December 2009

food22 Dec 2009 02:53 pm

I guess it’s OK… right?!

Et en français ici:

money15 Dec 2009 09:59 am

There we have it, Canadians have a higher debt load that ever:–canadians-deeper-in-debt-than-ever-before

We’re trying to buy a house, and while we can afford it, we feel that prices are too high.  The problem is that we look at the price of the house, but the rest of you morons are only looking at the monthly payments based on the current interest rates.  The current rates are artificially low, and are part of the economic stimulus intended to get us out of this “crisis”.  All of you morons buying houses that you can’t afford are driving up prices beyond all rational measure.

When interest rates rise,  and it’s time to renew your mortgage, what are you going to do?  If other morons are also selling their houses, prices will fall, so you might as well sell now, while prices are still high, and downgrade while prices are high.  Remember: downgrade while prices are high; upgrade while prices are low.

We need to buy a house now, we can’t wait for all you morons to come to your senses, so we’re stuck paying moron prices… will that make morons of us too?

Anyway, what would be best for us is a good old stampeding panic right now, when you all dump your house in fire sales.  So instead of calmly and rationally downgrading your house now, won’t you consider immediate panic as alternative course of action?

voip and wireless15 Dec 2009 09:14 am

Rumors of a Google-branded phone have been floating around for a while.  This article is interesting:

What I like is the possibility of using a data-only plan from your cell phone carrier.  Voice is only data after all, and SMS is just an inferior (?) and expensive version of XMPP.

Oh, and it rumored to be cheap, just $199, unlocked, no contract!

We’ll see, but my N95 is getting oooooooooold.

web12 Dec 2009 12:45 pm

My ISP’s DNS servers cannot resolve any or domain names.  Other domain names, such as and (hmmm, what a coincidence) resolve just fine.

For now I’ll be using OpenDNS servers: and  I made the change on our router.

Of course, most people would assume that it’s google that’s slow or broken, but you can tell it’s not the case because the browser gets stuck at “resolving…” Once I changed the DNS server settings, everything is back to normal. This has been a recurring problem (off and on), but it’s always targeting google to the exclusion of all other domain names that I know of. But it’s a purely coincidental coincidence that frequently happens by coincidental chance.

Eventually, some other unfortunate and totally unintentional glitch may block traffic to google altogether, so we may have to change ISP or use our ISP’s preferred search partner.   Perhaps another glitch will also totally block my VOIP provider; our ISP would be more than happy to benevolently help us by signing us up for their phone service (only thrice the price we currently pay!)

health10 Dec 2009 09:37 am

videos07 Dec 2009 08:34 am

… et merci à Co!