Category Archives: family

It’s time for the annual changing of the internet provider

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Well, it’s that time of year again.

Last year at this time, our then-internet-provider,,
dumped all of its DSL customers into the lap of another provider, known variously as,, and other names.
I just call them 3Web.
It seemed okay for a while, but then we started getting outages, and then they became more frequent.

I checked my logs for last night and we had a one-minute outage about once every 45 minutes.
Needless to say, when Michael and Ronnie are plying WoW, a one minute outage is a major pain.
Especially when they have to spend 45 minutes waiting to do something in the game.

Michael did some research à la Google and found a place called
They offer 5 Mbps DSL, have a no-throttling policy, and also offer static IPs.
Sounds good to me!

So today I ordered our DSL from them to be activated on Mon Jul 16, 2007.
Which DSL provider you use is selected solely by the login id you use,
so for a couple of weeks I can go back and forth between them.

Hope it works out!

Sick again, sick again, jigeddy-jig

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What a great Fathers Day present, eh? Bleaugh

To offset this, my new 17″ Hi-res MacBook Pro arrived today (Monday).
Love the bright, bright screen.
Much brighter than my old 17″ 1.6GHz PowerBook, which will now be taken to Europe by Michael for four weeks.

The built-in iSight camera is surprisingly good!
It seems to handle the low light conditions of m basement much, much better than either of my standalone iSight cameras do.

is in Toronto this week and I’m hoping to get together.
Until recently, she was my fellow Toronto-ite at OSAF.

Iain’s photos
continue to amaze me.
He has an excellent eye for angles and lighting that capture the imagination.

Ok, time to have some chicken noodle soup.
Too bad all I have is Campbell’s, and not Lipton.

Selling Comics

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All of these comics are going up for sale tomorow (Sat May 26 2007), so if you’re interested, come by and check them out!
Send me email if you don’t have my address or need directions.

comic boxes in garage
Comic boxes in the garage

Luisa and I have been busy.
First I had to go through my comic collection, deciding what comics I wanted to keep.
These are entire series, like “Miracleman”, “Mage”, “Watchmen”.
Then we had to try to sort the comics.

Well, we got up to around “F”, and I’m sure there are still stragglers.
I used to have all my comics in a 4th Dimension database.
Then I had another database in Filemaker Pro, which is still around, but badly out of date.
(Hm, maybe I’ll post a PDF of the summary from 2001.)

the table
Most of “A” to “F” is on top of the table

I went through the first 11 boxes and did a quick scan of the titles, since people have been asking what I have.
This is only a rough scan, and only includes stuff that had multiple issues.

“**” means there were LOTS of the title,
either in proportion to the number of issues of the title, or in absolute numbers.

  • Arcana — Aztec
    • Area 88
    • Arion
    • Armageddon 2001
    • Astonishing Tales
    • Astro Boy Atari Force
    • Atlantis Chronicles
    • the Atom
    • the Authority
    • Avengers
    • Avengers Forever
    • Avengers West Coast
  • Amazon — Arak
    • The American
    • American Freak
    • Amethyst
    • A Next
    • Animal Man**
    • Appleseed
    • Aquaman
  • A. Bizzaro — Amazing Spider-Man
    • Action Comics
    • Adventures of Superman
    • Alpha Flight
    • Amazing Spider-Man
  • Babe — Betty by the Hour
    • Babe
    • Badger
    • Batgirl
    • Batman
    • Batman Black and White
    • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight**
    • Batman: Shadow of the Bat
    • Battlestar Galactica
  • Big Black Thing — Bullwinkle & Rocky
    • Billy Cole
    • Black Canary
    • Black Orchid
    • Blue Devil
    • Books of Faerie
    • Books of Magic**
    • Booster Gold
    • the Brave and the Bold
  • Cadillacs & Dinosaurs — Cyberpunk
    • Captain America**
    • Captain Atom**
    • Captain Canuck**
    • Captain Marvel
    • Classic X-Men
    • Comet Man
    • Concrete (+ variously named series)
    • Crying Freeman
    • Cyber 7
    • Cyberella**
  • Dagar — Demon
    • Daredevil**
    • Dark Horse Comics
    • Dark Horse Press (+ “DHP”)
    • Day of Judgment
    • DC Comics Presents
    • DC/Marvel Access
    • Deadface
    • Deathlok
    • Defenders**
    • Demon**
  • Detective Comics — Dreadlands
    • Detective Comics
    • Dirty Pair
    • Dirty Pair II
    • A Distant Soil
    • Doctor Fate
    • Doctor Strange**
    • Doctor Zero
    • Doom 2099
    • Doom Patrol**
    • Doomsday +1
    • Doomsday Squad
    • DP7
    • Dreadlands
  • Dreadstar — Fish Police
    • Dreadstar
    • the Dreaming**
    • Empire Lanes
    • the Extremist
    • Fantastic Four**
    • Firestorm**
    • First Issue Special
  • Fist of the North Star — Green Lantern
    • Fist of the North Star
    • Flash**
    • Four Star Spectacular
    • Freak Brothers
    • Freedom Fighters
    • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
    • Green Arrow
    • Green Lantern**
  • Green Lantern — Invasion
    • Green Lantern**
    • Green Lantern Corps
    • Green Lantern Corps Quarterly
    • Grendel**
    • Grendel: War Child
    • Hero Sandwich
    • Hourman
    • Hulk

You can see more pictures of the collection
on Flickr.
You can also click on the above photos to see them at original (8 Mpx) size.

Avoid Global if you want HD

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Global non-HD
No HD on “Global HD”?

It seems I am not alone
when it comes to my dislike of Global TV over the last couple of weeks.
Global has not been showing programs like
in HD on their HD channels for the last cople of weeks.
As a result, I’ve taken to watching Heroes one hour later (9pm instead of 8pm) on NBC, which *does* show it in HD.

Last night we watched “House” in non-HD on Global HD; next week I will look for an alternate (probably US) channel to get an HD feed.

2007-05-09-1213 Update:
Iain points out that although Global showed “Heroes” in non-HD, a lot of the commercials *were* HD.
The ultimate irony was seeing an ad for bell saying “if you had bell’s HD service you would be watcing the show in HD right now”.

He’s 17!

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Today is Michael’s 17th birthday.
I’m sure he wants everyone to know, so be sure to tell everyone you know (even if they don’t know Michael).

Vacation posts and Twitter updates

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I’ve posted two blog entries I wrote while aboard ship:
A Day at Sea, and
Mayan Ruins.
They don’t have any pictures yet, though.
I may add them later or maybe do a separate post about the pictures.

I posted them with the date when I wrote them, which is why they didn’t appear at the top of the page.
I have no idea how the RSS feeds will react to them!

I have installed the “twitter-tools” WordPress plugin, which amongst other things posts once a day to my blog with all my twitters.
Now you, too, can experience the ephemeral world of twitter by proxy.
Or you can just
visit my Twitter page ☺.

Oh, I’ve also installed a “Show unread comments” plugin.
I think it uses a cookie to show you commetns you haven’t read yet in the side bar there.
When you are reading a post there is a little blocky thingee to the right of each comment to show you its read/unread status.
Hope it’s useful for people.
Let me know!
(Um, by leaving a comment, obviously!)

Mayan Ruins

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We went to see the Mayan ruins at Chacchoben.
Things were going well until Luisa sprained her ankle.
Thankfully, it turned out to be a mild sprain, from which she was fully recovered by the next day.
The port of Costa Maya is pretty much a complete tourist trap.
Even to the point of not being able to hire taxis to drive you away.

To get a taxi at Costa Maya, you must walk about a mile away from the port.
The taxis are not allowed to pick anyone up before that.
This proved to be an issue for us, since we wanted to but some “Presidente” brandy,
and nobody was selling any inside the port area.
I ended up walking out and getting a taxi to a nearby grocery store, which also sold liquor.
The taxi ride cost all of $1.
Unfortunately, they didn’t have that kind of brandy.
I waited for a few minutes and flagged down another taxi.
He thought he might know a place, which turned out to be only about 100 feet down the street.
This time I asked him to wait.
That’s the first time I’ve ever asked a taxi to wait for me.
The second place had the brandy, so I bought both bottles of Presidente (all they had) and headed back.

By the time I got back, the rain was coming in.
Despite the rain, Ronnie and I managed to swim in the pool.
We couldn’t get into the ocean because the shorefront was sharp rocky shoals.
I tried to get into the ocean anyway, but it hurt my feet too much.
There were beaches to either side of the port, but they were walled off.
I think they made you pay to go to those if you wanted to.

A Day at Sea

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Luisa had an early breakfast and attended two shopping-in-Mexico orientation sessions.
I think only one of them was useful though.
The kids and I had breakfast, where we discovered chocolate milk!
Ronnie didn’t like it, alas.

Ronnie and I went in one of the four hottubs followed by a refreshing swim in the much cooler, asalt-water pool.
It was quite the sensation, as the ship was sailing with a pronounced rocking motion,
and so the pool was sloshing fore and aft while we were in it.
The pool was very obviously designed with this in mind, since it had an unusually large gap from the water surface to the deck.
All in all, it was just like being in a wave pool.
Quite fun!

Later, Luisa and I went to listen to Paul(?) Dunn playing guitar and singing Beatles songs.
He had stories for every song, and remarked on how the copyright for the songs was reverting to the original authors soon.

Luisa and I went to see the comedy act, but the people around us were pretty loud and it wasn’t very enjoyable for that reason.