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Yet another fresh start...

...timely I guess, that at the dawn of a new year, I'm starting my blog from scratch, again. I think I'll give up on cheap hosting and complex database-driven content management systems. For the last couple of weeks, I'd hoped that my site might reappear but it does not look like it will happen. For now, I'll host it from the comfort of my basement and my trusty NSLU2. Also, I'll use good old Blogger as the authoring tool, as it works, and is simple.
I'll add old articles as I recover them from old backups, caches etc.

On another note, we had an excellent Christmas trip to Newfoundland. Always the madman, I elected to travel in a "new" beast, namely a '91 Chevy Astro that I recently picked up very second hand at a decent price. In spite of its 282,000 kms and sweet 16 age, it performed admirably, transporting family, gifts and more in traditional rear wheel drive fashion, thanks to studded winter tires from Walmart. Thankfully, we were afforded good…

Christmas Vacation

How great it is just to get away and r-e-l-a-x...







Timing...

Well, you get what you pay for I guess, and my hosting provider seems to have dropped off the face of the earth without a trace. All of my stuff is gone. I managed to point my domain to this page, but my backups are in a mess, and restoration is unlikely anytime soon. However, Christmas is great, and there's more to life than stinkin' blogs :)
Merry Christmas to all !!

Memory Lane (Jimmy Durante)

Anyone remember this ad? I was scarcely 10 at the time but I remember it well. Mostly I remember my Father laughing heartily at anything with Jimmy in it...what a class act...

Chestnuts Roasting on a Faux Fire II

Ok, according to my "value" system, Christmas utterances such as "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire", or "the fire is so delightful" are most valid only when coupled to an actual fire, preferably a fireplace or an open door woodstove. However, I will lower my standards to even include a pellet stove or a gas fireplace. Those ridiculous Electric fireplaces with the tinfoil spinning flames and a hair dryer for the heat don't rank at all. Now as a society, we've sunk to an all-time low. Knowing my opinions on this (having heard me rant and roar), a beloved colleague presented me with a DVD, namely Faux Fire 2. Apparently this is the sequel to an already best seller. Ok hear me now: if the day ever comes that my primal "fire" needs have to be satiated by watching a fire on TV...then it's time to hang up the poker... the terrorists have won :)