Sweet! Matt’s LEGO Roller Coaster
Amazing what can be done with some creativity and some little plastic bricks.
So here we are again, testing a new version of Performancing for Firefox. Our little baby is growing up, eh?
Darren Barefoot is talking about only 20% of Americans own a passport and the funny knowledge of geography this creates. Teddy
asks how long you need to be in a country before you can say you have visited.
For me they are your travels, your rules.
If you only ever want to visit places in your own country or continent, fair play. Some people in the pit of a town where I live never leave that town. No kidding. Going 15 miles is a major culture shock for them. But if that is how they like it, no bother to me.
We were on the train going from Antibes to Nice listening to student year-out travellers. They considered quite seriously that because they had been to London the weekend before, had seen south of france and were on their way to Monaco that they had done europe. They were serious!
I live in Europe but I wouldn’t say I have “done europe”. I have been to Italy twice, both for a day while on vacation elsewhere in a neighbouring country. I can say I have “been” to Italy but I could never say I have “done Italy”. Been to Germany a couple of times, once on business and another on vacation. Same there. In fact if you only visit one city you can only say you have been to that city. I wouldn’t even say I have “done the UK”.
How representative of a country is a single city or region. Not very much I reckon. It always makes me laugh when people say “do a british accent” or “do an irish accent” like there is only one accent for the entire country. This is why people think I am scottish even when I am amongst british ex-pats. Oh, and the people who think UK=England=London really crack me up. They think you need to sound like the queen, Dick Van Dyke from Mary Poppins, possibly the Beatles or if they are really hip, Coronation Street/Liam and Noel from Oasis to be English.
Mind you once people find out I live in England there is sometimes one bright spark who says “I know someone in England, you might know her”.
Travel is a strange thing, it does make you think differently. What always surprises me is where ever you go people complain about the place you are visiting. Almost like they can’t believe you are there on vacation. “You came here, why?”. People in Calgary and Vancouver complain about traffic. Try Paris or London. Try a city with more than a couple of million residents. They complain about litter, what litter? Oh, that piece of gum over there. Try living in a country where there is zero civic pride like I do. I don’t think kids or adults here know where litter is meant to go. Heh, forget litter, they don’t know how to use a toilet!
Everywhere is becoming more the same. More Americanised. Everywhere now you can get a big mac (usually full of Americans) so travel isn’t the adventure it once was, you need to find more exotic places just to get the same affect. I am not into the too exotic personally, and am not into vacations where you are surrounded by poverty. Call me names, but that is how I am.
It’s a shame we don’t get stamps in our passports so much now. That was one way of measuring “where you have been” but I think the best way of looking at it is collecting memories and experiences rather than names on a map. That is where the lasting value lies.
I can’t work out if this is good news or not. It looks like from this The Calgary Sun article that compton petroleum is not going through with their sour gas drilling plans. Which is good.
BUT, they still have sour gas plant in the area and they will be open another 50 years!
So.. do we buy a house in McKenzie Towne or not …?
Firefox will not load for me today. I re-installed, disabled all extensions. Nada.
I wouldn’t mind so much but
Luckily being chuffing brilliant as I am I figured it out without needing the interweb or my more talented online contacts.
Go to start/run and enter %appdata% and delete the Mozilla folder
Seems something was messed up with my profile or something. Does mean though all my settings were nuked but ho hum at least I am back working!
I received a £20 voucher card for Christmas.
Problem is I don’t buy CDs now since I get all my music from AllofMP3.com (the russian cheapo mp3 site where you can get a chart album for about a pound.
We watch a lot of DVDs already too, and besides I would much rather go to the cinema. I looked and couldn’t find any pink floyd concert DVDs or any films I fancied.
Anyone any recommendations?
Seth’s Blog had a fact that had my head spinning today.
for the first time in 70 years. In 2005, Americans spent more than they earned.
Let’s put this in perspective. I am sure UK citizens are doing the same thing, “march of the chavs” progresses ever further. What is scary is the rest of the world depends on the USA either directly or indirectly. The economic powerhouse of the world, our financial engine, is basically in debt up to its eyeballs with economic growth largely dependant on a housing market bubble.
I thought I would read more into this, look at the sort of thing I found:
“In November alone, consumers spent $19 billion more than their income, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce.”
“Economists say that current levels of consumer debt cannot be sustained over the long term. Many economists forecast that consumers will cut spending sharply in the first half of the year, as they struggle to pay their holiday shopping bills”
“Their credit cards are maxed, their energy bills are going up and they have less ability to borrow against home equity because interest rates are going higher”
“Since taking office in 2001, President Bush has transformed a national budget surplus into a string of
multibillion-dollar deficits that included three of the biggest deficits in the nation’s history.”
“Over the past several years, the federal government has relied on the central banks of China, Japan and other
nations to bankroll its deficit by buying U.S. treasuries.”
The country and its citizens have gotten addicted to spending and to hell with the consequences. And what might those consequences be? I shudder to think.
Wouldn’t take much of a leap into science fiction to see a future where China gets pissed off with USA and bankrupts them …
I am extremely worried that I made a really bad choice choosing bluehost for my blog hosting. I get almost zero traffic right now and the server has been timing out off and on since before our trip (not an isolated problem then).
Added: They say they had a denial of service attack. This would explain it although they claim only one day they were attacked, what about the other days?