Friday, December 26, 2003

Christmas Oddities

Merry Christmas (or insert appropriate holiday here) to all you crazy kids out there. Hopefully everyone got what they wanted, whether it be material, spiritual, or emotional.

This Christmas certainly was an unusual one, even if you're only speaking about the temperature. I mean, 14 degrees (at the peak), what's up with that? I happen to have some photos for comparison taken three years apart of the same scene out my front door. One of them, you'll notice, is covered in snow. The other is being bathed in rain.

On top of that weirdness, my dad displayed a fantastic rejection of his conservative roots by giving me a book written by a lesbian muslim. I may be giving him too much credit; he didn't know she was a lesbian. I've read the first chapter and it's pretty good so far. Maybe I'll bookcross it after I'm finished.

I received a generous helping of the standard cookies, candies, and some leftover turkey to take home, but the gift I'm looking most forward to using is my Futureshop gift card ;)

Monday, December 15, 2003

Company non-denominational holiday party 2003

Good times were had by all this past Friday night at the Halifax Curling Club...well, the people who can remember Friday night at least. I managed to have my share of fun while spending only about $8 on coke and ginger ale by bringing a handy flask of rum with me. That, and coming away from the gift swap with a half-pint of Crown Royal ;)

I also continued the now-three-year-running tradition of me winning stuff. This year, tradition was a two-year-old video card whose drivers render my Windows 2003 machine non-bootable. If anyone has any newer drivers for an ASUS V7100 Deluxe Combo please email me. Basically, it's a GeForce2 MX with a TV tuner.

I know that people are expecting photos, and although I *did* take some, they turned out very dark and I don't really think they're worth posting :(

Monday, December 8, 2003

The holiday meal of champions

Thanks to some bold reporting by Outersurf and some trepidacious link clicking of my own, I now know what is the ultimate holiday meal: The Turducken.

What better way to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family than by eating a chicken in a duck in a turkey? Really, you're just being more space effieient. So if you've got a bachelor apartment or something this is really the way to go. Or perhaps you were planning to eat a turkey, and were going to let that chicken and duck go to waste; problem solved!

What other animal combinations would be good to eat?

Pay what you want for music

I have recently found what I consider to be the most fantastic website that nobody's ever heard of. From this website, I learned two things: (1) A website does exist that will charge a reasonable amount for downloadable CD-quality music; and (2) Courtney Love is not as wacky as you think.

Just like Magnatune's slogan implies, they are not as evil the as major recording labels. Their take on music sales is more like the donation bin at an art gallery than the cash register at the record store. You can listen to music (in 128 Kbps mp3 format) before you buy anything, and when you do buy it, you can choose to pay anywhere from $5 to $18.

This is the first instance, I believe, of the software's "shareware" type of model in the record industry. Seven genres of music, loads of artists, each with multiple albums -- there is plenty of music to browse through and listen to. With the try-before-you-buy model that they have, there's no chance of buying some thing that you're not going to like.

Downloads are available in MP3, the original WAV, OGG Vorbis, MP3 variable bitrate, or FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec). Get more information about the site here.