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Thursday, 28 July 2016

The future is in my pocket

Technology is amazing. 

My families first computer, aside from our 'Pong' console, was a Commodore Vic 20. Children of today won't recognize it. It was simply a keyboard that plugged into your tv and had a rudimentary operating system on it. You could program in dos and do some basic word processing on it. All in all it was a basic machine, little more than a toy.

Now, I'm typing this out on a wirelessly connected miniature keyboard on a small computer that plays music, records video, wirelessly connects to the Internet, and performs a multitude of functions too numerous to list here.

When my mother was job searching when I was a child, my father would bring home a massive electric typewriter for her to type out her resume. He would then bring it to his office to photocopy it. She would check the  help wanted section of the newspaper and physically visit each office to drop off a resume. She would then have to wait for a phone call and hope she was home to receive it.

Nowadays you can perform all this from an item that fits in your pocket.

Well, perhaps not writing out your resume, but you can store it on your device and send it out instantaneously if you come across a job listing that appeals to you.

When I started 2016 my mantra was "have iPod, will travel" and more and more I find myself fascinated by what this little device is capable of.

In the coming months I'm hoping to more fully explore the abilities of my iPod, a sixth generation touch, and maybe document my findings.

~Brother K'Bob

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Bang head slowly

Once again I have found myself too many days away from my keyboard and not writing like I should. And I am kinda frustrated with myself.

I've missed a couple of perfect opportunities for blog posts as the San Diego Comic Con just wrapped up and we've had new trailers for Suicide Squad, Doctor Strange, Walking Dead, Justice League and various other properties. I've had opportunities to release links to these on the Meet the Geeks Facebook page and totally failed.

If I was being true to myself I would be all over these news releases.

Le sigh.

So what am I doing with my day off? Cleaning the house and looking up recipes for Matoke. At least the Matoke is geek related. I've been re-reading Transmetropolitan. More on that later. However Matoke is mentioned in the book several times.

See geeks, reading comics can make you a man of the world.

There's no real point to this post. It's just me ranting.

Back to domestic bliss.

Stay tuned true believers.

~Brother K'Bob

Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Wedding of Rob and Lorna Collett

Photo Credit - Lee Werth

Today Jenn and I went to the go-to con social location the St. James Legion to celebrate the union of fellow Klingon Robert Collett and Lorna Fink.

It was a low key affair. The wedding started at 12:30 with the bride, looking stunning in a white and red dress, walking down the aisle. I admit that the joyous tears of the bride as she walked towards her intended may have set off a few tears of my own. Vows were exchanged and the happy couple walked arm in arm up the aisle a half hour later.  

We had about six hours to kill in between so Jenn and your humble reporter returned home to eat and take a nap.

We returned to the dance at about 7:00pm where the festivities were just beginning. The dance was being MC'ed by Philip Grodecki. The newly minted couple took to the dance floor to usher in the evening. Unfortunately Lorna's father was unable to make the wedding so, where the father and bride would have danced, Lorna took to the floor with Walter, their adorable and incredibly well behaved infant son. Heart strings were tugged. 

Just before hitting the photobooth I was surprised to hear the first bars of The Time Warp, a convention dance staple, start up. Traditionally the song is played at midnight so it coming on at 7:50 threw a few people off. Of course, in true Pavlovian form, the challenge was met and the floor was quickly filled. 

After that we got our photo taken and joined in a con-goer group photo.

We mingled for a time before slipping out.  

Of course Jenn and I wish Robert and Lorna all the best. 

~Brother K'Bob 

Friday, 1 July 2016

Happy Canada Day!!

Happy Canada Day Geeks!

No, I didn't get out to celebrate. I had to work.

I did get a chance to spend a couple of hours with some friends and have a delicious dinner.

I do consider myself fortunate to have been born and raised in Canada. Winnipeg especially. When I think on all that Winnipeg has going for it I feel lucky indeed.

For our US Geek friends here is what Canada Day is.

From Wikipedia: Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada. It celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.

The Geeks would also like give their respect to those who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces protecting our way of life. I know there are many of you out there.

~Brother K'Bob