First of all, this heat is killing me — I think it's above 20oC (about 70oF for Americans). Way too hot. At this temperature, the stench of the city (and the dog) is unbearable, and I can't even sit in my back yard because it's so disgusting. Not only is it covered in dog dropping, but there are steaming garbage pails from it… It's a miracle the neighbors haven't sued. I wouldn't blame them if they did.

Anyway, I'm happiest and healthiest at about 15oC (brisk t-shirt weather).

Anyway, there were two news stories (both featured on Wired) today that caught my eye… The first one is only funny if you're familiar with the movie The Stuff though. The similarity is striking.

The second story (also reported in many local Canadian papers) is really interesting, especially if you're Canadian (since it's about Canadian law). Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms is sort of like the US Constitution, but it effectively defines privacy as a right and makes it quite clear that Canada should never become a police state.

As such, public security cameras that the police have access to may be “unconsitutional“, as they releates to unreasonable search and seizure laws. Justice La Forest just wrote,

This type of video surveillance is equivalent to having individual police officers closely follow, 24 hours a day, every person within a certain geographical space. That would be a police state, not a free society.

While public cameras don't particularly bother me, and I understand their protective element as well, I really like the fact that I can relatively freely smoke pot in public, and I'm not sure that the police have the right to monitor me 24/7 as long as I'm in a public space… While sparse cameras seem harmless enough, they certainly could lead to something else — I guess I'm glad they addressed it before if became an issue.

Anyway, I was given a few HTML tips yesterday on how I can make the forms edit more clearly, so I'm going to give that a try… Maybe I can make it so <textarea> boxes don't crash the forms any more!

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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