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Raisin Bran Box Back Translation


Above: the back of a Raisin Bran Box in Canada right now. I understand that the government is trying to educate people how to read nutrition tables, but I can’t help but think there must have been a better way. Basic message of all the text above seems to be (at least at first glance, and who’s going to read the back of a cereal box that closely??):

15 is a bigger number than 5.

I wonder how many tax dollars went into the planning and execution of this project.


season's greetings

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Saw Anastasia, loved it. I like the main character more than any of the other animated fairy tales/stories, in fact. Anastasia's spunky. :-) Sorry for the lack of blathering lately. Have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to get stuff done. Hey, UT programming has been semi-confirmed for Confusion! I say semi-confirmed because final scheduling times/places will be announced at the convention. Anyway, here's our tentative schedule at Confusion:

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 1998

    Ookla The Mok / Urban Tapestry Joint concert
    Partipants: Ookla The Mok and Urban Tapestry, obviously :-)
    Saturday 11 a.m. - noon

    Participants: Urban Tapestry
    Saturday 1 - 2 pm
    Griffith Park

    Babylon 5 / Star Trek Filk
    Participants: I'm not sure who the other participants are,
    please check your program book for details
    Saturday midnight - 1 a.m.
    Griffith Park


the eating garden

Worked all weekend, but partied at night. :-) Went to Reid and Luisa's for a xmas gathering on Friday night, finally got to meet the hubbies/s.o.'s of some female friends. Luisa brought out some highly embarrassing photos of me back in university. Wow, and I thought I was geeknerd NOW. :-) Dinner with friends at The Eating Garden on Saturday night (one of the best Chinese restaurants in Toronto, as far as I'm concerned). Didn't get to Craig's xmas party until around 10 pm, when a lot of people were leaving. Still, a small bunch of us hung around a few more hours...eating, surfing the web (of course), gabbing. I can't believe there are only ten days left until Christmas. I have sooooo many things to do before then, arg.

ben & jerry's

I am woefully behind in email; please forgive me if I've been lax in answering your messages. Had a good practice with Allison and Jodi last night. They learned my new friendship song (or what I've written of it, anyway, I'm nearly done), which was a relief since this is probably the most complicated song I've written, at least in terms of scoring out each vocal part. We'll be debuting it at Confusion. We're also working on doing a cover of "Prince Of Darkness" (Indigo Girls), which is a lot of fun. Finished off a container of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey icecream (thank you, Rand!). My favourite B&J's flavour is still Chubby Hubby, though. I mourn the fact that there is no Ben & Jerry's in Toronto. :-( I still haven't gotten confirmation from Bigfoot about my email This morning, Jeff and I went to Sara's first Christmas pageant at her nursery school. Woke up at 7 a.m. and drove in rush hour so we could get seats for an event in which our niece would probably be onstage for, oh, maybe two minutes in total. But it was well worth it. :-) Sara's class did a very simple play in which one little boy was the "snowman" and the others took turns decorating him in pairs. Each pair danced or marched to a different musical theme (Sara was a toy soldier). Most of the children (2- and 3-year-olds), however, wandered out onto the stage only to be struck by stagefright/awe as they gazed out upon the sea of faces/camcorders/cameras, then had to be nudged gently off the stage again by their teacher. It was hilarious and utterly delightful. And WOW, were there a lot of cameras (yes, of COURSE I had mine, as well as a tape recorder). Paul Kwinn is sick. :-( Please send him get well email. Eli Goldberg's new URL is