January 31, 2009

100 MPG Car?!



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 did not expect it to get as cold as it did last night. The temperature dipped to almost -30 C, we were expecting a low of -21 C. Since the thermostat at our house is our perception of the weather, and we were uninformed, the temperature in the house dropped significantly over the course of the night.

This morning it was a cool 14 C close to the masonry fireplace. The further from the fireplace, the cooler the temperature. Today we will burn three fires to compensate for the heat loss. But in the meantime, it is rather cool in here. So much so that before dressing this morning I laid my clothes out in front of the fireplace to warm them before dressing. The object of this exercise is to avoid becoming chilled, thereby needing only to maintain comfort.

Mist, of course, was all concern this morning when she woke us up so that we would build the fire she knew we needed. She sat in front of the fireplace waiting patiently for Attila to do the right thing. Once the fire was roaring in the hearth, she curled up in her nearby chair and promptly went back to sleep.

Attila gets three, sometimes four, two day weekends a year, beyond the mandatory statutory holidays. There is almost no flexibility in this schedule. One of those rare weekends is coming up, and wouldn't you know it; freezing rain predicted! That means we are stuck at home during one of our rare opportunities to get away overnight. There are no polite words for this eventuality. I'll say no more.

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Worldly Distractions

Of Interest
A 100 mpg car?
No Canadians competing as yet.
"...invites teams from around the world to focus on a single goal: design viable, clean and super-efficient cars that people want to buy."
"This will be a race for the ages, with major publicity and $10 million waiting for the champions… and perhaps our future hanging in the balance.
"The efficiency of an X PRIZE attracts both traditional entrepreneurs and maverick thinkers to compete outside the limitations of government and corporate bureaucracy."
Source: Progressive Automotive
[We don't need or want a sports car. This sounds good, doesn't it. Now lets wait and see what actually transpires. Keep your eye on the ball.]

"It contributes greatly towards a man’s moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Condition: Clear
Temperature: -29.8C
Pressure: 101.5 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 71 % Wind
Chill: -35 Dewpoint: -33.4C
Wind: ENE 4 km/h

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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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