Get Off my Lawn

ImageI never liked Microsoft Windows.  Back in the early 90s, I’d spent more time in DOS than Windows 3.1, like most people I knew.  We had Macs at school, and for some odd reason, I hated them with a passion.  I don’t even know why.  Which is funny considering how many I currently own, coupled with iDevices, Apple TV and an Airport Extreme.  Read More…

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Sitting on Hold for an Hour, Waiting on ICBC – And I Have to Pee

Baby Bunny

Sometimes you just need a picture of a baby bunny to calm you down…

I didn’t think it would take this long.  The early warning from the call system about a labour dispute should have been the first indication not to proceed, but I thought “How long could it be? 20 minutes? Bah.” We passed the 1 hour mark, and I have to go. Read More…

Happy Thanksgiving, Or Why I Never Shop at Sears

Sears

Not even this would make it worthwhile to shop at Sears…

Our friends are about to welcome their first child sometime this month. It’s usually customary to do something nice, like get a present for the baby or stop signing them up for crap at RedFlagDeals. Read More…

Dude, I Got a Dell – And I Still Use My PowerBook

Dell Dude

Despite the brand new Dell under my desk, I’m typing this on my PowerBook. Why? I’m still faster on a Mac. I’m trying to like Windows, I really am and I’d heard lots of great things about Windows 7, but for the life of me, I can’t get it to work as well as a nine year-old Mac. Read More…

A Year With the PlayBook

I admit it. I own a BlackBerry PlayBook. A huge fire sale and a collection of Sears reward cards that were about to expire finally pushed me to grab a 16GB base model. Having missed out on the HP Touchpad, I wasn’t going to be denied a cheap, possibly useless tablet computer.

Password Required

The onscreen keyboard works well, and has a nice predictive feature for completing words since the OS upgrade.

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New Space, New Place

Finally made it to our new digs, in a new city, in a new province. Such is the life of a uni prof. Now I know why so many of my profs never had kids: all the moving. Read More…

Uncreative Phone Message

Got a wrong number the other day. What makes this funny is the guy then proceeds to chew me a new one for not having a more creative greeting on my answering machine. Very odd, but also highly amusing.

Uncreative Answering Machine

And yes, we still have one of those old-fashioned answering machines, the kind you’d only see people in movies use because it’s a plot device.

Always Root for the Underdog

Donald Changing a Tire

This is how I felt pumping a flat…

Growing up, I always preferred Donald over Mickey.  I always felt sorry for Donald and wanted him to come out on top.  Where Mickey was a stuck-up little rodent with a high-pitched voice, Donald struggled with inner demons, like a raging temper. Read More…

Rebuilding an iPod Touch

Broken iPod Touch

My wife’s iPod AFTER I fixed it…

Shattered. Completely shattered.

I stood over the pieces of my wife’s iPod Touch, my face distorted into a mocking glare in its reflective back. What I had assumed to be a relatively straightforward affair – Remove broken display / replace with new one – turned into nearly four hours of agonizing futility and ended in complete failure. Read More…

Is This Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man?

Spider-Man and Friends Cover

Can you get cuter than Super Hero Squad? You can.

If you don’t have kids, you may never have seen these incarnations of some popular Marvel superheroes. Despite being a DC man myself, my daughter loves Spider-Man, so that’s what she plays with (along with her Disney Princesses and My Little Pony).

Yes, Marvel has Super Hero Squad, with cutsey versions of its heroes and villains, but this Spider-Man and Friends toddler board book is in a class by itself. Read More…