The BvO™

Told You So

The long awaited day has finally arrived. Google, the arbiter of my reality, has released an instant messenger client. Think about this for a minute.

Google, best search engine, bar none;
Gmail, kicks Hotmail in the teeth;
Google Maps, eats Mapquest alive;
Google Earth, just plain cool;
Blogger (a Google service), the web-based Blog development site of choice;
Picasa (a Google product), the best photo organizing program to date;
Google Desktop Search, so much faster than Windows-F;
The list goes on... These guys keep putting out products for free that the Microsofts of the world can't even start to compete with.


Google Talk

So, click the link above, download the client and add me to your list. I'm really looking forward to MSN Messenger going the way of the ICQ. Glee!

Sometimes I have to remind myself that Google is not a deity.

This post bubbled to the surface on Thursday, August 25, 2005

I Need a Hug

This very evening, at about 9.05pm I was pulling onto Charlton Ave, right in front of my house at the same time as a DARTS bus was moving from the centre to the right lane. The two of us - for the briefest instant - did share that lane, but the bus was the winner of the inevitable conflict.

Everything will be OK though. No one was injured in the least. I have insurance and a valid driver's license. My deductible is less than the value of my car (that's a new thing for me). I don't have any clients lined up for tomorrow, so I can deal with insurance companies. There's nothing structurally damaged about my car - just a bumper, a fender, a rim and tire, and a headlight.

Any donations to the deductible fund would be gratefully appreciated.

To add insult to injury, I received a citation for "Changing Lane - Not In Safety" another way of saying "You got hit, idiot, now pay us $110."

Boo, I say, Boo!

This post bubbled to the surface on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

So Very Right

Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to bring the good Matthew McKenna to the airport at Buffalo, NY. Matt - you see - has a wedding to stand in, in Minnesota. Joining us on this short voyage was the lovely Miss Naomi.

As the three of us were getting on the highway early in the morning, Matt reached into his bag and came back with three silverwrapped chocolateythings. Off with the foil then, and down with the chocolate, a surprise emerges. Inside the foil wrapper of each chocolate is a "fortune" of sorts.

I liked mine.

How you doin?

This post bubbled to the surface on Thursday, August 18, 2005

Hamilton to Hamilton Bike Tour

Today I participated in the Hamilton to Hamilton Bike tour to celebrate the fact that my denomination has been active in Canada for 100 years. Many of you have heard of the Sea to Sea Bike tour, which some would argue is more exciting and challenging, but I coudn't do that cause I have work to do.

This tour involved approximately 20 people from my church and some neighbouring churches. We met on the steps of the church before 11am, after the morning service, in a downpour.

The deluge was quickly downgraded to a drizzle and we set out.

We biked to Guelph, to the Sports and Entertainment Centre, where the Sea to Sea participants were gathering for an afternoon worship service. The large venue was chosen because all the CRC churches in Southwestern Ontario were invited to attend - and many did.

We arrived at the event less than three hours after departure, which we consider good time because we were tired and would not have wanted to do it faster. The hall filled quickly and soon there was standing room only.

The service was inspirational, the music was well done, the feeling of unity was unmistakable. My socks were still wet. I was cold and hungry. I decided that I was going to ride back to Hamilton in a car. Once the service was over and I had warmed, changed my socks and shorts and had a sandwich donated by the ever wonderful Mrs. Laura Zantingh (Big Mike's Mom), I was back on the road with the whole crew.

Home at last, safe and sound, showered and warm, with food and drink, I can say that was a great experience. It was certainly the longest bike trip of my life (120km plus), but it was good to get a feel for what the Sea to Sea folk have been experiencing of life on two wheels.

I wish them all the best as they head out on the Eastern leg of their journey. May they be safe on the roads and may they touch lives in each community they visit.

This post bubbled to the surface on Sunday, August 14, 2005

Stuff On My Cat

I can't believe it's taken this long for someone to fill the world's need for a venue for this material.

Haven't we all wished - at least once - to visit a site dedicated to displaying pictures of housecats covered in random materials? I know I have.

This post bubbled to the surface on Thursday, August 04, 2005

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