manhunt is on! Seems this morning's drive
in to work was hampered severely in the Oakville,
Mississauga area as the Police condoned off all
the major highways in order to trap a man on the
run after a Car-jacking in Burlington turned into
a high speed chase which ended in Mississauga (…near
when Officers of the OPP shot the driver.
Now they're searching for the passenger who fled
on foot… Tell you one thing, Police in Canada
do NOT appreciate being shot at! I don't think
I've seen this many cruisers in a long time, the
403, 407 and other major routes have been literally
shut down making the drive in this morning absolute
watch the Grammy's last night? <GriN!>
If you're a Bob Dylan fan and watched Mr. Mumble
Mouth blither out his song last night, could you
please provide me with a transcript of the songs
lyrics… All I caught was “I cry for you”,
here's what I heard: "lksd dmsv lsdk sdljkv ,..,,
mm m mm mmm, I cry for you! dskfjsdlkj fdggfdoi
fdg fd io3209 sdkj sd fsdkf sdf d f dsfdsf" *falls
down* Man, is it just me or is he annoying
to try and listen to? No, Bob… It's
not a “style”, enunciate Captain Marble Mouth.
(…the only singer other than Stevie Nicks that needs
closed captioning when they “sing”…) And shave
that stupid little moustache off, you look like
a child molester.
all give Jack van den Kieboom (…dudio…) a hand!
This morning we received an email from Jack telling
us his Brother Doug is in a band called “Northern
Grass” (...now that I have your attention, LoneFart...)
and they're trying to beat another local band in
a “Top 100 Bluegrass Website” vote. The band
they're trying to beat have been flooding emails
out to get people to vote for them, so Jack's asking
for your help! Right now, take a quick second
here, hit the Blue Vote Button to cast a vote
for Doug's band. If you do, I'll give you
another years free subscription to Abattoir.Net
(…what a deal!..) You can vote once every
24 hours, let's see how many loyal Abattoir
Readers we have…
a beautiful sunrise this morning, it's 14c (57F)
and the sky is bright, well, almost “golden” you
could say! What a remarkable weekend of Olympic
Hockey, Canada proves to the World, without a doubt,
that after all's said and done, it is indeed “a
Canadian game!” Even with a corrupt US Referee,
the woman's Hockey Team thrashes the US playing
almost the entire game short handed as the US officials
arm snapped up like a mouse trap every time a Canadian
player touched a US player, who's arm suddenly was
rendered paralysed when we were on the other end
of the stick… Still, with all that, we took
Gold. Now the men's Hockey Team, who's not
taken Gold in the Olympics in my lifetime, brings
it all home to Canada 50 years to the day it was
last done in what many are calling Deja ’72.
Way to go, teams! You've made us all very
proud… CNN.com said it well; “Salt Lake City
hosted a star-studded
Closing Ceremonies, but Canada's celebration
was even bigger Sunday. After a 50 year absence,
Canada returned to the
top of the men's ice hockey podium to claim
Olympic gold for the birthplace of the sport, defeating
the United States 5-2.” And BammBamm
put it all in perspective; “All is now right in
the Hockey Universe.” Now let's take home
our other national treasure, the real big one, Lord
Stanley's Cup is homesick.
the clock wound down last night the air horns in
the Abattoir were running full blast and you could
hear the car horns and whooping coming from every
corner of the nation… I wonder if anyone else
made it to work today?
some quick thoughts and ramblings… As some
of you may know (…about 2 of you…) I threw my back
out about six months ago, it was in a tragic and
masculine moment when I sneezed in the shower (…Oh,
the humanity!..) and since then, have been seeing
a chiropractor to straighten out my posture.
I admit that when I'm slouched over my computers
(…which is about 16 hours a day…) I look more like
Shrimp curled over my keyboard than a human.
Now I'm at the cross-roads, I just can't afford
the 10 second “crack-dance” at $30 a pop (…sorta’
speak…). I've just gone in for my “progress”
scan and evaluation to see how I'm doing, and frankly,
I think he still wants to see me. I mean,
don't get me wrong, he's a nice guy and all, but
I just can't afford this relationship any longer…
I mean, in the beginning it was fun, you know, exciting,
new. But now I'm starting to see that he just
want's to see me for my money… The “results”
from my scan are in on Friday, when we'll meet again
to “talk”. I think, no… I'm sure, he's going
to ask me for a commitment! Anyone out there
have any good advice on how to break-up with a chiropractor?
weird thing just happened! I'm home on a half
day off (…I knew the rendezvous with the chiropractor
would be trying…) and outside the Abattoir there's
a street crossing. Since there's a school
behind us, there's a crossing guard there.
Well… Her shift was just over I guess and
she was “leaving”, so she looked both ways, held
up her little stop-sign-on-a-stick thing, and walked
herself across the street to her own car all the
while swinging her head from left to right about
five times while she stiffly scuffed across the
street checking for traffic at this 4-Way stop.
There wasn't a car anywhere!? I dunno'…
It must be me, but I found that disturbing. I think
she's going to be back tomorrow. *withdraws to happy
news as we enter the next Hockey Game of our Olympics,
the Swedish Team has folded like so much Ikea furniture
and are now out of medal contention (…they can,
however, be reassembled within minutes with a small
Allan Key…) Game On! We're here watching
the late game tonight if you're popping by!
hard to get angry with GameSpy
Industries, what with their generous contribution
to the BTM’s, but I think I’ve just about had my
fill of FilePlanet.
All week everyone’s been waiting for Command and
Conquer: Renegade to be released. It’s out,
and as such, so is just about every downloading
fiend out there. I went to FilePlanet
to grab my copy and take a flying friggin’ guess
at how long I had to “wait in line” to download
it? 467 minutes!! Are you fu@king CraZy!?
I guess I was, because I hit the “Okay, place me
in a state of coma” button and waited. Well
take a guess at what just happened when the 467
minutes finally elapsed? It cut me out of
the line and slapped me right back at the beginning.
You can just take a guess at the Deer Caught in
the Headlights look that appeared on my face when
such, I think it’s time I take a moment and “harp”
about the Abattoir SuperFTP+ Server (…which you’ll
be able to grab your copy off with no waiting…)
and what we’re doing with it. The Web Portal
Abattoir SuperFTP Server will be making its debut
shortly, I’ve been working like a madman on it and
although it’s far from ready to make its appearance,
let’s just say it’ll be a Godsend for you file hungry
gamers out there. You don’t need an account
to use it, you don’t wait in line, you just click
and go! Soon, Folks… Soon.
REVISION ON LAST REVISION:.
just been "corrected" on my last correction.
Apparently I'm Married, some thing called common-law.
"Not that it matters" (..her words...) I'm
calling my attourney! CorpsE,
you're sleeping in the garage from now on
Okay… Seems I’m
under attack by both the Abattoir Readers and Isis.
(…can’t a guy catch a break!..) The last update
seems to be in question with reference to the last
phrase, particularly “…Stunning that I'm still single,
isn't it?..”, which if you’ll notice has been edited.
Firstly, it’s a joke on me, I’m not “single” in
the sense of High School “single”, I’m “attached”,
which is to say, I’m “seeing someone” but not Married.
I’m bashing on myself here folks, it’s a comic technique.
(…Note to self: Do not ever attempt anything comical
on or around Valentine’s Day or your dick will be
nailed to a coffee table…) Please except my
apologies for the “Clerical Error” (…and stop reading
what I’m typing, MJ! I can see your reflection
in my monitor…) Now take a peek at these flowers!
I am romantic! You think these things grow
on trees or something!? (…’er, never mind…)
I can’t wait till St. Patty’s Day, at least I can’t
screw that one up! (…and she loved the Arby’s…)
Oh yeah, and Cupid’s a fag, just take a look at
with Cheaters” link was picked-up by Fargo at
this morning. Haha! Beat you to that one,
Fargo! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, looks like
OldSkool broke the record for cancellation for a BTM
LAN Party, he signed-up, then cancelled all within
about 20 minutes. Well done.
Valentine's Day everyone! Well, at least for
the women out there… For the guys, it's going
to be a busy day dodging the bullet and always wondering
if that six pack of coupons for McDonald's says “I
Love You” enough for your woman. Regardless,
don't forget to call your Mom and wish her a Happy
V-Day, cuz you know your Father's forgot. (…Hmm, “V-Day”,
kinda’ sounds an awful lot like “D-Day”, doesn't it?..)
I'm off to pick-up my Sweetheart's V-Day stuph, a
lovely bouquet of flowers, and an Arby's Roast Beef
and Cheddar Sandwich! (…Stunning that I'm not
married yet, isn't it?..)
grief, is all this “rearranging” going to ever end?
First off, I'm pleased to say my wallet has made an
appearance. As it turns out, it was indeed lost
in the massive “Lab Reconstruction” and turned up
in my digital photo printer's paper tray (?) so all's
well now. I certainly hope you don't think I
was jumping the gun when I posted it was suspected
stolen, remember, that post was made well over a week
and change after the BTM and massive search efforts
were put in place to find it. I refused to believe
that someone would actually steal from me and kept
insisting that it must be here somewhere… Only
after ten days of searching, was I forced to deal
with the pain and reality (…or so it seemed at the
time…) that my wallet was in fact “removed” and I
made that post hoping that the culprit would come
forward. All I can say is thank God that was
not the case, I think you'd all have a hard time trying
to imagine my disappointment in thinking there was
a thief amongst us. Thanks for all your letters
of support and comfort which ranged from sympathy
and disbelief to offers of arranging a lynch mob.
on the Abattoir SuperFTP+, it's coming back home to
the Abattoir tomorrow. Our little test was a
half success, as far as bandwidth goes; on the new
pipe we received reports of download speeds in excess
of 300 K/sec!! Sure will be nice, but until
the Static IP goes in and other “issues” with Nexxia
are dealt with, it's not practical to keep it on the
pipe, so by tomorrow evening it'll be resting back
at the Abattoir with a semi-static IP again.
you're all aware, 24 hours after the date announcement
for our 30th BTM, we're booked in a large way, so
it's time to show you one of the little door prizes
I've picked-up for the BTM. Some lucky person
will walk with this fine little unit… It's a
solid-state, 64 Meg pen-pocket Hard Drive. No
batteries, no moving parts, no installation needed!
You just pop off the cap on the end and ram it (…excuse
the pun…) into your USB port and DinG! One instantly
accessible “Removable Mass Storage Device” appears
in your “My Computer” window. It shows up just
like another Hard Drive… You can drag files
to it, move them to work or a friends house!
It's perfect for moving large graphic files, movie
files, backing up, whatever! Guaranteed to retain
data for over 10 years, and guess what else!
It's actually washing machine safe! (…I know
this from personal experience, of course we don't
recommend you run yours through the washing machine,
but hey, at least you know it's durable!…) It's
less than 9 cm in length, weights almost nothing and
works so great I've bought two myself! Anyway,
someone will win this palm sized Hard Drive at BTM30!
Good luck to everyone. Quick topic curve: Take
a quick peek at what
can happen to you if you're caught cheating at
a LAN Party!
the hell was that on Monday with the Canadian skate
team!? Damned, every time I hear the Olympic
Theme I just want to run out and bribe someone!
I'm not even going to get into it, the Olympics suck
anyway, this just puts the icing on that overblown
political joke of an "event".
has hit the Abattoir, and I guess it’s about time…
While our hero, CreacH
ran survival tactics in Winnipeg enduring –40c, our
temperature in southern Ontario sat at a comfortable
13.5c! No more, we finally received a little
snow (…looks like our Winter will be a total of 3
or 4 weeks in length…). Either way, it’s never
too cold to Quake (…Puny, huh?..) For the observant
Abattoir reader out there, you’ll notice our Banner
has been “altered”. BTM30’s scheduled for March
23rd, 2002! It’s an Anniversary BTM too, so
sign-up now or be left out of “BTM30 – SPAMaversary
Tournament Edition”! The Battle royal will take
place Saturday as we find out “who’s got the SPAM”.
Champ walks with an official can of Abattoir SPAM
and braggin’ rights, plus there’s going to be a Door
Prize (…as usual on Anniversary BTMs…) Get your
those who actually peek at the MeatCAM
from time to time will notice the rather dramatic
change that’s slowly taking place in the Abattoir
Lab. We were putting up a new auto-thermostat
sensitive ceiling fan yesterday and of course Viking/Madball
saw it on the MeatCAM.
He took a screenshot and sent it in showing a bunch
of us on a ladder working away above the cameras view
with the caption “How many Abattoir Staff Members
does it take to change a lightbulb?” Very funny!
I’ll have you know that turbo-prop fan from hell weights
about 40 pounds!
enjoy the Superbowl yesterday? Did anyone spot
any American flags during the game at all? I
was watching, but I don’t think I saw any. <SarchasM!>
My God, is America ever going to “settle down” about
their “We’re #1” patriotism bantering… I wonder
if they even realize how sick it’s starting to make
the rest of the world? We moved to the TV upstairs
thinking the Media Room's monitor was broken and only
showing three colours! Oh well, to each his/her
own. Bono’s half-time show was outstanding to
say the least, I’m not sure, but I think the inside
of his coat had a flag in it <GriN!>. Somehow,
the whole Superbowl became a "Fu@k-You, Bin Laden"
show rather than a Football game, but fun none the
less. If he’s not dead already, I sure hope
Osama was watching. He's probably more upset
than the Rams.
quick note: I would appreciate whoever it was
that took my wallet at BTM29 complete with my Palm
Pilot in it and all my cards and identification, return
it immediately… It would really mean a lot to
me that I don’t walk around this planet thinking that
when I open my home to people and extend my trust
and hospitality that I’m not going to get robbed by
a guest. You know who you are and I hope you’ll
do the right thing and return my hard worked for property,
it does not belong to you. No questions will
be asked, I just want my property back in tact, it’s
making me sick to think someone has stolen from me.
Thank you in advance.
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