030303 - I realized that today is "03/03/03" no matter which way you arrange the month, day and year fields. If you have some attachment to the numeral 3, it is probably a good day for you today.
Cold - Radio reports that it is -29 degrees C this morning, with the windchill bringing that down to -43 C. Keep in mind that -40F = -40C. On either scale, all you can say is that it is insanely cold. (And of course, in the summer, we'll be up over 100 degrees F with 90% humidity - welcome to Ottawa, the land of extremes.)
Great Big Sea - If you live south of the U.S./Canada border, you have probably never heard of this band, but I have to say of all the CDs we were playing this weekend, they were among the best for driving. Great beat... a nice mixture of different types of songs... fun music. They are kind of a mixture of folk, pop, Newfoundland sea shanties, bar songs... an eclectic mix... you can understand after listening to them why they can be viewed as the "Great Big Party Band" as their music is definitely upbeat and for a party.
For those of you living in the southern U.S. and California, you can see them on tour this month. I haven't seen them in concert, but I hear they give a fantastic show.
Rob Levin and people whining about him - elliot: I'm with chipx86 on this one... why can't people just leave Rob alone? Yeah, he's irritated his fair share of people, but if you look at the bigger picture, the work he's done on freenode (formerly OPN) has served to enable so much other work within the community. If you don't agree with him, or if you dislike him, that's your choice and you are certainly within your rights to state that you have an issue with him... but it gets annoying to see people continually bashing his work.
I have issues with a number of people in our community. We're all human and we all have flaws, some larger than others. But we have to keep our eye on "the big picture". Does publicly flogging someone repeatedly because you dislike them really help us move forward?
If you have an issue with Rob and the way he moderates freenode, or the policies he has, don't whine about - go create an alternative. "Show me the code". If you don't like his IRC network, go build a better alternative and attract people to your network. If you are not going to go build a better alternative, try entering into a constructive dialogue with Rob to see if there is some way to resolve your disagreements. If you are not going to do either, than what gives you the right to complain?
Two very overused but very accurate cliches come to mind: 1) If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem; and 2) Lead, follow, or get out of the way.