Showing posts from 2015

My Picks of the Year for 2015

I managed to find more time this year to listen to more new music and watch more films.  Here quickly are the most notable things that had a big impact on me:

Movies: (these are titles a i watched this year, not released this year)

Mad MaxEx MachinaAll is LostSearch for FreedomInterstellarLooperOnly Lover Left AliveInceptionThe TripRIPD
Music: Jean-Paul De RooverMitch MurderSam Roberts BandQueens of the Stone AgeEllie GouldingJennie Vee KyussSilversun Pickups
So far i've managed to run a decent report that includes:

Line Item:
   Start Date; End Date;
   Lifetime impressions
   Goal Quantity


The only Report Metric I use is Delivery indicator.

 I run this now automatically every morning.
 I open in Excel and Filter the Delivery indicator to 'less than 100%' which shows me the items in danger of not delivering it's target.

 Then i sort by end date so the most recent endings are first. If only i could automate the filtering and ordering in DFP before it ships that'd be great.

Halloween Fun

Got up to no good today.  Dressed up for Halloween at the office and decide to take it up a notch.  Besides visiting fellow like minded co-workers i also went out to some of my favorite stomping grounds.

Dress up day at work #halloweenA photo posted by @at0mpub on Oct 30, 2015 at 6:22am PDT A photo posted by @at0mpub on Oct 30, 2015 at 8:59am PDT Scarring up some business at Organic Garden Cafe #tbayA photo posted by @at0mpub on Oct 30, 2015 at 9:50am PDT A photo posted by @at0mpub on Oct 30, 2015 at 12:17pm PDT

Old Age Revelation

Leafs Involved in an another Reclamation Project?

Twitterverse reporting Devin Setoguchi may be putting on a Leafs jersey.

Here's the stats from on Devin Setoguchi. Former Sharks, Wild, Jets and Flames player.

I always like reclamation projects and if this deal works for David that'd be a nice story for the Leafs. They tried this with Paul Ranger and it didn't work out so well.   He played 1 season with the big club for 53 games.  He was a Tampa Bay Lightning before he disappeared from the hockey world.

Kenora is Trying Temporary Outdoor Patios

Guess I'm not the only one who thinks this a good way to test pilot seasonal patios.  Kenora is giving it a go by the looks of it.  As you may recall i did a rant about this a few years ago for Thunder Bay when it was proposed to permanently expand the sidewalk area on Red River Road.

CBC's article mentions the patio's importance to tourism industry.

Of interest also is the fees the city would charge the restaurants based on the size and seating capacity.

The article from cbc is here: Kenora-looks-to-expand-outdoor-patio-spaces-for-restaurants-1.3137693

My original rant for Thunder Bay to do this is here:  seasonal-patios

 Comment below if you have any thoughts on this - good or bad.   Summer here is half spent but this is still something to consider next year.

High Fidelity

FINALLY! Got around to watching this flick.  It's been in my 'to see' list for quite some time.  I could definitely relate to the characters.  Music lovers are a mopey condescending bunch aren't we.

What I found really strange was I couldn't pin point the time period in which this took place.  Sure there were some late 90's give-a-ways like baggy jackets and cordless phones, but this could have been released this year and not missed a beat.

There were so many things that 15 years later are either still in vogue or have come back in vogue.  If there was a re-edit of this film all they'd have to do is CGI in a couple of IPhones.

I look forward to watching this in say another 10 or 15 years and see if it still holds up.  I'm pretty sure it will.

Sailing The Seas of Superior on Wednesday Race Night

#tbay #tbyc A video posted by @at0mpub on Jun 17, 2015 at 5:49pm PDT

#tbay #sailing A video posted by @at0mpub on Jun 17, 2015 at 3:13pm PDT

Is Bulletproof Coffee For You?

What is it?
I started drinking Bullet Proof Coffee over a week ago and I've lost almost 5 pounds.  I have not changed anything else in my diet or exercise regiment.

How does it work?
I believe what's happening is that the butter and coconut butter in the coffee is satiating my appetite first think in the morning.  After drinking it i feel 'full'.  This 'full' feeling lasts almost 4  hours.  I get to work and have another cup of just regular coffee or cappuccino.  I'm not hungry until noon when it's time to east lunch.  Lunches are the same - I haven't changed what i eat.  I start feeling peckish around 4:30 but i can usually hold out until supper.

How has it affected my eating habits?
I believe what's happening is that I've lowered the amount of sugar and empty carbs by not snacking on things like granola or bran bars.  I also believe that because of the lower sugar intake - my energy highs and lows aren't so high and so low.  I've st…

Fishing for a Chorus Worth Keeping

"Nemo" is the name of the song that was conceived about 5 years ago now. As with all of Kj's songs - it started out in the 'folk' arena with the intention that when played back all on its own with just vocals and acoustic - it would hold up on its own.  This is the approach we've taken with every song so far.

The lyrical content was inspired by Kj's reading of 20 000 Leagues Under The Sea.  He really embraced the view of the captain and his goal of living beneath the sea as far away from the corrupt ambition of humanity.  So there's some weight in this tune.  The chorus needed(s) to really stand out on this song.

The elements of the chorus have been scribed for some time now.  However the time signature of 4/4 just didn't have any impact.  As the nautical literature for Kj's inspiration on this song, i too have drifted to a nautical literary works - Moby Dick.  And let me tell you - this chorus is my 'White Whale'.

When Kj and I recor…

Sharepoint Server Logs Eating Up Drive Space

Determined there were 7GB of logfiles in :
C:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\14\

Trying to delete/move failed - access denied because files are locked

Found this excellent article by Doug Allen:

Quick Fix:

On SharePoint Server server - restart SharePoint Timer Service  (services.msc)
Log into SharePoint Central Administration
Go To 'Monitoring'
Go to Timer Jobs - Check Job Status
Find Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Usage Data Import and click on it.
Click 'Run Now'

This should blow out the log files fairly quickly.