started on the Abattoir "Solar Troller" as we headed
out to Home Depot for supplies yesterday. I
also get the pleasure of finding out how well Canadian
Tire's online shopping works as I ordered a twin-pack
of solar panels (…not available in stores, only online…)
and pressed the "express" delivery button for an extra
couple bucks, we'll see if their "2 to 3 business
days" promise holds true. We also contacted
IPC directly about their products, we'll keep you
informed as construction continues.
email address (…being as public a person as you
can get over the Internet I guess…) has recently
landed in the hands of some damned aggressive Japanese
SPAM masters and I'm now screwed! Don't get
me wrong, it's an interesting language, and I love
the 2 Gig font sets I have to download just to be
able to see a page filled with writing that resembles
a spaghetti fight, but these people are sending
me over 60 or so SPAMs a friggin' day and it's starting
to get more and more annoying as days go by.
Just TRY and find the "unsubscribe" link on this
crap! (…not that it'll do anything anyway…)
It's like I'm being crank-called 60 times a day.
All I can say is "Yatta!".
to our little "Yatta!" video has sparked a rash
of emails to the Abattoir ranging from people claiming
to have gouged their eyes out after watching it,
to people saying they can't stop laughing, to people
asking all kinds of questions that until now, I've
been unable to answer. So for all you "Yatta!"
fans out there (…you know who you are!..) we're
pleased to offer a few links to aid you in your
research. But before we do that, quick!
this!!! (…go ahead, we'll wait…)
Did it again, didn't I? Yes, there's a whole
"Yatta!" thing going on out there… The video
is so mind bending, funny to me, I've actually found
a 95meg mpeg of it!! (…it's up on the SuperFTP
under videos, just look for "yatta.mpg" but remember,
I have logs and we'll know who you are!..)
Care to buy a pair of "Yatta!" underwear!?
Wouldn't you just love to win this at a BTM? <GriN!>
Perhaps you'd like to hear the "Abattoir Mega Mix
(Extended Version)" of "Yatta!"? Head to the
MP3 High Bandwidth folder on the SuperFTP.
You might even want to learn the "Yatta!
Dance". I think I need to order this on
this goes fine with our crappy Chinese food we ordered
last night, I awoke this morning thinking a freight
train was going by, but it just turned out to be
my colon doing backflips… I just don't know
why I do that to myself… It must be like McDonald's,
you still go back and do it again. They give
you 50 pounds of food, you eat 0.2 pounds and you're
stuffed to the point where you can't eat another
bite, then a half-hour later, your stomach starts
freaking out suddenly as if it's not seen food in
three days, what's up with that? All this
of course ties in to the shit fortune cookie Skunkworks
got with his trough of "flung-dung-low", click on
his image to see the fortune. (…go ahead,
we'll wait again…) So!? What do you
think? Think perhaps they have a job opening
in the "Cookie Creative Writing" department?
That's the lamest fortune I've ever read.
Since we're in an "Asian" mood, we also rented the
DVD… If you've not seen this movie, and you
have the same sense of humour that I do, get it!!
We still have pains in our sides (…some from the
food, of course…).
be announcing the date for BTM34 soon after this
weekend, so be sure to check back often if you want
in, I suspect we'll be filling it up fast again!
If I don't have a chance to post another LAN Minutes
update before the weekend hits, everyone have a
"Yatta!" weekend! (...I wonder if the Pope
likes, Yatta? He's in town, perhaps I should
a couple weeks it's been! Yes, it's a LAN Minutes
update at last, those of you who actually read the
LAN Minutes on the Palm Pilot using our “Palm Minutes”
link will hate me, this is going to hurt. (…if
you would like to hurt your Palm Pilot by getting
the Palm Minutes directly delivered to your PDA, just
and point to http://www.abattoir.net/palmminutes.htm
and a special Palm Version of the Minutes will update
to your PDA every time you sync…) The Palm version
of the minutes is "trimmed down" from the full version
here. (note for archive: PalMinutes are no longer
have to forgive us for the lack of updates, but from
the 6th to the 14th I took my first week off work
in 6 years! It was off to the cottage for a
week of doing pretty much nothing, and as busy as
I am normally, I thought this was going to be a huge
challenge… As it turns out, I'm actually pretty
good at doing nothing! I'm thinking of going
pro. Last year we bought a rubber dingy for
and I to float around on, this year, not satisfied
with the norm, I was at Canadian Tire up in cottage
country shopping for Tupperware when I accidentally
slipped and bought a trolling motor, deep cycle marine
battery, 10 amp auto charger and harness for our little
rubber fun craft. From that day on, we spent
almost all our time on the river cruising up and down
in silent stealth mode in total comfort. This
little beast will drive around the rivers and lakes
of the Trent waterways for 14 hours before needing
a recharge! After one trip of about 5 hours,
we realized that sunstroke was not fun and decided
our next phase for our water craft, we're going to
build a nice canopy for it, but why stop there?
I think we'll make the top of the canopy out of ICP
High Output Solar Panels, add 4 channel PC speakers
to the canopy and some night running lights, an MP3
player and we have the first “Solar Troller”!
(…even when on vacation, I need to vacation…)
We'll bring you updates as that “Stupid Human Project”
progresses. All in all, I was a test sponge
for the West Nile Virus, but we both had a great time
as we watched our blood pressure slowly go down (…either
from relaxation, or loss of blood to mosquitoes…).
DieJestor lent me his spanky laptop just in case I
went into withdrawal, I was going to bring it out
in the dingy at night and be the first to “Quake on
the Lake” but never got around to it.
pace of all that changed as we returned to the big
smoke and geared up for BTM33! Thursday evening
we decided to get some practice in when DieJestor
were fighting over the last Arby's Burger… “I
will play for Food”. Isis
‘let’ DieJestor win she said. The cleaning and
set-up ran all day long as the Abattoir's crack set-up
team prepped the location for fragging.
wasn't long before the Abattoir started to fill Friday
evening for the “Early-Bird”, with record attendance
this was going to be one loud and violent BTM!
We also brought in a little high-tech toy fun with
the introduction of a Flying Saucer and radio controlled
Blimp! That quickly turned into a small Robot
War as the blimp motored into the room the saucer
was flying around. (…the Blimp had the “stealth”
advantage and shear size, but the Flying Saucer had
power and manoeuvrability, if you were one of the
few who had the ability to actually get it flying…)
Thankfully there were no casualties. A big thanks
to Candie and Sn00gans for supplying the “hot air”
and getting our Blimp filled.
it turned out, Isis
celebrated her 30th birthday during the BTM too!
A huge Ice Cream Cake was a big hit as temperatures
outside hit the low 30s and with about 28 machines
running in LAN Central, bodies packing every inch
in the corner, the air conditioning was having a fun
wattage sucking time trying to keep-up with the thousands
of BTUs pumping up from the lower floor. I was
just waiting for the RCMP to show up at the Abattoir
asking “So… How many plants are in your hydroponics
lab, and may we see them please?”.
voted on the Abattoir
BBs, it was time to “Smash SoDa’s Mouse”.
We're not too sure who started this, I think it was
Hell_Pixie, but SoDa’s optical mouse has been the
target of hostility for a few BTMs now and this time,
it was handed over by SoDa for total destruction.
was our resident pyrotechnical engineer as a small
TNT charge was loaded into his mouse, SoDa had the
honours of lighting the fuse, then running away in
a geek Monty Python way (…what a chicken…).
Regardless, the mouse was toasted then bashed into
a fine powder for loading into the Abattoir Rocket,
then into orbit as we blow his mouse remains into
space (…sorta’…). A problem arose when we could
not find the extra package of solar igniters.
Frantically, the entire crew snapped at it thinking
of ways to launch it, ways to build our own solar
igniter! “Filaments from a light bulb!”, “Let's
wrap the stripped wire from SoDa’s mouse cable around
some match heads and ram it up the engine, some putty
to seal and we're a go when the ignition's pressed!”…
Yes, many great ideas! For all the geek head
power we had at BTM33, the best idea was to hold a
match under it. (…yes, Folks… Your education
dollars at work here…) Needless to say, there
were issues with ignition and we decided to scrub
the launch, just as well too… I was going to
call it over an o-ring I saw that looked out of place
anyway. SoDa’s mouse will be cast into the Heavens
the launch, after all that excitement, everyone's
built up an appetite (…I think the kilos of Buffalo
Wings served only an hour ago did nothing more than
start gastric juices…) Dave (Odin) Potter took
the rights to running the massive grill by challenging
me to a thumb fight (…truth is, I let him win…
But I think he knows that…). With Cam (CorpsE)
Smith performing the duties of crowd control and meat-conveyor,
the flames were flying in no time… Great job
on the meat, Dave!! (…anyone who got ill can
call me, I'll give you Dave's home address and phone
number, sue him, not me…)
had some no-shows again, a couple Newbies who'll remain
unknown at this time… But never fear, we had
people who weren't on the Reservation Page show-up
with their computers in their cars “Just in case a
spot opened or someone passed out.” Pretty much
an overload as it was considering there was a couple
“outages”, but huge extension cords do wonders.
thinking of posting “street signs” on the pillars
in LAN Central… The deep corner pocket can be
called “Blackout Alley”, the area where zCereal spilled
glycol in the carpet when he tried to put together
his new liquid cooled system can be called the “Love
Canal”, and I'm sure we can think of more.
not forget to say a huge congratulations to Dave (BammBamm)
Bamforth and Dale Bamforth! Dale gave birth
to a little baby boy, Hayden! Just take a peek
at this little future Quake freak… Dave, he
doesn't look anything like his ultrasound photos you
showed me before! Way to go, Dale and once again,
congratulations from all of us! (…video from
the “MeatDeliveryCAM” are up on the SuperFTP under
I hear Dave did this one in iMax and the soundtrack's
kinda' cool too…)
to mention, electric trolling motors can be attached
to pool ladders! On speed 2 they turn your pool
into a "Redneck Lazy-River" ride rather nicely...
No more running around in circles to get a good current
going! (...yeah, I know... We're pathetic...)
that I've taken your time up with this oversized,
mega-update, click this right now, don't ask
any questions -- Be sure you've had a hard shot of
booze or for those who indulge in herbal therapy,
you might want to light one now. Turn your volume
up and the lights down. Gather your loved ones
and enjoy… This will be another 4 minutes of
your life you'll not get back, but I guarantee you
this… After watching it to the end, you're eyebrows
will join together, wrinkles will appear on your forehead
and your eyes will squint real small… There's
no doubt in my mind, you'll hear yourself say, "What
the HELL was that!?". (link removed for archiving
- file on SuperFTP in video directory Yatta!)
Four Registrations for BTM33 in the first five minutes
after the date was announced… The heat must
be getting to you people! We’re sold-out again,
but if you still want in, don’t hesitate to apply
for the Waiting List, we always have cancellations!
Speaking of heat, we’re hitting 36c today (…46c [115F]
with the Humidex…) and I think after work, I’m heading
straight to the Abattoir Dunk Tank again, it’s floating
at 90F right now and sure will be refreshing!
I really feel for people who don’t have air conditioning
right now! Now that we have “deregulated” electricity,
we get a nice sample of how well it’s going to work,
the power commission just announced that unless consumption
goes down fast (…which it won’t…) they’ll start doing
unannounced, random power outages! They claim
they’ve “run out of electricity”. Huh!?
Open another bottle then.
worse fears have been confirmed, Cujo of the Toronto
Maple Leaf’s is now Cujo of the Detroit Red Wings…
Shock to me was hearing that Domi is gone too!
WTF? CFRB 1010 was hot on the topic seconds
after Cujo’s emotional press conference as “The
Motts” ask how we all feel about it… Of course,
I was in like stink on that topic… Take
a listen (…and I apologize for the audio quality
in advance, there’s some real nice AM squeal on
this track…) (link removed for archiving - file
on SuperFTP under MP3s)
the Forums on the Abattoir
BBs and throw your two-cents around, here’s
what people are talking about regarding the
Leafs, and don’t forget to get your vote
in on what’s going to happen at BTM33. I’m
going to climb into the refrigerator now.
Perhaps tomorrow I'll show you what us idiots did
with explosives last night. (links removed for archiving)
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