While attending elementary school I was fortunate enough to attend a presentation by a robotics engineer from the University of Toronto. The year was 1987 and, despite the limited computing technology available at the time, he was very optimistic about the future and what machines could do for us going forward. Nine other people spoke that day about their careers and how important it was to study various subjects, but his 15 minute presentation was chiseled into my young mind and its left a strong mark ever since. Not a week goes by where I don't think about the topics he discussed or his enthusiasm for the field.
In the Broadway show "A Streetcar Named Desire", there is a song titled "A Stranger's Just A Friend You Haven't Met." This seems to fit in with the small adventure I had after venturing to the local Starbucks after dinner.
Today I was in Downtown Vancouver with some friends, and a common scene played out before me: the poor and destitue were asking for spare change, or a meal.
I've had the Telus Enhanced 1.5 DSL service since March 2005, and it's shared across a few PCs. On a good day, the maximum download speed would be around 140 KB/s, and it would usually average around 80 KB/sec unless I was getting the latest episodes of Daily Show and Colbert Report (my fastest downloading Torrents). This package has certainly had it's problems over the last year and a half as my landlord and I share this connection, and we both love to download (only about 10% of what we download is of similar interest, and these files are often put on a single networked storage device so we don't double-download).
Today I ventured back to the city of North Delta in an effort to work out some sort of payment structure with the client I wrote about two days ago. In order to do this, I had to leave work early and catch the guy before he left for the day at 4 pm. This shouldn't have been too difficult.