March 4, 2008

what weather?



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]

I suppose I should come up for air. I have been sitting, mesmerized and focused in front of the new iMac since yesterday afternoon. It arrived as promised, and as predicted has taken over my entire consciousness.

What a beautiful machine. Even the packaging is beautiful, visually pleasing. The computer was extremely easy to setup, plug it in, turn it on, all done. Basically the most taxing project was putting the batteries in the wireless keyboard and mouse. They installed themselves after that.

My time has been spent setting up the security for the system. On high speed this would take a few hours. On dialup I will be working on this for more than a week, and will have to visit the local library next week (storming all this week!) to download an operating system update of 343 MB. Dialup simply won't do it.

The new version of PGP that I installed is happily interfering with my email clients. I discovered this late today and am too punchy to take it in. It can wait for tomorrow, or another day. I still have the old computer up and running, so it will continue to handle the day to day tasks, such as email.

One pleasant surprise was that Dreamwever MX installed easily and is working flawlessy, at least so far. I couldn't really afford to replace it right now, so I am very happy that it works on the Intel iMac.

There are few losses to sustain however. My old copy of Photoshop will not install on this machine. Nor does Office X install. I rely heavily on these two programs and so will have to do some real conjuring to find affordable substitutes. In the meantime, these programs still run well on the old computer.

The monitor for the old computer is an Apple LCD display. It has been great. The monitor on the new Apple is in another league altogether. It is hard to describe, but the picture is bright, clear, crisp and the colours are magnificent. We watched an episode of Northern Exposure on the iMac last night and the picture was far superior to that on our aged Sony television.

Soon I will be back to working on the code for this site. I have recieved some excellent advice from forums and lists, and will be trying to implement some of the tips people have shared.

This journal entry is the first written on the new iMac.

The day is winding down and Attila is home at last. Time for me to step back from computing and spend a little bit of time in the land of the living!

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Wordly Distractions

iMac wireless keyboard
The new wireless mouse and keyboard.

Music in Your Eyes
by Willie P. Bennett
October 26 1951 - February 15, 2008

On The Screen
Coronation Street

By The Easy Chair
Promised Lands
by Jane Rogers

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you."
Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976), An Autobiography, 1977

Temp -1.7C
Press 101.7 kPa / falling
Visibility15 km
Humidity 42%
Wind Chill -5
Dew Point-12.8C
Wind SpeedNE 9 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 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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