Those TTC bastards are at it again! 
I woke up this morning to find out that the Toronto Transit Commission decided to up and go on strike last night at midnight.

Not only do I think they should be declared an essential service such that they no longer have the right to strike, I think that this latest one should be met with harsh penalties giving all of them a 5% pay cut and denying any concessions that had won in the recent contract negotiations.

Why so harsh?

Back when they were negotiating, the union made it very public that they would give 48 hours notice if they intended to strike. As I understand it this morning from listening to the news, some of their members didn't like this idea, so in the end they decided to just forget it and strike by surprise last night at midnight, leaving all sorts of people stranded without notice.

They're overpaid as it is, and keep getting more and more by taking the city hostage. This has to be stopped.

I understand the value of a union, but they've long since overstepped their bounds in this arena. Unions should fight to get fair pay and benefits for their members. They should not be fighting to bend their employers over a barrel and ream them for all they can.

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Martinsville owns Bristol 
I just thought I'd chime in on the question of "What's the best short track in the Sprint Cup series?"

Yesterday's race at Martinsville was great fun to watch and, I think, more entertaining than the previous race at Bristol. I think it's the tight corners at the end, though the sprinkling of rain may have helped things along.

The excitement of seeing your driver tuck his nose under the car in front going through the turn was great fun, as was the frustration of watching someone try to make the pass on the outside and knowing he was going to lose a few positions for his efforts.

Dale Jr. and Jeff Gordon swapping positions cleanly a few times was harrowing, each time thinking they were going to come together.

I think the moment of the race, while it obviously can't be sanctioned, was Matt Kenseth punting David Gilliland out of pure malice.

I felt bad for Johnson getting taken out by lap traffic, but that's Martinsville, and he still pulled out a great finish.

Congrats to Denny Hamlin and for all the Hendricks boys!!

Now Tony... what's up? All the other Gibb's cars have been in the winners circle. When's your turn??

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I Want to Punch Bill Gates 
SQL Server seems like it would be important enough to be mostly bug-free, but I came across what I think it a rather major flaw in the reporting services.

I tried to use this function to set a field.

=IIf(IsNumeric(Fields!Data.Value), CDbl(Fields!Data.Value), Fields!Data.Value)

Simple, right? If the value is a number, then turn it into a number so I can use numeric formatting methods on it.

If it's not a number, then just leave it alone and display it.

Does it work? No. It fails because SQL is too stupid to ignore the statement that should only be invoked if the condition is met.

If the data is not numeric, I get an error because SQL tries to do the CDbl conversion anyway.

Here is my solution:

=IIf(IsNumeric(Fields!Data.Value), CDbl(IIf(IsNumeric(Fields!Data.Value), Fields!Data.Value, "0"), Fields!Data.Value)

Clever? Maybe. It certainly illustrates how stupid SQL is being.

Now where's Bill???

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It's Tough Being a Leafs Fan 
Suddenly the Leafs are entertaining again. The last two games were great fun, but I think the real question here is this:

How much can they hurt themselves, while still leaving us without playoff hockey?

Last year it was a single point. They did as well as they could, getting as poor a position in the draft as they could muster, without actually giving us any playoff excitement.

This year they're within 5 points and driving to get closer.

Actually making the playoffs is once again a pipe dream, but it seems they're all about shooting themselves in both feet at the end of the season, once thoughts of post-season play are out the window.

Way to go, boys!

Of course, it's not really their fault at this point in the game. We want them to win. But what about Cliff Fletcher? Wasn't he brought in to get all their ducks in a row so the team can improve for the future? After doing much of nothing at the trade deadline, shouldn't he at least be sending people to the minors to bring up some newcomers for experience? Shouldn't he be playing 3rd string goalies to give them a taste of the big time? Isn't his job to make them lose now, while the players do whatever they can to win?

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I learned something today. 
A cafe mocha is delicious.

Mixing a packet of hot chocolate in with a cup of french roast coffee is not.

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