F Winter, F Google, and The Station Agent

:: A lot of snow has fallen in Edmonton since Wednesday. Last Sunday, it was 17C in town; it’s -13C at the moment. The drastic, almost overnight change in the weather is a hard slap in the face from the nature gods; it is beyond offensive for this time of year. Life goes from a relaxed, gentle autumn, to a full-blown, angry, bitter winter in less than three days. What I’ve never understood is how the weather can change so quickly, without any period for a gradual change. It is not fair, but short of pounding sand, there is little to be done. But embrace it, I will not do, I refuse. I’ve done the minimum necessary to deal with the elements, such as shovelling my driveway. I heard today that cross-country skiers were already spotted in the city. I won’t give in that easiy, admitting and accepting that winter conditions are here to stay. Not yet, anyway; I’m still flipping the bird at the weather.

:: Last week, I searched my name on Google, and was shocked to see that the first entry in the list of results featured one word from a comment posted to an entry from a few months ago. The word was the “F” word. It was the only occurrence of the word on my site. How Google would come to use the word in its search algorithm is a mystery. Anyway, I removed the word from the comment, and a Google search on my name will no longer feature said “F” word.

:: I saw The Station Agent today, one of the best films of the year. Check it out if you can. It’s the story of a dwarf named Fin, who works in a model train station. Upon the death of the owner, Fin inherits an abandoned train station in Newfoundland NJ, and moves there to live, and to watch trains. Despite his best efforts to be left alone, he is drawn into relationships with some of the locals, played by Bobby Cannavale, Patricia Clarkson, and Michelle Williams. Fin is played by Peter Dinklage, in a career breaking performance that is very memorable, and worthy of award considerations in 2004.

3 Responses to “F Winter, F Google, and The Station Agent”

  1. Mike N. Says:

    The weather here in Winnipeg is cold too, but at least we don’t have too much snow. We were able to take a nice bike ride to the south end of town, past your parents place, on Sunday. Edmonton seems to have gotten winter much too early this year, and didn’t you have a late spring too?

  2. kelly Says:

    Randy, the “eff” word will only disappear when a spider next crawls your site, I believe.

    Read their FAQ on how to get rid of it sooner.

  3. randy Says:

    Thanks, Kelly, I wasn’t aware of that, I’ll check it out. – Randy

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