This is my brain on reason.

Leftie discrimination

Mar 20, 2008   written by Chantal

This documentary describes the difficulties left-handed people face on a day-to-day basis. Very informative.

25 Stoners vs. 1 Cop

Mar 20, 2008   written by Chantal

In memory of the late Benny Hill. Heh … just watch it.

Ruby resources for n00bz

Mar 19, 2008   written by Chantal

I am learning Ruby. As such, i r n00b. Here is a list of resources I have found to be helpful so far.
Try Ruby! (in your browser)
This site allows you to get a decent overview of how Ruby works in an interactive manner. Definitely the first site I would suggest to anyone starting out.
Ruby in Twenty Minutes
Once you have Ruby installed, this is another very nice tutorial that gets you working with Ruby right away.
Ruby on Rails Screencast 1 – David Heinemeier Hansson
Watch this screencast on YouTube to see the creation of a basic blog from start to finish in 15 minutes.
LearningRails Podcasts
Okay so youíve played around with Ruby and watched someone create a blog, but you still have no idea what to really do with it or why you should bother learning about it. Listen to a couple of these podcasts. Start with Episode 1: Why You Should Learn Ruby on Rails.
Whyís (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
Just look at the first page and you will quickly realise that this is not your typical guide. I came across this a while back when looking for Python learning resources. I remembered it because itís so unique. Be prepared to see strange animals and even stranger people during your visit here.
Free Online Ruby Programming Course
You can learn Ruby through this online study course. Iím still waiting to get in to the May/June session. If itís anything like the Ajax course I saw, it should be great.
Ruby/Ruby on Rails Tutorials
A large collection of the history of Ruby, what Rails is, why Ruby and Rails go together, command line, arithmetic, loops, recursion, etc. Some of it might be too difficult for those who have never had any programming experience, but at least the first few pages will be okay.

“Learn to Program” (Chris Pine)
It’s now easier to learn to write your own computer software than it has ever been before. Now everyone can learn to write programs for themselves–no previous experience is necessary. Chris Pine takes a thorough, but light-hearted approach that teaches you how to program with a minimum of fuss or bother. Starting with small, simple one-line programs to calculate your age in seconds, you’ll see how to have your webpage send you email, to shuffle your music more intelligently, to rename your photos from your digital camera, and more. You’ll learn the same technology used to drive modern dynamic websites and large, professional applications.

“Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’ Guide” (Dave Thomas, Chad Fowler, Andy Hunt)

Book Description

Ruby is an increasingly popular, fully object-oriented dynamic programming language, hailed by many practitioners as the finest and most useful language available today. When Ruby first burst onto the scene in the Western world, the Pragmatic Programmers were there with the definitive reference manual, Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmer’s Guide.

Now in its second edition, author Dave Thomas has expanded the famous Pickaxe book with over 200 pages of new content, covering all the improved language features of Ruby 1.8 and standard library modules. The Pickaxe contains four major sections:
An acclaimed tutorial on using Ruby.
The definitive reference to the language.
Complete documentation on all built-in classes, modules, and methods
Complete descriptions of all 98 standard libraries.
Ruby on Rails Talk – Google Groups
This is — you guessed it — a group that focuses on Ruby on Rails. They seem to be newbie friendly so far. Check it out.
HINT: If you are using a tutorial made on an earlier version of Rails, do the following when they tell you to create your application.
Instead of typing:
rails my_application
Type this:
rails _1.2.6_ my_application
This has worked for me (on Rails 2.0.1) so far.
Thatís about it for now, but I will add more to this article as I go.

Live Rickroll

Mar 18, 2008   written by Chantal

This is just epic. Next New Networks founder Tim Shey gets rickrolled live. I guess he did it to too many people and they decided to fight back.

The Best Beer EVER

Mar 18, 2008   written by Chantal

Innis & Gunnís oak-aged beer is simply incredible. I am not much of a beer lover, so this is a huge compliment coming from me. When they say that the beer contains ďaromas of vanilla and toffee, hints of citrus, with a malty, lightly oaked, palateĒ they werenít kidding. Oak?! That sounds crazy doesnít it? It sounds like something reserved for a chardonnay, but it works amazingly well with this beer.

Here is the LCBO information:

LCBO 676379 | 330 mL bottle
Price: $ 3.25Beer, Non. U.S. Beer, Regular Brewery
6.6% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : 4
Made in: Scotland, United Kingdom

Tasting Note
Clear medium amber colour with good mousse; aromas of toffee, toasted malt, herb and sweet fruit, with light whisky tones; creamy, rich with caramel, vanilla, toffee and malt; balanced and soft on the finish. Like a fine whisky without the high alcohol.

And here is a Beer of the Week review from Taste T.O.

Vista SP1 TP For Your Bunghole!

Mar 18, 2008   written by Chantal
Just what Vista deserves. Iíd love to get a couple of rolls of this stuff.Tokyo (Japan) – If there is one place in the world that any gadget-electronic freak should go to, that is Akihabara district in Tokyo. Numerous stores bring on fascinating number of products, often first in the world. There are also products which are not so usual, nor you can find them in retail or e-tail in western world.One of these unavailable products is Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Toilet edition. Yes, you’ve read it correctly. If Vista is leaving a aftermouth taste like a crappy burger in *insert the name of franchise you hate the most*, you can always clean yourself with this appropriate piece of paper.I could go on and on about why I hate Vista so much, but why should I bother? Do a search for ďwindows vista sucksĒ on Google.Read the rest of the article


Mar 17, 2008   written by Chantal
Today I went through the Developing Rails Applications on Mac OS X Leopard tutorial. The tutorial from Apple was much easier to digest than some of the other ones out there. Yikes. Iím not afraid of terminal, but I started to get extremely confused when many of the tutorials I found were made for an older version of Rails.Iíd like to play around some more, but Iíve only slept for 20 minutes in the past 31 hours. Iím not sure how much more my brain can handle before it explodes.If you want to know what Ruby on Rails is, feel free to watch the screencast.

7 Ways to Win Back Your Gaming Spouse

Mar 17, 2008   written by Chantal
Is it just me or is #1 pretty conniving? I’d get pretty suspicious if my SO started to offer me +1 loot for doing chores around the house.Sorry … the power outage thing won’t work, by the way. I have a laptop and I will resort to dial-up if I have to. Anyone who is sufficiently addicted to online gaming will be motivated enough to check the circuit breaker / fuse panel too.One way to prevent your spouse from trying to use these 7 methods on you is by getting him/her addicted to gaming too. Heh heh heh. #7 ftw!


Mar 15, 2008   written by Chantal

Move Ďzigí. This is a classic piece of intarweb humour. If you donít get this, you are a n00b. You probably use Windows too. You can read all about AYBABTU (or AYB) on Wikipedia or something.

Tibet Historical Videos

Mar 15, 2008   written by Chantal

Want to learn more about Tibet? Here are two very informative videos.

Tibet – Cry of the Snow Lion – (1hr 44min)

Ten years in the making, this award-winning documentary was filmed during a remarkable nine journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. CRY OF THE SNOW LION brings audiences to the long-forbidden “rooftop of the world” with an unprecedented richness of imageryÖ from rarely-seen rituals in remote monasteries, to horse races with Khamba warriors; from brothels and slums in the holy city of Lhasa, to the magnificent Himalayan peaks still traveled by nomadic yak caravans. The dark secrets of Tibetís recent past are powerfully chronicled through riveting personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images never before assembled in one film. A definitive exploration of a legendary subject, TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION is an epic story of courage and compassion.

Tibet – The Story of a Tragedy (55 min 43 sec)