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Saturday July 20th 2019


Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Fog patches this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High 18. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 9.

It is actually good to be home. Musty smell and damp, cold morning notwithstanding.  This quirky old schoolhouse and the overgrown yards are home and have been for 51 years now. I realise that I have been here for half the existence of this hamlet, established in 1917.

That was a really good trip in so many ways. It was only eight days start to finish, from the 11th to the 19th, but a lot of good memories are packed into those days and nights.

As I lit my coal furnace on my arrival home last night on July 19th, in the middle of summer, I wondered how it is possible that Canadians of all people can be worried about a further warming of three degrees C, whatever the cause, natural or manmade. 

I suppose that many are accustomed to the cold, but most of the world's population lives in the warmest regions of the planet for good reasons and our Canadian population is concentrated in the most southerly regions of the country.  Image source: NASA

The world was a much different place 14,000 years ago and that is not a very long time. It is only due to gradual warming over recent millennia that Canada and northern regions have become inhabitable by more than sparse populations and become increasingly hospitable to agriculture as the growing season lengthened. Still, we can grow only a fraction of the crops grown on similar land in warmer regions.

I have mentioned this before and although considered by many to be tin hat material, this notion seems to me, an unsophisticated observer, to have some credibility.  I said "some'. Airplane contrails are changing the climate. More

Note that I think industrial activity, automobiles and roads, farming, forestry, and cow farts all do have some effect on climate.  I just doubt anyone really knows how much and  frankly in what direction in the short term and ultimately because there are so many confounding and buffering factors at play.  Why not con trails, too?

As for sea level changes, check this out. IMO, only a fool would try to predict future sea levels with any certainty.  Seems, however, there is no current shortage of eager fools.  Their predictions will be long forgotten before it turns out they were baloney, just like the predictions from decades past about what to expect in 2019, but they create a buzz at present..

In looking for references, I was impressed, disappointed, and worried by how Google searches are dominated by recent material and climate change results. 

I find it scary how Google and the Internet have buried historical perspectives and feature the latest fads in thought and memes. Our history and collective wisdom is disappearing under successive layers of redundant, derivative and fashionable fluff. The result has to be a population of 'educated' ignoramuses and that is already being made increasingly apparent by the gullibility demonstrated by our federal government and in world politics generally.

Today, I'll fix the van brakes, I hope.  The special tool for the caliper piston arrived while I was gone, so the job should be doable now.

By one, the sun came out.  I'm still at my desk doing research into Bavaria steering drives.  There is a little slack in Cassiopeia's steering. It's nothing serious, but one of those things that need watching.  Bavarias tend to have rudder issues.

This is a worthwhile watch IMO:
An FBI Negotiator’s Secret to Winning Any Exchange

I like silly feel-good 80s and 90s movies like Men in Black, Groundhog Day, and Back to the Future. Now the fourth in the Men in Black series is out and my daughter says I'd like it. However I came across this article.

Watch These Movies Before 'Men in Black: International'

Might be some good stuff in there.  I see that Rotten Tomatoes rates MIB as a 92/79, MIB II as a 39/45, MIB III as a 68/70, and MIB International as a 22/66. FWIW.

I'm halfway through the brake job and was interrupted when Barb needed some help with the mower, then I came in and started supper.

The new tool does the job but I did not know whether to use the right-hand or left-hand screw and that took time to figure out. I'm replacing the rotor, too, partly because the supplier was not eager to take returns. 

In the past, I used to return things there often and now, having encountered resistance, I'll be striking them off my supplier list.  That is one reason.  The other is that I can buy this stuff for half the money on Amazon and it is delivered -- and returnable without question.  Here is a case where another traditional store loses a customer silently and will never even know they did or why.  I already tended to buy elsewhere and this clinches it.

I was back to working on the brakes when a car drove up.  It was Bob Scott (website another) an artist friend from Alberta College of Art days and his wife. They had been at the Rosebud Theatre. We had a pleasant visit.  I think I am done working on the van for today.

I had a piece of salmon for supper and watched a Nicholas Cage movie, 211, and some Lethal Weapon a while, then did my daily Duolingo stint and went to bed around eleven.

Rotten Tomatoes gave 211 a virtual zero, but I actually enjoyed it in spite of its clichés and predictability.  Here is more Chris Voss.  It is a a repetition of the last one until about 25 in. "Never Split the Difference"

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Sunday July 21st 2019


Today Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming south 20 km/h near noon. High 25. Humidex 28. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 10.

I woke up at four-fifteen and knew I wasn't going to sleep well until I got up for a a while. So I got up.

I have yet to finish unpacking and putting away the last of the groceries, so that is next.  I only slept five hours, so I expect I'll get sleepy and go back for a few more hours in the rack once I wake right up.

Today looks like a bright, sunny day, so I'm thinking of Gull lake.  I do have things to do here, though.  Jay is going to bring the boat over, too, so maybe tomorrow?  Tomorrow looks like a good boating day.

I went back to bed and slept forty-five minutes and got up again.  Now, at seven, the day is dawning bright and beautiful. I'm tidying up and planning to walk, water plants, maybe cut some trees and bush, finish the van brakes, and maybe work on the Crossbow.  I think I'll do some weight training, too, and look over my windsurfing gear.  Have not done those things for a while.  First, though, Duolingo.

It is hurricane season in the Baja and so I keep checking the forecast (right).

The 2019 Pacific hurricane season is an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation, in which tropical cyclones form in the eastern Pacific Ocean. ...The season had a slow start, with no tropical cyclones forming in the basin during the month of May for the first time since 2016 (though Hurricane Pali formed in January 2016), and the first time that no storms formed before the month of June since 2011. The season became the latest-starting Pacific hurricane season on record since reliable records began in 1971, with the first tropical depression forming on June 25.

So far, the season has been slow developing, and there has not been much action, but it only takes one hurricane on the right track to make a big mess, and as Yogi said, predictions, especially about the future, are difficult.

Is this fake news? Extreme Fraud By The Union Of Concerned Scientists.  This site looks genuine.  If it is a hoax, it is a very elaborate and convincing one.

Some of us have long memories and that makes us skeptics about the current "Climate Emergency". Read this: 1970’s Global Cooling Scare then Fifty Years Of Failed Apocalyptic Forecasts.  I rest my case.

C and I did the one-mile walk and she barely made it. I was stiff, too, but we did the  whole loop. Here is a shot looking up Swalwell's main street.

 

Jay is here, working on the bees. He brought the boat back, so when I am done the van, I'll start on that job

A recent report reveals that several Chrome and Firefox extensions have been stealing user data. More. One mentioned was Hover Zoom, now banned from the extension stores and deleted from browsers. Fortunately the bad Hover Zoom is not the Hover Zoom Gold that I use and have been recommending.  I don't use Firefox much but Imagus adds the same features to Firefox.

I have been stiff and tired today, but am now feeling more energetic.  I had a good nap after lunch and at the moment, I hear B out moving my lawns.   It is three and I have yet to go downstairs. Time to get to work.  It is a gorgeous day out there.

I note that two male cousins in my age group on my father's side have passed away in the last six months. Hmmm.

I came up to find a bill and got distracted, had supper and happened on an article that says that Amazon Prime on a phone can be cast to Chromecast now, since June 9th, so I tried it.  Wow!  much better than Netflix in some ways and hi-def.  Anyhow, I should finish the brakes.

I finished the rear brakes and then watched The Spy Who Dumped Me on Amazon prime Video.  It was a dumb flick, but watchable.  Amazingly, it got 49/59 on Rotten Tomatoes. I watched a bit of 12 Monkeys (60/83), which looks promising in a sci-fi sort of way (so far they hit all the clichés in half the pilot).

"The nonsensical time travel in 12 Monkeys makes it less watchable than its original source material, but the high quality execution and cool characters are top-notch." -- IMDb

IMDB is kinder.

I watched little of Offspring and went to bed around eleven. 

IMO, Offspring, which started out well has now jumped the shark and no one knows why it isn't cancelled.

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Monday July 22nd 2019

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this afternoon. High 29. Humidex 31. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 13.

I woke up at seven with a sore lower back, a slight sore throat and blocked ears.  I had noticed stiffness last evening and deafness the day before, so I wonder what's up.  Weight and BG are up again. Hope this passes. I took an ibuprofen for the back.

I hear the crop dusters out dive bombing the canola fields in the early morning, before the breeze gets up.  It's a bad day to be a bug.

We have a heat warning today.  At 29° predicted, that seems a bit silly, but what do I know? 29° is a cool morning in many parts of the world.  In La Paz right now, that is not far from the daily low temperature.

I did my daily Duolingo just now and am quite impressed at my progress since starting Duolingo.  I have now 4783 points.  I racked up a lot of points at first, since a lot was review and now have slowed down.  The initial charm has worn off and now I have to remind myself to take the time.

Duolingo has its flaws and frustrations, but it works. At this point I am far from fluent but my comprehension of the written Spanish has come a long way lately. I can read Spanish subtitles on English movies and get over 50% of it.  I can read Spanish instructions and get most of it. I just did a quiz and was amazed the difference a month has made. 

Not bragging, though.  I doubt I can catch more than snips of real conversation and am not nearly ready to watch Spanish soap operas or crime shows. Understanding conversation is different from writing.  Spanish is the second most quickly spoken language after Japanese and in spoken Spanish it seems that words are often run together with syllables omitted or silent.

C emailed and we are walking in ten minutes.  Good.  She is feeling better.

We made it around the mile.  She is a bit slow today and I am stiff.  I get like this once in a while and hope it passes soon. The day is a good one to be outdoors. I think I'll wait until after two, though so the UV drops.

Solar UV is highest at solar noon, and that is not 12 noon by the clock.  Our position and DST shift the actual solar zenith here to 1:39 o'clock, so that is the time of peak radiation reaching us.

So, maybe 2 PM is the worst time to be out.  Who knew?  I have things to do indoors or could just put on a bee suit and a hat and go out.  I noticed last week that I don't tend to burn.  My clients were spraying themselves with sun block but I did not. 

I did put up the bimini at eleven, though, to avoid the direct sun mostly because one was getting red.  Shade helps a lot, even at sea level, where the UV is attenuated compared to up here at 3000 feet where the atmosphere is thinner.

I should go to town soon and get the second Shingrix shot.  Two months has passed since the first. The last one laid me low a while, but that is better than getting shingles.

     

My neighbour is working in the gardens and things are shaping up. I went out and did some brute force landscape improvement with the Sawzall and the riding mower.  I really have never gotten into gardening, but do like to see a nice garden.  I was going to let things go, but B wanted the work and loves gardening, so I said to go to it. So far, I am impressed at how it is coming along.

I've cut out a lot of shrubs, volunteer bush, and  trees, and as a result, the brush pile has grown.  It's time for a bonfire again.

I came in for a break and will work on the boat in a while. Last time I started was the second of the month.  Time flies.  Jay was to work on it but, you know how it goes...

I'm still thinking of going to Gull Lake soon, but have been waiting 'til my bed is ready there.  Apparently the cat pissed on it twice a while ago.  Once at the head and once at the foot.  Kenzie has been using an enzyme cleaner and we'll see if the mattress can be saved.  In the meantime, this means either day trips or I sleep in the camper or on the couch.  Both are okay, I suppose, but I have been spoiled.

Well, I don't know what that heat warning was about. Mid-afternoon it warmed up and the house got up to 80°F, but that is pretty comfortable IMO.

I watched Men in Black III and then went out to wash the walk.  The job took an hour, but now looks much better.

I was in bed around eleven.

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Tuesday July 23rd 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing this morning. High 33. Humidex 38. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear early this evening then partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers overnight. Risk of a thunderstorm overnight. Low 16.

I'm up at eight.  Today is expected to be warm again so I should get outside now while it is cool. Apparently tomorrow is expected to be cooler and rainy.

I have trouble understanding the panic about small and gradual global temperature changes, other than fear of a drop of a few degrees that causes worldwide crop failures. Sea level rise is possible and would be disruptive, but has not been happening as predicted and may not in future.  Temperature predictions are also not proving out, with the exception of several models that are less dramatic and seldom mentioned. 

Life on Earth can and has in the past adapted to gradual changes in climate, but the real concern that should have everyone wondering is the likelihood of a meteor strike, not that we can do much about it  -- yet anyhow. (Maybe we can?)

Wikipedia says: "A collision 66 million years ago between the Earth and an object approximately 10 kilometres (6 miles) wide is thought to have produced the Chicxulub crater and the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, widely held responsible for the extinction of most dinosaurs.

While the chances of a major collision are low in the near term, there is a certainty that one will happen eventually unless defensive actions are taken. "

Such a probability is one real and unquestionable justification for astronomy, building rockets, exploring space, and having the capability to create an explosion out there large enough to deflect an incoming  chunk of rock large enough to wipe out much of life on the Planet.  Although the risk is small, the outcome of a strike is far more catastrophic than a mere warming of a few degrees. Here is a summary from and article at thesun.co.uk

I tend to doubt the estimates of exact dates and times as there are so many gravitational influences involved in long timeframes, some of which are unknown, but I think we all get the idea...  More at the ESA Risk Page.

So much from my daily procrastination.  I am really going outside now.  C and I walk at eleven.

We walked around town, cutting the stroll a bit short.  C was finding it very hot and we had to stop multiple times.  B is here, working on the gardens again.

I talked to Jean about going to Gull lake, but the water is 17° C.  I also am getting into the yard improvement and went out and applied Roundup around the boarders and on the edge of the driveway.

I know that many people are frightened of Roundup, but where I live, thousands of gallons are sprayed on the crops annually and life expectancy and rates of disease don't seem to be any different from places where this is not happening. AFAIK, Roundup is mostly harmless unless you are a plant.

As far as I can tell, this is just another panic point for people who fear everything.

This the kind of day that makes me love my home.  Hot, sunny, everything is green... Nature all around...

Then I got a message from Leo that he has booked Cassiopeia in late August, but out of the wrong base, Vancouver instead of Sidney.  Would I deliver the boat before and after??  Yes! The client also needs a skipper the first day.  I can do that, too.

I'm now off to Three Hills to get the second Shingrix shot.

I did and had the wheels torqued, bought supplies for a burger night here and drove home.

I could feel the shot in my arm right away, but after that, nothing.  Oh, now that am thinking of it, there is a little sensation when I make a muscle.  I hope I am not feeling bum for a few days like last time.

I had supper, then went out and mowed grass for an hour or two. After, I watched 12 Monkeys for a while and then went to bed.

12 Monkeys seems to be a confused pastiche of scenes that, if the sequence makes sense, it only makes sense to the producers.  Nonetheless it is entertaining for a few episodes at least.

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Wednesday July 24th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 25. Humidex 28. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers early this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing this evening. Low 11.

I was up a few hours at three and then slept until almost nine.  The mowing last night included going into some tall, dry grass and I would have expected allergies, but did not seem notice much reaction to cutting and the dust. A while back, a reader suggested taking 500 250 mg of B5, pantothenic acid to reduce allergies.  I bought some on Amazon and it may be working.

I like this hot weather.  Forecast for today is windy with a chance of showers, but I am having a barbecue tonight. I bought supplies yesterday.

I'm planning my August charter now.  Tides, flights, etc...

At 12:52 rain is starting up with lentil-sized hail..  Here's hoping it clears by suppertime.

I was about to reserve a flight to Sudbury and see now that the cost is over $1,000 one way! I also have to be on the coast on the 15th of August, so maybe I'll cross Ontario off my list for the summer.  I have three weeks until I have to be in Vancouver.  Maybe I'll just enjoy being in Alberta.

I got things ready for the barbeque and people came at six.  The weather had turned perfect and we all had a good time.  I lit the bonfire but not all the brush burned.  I did not feel like tossing in the ends, so we'll build it up for another fire later. 

After everyone left, I watched more of 12 monkeys, then went to bed.  The kitchen mess can wait until the morning.

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Thursday July 25th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming sunny this afternoon. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. High 26. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clear. Low 10.

I slept until nine, got up and started the cleanup. The day is cool and breezy.

What will I do today?  Work on the sailboat?  Cut grass? Deal with my swimming pool?  Work on my August plans?  Go to Gull Lake?

I'll walk with C today at eleven and that is coming up fast.

The yard work is coming along, but B says she won't be able to work until next week as I understand it.  regardless, the job is ongoing.

I made an error yesterday, now corrected regarding the B5.

> a reader suggested taking 500 mg of B5,

Actually 250 mg, unless under high allergic challenge, OR high stress (the adrenal cortex has to be repaired, that takes a few months)

It was Selye (sp?), Montreal,'53, who showed that ALL stress response is mediated through the adrenal cortex. Allergy is a mal-adaptive stress response

So, normally 250mg is good, under high allergy stimulus 500mg, if also under high stress, more, as needed

Remember, B5 is water soluble, so better not all at once, every 2-3 hrs, excess excreted in urine

That suggestion seems to have been helpful although I have not been dosing myself as heavily or frequently as suggested above.  I found the B5 on Amazon.

It is afternoon now and I'm looking into August.  I wrote to the client who is chartering Cassiopeia in August.  I am to accompany him on the first day to ensure competence. Reading his resume, though, I doubt there will be any problems.

Unexpected ‘city killer’ asteroid
narrowly misses Earth

What have I been saying?  The guardians missed spotting this incoming missile until it was right on us, and this was a close miss.  It came from the direction of the sun!!

Dawn phoned and I do now (almost) definitely have a C&L out of Sidney from September 24th to 29th on Cassiopeia.  We have three students booked and only need one more.  This C&L will take my total hours teaching up to 165.  I'd like to qualify to teach Intermediate and 150 hours teaching is one prerequisite. There are a few more hoops to jump through, though.

I'm adjusting to being home for the next three weeks instead of rushing off to Ontario.  I'm also thinking that I may wait until October to go back to La Paz. We'll see what my friends there say.  There have been delays and maybe there will be more.  Miguel suggests we leave Baja Magic on the hard for now and not launch until after hurricane season.  The way things are going, that works for me from many angles.

I realise that I could get by just fine without taking trips to Ontario in summer.  I am very busy now with other commitments.  Just the same, I feel I should visit Mom.  She, however now ahs really good support and in summer she is not feeling shut in, so fall, winter and spring visits are work out best for all concerned.

I'd like to get outside, but have more to do inside first. 

I booked my August 15th flight to Sidney.  It is an early flight and I'll be there by 8AM. I'll be taking the boat across to Vancouver, arriving the next evening.  It is a 50-mile trip. On the 17th, the clients arrive and we check them out and I am on my own in Vancouver for the next few days until the boat returns and I travel back to Sidney and fly out on the 26th to be back in time for an eye appointment. I booked that one, too.

I hate making appointments like that one as it affects what I can do on the the spur of the moment as opportunities arise. I'd likely spend a few more days on Cassiopeia if not for this commitment.   Some appointments can be changed, but this one is made a year in advance and is the only available date to line up both the services I need to have done in one visit.

I started work on the Crossbow again.  It won't take much to have the boat back in the water. I should paint the rudder and centerboard and screw on the hiking straps.  I did mount the mast step today.

I came in at eight and watched more 12 Monkeys.  It still makes little sense but is interesting watching.  The ethics depicted are questionable, but the situation is post-disaster, where survival is always at question.  It is dog-eat-dog. I need to find something better to watch.

My arm has a red streak where I got the Shingrex shot the other day.  Seems the reaction has stayed local this time. Last time I felt lousy all over for days.

It's ten-thirty and I am off to bed, thinking that maybe tomorrow I'll finish the Crossbow and drive to Gull Lake.  There is not much to do, but then I don't seem to accomplish much in a day lately.

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Friday July 26th 2019

Today Sunny. High 30. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Becoming partly cloudy before morning. Low 11.

I spoke too soon about allergies.  I awoke in the night with congestion and stayed up a while. This morning, I am coughing mucous  up from my lungs.  Could the mowing have had a delayed effect?  I can't think what else might be the reason.

Some say there is a reason for everything, but my system of thought accepts the possibility that there may be no reason.  Makes things much easier to accept and understand.

My daughter is an early riser and a text woke me up this morning.  Am I going to Gull Lake?  I guess I should.  I've been wanting to for weeks.  My current excuse is finishing the Crossbow, which won't happen if I stay sitting her for much longer.

I got right at things and went out and started work on the Crossbow.  I was concerned about the centerboard and rudder being rotten, but they are teak and have only surface damage.

It is already just about noon and I am still here. It is a two-hour drive up to Gull Lake and although I'd love to be there, I find that drive to be a disincentive.  I also want to take the Crossbow when I go.

*    *    *    *    *

I've been working on the sailboat all day. Turns out that the sails would not slide into the tracks.  Did the mast and boom get banged around since we last used the boat?  I thought they were fine then?  Anyhow, I spent and hour or two spreading the sides of the tracks and now have the main up. It is hot out there. Next, the jib. I thought this jib was hanked on, but I don't see any hanks on the sail.  I just see a bolt rope.

We'll see...

I had forgotten a lot about this boat.  I'm impressed we were sailing it, given the condition of the mast and boom. I have to assume that they were banged around at some point in travel.  I don't recall this much work getting the boat ready last time.

I told Jean that I will not be up there today.  I am determined to finish this first and I want to take it up there when I go.

Then I had supper and a nap.  There were two beers in the fridge and I made the mistake of drinking them.  Now I am lazy. When will I learn?

*    *    *    *    *

Dawn confirmed that I can use Cassiopeia in a Cruise & Learn this September.  That is a bonus because the boat makes twice as much on a course just for being a boat than I do for teaching.

*    *    *    *    *

I went back out and worked until dusk.  I encountered mosquitoes, so here's hoping I don't get West Nile

That is another thing to be worried about.  Odds are fairly good I've already had it.  CDC says, "No symptoms in most people. Most people (8 out of 10) infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms."   Medicinenet says, "Most cases of West Nile virus infection are mild and go unreported", and "80% of people infected will not develop any symptoms at all. The others (about 20% of infected people) most commonly develop a mild illness,".   I have heard it said by a doctor that children are very unlikely to be sick from WN and afterwards are immune.

I'm still not finished.  The trailer lights don't work.  Well, one marker light flashes (and it shouldn't).  The rest are unresponsive.  I have to varnish the centerboard and the rudder and attach one side of hiking straps and I am done.  Maybe.

I can't believe that Chris and I managed to fix up and sail this boat years ago, and had good performance.  I've worked days now and it is still not ready.  Possibly I am more perfectionist now, but the sails sticking in the tracks would definitely have slowed us down then, so it must be new.

Hmmm.  We got the boat from Bill on Saturday 5 July 2003 and it was in Muskoka for a while, in use, then in the bush, with the masts hanging in the boathouse.  Then I towed it here, from Muskoka on Monday August 15th 2011. It was in the basement for a long time, then I needed the space and it has been out in the weeds since then.  So, no wonder it needs work.

It's 2205 and I may just go to bed early.  No Duolingo today.  I started in the morning and the app misfired, so I quit. 

I find it very discouraging to get a question right and have the app give a wrong answer as right and that happens randomly every so often.

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There are many worlds and many systems of Universes
existing all at the same time, all of them perishable.
Anaximander c. 610 – c. 546 BC

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Saturday July 27th 2019

Today Sunny early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning then northwest 40 gusting to 70 this afternoon. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 70 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 late this evening. Low 11.

I woke up at 0425 and am up, for the day, it seems. I made coffee and an omelet. I'm wide awake, uncongested and reasonably ambitious.  Who knows, though?  I may go back to bed.  The forecast looks less than ideal for working outside.  It's a dull day with winds predicted.

With winds like this predicted, I really should be windsurfing, and after I deal with this sailboat (if the job ever ends), I'm thinking I should get around to my sailboards. I have quite a stack of gear in the basement.  The grandkids might like them, and they are good exercise for me.

Kiting is also a possibility, but I am concerned that kiting on water, rather than snow, has challenges like tangling lines when falling and recovering in water, wind dying or equipment failing and no easy way back or even to the nearest shore, etc..  On snow, getting back up is easy and getting back may be a long, hard slog over snow if one has run downwind very far, but at least one can walk.

My screen savers and desktop backgrounds are my recent month's photos and remind me that I actually do quite a bit, even when it seems like days pass with little accomplished.

I try to remember to take pictures every day and everywhere, but often forget. At right are thumbnails of about half the images shot this month so far.  Some are details of parts, documents, mechanical parts I want to remember, others are of people and places.

Often random shots turn out to be far better than I had expected at the time, especially after I crop them.  The background for this page is an example of a snapshot I just took on the spur of the moment for no reason that turned out to be amazing -- to me at least.

Looking out at 0652, I see the famous Chinook Arch to the southwest (above) and maybe fifty blackbirds congregated around the pond.  Seems early for them to be flocking together, but I guess the fledglings are now out and have to learn to fly formation for the migration which is now only months away.

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I lay back down at seven and next I knew it was nine and a text pinged.  Jean is wondering if I am going to Gull lake.  I've been talking about it for at least a week. I am going to Gull lake today. No excuses.

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I hate web ads and make a point of blocking and/or ignoring them. The idea is good, and I even allowed Google ads on this diary at one time and made a few bucks, but quit. No particular reason, actually.

The argument is made that ads pay for the content we see, but before ads, we had content, and IMO, better content contributed by public spirited contributors.  We were not flooded with the myriad of useless speculative and poorly written, derivative and duplicative  commercial articles that pollute our web searches now, all SEO optimized to reach top of the search and thus drive less aggressive and often more meaningful content far down the search list.

Granted some of the material is valuable and some of the ads are useful, but the majority ruin it for that minority. Who wants to look at all the junk to find the one or two useless ads?  I just avoid them all.

Having said all that, here is a commercial article worth reading IMO.  Am I contradicting myself?  I don't know.  Seems everyone is confused.

5 details about AdBlock Plus every browser user should know

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I set up the spinnaker and figured out which one fits.  Turns out they both do. At that point, I had just to confirm the trailer lighting works. This job just goes on and on.  That is one reason I hate to start things.  Anyhow, no sooner was the boat finally ready when I discovered the trailer lights we not working.  It ia always the ground connection, but this time, I also found two burnt bulbs and a chafed wire.

I unloaded the boat to get easy access to the inner side of the frame to inspect the wires and spent two hours plus doing repairs.

I was cleaning up and had the strap ready to tie down the boat when a gust of wind hit.  I held onto the boat until it passed.  Weather Underground recorded it at 49 knots.  I managed to tie down the boat and came in.  I have yet to drop and secure the mast for travel, but there is no going out there now, especially to handle a mast.

I left for Gull Lake at about four and stopped in Red Deer to buy varnish and other small items, then arrived at Birch Bay around seven-thirty.

We sanded and varnished the keel and centreboard so they will be dry by tomorrow.

Everyone goes to bed early here, so was in bed around ten.

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If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask
oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness.
Only then is it possible to help him.
Hippocrates c. 460 BCE -- 375 BCE

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Sunday July 28th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Clearing this afternoon. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 24. Humidex 25. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight A few clouds. Low 11.

At six I heard sounds above, and at seven, I got up. The day is breezy, just as predicted, so there is not rush to go sailing.  We need calm conditions.

My new keel should be arriving in La Paz about now.

Soaring Debt Vs. Shrinking Populations Of Young To Repay Or Service That Debt

After lunch, I had a nap and by mid-afternoon, the conditions were ideal and we launched the boat.  Kenzie and I sailed around while Jean, Chris and Nathan drifted around on the pontoon boat in case we needed them.

After a while, we picked Nathan up from the pontoon boat and the three of us sailed until the wind died. Chris noticed we were becalmed and came by to tow us into the launch site. We arrived at shore around five, loaded the boat and went back home.

After supper we folded the sails and put the boat away.

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Conquer yourself rather than the world.
Rene Descartes

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Monday July 29th 2019

Today Mainly sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h this morning. High 27. Humidex 28. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Low 10.

I'm up at five and plan to drive home today.

I had a banana for breakfast and said goodbye. In Sylvan, I stopped for a breakfast sandwich and proceeded to Red Deer to a bolt shop to find a specific bolt I need for the Crossbow. From there, I went to Costco for gas and a few groceries.

I stopped at The Mill on the way home and Had coffee with Fen.  She has a Laser sailboat that is not in use and when I left, I was towing it on a trailer.

I arrived home around three and unpacked. I did some tidying and had supper, then went out and used Roundup to tidy the edges of the drive and gardens.

A lot of people worry about using Roundup and think it is very hazardous, yet they fill their own cars with gasoline regularly and gasoline is far more dangerous than Roundup.

Is Roundup toxic?  Does Roundup cause cancer.  Are the surfactants and other chemicals in the product more dangerous than the main active ingredient, glyphosate? These questions are all a matter of contention, yet Roundup is sprayed from the air and ground by the tonne onto food crops in farming areas and nobody seems to be noticeably affected.  I'm not worried.  I don't drink it or get it on my skin and it sure makes the yard look better and easier to mow.

From https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15862083: "Accidental ingestion of glyphosate formulations is generally associated with only mild, transient, gastrointestinal features. Most reported cases have followed the deliberate ingestion of the concentrated formulation of Roundup (The use of trade names is for product identification purposes only and does not imply endorsement.) "

I did a laundry and when I emptied the washer, I found I had washed a van key fob. 

I am glad now that I had bought (on eBay) and programmed spares because I had two originally and it takes two to program additional remotes, so I would be hooped otherwise at the moment.

I also discovered that there is a small hole in my pants pocket that had gone undetected and that is why I kept losing screws for the boat.

I have not done any Duolingo for a few days and it is time toet back to it.  I admit to having been discouraged by several malfunctions of the app, but should get over it.

I did my daily dose of Duolingoand a bit more then listened to Spotify for a while.

I went to bed at 11.

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It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character,
 not our opinion about good or evil.
Aristotle

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Tuesday July 30th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming north 30 km/h gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 29. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this evening then clear. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low 12.

I slept until seven-fifteen, got up and made and omelet and coffee.

I'm seeing my weight drop below 230 and my blood glucose return closer to my morning normal at 6.4 for the first time in weeks. This is a considerable change from the worst I saw a week or so ago, but there is still a long way to go to reach my theoretical ideal.

I really don't know what the reason for the swing up in those markers was, but I am quite certain that beer drinking was a big part of it.  I keep talking about quitting drinking entirely and have for as long as a year, and during those times I have lost weight and felt better to a point, but also found that anxiety increased. Each time I got down to 208, some part of me rebelled and I broke the trend.

I suspect though, that I have reached a point where I really have to quit and stay quit if I value my health. I am also becoming aware that eating 'right' is impossible. If I eat all the things in the amounts we are told we should, it is far too much and I gain weight.  I am now thinking that I should just ignore all the advice and just eat sensibly. If I avoid processed foods and simple carbs and limit meats, I should be fine.

Strangely, this is simple advice and has been passed down for generations. It is too simple for the producers of honey, almonds, eggs, beef, junk foods, liquors, beers, wines, (and now cannabis) and all the various products who want to expand their sales.

(Aside) Ever wonder why the governments are pushing women into the 'work force'?  It is not all to 'liberate' women.  There is an aspect that has the opposite effect. Women working at home or volunteer service to organizations like the CNIB, Cancer Society, Red Cross, etc... are not counted in GDP and their labour is not taxed.  Governments need to show 'growth' any way they can and even if no more wealth is being added to society, and having 'women's work' attract wages brings it into the economy and makes it vulnerable to taxation and control.

In efforts to increase sales, producer organizations and food manufacturers influence (bribe?, pay) those who publish and want to promote magazines, TV shows, sell advertising, etc., and stores that also want to increase sales.  Governments want to increase commercial activity to be able to charge more taxes and hire more employees, however what is good for them (us?) is bad for us individually because we are required to consume more and more.

And so, it goes. What each of us knows in terms of what is best for us personally is drowned out by the persuasive voices of outside influencers.

C and I went for a walk at eleven.  We did only 2/3rds of the loop today.  I am stiff lately and worry a bit. Hope this passes. I tend to forget I had the second Shingrix shot.  Maybe that is to blame.  Hope so.

I had lunch and did some reading and found several interesting articles. 

Readers will know that I tend to get interested in anything that people claim unequivocally is true and cannot tolerate any questioning.

The Climate hypotheses -- and they are only hypotheses no matter what anyone says --  to my mind need questioning, and the more adamant and political the debate becomes and the the more appeals to authority and ad hominem attacks are employed by one side or the other, the more I question that stand. This is particularly true when the other side simply sticks to facts, cherry-picked or not.

In fact, there should be no 'sides' and no 'believers' versus 'skeptics' or more derisively, 'deniers', but merely a body of dispassionate and intellectually honest observers willing to consider the evidence regardless of the conclusions any scrap might support. However, Climate Change has taken on the characteristics of a religion.

Religions generally are built around beliefs that are held as unquestionable, often because they are simply too ridiculous to debate or too hypothetical.  There is no place to get a grip. Evidence has no bearing when faith is strong.

Climate change theory tends to be like that because there is no way that it can be proven or disproven in real time.  When predictions, like Al Gore's, fail to come to be, so much time has passed that they are forgotten and new and improved predictions are trotted out.  Rinse and repeat.

For me, facts IMO trump rhetoric and although rhetoric has a few honest uses (maybe), rhetoric IMO is a often dead giveaway for a weak or even dishonest position.

To my mind, level-headed folks have tolerated the Climate Crisis nonsense long enough and I see that many are giving up on the idea that it will die a natural death from its own repeated failures to arrive as predicted and internal lack of logic, and are beginning to stand up and be counted.

Here is some brain food:

Here are a few climate-change head scratchers for Canadian voters to ponder

My flagged Tedx talk about climate change

The comment sections are always interesting. Why do straightforward, logical articles like the above, get 'believers' into a lather?  So far, the dire predictions have not borne out. They never do, but doomers always double down instead of sobering up. Like this guy.

A man walked into the doctor's office and the doctor said, "What can I do for you?". 

"I am dead", the man said.

"Oh, said the doctor", and tried to convince the man he was not dead, but with no luck.  Finally, he asked the man, "Do dead men bleed?" 

"Of course not", said the patient.

The doctor then took a pin and pricked the patient, drawing blood.  The patient looked at the small bead of blood and said, "Oh, I was wrong.  Dead men do bleed."

I'm going out to vacuum the van and set up the middle seats to get ready for tomorrow's trip to Meijers'.

I started on the van and was surprised to find patches of mildew on the seats stored under the floor.  I suppose I must have tracked some snow into the van when loading skis and other winter items and it had dripped into the floor storage.  The van is also quite filthy.

I've been meaning to clean it and this is a good excuse.  I priced having it detailed and was quoted $160.  Might have been good value I'm thinking now.  It has not really been cleaned since I bought it on Friday April 24th 2015. I've had the van for over four years now and it just passed the 200,000 kilometers mark (125,000 miles) on the weekend.

The job took me several hours, but the van looks much better and I am quite pleased with myself.

Adrian writes...
"I was talking to a doctor this past week who decided that she was going to lose weight after a patient asked her if she was pregnant. She told that she has noticed that what seems to matter most is simply calories; That people who pay attention to their calories seem to be better able to stay at a healthy weight. That observation mirrors what you are saying today in your diary, and what you have said before about your mother’s eating habits."

Exercise is the other component.  Not vigorous exercise necessarily, but enough to work the muscles and get the metabolism up, like a good walk.  My mother also never eats after supper or before breakfast.

Although I am drying out my remote entry key fob, I have faint hope that it will work, so I ordered another on eBay.

I started entering the Cooper bills into my accounting but got distracted.

It's nine and time to do some Spanish before bed.

Well, I got to figuring out ho0w to schedule the coming month.  It is a tricky project as there are unknowns.  I had given up on going to Sudbury, but discovered there is a daily Greyhound service from YYZ to Sudbury downtown and it takes only an hour more than the flight and costs the same as a taxi in from YSB to 1207. Bonus!

Then I got to thinking I can leave my van in Toronto for a reasonable cost...

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Giordano Bruno

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Wednesday July 31st 2019


 

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning with risk of a thunderstorm. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 29. Humidex 32. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing near midnight. Fog patches developing overnight. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 12.

I woke up at five and decided to get up. I was having a dream about a sewing machine, a phonograph, and a kid I was showing how to use the phonograph.  The black thread on the sewing machine got tangled in the phonograph arm when it swung out... There was much more detail, but I woke up because I could see that things were just getting more tangled and would just continue to spin out of control.  Once up, I decided to stay up.  If I go back to bed right away, the same dream will just resume and it was getting annoying.

I went into the kitchen and poured a cup of cold coffee from the machine and set up a fresh cup.  Cold coffee is good in the summer.

Wow! July is gone as of midnight tonight! August is upon us already.

The kitchen is 70° F this morning and I have not had heat on for a week now.  The day is expected to reach 29° C according to Environment Canada and 25 according to The Weather Underground.  Days are 15-1/2 hours long at present.  To me this is perfect weather.

The morning is misty, but that mist will burn off shortly.

In the picture above, the lawn is still littered with leaves blown from the trees by the sudden wind burst the other day.

Such bursts of wind that gust almost instantly from calm to 40 knots with no warning can be extremely dangerous for kiters and for aircraft, especially if they are landing or taking off.  The fact that they are uncommon makes them doubly dangerous.

Last night I noticed a sore jaw that did not bother me except when I flexed it.  This morning, it is still the same.

Is it a Shingrix aftereffect, or maybe I have West Nile or some other mosquito-borne virus.  Who knows?  I plan to ignore it and hope it goes away. Everything passes.

Today we leave for Meijers at four.

C and I walked a half-mile at eleven.

I came home and made chicken soup. Then I went out to wash the laser.

Next, I got a request to skipper a cruise from the 25th to the 29th on Cassiopeia.  I said yes, but will have to move an eye appointment and re-schedule my flight for the 26th. 

It is a good thing I did not book flights east yesterday when I had everything lined up and was tempted.  All that held me back was knowing that things change all the time.  I'm already having to change flights.

My keel is being unloaded in La Paz today and should be mounted soon.  I wrote Miguel saying that maybe we should just keep the boat in storage until October since it is hurricane season and too hot there for much enjoyment except away from land.

Added to that is the fact that I am totally booked up here, what with trying to live here in Swalwell, visit Gull Lake, working on the West Coast, and trying to go east to visit Mom.  I'm also trying to find time to go to California to see Jon and family.

My rugs were looking filthy, so I took one out and pressure-washed it in the back yard.  Now I am expecting people to show up and we'll be off to Meijers'.

Fen texte3d she was leaving The Mill, then K&W and C showed up.  We sat waiting but no Fen. Eventually she appeared and it turned out she had gone back for sacks for smoker fuel to take with us.

The sacks were too big and dirty for my white upholstered, freshly cleaned van, so I rode with her in her truck.  The others drove in K&W's car.

When we got there, it turned out that Flo, Maurice, and Loretta arrived as well, and Ruth and Dave showed up, too.

We were treated to a tour of the honey house, then went to the house for supper on the deck.  Weather was perfect.

Everyone left around eight, but F & I stayed a while longer to chat, then drove back to Swalwell.  F left and I went in and seeing as I was tired, went straight to bed at ten and fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

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