A child of five would understand this. Send
someone to fetch a child of five.
I found out what happened during the freeze. The hard disk file for Ubuntu 8.04 expanded to the point of overflow and that was what caused the freeze. Later, the Checkdisk run blew away that file and killed that installation. Too bad, that was my favourite, I mostly liked it because it had a cool leather desktop background. 8.10 is actually the latest stable version.
Today, I took our ashes (we burn coal) and played with ubuntu
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Here comes the snow and cold weather. We're having the usual suspects over for supper and have been watching the weather. There are storms and blowing snow forecast for Southern Alberta, but we may escape.
Currently minus 22°C (-8.3°F) at 8:57 AM. Winter is here. We have some snow, now, but not enough for the snowmobile.
Paid some bills today. I use Quickbooks and the file had gotten corrupted. Recovering was a huge job, but I'm about done. I just have to remember to run the verification utility and back up daily.
I notice there is some good discussion on BEE-L lately. I'm staying out of there, though.
Low of minus thirty, says the forecast. It is now minus thirty-one.
Chris and I ordered new hard drives for our computers today, and an enclosure to allow transferring the image and then using the old drive as a USB drive. I think we'll use DriveImage, a free utility to do the transfer. I looked around the web and there are quite a few free transfer and partitioning software offerings.
The old drive on my machine is a 120 GB 5400 SATA drive that shows an actual 104 GB. I ordered a Hitachi Travelstar 7K320 320GB 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, a Vantec NST-285S2-BK NexStar SX 2.5" External Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 2.0 SATA-300 and a Patriot Xporter XT Boost 8GB USB Flash Drive - 150x Performance
TigerDirect delivers for $1.99. For the US, just change the ".ca" in any URL to ".com" and you get the same item on the US site.
Today is a more pleasant-looking day. I have to go to Calgary some day to get my passport renewed. Could this be the day? I wonder if the car will start. I never plug it in any more, and it is cold out there.
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Just when you think it might be safe to go back on BEE-L, the rudeness begins again. The owner/moderator just does not recognise rudeness when it comes along (He apparently reads this diary, and had to ask what was rude, then make a rude comment in my direction. I thought we had agreed not to talk about it,).
We'll see if the rudeness affects the stream of contributions. It has -- immensely IMO -- over the devolution of BEE-L from being the bee list populated by professionals and academics to just another list, dominated largely by amateurs. Nobody who hopes to continue a career in research dares touch it, barring a few independents, Nonetheless, people do read it and when I contribute, I sometimes get feedback from the "stars".
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Nope. The car would not start. Nothing. Went to start the 4X4 and it started -- eventually, but needed a little help from the charger. It does not get driven much and I haven't charged it for six months or so. I got it going and, with it, I boosted the Merc.
The Merc started right away. These newer computerised, fuel-injected cars are marvellously quick starters compared to carbureted vehicles like the old 4X4 which require some cranking and pumping to get going, then needs to warm up before shifting into gear.
I checked and the Merc battery is entirely flat, even after running for 15 minutes. No surprise, really, since I have noticed a little lag when turning the key lately, and the battery must be 8 years old or more. So, I'm off to Three Hills to get a battery.
Three Hills is a nice prairie town. I have lived around here for 40 years now. When I found rural Alberta, I thought I'd "died and went to heaven".
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I watched Lars and the Real Girl tonight. My daughter, Jean, recommended it and Zip sent us the DVD, so, rather reluctantly, I sat down, thinking it would be awful. Actually it was a charming and wortrhwhile movie, and very unusual. ZipRating
We've warmed up today. Minus 12 at 9 AM. I have the battery to install, and the Christmas tree to bring in.
I went to buy a tree yesterday and found all the large ones were gone. Apparently there are fewer tree lots this year, and only one in Three Hills. All the best trees were gone within days of arrival, back on November 25. Actually, we should be growing our own, come to think of it. We have the space.
I slept in today, so decided to install the battery into the Merc and blow some snow. We're having our Christmas Party on Sunday, with skating, Ski-joring and more, so I need to have the driveway and the pond clear by then.
We noticed the other day that the patch job on the quonset has not held. Here is a close-up (right). Too bad, but the tape simply does not work in cold weather. Maybe if it had a season to set in the heat, but it didn't.
I cleared the drive and part of the pond before I ran out of gas. Guess what? I looked and found I have none on hand, so, rather than drive 30 miles round-trip to get a few gallons, I'll get some when I go to town next. I need some for the snowmobile, too, and I like to have some extra on hand, just in case. Living in the country, one has to keep stocks of essentials on hand.
I hope my recent comments about New York aren't taken personally, BTW. I have many good friends in New York State and have enjoyed myself there immensely. I have just noticed that there does seem to be a subset that enjoys being abusive. Seems volume on BEE-L has dropped off again. Is it due to the tone, or just one of those things?
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Movie night again, This time it was Monsieur Ibrahim -- another beautiful, non-violent, non-mainstream movie about nice people. Five stars again. I give five stars to any movie I don't give up on halfway through. ZipRating
I had decided that today has to be the day to go to Calgary. When I got up around seven and turned on the radio, I heard that traffic there is a mess, and though no more of it, but when dawn came a while later and I looked out, I could see why. We have serious blowing snow. My snow clearing from yesterday has drifted right back in. I think I'll sit tight.
Anyone looking closely will see that my camera has developed a dark spot dead-centre in the picture. I cleaned the lens, but that did not fix it. I may have to take it apart -- or replace it.
I see that the cold weather will continue into the weekend. Does not sound good for our party on Sunday, unless things change. Around here, we could have a Chinook. I've seen the temperature go up from minus forty to plus 50 in an hour. Of course it went right back down after the Chinook blew out a few hours later.
I went to town and stocked up on groceries, and got gas for the blower.
More cold weather. I headed for Calgary around eleven, but after a few miles, and seeing there was blowing snow, decided to turn back.
It turned out I was tired, too, and seem to be fighting a low-grade flu, so I slept an hour, then went out and blew the snow off the ice and driveway.
The forecasts indicate very cold, but sunny weather the day of our party. That won't stop us from doing some skating, but may cut things a bit short.
It's Friday, and the Christmas holidays begin. We know that Jean, Chris & Mckenzie will be coming, but don't know when.
I've been needing to go to Calgary to renew my passport, since it expires in May. Some countries require that passports have at least six months remaining to allow entry, and I am thinking I'll be going to the Caribbean sometime this winter for some sailing. However it takes two weeks to get the passport back, and I may wish to go to one of the US meetings by air in early January, and if I have no passport, that won't work. At this point, Jan 2nd is two weeks away, and the time in between has a lot of holiday time. Hmmm.
I watched The Jane Austen Book Club tonite. It was a good chick flick.
Wind chill warning in
We had our Christmas party. Although we did a little tobogganing, nobody was eager to go skating. Jean & Chris stayed over. We had a good visit.
Chris & I had ordered some parts, but they were not here yet. We're looking forward to doing computer upgrades.
We slept in and had a late breakfast, then the Orams headed home.
I spent the day doing
housekeeping and book work.
A cold, gloomy day for the most part. We went to Three Hills for groceries and a few other items.
I've been following BEE-L, but not contributing. Seems that manners and moderating have improved, but that has been the pattern in the past. There was one rude retort recently, calling someone's statement "BS". The writer has cleaned up his act a lot, but still does things like this once in a while. There is another writer who seems to have a medical or psychiatric condition which causes a predictable pattern of brilliant posts, followed by deliberate and sly abuse, an uproar, nastiness on and off list, then a repetition of the process. BEE-L has not been DEE-L lately, so I am assuming that either the moderation has prevailed or that the Small Cell fanatics have taken their kit elsewhere. For those who confuse issues, let me state that I do not totally reject small cell, but that I dislike and avoid evangelism and 'panaceas'. I also do not appreciate having each and every post on any topic receive more or less the same incoherently written and very vague advice.
At any rate, the better tone and management has drawn some more people out of the woodwork. If the list can manage to keep from passing through insults, rude remarks and low quality comments, maybe, just maybe some of the more qualified people will join in again.
There is a droll bumper sticker/slogan that goes like this: "People who think they know it all really annoy those of us who do". Of course it is tongue in cheek, and has to do with humility, and -- of course -- nobody anyone would like to talk to does know it all, but having a bunch of amateurs constantly guessing about things does not encourage participation by those who really have studied the matter and would like to discuss with their peers, or at least an appreciative audience. There are a few exceptions. I won't name names, but there are several who are consistently on topic, well informed, and consistently constructive and few others who come close. There are others who are just there to chat, show off, or raise Hell now and then, and a vast majority who read the list and never say anything.
Orams came mid-afternoon, and Mckenzie went skating, with her mother holding her up. Then we had Christmas supper, with turkey, etc., opened presents European-style, watched a movie (Back to the Future) and called it a day.
Christmas Day! We are all up and getting ready to head out for a day of skiing at Nakiska, leaving at ten AM.
We got there at 12:30, right on time for an afternoon ticket and put in a bout 6,000 feet of vertical on well-groomed slopes. Christmas is typically not a busy day on the slopes.
Jean an I are -- or were -- ski instructors, with many years of skiing under our belts, so we have a lot of fun cruising on the open slopes and the steeps when we don't have to worry about unpredictable skiers below. Chris is pretty good, too and manages to keep up.
We were home for supper at 6:45.
We were thinking of
going back to the mountains, but the weather is still cold and everyone seemed
happy to kick around home. I dragged out the snowmobile, but it seems to
be frozen up, so it went into the warm shop. The 4X4 was happy to start,
though, and we did some ski-joring and tobogganing around the fields.
Jean, Chris & Mckenzie
were up at 6:30 and off to COP for two hours of early morning skiing in Calgary.
I demurred, not wanting to drive to Calgary and back. They had to go
anyhow to spend the day with Chris' sister and family.
The days are getting longer by a minute or so each day. We can expect that it will get colder for a while yet, though. The forecast is for more snow today, as well.
We met Jean , Chris & Mckenzie in Red Deer for lunch, then they went to Chapters to buy books with their Christmas gift cards. I went to Best Buy and London Drugs to look at cameras and things. I used to go shopping -- mostly looking -- regularly, but have fallen out of the habit. I discovered Internet Radios for the first time. They look fascinating, but the reviews are mixed. I also looked at external hard drives and see that a terabyte external is down to $150, with a 2.5 external 320 gig at $99. I don't know if I need more storage, having just changed the drive on my main computer, but was sorely tempted.
I also was very tempted by an 8.9" Acer notebook computer. It is a tiny, but very usable machine, with one GB and a 160 GB HD!, all for $399. I need another computer like a hole in the head, but, for travelling... (Review) (Review)
We have more snow and colder temperatures again.
I see that there is a good article mentioned on BEE-L about adulterated, smuggled and misrepresented honey
New Years Eve. The weather continues cold, and is predicted to get colder for the next few days. If we are going skiing, today would be the day. Canyon at Red Deer would be the target.
El & I went to Jean & Chris' for the evening and stayed over. Chris & I played with our computers, Jean, Ellen & McKenzie watched movies and played with the Wii