July 17, 2007

Bits 'n Bobs



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 neighbours are felling trees again this morning. Two majestic pines, beautiful trees over forty feet tall, are returning to the earth in pieces. The chain saws buzz, the chipper screeches and the earth shakes as each section plummets to the ground below. I feel sad.

Wedding preparations are in full swing. I will be attending a shower for Terra soon, hosted by Lares’ mother, who has a large family and loves to entertain. I have my gifts ready and waiting to be wrapped. Attila will be in the wedding party, so he must attend a fitting for his tuxedo. I have still to find a suitable pair of shoes. Terra says she sometimes wishes she had eloped, but I know that this is a temporary reaction to stress, and that the wedding means a lot to her. We are doing everything we can to contribute to a happy, happy day.

Today I traveled to the library to use the high-speed connection there. From my laptop I need to send a 24 MB PhotoShop file to a photography shop, for a special project. The only print shop I could locate who could help me with my project was McKittrick’s in London, Ontario. Helpful doesn’t half describe them; wonderful is more like. The project may not work out at all, or exactly as planned, but it won’t be for lack of trying on my part or good customer service on theirs.

The library expedition did not pan out. The POP protocol would not work over the high-speed connection, web based mail only allowed a maximum attachment size of 10 MB and the other 20 MB. I created a web page, uploaded the file and provided a download link on the web page. Then I sent an email to the gentleman asking him if he could download the file from the web page. I just might have to make my way back to the library tomorrow to get this sorted.

Ordering new cheques from the bank branch is also on my to-do list today. The ones I have are more than seven years old, and bear our previous address. For the past three years I have been using the old cheques by crossing out our previous address and writing the new by hand. It has worked very well, but it is time to get some cheques bearing our current address.

Dinner smells good as I watch Attila moving around in the kitchen, preparing roast potato wedges, sausages with apples, and fresh broccoli. This brings another almost perfect summer day to an end, and welcomes in a pleasant evening of good food, conversation and our daily installment of Coronation Street.

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"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."
Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

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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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