July 4, 2010

Shiny New Google Toy

Finally got around to DLing Google Chrome, and I have to say, after playing with it for a few hours, I really like it! Pages load heaps faster, I don't get that idiotic IE8 notification on the Newsarama site, it's pretty easy to use, and kinda easy to configure.

While it doesn't have all the behind-the-scenes features of IE that I'd like, or at least, not as clearly defined as IE, it seems to have all the necessary features, esp. on the privacy front.

Takes some getting used to, but I think I just might keep this thing.

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June 21, 2010

Basketball Wins and Losses

First, good to see the Lakers win title #16. Boston's at 17. Only 2 to go...!

Sad to see Manute Bol passing. I had many of his cards as doubles, and his 7'7" height literally made him stand out from the rest. He wasn't the best player, but still he was a presence. He had a few physical ailments that got the better of him.

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May 5, 2010

Close Flight

I found out that the flight from Bucharest last night was the last for a few hours, maybe days, as that Icelandic volcano's spewing ash and stuff again. Close call! I could've been stuck in Bucharest for a bit longer. In theory, that sounds good. Somewhere else, though; hells yeah!

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February 28, 2010

14 Gold

That was a great Olympic effort from Canada! 14 gold medals, an all-time Winter Olympic record, was won by Canada. The final medal was in the final event of the games, men's (ice) hockey. Canada beat the U.S. 3-2 OT! That was a thrilling game, closed by Syd the Kid's overtime winner, in the 67th minute, assisted by Iggy.

(Really, if we only won a single gold medal, it had to be in the hockey, the men's hockey at that. If we didn't get that, the whole effort would've been for naught.)

We came 3rd in the overall medal count, at 26, which is a great effort. The U.S. topped all with 37, and the Germans came in at 30, which was surprising. Also surprising, the Ruskies were 6th with only 15.

Good effort, for the host country to have a strong showing, and finish strongly. Good work, soldiers!

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October 11, 2009

Canada According to Churchill

Winston Churchill once said "Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world"...

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September 26, 2009

Healing Whisky

I've had a cough for nearly a fortnight now. It's pretty irritating. Nothing was working. It was going away slowly, but not fast enough. Calling on previous experience, I made a pre-emptive strike and saw a doctor, but he said antibiotics aren't required. Just rest, warmth, and proper nutrients.

What he neglected to say was a few shots of whisky would help. And help it did!

After a glass last night, the throat feels much better! Coughing's reduced, phlegm output is slashed, and things taste better!

Even the Beeb agrees with whisky's medicinal properties.

Oranges and grapes are good and have value, but that whisky did the job.

(It was a bit difficult drinking that last night, being the day after that Guinness Day thingy, so the drink didn't go down as well as it should've, but when does cough medicine ever taste good?)

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August 31, 2009

Mousey Buys Spidey

Disney buys Marvel Comics

(Can the Incredible Goof be far behind?)

This thing's generating huge buzz! It's caught several journalists' and newspublishers' eyes (rightfully), and is the talk of Newsarama.

Not sure how this will unfold, or if it's good or not. (Well, I won't babble about it here and now.) I'll say this: it's absolutely staggering to see how Marvel's turned around in a little more than a decade. Marvel was once valued at a relatively meager $23 million, when Revlon Ron bought Marvel in the 90s. Now, Disney acquires the House of Ideas for $4 BILLION ($4,000,000,000)!!! Good work, Joe Q and co.!

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July 20, 2008

Sad Anniversary in Canadian Wrestling

It's not quite a "Where were you when...?" moment, but I do remember hearing about this on the news:
From the archives: 20 years since Adonis, McKigney, Kelly killed

Shortly after that, maybe a year or two, I was reading the obits in the Hamilton Spectator (for some odd reason, as I don't read the obits habitually), and saw a memorial from "Mike" to "Pat".

That was a very long time ago.

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July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day!

That is all.

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June 25, 2008

Solemn Anniversary: the Benoit Tragedy

It was one year ago today that the worlds of wrestling, and a few families, stood still in shock, knowing that Chris Benoit, Nancy Benoit, and their son were found dead in their home in Atlanta in the U.S. It was later concluded by the investigators that Chris killed the boy, the wife, and then himself.

I'll leave this open right now, and probably write more later, tomorrow ideally. It's late in the day. But I'll say this. Actually, I'll link to it. It's a column written by wrestling genius, Paul Heyman: I've no answers and never will

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March 20, 2008

Costly Dublin

Dublin: if you can financially make it here, you can financially make it nearly anywhere:
Oslo, London, Copenhagen world's top three dearest cities: UBS

Trust me, it is that bad.

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January 18, 2008

DVD Help!

Anyone know anything about unlocking a brand new DVD player on a brand new lappy, so it's multiregional?

(I don't foresee this being a big problem in my life, but I'd like the option to watch my Batman DVDs anytime, not just in one shot and be done with them until I return home.)

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December 21, 2006

Until Next Time, Easy E

Last night, we saw off one of our own. Our circle's young, reckless drunk, Eric, went home this morning. Last night was the last hurrah, for now. It was a quiet night at cafe and a pub, but still a fine time. (In stark contrast to Friday, which was loud, but still fun.)

Godspeed, Eric! It's been a thrillride. Lookin' forward to St. Paddy's Day with you :)

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October 27, 2006

Dublin Bomb Threat

There's a bomb in Dublin today, right now.

O'Connell Street, one of the main arteries of the city's traffic, was closed off, forcing traffic onto all sorts of smaller streets all around. Not sure of what's what, but it's gotta be big. Or, at least, something worth buzzing about.

Developing


UPDATE: looks like that was a false alarm. An airlink bus, one of the buses running from the city center to the airport directly, was stopped by the driver after he/she noticed a suspicious bag. Bomb squads were called in and examined the bag, but found nothing.

Probably for the best. If there was a blast, we could've felt it if it was big, since Ulster's HO is not too far from O'Connell. If we didn't feel it physically, then we would've felt it other ways -- transportation would likely be shut down, and it'd take forever to get home.

All continues to be well in Dublin :)

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September 4, 2006

R.I.P. Crocodile Hunter

It was a sad way to wake up today, hearing the news that Steve Irwin, the world-renowned Crocodile Hunter, was killed. Killed by a stingray shot to the heart.

I was fortunate enough to see him live at the Australia Zoo in Brisbane. His show at noon was short, but it was full of that natural exuberance that he has. It was a fun show!

I think we all can agree that for all the times that guy should've died -- chasing black racers, standing in the way of a near-goring elephant, and countless other times -- to die now, he did alright.

R.I.P., Mr. Irwin.

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October 4, 2005

Changes Over Time

Today's a monumental day. It was a whole year since I left Canada for Australia. I didn't get there instantaneously. I stopped in L.A. for a night, and same with Feej, but today was the day that I left.

(As for another monumental day, Monday 03 October was the decade anniversary of the OJ verdict. Where were you when it was announced? (Me, I was in high school, and we were let out to an assembly in the auditorium to watch the verdict live on the big screen as it happened! How's that for useless?))

In a year, you'd expect some changes, and indeed, changes happened.

Continue reading "Changes Over Time"

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September 19, 2005

UKI is Coming

Watch for it...

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August 22, 2005

Two Big Problems with Australia

I had a blast in Aus. It was a good time, a fine nine months. But, with everything else, in the details are other components to this trip, things that held me back, basically. They can be summed up in six letters: I-E-P and G-O-V.

Continue reading "Two Big Problems with Australia"

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May 19, 2005

Three World Rattling Events

Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer, Frank Gorshin dies, and, of course, the Star Wars fiasco. Crazy, eh?

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November 19, 2004

Roxy Forever

I was asked one time if I knew what unconditional love is. This girl I was talking to had a child, and she was talking about her. Almost unflatteringly to that little girl, I said yes because I have a dog.

No disrespect was meant to that little girl. Quite the opposite. Anyone who's put in the same category as Roxy should feel honoured. Cannonized, if you will. Additionally, I don't refer to many as a bitch, as that insulting term would also put that person in the same league as the Roxinator.

At six weeks old, tiny and dirty she was carried into our house under my brother's arm and it was the start of the furriest, softest, funnest years.

From that stumbly, little puppy that left hair all over the place, you grew into an icon in the neighbourhood, a dog that liked everyone there and protected them. For the next decade and a quarter, you made your mark everywhere, making people and rhodents know who's boss.

I'll remember the walks with me on my paper route, the tricks for food you'd do, the way you tried to open the door to get inside the house, your greetings every morning. Oh, who am I kidding? I'll remember everything. It was great. Absolutely great.

I know you also have some fond memories. The walks, the food, the food, the food, the run-arounds, the food, the brushes (well, maybe not those), the belly rubs, the wrestling, the playing in the snow. Everything, right? Right!

Ah, the life of a dog.

We'll always have the scratches on the door, when you wanted to be let inside the house. You wanted to be with us. You want to be with us. We want to be with you.

Now and forever.


Postscript: Tragedy struck in the early morning hours of 19 November, 2004, at 02:00 EST. Roxy passed away, from natural causes. It was quick and relatively painless.

It was expected. She was 12.5 years old, and slowed down a lot in the last few years. Old age had kicked in. She was still active, and loved to play, just not as much or for as long.

12.5 years. 12 great years.

But it wasn't your time yet, puppy. You were only 12.5! Brandy across the street's older. Her predecessor was 15. 12 is young. It wasn't your time yet. I told you to wait for me until I got back. I guess I should've been more forceful about that one, and commanded you to stay with us. At least you were around after the U.K. Invasion. It's a shame that you won't be there when I get back. You won't see Mack grow up. Worse still, she won't remember you. You won't get to meet the people to whom I told all sorts of fine things to about you. You won't get anymore belly scratches from me :(

All good things must come to an end, I s'pose. God called, and he's got a much better tasting cookie than you could get here. Plus, He'll scratch your belly forever and ever and His arm won't ever tire. And think of all the squirrels you'll be able to catch. You'll catch squirrels and birds and mice that you caught here! Keep on terrorizing them!

Roxy. Rox. The Roxinator. Roxysopolous. Furry-face. Buddy-bear. Loser. Ugly. Pal. Pyal. The big, swoft dwog. The Chyna to my Triple H. Krox. The original goofy puppy. Roxy.

Roxy.

Roxy. The greatest canine.

April 12, 1992 - November 19, 2004.


One of my final pix of Roxy and I, taken shortly after I returned from a weekend in Waterloo, after returning home from the United Kingdom.

The Undisputed Champion and the Intercontinental Champion.
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July 17, 2004

The Canadian Election 2004

On June 28th, the Canadian people spoke out on their federal government.

We now have a Liberal gov't again, of sorts.

It's the first time in (I may be mistaken) 25 years that we've had a minority government.

I didn't vote, though I could've by proxy. Still, I don't know who I would've voted for.

The Liberals are probably the least threatening of the four major choices. (Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, and other.) But, and I know I'm not alone when I say this, they needed a kick in the ass. That sponsorship scandal was just the lastest sign that they've gotten too complacent and needed to leave. For that reason, I'd've voted Tory.

However, seeing what the conservative gov't is doing south of the border, I wouldn't want anything like that happening in Canada. The tories are potentially a dangerous lot. The name may have changed, but it's still an old Reform party member leading that charge, and as I recall, they had some dangerous things in mind regarding fiscal policy. I think the Cdn. gov't's policy and actions are decent right now. We're not in nearly as bad a shape as the U.S., though we're so close to them economically. For that reason, I'd go Liberal.

All my thoughts need to be taken with a cautionary note: I have no idea what anyone's platform was. The election was called after I got to the U.K., and at that time, I was unemployed and really had no where to go to pay for Internet useage above checking mail and mailing CVs and skimming the headlines. For all I know, Harper would've stopped expanding the money supply, froze interest rates, and let external factors drive the economy up. For all I know, Mr. Martin et al. took back all the money from the sponsorship scandal and invested in our single greatest resource, our children. (I know, I can't keep a straight face, either.)

But I don't know this, and I trust my Canadian counterparts made the right choice.

Since it's a minority gov't, it'll be a matter of time before another election is called and we gotta do this all over again.

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