Sunday, December 31, 2006

Broken Glasses?

1 hour prescriptions:

(Actually aired on TV in Europe!)

Happy New Years everyone! Hope your 2007 is as good or better than your 2006 :-)

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Maybe Tomorrow

I've been down and I'm wondering why,
These little black clouds keep walking around,
With me, with me.

It wastes time, and I'd rather be high,
Think I'll walk me outside, and buy a rainbow smile,
But be free, they're all free.

So maybe tomorrow,
I'll find my way home.
So maybe tomorrow,
I'll find my way home...

I look around at a beautiful life,
Been the upperside of down, been the inside of out,
But we breathe, we breathe.

I wanna breeze and an open mind,
I wanna swim in the ocean,
Wanna take my time for me, all me.

So maybe tomorrow,
I'll find my way home.
So maybe tomorrow,
I'll find my way home...

- Stereophonics

Culturalize Yourself

Stuttgart has more to offer than you can imagine, culturalize yourself in 2007! :-)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Schwabish Weihnachten

Monday, December 25, 2006

Rodrigo de Freitas

Christmas in Rio.

The Night Before Christmas

Tis was the night before Christmas,
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Except maybe a mouse!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope Santa's good to you all! :-)

EuroRoss will be on hiatus during my holiday travels this week so until the New Year: Cheers and safe travels! :-)

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Santa's Coming... Or Not?!?

Well boys and girls, it's that time of year again! I certainly hope you've all been good as Santa's on his way... or is he?? :-)

Merry Christmas everyone and happy new year!! :-)

Saturday, December 23, 2006


With all the Christmas fun and cheer (that should read "cake and eggnog"), don't forget to eat your vegtables!

What?? :-)

Friday, December 22, 2006


It's a great Christmas to be home with family, enjoying the cold, skates, home cookin', gifts, you name it! Some of my friends down south have a different vision of Christmas that isn't all too shaby either:

Only 4 weeks till I get back, keep that coco-glass filled and cold for me! :-)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

VFB Stuttgart 4 - Bochum NULL!

Geiles ding! :-)

Berlin, Berlin. Wir fahren noch Berlin!


The Maldives is definatly on the travel list, unfortunatly with my current sched I doubt I can get there before the end of 2008. Don't shed any tears for me though ;-) I'll be getting to more than my fair share in 2007 :-)

Beautiful though isn't it? I wonder how the reconstruction after the tsunami is going:

And from beauty we turn to... a future picture of me on the beach. Turn away, turn away!! :-)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Party Time!

Neon palms? Oh yeah, let's get this party started!! :-)

X-mas holidays have officially begun, tomorrow I take the train home for a week of festive cheer, but for now... :-)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Walking Is Lame

Love this billboard ad:

(via Okdork)

Super-Hero Saved

Oh my, I'm dizzy, am I falling?? I think I need to be saved, perhaps by a super-hero. I think I need...


Monday, December 18, 2006

No You Didn't Just Hear That

Can I drink mine inside a paper bag like Daddy does?

Stuttgart Morning

A great Stuttgart morning...

Stadt Leuchtet

Stuttgart magic:

Stuttgart Rocks

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Rotting Away

The day is slowly rotting away...

More rotting videos here.

Smoking Lips

Your lips are smoking! ;-)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas Party's In Stuttgart

Enjoy the gluehwein, gluwein, gluewein, gluhwine, gluwine, gluvine, etc...

The spelling changes depending on nationality and even more importantly: how many you've had! ;-)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Is He?

If a tree falls in a forest, and nobody is there to hear it fall, does it still make a noise?

If a man voices an opinion, and there are no women around to hear it, is he still wrong? ;-)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Odds and Ends

Some odds and ends from around the internet:

What are the odds we'll die by...

13 things we just... don't... know.

Create a Shutdown icon on your desktop (winXP).

Tips on better learning.

Curiously gross, funny and baffeling, urine sliding:

Fifty mistakes men make when having sex... or eight things women do wrong in bed. 50 to 8, not as bad a ratio as I thought ;-)

Instead of buying that PS3, do one of these things.

Speed up the pace of innovation, iterate.

Number of allocated IP's per country. Canada clocks in at #3 with over 2 per person... I own 5, therefor I must be eating someone else's share of the pie ;-)

The internet is weird.

Ten steps to mental fitness.

Christmas is coming:

I'm outie...


Today I was waiting at checkout with my tomatos and fresh bread when I noticed about 20 ft. away an old woman with a walker that couldn't seem to coordinate opening the door, holding on to all her bags and advancing her walker all at the same time. As I'm moving through checkout about 10 different people just go walking through the adjacent door, some activily having to move over a door to avoid holding open the door for this woman. It took all of 5 seconds for me to leave the line and go help this person so it makes me wonder why and how someone actually at the door couldn't or wouldn't help this woman.

Does this happen often in Canada? I wonder and certainly hope not!


Monday, December 11, 2006

Artificial Intelligence

Wow! The machines have become aware! Just hours ago the first reported robot became self-aware at a university in Canada. When questioned about what he'd like to do first now that he had entered self-concious life with all the available choices, the robot just said he had one desire (click the picture):

Hockey. It's in our blood... and wires ;-)

Update: Although maybe we don't have too much to worry about yet: (wait until about half way through)

Sunday, December 10, 2006

What Hurts The Most

I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house,
That don’t bother me.
I can take a few tears now and then and just let em' out.
I’m not afraid to cry - every once - in a while,
Even though - going on - with you gone - still upsets me.
There are days - every now - and again - I pretend - I’m ok,
But that’s not what gets me.

What hurts the most,
Was being so close,
And having so much to say,
And watching you walk away...

And never knowing,
What could have been.
And not seeing that loving you,
Is what I was tryin’ to do.

It’s hard to deal with the pain of losing you everywhere I go,
But I’m doin’ It.
It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone,
Still harder.
Getting up - getting dressed - livin’ with - this regret - but I know,
If I could do it over,
I would trade - give away - all the words - that I saved - in my heart,
That I left unspoken.

What hurts the most,
Is being so close,
And having so much to say,
And watching you walk away...

And never knowing,
What could have been.
And not seeing that loving you,
Is what I was trying to do.

What hurts the most,
Is being so close,
And having so much to say,
And watching you walk away...

And never knowing,
What could have been,
And not seeing that loving you,
Is what I was trying to do.
That’s what I was trying to do...

- Rascal Flatts

Lazy Gopher Sunday

It's another lazy Sunday afternoon... waddup' my little lazy buddies? :-)

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Taking a few days to just hang with the lads...

(via Gadling)

Russian Hockey

When's the next time I'm going to be able to get to Russia? I don't know, but it's the middle of the hockey season and I haven't gotten to a SKA game yet!!

If the app's for a VISA weren't so painfully slow I could get to St. Petersburg to spend my hard earned tourist dollars! Jeez.

Snowman Holdup


Friday, December 08, 2006

Critical Decision

My sister got this critical decision exercise in for todays Friday afternoon capper:

You are driving in a car at a constant speed. On your left side is a 'drop off' (The ground is 18-20 inches below the level you are traveling on), and on your right side is a fire engine traveling at the same speed as you. In front of you is a galloping horse which is the same size as your car and you cannot overtake it. Behind you is another galloping horse. Both horses are also traveling at the same speed as you. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation? Think about it.

The Answer: Get your drunk ass off the merry-go-round!! :-)

Frog Or Horse?

What do you see? A frog...

...or a horse?

(via Mighty Illusions)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Crotch Police

Watch out everyone, or the "jerking authority" might track you down! ;-)

(via Vowe)


Having options is good :-)

Beer Opera

I've posted this before, but it's that good. I love beer commercials and this is definatly in my top 3:


Coyotes are extremely loyal to their mates. If one is caught in a trap, the other will bring small game for it to eat; it will soak itself in a river to allow its thirsty mate to chew on its damp fur for water. It has been documented that the free coyote will stay with its captive partner until death.

- National Geographic

I always wondered what exactly was happening at that bar! ;-)

Waterfall Heaven

Apparently the Hamilton region has more waterfalls than any other in Canada (70+ if I recall). Anyways don't take my word for it, watch the waterfalls video! This one is near Stoney Creek:

Hallo-way Late

So I meant to post this way back during Halloween and never quite got to it (not bad, I'm only what, 2 months late? ;-)

Some cool Jack-O-Lanterns:

And for those of you that can't handle a Halloween post this late I give you a friendly Hallow moon! :-)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

This Is The Truth

It's all about perspective, listen until at least the half way point and you'll be amazed:

Dress Code

So what exactly are you trying to say about my woredrobe?!?! ;-)


Things are going really well. Tomorrow I've got my year end PA (performance appraisal) at work so for the past week or so I've been codifying my goals, both professional and personal :-)

Looking back on everything that was accomplished this year it's pretty amazing if I do say so myself. In fact I'm gearing up for an even better 2007... more on that as it comes ;-)

It's time to blast off! ;-)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

1960's Burger Joint

Don't you just miss the 60's? Well ok I guess I wasn't even around in the 60's, but the old style burger joints we see in the movies and on TV sure do look appealing. Imagine my surprise when I found this retro hamburger restaurant where all the empoyees can out and did a little sing and dance number for everyone:

Too bad I couldn't get the movie function on my camera activated fast enough! If you're in the Clearwater Florida area then go check out "Hamburgers" at the I90 mall. :-)

Got Change?

How can you have 10 coins that ensures you will always have exact change for anything under a dollar?


3 Quarters
1 Dime
2 Nickles
4 Pennies

Casting A Shadow

Who says I always get my pics of the day from Gadling? Today's is highly appropriate given the gloomyness outside and comes via Zooomrhits. Shadowy goodness:

Monday, December 04, 2006

Copy Title Of The Day

A great title on a Flickr photo:

"Jesus is not allowed to do his stuff here":

Space: The Final Frontier

A quick 6 minute snapshot of our universe. I wonder how the discovery of life on other planets outside our solar system would affect our religious beliefs and political structures... ok I guess it's time to go back to work! ;-)

Sens Rule!

MY Ottawa Senators were struggling badly this year, were sitting outside of a playoff spot, had total inconsistant goaltending from their new $3.5 million dollar goalie and had everyone else on their back that they were an also-ran team.

Don't go jumping on our bandwagon now!

Of late we are picking up steam and starting to return to the Sens that we all know and love. Case and point this highlight reel goal from Vermette that shows why us true Sens fans are Sens fans:

PS> Leafs SUCK!

Conferences Abound

Conference and seminar season is about to cool off a bit until the new year (I've decided not to go to Les Blogs this year) and as of Thursday's finale of the Active Living and Healthy Eating Conference I'm cruising towards the festive holidays :-)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Last Sunset

My last sunset in Florida, and my last post on my Florida trip:


Getting things done! It's taken constant computer time since Friday evening but after two and a half days I'm finally at ground zero again:

  • All 6 personal e-mail boxes sorted, responded and emptied.
  • All RSS saved links reviewed, read and deleted.
  • All downloaded media content catagorized and sorted.

All in all I've gone through over 3500 pieces of e-mail, links or content! Digitally I'm back up to speed. I plan on going through the same process for my work e-mails, links and project list over the next 2 weeks as things are already slowing down for the holidays.

Whew, I hope to never let it ever get that bad again, but like a diet I'm sure it's not going to take long to fall off the digital wagon ;-)

Monster Truck

If there's one saying that I certainly feel Americans live by it's "go big or go home". Why not do both? Go BIG with your custom converted Ford truck (that would scare the pants off any transport truck!) and drive home while you're at it!

Global warming?!? What are they talking about?!? ;-)

David Copperfake

You all know the famous magician David Copperfield, now experience the magic of David Copperfake!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Florida Redux

Today it was frickin' freezing outside! Last week I was waking up early for a leisurely stroll... along the beach,

...relaxing with some ice cream... along the beach,

...and enjoying a cold beer as the sun set... along the beach!

So long ago... sigh. ;-)

Robot Beauty

Yesturday in a presentation my partner and I were doing in front of about 35 people I was speaking about the benefits and uses of measurement as it relates to customer service, program analysis and strategic decision making when some of the audience's eyes started to glaze over. I was losing them on some of the jargon, but my recovery was exquisit:

"Sorry guys, sometimes I sound like a robot"

Pulled em' back from the edge ;-) Math can be beautiful however, just take a look at some of these fractals and tell me math can't be beautiful!