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February 27, 2007

Springfield, OR

Here are a few street names in Portland, Oregon:


Bart Simpson

I think not.

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February 25, 2007


One of my favourite activities when I lived in Japan was visiting the 100 Yen Store (Japanese dollar store), and buying loads of cute Japanese junk with plastered with nearly unintelligeable English. The other day, Bonnie and I found such a store here in Seattle. For a mere $1.50, I was able to purchase pure Engrish hilarity.


My favourite is the flag offering fashion tips.

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February 18, 2007

Spring Seasonals

I'm used to February being a cold winter month, but since I moved here, I'm associating February with spring. While folks on the East Coast of the US and Ontario and Québec are being pummeled by snow, here in Seattle we're experiencing warm sunny days. To reinforce this, the spring seasonal beers are out. This is a bittersweet time for me, since I love the winter brews so much, but am excited for a new crop of seasonal beers. Here's my 2007 Spring Seasonal list.

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February 13, 2007

Vision On

Does anyone else remember this?

I really dig that funky intro.

I attribute all of my creativity and right-brain activities to this show. Watching them create art out of paper towel rolls, or drawing giant hippoes using soccer field stripers made me believe that I too could be an artist one day. Instead I took computers in school and started this blog.


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February 12, 2007


Congrats to Ian on his new job.

May you too know and love the rat race that is salaried employment.

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February 11, 2007


I decided today would be my geek-out day and upgrade Hulihee, my Windows XP computer, to 64-bit Windows Vista Ultimate. I was sure to run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor to make sure my hardware was supported (all but my SoundBlaster from 1997 was), and back up all my important files, should anything disasterous happen.

Since I was going from 32- to 64-bit, an OS upgrade was not an option, so I took the opportunity to format my C: drive, ridding myself of any legacy bits, and clicked Install. Half an hour later, I was up and running. Since Vista discovered my wireless network card, I was on the Internet and downloading patches immediately. As of this blog post, it's been two hours, I have Office 2007 installed, and am running from my own low-priviledge account (natch).

So far, my Vista experience has been great. We'll see how long before I hit a snag.

13:51 | Nerd | Comments (0)

February 8, 2007

Where's The Beef?


BSE confirmed in Alberta bull.

About two years ago I seriously cut down on my red meat consumption (beef in particular), never buying it myself, and only eating it when it is served to me (or on the rare occasions I craved a burger). The reason I told people was that it was part of an effort to lower my cholesterol. Now, I'm about ready to join to paranoid fringe avoiding beef to prevent my brain from turning into a sponge.

I've asked it before, but I have to ask it again: How freakin' hard is it to stop feeding cows other cows?!

08:46 | Canada | Comments (2)

February 4, 2007

Laundry Etiquette

Ian complained about the lack of rants on this blog lately. Fine. This one's for you, Ian.

My apartment has over 30 units and only three washers and dryers. That means some days there's some contention over the laundry room. Today is one of those days.

Now I always practice good laundry etiquette: I clean out the lint screen after every load (not to mention before), I'm always mindful not to leave clothes for too long in the washer or dryer after the cycle is done, and if someone has a pile of wet clothes on top of a dryer, I give them a laundry cycle's worth of time to claim the dryer before I grab it. No one taught me to do these things, I just see them as common courtesy in shared living quarters.

Today I went to collect my laundry, only to find someone had taken my still wet clothes out of the dryer, and mixed them with someone else's clothes in someone else's laundry basket.

At least after picking out my damp socks and t-shirts from some stranger's pile of damp underwear, there was a free dryer I could put my clothes in. That's right, had this inconsiderate clod waited five minutes, another dryer (full of dry clothes) would have become available. Then I wouldn't be in trouble from hiding behind the laundry room door with a family size bottle of meadow fresh scented Tide, waiting to deliver a blow to their inconsiderate head.

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