March 14, 2003

High "I"deals



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]

It snowed yesterday morning, big fluffy flakes of winter dropped out of the sky.

Today the sun shines, and the roof drips steadily towards spring.

Now that the taxes are out of the way (keeping the fingers crossed on this one), there is time to focus on more interesting obsessions.

A new LCD monitor graces the desktop, and the old monitor sits to its right. Working with two monitors is definitely timesaving. It relieves the need to click back and forth between the windows of several programs when working on a project. This is particularly true for transcription projects.

When purchasing the new monitor, a used video card was added to the cart. The installation of the card was fast and easy. After that, it was a simple matter of plug and play to use the old monitor as an additional viewing area.


There, I have just finished an experiment that removed the "I" from my writing style; and refrained from using the passive voice.

It is an odd exercise, removing the first person from a journal entry. This sort of "unbiased", god/goddess-eye view of the universe reeks of hubris, if I do say so myself.

The use of the passive voice is important in maintaining a balanced presentation of reality, action and consequence are integrally related.

I will leave the "I" in my journal writing, and allow consequences to fall where they may.

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Worldly Distractions

Crhistmas Cactus Bloom
Blooming At Last

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Temp: -3`C
Humidity: 63%
Wind: S 15 km/h
Barometric: 102.8 kPa

Sunrise 6:38 AM EST
Sunset 6:29 PM EST

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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 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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