Daily Archives: July 10, 2008

It’s July in Toronto: time for Summerlicious!

Two great dining events happen yearly in Toronto: Winterlicious and Summerlicious

As you can see from the graphic, it’s on for most of July. You can get more information here or here

And if you are a customer of American Express, you get an additional benefit. See the links for why.

How to Design a Happy House (the secret ingredient is happy children)

Pamela Bell has a smart idea when it comes to balancing having a well designed interior and having a happy houseful of kids and ultimately a happy house. This article, Renovating When Perfect Is Not the Goal at NYTimes.com has the details, but I like this quote:

“It is Ms. Bellโ€™s conviction that the house belongs not so much to her as to her children, and the choices she makes on a daily basis support that.”

Very smart.

(Photo by Phil Mansfield of the New York Times)

Flint cops crack down on sagging pants. Really.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Flint cops crack down on sagging pants | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press

“Dicks (the new Police Chief) who took over the department last month on an interim basis, announced that his officers would start arresting people wearing saggy pants that expose skivvies, boxer shorts or bare bottoms.”

For those of you who live or visit Flint and are concerned about going to jail, the following chart was prepared:

What I want to know is: what about all those old guys who pull their pants up to their chest? What’s going to happen to them?

I guess Flint must be so quiet, crime-wise, that the Chief of Police needs to give the police something to do.

The first Web Server

There are thousands — millions? — of web servers now, but the first one was this NeXT machine that Tim Berners-Lee possessed. You can find out more about it and this picture here

For some strange reason I am proud it was on a NeXT machine and not some second rate Wintel box….it must be the IT snob in me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Found via boing boing).

Farecast: how to treat airline tickets the way you would treat any commodity purchase

If you are booking a flight and you have flexibility as to when you buy your tickets, you MUST go to Farecast.

It “does just what you want when making an airplane ticket
purchase: it predicts if the price is going to go up, down or stay
level and advises when you should buy (now, wait)”

You owe it to yourself to try it. And I would be happy to take 10% of anything you save. Make that 5%! ๐Ÿ™‚

(Tip: the always useful Data Mining site)

Ironstone’s Obsession Symphony – great cheap wine at the LCBO

This is a delightful wine, especially for summer. And it’s cool too: made 100% from the Symphony grape, making it rather rare indeed (imho). It has a lovely bouquet — very floral — and wonderful to taste. No oak.

You can have it with spicy food, but it’s a treat to drink it by itself. It’s the kind of wine that, after you have a glass, you think: hmmmm, I think I need another glass of that.

If you are lucky enough to live in the US, it’s only $8/bottle. Here in Ontario, it is $14.95 in the Vintages section, which is pretty good for that part of your local LCBO.

What else? It won the Gold Medal at the San Francisco Chronical Wine Competion, January 2007. And it’s perfect sipping wine on a warm summer night. You owe it to yourself to get some. ๐Ÿ™‚

For more on this delicious wine, click here.