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Water Cooler / Grammy greatness
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:00:34 PM »
One of last night's Grammy winners was classical violinist James Ehnes, originally from Brandon, Manitoba.

He was eleven years old the first time I heard him perform, in Brandon.

He played the opening measures of a Bach fugue as if it were as easy as breathing, and within a few seconds I was in tears, overwhelmed by the recognition of genius.

It's nice to see him walking so well on the world stage.

Water Cooler / Thermal Cameras - looking for info
« on: December 27, 2018, 08:28:46 PM »
I'm looking for info and ideas about thermal cameras, for possible use in a remodelling project.

Any thoughts? Cautions, concerns, recommendations?

Water Cooler / Our weather
« on: December 30, 2017, 05:54:24 PM »
As I type this ... temperature is -33 C; wind chill is -49.

Water Cooler / You know you're in trouble when ...
« on: November 03, 2017, 01:52:22 AM »

The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents

In another thread, amidst gloomy forecasts for the not-very-distant future, Ergophobe said:

>> We need to enact a lot of small solutions and a few big ones, some of which will be painful

Let's talk about that. What are some of those solutions?

It will likely be a while yet before The Powers That Be get enough of a clue ... and enough support from the populace ... to address any of the various crises that are brewing. We can expect hit or miss action at best, and many things will likely get worse before they get better.

So, what are some ways we can be proactive as ordinary folks?

What actions can we take at the individual and household level to:

1) Reduce our contributions to the problem(s)?
2) Make ourselves and our local communities more resilient in the face of ... who knows what?

What do we need to prepare for? and how?

What can we do to be a positive influence, in the areas where we do have influence?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

Water Cooler / LinkedIn oops
« on: July 18, 2017, 05:04:16 PM »
LinkedIn had three friend suggestions for me just now.

Two of the three are deceased.

Water Cooler / What bankruptcy looks like in Google Trends
« on: July 18, 2017, 03:24:17 PM »

Alfred Angelo is was a major manufacturer of wedding dresses and formal dresses. Until last week!

Monetization / Amazon will be retiring aStores.
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:36:43 AM »
The Amazon Associates Program will be retiring the aStore product by October 27, 2017. After this date, you will no longer have the ability to earn fees from your aStore pages. Please find additional detail, as well as key dates and alternatives available to you.

Waahhhh!  :'(

I had a good run with aStores. I'm sad to see this development.

Water Cooler / RCMP Ransomware Bulletin
« on: May 08, 2017, 05:47:34 PM »
Just published on my local credit union's website:

Web Development / CSS Shorthand Generator
« on: March 04, 2017, 12:30:39 AM »
This tool helped me trim the stylesheet of my busiest site.

Every bit helps!

Economics & Investing / Being prepared!
« on: October 28, 2016, 08:19:04 AM »
Brad said:

I can see two types of Prepper threads:

1. Soft Prepper - breakdown in global trade, shortages that are not life threatening but change lifestyle. Breakdown in trust in financial institutions .  At it's worse the soft prepper scenario is a bit like what happened to the Russians after the fall of the USSR or the Great Depression.  Life and govt still clanks on but there are big disruptions in jobs, currency, finances, ownership, pensions etc.

2. Hard Prepper - real dramatic breakdown in govt and civil order.  Like giant solar electromagnetic pulse scenario that RC talked about previously. Food, fuel, water, services shortages that could threaten life and health.

I hope people have things to say about broad issues like these but sometimes prepping needs careful thought on a much smaller scale.

I've just had an experience where I wish I'd been better prepared. My mother-in-law had a bad fall and we left home on short notice late at night. We ended up going to Winnipeg and spending a couple of days in hospital waiting rooms while she got a pacemaker.

What does this have to do with prepping? Well, I was only partly ready to leave on short notice. There was I, 300 miles from home, with cables and chargers for all my devices but no gloves or scarf. Not smart for late October! We didn't have blankets or winter gear in the vehicle, either.

My purse wasn't big enough to carry a water bottle, snacks, an iPad or a book, things one is apt to want during long hours of waiting. I was wishing for a tote bag. And what about purse security during naps? I was wishing for a waist pack. And a pillow! Small things can make a big difference to comfort and security. If you have them with you, that is.

... to be continued ...

Web Development / CSS "Back to Top" link - no javascript
« on: August 25, 2016, 12:23:39 PM »
I've been wanting to add a "Back to Top" link in assorted places so I went looking for code. I came across an approach I like that doesn't require javascript. The secret sauce is how you layer the z-indexes.

The demo is plain-Jane but you could style it however you wished.

Water Cooler / New sighting: "duck-duck" as a verb
« on: July 26, 2016, 08:18:04 PM »
I just saw a forum comment where a guy said, "When I Duck-Ducked The Name... "


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