First Good Snowfall of Winter 2008

Yesterday and last night it snowed quite a bit and this morning I woke up to the first white landscape this winter. It isn’t a practical response but seeing all the fresh snow makes me quite excited. I hope that kid in me never dies. I’m thankful that I live in a climate that receives ...

Finally: Broadband Internet Access!! w00t!

We finally have broadband Internet access!! For years we’ve been hoping Bell would provide DSL along our road but we’d pretty much given up hope on that. Then near the beginning of 2008 a company put underground cabling down our road, under contract to Rogers. Of course the font-line Rogers salespeople knew nothing about it. ...

Telum Takes a Lickin’ and Keeps on Tickin’

Back on October 9 the eldest feline in the household, Telum, dragged himself inside after sundown looking rather beat up, introspective, and a tad sheepish. The fur under his neck was tore up, he had some puncture on the top of his head, and his ear had blood splatters in it. He leaked a bit ...

Saving YouTube Videos

I found that it is actually very easy to save YouTube videos as files, using Internet Explorer 7. This is particularily helpful for dial-up users since loading up YouTube each time you want to replay a certain video is a pain. Here are instructions for the process: When you’ve got a good chunk of available Internet time (like overnight), ...

The Fire Doesn’t Care If You Sort First

Maybe I just don’t love the environment enough. This morning I had the duty / responsibility / joy(?) of compiling the recyclables into the recycle bin. Normally my sister does this task while I just carry the load to the roadside for pickup. Boy, I never knew it was so much work to sort everything! ...

July Recap and webcamFLV

July was wet. And pretty busy for me. I’m not sure if August will be wet (I sure hope it is dry for at least two weeks) but I know I’ll be even busier. Various July highlights: Prompted by some hard disk drive errors I disassembled Hal, blew the dust out, and plugged him back ...

What I Want in a Smartphone

In the last month or so I’ve found myself becoming increasingly interested in getting a smartphone. At the real estate office I’ve had the opportunity to work with Palm Treos quite a bit over the years and, more recently, a variety of Blackberries too. There is nothing like unwrapping a fresh Blackberry to make one ...

Dental Delights

I got my first ever tooth filling today. Due to my cheap nature and lack of dental pain I’d stretched it pretty long since my last checkup. Like a decade or so. But over the last year I’d begun to experience infrequent twinges. Something evil was stirring back in molarville. It was time to face ...

Fair Thee Well, Wavy Locks

There is something a tad scary about getting your hair cut by a stranger without your glasses. The reflection in the mirror is so blurry that the hairdresser (correct term?) could be trimming your hair up to match her neighbour’s shrub and you wouldn’t have a clue. As I’m to be a groom’s man in ...

First Coffee in a Week

It is no secret; I drink a lot of coffee. However, it wasn’t until a week ago Sunday evening that I realized that I might be drinking too much (I’d never really thought that was possible). It wouldn’t be rare for me to have five mugs a day of the java juice. “Self,” I said ...