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Randy Maddocks

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Recent posts by Randy Maddocks

Tim Holloway wrote:It's odd that you'd be worrying about parking for lunch if you work downtown, though... 

The bit about parking was somewhat off-topic from Jeanne's original post. While I was putting together my post I got to thinking about the whole issue around parking downtown (since that is where our building is located), which presents itself as a challenge for us employees, the locals and tourists in general. I went off-topic, but I do that...a lot. Digressing is almost a hobby for me.      
23 hours ago
In all honesty I don't believe having a corporate cafeteria would (or should) really affect businesses outside the corporate facility itself. We have a cafeteria where I work, but employees solicit multiple businesses in the downtown area on a daily basis (we are in a head office, so there are hundreds of employees). The corporate cafeteria is more of a "convenience" (or benefit or perk, as others have worded it). Actually, since the cafeteria is owned by an outside business, the vending machines located near the cafeteria, which are managed by yet another business, have to keep their snack prices down in order to compete with the cafeteria. So we employees aren't really complaining.

In our city, the bigger issue for downtown businesses is the lousy parking availability, and the exorbitant parking fees. Also, per capita, it feels like we have the highest percentage of parking enforcement officers. Because we are very close to the U.S. and, by Canadian standards, are an old, historical city on the shores of one of the great lakes, we get plenty of tourists and I would imagine the parking fiasco here leaves a bad taste in the mouths of tourists when they leave. But in the summer it feels like there are more tourists than locals. We used to joke that there were more New York plates than Ontario plates downtown in the summer. But as usual, I digress...
1 day ago

Tim Holloway wrote:One of the deadliest things a nice old Southern woman can say to you is "Bless your heart".

Ah yes, the "wiles" of a southern woman. I can just hear an "older" southern belle when talking about another woman, with that unique touch of southern charm saying something like: "Bless her heart, she's dumb as a doornail, but at least she's pretty."  Source : Quora article

4 days ago

Tim Holloway wrote:The word "nice" has been an insult more than once in history, and if you inflect the word "special" just right, you can be more insulting than if you simply called them a retard. ...

Well put! And what a difference how you say something can make. If 2 people are commenting on a work of art, for example, both could say, "Isn't that beautiful!", but if in reality one person was being sarcastic you could probably hear a distinct difference in tone. Sarcasm in a voice generally rings loud (not so much electronically, like email, because of course email cannot convey emotion in the sense that speech can...although emails, posts, etc... have been known to convey a certain attitude - LIKE SOMEONE WHO PUTS EVERYTHING IN CAPS).
4 days ago
Reminds me of something some of our profs used to do back in my college days. Without warning they would have us give an impromptu speech on a topic that the prof chose. Call it luck, but on every occasion I got a topic that I happened to have a passion about, so it made it easier to put together the speech. But I really felt for other students who got awkward (read: politically or socially sensitive) topics and who had to fumble their way through their speech.

But this exercise, if I can use that word to describe it, does test your ability to think on your feet, among other things.  
1 week ago

Peter Rooke wrote:In fairness the "Secret Nuclear Bunker" is a museum from the cold war. 

That clarifies things, thanks Peter.

But without the word "Museum" at the end of "Secret Nuclear Bunker" someone like a tourist might not know any better. On the other hand, if the museum was looking for ways to attract visitors, leaving the word "museum" off the sign could pique someone's interest. I, for one, if visiting that area would check it out.
1 week ago

Randy Maddocks wrote:Knute Snortum's sign pic: "STOP"   NOT A THROUGH ROAD...wouldn't it have been less work to just etch "dead end" into the sign instead? I know, your point was about unnecessary quotes.

Seriously, I need to review my posts before I submit...obviously the road isn't a dead end (so my suggested change is wrong), but more of a road that is not open to public traffic. Anyway, I will crawl back into my hole now......
1 week ago
I too agree with Tim on this one. As Paul indicated, if I want to find out how to fix something around the house I might look at some howto youtube videos (and then in my case hope that I don't screw up trying to do the fix, and end up with a flood or be electrocuted...).

Other annoyances I find with some programming videos:

  • If the video presenter is a less than ideal typist and has to keep backspacing over his typing mistakes, I get impatient. Not saying I am a good on the keyboard (in fact I suck at it), but it's annoying when you want them to move on and get to the point.
  • The sound or video quality is less than ideal. Think "rabbit ears" for reception and "tinny" sounds for audio. Then again, could be a combination of my speakers and "blazingly slow" rural Internet connection...
  • The video presenter spends far too much time on one particular part of the video. I understand they might be trying to consider the various skill levels of their audience, but sometimes it can be downright insulting to your intelligence.
  • Somewhat related to the previous point -- the presenters speaks far too fast or slow. Sometimes you feel like either you're in a race trying to keep up with them, or watching a slow motion scene from a movie.

  • And for those of you who don't know, since I tend to look at so many things in life from both sides of the coin or fence, I do admit that on occasion I have come across programming videos I found informative and well put together, where the speaker was clear and concise.

    But in general, give me a good book (eBook or printed, although still like the printed variety), and I am happy.....
    2 weeks ago
    Ok, I haven't laughed this hard in a long time.

    To name a few of my favorites:

    Ron McLeod's sign pic: PRIVATE    NO PARKING    NO DOGS    TOWING IN EFFECT with the picture of a dog tied down with chains on a tow truck. I am finding it hard to type because I am laughing so hard.

    Knute Snortum's sign pic: "STOP"   NOT A THROUGH ROAD...wouldn't it have been less work to just etch "dead end" into the sign instead? I know, your point was about unnecessary quotes.  

    Peter Rooke's sign pic: Brentwood    Kelvedon Hatch  A  128    Industrial Estates    Secret Nuclear Bunker I really hope the one who decided on the wording for that sign isn't military himself, or more importantly, someone in the military with the authority to carry out a nuclear attack.

    Really enjoyed this, thanks to all!!!   
    2 weeks ago

    Fish skin has been known to contain nutrients itself (Fish skin: Good for you?). I eat not only the skin, but the bones as well (admittedly I buy a lot of the canned fish, particularly salmon). Many people think it's kind of strange (or disgusting, as my daughter so eloquently puts it) that I eat the bones, but whether it's the texture of the fine bones, or for whatever other reason, I like them.

    As a youngster I had the misfortune of watching an adult clean and fillet a fish. Nothing too out of the ordinary about that, most would say, except this was a pregnant female. So, my young eyes watched in horror as the knife sliced though the fish and exposed the eggs. As much as that disgusted me, I was to find out a few years later that fish eggs from a sturgeon fish were considered a delicacy and even carried a fancy name - most commonly referred to as caviar. Anyway, to each his own...

    I love tilapia and can never get enough of it. It's unfortunate that nowadays you have to be careful about mercury content in some fish, obviously more of a concern in some areas of the world than others (due to factors such as pollution and chemical run-off, particularly in waterways near coal and mining sites). Then there is the concern with the amount of man-made garbage finding it's way into our waterways, particularly plastic. But I digress...
    2 weeks ago

    Bear Bibeault wrote:

    Stephan van Hulst wrote:

    Tim Moores wrote:I wonder if this might create an uncomfortable atmosphere for meat eaters. For example, might they rightfully worry that they are not as welcome at the company, or may no longer get promotions?

    Did the same happen with smokers?

    At one company I worked for it was a firing offense.

    A firing offense for smoking or eating meat? Either one smells of discrimination.

    At the risk of getting into "political correctness" territory, in my opinion so many things nowadays have become overly sensitized. "Back in the day" when you went to a company lunch, dinner, or whatever, either everybody brought something to share with everyone else if it was potluck (salad, some kind of meat or pasta dish, soup, dessert, etc...), or the company, if they were organizing and covering the cost, would provide different kinds of food (although there were considerations given to those with special diet requirements, like those with allergies or other medical reasons, and so on). There was none of this "if you eat this kind of food then you, or what you bring, is not welcome" kind of attitude, as this appears to be. It was so much simpler. I personally think, in most cases, people just enjoy each other's company at these functions - no one is out to single out any single person or group.
    1 month ago

    Tim Holloway wrote: I brought my freezer stuff into work only to discover that their kitchen freezer didn't work. Cheap bastards.


    Well the least they could've done was compensated you for food that went bad, since you took the leap of faith and brought it in.
    1 month ago
    Satellite image of Irma...these images never cease to amaze me:

    1 month ago

    Tim Holloway wrote:You're spoiled. 

    Actually, more than you know. The area I am in seems to avoid any of the heavy storms, almost like there is this big bubble over us. Out west in winter they get the blasts of Arctic air more often than they care to, and in the warmer months it's the hail, tornados, etc...And further east from us (Atlantic area) they get the nor'easters that come up the eastern seaboard. So when you guys in Florida get hit people up the east coast inevitably know they're next.

    This June Newfoundland had snowfall, which, given their often unpredictable (and generally vicious) weather, did not really surprise many people up here: Christmas in June
    1 month ago
    I remember that blackout very well, and not with fondness. We were without power in our area for 6 days. I remember listening to the radio as the power started getting progressively restored in areas to the west of us, and then when our power came on. Brings to mind a line from the song by Joni Mitchell (Big Yellow Taxi) - You don't what you've got til it's gone.

    If I remember correctly I think they traced the original cause of the problem to a large transformer going down somewhere in Michigan.

    Anyway, at our workplace the good thing was they put in a huge generator, so now if the power goes out and stays out for up to 4 hours the power flips over to the generator. We hardly notice when we're at our computers, barely a flicker.

    1 month ago