August 20, 2003

Past and Present



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 heat, the humidity, the power, will they conspire to bring Ontario to halt today? It remains to be seen. I begin writing this at 12:22 p.m. and the temperature in the house has risen to 23.89 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit). The temperature outside is approaching 30 Celsius (80 Fahrenheit) in the shade, and is sure to rise quickly through the afternoon.

Determined not to use the air conditioning, vigilance is needed to maintain bearable temperatures inside the house. To begin with this morning, all the windows and doors were opened wide to let the cool air bring down the indoor temperatures. As always in summer, our attic hatch is left open to allow the hot air to rise up and out of the house easily. We dropped from 23.33 Celsius (74 Fahrenheit) to 22.78 Celsius (73 Fahrenheit) early this morning, until around noon when the indoor temperature started to rise again.

As the sun rose, blinds were closed to prevent strong rays from falling into the house and increasing the temperature. As areas around the house began to warm in the sun, windows were closed to prevent that warm air from entering the house. All lights have been turned off. The computer and monitor, the refrigerator, and the freezer are the only electrical devices that are powered up today.

Since the blackout on August 14, 2003, we have cooked our meals on the BBQ. The electric stove is used only for boiling water. However, I continue to bake bread, as Attila has very short lunch breaks, and needs his quick and reliable sandwiches. Late tonight, long after the sun has set, I will bake tomorrow's bread.

Tomorrow should be the real challenge. It will be hotter and more humid than today. Tonight's low is predicted to only fall to 21 Celsius (70 Fahrenheit), which will not allow sun-warmed objects to lose their heat quickly. Tomorrow, we will start the new day with much higher temperatures than we did this morning.

We are very lucky to be able to affect the temperature in our immediate environment, our home. Significant proportions of Canadians live in apartments. They have extremely limited access to heat reducing strategies. They will doubtless need to use air conditioning. We are making every effort to leave the power for those who need it most.

Thankfully, the weather forecast calls for north winds and cooling temperatures on Friday.

My genealogy project is a continuing source of amusement. Recent transcriptions from the 1901 Census of Ontario are easily interwoven with my existing data. In this effort, the information on the LDS CDs for the 1881 Canadian Census is proving invaluable. People who are married with small children in the 1901 Census are usually small children themselves in the 1881 Census. Using these two sources, I am able to link several generations of familial ties with great success and accuracy. Of course, the previously transcribed information from the 1871 Census provides added depth to the recorded family lines. Then there are all those bits and pieces of genealogy that I have collected from the web.

Years ago, while visiting an LDS Family History Library, I mentioned in conversation that I had found quite a bit of useful information on the Internet. That was unwise. The "librarian" did not inquire further. He immediately provided an instructively loud verbal analysis of the unreliability and dangers of Internet research, which was very obviously directed at my assumed ignorance. It was a crowd-pleaser. For various reasons, I have not been back since.

Although web sources are not considered reliable in general, I find those published by family members who are researching their own ancestry to be remarkably well researched and accurate. I base this statement on a comparison between the information from specific web publications and the extensive data that I have transcribed from Census, and Birth, Marriage, Death records. The primary data reveals that genealogy researchers seeking their own ancestral roots are usually rigorous editors and publishers.

On the other hand, many published transcriptions of primary data records are done by individuals who are not personally familiar with the people and places represented in the data. These listings are more prone to inaccuracy, since there is no context of personal knowledge to aid in deciphering difficult handwriting, water damage, and the like.

I always cite my sources. If the information is accurate, that is wonderful. If the information is inaccurate, those accessing the data will be able to assess the reliability of the source for themselves.

My research focuses on areas where my ancestors pioneered. The surnames are familiar, as is the local micro-culture. My transcriptions and genealogical assumptions are as reliable as is possible, when one pretends to record information about people, places, and events long past.

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Worldly Distractions

Plants on deck.
The view over the a.m. coffee mug.

Indoor Temperature
20 August 2003
Maggie's House

6:00 a.m. 23.33 C
- 74 F
7:00 a.m. 22.78 C
- 73 F
8:30 a.m. 22.78 C
- 73 F
9:30 a.m. 23.33 C
- 74 F
10:30 a.m. 23.33 C
- 74 F
12:30 p.m. 23.89 C
- 75 F
1:30 p.m. 24.44 C
- 76 F
2:00 p.m. 24.44 C
- 76 F
2:30 p.m. 25.00 C
- 77 F
3:00 p.m. 25:00 C
- 77 F
3:30 p.m. 25:00 C
- 77 F
4:30 p.m. 25:00 C
- 78 F
5:30 p.m. 26.11 C
- 79 F
6:30 p.m. 26.67 C
- 80 F
7:30 p.m. 26.67 C
- 80 F

On the Screen
Watching footage of the forest fires burning out of control in interior British Columbia, and hoping my cousin who lives there is managing.

17:00 EDT
Temp: 27`C
Humidity: 58%
Wind: S 13 km/h
Barometric: 101.94 kPa

Sunrise 6:35 AM EDT
Sunset 8:19 PM EDT

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 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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