Sunday, February 19, 2006

Good Show

Went to see Nickelback for the second time in my life tonight. Whatever those of you may say about the originality and quality of their music (and yes, I mean you!) they do put on a good show.

Flamethrowers, explosions, fireworks! Plus more than ten thousand people screaming at the top of their lungs, and singing along with all of the songs. Energizing indeed.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Stand up for Kumquats!

I have to wholeheartedly disagree with Hoye's unnecessarily negative rant against kumquats.

I like dried kumquats.

To me they taste like a happy combination of the flavours of tamarind and christmas spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice).

Maybe they are something you have to learn to like as a teenager, like durian.

So all I can say is: keep your mind (and your mouth!) open, and you might find you like dried kumquats too.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Sorry Blog!

I’ve been neglecting you. What can I say? I’ve been so busy at work that there hasn’t been a whole of lot of introspecting about the world in such a way that I am prepared to write an interesting blog.

So instead, I think I’m going to follow suit on some of the other blogs I’ve read, and comment on the Globe and Mail’s redesign.

First off, I’m not keen on the fact that there is horizontal scrolling when viewing the site at 600x800 (yes, as a nearly blind person I find it necessary to have a very low screen resolution; my mind boggles whenever I see someone using a 14” laptop screen at 1280x1024, as some of my colleagues do). Of course, it is only their advertisement for the Insider Edition at the top which causes it to scroll, but even so, it’s unprofessional.

Second, where did my topic index go? I actually liked the set of menu options down the side that you could click on for their stories on the environment, education, facts & arguments, style etc. I can’t find that stuff anymore… I guess I can search for it… (brief pause for investigation) No, it turns out I can’t really search for it. Plus attempting to use “”s in the search string causes their site to throw a run-time error.

Okay, ignore that first bit, the only thing I care about is the topic index… but I care about that a lot! I give the new design a big thumbs down.