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December 8th, 2009


Those unrecognizeable white smears in this photo are dots of ICE on my scooter seat when I left work tonight! I’ve never had to take frost off my scooter before and I certainly didn’t expect to have to do this in California. says it’s 33 degrees. Jeesh!

At least I can feel my fingers again. Might have to ask Santa for some insulated gloves.

I know. I know. I shouldn’t complain… it’s probably great for Tahoe.

Good night all.

Posted by bruce as Uncategorized at 1:11 AM UTC

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December 3rd, 2009

photos recovered!

I’m relieved that I … ok, file scavenger (great file recovery tool, BTW) was able to recover the last month of pictures we’ve been taking which includes quarter pipe ramp construction and christmas tree farm fun. They were mysteriously missing from the compact flash card. We’ll get them posted soon!

Major respect to file scavenger as it has saved my bacon twice now. The key abillity of this tool is scan the entire drive for files (vs. the easier undelete by unsetting the deleted flag). The first time the root of the file system of a failing hard drive got corrupted and over a 100GB of data appeared to be lost. A full scan recovered over 95% of the data. This time, it scanned the compact flash card and found over 1800 photos — luckily including the ones we couldn’t find before. I don’t buy much software as I am generally happy with open source software but this is one case where the money was well spent.

Posted by bruce as (un)happy consumer, computing, kids at 11:19 AM UTC

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September 28th, 2009

Two-th fairy’s coming!

Exciting night! Zeke’s second front tooth came out tonight. After several days of wiggling and talk of pliers and strings and door knobs, he finally gave it a little yank.

His tooth is under his pillow waiting for the tooth fairy to come. Then he’ll have to wait 3 years to find out the real scoop on the Tooth Fairy in our (DreamWorks’) movie The Guardians of Childhood.


Posted by bruce as kids at 10:21 PM UTC

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September 23rd, 2009

half of Go, Dog, Go!

Zeke surprised me tonight at bed-time by choosing Go, Dog, Go! as the book to read, volunteering to read “the first few pages” and then reading the almost half the book! (Up to “The sun is up. The sun is yellow.” for those intimately familiar with it.)

Now, I did read this to him several times a day for several months (literally!) when he was two and the pictures help cue his memory (“the blue dog is on the red tree”) but I could tell (or at least he did an excellent job pretending that) he was reading the words. Sounding out “around”, for example.

I was surprised because although he’s been interested in reading, he hasn’t focussed too much effort on it, preferring puzzle games, math, science experiments, animals, art and sports. Cool!

Posted by bruce as kids at 1:08 AM UTC

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September 19th, 2009

great coffee for great animators

Thursday afternoon, I made about 40 espresso-based drinks for the animators at PDI/DreamWorks!

Someone at DreamWorks wanted to do something special for the animators and the idea of a coffee hour and my name came up. I agreed to do it because it sounded like a nice opportunity to serve the animators as a barista rather than as a software engineer. So, I packed up and took into work: my espresso machine, grinder, a bunch of “The Boss” espresso beans from Barefoot Coffee Roasters, some Ghirardelli chocolate syrup, soy milk and whip cream. Like I said, we made about 40 drinks — lattes, cappuccinos, espressos and a few mochas — in an hour. Whew! Don’t know how good they were but they looked good coming out.

I say “we” because I recruited a couple team mates (Chloe and Vishwa — thanks!!) to steam milk for me which made it possible. I also needed to get an extra double portafilter basket so I could have two portafilters going. It let me prep (grind, dose, tamp) the second portafilter while pulling a shot on the first.

Overall, it was fun but a bit tiring — nothing a little shot of The Boss couldn’t fix :-)

Now that I read the description of The Boss, I’m not surprised that I like it. It contains some Papua New Guinea, Brazilian and Ethopian beans which is similar to a home roasted blend I’ve recently created and enjoyed which had 3oz of Brazilian, 3oz of Ethiopian and 2oz of Sumatra. Cool!

Posted by bruce as coffee at 5:35 PM UTC

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July 23rd, 2009

Iron Rangers are champs again!

Iron Rangers - Spring 2009 'C' Champions

After winning last season, the league allows the winning team to be excluded from the next season’s draft to defend it’s title. And last night after a good game against Quikstix, we were able to two-peat. Woo hoo!

Unfortunately, we can only do that once, so we’ll all be part of the draft and it’s unlikely we’ll all stay together. It was fun for two seasons!

For the record, the Iron Rangers are:
Back row: Doug Selissen, Sam Colvin, Steve Schmidt, Mike Wilk, Dave Smith
Front row: me (Bruce), Bill Colvin, Kyle Fenech, Peter Yamamoto

Posted by bruce as hockey at 8:37 PM UTC

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July 13th, 2009

Glad it wasn’t deeper

No, I’m not trying to commit suicide! Although I suppose some people may argue playing hockey is :-)

I got this cut playing my hockey game last night (Rebellion lost 6-5 :-( ). During a line change, when I jumped out on the ice, somehow a teammates’ skate blade found the gap between my glove and my elbow pad. I barely felt it at the time – it was only later that night when I noticed a big scratch. I’m sure glad it wasn’t deeper!

Posted by bruce as hockey at 4:38 PM UTC

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July 8th, 2009

“Black Coffee” documentary on PBS

I’m excited that a fellow coffee junkie mentioned he had caught some of the documentary Black Coffee which is playing in 3 parts on PBS. I’ve got MythTV set to record it and will report back when I get a chance to watch it. Looks to be a Canadian production which pleases me somehow.

Posted by bruce as coffee at 12:22 AM UTC

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inspiring documentary: Life. Support. Music.

While queuing up today’s Tour de France stage (the team time trial! one of my faves!), I got pulled into a documentary called Life. Support. Music. and ended up watching the last half of it. An inspiring story of a musician who suffers a brain injury and his family’s resolution that he would make a full recovery.

Posted by bruce as vitality at 12:15 AM UTC

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December 3rd, 2008

disabling PulseAudio with Ubuntu 8.10 (intrepid)

Since upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10 (intrepid), my audio would occasionally go dead and I’d see "device is busy" type errors. From searches, it seems PulseAudio is the problem and disabling it resolves it. I followed the instructions here and things seem to be back to normal again.

Posted by bruce as computing at 1:01 AM UTC

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