Thursday,
December 4, 2008

Virtual World

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Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:

REALTOR.ca
[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]

Another snowy day has dawned. I awoke at 2:30 a.m. and was unable to get back to sleep. Humph!

Up I got and decided to resolve one of the issues that was on my mind. I turned on the computer to deal with an issue with one of my mysql databases. I haven't dealt with database issues for a little while, so I had to retrain myself as I went along. The next thing I knew Attila was greeting me with a groggy good morning. And so the night passed.

I was able to get the database functioning again. That felt good. I gave myself a pat on the back. That is the end of that, at least for now.

This morning I am copying files from the old server to my hard drive. The download will take six or seven hours via dialup. Then it will be time to decommission the old server account. This server migration would have been a monumental challenge, particularly using a dialup connection, but for the assistance of the tech people at pair.com and pairlite.com. Great people.

I've been talking to and corresponding with loved ones this week. The exchanged information isn't earth shattering or fascinating. However, it is meaningful contact with people who care about me and about whom I care. I wish we could have face-to-face contact, a chat, a cup of tea. It is wonderful to interact with with friends and loved ones. My world, but for Attila, is almost entirely virtual.



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RECIPES :: Cast

Wordly Distractions

The Militant Cat
Maggie's Militant Mist: protesting the moving of computer cables.



Airwaves
Columba aspexit
by Gothic Voices
from Hildegard of Bingen: A feather on the breath of God



By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy



Quote
"Money was now his light, his medium for seeing, that without which he was really unable to see, really not cognizant of phenomena."
from The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy,
page 43, (1928)



Weather
Snow Squall Warning
Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -2.8C
Pressure: 101.6 kPa rising
Visibility: 11.3 km
Humidity: 77 %
Wind Chill: -9 Dewpoint: -6.3C
Wind: NW 18 km/h gust 32 km/h
 

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Photography
Poetry
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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