September 14, 2007

Welcome, Daily News readers!

The donair was named one of the Seven Wonders of Halifax, and I am proud to have said my piece for the occasion.

If you've never been to before, I'll give you the short tour. Click on the box to the right if you want to go to the donair pages. There's a donair map of Canada, reviews and store info from across the country. If you have a place you think I should feature, drop me a line at I plan to make the site more interactive in the near future.

The rest of the site is part blog, part "the web didn't have anything like this, so I added it". The "Projects, Poetry, Prose" bar along the right of this page is a menagerie of things I put my warped mind to. Try not to be scared.

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January 27, 2006

New Donair page

Next week marks the third anniversary of the celebrated donair page, the most heavily linked and talked-about feature of I have revamped the look to allow visitors to find good donair places by region. Hopefully this will cut down on the amount of mail asking if there's donair in Iqaluit! Check it out.

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October 06, 2005

Graphically challenged

As you may have noticed, I have made some changes here at with the colors and layout. As you may have also noticed, I suck at this.

I am soliciting ideas for new color schemes, layouts, and doohickies that will wow my readers and enrich their lives. Comments, please...

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August 22, 2005

Changes and stats

As you can see, I've changed the color scheme here at I've also added one of those favicons that all the kiddies are talking about. It's hideous, true, but it's at least high-tech. (Can I say that about a 16x16 bitmap?)

Stats for August so far show very little difference from any other month. Most people are still largely viewing my site because of the donair page, though the rotary haiku has jumped in popularity. This might be partially due to my stirring rendition of the poem on CBC Radio 1, but maybe not; we're not talking large numbers here. The vast majority of visitors come via Google, 5 of which by searching for "лещен". I don't remember writing anything about that...

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August 03, 2005

The Greatness Weds

Okay, so it's August, and I promised my readers a weekly update starting this month. Obviously we have to start with the big news: The Greatness is now married. Sorry girls, I'm taken, so please stop sending me your tearful entreaties. Besides, The Sweetness is probably taller than you -- she will kick your ass if you try to mess with our marital bliss.

I don't have any wedding pics yet, but I'll put some up as soon as I get them. In the meantime I will attempt to give my perspective on the festivities. Simply put: they ruled. Here are some random observations I made about the occasion.

Thanks to everyone who could make it. I don't think I could have imagined a more delightful wedding day than the one y'all treated me too. For everybody else, don't worry: I should have some pics soon.

Hmm, and I guess some honeymoon details are in order. Here goes. Jen and I had a very nice time in Montreal. The city is actually annoyingly easy to get around in English. Virtually everyone either speaks it or can go find somebody in the shop who does (the teenage flunky usually). I bought her a bunch of clothes in the ginormous mall that is the Underground City. We only saw half of the thing but I still counted 7 food courts. She bought me an atlas, which I've wanted for some time so that was very cool. Remote, totally unimportant Pacific islands depicted in glorious National Geographic detail! As for sights, we saw the Notre Dame cathedral, the Biodome (it's got an indoor rainforest, temperate, and a polar environment with penguins), the hotel that Ben Franklin stayed in when he was trying to get Canada to join the rebellion, the old port, Six Flags La Ronde and its spectacular fireworks festival (so many incendaries! probably an Innsbrook-July-4 every minute, the soot was in our hair and everything), and Ikea (we live in Halifax, after all; it's not like we get a chance to browse big stores too much). We also took a horse-drawn tour of Quebec City on the way back home. As for the hotel.. The Ritz was not as opulent as you might think, but the room had everything you might have wanted if you were old-world rich read: no DVD). The maid service cleaned the room twice a day, we had two full-size A/Cs, there were 2 robes that they brought new with the sheets daily, the bathroom had 3 sizes of mirrors and a scale, etc. And every time we picked up the phone to make something happen, it actually did. Good service shouldn't be surprising given the price, but it's nice to see it is still available somewhere.

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January 18, 2005

The Greatness Blogs

Well, I've fought it long enough... the old "web magazine" format of was an idea best left to someone with a few more readers and a lot more time. So I am going to start blogging. I have moved the material I intend to keep from the old site onto the sidebar. Other stuff I will reprint in redacted form. If you want to see the originals, well, you can, provided you remember the individual URLs. (Think Wayback Machine.)

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