The year that was…

I wrote my rent cheque this evening, careful to make sure I entered “2009” for the year. Only three hours remain in 2008.

I’ve never been fond of reviewing the outgoing year and making plans for the one coming. I always thought that it was silly because the end of the year is purely arbitrary. One could pick any day for this planning. Thinking this way, it’s easy to not pick a day at all. And why should I have bothered? Each year was much like the next and the previous. I made no plans, so what was there to review?

I’ll remember this year fondly. In August, everything changed. I had a moment of clarity and discovered, to my great surprise, that I was deeply unhappy with my life. So I started to make changes. Some have been more successful than others, but even though everything hasn’t turned out as I might have hoped, I am making progress and the changes I have made have all been for the better. There have been difficulties, but even more joy. I have hope again. I can see what’s important and what is merely distraction.

With a loan, the initial payments go primarily to servicing the interest. Only the later payments really bite into the principal. Similarly, what I’ve done so far is plan, lay the groundwork, and change my habits. I haven’t seen much in the way of results yet, but this is going to start to change in the coming year.

My 2008 was a new beginning and 2009 will be even better as I begin to reap the results of the changes I’ve sown.

But enough about me. A happy new year to you all, my friends!


This is what I’m driving through today:

The rain and unseasonably mild temperatures are coming to an abrupt end with the passage of this front as it roars across southern Ontario at speeds of 100 km/h. There are reports of widespread gusts to 90 or 100 km/h along the front as it sweeps across the lower Great Lakes. Similar conditions are expected for all of southern and eastern Ontario as the cold front makes its way east.

Jeez. It’d be nice if the winds blew to the east so I could get a nice tail-wind assist! I’ll just take my time and I’m sure it’ll be just fine.

Weather warning courtesy of Environment Canada.

But the children!

CBC News has posted an amusing article titled, “Film-style ratings needed for websites: British minister.” The lead sums it up nicely:

Britain’s culture minister says websites should be rated the way films are to protect children from offensive material.

How could it be a bad idea if it’s for the children, right? Unfortunately, the culture minister reveals no real substance to his plan. The first question that springs to my mind is who’s going to pay for it? Google’s got more than 20 billion pages indexed. Is the culture minister going to pay someone to look through them all? Yea, I thought not.

He also appears not to really understand how the internet works.

Burnham also suggested the internet follow television’s example, which often doesn’t broadcast violent material prior to 9 p.m.

The problem is everyone in every time zone accesses the same server to view a site. Television stations broadcast to a limited geographic area. Web servers offer pages to everyone in the world.

But hey, it’s just tubes right? Let someone else figure out how to make it really work. The culture minister has a good sound bite, and that’s what’s important to the politicians.