F 1 D 0 -- 02 05 05 at 23 59 Aurora. Today we went to see Aurora. That is a big new restaurant on Court Street. I have been confusing it with the Aurora cafe in Toronto. But only in name. They have lots of smoked things on the menu. Smoked Salmon entree. Smoked cod dinner plate. Smoked pork chop something. Their prices are on the high side, but they are very friendly, and very very big. This place used to be a car dealership of some sort. Vacant for nearly a year before these people started bringing their restaurant gear inside. The centrepiece is a wood oven. They keep it hot at 650F, and take great pride in it. "Pizza is done in three minutes" says the young man running it. I thought this was funny: I went to see the features of the restaurant and tour it every half an hour (also went to check to make sure the bike was still where I left it). He had bacon on two industrial sized cookie sheets. I went back, and he's still making more of the stuff. So I share this with him. "So you guys have to stop using the computer, and imagine waiters and waitresses who shout orders to the kitchen. And I can just imagine someone shouting to you 'And another two Bacon Platters!' and you have to shout back 'Thank you!'" And this yarn has waiter after waiter, and waitress after waitress shouting in orders. But people are only doing the bacon special. Yes, that's how much bacon he was making. I have finally gotten around to seeing the movie "Pleasantville". Now was that ever nice. It was a feel good movie. It feels a lot like a love story in how it unfolds, but has a lot of things I'd expect from a science fiction film. The story is about Dave and Jennifer, twins. They get transported to Pleasantville through a TV via magic remote control. It is now 1958, and they are now Bud and Mary Sue. We see the usual signs of Jet Lag associated with Time Travel. The 1950s are sufficiently weird. But this is Pleasantville. It is black and white, and loves it. Bud discovers that scientific laws work differently here. You can shoot a basket without even trying. Facial tissues don't burn. It never rains. I won't expose the whole movie. But I really liked how it all becomes Technicolor. It reminded me of them black and white films, artificially colourized. It suited it. I picked up an economy bicycle rack! Did that a few days ago. I didn't like the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on an expensive unit, knowing it won't be used all of the time. I just wanted something we could use to take a couple of bikes a few miles away, ride a bit, then drive them back home. I originally was convinced that they should be in the front of the truck. That is where they are installed in Washington State, and in Oregon (on their bus systems). But in practice here, it didn't work well. It worked, but wanted to press against the fiberglass part of the bumper. Not good. Ann really thought it would be effective if hung on the back. I was worried, as the back door has only two latches which keeps it all together. She was right. You see, I found a way to connect it properly to the rear bumper, and the foot of it presses against a bent portion, where the trailer hitch would go. All in all, it worked so well. How well? I didn't hear the bike shifting around during tonight's test run. It was stable. The package came with many warnings. (I wanted to say "life threatening warnings"). Always use rope or elastic ties to secure the bike. Tighten the cables frequently during a long trip. Don't use for anything except bicycle equipment. I took the time to read the Highway Traffic Act. It doesn't have much to say about bike racks, but has plenty to say about bikes. http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/DBLaws/Statutes/English/90h08_e.htm Have a look if you like. Reading the law is interesting to me. I get to see what is still considered important now. Of course, I wanted to make sure we would not get into any official trouble using a bike rack. Now *that* was hard to figure out. This computer I'm using has one of LG Electronics combination DVD and CD writer. I like this unit. It is painless. On a Duron 950, it has no problems making 600 meg CD in 6 minutes. It comes with Roxio software. I thought that may be a problem, as I'm so used to Adaptec's suite. I've also played with Nero burning ROM. This doesn't have cartoons, but does have big buttons. You do the file drag thing, like the other programs. The record button is a Red Round Icon. After pressing it, it just does its stuff. Trundle Trundle Burn Burn. And then it is done. That's all I know.