Showing posts from April, 2007

Crohn's Disease - track it

I was recently diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. It ain't pretty but it isn't like hearing you have a terminal illness. Basically I need to modify my lifestyle so I am doing things just about everyone should do anyway: eat healthy foods (sometimes certain foods, even healthy ones, can cause "flare ups" which lead to GI unpleasantness, back pain, gut pain, and so forth) reduce stress (I can't get mad anymore; when I do I can feel a very distinct set of physical changes take place in my body... same goes for frustration, anxiety, and so on... good thing I like meditating) pay more attention to signs of fatigue and sleep more (getting lots of rest helps my body repair itself and reduces stress) So as you can see, this is stuff most people do anyway. Sure, I've had to make fast food a once per quarter treat instead of once every couple days, and I can no longer drink coffee (1/3 of a cup and I'm heading for the border, so to speak) but overall things haven&#

Thunderbird 2.0

Yes, it is finally out: Thunderbird 2.0 This release implements tagging, something I use extensively. I use six tags (they were called labels before) : unprocessed mail: need to read/tag it; in the previous TB, this was just an unlabelled message. Action Required: I need to do something with it. Archive - Useful: I might want this info later but I don't need it in front of me. Archive - processed: I don't delete email but I can ignore this stuff if searching for an old email, usually. Upcoming meetings/agendas: I send myself email with a subject prefixed with "2007-04-17 @ 22:00" or whatever (I use that date format to order by date... it means one less app to run as I don't need to use a calendar) Waiting: I file anything here that I am waiting to hear back on or needs to be done in a couple weeks, etc. I would like to add "using this" or something so I can flag a couple emails as relevant to the task at hand and always be able to see them. Very happy

Princess Josephine - ???? - 2007

Our cat, Princess Josephine, was so old that nobody can really remember when we got her. I have the earliest memory of her that has a date attached to it; it puts her age at 21+ years. She almost made it through another Winter but last night her time came. The vet told us she had cancer and obstructions in her bowel and was too weak and frail to treat. She offered to do whatever we wanted but what she told us added up to her being in pain and there being no way to really change that; all we could do was drag it out. We said our goodbyes to her and stayed with her through the procedure and now she is resting peacefully nearby. We affectionately called her "Jo". When she was younger she was strong, fast, and feisty. She had a notch in her ear as a badge of courage from one of the many times she defended her yard from other cats. She was a good mouser, too. She spent time on the Noel shore at my uncle's cottage and had four different addresses in Dartmouth. She was at t

Make customized multi-monitor wallpaper (Maximum PC) I have to try this...


Microsoft Live Labs: Photosynth - I haven't tried this yet (system probably can't run it!) but it looks pretty cool. Neat idea for shutterbugs. Just blogging it so I remember to try it sometime.

Wal-Mart spying?

Former Wal-Mart Worker Blows Whistle on Company Surveillance Operation, Spying of Critics "A former worker at Wal-Mart is claiming the retail giant is running a sophisticated surveillance operation that targets employees, journalists, stockholders and critics. The worker, Bruce Gabbard, says the retail giant spied on employees, journalists, stockholders and critics of the company. We speak with the Wall Street Journal reporter who broke the story." Courtesy of Democracy Now:

Men With Brooms (2002)

Men With Brooms (2002) was a really good "Canadian Comedy". Far surpassed any comedy I have seen lately in terms of acting, laughs, story, and drawing me in. How can you not root for this Curling rink? (note for non-Canadians: a rink is a curling team composed of four people) Paul Gross and Leslie Nielsen stand out.