December 27, 2013

December 20, 2013

December 19, 2013


From the Edinburgh Evening News: Electronic cigarette started council HQ fire blaze of irony
AN electronic cigarette burned a section of carpet at the council’s administrative HQ after it “exploded” while being charged on a computer.
Jesus. Can't a man plug his cigarette into a USB port these days without fearing for his life?

...and other sentences 1980s Andrew cannot parse.

(See also: "Can't a man track his run on a smartphone these days without worrying about his data allowance?"; "Can't a man update his blog these days without worrying about his Google juice?"; "Can't a man vote in a democratic election these days without worrying the winning candidates will purposefully make it harder for people to go to the doctor?" etc.)

 In answer to my original question, though, apparently the answer is no:
Councillor Ricky Henderson, the city’s health, social care and housing leader, said: [...] “I suppose we all have to be careful about what devices we plug into a computer in this day and age, especially if they are left unattended.”
Councillor Henderson then narrowed his eyes and looked over the reporter's shoulder, shouting "I'VE GOT MY EYE ON YOU, MOUSE!"
...There have been [other] reports of the devices 
exploding. In one incident in the US in September, Elizabeth Wilkowski described plugging a Chinese-made electronic cigarette into her computer to charge it up when it exploded, rattling her entire house in Atlanta, Georgia. 
She compared the explosion with a bomb detonation.
Good to know that simile is not completely dead, then.

December 13, 2013

December 06, 2013

December 04, 2013

I Was Just Happy To Be Asked

From's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.
The latest edition features... Andrew Ladd.
As a guy who has won the Stanley Cup twice, can you describe what it has been like going through the process now in Winnipeg of trying to build a winner, being at the forefront of it as the team's captain and dealing with the frustrations that come with it?

Actually, this is awkward, but I haven't won the Stanley Cup twice... The only thing I've won recently is the AWP Prize in the Novel, for my novel What Ends. I also don't live in Winnipeg. I think maybe you're thinking of the other Andrew Ladd?

But anyway, no big deal. Let's not dwell on it. Oh, and in answer to your question: frustrating or not, I can't think of a better place to build a winning team than in WINnipeg, am I right!!!???

What are some reasons, some signs, that would allow you to be optimistic about this club now?

Well, the bread is really nicely toasted. And this chicken salad looks very fresh. Overall, I think it will be an excellent sandwich.

Is that part of a team still being in the growing, building phase?

Uh... Yes? Teams in the growing phase absolutely need a lot of good sandwiches.

It sounds like you believe there is enough talent in the room to take the Jets to the next level. So, how do you do it? How do you get to the next level? How do you move ahead of average?

I don't mean to be a pedant, but that already takes us up to six questions. It seems like kind of an unfair loophole if you can just squeeze a whole load of different questions into one block of bold text and call it "one" question.

Anyway, I guess what I would say about this is that, obviously, the Jets' record against the Sharks is definitely the most important thing to focus on. I mean, absolutely, the Jets have talent, but Russ Tamblyn only gets you so far, you know?

You were one of 45 players at the Canadian Olympic orientation camp in August. It's December now, so have you been thinking about the Olympics, making Team Canada, and what you can add to the team if you are selected?

Again, I think you must be confusing me with the other Andrew Ladd.