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).