October 29, 2002

Mental Meander



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 light is just dawning. Already web pages have been updated, code has been rewritten, Mist has been given fresh water and food, and my coffee cup is empty.

Morning is definitely my time of day. Fully awake from the outset, new ideas and realizations compose the first thoughts of the day. The joy of exploration and follow up on these tantalizing bits of revelation is the meat of the morning.

This level of enthusiasm continues at full speed until suddenly, the brain will seize entirely and refuse to go on. This usually occurs sometime after lunch. Then it is time for kitchen duty, cleaning, puttering, or whatever needs doing in the real world.

Following one's own physical and mental rhythm allows productivity to reach an optimal level. Unfortunately, in the paid workplace, this rhythm is often stuffed into a schedule that contorts and mutilates the course of getting things done. It is small wonder that employees feel chained to their jobs, and uninspired to accomplish beyond the prescribed.

I will describe the next three paragraphs as the kind of thing my meandering mind does with its spare time. Usually these sorts of thoughts pass through my mind like running water in a rainy season. If I happen to be sitting at the keyboard as they flow by, they have a way of finding themselves at the mercy of my fingertips.

This employment dilemma is becoming less of a problem in Canada as non-employment is increasingly evident. Unemployment statistics tell us who has recently lost employment; after one year they are no longer considered unemployed, they no longer show up in the common statistical analysis of "unemployment". These people, who lost their jobs 13 months ago and remain without employment, are now what I call "non-employed". If there are any popular culture (newspaper, magazine, television, radio) discussions about this issue, I would be very interested in reading them. Academic tomes on such matters, hidden in the depths of academe, are unlikely to reach a wide audience.

I digress. In my more cynical moments, I almost believe that the enforced plodding through a work day is a well-proven method of numbing thought and action. Thought and action that might lead to disparate views, and non-traditional actions. Perhaps it is a subtle form of controlling the employed population?

No, the powers-that-be are interested in profit and progress, competition and capital, knowledge and development, not controlling the human spirit. Everyone knows that.

Time to get up and walk out to the kitchen now. The timer just sounded, and it is time to take the bread out of the oven. There are times for observation, but they must be balanced with times for action. Food preparation is always a welcome focus.

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Worldly Distractions

Mist the cat.
Waiting for a pause in the day's occupation.

"The dragon stopped short in his boasting, 'Your information is antiquated,' he snapped. 'I am armoured above and below with iron scales and hard gems. No blade can pierce me.'"
The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

20:01 EST
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Humidity: 75%
Wind: NE 20 km/h
Barometric:101.9 kPa

Sunrise 6:55 AM EST
Sunset 5:20 PM EST

Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner

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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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