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Happy Easter

Mar 22, 2008   written by Chantal

plagiarism |?pl?j??riz?m|noun
the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.

Origins of the name “Easter”: The name “Easter” originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similarly, the “Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos.” 1 Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.”

Whew!

Mar 22, 2008   written by Chantal
I finally moved all of my old posts over to this blog from the other one hosted on .Mac.  There is nothing wrong with the iWeb/.Mac blog, but it’s far too simple for my liking.  Also, I don’t like the hoops I have to jump through to get my stat counter working.  The lack of plugins is also an issue.  It’s great for anyone who doesn’t want to fuss with their blog though.  Once all of the DNS changes propagate and I do some testing, I will go ahead and flip the blog link on my web page over to this site.  So I guess most people won’t even see this post for a while … So what’s new?  I’ve added a tag cloud and categories, so I no longer need two separate blogs for funny and not-funny stuff.  You can also view several videos on one page instead of drilling into each individual page. 

The Best Beer EVER

Mar 18, 2008   written by Chantal

Innis & Gunn’s oak-aged beer is simply incredible. I am not much of a beer lover, so this is a huge compliment coming from me. When they say that the beer contains “aromas of vanilla and toffee, hints of citrus, with a malty, lightly oaked, palate” they weren’t kidding. Oak?! That sounds crazy doesn’t it? It sounds like something reserved for a chardonnay, but it works amazingly well with this beer.

Here is the LCBO information:

INNIS & GUNN OAK AGED
LCBO 676379 | 330 mL bottle
Price: $ 3.25Beer, Non. U.S. Beer, Regular Brewery
6.6% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : 4
Made in: Scotland, United Kingdom
By: INNIS & GUNN BREWING CO LTD

Tasting Note
Clear medium amber colour with good mousse; aromas of toffee, toasted malt, herb and sweet fruit, with light whisky tones; creamy, rich with caramel, vanilla, toffee and malt; balanced and soft on the finish. Like a fine whisky without the high alcohol.

And here is a Beer of the Week review from Taste T.O.

chantal13.com

Mar 12, 2008   written by Chantal
I finally decided to set up another domain today. I haven’t had a working one in years, since I got over the whole “webmaster” of the early 90s thing. Angelfire. Geocities. Ugh.

In the end, I decided to use GoDaddy as my domain name registrar. Not because I liked them the best, but because they were the most reasonable and they offer private registration. I really wanted to go with Gandi.net because I have read very positive things about them, but I’m not cool with my mailing address showing up in my domain’s Whois information.

I should also mention that I made the mistake of using the Whois search through Network Solutions. They scooped up my domain instantly so that I would be forced to register the domain with them at a high price instead of being able to use a competitor. I did some research on this and apparently they have been at this for a while and have ended up in court. Search for “network solutions domain tasting” on Google for more info on this unscrupulous business practice.

I sent them an extremely nasty email in the wee hours of the morning, and this is what they sent back:

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you but please be informed that we have remove the domain name CHANTAL13.COM from the holding table of the domain name reservation feature.”

Feature. Indeed.