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    Anyone want to buy a T-Shirt?


    2012 - 02.17

    Ah, memories of high school, brainstorming sayings and slogans for T-Shirts.  Who knows, maybe someone will actually buy these ones.  Of course, these one’s do have the advantage that they’ll probably actually be offered for sale, which won’t hurt their chances.

    What do you look for in a T-Shirt?

    I Feel Like an Expert!


    2012 - 02.15

    A friend linked to Experts Exchange today because they redesigned their website.  I personally hadn’t been there in a really long time, but I checked it out, updated my profile and then checked a few of the open questions.

    I was able to answer the first question that I opened and the answer was accepted by the asker.  Thought that was kind of cool.

    In Case the Internet Crashes Tonight…


    2012 - 02.14

    …I know why: one of my friends is intending to post an online dating profile for the first time.  Demand is expected to dramatically exceed supply, and the bandwidth of the entire internet may not be enough to satisfy the frenzy.

    Then again, it might not happen like that.  However, if the internet does go down tonight, it’s a fair guess that’s the cause.

    Pumpkin Seeds


    2012 - 02.11

    We were having a conversation a couple of days ago, you see Karin doesn’t like pumpkin (a problem exasperated by her October birthday when pumpkins are always de rigueur) but she does like pumpkin seeds.

    So the question was raised: is this a situation which would exist with any other food.  Most foods are either the item, or the seeds which are consumed.  We really couldn’t think of anything else where the seeds were regularly consumed separate from the item, but both the item and the seeds were considered to be “food”.

    So wise public, can you think of any other examples of things which people eat the seeds of separate from the thing itself, but also consume the thing itself (sans seeds ideally, although whole will be considered for part marks).

    Example: people eat sunflower seeds, and although I’m confident that one could consume sunflowers themselves, they are not something that would be generally considered as “food”.

    So show us what you’ve got… or are pumpkins really that unique?

    Shared Bookshelves?


    2012 - 02.06

    We’ve already gone through the process of sharing our bookshelves, but I thought this article was amusing and worth sharing (How to Say “I Do” to Shared Bookshelves Without Ruining Your Relationship):

    It wasn’t when we moved in together, or when we got engaged, or even when we merged bank accounts (because we’re crazy like that) and bought a house that I knew my husband was in it for the long haul. All of those choices were significant, sure, but the real clincher–the moment I knew we had committed to the whole “what’s mine is yours” thing for real–was when we decided to merge our bookshelves. The actual process of merging said bookshelves? That was the first test of our soon-to-be marriage.

    excerpt from: How to Say “I Do” to Shared Bookshelves Without Ruining Your Relationship

    Perhaps this post will inspire Karin to write about the experience of merging our books… (although I thought that perhaps she had already, but I didn’t find a historical post which talked about it; could have been just a Facebook update or Tweet or something).

    Designed For Karin?


    2012 - 01.17

    It probably just seems as though this product is designed for Karin… but then again maybe it is:

    Fellowes Heat and Slide footrest

    That’s right, it’s a heater, it’s a footrest, it’s magical…  It even allows you to warm the top of your feet.  They also have one that can heat and cool you off.  I noticed the first one at Costco.ca

    Mostly just mentioning it because I didn’t know such things existed…

    Computer Setup!


    2011 - 12.02

    Spent the evening setting up a new computer for Karin’s parents, looks like everything is working.  Still need to copy some stuff and settings from the old computer, but the new one is up and working.  However, since I helped pick it out and set it up, I’m definitely in for a lot more support calls ;-)

    “She wants you, she wants you bad!”


    2011 - 12.01

    This has become a bit of a catch phrase of a friend of mine, feel free to change the genders or what have you, but I think you’ll find that it is pretty versatile, perhaps not on the same level as the following suffixes:

    “…said the actress to the bishop”

    “…in bed”*

    There are more of these, and feel free to suggest your favourites.  I wonder how it would work as a writing prompt to have to write a section of dialogue where one of your characters is (or is feeling) immature and elects to use (or overuse) one such suffix.  Could make for some funny reading… or not.

    * this being primarily used for fortune cookies…

    November Projects


    2011 - 11.19

    Since I don’t have enough projects over the last while (The 100 Book Project, NaNoWriMo…etc) I decided to enter another one.

    This is The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen, aka GISHWHES.  I am competing in it as one of 10 people on my team.  There are over 6000 of us signed up, and it’s sponsored/run by Misha Collins from CW’s Supernatural.

    If you think you might be able to help out with one or some of the 219 (!!!) items, please drop me a line.

    The World Illuminated Through a Windshield


    2011 - 11.17

    Regrettably today consisted largely of replacing bulbs, which was way more difficult that in needed to be in my opinion.  Replacing the taillight it was really simple to get it out, more difficult to put back in than it should have been.  Simple four petal design that you turn counterclockwise to remove and turn clockwise to lock back in place.  What they neglect to mention in the manual is that there is one specific petal which needs to match up with one particular gap.  Seems needlessly complex, but is easy enough to deal with once you’re aware that you need to line things up.

    Replacing the two headlights was a much more difficult ordeal, they really leave less than the minimum required amount of space to replace the bulb.  Probably took half an hour to replace both bulbs.  Hopefully it would be faster in the future, but much of it is fiddly rather than “difficult”.  The first main problem was that the manual didn’t actually explain how to release the metal bulb holding clip.  For the record: when you’re facing the car, push on the left hand side of the clip, push towards the front of the vehicle and then down to release the clip.  I don’t know if that’s unique to my car (2003 Pontiac Vibe AWD) or to the bulb type (9003).  With the amount of space available and the lack of visibility into what you’re actually doing, it was way more difficult to do than it felt like it should be, but in the end I was able to do it, despite bouts of doubt and frustration.

    Despite all of that, it wasn’t all bad.  I bought my dual pack of GE 9003 Nighthawk Platinum bulbs at Lordco where they were on sale for $38.99 (seems that regular there is $67.97 according to the invoice; regular price at Canadian Tire is $59.99).  In addition to being on sale, there’s also a $10 mail in rebate on them (at Lordco only) until the end of January, which means I’ll have got them for less than half their regular Canadian Tire price… so pretty pleased with that.  Canadian Tire however was about $4.25 cheaper for the taillight, so that’s where I got those, and installed all the bulbs in their parkade.

    We went out to the mall later to return some clothes and have dinner.  While we were there there was some kind of incident which involved someone being handcuffed.  It happened in the main atrium area while we were eating, Karin took a look.  When we went past later I saw that it was an older guy (rather than a young punk like I assumed it would be).

    Leaving the mall we went to the library to pick up the next half dozen books Karin needs to read in the 100 Book Challenge, some of which are even short.  I picked up Brandon Sanderson’s first book: Elantris.

    Leaving the library we decided to go for a bit of a drive up SFU to test out the new headlights… it’s kind of hard to tell how good the headlights are when you’re driving on streets with headlights.  It was snowing a little bit, but not enough to concern us at all.  Got up to the main intersection and there were some cars essentially blocking the straight through route that takes you to UniverCity that I’d planned to take, so we turned left and headed towards the main campus.  After the first turn we saw a traffic jam which involved a bunch of cars and a couple of buses, none of which were moving forward.  It wasn’t clear what the actual problem (aside from snow) was, so we turned around and headed back the way we came.  Snow 1; Headlight Testing 0.  On the bright side, the all wheel drive and all seasons are still really effective in the snow.