Monthly Archives: December 2008

My TV Countdown

The truth is that I am not a unique snowflake. Although I like to think that someone at TV.com specifically thought of me when they were making the below promotional graphic for their website.

BSG - Lost - 24 - TV.com

I went to TV.com for an unrelated issue and when I saw the graphic, mentioning three shows I am anticipating in January, I got immediately excited.

I don’t need any more reason to begin the countdown for new TV (Battlestar Galactica: 28 days, Lost: 33 days, 24: 23 days) but sometimes a little reminder for how awesome January will be doesn’t hurt.

My Dearest Homepage

Dear iGoogle:

We have had some good times, maybe even great times. I would go so far as to say that you have changed my Internet life. You are what RSS feeds were for me years ago. You bring everything I want into one easy location, and you even threw in RSS feeds because you are sweet like that.

I know others were against you when you changed your design a few months ago, but it was okay for me because I was on your .ca domain. We were able to be sheltered from their hate and continue our blissful relationship. I have played with your layout to reduce clutter and left only the important items and you didn’t mind. In fact you encourage change with your themes and recommendations for widgets.

And that’s what I want to talk to you about, your widgets. This is not your direct problem, how can I blame you for wearing a sweater that makes me itch? Or blame you for being seen in public with a scarf that clashes with your toque? I do not know who else to talk to about this so here I am.

Your neat weather widget, which you make so easy to add with the handy “Add to iGoogle” on search results, has given me some very hit or miss information during these winter months but today takes the cake.

iGoogle weather forecast

iGoogle, do you have any idea how cold -48 is? Apparently not, because the Weather Network reports a -30 and your handy search results from earlier show a -34. But a -48, that sort of cold could freeze our Internet tubes.

Baby, I don’t mean to yell but are you serious? I’m asking you as a long time friend, and someone that trusts you, please do something about this.

Sincerely,

Sean

My Christmas Upgrade

Gears of War logoAs I was upgrading to WordPress 2.7 I realized it had been a week since my last post. The new version of WordPress is called Coletrain, which instantly reminded me of Augustus Cole from the Gears of War series.

Now I feel a sense of power as this blog is running on the Coletrain!

Wordpress 2.7 Dashboard

In any case, I am not sure where the time went but I felt it was a good time for an update. Christmas is less than two weeks away and this really troubles me. First off, I have not begun shopping and with the days slipping by I realize the longer I wait the worse I will feel when I do join others shopping.

Perhaps a reason for not having gone shopping is that I have no Christmas spirit. It was nice that we traded in our ugly brown for our winter scape but I think a majority of it has to do with the global financial situation.

The always feverish Black Friday in the States was the worst for sales in 35 years and that is a huge indication of where we stand. There are layoffs affecting companies locally and internationally, Canada nearly had a coalition government and when you put all of that together it feels like there is less joy.

Christmas TreeWe have had to curb our Christmas decorations this year because of Bauer. We set up our tree for a day to see what he would do. Even without decorations he was very attracted to the branches so we opted to set up a smaller tree that was out of reach of the cat. We have also left the garland, ligths and usual flair in their boxes this year.

I am sure the spirit will come but as the 25th nears I can’t help but wondering if I am the only one feeling out of sorts this season.

My December Prayer

December, December, one day after the one I remember.
December, December, the final month to enjoy the splendor.
December, December, don’t be the last to know.