Hackers; UPA Club Ultimate Championships; Camping

So, chilling at home. Thursday night. Doing laundry and watching “Hackers” for the first time in something like 10 years. Jeff loaned it to me; I think I’m going to buy it. Yeah the tech is a little dated, but it’s charismatic, the soundtrack is great, and Angelina Jolie is freakin hot. It’s also a time capsule of sorts.
Brought my work desktop home. Out of space. So I’m repartitioning to get some room back.
Tomorrow it’s an off-Friday; I am volunteering at the Ultimate frisbee national championships, AKA “The 2007 UPA Club Ultimate Championships”, which run today through Sunday. It’s a mostly-US-based tournament, but Canadian teams are allowed to compete, and both Vancouver and Toronto are representing. So far Vancouver’s team, “Furious George”, isn’t looking so hot; they went 0-3 today. We’ll see how they do tomorrow though. I’ll be radioing in scores for the games and taking care of other business at the fields — you can keep track of all the action at the tournament website.
After the day’s games end, I’ll be heading to dinner with the volunteers, then off to HIllsborough River State Park with the kru. I’ll spend the day there, then back to Sarasota for Sunday’s Ultimate finals. I can’t wait 🙂

Transitions 3 by John Digweed


What can I say. This CD absolutely rocks. It is easily the best of the “Transitions” series so far, and I have no problem recommending it highly. Excellent flow, down-and-dirty, pack-the-floor music. If you like a good groove, buy this thing, now. You won’t regret it.
Favourites include “There” by Sweet and Candy; “Along The Wire (Superpitcher Mix)” by Lawrence; “Chest in the Attic” by Daniela Stickroth; “Begun The End Has” by Joel Mull; “Hedonism” by Reshuffle; “Kore” by Dusty Kid; and “Lowdown Brittle (Wink’s Profound Sound Interpretation)” by Someone Else.

Halloween Horror Nights and Hurricane Hat 2007

I had a great time this weekend thanks in large part to the good organizational skills of my friend Eric G. He was heading up to Orlando on Friday for a business trip; the following day was the Hurricane Hat tournament. He figured, why not invite some people to the hat tournament, and go to Halloween Horror Nights the night before?
Sounded like a great idea to me, and to Carolina too. We carpooled up to Orlando and met Eric there; went for dinner and hit Universal Studios. It was surreal at first; they were pumping out fog into the street in broad daylight — that was spooky enough by itself. But by the time darkness hit, things got into full tilt. We went to several great haunted houses, which were great. We didn’t manage to make it to Friday the 13th haunted house by the 2am close time — which we were saving for last — but that’s okay. The ones we did make it to were great. There were staff in costume running about spooking people out with taps on the shoulder, “boo!” or whathaveyou. If you’re wondering how that’s supposed to work, well, they’ve got a no-costume policy for all visitors. At one of the haunted houses, some of the staffers zombies had working chainsaws, except without the chains. Believe me, when it’s dark and you hear a chainsaw going and can smell the gas, and can see it being waved towards you, you don’t spend too long figuring out if there’s something spinning on the end.
Got to go on the Mummy ride twice, which was awesome. The only way we managed this is that when we first got there, they had technical difficulties, so we went to another haunted house and came back later… to them just opening! No line at all. Awesome ride. Liked it so much we immediately ran through the gift shop and back to the entrance, where we ran through the maze-like waiting area and almost made it all the way through line-free. We had to wait about 15 minutes. Not bad, but I’m sure glad we did it early in the night, because there’s no way we would have made it through later on.
So yeah, Halloween Horror Nights was fun. We caught the shuttle back to the hotel and caught a couple winks and then it was off to the hat tournament.
Arriving shortly after 9am, we all ended up on the same team — Yellow, aka “Goldenrod(s)” — which was unexpected and fun. There were 8 teams total, and two divisions. Though we didn’t end up winning any of our games, we played hard and I did meet a lot of really cool people, a number of which I’ll be adding on Facebook shortly.
Speaking of which, if you’d like to add me on Facebook, you can do so by searching for my first and last name, and my profile should come right up. From there, just click “Add to Friends” and you should be good to go.
On to the pics!

Main entrance to “downtown” area; no admission required to get in here

Sitting in Patrick O’Brien’s having hurricanes

We tipped him and he played us a few tunes

She was after my head

Entering Halloween Horror Nights

The streets were really done up well

Du nuh du nuh du nuh

This haunted house was the best we went to all night… talk about totally tripped out

Jack the ringmaster and his assistant Chance at the Carnival of Carnage

Video from the Carnival of Carnage

Mel’s Diner looking a little different tonight



Making a backhand pass

Breaking for the endzone

Getting a pass to Sam through a hole in the cup

Dave going down low for the throw

Team Goldenrod(s) after our 4th and final game of the day. Exhausted but happy.

Lightning 2, Panthers 1

Had a great evening out on the company dime tonight; thanks guys. Went up to Tampa with Cassie, Cam and Yohan to see the Lightning take on the Panthers…. *The* premiere on-ice rivalry, as far as the state of Florida goes.
It was Cam and Melissa’s son Owen’s first game; he’s only 4 months old but after some initial shock at the sheer volume level inside the arena, he ate it up. So many looks and smiles from people.
It was an exciting game, a lot of back and forth on both sides. And thanks to the seats we were in, we didn’t have to worry about standing up to stretch if we wanted; there was no-one behind us.
All in all not a bad way to spend an evening 🙂 Some pics from the night follow (cilcky for biggy) and also a couple of videos I’m too lazy to make thumbnails for… check ’em out 🙂









Here’s the movies! This is a bit of text so you notice there’s something beneath the photos 🙂
Movie 1
Movie 2

No post tonight

Too tired. But, coming soon, I swear. Recent news, in bullet form:

  • Sick all last week
  • Still busy at work
  • Cam’s coming out to Ultimate!
  • Louis and Tori came out to take pictures at Ultimate
  • Not using my Touch much these days, though I expect this to change once cases are available and I can find an FM transmitter for it
  • The whole iPhone bricking issue is very interesting to me, curious what the real reasons are behind Apple’s decision to make sim-unlocked phones useless — there’s a lot of talk out there but not a lot of information
  • Not taking as many pictures as I’d like to lately but still have a batch to post
  • Breaking news, new Ultimate league starting up in late November
  • I am drooling over the upcoming D300

Hmm. Okay. Maybe this qualifies as a post after all. 🙂

Gah!!!

I just lost an hour and a half of typing towards a post on the past couple weeks, the podcasts I listen to, and reflections on my iPod Touch. I was in the process of adding pictures when Firefox decided it would be a good time to crash.
I am pissed. I am getting sick. I am going to bed.