Vintage Finds, AKA Old Crap

A little late on this one, but here is some of the stuff we found the other day. You’ll be pleased to know I spend an afternoon cleaning and sanitizing all these things, so the record player no longer looks like a dirty heap of garbage, and the dresser looks slightly better. A tip about cleaning with vinegar + water solution: It’s great because there are no chemicals, but whatever it reacted with (my guess is decades of cigarette smoke) sent me into intermittent coughing … Continue reading

MapMyDOGWALK for Android

You’re probably aware if you read this blog on a regular basis that we have a Yellow Labrador named Casey. I’ve been reading a lot about dogs behaviour lately, and I came across a few interesting articles about dog walking related to dominant and submissive characteristics in our furry friends.  Casey has a lot of pent-up energy, and after reading this I felt motivated to start walking her properly (and much more regularly). I searched Google Play for dog-walking apps and came up with a … Continue reading

Can You Block Contacts on Skype Using a Windows Live Account?

With the inevitable transitioning of Windows Live Messenger over to Skype this coming March, users previously unfamiliar with Skype are realizing perks and drawbacks left and right.  Today’s drawback comes to you from the Block/Appear Offline feature most of us are used to on WLM and other popular messengers. At the time of writing, Skype currently offers the Block/Appear Offline feature but not to anyone signing in with their WLM account.  You must instead use the Skype login if you care to block.  This would … Continue reading

Windows Live Messenger (MSN) Gone for Good March 15

UPDATED: SEE THIS POST and consider the one below inaccurate, thanks to Microsoft. — Beware the Ides of March.  Why?  Not because your best friend is going to stab you in the back, but it might feel like it to the loyal users who have stuck with Windows Live Messenger through all its incarnations. The go-to replacement of the early 2000s for dated services like ICQ will be leaving us forever on March 15, 2013.  Not to worry, you can still use its services by … Continue reading

Google Analytics: New Visitors, Returning Visitors… Other?!

While taking a look at Google Analytics today, I came across something strange.  I entered the dates as far back as they would go until present day for one of Miklos’s sites, and a mysterious lone ranger turned up. Neither new, nor returning?  How can that…?  Apparently the same has happened to others.  So who is this single visitor over the course of 2 years on a site that’s had tonnes of pageviews?  Is it the same visitor on every site?  Is it GoogleBot Himself (but then, … Continue reading

700 Posts! Whew, I’m Tired. Need Ostrich Pillow.

If you find yourself zonked at the most inopportune times, the Ostrich pillow might be right up your alley.  Yes, this pillow has ear and breathing holes and of course, a giant hole for you to stick your entire head into. If anyone buys this for me for my birthday, I will love them forever, even if I hate them/don’t even know them now.  That’s a pretty powerful proposition.  I say you wrap your head around it.  Or let it wrap… eh, too easy. Ostrich … Continue reading

I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock for Android

Waking up is a huge problem for me.  There have been mornings where I have hit snooze in excess of 20 times before finally uttering a swear word, stretching, and forcing myself to get up.  I am the kind of person who wakes up hours after they intended to, unless there is some motivation for me to get up. The app I am about to describe eliminates that.  As a result, I kind of hate it, but only because I love it so very much. … Continue reading

Interactive Map of Toronto’s Fallen Soldiers (Source: Global News)

I am beyond impressed with this map provided by Global News. An incredible 2870 names of fallen soldiers from the First World War geocoded and analyzed, plotted onto this map of Toronto according to their next of kin’s address, along with their age, date of death, occupation and rank.  If you’re especially familiar with the area, this might be of extra interest to you.  I lived next to the residence of a fallen gunner named Edward Trevor Lynge. He died September 7, 1918.  Gives “close … Continue reading

Body Found in Northern Ontario

Drove past this scene on the way back from vacation last Saturday: Uncustomary to the densely-forested area there were four OPP vehicles and a forensics unit (thank you Miklos for noticing that, I would never have known myself).  Cops everywhere and a familiar clearing we often dart our eyes toward to look for moose was yellow-taped off.  Originally my thoughts were: 1) Hunting accident. 2) ATV accident.  3) Body parts. Body found in Lost Channel (Smith’s Bay Road) So far this is the only article … Continue reading