February 4, 2010

"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"



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]

Today I ended up at the Statistics Canada web site. I cannot remember just what series of clicks led me there.

"Well," I thought, "as long as I am here, lets have a look at where we stand in relation to our peers."

So, to put our economic situation into perspective, I viewed the data from 2005, the most recent statistics I could find.

The median income for couple families (2 people) in our neck of the woods, was more than three times our annual income in 2005 (well, closer to four times our annual income, a very hard year for us).

That was in 2005. I suspect that the median income may have gone down since 2005, considering the economic downturn, and I am going to assume that is has for the sake of argument.

We are now closer to the median than we were in 2005. That's an improvement right?

But it isn't an improvement. Our income is slightly higher than it was in 2005, but has not kept up with inflation and now the median is lower. We are a little worse off than we were then, and some other people are a lot worse off than they were then.

A falling median means that more people are joining us at bottom of the economic ladder. If you enjoy Schadenfreude, this is very good news indeed. I am not prone to Schadenfreude, and so I am taking a very dim view of the situation.

There must be an opposite term for Schadenfreude; aha, I found one, mudita.

Too bad the economic models of competition and profit aren't based on mudita!

If the species can envision alternate number bases, why can't we envision alternate economic models?

I think we can, I think we can, I think we can...

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High Speed Modem
I know when it is snowing and blowing, even when it is raining; my handy weathervane lights up when the weather is bad. Four out of five lights tonight! Grab your shovel Attila!

"When you're chewing on life's gristle,
Don't grumble, give a whistle!
And this'll help things turn out for the best...
...always look on the bright side of life!"
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
performed by Eric Idle in the Life of Brian

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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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