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And now, the weather

Posted by on 24 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: Ottawa, Stuff

I’m not sure how Environment Canada’s new five-day local weather page is supposed to be an improvement on its predecessor. The graphic design is a bit cleaner, but a) the user now has to mouseover for text information which was directly posted on the page before, and b) the icon for flurries and ‘periods of snow’ is now the same, forcing the user to look at the text forecast. Check it out:

Knowing that there will be periods of snow is the kind of information that leads people to look at a weather forecast in the first place, which brings us back to point (a).

RSS is a step ahead, but they really need a more 21st-century way of distributing weather warnings. GO Transit’s system could be a model.

Anyway, just for fun, here are all 45 new weather icons. My favourite is #43, which as far as I can tell warns of blowing leaves:

Any ideas about #23? It’s either ‘Sun and clouds will prevail at night’ or a solar eclipse.

Good Morning Ottawa

Posted by on 21 Nov 2007 | Tagged as: Ottawa

I was unfaithful…

Posted by on 04 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: Ottawa

Look, I am new to the city and I am lonely. My husband is busy day and night doing important and confidential things that he cannot talk to me about. What is a woman to do when a sweet, friendly face shows up at her door begging for affection?

Yes, I have been feeding the neighbours’ cat.

G. has been sulking and unwilling to face the truth. But he could stand it no longer. This morning, I got busted.

At first they stared at each other at a polite distance through the kitchen door.


Then the ginger tabby tried to show dominance, only to be frustrated by the impenetrability of the glass. G. simply looked on, impassive and secure in his position.


Frustrated, he left after 10 minutes.


Not a word was exchanged.

And the food was left untouched. I am appropriately chastised.