Snow Can Wait

Frozen Creek
The news agen­cy Reuters did a sur­vey to find out where San­ta lives and con­clud­ed that San­ta lives in Ice­land because San­ta Claus of Ice­land was the only one respond­ed to the sur­vey ques­tion. Curi­ous­ly, they didn’t send the sur­vey ques­tion to San­ta Claus in Turkey even though St. Nicholas, the orig­i­nal San­ta Claus, lived in what is now Turkey in the third cen­tu­ry A.D. (You learn some­thing new every day.)
Wafah Dufour, the Amer­i­can-born niece of Osama Bin Laden, has posed for provoca­tive pho­tographs for Amer­i­can GQ mag­a­zine. Good for her. Here’s the online ver­sion of the GQ arti­cle.
Jack and Jes­si­ca top names chart for babies born in 2005 in Eng­land and Wales. Is your name among the top ten?
Elas­tic Enthu­si­as­tic is enter­tain­ment for the eas­i­ly amused. Drag the bal­leri­na with your mouse and then release to see her bounce around.
War of the Hell is a quirky yet addic­tive, Japan­ese, Java-based game. How many peo­ple can you bring up to heav­en with a piece of string? So far, the most I could bring up in one go was ten.
Since today is Fri­day, you deserve anoth­er game because week­end just doesn’t come soon enough. Same Game is a very sim­ple game. The objec­tive of the game is to clear the board by click­ing at least two blocks of the same colour. It’s not as easy as it may sound. Good luck!

Mind is a Razorblade

A Walk on the Lake
Some Germans prefer trees to family for Christmas. Surprising? Some would say not. And of course there are also people who'd rather skip the whole Christmas thingy altogether.
Think your employer has strict company policy? Well, at least you don't work for these companies. If I worked for a company that limits two moans per employee, I'd probably get fired after one work day.
It might be old news to some of you, but I've never heard of the rumour that Paul McCartney, the ex-Beatle, died in 1966 and was since replaced by a lookalike, until I came across this article: A Myth that Rocks: The Premature Death of Paul McCartney. It makes a pretty interesting and amusing read.

Make your own personal speech bubble a la the web comic diesel sweeties, just because you can! (Link stolen from Phil.)
Most Tetris clones are kind of lame, but Puyo Pop -- Sega's take on the classic game -- is actually pretty cool. It's Tetris with a twist. My best score is 6420.
If you were born in the 70's, you're bound to do well in the 80's Lyrics Quiz. Sure most songs from the 80's are sucktacular but you have to admit that they're pretty damn catchy.

Winter is Officially Here

Before I head out to the cold­ness out­side, I’d like to wish every­one in the North­ern Hemi­sphere a hap­py win­ter since today is the win­ter sol­stice a.k.a. the first offi­cial day of win­ter a.k.a. the short­est day of year. May the heater keeps you warm indoor and your coat keeps you warm out­door. Once again, it’s only the first day of win­ter. Just keep telling your­self that. ;)

Happy Big Three-Oh!

Happy Big Three-Oh!!!
My dear­est, dar­ling hus­band Troy turns 30 today. Now he is in the same age group with me, ie. old. Bwa­ha­ha­ha!!! Go wish him a hap­py birth­day! Well, if his site is up any­way. We for­got to renew his domain. Ooops! It’s been renewed since so it should be back up soon if it is down. Or you can just wish him a hap­py birth­day here in the com­ment. :)
In oth­er news, del.icio.us is back up but for some rea­sons it won’t post the links to this blog so just go to my del.icio.us page for today’s link­age. Sor­ry for the incon­ve­nience.

Not So del.icio.us

Dan­ger due to [fill in the blank]. Use your imag­i­na­tion.

What a lin­klog­ger to do when del.icio.us is down? Get pan­ic, of course. But I’ve got over it. Final­ly.

Did a bit of Christ­mas shop­ping this past week­end. I wouldn’t advise you to shop for CDs and DVDs at Best Buy. Their pric­ing is out­ra­geous.

Speak­ing of shop­ping, have you ever been to any of the­se top 10 book­shops? The next time we go to Toron­to, I’ll try to talk Troy into tak­ing me to This Ain’t The Rosedale Library.

Anoth­er pho­to from the same loca­tion for con­text. Not get­ting any snow where you live? Buy some Instant Snow! Either that or just come over here to Canada where the snow is aplen­ty and free.

If you feel like lis­ten­ing to some cov­er songs, check out the Toadsuck Sym­pho­ny. They have three songs in MP3 for­mat avail­able for free down­load. Their songs made me smile. Yes, it’s blue­grass. And no, it’s not bad.

If it’s not real­ly your cup of tea, River by Allison Crowe might be. It’s a cov­er of the Joni Mitchell song. I love it.

If it’s still not your cup of tea, try the Gar­den Song by Dave Mal­lett. When we were on our hon­ey­moon in Nova Sco­tia, we went to a local ceilidh and this was one of the songs they played. It’s such a cute song.

And what’s an entry with­out a link to a sil­ly game? So here’s yet anoth­er ver­sion of a game by Eye­z­maze that we all know and love: Grow Orna­ment, just in time for Christ­mas. Enjoy!

Goodbye, Finnegan!

R.I.P. Finnegan

We had to put our Bet­ta fish Finnegan to sleep yes­ter­day. It was not an easy deci­sion, but he seemed to be in so much pain that we just had to do it. It was more than a lit­tle upset­ting to say the least. The pic­ture above was tak­en a few days ago when he was still in his quar­an­ti­ne tank. I moved him back to his galac­tic bowl once I saw that he was dying. Thought he’d like to spend his last min­utes at home. Finney was a good fish, and we miss him already.

Relat­ed entry: Fish Euthanasia (from two years ago).