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This is a site about things that I like, things that I don't like, things that I've done, things that I'm doing - and other things that occur to me.

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If you know me in real life, you will recognize many of the things I talk about here. If you do not know me in real life, well, I feel kind of bad but I'm sure you will get along fine. In fact you might get along better not knowing me! If you have any questions or comments about the things I talk about, it's best to leave a comment on the article in question. Otherwise you can contact me personally and I'll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can

20cm of snow on the 3rd day of spring

Is this a joke?


Our new old door to our stairwell slash pantry

We found this door at the Reuse Centre and it is absolutely perfect. Well it was a little small, but that’s nothing a bit of shimmin’ couldn’t fix.

The white-on-black knob came from a different door but it couldn’t be more perfect.

Also shown: the appliance/pantry wall of our soon-to-be-new-but-still-in-progress kitchen.


Getting free gift cards!

This morning I took a rare visit to Tim Hortons downtown for a half dozen bagels and a pair of coffees. When I paid, the lady behind the counter gave me a “Tim Card”. In the hustle of the busy store, I didn’t have time to ask what it was about, and I actually […]

Unreadable Captchas

Are you kidding me?

Kids selling sidewalk shoveling for 5 bucks on a snow day

And just when I thought “kids these days” were a lost cause, with no aspirations beyond iphone and facebook skilz!

This weather update

This weather update is hilarious. Blizzard leads to “snow and blowing snow”? Great! Wednesday Blizzard ending early in the morning then snow and blowing snow. Snowfall amount 10 to 15 cm. Wind northeast 50 km/h gusting to 70 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 early in the afternoon. High minus […]

Bell convinced the CRTC to allow usage based billing (UBB) for wholesale/3rd party DSL providers.

If you happen to be a DSL internet customer, this directly affects you – especially if your provider is anyone other than Bell.

If you are a cable internet cutomer, this will likely affect you in an indirect way, as it makes the DSL companies less competitive and opens the door for cable companies […]

Yes, you can use Dow Great Stuff spray foam on XPS foamboard!

I am posting this because I finally found an answer buried deep on Dow’s website after searching in vain for some time all over the internet.

I received conflicting information about this, with some people (in person and online) claiming that you can only use “approved adhesives” with XPS (this is true) and that […]

This picture of a kid wearing his helmet backwards

I can’t get enough of this picture. The backward helmet and the look on his face – one of befuddled accomplishment – is a perfect combination.

The best part is that it comes from an “ehow.com” article which is supposed to teach you how to properly adjust your helmet: […]

Swedish things

Those who know me probably know my car. It is a (quite recognizable) 1979 Volvo 245 (aka 240 wagon) named Beeb. This past weekend we took her to ikea in order to grab some kitchen parts. Since I was envisioning the wagon being backed into the loading zone, roof rack piled high with boxes, […]