Entries from November 2005

Where I’m coming from

I hope everyone had a lovely Hallow’s Eve and are not already getting their eyes poked out by over-zealous retailers firing fake Christmas trees and garland all over the place. I noticed a couple of days ago that the big downtown mall in Toronto, Eaton Centre, already has their big-ass Christmas tree suspended high up in the air. It’s a glowing reminder to all who pass underneath that they are selfish bastards who should be spending their money on presents instead of another pair of gold-filigree denim jeans from Jakob.

That kind of pisses me off (the tree and not the denim, which makes my ass look absolute divine, thank you very much). As long as I can remember Halloween was the unspoken demarcation between the days of Not Christmas and the long run up to It’s Almost Christmas (So You Better Start Panicking And Buying Useless Shit For Your In-laws Immediately). No retailer dared pass this line without incurring the wrath of disgruntled parents and screaming in-laws the world over.

Now, it seems, the week before Halloween is fair game. Pretty soon we’ll have one week where there isn’t Christmas decorations up (between January 1st and 7th), and the rest of the time we’re going to be stuck listening to Feliz-fucking-Navidad and watching A Very Celine Dion Christmas until old age thankfully withers our eardrums and retinas. Frankly, I’m rather inflamed about the whole thing.


As usual, I’m keeping myself pretty busy, which has lead to another long and rather depressing lull in posting to this site. Besides all of the excitement and incredible popularity that my post about musicians who have weblogs generated (which, I have to say, was possibly one of the most half-assed entries I’ve ever posted here - who said effort equals results?) not much has been happening around here.

The reality is after working all day in front of a computer, the last thing I want to do in my spare time is, well, sit in front of the computer. Of course, I end up doing that anyway, but it’s mostly aimlessly clicking on links in NetNewsWire and hitting refresh over and over again on 5ives, hoping for a fleeting moment of mirth. I seriously have no clue how people like Frank or Khoi manage to write such consistently good entries.

On that note, this made me laugh so hard I think I sprained my kidneys. Ow.

Autumn in High Park

I absolutely love the fact that literally right outside of my front door is High Park. Living in this area, especially in the fall, makes life in the city feel like one long, uplifting sonata or a pair of fuzzy, warm slippers.

On the way to do some grocery shopping, I took a detour through the park to try and capture some of the autumn colours before they were gone for good. Check out the Flickr set.

10 lists worth reading

Work is kicking my ass in more ways than I care to describe, so instead I’ll wimp out and post a meta-list of sorts. It does seem like the web is really getting into lists these days.

  1. 10 things every new mac owner should know
  2. Full-time freelancing: 10 things learned in 180 days
  3. 10 rules for web startups
  4. 9 Canadian bands rocking the passport
  5. The top 40 bands in America today
  6. Overheard: Goblet of Fire edition
  7. 10 ways to please us, the customers
  8. My top ten CSS tricks
  9. Five terrible fake entrees from the dotcom era
  10. List of CDs infected with Sony’s craptacular rootkit digital rights management

And that’s just in the last few weeks. Just wait until all of the music and film webloggers start posting best-of lists for 2005. Sproing!

G5-optimized Firefox 1.5 released

Looking for an optimized Firefox for your PowerBook, iBook, or older PowerMac? Look no further: I have just built a G4-optimized Firefox 1.5 build.

firefoxIt’s been a long time coming, but Firefox 1.5 is finally rocking the house and making nerds salivate into their indie beards with delight.

The official changelog includes such top ten hits as:

  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades.
  • Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance.
  • Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs.
  • Improvements to popup blocking.
  • Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.
  • Answers.com is added to the search engine list.
  • Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and “Safe Mode” experience.
  • Better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and various assistive technologies.
  • Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox.
  • Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer.
  • New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6.

And everyone’s favourite tune, “many security enhancements”. If you want to bask in some hardcore changelog goodness, check out the “comprehensive changelog” for the dirty details.

As usual, there is now a G5-optimized build for your browsing pleasure:

Download link removed - there is new a newer release available.

With this fairly major upgrade, most extensions will need to be updated. I have tweaked a bunch of the extensions I use to work with the new version, but I haven’t had time to update that post, so you might want to check out the official Mozilla update site first.

Enjoy, folks, and don’t forget to clean those indie beards before you go out in public.

Neil (feeling tired, giddy, and more than a little bit strange.)

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