Need an excuse to play Hooky?

12 05 2005

Looking forward to being one of the first to see Episode III, but not sure if can get out of work?

GeekSquad to the rescue.

Your own personalized “Get out of work free” card.

I love it!

Here’s a cool Flash Clock!

9 05 2005

Pleasantly mesmerizing [swf]

Sunday May 1st was the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic

3 05 2005

On Sunday, Navy seamen, reservists, Naval Veterans, Sea Cadets, Navy League Cadets, and mariners from around the Vancouver area joined together for the 60th anniversary of the battle of the Atlantic.  Mrs. DragonSpeed is an officer in the Navy League Cadet Corps Captain Rankin, so I was there taking pictures.  I hope these pictures help to convey the solemnity of the ceremony, and help us all remember the 1000’s of mariners (both military and merchant) who were lost during the Battle of the Atlantic – The longest running “battle” of WWII.

The Naval prayer:

“O Eternal Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens and rulest the raging of the sea; who has compassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end; be pleased to receive into thy Almighty and most gracious protection the persons of us thy servants, and the Fleet in which we serve.

Preserve us from the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of the enemy, that we may be a safeguard unto our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth, and her Dominions, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our Empire may in peace and quietness serve thee our God; and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with the fruits of our labours, and with a thankful remembrance for thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

May their spirits reside evemore in heaven, and their bodies be undisturbed, protected by the very ocean that took their lives.

Photos of the event (higher resolution photos available by request)

Hong Kong Scouts can now earn an "Intellectual Property Badge" Oy Vey!

3 05 2005

The Motion Picture Association, and The Hong Kong Scout Association have teamed up to create the Intellectual Property Badge Program, in which young children will be brainwashed with taught all the information they need to understand the world of Intellectual Property copyright as the MPA would have it.  Are they going to cover the problems that region encoding causes to legitimate purchasers?  Are they going to explain the outrageous fees paid all along the line in movie production?  Are they going to explain why an average consumer can’t make a copy of his DVD due to the DMCA

Seen on CNet

Some more Bird shots with my Digital Rebel

2 05 2005

I got out to Burnaby Lake again this evening.  While I was waiting for our beavers to arrive, I took some bird pictures.  Some turned out quite well, but it was an interesting lesson in telephoto lens focal planes.

Check out my Bird Pictures around Burnaby Lake

Chemical spill causes Rail Shutdown near Ottawa!

2 05 2005

Sounds frightening doesn’t it.

CBC reported at 14:52 EDT that Via rail was finally reopening the line:

…as emergency crews worked to contain the spill of a volatile substance from a train near Ottawa.

Serious stuff!  Followed by:

The leak, which came from a freight car early Monday morning, is understood to be highly flammable ethanol, also known as combustion alcohol.

Now hold on just a molecule pickin’ minute…  Ethanol?  Hmmm….

The ethanol produced by fermentation ranges in concentration from a few percent up to about 14 percent. Above about 14 percent, ethanol destroys the zymase enzyme and fermentation stops. Ethanol is normally concentrated by distillation of aqueous solutions, but the composition of the vapor from aqueous ethanol is 96 percent ethanol and 4 percent water. Therefore, pure ethanol cannot be obtained by distillation. Commercial ethanol contains 95 percent by volume of ethanol and 5 percent of water. Dehydrating agents can be used to remove the remaining water and produce absolute ethanol.

Yup.. The spill was of alcohol.  They feared that the local creek might be contaminated.  I suppose if it ended up highly concentrated it might be a problem, but really, all you’ll probably end up with is a bunch of drunken fish. 

My theory is that that they made it sound nasty so that people wouldn’t rush over with a flask and some orange juice, in an attempt to make improvised screwdrivers 🙂  The media.  Gotta love ’em!

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