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March 30, 2005

Win2K3 SP1 RTM

For those of you who can't decipher the title of this post, today Microsoft announced the release of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003. As well, Microsoft announced x64 versions of Windows XP and Server 2003, to be available in April.

When I decide to retire my home computer (dubbed Funkbox) that I assembled in 2000, I'll seriously consider getting a 64-bit machine. It's kind of cool being on the cusp of the transition between computing platforms. Well, if you find computing platforms with large addressable memory spaces cool, that is.

22:24 | Nerd | Comments (2)

March 28, 2005

No More Cat Allergies?

According to this article, scientists have developed a molecule that blocks cat allergies. This is great news for someone like me, who avoids touching any surface, including furniture, when I visit cat owners.

The real reason I linked to the article is because of the accompanying photo:


07:02 | Stuff | Comments (4)

March 27, 2005

Soupe Du Jour

I'm making the side dish to bring to Jeff and Cathy's Easter dinner. May God have mercy on us all.

11:52 | Stuff | Comments (1)

March 24, 2005

Dijitaru Fyuchuru

A fascinating series of articles about the history and evolution of the Japanese written language, and how it is adapting to the digital age. Includes photos of the first Japanese-language typewriter.

This series of articles compliments well the Library of Congress series on The Digital Future I'm currently listening to.

07:44 | Nerd

March 22, 2005

Put The Lime In The Coconut

We're diving head-first into the spice-rich world of Indian cuisine tonight with Veggie Masala. Neither T nor I have very much experience making Indian food, so this should be interesting.

Last night we prepped the ingredients, which included chopping vegetables, mixing spices and staring thoughtfully at a fresh coconut. I seem to remember Ian and I buying a coconut about seven years ago, but I can't remember how we got the darn thing open. Suddenly T had an idea: Google it.

We found this page full of instructions, including draining the coconut milk, testing to see if it's rancid (which it wasn't), then my favourite part, breaking the coconut open:

After draining the coconut put it inside one of the plastic bags which are now used by practically all supermarkets. Then wrap this bag around the nut. Place the wrapped nut inside another plastic grocery bag (I normally double bag the nut for added strength.) Holding the handles, swing the bag down onto a concrete step, sidewalk, garage floor, etc.

It was good fun "curbing" a coconut outside my apartment. Luckily, no one stopped to ask what I was doing.

07:51 | Stuff | Comments (2)

March 21, 2005

Texas Hold'em

Ironically, my Sick Of Comment Spam post is one of the highest recipients of Trackback spam. Trackback Pings have now been disabled.

Stupid Internet.

19:38 | Blog

March 19, 2005

Down With Margarine!

US states may be debating banning things like gay marriage and evolution in schools, but in Canada, Québec bans something much more insidious: coloured margarine.

Quebec's strong dairy lobby was able to persuade the government to protect the population from margarine until 1961. But margarine did manage to make its way to morning toast in the province. The dairy lobby, though, was determined to make sure that Quebecers would not be confused and buy margarine if they were really after butter.

These kinds of laws really annoy me. Clearly they were enacted to protect businesses (in this case, Québec's dairy lobby), and not the public (I don't know about you, but I have *never* confused butter with margarine due to being the same colour).

11:26 | Canada , Politics | Comments (1)

March 17, 2005

Luck O' The Irish

Happy St Patrick's Day to all my readers of Irish heritage. For anyone interested in a timeline of Irish history, look no further than The Onion's Irish-Heritage Timeline*.

*Not factually acurate.

08:10 | Stuff

March 16, 2005

Got Change For A Terry?

The Royal Canadian Mint is following a tradition of keeping the loon off the dollar coin and replacing it with various commemorative designs. This year they're dropping the loon in favour of a picture of Canadian hero, Terry Fox. For any non-Canadians reading this blog, Fox was an 18-year-old Canadian diagnosed with cancer, and had his right leg amputated. In his determination to raise money for cancer research, he pledged to walk from the east coast of Newfoundland to the west coast of British Columbia. Unfortunately, he died before finishing.

This coin will be the first in Canadian history to actually feature the image of a Canadian (that should indicate how few national heroes we actually recognize). Fox's family is asking that this year, Canadians don't refer to the coin as a "Loonie", but rather a "Terry".

07:51 | Canada | Comments (2)

March 15, 2005

Office Shuffle

After nearly two years in the same office, I was moved across the hall over the weekend. My new office is about 10 metres closer to the washrooms which is nice, since my old office was in the furthest possible location from the men's room. This meant a mini-marathon whenever I needed to go (and also prompting Shawn to complain that I always seem to be wandering the halls).

With a new office, comes a new officemate, Peli from Belgium, who not only now shares an office with me, but lives around the corner from my apartment.

Wow, this has got to be the most mundane blog post ever. Sorry everybody.

07:40 | Work | Comments (3)

March 12, 2005

Modest Mouse At The Showbox

Last night a bunch of us went to see Modest Mouse at The Showbox. It was my first time at The Showbox, and the first time I went to a 21+ show in the US. A couple observations:

12:05 | Entertainment | Comments (3)

March 4, 2005

Take The Edge Off

I'm off to Portland Oregon this weekend. Hopefully I'll have some fun stories to share when I get back.

In the meantime, enjoy this Boondocks comic, and remember how much bouhaha there was over Clinton not inhaling.

07:55 | Stuff | Comments (2)

March 3, 2005

Toronto As A Sphere

An awesome 360° panoramic photo of Toronto taken from the CN Tower.

08:04 | Canada | Comments (1)

March 1, 2005

Being Socially Progressive

First, legalizing gay marriage, then decriminalizing marijuana, now Canada's Liberals are considering decriminalize prostitution.

This is something I would be in favour of, not because I would go out and me a hooker, but because sex for money between consenting adults is a victimless crime. Plus a legal sex trade would mean workplace safety laws and benefits for abused women who otherwise work for little money or drugs.

The purpose of laws is not to enforce morality, but to protect the public.

Speaking of being socially progressive, the United States Supreme Court has outlawed juvenile death penalty.

Good news all around.

22:48 | Canada , Politics | Comments (2)