Wonderful :(

Jan 7, 2006 | | 0 comments |

The beginning of another long and drawn-out saga, no doubt; we discovered the frame on one part of the new sofa is cracked today so the two-seater has no support in the back any more. Not bad for a piece of furniture 6 weeks old. The task begins now to see if Manhattan Loft or Palliser Furniture will do anything about it given that Palliser warranty their frames "for life" according to what we were given.

Find that tune.

Jan 5, 2006 | | 0 comments |

Keeping up on your Armin Van Buuren mixes? Name the track these lyrics come from. This was a massive anthem around March 2005. Ben Liebrand has used it in the Grandmix 2005 to fantastic effect to punctuate a specific part of the mix....

Behind this silence I heard such a song,
That turn me to liquid love,
    liquid love,
       liquid love

Grandmixing

Jan 4, 2006 | | 0 comments |

Holy snot! After a disappointing Grandmix last year, Ben Liebrand has totally made up for it with the Grandmix 2005. I've just got through with the first 3 hour session. (rewind). And now I'm starting again.
Brilliant. Just Brilliant.
♫ Our DJs, immeasurably superior to others, regarded the turntables with envious eyes, and surely and slowly they conquered all the dancefloors..... ♫

One in the eye for the "miracle" crowd.

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Well that's a slap in the face for the people who claim everything good is due to "miracles" these days. After proclaiming that the survival of 12 of the 13 miners trapped in the West Virgina mine explosion was a "miracle", all involved now rather have egg on their faces as it turns out that the number was wrong. It's actually 12 of the 13 miners were confirmed dead. Not so much of a miracle then.

I have a problem with these people who claim everything good is a miracle. A local couple lost their dog last week and it was found alive in a railway yard a few days later and returned to them. The first comment when interviewed? "It's a miracle he was found alive."
No. It was dumb luck that their little poodle didn't get run over by a train, and it was luck that someone stopped and picked him up. A miracle would have been if the dog had grown wings and a GPS receiver and flown home on its own, evolved vocal cords and told the couple of its four day tale of woe.
To rely on the notion of miracles is to disrespect people involved with whatever the activity was. In the case of the dog, by saying "it's a miracle", the couple basically acknowledged that they'd sooner thank a Deity they worship (but have no proof of) than they would thank the actual people who brought their dog back to them. That is insulting.

Getting DVDs the long way round.

Jan 3, 2006 | | 0 comments |

I love Amazon.com
I've been looking for Long Way Round on DVD - the Ewan McGregor / Charlie Boorman trek around the world on their BMW motorbikes. The US version has 2 discs and the 7 broadcast episodes. I looked on the US Amazon site and one of the comments was that the UK now had a 3-disc 10-episode version. So I read on and someone else commented that they'd ordered theirs from Amazon in Canada and got this edition instead of the 7-episode version. More checking - the UK one is (naturally) region 2, PAL. The US version is region 1, NTSC with 7 episodes. The Canadian version is region 1, NTSC with 10 episodes. And because Amazon share their user database across all their sites, I was able to log into Amazon.ca and order the NTSC version of the extended box set and have it shipped to America, all without needing to fill out any new forms. Nice.
It cost more in shipping, obviously, and I'll have to wait a bit longer, but so what? :-)
Oh and if you're into the whole Charlie Boorman thing, he's doing the Dakar Rally this year. You can track is progress on their official site here. He's 172nd in the bikes today on the third day. Not bad for a first-timer.

For all the 30-somethings - congratulations.

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First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because we were always playing outside! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were OK. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We did not have Playstations, Nintendos, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........we had friends and we went outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them! Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this post with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

Subaru repair bill

Jan 2, 2006 | | 0 comments |

The resulting repair cost for the American Fork Rock Incident? $423 for parts and labour, not to mention the creased power steering line. It's not broken yet, and it doesn't look like it will, but if it does, that'll be a new power steering rack.

Rock + car = large bill

Jan 1, 2006 | | 0 comments |

We were out having a pleasant drive up around Heber City today and on the road back out of American Fork Canyon, we encountered a gigantic rock in the road as it rolled off the side of the mountain. I collected it neatly with the Subaru and tore open the exhaust pipes on the left hand side of the car, resulting in a 50mph drive back to Salt Lake City, and no doubt a crippling repair bill from Subaru tomorrow. There's no point in trying to claim it on the insurance; if they did pay, it would just put my already stellar premiums up even further. And it's not like insurance companies make money out of paying out claims so the chances of them even covering it are less than none.
Don't do this to your car, then :