December 3, 2008

White Bites



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]

White bites. Yesterday was a day of feeling the bite, of the white snow. It snowed all day. It has been snowing off and on this morning. Sigh.

I've been working on the 1881 census of Canada. I had previously transcribed the 1871 census for the Parry Sound District, so that the 1881 census begins to fill in the blanks quite nicely. I like to work on transcribing intermittently, frequently getting up from in front of the computer to putter in the kitchen or do a bit of dusting or just move about in general.

The migration to a new server is going smoothly and I can say that the company PAIR, and its subsidiaries, are outstanding in their customer service. You might call this an unsolicited testimonial. These people know what they are doing and they care about their customers. Pretty simple concept and they have it perfected. If your looking for a domain registrar or domain hosting give them a look. If you need a registrar or domain host, click on the link to the left and sign up, they will actually give me a bit of a discount from my bill.

Another day has come and gone. We have had a lovely dinner, and a are about to settle down in front of the fire. Mist thinks that this is a grand plan.

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Wordly Distractions

Wooden Ducks out of Water
Ducks out of water.

By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."
Ernest Hemingway
(1899 - 1961)

Condition: Cloudy
Temperature: 1.6C
Pressure: 101.2 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 83 %
Dewpoint: -0.9C
Wind: S 22 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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