It was quite a long week. 5 exams in 5 days. Should that even be allowed? My week went as follows:

for(n=1; n<=5; n++)
{
     StudyForExam(n);
     TakeExam(n);
     if(n!=5)
          StudyForExam(n+1);
     Sleep();
}

Notice that there’s no time for a break? Well, that’s because the next one was less than 24 hours away! Okay, enough complaining. The point is, I’m done midterms for this term =).

In the midst of this crazy week, there were still some funny moments that arose. You know that time after every exam, when little groups form and everyone starts talking about how badly they did? (Unless your class talks about how well they all did… we usually don’t.) Although it was depressing, I found it somewhat funny hearing their comments and reactions. And it didn’t just stop there after the exam, a bunch of classmates echoed their sentiments on their Facebook status. Here are some of the best comments/replies that amused me:

After the first exam: “Round 1: Epic fail”

After the first 3 exams: “I wonder if the sum of my marks for the first three exams has exceeded 100% yet.”

“is invoking the mercy rule.”

Facebook status:
failed 325 harddddddddddddddd”
Replies:
– “Who didn’t?”
– “Who didn’t x2 ?”
– “x3.”
– “0x04”
– “0x0F … it was so weird”
– “0xFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF”
[ECE 325 is a course on “Microprocessor Systems & Interfaces”… so we had to work with Hexadecimals =P. Geek failure at its best.]

And a completely random, but hilarious one: “today I realized the word bed looks like a bed”

My class cracks me up =P. It’s good to know that while we’re all suffering, I can get a couple of chuckles.

Although exams are done, I’m still stuck in exam mode and that translates to my exam sleeping pattern… That explains why I’m still up at this insane hour (2:50 am). But seriously, I really need to fix this schedule. Great, I just realized that there’s a lab report due on Monday which means I’ll be spending tomorrow (today) working on it. When will this end!?

About a week ago, I sent my old Canon Powershot A75 back to Canon for repairs. The problem was that the LCD started flickering a purple-ish hue and displayed vertical lines across the creen. It only exhibited these symptoms when in the shooting mode, so captured photos came out distorted. However, the playback and menus worked fine. I was disappointed that my camera broke, but I figured it was about time… I bought it back in 2005 or 2006. But then, I remembered reading about a Canon A75 advisory notice a couple years ago. It was kind of far-fetched, imagining all the problems that could possibly arise… But, I thought that I would just check it out and see if it was related to the issue I was experiencing. To my surprise, it sounded very similar to my problem!

When the product is used in recording or playback mode, the LCD screen and/or electronic viewfinder may exhibit either a distorted image or no image at all.

Effective immediately, and regardless of warranty status, Canon will repair, free of charge, the products listed above exhibiting the above-mentioned malfunction if Canon determines that the malfunction is caused by the CCD image sensor.

I quickly called up Canon and the representative asked me to mail in my camera with a letter describing the problem. She told me that once they receive my camera, Canon will inspect it and decide whether it is covered by the advisory notice. So, I packaged it and sent it through Canada Post hoping for the best. I received an email from Canon a couple days later confirming the receipt of my camera. One week later, the fixed camera arrived at my door! I put the batteries back in my camera, and fired it back up… It works! Thank you Canon!

I am extremely pleased with Canon’s service, especially with the turnaround time and no-hassle repairs. The fact that they are still willing to fix a 3-4 year old camera (which is no longer covered by warranty) shows that they care about their customers and the quality of their products!

Recently, a couple friends from Calgary came to visit us in Waterloo. As usual, we (who were considered local) had the daunting task of deciding where to take them for lunch. This was a difficult task because we weren’t too familiar with the restaurants in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and we wanted to make a good impression. It’s not like they come everyday! To make matters even more complicated, we wanted to find a good Chinese restaurant (because that’s their favourite type of food). Why did this make it more complicated, you ask? Let’s just say that KW isn’t known for their abundance of Chinese food, nor do they really have enough of a market for it. So it’s totally understandable.

After reading online reviews and surveying a couple friends, it was decided that we would try a place called “Cameron Seafood Restaurant” for Dim Sum.

camerons

When we first pulled in, it looked really sketchy. It was pretty much a house with a built-in extension (which we found out was the kitchen). Once we were seated, they presented us with a photo album. This was definitely one of the most unique menus I have ever seen in my life. It was actually really helpful for me, because I didn’t know the names of 90% of the dishes I wanted =P. As you can see, they cater to the non-Chinese speaking/reading population. Speaking of which, a friend told me that he saw Mike Lazaridis there once, but he was too afraid to approach him. If RIM’s CEO eats there, it must be good =). Actually, I’m not sure if he speaks Chinese or not, maybe he does… In any case, I liked the photo album idea.

Aside from the lovely menus, the food was also pretty good. It was authentic and I was really impressed that such a restaurant existed in Waterloo! It was a bit pricey, but hey, we don’t get visitors everyday. All-in-all, it was a good experience. We had a good time trying different dishes and would definitely go again.

camerons_food