March 14, 2001

Sunshine and Music



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

The new computer is a wonderful toy that occupies all of my attention at the moment. I am doing interesting things like trying to burn Read Write CDs without reading the instructions beforehand. I have created a beautiful set of coasters; it is more an arts and craft project than a technical one at this point. The instructions were short and simple and not reading them was just silly. I have my moments.

I am mesmerized by the speed with which I can now work. I will feel that computers have arrived when they perform tasks as fast as I can think them up. This G4 comes awfully close to achieving that kind of speed. Many functions process instantly, as I enter the commands. A few programs still take more than five seconds to load; PhotoShop is one that comes to mind. The last week has been spent doing a preliminary format and partitioning of the hard drive and installing the software. All works as it should, so we are off to a good start.

The weather has remained frigid until today. Monday was sunny and cold with a very brisk wind; cold enough that the white frosting of snow on the tree branches did not completely melt away by the end of the day. Much of the snow has melted, but the deep banks piled by the roads and walkways are still several feet deep. Today's sunshine has gone a long way towards shrinking these last vestiges of winter.

Attila and I usually spend our time quietly in each other's company. Although the wind blew and the freezing rain fell, a pleasant change from our routine arrived Monday night. Steve Paul Simms is visiting our city and warming the hearts of many in the process. Steve Paul shares his talent and sense of whimsy with senior citizens that live communally. He has developed a repertoire of well-worn and loved "Oldies but Goldies" to entertain and delight those who cannot venture out to enjoy local entertainment. His presence is welcome wherever he goes. He is most especially welcome here.

No better time to take a renewed interest in my camera. Now that I have Marjory, the new computer, the pictures download from the camera to the computer very quickly. The result is that I am able to take more pictures, filling the camera up, downloading, deleting, and filling the camera up once more. Sometimes I feel I have merely achieved an increased capacity for mediocrity.

Marjory, the computer, has a set of speakers that look like little bowling balls. They sound very nice. Right now "Wall of Illusion" by Steve Paul Simms simmers my systems. Marjory has enjoyed playing a great deal of good music for me today. Also on the lineup is "Red Dust", the latest CD by singer/songwriter Jim Layeux. After all is said and done, nothing compares to having Steve Paul and Jim sitting around in informal settings, playing their songs. However wonderful the music, it is their personalities that fill a room with light. For the next few days, Attila and I will bask.

Steve Paul is also an actor and usually points us towards extremely entertaining movies. When he suggested Wonder Boys, I was a bit hesitant. It looked like another story about a professor who cannot manage a relationship with a woman his own age and so turns to inexperienced female students for companionship. Attila wisely backed up Steve Paul's choice and we watched Wonder Boys. At first I did not like the film, but soon the story line engaged my attention, as did the muted parodies. Wonder Boys grew on me.

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Worldly Distractions

Steve Paul Simms
Steve Paul Simms

Wall of Illusion
by Steve Paul Simms

On the Screen
Wonder Boys
with Michael Douglas

6:00 PM EST
Temp: 3` C
Humidity: 60%
Wind: W 21 mph
Barometric :29.80 in

Sunrise 6:30 AM EST
Sunset 6:19 PM EST

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Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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