Ticketmaster is a dick

The Foo Fighters are playing in Toronto in August, and a few friends and I want to go. Tickets don’t officially go on sale until tomorrow, but there are a few presale promotions available, and I figured I’d take advantage of that to beat the rush. So I go to the Ticketmaster website and look for tickets, find what I’m looking for and go to the checkout area of the site. The particular tickets I selected are $22.50. However, there is also a “facility surcharge” of $3.75, which I assume is implemented by the Molson Amphitheatre (the venue of the concert). Also, Ticketmaster slaps on their $9.00 “convenience charge” which sucks, considering it is almost half the cost of the ticket.

Furthermore, Ticketmaster has an option where they email you your tickets and you print them out yourself. For this “TicketFast” option, they charge you an extra $2.50. Emailing the … Read the rest

The importance of flossing

I just went to the dentist (no cavities! yay!) the other day, and it got me thinking about flossing again. I originally wrote down some thoughts about flossing a few months back, and I decided now would be a good time to write a little blog entry about flossing…

Imagine brushing only some of your teeth? Say you only brushed your front teeth and didn’t brush the back ones. Or how about just brushing the teeth on the left side of your mouth, and leaving those on the right? Disgusting, isn’t it? How often do you floss? If you aren’t flossing, you aren’t really cleaning all of your teeth…

Image of a sticker I found on the back of a chair.

As part of a full tooth-care plan, dentists recommend brushing and flossing daily. Most of us brush every night before bed. And a lot of us even brush when we get up in the morning (although my teeth *should* be clean, … Read the rest

New Website?!

Yep. Time for a change. All the cool kids have fancy new blogs, and I figured I should join the party. Originally, I wanted to create my own content management system/blogging software. It would be a fairly large project, and I never bothered getting started on it. I never really updated my old site with any frequency, because I had a half-assed system set up that made updating a difficult process. I figured I’d go with a pre-existing piece of software that would meet all my needs, giving me the opportunity to concentrate on publishing new content. I considered Blogger briefly, but I wanted something that I had full control over. I’d heard a lot of good things about WordPress so I decided to give it a try. It’s pretty slick, and I’m very happy with it so far.

I still have a lot of work to do on the … Read the rest