Spending Christmas with the family

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Reason #3 spending Xmas back at home is worthwhile: Talking Julie into eating an uncooked Pogo (corn dog) covered in Nutella for the measly sum of $12 in small change.

iStockphoto pricing goes up: Getting greedy, are we?

Since I started blogging, iStockphoto has been my source of images to illustrate and accompany blog entries. The images were once cheap enough that a blogger who made no revenue like myself could afford to pepper the occasional post with an image to joosh it up a bit.

Now, however, I think I’m going to have to go a different route since prices are getting jacked up for the second or third year in a row. I know if I were to complain, the answer I get would be filled with words like “artist recognition” and “inflation” but it’s still getting out of my realm of comfort. I’ll be sad to go, especially seeing as it’s run by a bunch of (apparently) lovely Canucks, but it might be time to break up now.

So what are the alternatives? Flickr images which are licensed under Creative Commons, sites like stock.xchng and photos I’ve taken myself. Any other suggestions?

Felix catfood: Which one would you feed your kittens?

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Out of the pack we bought recently, there was one pouch (on the right) which was completely empty (yet sealed), then the middle pouch was completely unbranded, which I find really bloody odd. And finally the left one is the “control”, the normal kitten food pouch.

I’ve written to Purina, and they got back to me, but I’ll be interested in seeing how they justify the unbranded pouches…

Jack & Rose checking out Super Mario Galaxy

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In their professional opinion, the game rates 11 out of 10. With the exception of intro scenes, which could do with some basic anti-aliasing.

Best bit? That little blue hand that moves around the screen, definitely!