Lists & Systems
Some lists I used to collect, with the help
of the members of a few USENET newsgroups.
Someday, I'll put some of the lists up here.
Here are the subjects of a few of them:
- MTB slang
- Road etc names (e.g., Arthur H Breed Fwy)
- City nicknames
- City residents' nicknames
- World's Biggest City Parks (Gatineau, South Mountain...)
- 101 uses for a bandana
- Silly Country Music Song (Titles/Lines)
Not sure whether to list "tips & tricks"
under "lists" (above) or under "systems" (below),
so I'll just put it in the middle here. Once I've
written it up. For now:
- Coding tip #1: C function definition: I always
format these as name space paren. Function calls
never have the space.
This makes grep work well in my C sources.
- Car camping tip #1: Carefully open the plastic outer
covering of a roll of paper towels, only
on the middle of the end. Then
remove the center cardboard tube without wrecking
the handy water-resistant plastic covering. Once you
have the tube out, you can pull paper towels out from
the center, one at a time (like a kleenex box),
and the roll remains relatively dry even in wet weather.
- Camping tip #2: get a marker pen and draw a little
picture of each camping trip, on the wall of the tent.
(Our larger tent is now 16 years old and has a nice
record of many of the camping trips we took over that
- Home tip #1: Mix your own cereal. My main ingredients
are usually Total + Great Grains, but I'll add Cheerios
or some other oat-cereal, or Grape Nuts sometimes.
I keep it in a Tupperware tub.
- Home tip #2: Zip tie for the metal contraption that
hangs from the showerhead. You can get these metal
frame hook things (for holding soaps, shampoos, etc)
that hang over the pipe that leads to the showerhead.
But they always slip down the shaft of that pipe, away
from the wall. To solve this problem, push the thing
up against the wall, get a small zip-tie, and zip it around
the pipe to hold the rack-thing in place.
- Home tip #3: Tie shoes with one extra loop. This
will require some explanation (later). They'll never
On my "to do" list here is to flesh out more of the "Systems":
- my post-Y2K date-stamp conventions
- my keyboard layout
"Mlang", my near-phonetic alphabet for representing my
dialect of English. Mentioned
on my Radio weblog and even on
my bzero weblog.
- my mapping of Tolkein's Tengwar alphabet to English