Go Germany! 
So then... there's some big international soccer matches going on, which means I'm suddenly all German for a brief while.

My boys are the only ones in the tournament that have won all their games.

Woot!



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Toronto is Banning Plastic Bags 
City council has just voted to ban all plastic bags as of next year in Toronto. Who do they think they are?

What right does the municipal government have to decide whether or not a store can give us a bag? What makes them the environmental police?

Am I still going to get a bag to carry my food at Swiss Chalet? Are people going to die because they've been putting leaking bags of raw chicken pieces into reusable shopping bags and growing mounds of bacteria for the next time they go shopping?

What's next? Will they ban those plastic things that hold 6-packs together? Nobody likes those, right? Will they ban plastic cutlery? That's wasteful, right?

What about plastic lids on disposable cups? What about plastic straws? Are those next? Will they be banning paper wrappers on sandwiches? What about the plastic bags they put flyers in before leaving them on my doorstep? Are those legal?

What about newspapers? Those get used for a day and then thrown out. Are those going to be banned?

This whole thing is completely idiotic.

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What's the Point of "No Name"? 
Back in the day, "no name" was a generic moniker for store brand products. They were supposed to be cheaper because they didn't spend money on marketing.

At some point, Loblaw's capitalized on this by actually calling their store brand "No Name". We all know the plain yellow packaging. That was clever on their part, and all well and good.

Now I'm confused though. I saw a TV commercial for No Name products. Isn't that completely contrary to what they're supposed to be?

I thought we were supposed to believe that they were cheaper because they didn't spend money on marketing. So if they're spending money on marketing, beyond just store displays to the point of actually airing TV commercials... then why are they cheaper? Where are they cutting the costs from?

A lot of people think store brands are cheaper because they're inferior. To be sure, many of them are... but now it would seem that they should be expected to be. I mean... if they're not saving money on marketing... then what's the point?

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OMG! My computer might EXPLODE!! 
Some dude on the phone is telling me that my computer might EXPLODE!

Wonder how long this call is going to go on for?

I DON'T HAVE A START BUTTON!!! HOW DO I STOP IT FROM EXPLODING???

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In Installed Windows 8 And It's Annoying 
Last night I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a virtual machine so I could play around with the new interface and see what all the hubbub is about.

My initial reactions really aren't positive. With the new Metro interface, I really got the impression that it probably works well on a tablet, but it's a big hindrance on a workstation. Everything jumps to full screen mode. There's no obvious way to close programs. Solitaire doesn't work in a remote desktop session. How the hell do you break Solitaire??

The interface seems to randomly jump back to the old style now and then, depending on what program you run, but it's still missing any sort of traditional start menu to run other programs.

I found that there was a general lack of tool tips on icons so I had no idea what they did, and right-clicking stuff never seemed to do anything of value. I guess you can't right-click with your finger on a touchscreen, so they just didn't bother with it.

Overall, I'm really quite disappointed. I understand the convergence of operating systems between phones and tablets. Apple did it, and Google did it, and it makes sense.

Converging the desktop interface just doesn't make any sense at all though. I mean... why do I need to keep hitting the Windows key to get out of programs? Why can't I just click on the other window to go do something there... besides the fact that there seems to be no other windows.

I know this is just a preview and there could be major changes coming. I HOPE there are major changes coming. Otherwise I suppose it'll be Windows 7 for the next generation for me. Why not? I'm still running Windows XP at work.

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