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Certainly Not My Day

Today has not been good.

Item the first, for your examination: I am ill. Not well. Sick. Though, to be fair, I'm much improved from yesterday and many yesterdays before then. I have a chest cold. It's a really unfriendly one that makes me feel like crap. I've been coughing up multi-coloured sputum for a week.

Sorry for the imagery.

Item the second: we have but one baby seat for the two cars that my partner and I own. This …

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It's a Wonderful Day in the Neighbourhood

It's a wonderful day for a neighbour! I've got some great neighbours and I'd like to talk about them briefly.

Directly to the south of us, there's a Mabel, who is 94 and lives alone. She's very active, has lots of guests, enjoys gardening, and is just generally very nice. She's delightful to talk to and is just generally impressive. I hope I'm half so active when I make it to her age. Come to that, I hope I make it to her age.

To…

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The Hilarity of Youth

My little girl is almost 2, and her language acquisition is stunning. She has used sentences with up to 7 words in them, and we stopped counting the words in her vocabulary months ago. It is an incredibly interesting thing to behold and can be phenomenally hilarious.

Earlier this week, I was coding away furiously at the computer, while the little one was eating crackers and playing. I was somewhat paying attention to her but, for the mo…

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Cascading Means Something

I had a question from a coworker the other day and it became obvious to me that they did not really understand what the word Cascading meant in the phrase Cascading Style Sheets.

Let me 'splain.

No, no. There is too much. Let me sum up.

From the OED defines a Cascade thusly:

1. A waterfall. a. Usually, a small waterfall; esp. one of a series of small falls, formed by water in its desce…

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Lens Resource

I found a fantastic resource for people that are interested in photography and are on the lookout for new lenses:

Photozone Lens Reviews has a boatload of reviews, that seem to be spot on - they've reviewed all the lenses that I've used for my XTi, and we seem to see eye-to-eye on all of them.

Check them out if you need to buy a lens!

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Home Ownership

Well, we have moved into the house. For the most part, things are great - I still need to bring a whole bunch of my stuff from the apartment to the house (mostly books) and we need to really start unpacking. The entire living room is just full of stuff. It is amazing how many things one person (or in this case, three) can acquire. The house project status stands thusly:

The Slow Transition to Layout Fascism

One of the things that I always find important when designing a website is to get rid of as many of the browser specific presets that each browser has as a default style. Think of the page as a whole as a nation and the tags as the individuals - we really should put the layout of the page as a whole above layout of individuals. And think of yourself as a little tinpot dictator that has complete and utter control over each and…

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Let's talk about Porn

I came across an interesting article, titled The Porn Myth by Naomi Wolf. I can summarize it for you - they Myth is that pornography turns men into sex-crazed psychos, willing to rape and pillage to get what they want, which is sex, sex, sex. The actuality, according to Wolf is that men have becoming uninterested in women because women do not compare with the ideal porn woman.…

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Canon Rebel XTi

Well, it's been a while since I bought the Rebel XTi, and I thought I'd post a brief review. I've got a few other cameras that I'm comparing it too - a Canon 30D, a Fuji Finepix S3000 and S9000, a Canon Powershot A80 and A740 (those are all the cameras that I'm moderately to seriously familiar with). Since I'm not a professional photographer, I'll be talking about a few things that matter to me. I certainly won't be comparing every aspect acro…

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Washroom

Well, I've gone and done it. I've bought a house. And, of course, the first thing one has to do when one buys a house is to rip out a large portion of the crappy work that someone else has done and put good work back into it.

All I have to say is this: I'm very lucky my father is a contractor.

We pulled out all of the upstairs washroom on the weekend (we took possession on Friday) including all the fixtures, most of the walls, in…

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