Sunday, August 17, 2003
Sooo...where were you when the lights went out? Or at least, when the power died? I was at the computer working on a Word file, when, kaput! Kirstin had to go down 30 stories in her highrise office tower to get to the street. I rode my bicycle downtown to check things out, even while thousands of others were getting out of the city. Want to see some interesting pictures of Yonge Street around 5:30 p.m.? Check out this week's special Toronto Blackout edition of Picture of the Week.

Later on we met up at our local pub for a great evening of fun and frivolity. We had a laugh, because it was a very full house, only bottled beer of course since the taps couldn't pour pints. It ended up being a really cool party under the stars - yes, you can see lots of stars when there's no light pollution in the city. People brought flashlights, someone got a boombox and some CDs and I think the Dodger did a record business. Want to see some party pictures? Go to Picture of the Week! I rode my bicycle home in the pitch black along the Danforth, which was a once in a lifetime experience. Wonderful night!

We got the power back in the house around 2 a.m., so I figure we were some of the luckier ones. Somebody I know was in the west end, and due to a power line failure, didn't have power for well over 24 hours.

Now this week I really have to get back to the textbook. I've lost a few days' work as it is!


Monday, August 11, 2003
Keep Away From Children It's been said that some of the best advice can often be received in the most unlikely places. Take this matchbook cover, for example (click on it for a bigger picture.)

Hmmm...Perhaps this is a good maxim to follow - avoid them at all costs.


Saturday, August 09, 2003
Okay, we're back online - the whole domain was down for most of Saturday, since I upgraded my server service once again! Now I have a gig of server space, and a whole lot more, for a great deal. Want to host your own web domain? Check out DotEasy, these guys are the greatest. I can't say enough good things about them!

Important note: when I did the re-post, I got rid of those pesky UpperCaseFirstLetter URLs, so everything's lowercase now. Which means, if you bookmarked this 'blog to get here, you were automatically jumped to a new URL, so BOOKMARK THIS ONE from now on! Same goes for anything else in my web domain - check to make sure all the URLs you surf to here are all lowercase letters.

I'm really sick of being on this computer, so I'm gonna jet, but just thought I'd let you know what's been happening. More l8tr...

Thursday, August 07, 2003
Got this new toolbar for my browser from Google (Blogger got bought by Google, as you may know.) Not sure I like the 'bar, though. I think my surfing is hindered, pages sometimes don't load. Could just be my service here yesterday, though. The jury's still out. It has a popup blocker though, which could be more than a little handy. Interestingly, it also sends back to Google the pages you've surfed - for information purposes only, of course. It apparently doesn't attach your name or email or anything to this information, just sends the URLs - so they say.

Last night I saw this van pull up to the Rabba opposite the Artful Dodger. Its sign read "Classic Cleaning and Maintenance Services Limited - Customers Deserve Clean Bank Machines!" and sure enough, the guy went into Rabba to, presumably, clean the bank machine. Who knew there was a specialty company? This got me to thinking about the telephone sanitisers (note spelling) we heard so much about in the sixties and were popularised by Douglas Adams in Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy. And that, in turn, got me to looking up "telephone sanitisers" on Google and then I came across this interesting board discussion and you know how it is on the Web, you type in something, that gets your mind going to several other thoughts and URLs and the next thing you know you've killed an hour pissing around on the Internet.

Okay, the dogs are whining, and I gotta go and run some errands.


Wednesday, August 06, 2003
Okay, the July webstats are now online. Nothing really new, in fact, it's been the slowest month in a long time. However, there were 195 visits to the 'blog, which is about 15% of all visitors to the domain at large. There will be lots of changes in the statistics in the next month or two, because I'll be putting online all the stuff for my courses at Ryerson, and when the textbook is revised, it will be published on this web domain, not the Ryerson RCC server. That will change the hits somewhat.

Most interesting tidbit from the webstats this month is that I've been web-botted by none other than TurnItIn. If you're a student you'll know what this is - "the world's leading plagiarism prevention system", they say. Students submit their essays to this website, and the teachers retrieve the papers from it, after turnitin has taken the paper and compared it to everything they've searched for on the web, to see if a student has "borrowed" stuff from the Internet without due diligence for credit via footnotes and/or endnotes, bibliography, etc.

Caught another new Picture of the Week yesterday. It's a little blurry because the little guy was 'way up in a tree, but I thought he was enjoying his fast food break. Curious? Click on the link....

Hey, the protein powder's really working out for me. Got lots more NRG than before. And I started tracking calories, carbs, protein, fat, and fiber on this really cool program from CalorieKing. You can fill in your exercises, too, and track your weight. I think it's mostly designed for people who want to lose weight, but even for training and general keeping track of your eating habits and health (or lack thereof), it's pretty neat. If you have a Palm or Pocket PC or equivalent, and you're into this sort of thing, check it out. It's on sale right now for $20 US, and well worth the price.

Really should get back to work on the textbook, but it's the hazy lazy crazy days of summer, and I really feel just like messing around at the computer under the leisurely wafting of the oscillating fan's breeze...ahh...