Edmonton Oilers at Cineplex Odeon!

Tonight I went with Sharon to watch the Edmonton Oilers battle the Los Angeles Kings at South Edmonton Common. This is the second time the Oilers have offered a pay-per-view game at the theater (and once at the Jubilee) and it was quite amazing!

There is definitely something different about watching a game with a group of people. I mean at home, I cheer and stuff, but I don’t stand up for the national anthem! Though I suppose you should. At the theater, everyone stands up, even the hesitant ones. Interesting how the group dynamics take over. Its not the same as being at the game obviously, but it was still a pretty energized atmosphere! Sharon remarked that it was like being at the game and having commentary (and no drunk people).

One thing that was disappointing was the quality of the picture. I know it is being projected, but its not like its a regular cable feed either – its either digital satellite or digital cable. It was a little fuzzy, but I guess you only notice it when the game becomes slow (which it didn’t much tonight).

Sharon brought me a coke, which was nice as the theater only serves Pepsi, so at the second intermission I went to get nachos and asked her what she wanted. Her reply? “Hot water”. Of all the things to need in a theater! So I bring her a glass of steaming water and she makes tea. Picture someone making tea in a theater of hockey fans, most of whom would probably have had a cold one if they were being sold!

With the win, the Oilers move into eight place in the Western conference, and more importantly into the final playoff spot. Can’t wait to see Edmonton destroy Dallas on Wednesday! GO OILERS GO!

Jesus was a robot?

Now that I have your attention with my eye-grabbing headline, let me explain! Ananova (which USED to be a credible news aggregation source) has a news item that says a robot Christ was used to make Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. They go on to claim that Gibson plans to make another Bibilical epic based on a Jewish revolt in 200BC.

Do I believe this? Not for a second, but then again, who knows. It is a rather interesting idea though isn’t it? That the character of Jesus in the movie wasn’t portrayed by a human? Which means it couldn’t possibly have a religious conviction of its own? Something to think about. Of course, I could be wrong and robots might be able to develop their own religious convictions. I guess we’ll find out in Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot” which comes out this year starring Will Smith.

Found via GizModo.

Oilers Win! Go Schumi Go!

Well it is a Friday of important sporting events. The Oilers played Nashville tonight, and after what sounded like a very sloppy game (wasn’t on TV, stupid Sportsnet, why show NCAA over our own sports team? bloody morons) the Oilers came away with a 5-4 victory and a much needed 2 points. Now I hope they can continue their winning ways, especially Monday in Los Angeles as I will be watching the game from South Edmonton Common with Yeo!

Tonight is also the qualifying for the 2004 Malaysian Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher topped the time sheets in the morning practice session, but Kimi Raikonnen was fastest later in the day. Hopefully Schumi and Rubens can come out of qualifying with the front row!

[Listening to: Last Train Home – Lostprophets – Start Something (04:35)]

Tsk Tsk Ladies!

Well I am sure you have all heard Eamon‘s “F*ck It (Don’t Want You Back)”. If you haven’t, you should, its an interesting song. Probably the most profane song played on the radio in history! Eamon is hosting Most Requested for Carson Daly tonight.

Anyway, of course someone wrote a “reply”. A female artist named Frankie (or Frankee?) has written a song called “F*ck You Right Back”. It’s also a pretty good song, but this lyric from the chorus made me laugh:

F*ck what I did was your fault somehow

Oh how I laughed! So typical of a female! (I expect the wrath of Megan in the comments now!)

Is Printer Ink Toxic?

Anyone know if the ink from inkjet printers is toxic? I swear I got dizzy after folding all those pamphlets…the ink doesn’t smudge, but it rubs on to your fingers after a while. And it doesn’t come off easily! It was like Macbeth all over again – out, out damn ink!

Anyway, as a follow up to my last post, make sure your printer has efficient ink usage (like individual color cartridges). Otherwise your costs will get quite high!

Interesting Summer Job Idea #1

Looking for a unique summer job idea? Have I got one for you or what! Now I know I have had my share of crazy ideas, but hear me out this time. First, a little background:

People often say that first impressions are everything, and I would tend to agree. The primacy effect is usually more prevalent than the recency effect. Having said that, I want to make a good first impression to the developers who will be lined up (haha) to attend an MSDN event at SilverCity on Thursday. Dickson and I will be in attendance promoting our .NET User Group, Edmonton .NET Wizards. I want to make a good impression so that they sign up for our user group.

So how do you get the first impression to be positive? Well as far as I am concerned, you do it with color – not black and white. So for Thursday, I created a nice little pamphlet with some brief information on our group, and all the relevant contact information. And of course, I made it in color. At this point I was thinking hooray, step one done, got the pamphlet, all I need to do now is copy it! Here’s where the job idea comes in!

I looked around for prices on color copying and was astounded at the cost! The first place I checked was Staples, where the price is 76 cents per page. For my double-sided pamphlet, that’s $1.52 per page – with no taxes or special paper. The cheapest price I eventually found was 39 cents per page, so 78 cents per pamphlet. Let’s say I wanted to get 500 copies; the best price I would get is still over $300! And that got me thinking…

Why is it so much? Well a number of reasons came to mind. Most companies offer some sort of guarantee on time, so tying up a machine is expensive. Most of these companies also cater to larger quantities of copies as it is more cost effective for them. Still I couldn’t help but think that it could be done for less! How to take advantage of the current market situation?

Well here are some economics for you. The most inexpensive color copier at Futureshop is the HP PSC1110 selling for $129. I bought 500 pages of Xerox Premium Inkjet paper today from Staples for $9.99 (this paper is 24 lbs, and 113 brightness, so its good stuff). The PSC1110 copies color pages at 6 pages per minute. So let’s say you purchased the machine, and two packages of paper. And let’s assume it comes with brand new ink cartridges (well we don’t need to assume, it will). Your total startup cost would be $148.98 excluding taxes. If you charged 20 cents per color copy, which is roughly half the price of the cheapest place I found and roughly one quarter the price of Staples where most people probably end up going, you’d break even after your first 750 copies. And it would take only 125 minutes of copying time, or slightly more than 2 hours. That, boys and girls, is a much better way to make a little cash than starting a painting franchise, let me tell you.

And as I mentioned above, you could cater to the smaller jobs, where time isn’t so important, and the need for 1000 or more copies just isn’t present. Of course, I have ignored marketing or other expenditures for this little example, but you get the idea. And marketing costs wouldn’t be that much anyway – just some use out of your new machine and your time to send out some flyers. And if you stressed that you are a student, etc, you’d do quite well I think.

So what did I end up doing? I decided to spend $30 for a new ink cartridge and print the copies myself. I found out after checking on prices that I only needed 250 copies, so I figured what the heck, $50 beats over $300 any day of the week. It’s kind of a pain though, so believe me, I would much rather have paid you the $100 (250 copies times your awesome price of 20 cents per page times 2 sides) for better paper and a quality job.

Religious Debates Abound!

There are some really thought provoking and interesting religious debates taking place amongst a few of my friends in the Blogosphere. Check them out – here are the two most active threads:


  • Jane’s Post – lots of interesting stuff about science and religion

  • My Old Passion Post – this one has a record setting (at least as far as I am concerned) 23 comments already. Lots of interesting religion-related comments here!

I haven’t participated too much lately, partly due to lack of time, and partly because we are all stubborn 🙂