August 17, 2007

Public Trust



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]

We got a notice in the mail reminding us how important it is to vote in our Ontario provincial election. I see there will be a referendum included on the ballot, to change the provincial electoral system. Not my area of expertise. So I started at the beginning and began to research the Citizen’s Assembly.

I was at first heartened that the membership of the Citizen’s Assembly were allegedly “selected at random.” The Citizen’s Assembly made the decision on just what alternative electoral system would be offered to us in the referendum. The first draw of names for the Assembly membership, by their account, was randomly selected from voter's lists. That random list was narrowed down by undisclosed methods to include only those who “responded”, then narrowed further, again by undisclosed methods, to chose only some respondents for personal interviews. Then the list was narrowed down again, when members were chosen from those interviewed. First time I ever heard of being interviewed to be a member of a randomly selected list.


I do not know if this is a deliberate play on the concept of a random list, which would be pretty disappointing, or if those involved in the selection process believe themselves to have produced a member list selected at random, which would be pretty sad. Information is only useful when it is collected and relayed with rigorous accuracy. I'll just have to untwist my knickers on this one, close my eyes and let the pencil decide what's best.

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Life is pretty quiet here. That is a good thing. A classic case of no news is good news. Can’t complain about that!

Attila and I have finally completed all our shopping for the upcoming wedding. No huge expenses, but the little things can add up quickly. Planning menus and preparing food is a big part of any excursion for us, as my allergies and dietary restrictions preclude easy choices in the grocery store and in restaurants. This overnight trip requires planning for four meals, one breakfast, two lunches and one dinner. Not only must these meals be easily assembled, they must be low-cholesterol, low-sodium, low-calorie and free of allergens. Homemade maple-walnut granola, homemade multigrain bread, fat-free cheese, homemade coleslaw, homemade macaroni salad, fresh fruit and a jar of store-bought pickles thrown in as an indulgence, will keep us fed throughout the trip. Of course Attila will be able to eat the food at the reception, so our dinner plans are for one.

It rained again during the night. By the time Attila and I were sitting with our morning coffee, the sun was peeking through the leaves. Our small part of the world is looking a little greener, but one would not call the landscape lush, just yet. Storm clouds are moving in from the west, having picked up moisture from Georgian Bay. We should see additional rainfall today or tonight. It will be welcome.

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Worldly Distractions

Storm Clouds
Looking up at Lunch Time

“It is important that the group selected be representative of the population, and not biased in a systematic manner. For example, a group comprised of the wealthiest individuals in a given area probably would not accurately reflect the opinions of the entire population in that area. For this reason, randomization is typically employed to achieve an unbiased sample. The most common sampling designs are simple random sampling, stratified random sampling, and multistage random sampling… Each individual is chosen entirely by chance and each member of the population has an equal chance of being included in the sample.”
Yale University, Department of Statistics

Light Rain
Temp 13°C
Pressure 101.3 kPa
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 84 %
Dewpoint 11°C
Wind NW 11 km/h

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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