My optical drive in the powerbook is flaky. Oh well.
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Saw Cirque Du Soleil's Delirium show at the Air Canada Centre last
night. Generally? Pretty good. A little confusing I suppose...
there's not really a story... it's just the dreams of the main
character. Okay, I get it... maybe... but if you want to look at a
cool, quasi-random movie about quasi-random dreams, with an engaging
story? Akira Kurosawa's dreams... add it to your list.
The show was opened up by a Canadian performer, Nitza. I think she
was okay... but couldn't really tell... the guys who were responsible
for the sound mixing did a horrible job, and you could barely hear
her (much less make out the words) over all the instruments. (The
drummers were awesome, though.)
1) Flight delayed over 2 hours... actually more Air Canada's fault at
Pearson... okay... they'll be hearing about this tomorrow. If
anyone's had luck getting stuff out of airlines for bad delays, let
2) The United lounge CLOSES at 8 PM... yeah... really... same w/ the
Continental lounge. Are you kidding me?!?
3) There are (I'm not kidding) mice/rats running around the gate
area. Now, in truth, they're kinda' cute, and if I had a snack on
hand, I'd absolutely be sharing... but mice running around the
terminal? Come on folks. (BTW, I wish I had a better camera/zoom on
my phone to get a picture of one of these guys... they really are
Possibly the worst check-in counter in existence... anyone else with
me on this one? What I wouldn't give for an automated check-in kiosk
Anyway... on the flight, just boarded and got an announcement about
the current score in the hockey game. Now, I don't even like hockey
and I think that's pretty cool... go Air Canada :-)
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Bought a Berry from eBay... PIN's not been released by previous owner
on Cingular. Have been told that the folks at RIM can release the PIN
so I can get my email working w/ Rogers... anyone know someone I can
ping about this? :-)
(and yes, I'm also pinging the ebay seller, but I'm not known for my
So the conference was overall pretty terrific... met some great new
people, and got to see a bunch of other folks I haven't seen in a
while. Got some great insights into business strategy generally, and
some thoughts on how to get better in my role.
Strangely... tech CEO's don't use Wiki's in Canada. Scary. Really
scary. Why? Because those who "get it" (and by it, I mean the kind of
simple collaborative technology that's going to help their business),
A few strange things... I played a lot of squash while up here... Ron
(our partner @ Celtic House) and I played on Thursday AM, around
7:00 ... I went to bed around 2:30.. to make things worse, there was
a scotch tasting the night before. I enjoyed the tasting... I
*really* enjoyed the tasting. Squash was... interesting.
Then after dinner on Thursday night Wael (CEO @ Third Brigade), Robin
(VP at Ventures West) and I played a bit of squash... then returned
to some drinking. I went to bed around 2:40. Squash was at 6:45 (with
Ron again)... though this time there was far more Coca Cola consumed
than alcohol, and the game was actually a blast... though I feel sore
Speaking of feeble... I got my first round of golf in. I still don't
like the game... we'll see if that ever changes... now I've at least
played. It was gloomy, cold and somewhat rainy... not exactly the
best conditions for a first game. The first few holes were pretty
miserable... towards the end I was beginning to pick up some of the
basic chunks of stroke mechanics... but I have to say, if I have the
choice between 40 minutes on the court, and 6 hours on the green...
I'm signing up for some squash.
Off to SF in a few hours... should be a great trip.
Okay, so I shouldn't complain too much, I just saved about 20% on a
flight (same actual flight numbers both ways) by booking it through
CheapTickets.com instead of Air Canada's website (thanks Mobissimo).
Anyway... when you're done a transaction on CheapTickets it say
"you'll receive your transaction confirmation email in 24 hours." Now
while I don't think it'll take that long, it's been at least 20
minutes... which is a far cry from Air Canada's website, which will
often send you your original flight confirmation email while you're
in the middle of seat selection (now that's fast).
oh well... if AC had just given me the same price on the flight (did
I mention it was the same actual flights both ways?), this would have
been easier for everyone :)