Friday, July 13, 2007

I just finished reading This Thing of Darkness, by Harry Thompson and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was surprised to find that Robert Fitzroy was a real person!

I feel somewhat cheated because my main opinion on the book is that it is a wonderful story, full of adventure, beautifully painted vistas, humour, drama and tragedy. So to find the story is based on fact devalues my enjoyment somewhat. Still, it was definitely worth reading except if you followed the above links before reading the book, shame on you!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Currently listening to......

"Aces High" by Iron Maiden. It just doesn't get better than this! Someday I'll dig out their "Number of the Beast" album, which basically turned me onto heavy metal in the 80s. Metal!!!!!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Samuel Armas

This is quite amazing:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Armas

During open-uterus, fetal surgery, the fetus' hand popped out of the womb and a picture was taken of the event. Urban legend says the fetus grabbed the surgeon's hand but this has been proven false.

Either way it's a moving photo and shows the advances in modern science and the fragility of life.

The photo is available on Michael Clancy's website (see bottom of the page). Be warned it is graphic.
I hate dealing with realtors. We visited an open house today near where we live. The realtor was like a leech - he was like a second skin until we left the main floor. I'm too polite and shy to tell him to give me room, but maybe that's what I should do.

The house itself was very disappointing. From the outside it looks bigger than ours, and that may well be true. But the interior didn't give that impression. The house had four bedrooms; ours has three, but they were all small. The master bedroom was significantly smaller than ours.

The house itself was badly in need of a complete redecoration. The info sheet said some windows were new but I didn't spot them. Apart from the carpets and the kitchen, everything else in the house was original; tired looking and badly in need of an update.

The basement was finished, with two fully carpeted playrooms, a separate storage room and the laundry room. The whole basement smelled like Tokyo in the middle of summer. I've not been to Tokyo, but that's how damp and smelly it was. The rest of the house smelled like pets, though there were no visible signs of them.

The house was priced at CAN$285,000, which considering the house needs about 30k in upgrades, is way overpriced.

The front garden had far too many plants and would be extremely high maintenance, despite the info sheet claiming low maintenance. The rear garden was tiny, overgrown with bushes and trees and extremely dark. Yeuch!

On our way out the realtor asked what we thought. I replied it was smaller than it looked from the outside. I really wanted to say all of the above but thought of better of it. He tried to engage us in conversation on our way out, and we struggled to leave. He gave me his business card, which I promptly threw away once we got home.