Port Dover in Winter

The Lighthouse

We went to the small town of Port Dover on the north shore of Lake Erie on Sunday afternoon because I wanted to see the beach in winter (after seeing the Jim Carrey and Kate Winslett characters in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” going to a beach in winter). We didn’t expect to find the lake all frozen up with some mountains of ice on top of it but that’s what we saw. You could go there, walked all over the lake, and pretend you were in the Arctic! It was awesome. And the sunset was breathtaking. I took a bunch of pictures while we were there which I’ve turned into a Flickr photoset. Have a look. You’d wish you were there. ;)

You know, I think I’ve almost become a Canadian because when the temperature is -2°C, I could make a comment about how warm it is and actually mean it. You wouldn’t be able to do that unless you’ve walked around outside when the temperature is lower than -30°C (with wind chill anyway). I really love Canadian winter, even if some real Canadians hate it. To those of you who think I’d die in winter, I think I’ll survive it just fine. :)

Next in my winter agenda: building my very first snowman (I’ve played 5-pin bowling and walked on the frozen Lake Erie, but I still haven’t built a snowman — sad, eh?) and going to a ski slope. No, I won’t go skiing. It would be safer for a walking disaster such as myself not to do anything extreme. I just want to take pictures. Here’s looking at the boy‘s general direction.


Out of Space

If anyone tried to post a comment or email me in the last 12 hours or so and failed, that was because I ran out of space on my hosting account. See, I shared a 200MB hosting account with the boy. He got 125MB and I got 75MB (surprisingly, he has all that much more online crap than me). But what’s really eating out the space is the web stats programs installed by the host. We never even check those. Why we have to account for the amount of space all those programs are taking up is beyond me. It might be the common practice among web hosting companies for all I know. And no, you can’t just delete those programs. If you delete the web stats program files, they will automagically pop back in a couple of days! So annoying.

Deleting stuff out of that folder does free up a fair amount of space so that’s what we’ve been doing from time to time for as long as I can remember. It sucks, but it’s also the only sucky thing about our hosting account. Other than that, we don’t really have anything to complain. Maybe we just have to give up our battle against the silly stats programs and upgrade. In the mean time, commenting and emailing can commence. I’ve freed up some 15MB of space from the damn stats folder.

This and That

Links for 2005-01-27

  • This game reminds me of another game that I can’t remember the title of. I didn’t get to finish all 5 levels until my second try.
    (categories: flash games)
  • Bounce Bob from one platform to another. Use your mouse to aim and then left click to shoot. Cool but frustrating.
    (categories: flash games)
  • A number of interesting trivias. Did you know that most Americans’ car horns beep in the key of F?
    (categories: knowledge trivias lists)
  • I can think of a bunch of things to do with this script.
    (categories: rss php scripts)
  • A gallery of pictures of user-submitted art on hands.
  • “A mystery chemical isolated from the sweat of young women seems to act as a romance booster for their older counterparts.” That explains a lot.

A Movie Review? Nah!

We just got back from seeing Un long dimanche de fiançailles a.k.a. A Very Long Engagement. Watching the movie, you just can’t help comparing it with Amélie since it’s from the same director and it also has Audrey Tautou and some other actors from Amélie in it.
The humours in both movies are quite similar, though in A Very Long Engagement, it’s somewhat darker because of the war setting. The war scenes are pretty graphic, though. I had to close my eyes every time someone got killed because I really can’t stand the sight of blood, even if I know that it’s just fake blood. Also, in A Very Long Engagement, sepia colours are quite dominant, whereas in Amélie, warm colours are dominant.
A Very Long Engagement is not really a feel-good movie like Amélie, but it was still enjoyable. At least for me. I didn’t check the casting on IMDB before we went to see the movie so when Jodie Foster showed up, I was like “Hey, isn’t she…?” That was quite a nice surprise.

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This and That

Links for 2005-01-26


2-in-1 Fortune

Fortune Cookies
(Fortune Cookies, originally uploaded by firda.)

We bought a jar of fortune cookies the last time we did our grocery shopping, just for the fun of it. I just had one today and the cookie contained two fortunes instead of one. I’ve been told that you’re supposed to add the phrase “in bed” to your fortunes so here’s what my fortunes say: “You will travel far and wide for both pleasure and business in bed” and “Simplicity and clarity should be your theme in dress in bed“. The first one doesn’t sound right and the second one doesn’t really sound like a fortune. But maybe what they mean in the second one is that if I do that, I will have good fortune. Maybe. Who knows. (Don’t mind me, I tend to think too much when I’m sleepy.)