carbon neutral since 1975

Year: 2007 (page 1 of 2)

Suggestion from MG

From MG:

I’m sorry to say it, but your latest blog post was a huge let down. 🙂

Let me suggest tacking onto the end a humorous photo or smiling puppy to tide over your readers (see attached for instance).

Thanks for the suggestion. I am, of course, happy to oblige.



Sorry for not posting for so long folks. I dumped my databank in July so I could move the site and because of that have frozen all posts. I’ve been preoccupied since then and haven’t moved it. Well, please be patient with me.


Brought to my attention by MG, now you can simpsonise yourself. “You know you want to.”

Fireworks Have Been Democratized!

Fireworks have been democratized! Last night, on account of the lateness of the hour and the tiredness of the little ones, we decided to forego the traditional municipal fireworks and watch our neighbour’s display. Well, as it turned out, we were able to watch the displays of 10 “neighbours.” No, there was not as much spectacle all in one place and right in front of us, but you may say the total spectacle was about equal, just scattered about a few square miles and a major portion of the night.

I heard a statistic; in 1976 (the bicentennial of our independence) we Americans (private citizens, not municipalities) spent $30 millions on fireworks. In 2006, we spent $900 millions. So our affluence even allows us to create our own fireworks shows. I do not think, however, that the democratization of fireworks will put the municipalities out of business. I do think it will force them to make bigger and better shows.

Dickens Dominates

I’ve just recently started reading Charles Dickens. I read Oliver Twist, which took me about 4 months, and then read A Christmas Carol in a few days. Both of them are delightful. Interestingly, I read elsewhere today that G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis were also fans of Charles Dickens. I shall try to share more thoughts as they come up.

Also interestingly, over the weekend I stayed at a hotel whose guest list boasts the likes of Charles Dickens, U. S. Grant, and Mark Twain.

Google Home Page

Is anyone else bothered by the clutter that has lately come to the Google home page?

Clutter was the original reason I left Alta Vista for Google. I grant that Alta Vista, and other search engines, subsequently cleaned up their home pages, but Google have always defended the minimalist title. Now we see Google going down that road and I am not so sure I want to go with them.

Update (2/2008):  Google have kept the additions to a minimum and the additions have kept out of the way.  I can handle that.

Subway Pizza Stands Up

Have you tried the pizza at Subway yet? You really ought to. It’s not Pizza Hut, but it’s fast, inexpensive, cheesy, customized, tasty. You will like it.

Wii Would Like to Play

Here’s some fun for you if you have a little spare time:

Boys, Rows of Bricks

A new Adam’s Axiom doesn’t come along often. But today we have a new one:

Adam’s Axiom No. 7: If you have a row of bricks and a boy, you will have a boy walking on a row of bricks.

Recent Pictures

Some recent pictures.

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