Month: November 2004

New Favicon!

If you’re using Firefox (and honestly, why aren’t you if you’re not???), then you should see the new little favicon in your tab window. If you’re using Internet Explorer (go get Firefox already) just drag this site into your favourites (grab the little “e” in the address bar into your “Favourites” area on the toolbar, and it will create a favourite with the icon).

It’s just a little thing, but I think it’s kinda funny having the cartoon me on my header.

It’s funny, but going through my favourites, I’m amazed by how many I recognize not by the name of the favourite, but by the icon associated with it. My favourite ones are;

Wired News – the “W” logo from their name

Pocket PC Thoughts – a great looking little Pocket PC

DC Comics – an awesome DC Bullet

TiVo Canada – the TiVo dude

Dooce – a stylized “D”

Dave Shea’s Mezzoblue – the little dot logo

SimpleBits – an awesome soft looking square

StopDesign – the cool Stop Design logo

Zeldman.com – Jeffery’s mugshot from “Designing with Web Standards”

Okay, enough “work” for now, back to Halo 2 (that’s right, I broke down and bought it for myself).

Whole lotta shakin’ going on

It was the laziest of times, it was the busiest of times, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde.

After getting back from our kick assed vacation, I’ve found it tough to get back into the swing of things. I haven’t written a “Tales from the Darkside” for almost two months (mostly because I rarely watch wrestling right now), haven’t really touched my blog, haven’t seen a lot of movies, and haven’t played a ton of video games lately.

What I have done though is design, develop, build, and being a good consumer, keeping the economy alive.

After buying all of our new appliances for the house from Sears Home a couple of weeks ago, I’ve also been buying a few books to get ready for the house. I did an Amazon.ca order last week and got The Black and Decker guide to Home Repairs, and The Black and Decker guide to Home Improvements, and they’re both amazing books with incredible pictures and details on how to make stuff better. This weekend I plan on picking up the outlets for our cable/internet/phone.

Ryan and I meanwhile have been doing some awesome stuff for HeadsDown, we’ve got some new sites going (like albertainline.com on the HockeyUpdater platform, and lhg-inc.com on the HeadsDown tool). It’s looking like next year’s going to be a good one for HeadsDown.

Dolphins, not just for dinner anymore!

I just saw this on Wired.com’s “Furthermore” section;

Safety in Numbers

A pod of dolphins circled protectively around four people swimming 300 feet off a New Zealand beach to fend off an attack by a great white shark, according to a report Tuesday by the New Zealand Press Association. The four were swimming when several dolphins began herding them by doing tight circles around them. When one swimmer, Rob Howes, tried to drift away, one of the larger dolphins herded him back. It was then that Howes spotted a 9-foot great white shark swimming toward the pod. “I just recoiled. It was only about 2 meters away from me, the water was crystal clear and it was as clear as the nose on my face,” Howes said. “They had corraled us to protect us.” If the report is accurate — and a spokeswoman for the environmental group Orca Research says the behavior fits these marine mammals — then dolphins are treating us with a lot more respect than we’re treating them these days.

— Tony Long

Oh dolphins, you mysterious creatures of the deep.

And we’re back!

Okay, we’ve been back since late Sunday night, but I’ve yet to write anything about it.

Why would that be? Why have I forsaken Chronicology? What is up with me?

Well, I’m still on vacation time to be honest. It’s been really hard to get fully back into the swing of things.

I’ve been having a good time at work, Liam’s started, I changed my desk layout around, and I’m feeling good. However, when I get home every night, I just feel overwhelmed. We’ve got 3 weeks until we move into the new house. There’s loads to do, we have no clothes, and we haven’t had to make a meal for over a week! It’s tough to get back into it.

Add to that the fact that Blogger is freaking SLOW these days, and you’ve got all the stars lined up for a lack of blogging. Luckily I’m going to fix that by moving over to Writer’s Quill soon.

The cruise was amazing. I can’t remember the last time that I’ve been somewhere that I didn’t think about anything other than relaxing. We had a great time, and saw loads of cool things. I’m in the process of putting together a ton of photos that I’ll post up as soon as they’re done.

Still cruising after all these days

It’s Wednesday (I think…on a ship all the days blend together), and today was our second port, St. Maarten. Apparently cruising is all about the shopping, which Charlene and I aren’t all about. There’s only so many times you can see the same pair of diamond earrings (something Char doesn’t really wear), or the same gaudy jewlery, or cheap booze, before you realize you’ve seen it all before.

We ARE all about beaches though. Today we spent about five hours on a gorgeous white sand beach, lazing around, dipping into the ocean (which is about as warm as a nice tepid bath).

The cruise is amazing, the ship is awesome, and the food is just out of this world.

On our second day, Char and I won $72 at a bingo we played in, and the boat has a casino onboard, which I’ve won $60.00 on craps, and another $50.00 playing blackjack. The drinks are amazing (though a little overpriced), and the coffee is decent.

The only thing really silly so far is the internet. Fifty cents a minute, and just getting to a website takes about 30 seconds. Ouch.