A Day in the Life: The Banker's Cup

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I recently participated in the Banker's Cup Golf Tournament held at Copper Creek. This is an annual event sponsored by a number of companies, including Microsoft.

The tournament includes teams from each of the five large Canadian Banks (Royal Bank of Canada, TD-Canada Trust, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, and CIBC). Although my team played valiantly, we missed the top spot by just a few points or so.

On a personal note, the ticket number called for the lucky draw (my only hope at winning something) was 1526639. I held 1526638.

A Day in the Life: Return of an Old Friend

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Some time ago I lost a dear friend. My 7-iron. With deep sadness I went to Golf Town to see what could be done. With all due reverence they took my headless shaft and returned it to the manufacturer.

Yesterday I received the call and in I went today to pick up my club. They had replaced the club with a new one, free of charge. It was under warranty. Those guys at Tommy Armour are great!

Observations: First Impressions

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I'm told that hand-made Persian carpets contain flaws. Errors made intentionally by the artisan. Why? The reason that was given me was that only God (Allah) is perfect. All too often we see the flaws and not the carpet.

My parents fostered in me a fundamental trust in people. So even though like the Persian carpet there may be some flaws, each person has something to give, something that is worth while. This I have learnt to be true on several occasions.

My first experience was in high school when I was introduced to a friend of a friend. I don't recall the circumstances, but we did not hit it off. Over time our mutual dislike grew into a friendship that continues to this day, over 35 years later.

Over time the issues moved from friendship to ideas and opinions. I have learnt that it takes time and energy to understand the ideas of others and move beyond the prejudices of first impressions to see the truth. I have found that in most cases it is worth while. From these learnings I have built a certain patience to work through to a point of understanding and thus recognition. There comes a certain faith that this will eventually happen.

A Day in the Life: Categories

Added on by Bill.

I have been able to simulate categorization of content in my blog. A feature I lamented not having. Over the next little while I'll explore what I can do with the technique I'm using.

I was able to create categories by leveraging the search capability provided with Blogger. Google recently provided the capability to search individual blogs (rather than across all blogs). By disassembling the html I was able to determine how to set up searches programmatically. With that ability I am able to define "canned"searches that look for specific categories of content. As I put key words in my titles, the process is reasonably accurate.

One thing I have noticed already is that there is a lag between the time I publish an entry and when it shows up. I presume this is becuase indexing is done separately from publishing.

Disassembling the HTML was some fun. Although it was easy enough to find a code sample to work from, understanding the parameters (what parameters were available and what they meant) took a little more investigation. I was foruntate to find a search page that had text descriptions associated with the underlying code and more importantly the parameter names. A sort of Rossetta stone.

A Day in the Life: The New Washing Machine-Part 2

Added on by Bill.

We fired up the new machine today. This specialized, German-engineered CRS (Clothing Revitalization System) requires special "HE" detergent.

HE (High Efficiency) detergent is "specially formulated for your high efficiency washer to give you outstanding stain removal for your clothes."

As well, it contains no phosphates. A key consideration since my conversion to the "one-tonne challenge."

Console of the CRS: note the red lighting and the digital display reporting time remaining

As noted earlier, this CRS is well-buttoned. As can be seen in the photograph above it has two panels providing vital information on the operating mode and status of the revitalization cycle. Notice the red lights with the digital display reading out the time remaining in the revitalization cycle.

The results: It runs very quietly and after it's spinning cycle the clothes are almost dry. Incredible.

My daughter will love this system!