I’m a big fan of the BBC show Top Gear. That’s not a particularly rare or interesting fact, but I also happen to be a fan of SOMAfm‘s Secret Agent net radio station, and while re-watching some old episodes of the BBC TV show I couldn’t help but notice that a surprising amount of the music used comes straight from the net radio station’s playlists. I’ve been watching one and listening to the other for a couple of years, and I’d never noticed that before…

The tyranny of low expectations.

The City of Montreal swears it will have the streets cleared of snow. By Christmas. Seriously, that’s the official story. Christmas is the 25th, and thus 9 days since last Sunday’s snowstorm, which only dumped 30cm of snow in the city. How pathetic is that? 9 days to clear 30cm (40 if you count the dusting we got yesterday)… What will happen if we get a 60cm storm? Will the city close down? I used to laugh at New Yorkers who couldn’t deal with a bit of snow, and it turns out that Montreal isn’t really doing any better.

Zen story

Two traveling monks reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other bank. She thanked him and departed.

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Thoughts on winter driving in Montreal.

When I was a kid, when it snowed local authorities would actually deploy equipment to take the snow off the streets. However that seems like an enchanted and mystical time never to be seen again. We had a snowstorm in Montreal on Sunday, and three days later the streets are still lined with snowbanks — some several feet high — and even the highways are covered in the stuff, stretching 20-minute commutes into two and three hours. What exactly are we paying taxes to the useless assclowns at the city and provincial levels for, anyway?

Blog update

I managed to “unbork” things that the WordPress “update” messed up — mostly by removing dead links — and put in a silly placeholder for the “about” page so clicking the link doesn’t cause an error anymore. All in all however, I’m pretty determined to write my own software again and ditch WP, at least I’m sure my own SW won’t have the sort of surprises I’ve been seeing this week.

More things I learned since yesterday!

Apparently the WordPress upgrade completely borked my pages (like “about”) and categories as well. Gee, thanks, WordPress! So, don’t bother clicking any of the links near the title bar, they probably just won’t work. And since I have 1700+ entries I really can’t be bothered to go in and edit each bloody entry manually. So, I think I need to put WordPress in the list of things I’m not too impressed with lately.

Things I have learned recently…

I had a good look at my site yesterday and discovered a number of things!

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