first time in something like 10 years that I had forgotten my keys.

This morning, I resolved to leave early and walk/bus to the train station and take some Advil with me (I biked in the rain yesterday, and now I have a cold, well done!).

Well, I left late (biked in a hurry to the train, did get it in time, though!), forgot to take the Advil and forgot my keys again. This time, I realized only when I arrived to work and went looking for my keys to lock my bike (after peeling some skin off my thumb taking the U-lock off its holder), so I had to bring the bike in the office.

I feel pretty stupid, that's for sure.

There's an election for something or other at work today. It's pretty hilarious, it's all done so formally and seriously, where me, the last time I remember voting for a non-government thing, I think I was in high school or something... We're not unionized here, but even when a company isn't, there's still a worker representative and stuff. You don't mess with the working class in France, no siree!
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Was in a bit of a funk Sunday and Monday. Monday morning, I could hardly scrape myself off the bed, and I'm talking "relatively to my usual", so it's a miracle I even reached work. Which I didn't stay at for too long, wasn't feeling good at all (had a meeting in the afternoon, which I felt was the longest of my life, and took off right after). But upon getting home, got progressively better, and by the time I went to bed, seemed the be all right. Was much easier to get up the following days, and not feeling like crap.

There was nothing big in particular to cause this, I think annoying stuff was just piling on, and just reached a point where it was too much. Heck, I haven't seen most of my friends for three months now!

But I know that sensation, of not wanting to do anything, of not taking good care of myself, of not being able to gather interest in anything... Good old depression. Bleh.

So I'm trying to be pro-active and not let myself fall into that trap. Take care of myself, find my issues and get them solved, and keep an eye on myself... I'll try to write more here, as it often helps me pinpointing my issues (thanks for suffering through that drivel, for those still reading!).

On another note, the battery in my laptop was on Apple's list of "might explode at any moment", so I have to keep my laptop plugged in at all time until I receive the replacement battery. This is most inconvenient, as I now have the train pass which allows me to do most of my commute by train, having about 20-25 minutes of time on the train. I could totally catch up on my feeds and stuff, but I have to leave my laptop at home. Boo!
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Tried to take a more scenic route to the office today, but man, this was way more scenic than I was looking for. Blocked streets, detours, traffic, the works. Oh well.

Went to see my friend Jean today, with the lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey. He's still as much fun as ever, with his distrust of Germans and carrots. He'll be hooking me up with a remote switch for my camera, which I've been meaning to buy before leaving, as they're so much more expensive over in Europe.

Tomorrow, trip to Ottawa!

I'm not ridiculously sick, I'm doing all right, but interrupting everything to blow my nose all the time is getting on my nerve, though.

*sniffles*

Apr. 28th, 2006 04:00 pm
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After getting my electricity more or less sorted out (I have a high-capacity wall outlet right above my kitchen sink, nothing can go wrong with this, can it?), the lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I went out to the Superclub Videotron of Death in Ville-Émard, and rented a few flicks to cuddle up to.

We started off with Les Sous-doués, which is something the lady said I had to see. Can't say I didn't like it. It was stupendously dumb, yes, but quite funny in its own style. Maybe my weakness for teenage comedies helped, there! This is definitely not exactly for everyone, though!

For something entirely different, we then watched Immortel (ad vitam), a movie based on a trilogy of graphic novels by Enki Bilal, and directed by the same. While it wasn't the greatest movie ever, it definitely had the visuals of European graphic novels to it, with a sometimes rather clashing, but always stylish mix of real actors and computer-generated characters. The Egyptian gods playing Monopoly while waiting for Horus' sentence to go through, for example, was a nice touch. It also helped that the two lead actors were rather hot. :-)

Started feeling a bit icky between then and Thursday morning. Blast. Nothing too serious, but I expect a wave of sickness and pestilence at the office (sorry guys!).

Thursday evening, visited [livejournal.com profile] blacksquiggles and [livejournal.com profile] xipetotec with [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe. Their creepy kids called me creepy again, [livejournal.com profile] blacksquiggles high fived [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe, to everyone's (including the kids!) amazement.

I was actually planning on getting up early to get solid work done, but I was feeling icky again, so I decided to sleep it in, in the hope of keeping it at bay rather than stretching myself thin and breaking down. Oh well.

There's a day-trip to Ottawa in the works this Sunday, if there's any suggestions of fun things to do in the capital, send them over!
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At the moment, this song describes my situation pretty well.
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Good going for me! With some (massive!) help, I went to bed a bit past midnight yesterday, and got up at 8:30. I'll be trying to keep this up, although today, I was pretty much a zombie all day, my brain actually kicking into gear at the "usual time", which would be 3-4pm. :-)

Tonight, I had this idea for a great entry, revealing the inner workings of my psyche and the secret to my happiness, but I did job hunting instead. Maybe I'll write this great entry tomorrow morning during my zombie time, instead.

To entertain myself a bit before sleep, I'll hunt down a classic photo (I recently finished importing my digital photos into iPhoto, geeky me) and post it to my Flickr account (available on LJ as [livejournal.com profile] pphaneuf_flickr!).

Both favourite people sick, I really wonder how that happens, don't you?

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