March 2009

…this picture is right up your alley!

"Slater" logo: the "Slayer" logo featuring "Slater" from "Saved By the Bell"

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…is that I’m hoping to master this:

Inspirational poster parody featuring one squirrel killing another with Force lightning: "And now young Jedi, you will die."

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Sorry, No Toronto Coffee and Code This Friday

by Joey deVilla on March 26, 2009

This article originally appeared in the Coffee and Code blog.

Woman at desk overwhelmed by a pile of paper

I am swamped (and in one case, double-booked) with meetings either online or out at Microsoft’s Mississauga offices all day Friday, March 27th, so I’m sorry to report that I won’t be able to hold a Toronto Coffee and Code this week.

Watch this space; Coffee and Code will return next week!

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The Temptation to Loaf

by Joey deVilla on March 26, 2009

This article originally appeared in Global Nerdy.

There’s a small TV set in my home office that I sometime turn on – usually to one of the cable news channels — as “background noise”, which I sometimes find helpful when I’m trying to get work done.

Today, I’m on the road in London, Ontario with Microsoft’s EnergizeIT tour. I’m hanging out in the hotel room with my coworker Rodney with the TV on as background noise and here’s what’s on right now:

Photo of "lower third" of the Maury Povich show: "I had a threesome...who's my baby's father?"

When I tell people that I often work from my home office, they ask if I ever get the temptation to plunk myself in front of the TV instead of getting work done. The answer is no, and part of the reason is that there’s nothing but this junk on during the day.

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Queen’s Opening Acts

by Joey deVilla on March 26, 2009

Queen, live in 1984

For no reasons other than I love the band and my stumbling across this list, here are the names of the bands who’ve opened for Queen:

  • After The Fire
  • Airrace
  • Al Stewart
  • The Alarm
  • Alvin Lee & Ten Years After
  • Ambach Circus
  • Andy Fairweather-Low
  • Angel Child (Änglabarn)
  • April Wine
  • Argent
  • The B-52s
  • The Bangles
  • Belouis Some
  • Big Country
  • Billy Squier
  • The Blasters
  • Bloodrock
  • Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band
  • Bow Wow Wow
  • Brownsville Station
  • Bullitt
  • Cate Brothers
  • Cheap Trick
  • Chris Rea
  • Cold Chisel
  • The Commodores
  • Craaft
  • Dakota
  • Eduardo Dusek
  • Erasmo Carlos
  • The Exploited
  • Foghat
  • Fountainhead
  • Frankie Miller’s Full House
  • Fruupp
  • Full Frontal Nudity
  • Gary Moore
  • General Public
  • The Go-Go’s
  • Head East
  • Heart
  • Hustler
  • INXS
  • Iron Maiden
  • Joan Jett And The BlackHearts
  • Kansas
  • Kayak
  • Kid Abelha and Os Aboboras Selvagens
  • Kiki Dee
  • Lancelot
  • Level 42
  • Lucifer
  • Lulu Santos
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Mahagony Rush
  • Manfred Mann
  • Marillion
  • Molly Hatchet
  • Mr. Big
  • The Narcs
  • Ney Matogrosso
  • Nutz
  • The Outlaws
  • Pepeu Gomes and Baby Consuelo
  • Ray Burton Band
  • Red Baron
  • R.E.O. Speedwagon
  • Rory Gallagher
  • The Royal Dragoon Guards
  • Sea Level
  • Seger
  • Solution
  • Sport of Kings
  • Status Quo
  • Steve Hillage
  • Straight 8
  • Storm
  • Styx
  • Supercharge
  • Taste
  • Teardrop Explodes 
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Tombstone
  • Treat
  • Voyager
  • Whitesnake
  • Yesterday And Today
  • Zas
  • Zeno
  • ZiZi Labor

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An Ad for Dharma Initiative Computers

by Joey deVilla on March 25, 2009

This article originally appeared in Global Nerdy.

This ad won’t make any sense if you’re not a follower of the TV series Lost. However, if you are, you’ll find it amusing…

Ad for the Dharma Initiative's computers: "Chat with your family and friends -- even when they're miles away."
Click the ad to see the original on its Flickr page.

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Innovation During a Recession

by Joey deVilla on March 25, 2009

Motivational poster: "Innovation: It becomes critical during a recession"Click to see the motivational poster at full size.

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