Firefox 1.5 Is Out, But It Doesn’t Work For Me

FirefoxFirefox 1.5 was released today. I installed it on my work laptop with no problem. After I installed it at home, Firefox wouldn’t start. I used Process Explorer to see what was going on and I noticed it did start, but it immediately killed itself. I had to uninstall it and revert to the previous version. I’m using Windows XP Pro with SP2.

Anyone else have a similar problem?

Update: I had to uninstall and delete all remnants of the old version, including its Profile settings. It works now.

The Joy of Reading The Joy of Writing

FOUR STARSI finished reading Pierre Berton‘s The Joy of Writing, and it’s a good book. In it he tells the story of his writing life, all the ins and outs of being a professional writer. Even when he’s talking about stuff that may not seem interesting, such as how to get a good agent, he makes it interesting and fun to read. He gives good advice with plenty of illustrations from his manuscripts. It’s a personal yet practical guide to writing non-fiction for both the beginner and experienced writer. A must-read for journalists who want to write books, and a good read regardless.

Reading this “guide for writers, disguised as literary memoir,” I’m definitely encouraged to read at least one more book by Pierre Berton. Any recommendations? (The book he wrote on the War of 1812 looks like a good one.)

What To Do When Your Morning Paper Is Late

One of my two friends has a dilemma:

My morning routine is always to get up, shower and then go downstairs and have my oatmeal while I read the paper. Generally, I go to the front door at around 6:50AM and my paper is there. For the past 2 weeks my paper has not been waiting for me when I open the door. The paper only arrives at about 7:15PM.This messes up my schedule and makes me irritable. My paper ‘boy’ is a middle-aged man who doesn’t have 2 pennies or 2 brain cells to rub together. I want to call and complain but I feel bad for him. But, on the other hand, this is his job and just because he may be hard up doesn’t excuse the fact that he’s not waking up early enough to deliver the paper on time (delivery is promised by 7AM). I’m torn. Do I or don’t I call the the newspaper’s offices? By the way, this is the same guy who took his 2 teenage kids Trick or Treating and was pushing a shopping cart so that his kids could dump their loot in it and go get more.

I suggested: 1) Ask the delivery guy why he’s later than usual; or, 2) Call the newspaper’s office anonymously, just saying what street you live on.

What do you think?

Canada’s Government Falls, Again

canada cnnIt must be a slow day for CNN: they’re reporting about Canadian news on their front page: Kickback scandal brings down Canadian government

The government of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin fell Monday evening when opposition parties united to topple him with a no-confidence vote. Martin’s center-left Liberal Party has been dogged by a corruption scandal, in which it paid advertising firms with Liberal links more than $1 million with little or no work done in exchange.

What does this mean for Canadians? Nothing. Another day, another government.

How To Play Jazz Piano

Playing the piano

Learn Jazz Piano
is an excellent site providing free lessons:

Want to learn some blues licks? We’ve got ’em- just go to the Blues Licks room. How to harmonize melodies? That’s here too. Jazz piano scales, jazz piano chords and jazz chord progressions, jazz piano theory- it’s here. All the tricks of the trade that professional jazz piano players use all the time, free for anyone who wants to study jazz.
Why free? There is a great jazz piano community here and it’s a privilege for me to be a part of it. Not only do I enjoy interacting in the forums, but the amount of jazz studies information here always gives me something new to work on at the piano.
The real cost jazz piano lessons and learning jazz in general is the time you spend as your life is dedicated to practicing the piano, learning the music, and adjusting to the life style of a jazz piano player.

The Simple Blues lesson is a small, useful example of what they provide:

The blues is something you should know in all twelve keys because the blues IS the cornerstone of jazz. Knowing the blues in 12 keys is such a universal jazz law that people don’t even have to mention it.

Now to find time to practice.