January 2008

T-Shirt of the Day

by Joey deVilla on January 22, 2008

Here’s a fine t-shirt that you can get made at any shopping mall that has one of those stores where they’ll stick the slogan of your choice in Cooper Black letters onto a t-shirt or sweatshirt with one of those big press irons. You’ll be a big hit at your next geek gathering!

T-shirt: “I know H.T.M.L. (How to Meet Ladies)”
Photo by Kris Krug.
Click the photo to see it on its Flickr page.

[Found via The War on Folly via ffffound. This article was also posted on Global Nerdy.]

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Toronto Gatherings for Rails Developers

by Joey deVilla on January 21, 2008

Ruby on Rails logoIf you’re a Ruby on Rails developer, there are a couple of events you might be interested in…

Tonight: Rails Pub Nite at The Rhino

The fine folks at local development company Unspace have hosted the monthly Rails Pub Nite for nearly two years now, and the event is going strong. It’s a meet-and-greet event where you can hang out with all sorts of people from those who develop in Rails for food to the curious ones wondering what all the fuss is about. It happens tonight at 7 p.m. at The Rhino (1249 Queen Street West, just west of Dufferin).

Ruby/Rails Project Night – Tuesday, February 12th

In a couple of weeks, TSOT — the company for whom I work — will be hosting its second Ruby/Rails Project Night at its offices (151 Bloor Street West, Suite 1130 — that’s just east of Avenue Road), where various Ruby and Rails developers do presentations on their current project or some aspect of Ruby or Rails. The first was a hit, and if you want to see some pictures, they’re here. As usual, I’ll be doing the opening monologue at Project Night, and I promise it’ll be entertaining.

(By the bye, if you missed it and are interested, I’ll show you the slides from the my Project Night monologue, Rant Said Zed, at Rails Pub Nite tonight. Just ask!)

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Global Nerdy

by Joey deVilla on January 21, 2008

In case you haven’t been following it over the past few weeks, my tech blog, Global Nerdy, is sporting a new layout (as well as all sorts of stories about nerdy work, life and play):

Screenshot of the current “Global Nerdy”
Click the image to visit Global Nerdy.

The new format lets me mix quick blurbs with longer-form articles, and I’ve got some good stuff brewing that will appear soon. Give it a look!

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Congrats to the Blogger Team on “Test the Nation”!

by Joey deVilla on January 21, 2008

The members of the “Blogger” team who appeared on CBC’s “Test the Nation”
Photo courtesy of Rannie “Photojunkie” Turingan.

Last night, CBC aired the “trivia” edition of Test the Nation, in which various teams divided by demographic competed against each other. The teams were:

In a trivia contest, the game always goes to the infovores, so it’s no surprise that not only did the Blogger team win, but the highest-scoring player was a blogger: Rick “Canadian Entrepreneur” Spence, who got all but 3 of the 60 questions right. Here he is, posing with the Blogger team’s celebrity coach, Samantha Bee (from The Daily Show):

Rick Spence and Samatha Bee
Photo courtesy of Rannie “Photojunkie” Turingan.

Well done, bloggers!

Links

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Lobster Knife Fight!

by Joey deVilla on January 21, 2008

Continuing this blog’s fascination with battles featuring crustaceans (we’ve had crabs and crawfish so far), here’s a photo titled Lobster Knife Fight:

Two lobsters, each one with a knife in their claw, facing off
Photo courtesy of Miss Fipi Lele.

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“My Eyes Are Up HERE, Mrs. Clinton…”

by Joey deVilla on January 21, 2008

Photo of Hillary Clinton shaking hands with two very well-endowed women in low-cut outfits, with her eyes looking as though she’s trying not to look.
Photo courtesy of Miss Fipi Lele.

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Happy Birthday, Hector!

by Joey deVilla on January 20, 2008

On Saturday, the Ginger Ninja and I attended my friend Hector Catre’s birthday bash. I met Hector about thirty years ago through his brother Nic, with whom I went to high school and played in a Billy Idol/Platinum Blonde cover band. Hector’s been around for all sorts of hijinks (including the Worst Date Ever), and I was more than happy to celebrate another trip around the sun with him. Happy birthday, Hector!

Joey deVilla playing accordion at Hector Catre’s birthday at the Rose and Crown, Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto.
Rule #1: Accordion + booze = fun.
Photo courtesy of Jodi Brown.

Joey deVilla playing accordion at Hector Catre’s birthday at the Rose and Crown, Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto.
I’m glad to see that people still remember AC/DC’s Big Balls.
Photo courtesy of Jodi Brown.

Joey deVilla playing accordion at Hector Catre’s birthday at the Rose and Crown, Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto.
“Any requests?”
Photo courtesy of Jodi Brown.

Joey deVilla playing accordion at Hector Catre’s birthday at the Rose and Crown, Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto.
Stone Temple Pilots’ Plush is an accordion song that doesn’t know it yet.
Photo courtesy of Jodi Brown.

Joey deVilla playing accordion at Hector Catre’s birthday at the Rose and Crown, Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto.
The people at the next table asked for some Smashing Pumpkins; I gave ’em Cherub Rock.
Photo courtesy of Jodi Brown.

Joey deVilla playing accordion at Hector Catre’s birthday at the Rose and Crown, Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto.
“Thank you! I’m here all night!”
Photo courtesy of Jodi Brown.

Joey deVilla enjoying a dark beer with Hector Catre
Me and Hector, enjoying the elixir of life.
Photo courtesy of Jodi Brown.

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