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Friday March 1st 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind north 20 km/h. Temperature falling to minus 22 this afternoon. Wind chill minus 25 in the morning and minus 34 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Clearing early this evening. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 31. Wind chill minus 29 in the evening and minus 37 overnight. Risk of frostbite.

I'm up at 0730. Weight is unchanged, but my BG is back to my normal.

Weather is staying cold but the trend ten days out the forecasts predict weather near the normals.  I don't know if these predictions are from actual observations and calculations or just the knowledge that things tend to return to the mean.  If you don't know, a return to normal is the best bet and will often seem prescient.

This extended cold snap took the weather guessers entirely by surprise. Fact is, that an unexpected weather change could take us anywhere in the range from plus 9 to minus 38.4, based on the data from recent history -- 1994 to 2018. These were real measured temperatures on this day in that small chunk of history.

Over a longer timeframe, the range is sure to be wider yet and our possible weather is not confined to that range. Probability is that the actual will be in the middle of that range which puts us at minus 21 for a low, so today we are ten degrees below the average.

I have some ads to write today and the accounting is falling behind again.

I renewed my car and van licenses online.  I notice that there is no reference to that possibility on  the forms mailed to me, but I found it with a search.  The process online is much easier than lining up in town.  For some reason, though, there is a $9.00 "provider fee" equal to what the agents charge. even though no agent is involved.  What a rip-off.

I have Amazon Prime, so last night, out of curiosity, I installed the Amazon Music app from the Windows store.  It is limited compared to Spotify, but I started it playing without much prompting and it seems to know what I like. Will I pay to subscribe?  I doubt it. I also took a good look at Google Music and have that available, but Spotify rules.

I use each on both my desktop and phone.  Spotify knows what I am listening to on another device and I can switch instantly. Amazon's devices are not in direct communication.

I'm procrastinating.  I have two ads to write and am not yet in the mood.

So, I got to thinking about blood glucose. Actually Evernote came up with a saved page from Blood Sugar 101 by mistake and, following my nose like a hound, I went down the rabbit hole. Here is an excerpt:

The 1-Hour Glucose Tolerance Test Not the Fasting Glucose Testing Accurately Identifies Diabetes Risk

Many doctors still use the fasting glucose test to screen for diabetes and pre-diabetes as it is cheap and easy to administer. But research published in 2008 that was based on studying a group of 2,442 subjects who were free of type 2 diabetes at the beginning of the study found that fasting glucose tests were a very poor predictor of who in this group would develop diabetes.

In contrast, the researchers found that the one hour reading on a glucose tolerance test did a good job of screening for people heading for diabetes. People whose one hour glucose tolerance test results were over 155 mg/dl and who had markers for metabolic syndrome--such as a concentration of fat around the belly and high blood pressure were those who were more accurately predicted to be likely to develop diabetes.

Fasting Versus Postload Plasma Glucose Concentration and the Risk for Future Type 2 Diabetes Muhammad A. Abdul-Ghani et al. Diabetes Care 32:281-286, 2009 DOI: 10.2337/dc08-1264

The fasting glucose test often misses diabetes in the many people whose fasting blood sugars stay normal long after their post-meal blood sugars are rising into the range over 200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol/L) that even the conservative American Diabetes Association has identified as being where retinopathy and other serious diabetic complications begin to develop.
This study also found that the same amount of carbohydrate eaten at a meal other than breakfast does not raise blood sugar anywhere near as high as it does at breakfast.

What does this say about breakfast cereals. It tends to confirm my long-time preference for eggs for breakfast without carbs on the side.

What is the glucose tolerance test and can you do it at home?

Glucose tolerance tests are also used to diagnose diabetes. The OGTT is used to screen for or diagnose diabetes in people with a fasting blood glucose level that is high, but is not high enough (above 125 mg/dL or 7 mmol/L) to meet the diagnosis for diabetes.

I took my BG a half-hour after eating a large banana and it read 10! Hmmm.  A second reading said 9.8.  Not good.

I've been slack for a while.  Travelling disrupts my meal choices and BG testing.  For one thing, unless the strips are at room temperature, they tend to lie, at least in my experience. I should test that idea.  I'll put two into the fridge for a while and see.

I did and here are the results, all from the same drop of blood.

Cold (fridge): 8.3 7.7
Normal temp: 8.2 8.8

This was a small sample and I cannot conclude much until I do a better test.  I used one drop of blood that remained on my finger for the four tests. 8.8 was the last reading and I touched my skin.  I have noticed previously that the readings are affected if the strip touches skin and not just blood. To do this right, I need to take the drop off my finger and do more than four samples and use a batch of strips that does not seem to have as much variation in readings as this one.

Later.  Right now I have an ad to submit. 

I spent the evening working on plans for the flotilla I am planning to lead up to the Broughton Archipelago in June and listening to Spotify.

Trekking north is not a simple matter.  Current in passes can run up to ten knots at times and at other time, the current can be almost nothing. Timing is everything, so that means a lot of lookup in tables and calculating distances.  We travel at about five knots, so a ten-knot current would have us travelling backwards.  Of course if it is going our way, means going too fast to be in control when the currents and eddies that such a rush of water in narrow channels will cause.

Quote of the Day
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Albert Schweitzer

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Saturday March 2nd 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind north 20 km/h. Temperature falling to minus 22 this afternoon. Wind chill minus 25 in the morning and minus 34 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Clearing early this evening. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 31. Wind chill minus 29 in the evening and minus 37 overnight. Risk of frostbite.

My alarm woke me at eight.  I had set it to remind me to call the tire shop which Google said opens at 8 on Saturdays, but which, in fact, turned out to be closed until 9.  I called again at 9 and Bob said they could work on my van immediately. I said I'd be there in a half-hour.

My van started to vibrate on the way back from Calgary the other night and one tire has been losing air slowly.  The tires were also due for rotation and a balance.

I walked into the tire shop by ten and the van was ready by eleven.  I bought groceries and some flowers and drove home.

The leak had been caused by the tire pressure sender on that wheel.  Now I have had to replace three of them.  Apparently they have a battery in the me and that is discharged after ten years, but the stems are aluminum, and they tend to crack.

I drove home and spent the day doing odds and ends and being grateful for my furnace and coal.

I'm still fiddling with operating systems when i get tired of doing drudge work.

Quote of the Day
If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed,
and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
Malcolm X

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Sunday March 3rd 2019

Today Sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High minus 16. Wind chill minus 44 in the morning and minus 22 in the afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 29. Wind chill minus 24 in the evening and minus 40 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.

I'm up at 0530.  It's dark and minus twenty-nine out.

I begin by reading the news. Here are interesting articles

I'm thinking the cracks are starting to show in the CO2 hoax.  I read everything with skepticism, even articles like the ones above that confirm what I already understand to be proven and true.  Believe?  Not really.  I'm not a believer, but we all have to work from some basis of understanding.

A quote from one of the above:

"Shortly after Trump announced the pullout, stats from the Global Coal Plant Tracker portal confirmed that coal is on a tear, with 1600 plants planned or under construction in 62 countries. The champion of this coal-building binge is China, which boasts 11 of the worlds 20 largest coal-plant developers, and which is building 700 of the 1600 new plants, many in foreign countries, including high-population countries such as Egypt and Pakistan that until now have burned little or no coal.

"All told, the plants underway represent a phenomenal 43 per cent increase in coal-fired power capacity, making Trumps case that China and other Third World countries are eating the Wests lunch, using climate change as a club to kneecap us with expensive power while enriching themselves.

The hypocrisy and deception associated with the CO2 hoax is amazing. as is the gullibility of our leaders and populations.

Hypocrisy?  Consider this one local example.  Westshore Terminals in Delta, North America's largest single coal export facility.  Coal is B.C.s largest single export commodity.  British Columbia is one of the world's largest exporters of coal, by ship, through the Salish Sea and yet we hear nothing about that while the demonstrators make a huge fuss about pipelines.

I sail or motor past that terminal all the time and as far as I can see, it has no influence on me or the Sea, or the sear critters, but apparently that coal is headed for Asia where it will add to the atmospheric CO2 which we share worldwide.

One huge problem is our education system.  While may subjects, such as mathematics are actually important tools, many other courses are simply socialization, recreation, and indoctrination.

Socialization and to some extent indoctrination are important for maintaining a stable large-scale society. Common understandings are essential to social cohesion.  The problem is how the ideas and values and 'facts' to be instilled are chosen.  Critical thinking is apparently not near the top of the list, judging by how easily our people are led by various Pied Pipers. Of course, a critical-thinking population might be hard to handle -- for teachers and admin and for the politicians, so there is little incentive to empower the students with critical tools.

I'm installing, or trying to install LXLE Linux on the netbook.  Windows is just too slow and does not seem to have the video drive the netbook needs.  I've set up a thumb drive with YUMI and LXLE Linux on it and tried twice.  The attempts  to boot to YUMI failed twice so far because Windows has locked the drive.  First time it was due to hibernation. The second, due to the Windows Fast Start feature.

The third time it was due to an error.  Googling it turns up some solutions, but this has turned into a time sink.  What began with the though to give this old machine to a friend has turned into one of those tar-baby projects. A new effort is burning onto another thumb drive now. as I write  We'll see if that works. I'll burn on Mint Linux, too just for fun.

Well, this is not working as well as I had hoped.  Back to working on the Broughtons Flotilla plan.

With this cold weather, I see it is time to shovel ashes again. Seems I did it just the other day. Twice a week is not unusual in cold weather, though.

So good to read from a beekeeper in the North. I am located in Orillia,
 Ontario. New beekeeper who finds your diary very helpful in timing etc.
 I have .01% of the hives you run, and am hoping winter is kind. We have
 had a pretty cold winter, lots of snow and I have to say maybe we will
 see a total melt by the end of March.

I hope so. I am thinking I'll have to do some shoveling when I get to
Sudbury later this week. That is my van under the snow and my boat in the background (right).

So far so good. There   is cleansing flights happening, one hive  has
 a bit of splatter on it at the top entrance. I am running 2x deep, and hope to split them if they survive.

 I have not found it in your diary or comments yet, but I was wondering.  When should I put the
 patties on them. I have added dry sugar to help over winter. The hives were heavy in the fall but my 3rd hive had to be combined with #2 when a tree fell on them. Soo I am a bit worried there but again they look busy right now.

 Splitting: Not sure when to go for it. I kind of chuckled because I grew
 up in Unity, SK, so when you mentioned Cutknife was your supplier a
 while back it was like being rushed home. I read that splitting them in
 June puts a panic on the queen and she builds out quickly for which I
 would add Q cells to the hives I split in June.

 I thought the first to be split early into 3 or 5 frame nucs, I would let
 them make their own queen early.

May 10th was always the magic date up here at 53 degrees North.
You are almost ten degrees south of me so I would say and month before that. Maybe.

Tip the hive back before lunch and look at the bottom bars. If there are
bees on the bottom of six frames or more, they are ready to split in half.

I describe side-by-side splits several places and that is about as drastic as I can say works reliably year in and year out.

 I could be totally off the mark. And this is only a
 beginner/hobbyist asking and gathering knowledge. Wondering how to best
 approach it and not super stress the hives. Also how much do you pay for
 your queens or queen cells now and how do I find a supplier who will
 ship here overnight.

I always (almost) regretted buying queens, but YYMV.

When it is time to split, your bees will want to make cells for free and for that matter, it can be hard to stop them from doing that and flying away with the old one.

I did the ashes and also cut six inches off the bin auger extension so it does not hit the wall.

Most of the afternoon, though, was spent planning the rapids section of the Broughtons trip.  I've been up through Surge Narrows twice, but this time I expect to have other boats along, so I need to pre-plan in detail.  I know how to respond if I have issues, but what if an accompanying boat does?  It seems now that by just picking a handy date, June 1st, Colin picked a time of the moon when the currents are strongest, coming and going.

I kept on with the project and then watched a bit of Netflix, but gave up and went to bed around ten.

Quote of the Day
Its time to move the debate past the dogmatic view that carbon dioxide is evil
and toward a world view that accepts the need for energy
that is cheap, abundant, and reliable.
Robert Bryce

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Monday March 4th 2019

Normals Max 1C. Min -10C.

Today Sunny. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High minus 10. Wind chill minus 42 in the morning and minus 15 in the afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 25. Wind chill minus 17 in the evening and minus 30 overnight. Risk of frostbite.

I'm up at seven.  It's minus twenty-four out at the moment. The weather guessers are thinking that we will be back to near 'normal' weather by the weekend. Here is what Rick Mercer has to say about seven day forecasts.

This extended cold snap reminds me how precarious our comfortable existence is on this planet.

History records short-term cooling events which caused worldwide crop failures and famine. With 7,714,576,923 naked apes on the Planet according to Worldometers, (How can they project with such precision?) even one worldwide crop failure would lead to worldwide panic, riots, wars, and chaos. 

We kid ourselves that we have some measure of control over our lives, but, fact is, we do not. We are one major volcanic eruption or meteor strike away from worldwide chaos.

Or locally, an earthquake would do it.

On the radio this morning seismic activity is reported at Sylvan Lake and confirmed by the authorities. 

Jean lives not far away and says she noticed nothing at her place up north of Bentley.  We are not supposed to be in an earthquake region here in Swalwell, but Sylvan is on the edge of a slight risk zone.

Now we hear that the quake was rated at 4.6.

Although readers will know that I am skeptical about exaggerated claims made about AGW, I do think that human activity has effects and listen to all sides in the debate. Here is a site dedicated to arguing that human activities are the cause of a recent warming (that now seems to have paused). Explaining climate change science & rebutting global warming misinformation

Keep in mind that strong arguments and barrages of 'facts' either for or against and idea are just that, arguments.  Reality is always something different., and people have convinced themselves of the most preposterous things with strong arguments and logic. 

I can remember when, not too long ago, the concern by the same sorts of 'experts' was a return to the ice ages which the Earth experienced for many millennia on a number of occasions.

After all, the Earth has been warming for well over 10,000 years without any help from us -- my current location was reportedly under a mile of ice -- and our current prosperity is a direct result of that warming. 

What the zealots don't like to think about is this: even a few degrees drop in global temperatures would cause shorter growing seasons, crop failures, and dislocations.

Our current climate is transient. The world is always changing and always will.  Let's just hope we don't experience global cooling.

If we do, though. some new genius will figure out that we are causing it and the populations will all pile into that idea and Global Warming will be forgotten, just the way the New Ice Age fear of a few decades past has been forgotten today.

I made a doctor's appointment for two-thirty this afternoon to have prescriptions renewed.

I texted Colin and after all this planning, the June cruise looks to be up in the air, so I'll quit working on that for now.

I drove to town to see the doctor. My GP is away this week, so I saw her locum who turned out to be an interesting young lady. Some doctors don't much appreciate a patient who has researched the drugs and conditions but she obviously does. We had quite a chat and went over the MRI results. I have yet to decide whether to see the urologist that I have been set up with seeing as I don't seem to have any serious issues, but we'll see.

Then I bought groceries again and dropped in at the bank. My manager was free, so we reapplied for the cross-border account.  My previous account had been closed due to my not having made a deposit and I had not done so partially because the access was too opaque. This time, the process was easy and the account is live.  Now I just have to make a deposit.

I bought a few items, picked up my meds and drove home.  By then it was only minus eleven, and a beautiful sunny day.  I ate some roast chicken and after supper, I went into the Bank web page to order checks.  The page, as is so often the case, after I had spent ten minutes getting to the point of ordering checks, would not accept and corrections.  The next page insisted on assigning me a US state in my address and they should know I live in Canada.  After all it is a cross-border account. 

I'll have to phone tomorrow and I hate phoning these days.  Even my bank manager of a direct line got a music on hold when calling during the setup process. 

I hate making phone calls to businesses.  They say the call is important then proceed to send me through a maze or blast ads and pseudo-music at me. If I call a bank or telco, they ask me 'security' questions that are supposed to prove I am me, but are questions anyone who cared to could probably guess answers to. Who are they kidding?

As for calling people, for anyone under 50, text first, and don't leave voicemail except for a business call.  Ref  Ref

That rule applies to me, too, for that matter, if you don't want t catch me distracted, driving, or with my hands dirty, although I don't get enough calls to be a nuisance. 

As for personal calls, I chat with my cousin-in-law for an hour or more at a time, but we are old high school buddies. We have chatted on the phone for hours ever since we were fifteen. We are also both radio hams.  Hams love to talk about almost anything, and at length.  Some even like to listen, too. :)

For that matter, I spent over an hour chatting with Rick , the dock guy at Sidney, about my boat and other BS this morning, so I do like to use the phone.  I just hate calling businesses.

I was too tired to do anything important and I am coming to hate Netflix, so I spent the evening hours playing with virtual machines and Linux.  I'll go to bed early.  Oh, maybe it is too late for that.  It is after ten already.

By 2330 I had Elementary Linux running in a VM on the Acer.  It is slow, but so is Windows on that machine. I had to install the Guest Additions using the terminal which was a bit of a challenge.

# sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
# cd /media/cdrom.
# sudo apt-get install -y dkms build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-$(uname -r)
# sudo su
# ./

I don't do this often so Google is a big help. I can't recall my VMs giving me this much trouble in the past, but my guest operating systems are acting balky and freezing with these Ubuntu versions. My older Ubuntu VMs run fine.

Quote of the Day
He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.

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Tuesday March 5th 2019

Normals Max 1C. Min -10C.

Today Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 10. Wind chill minus 28 in the morning and minus 15 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 22. Wind chill minus 17 in the evening and minus 26 overnight. Risk of frostbite

I'm up at 0730 and really groggy today.  It is minus twenty out again and the sun is bright.

I spent the morning dealing with the US cross-border banking.  What a pain! I managed to make some money disappear from my Canadian account, but not show up on the US side. I tried to order checks, but ran into Catch 22.  What a waste of time.

The money showed up in my US account, but was short $15. Banks are crooks.  Plain and simple. Of course the governments make things hard for them and us, so they are not entirely at fault.

Anyhow, I finally booked a flight to SJD for the end of March, returning April 4th.  Things could change, but I figure it is cheaper and better to have a plan and change it than to wait until the last minute.

I also ordered a high speed 128GB flash drive from Amazon.  I plan to make a bootable USB for portable Unix and maybe Windows to go. At any rate, this is the recommended drive, having bthe speed and capacity. The order page said delivery by Thursday, but after I ordered the confirmation said Monday the 11th.  Bummer.

Back when I started with computers in 1979, I had only an audio tape drive for storage and that was unreliable.  Internet was dialup at 300 baud (0.3 kbits/s) on a party line. My first hard drive was 500 Megabytes, (not gigabytes), $500, slow, and the size of a briefcase. Now I can buy a tiny drive that is 1,000 times as fast and holds 100 times the data for $70.

I did some transplanting and vacuuming.  Lots more to do, though.

Around four, I walked around town.  The sun was shining and there was hardly any breeze.  The temperature was up to minus six.  Once again, Carolyn had an excuse.

I logged into Facebook and for once learned something useful. Baja California Sur changes to DST on April 7th.  We change on March 10th.  I fly in on the 26th of this month and home on the 4th. Will that affect me?  Probably not seeing as my connections there will both be local time in BCS.  DST changes are such a pain.

I had salmon for supper, then got to looking for Hotel San Bernardino online.  HSB is a reasonably priced hotel near the marinas and I am not planning to be staying on my boat while it is being repaired.

Then somehow I remembered Air BnB and began looking there.  For the same price as a motel room, I can rent an entire house! Some are as cheap as $30 CAD/night!  How can I afford to stay home?  Some accommodate five people for that price. Now I need some roommates. (Just kidding.  I'll rent by myself -- unless someone else decides to tag along).

I did not book anything, but it looks as if there is plenty of choice available.  The areas are not quite ideal, but not bad.  Three are quite close to my boat (see map) and Uber takes me anywhere in town cheaply, as do the buses that run everywhere for 10 pesos.

The Malecon  (boardwalk) 3-mile strip is the best choice in some ways, but the area right where my boat is has its attractions, too.

I booked my flights earlier and they come to $587.  The shuttle from SJD to La Paz was ~$70, and it seems a house or apartment could be $300-400 for the 9 days, to make a total of under $1,000 CAD or $111/day if I don't eat or drink anything.

How the airline makes any money beats me.  They fly me 2000 miles there and the same coming back for $400 or 10 cents a mile.  The shuttle takes me 120 miles for $35. 

Hmmm.  That is 29 cents a mile, so, considering the smaller van payload and the travel time being around 3/4 of the flight duration, the comparison is not as far off as I might have thought.

By the time I get there, the work should be underway on my boat which is currently up on blocks in this district. How fast the work will start and proceed I do not know.  I had thought it would be done months ago, but this is Mexico.

I'm looking forward to getting back and this time with a different perspective. When I first got to La Paz, everything was strange: the street names, the language, where to find things, but now it feels like home.

Living on land will give me an excuse to explore more widely.  I've wanted to take the Aquila bus to some small towns I've passed through or maybe Los Barriles.   Maybe now I will do that.  My Spanish is still pretty basic, but I was thinking, too of signing up for personal lessons while there.

I'll go to bed early tonight. It's 2115 and I am sleepy.  I re-discovered melatonin the other night and that seems to put me down pretty quickly. Otherwise, I set the timer for fifteen minutes and listen to Spanish lessons.  That usually puts me to sleep before the timer clicks off.

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Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
Albert Einstein

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Wednesday March 6th 2019

Normals Max 1C. Min -10C.

Today Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 10. Wind chill minus 27 in the morning and minus 17 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 20. Wind chill minus 18 in the evening and minus 28 overnight. Risk of frostbite.

I'm up at 0545 and it is still dark. I see the forecast is now for above average temperatures after the weekend.  That will be a welcome change.  I can quit worrying about the place freezing up.

I hear talk about various freeze-ups.  In fact, Bert has been without water for a week now.  His house is fine, but he suspects the lines froze at the well. 

House trailers locally tend to have pipes freeze under the floor unless they are well skirted and some heat is applied.  At minus forty, it is hard to protect any exterior plumbing.

This old school building is pretty well immune to freezing as long as the central heating functions and heating failure during an extreme cold spell is my greatest fear.  In average weather, it would not be as big an issue as there would be plenty of time to respond and the amount of heat required to maintain the pipes and plants is much less.

My old furnace has only malfunctioned a few times in fifty years, but if it does my backup is only good for a few hours and not able to provide as much heat.  It would forestall freeze-up for a while, assuming the failure was detected in time, but the situation would be an emergency. That is the major reason why I have security cameras and monitor them routinely while away.

At 0645, the day is brightening and the fog is thick enough that I cannot see across the tracks, 300 yards away. I'm glad I'm not driving to the airport, but that is something to keep in mind when I book early morning flights.This Saturday my flight is at 1145, so that allows time for fog, if any, to clear.

I came across an interesting article that may help explain a recent noticeable slowing of Win 10 that showed up just after I solved the previous problem by changing to SSDs.  As I suspected , it has to do with increased security changes over time. This one came in a recent update to 1809.  Here is apparently a way to mitigate a recent slowdown: Enabling Retpoline in Windows 10 Build 1809 and later

Just skip down to the .reg file in the article, download, and run it.  No harm happens if your machine is not affected by the issue being fixed. In that case it simply has no effect. I tried it and I think that speed of both machines immediately mproved.

It's been minus twenty all day. I made some soup with the chicken carcass and did some other odds and ends, but nothing that amounts to much. I'm getting the bookkeeping file ready for year end.  Ugghhh!

This is slow going.

Outside, the wind is blowing f12 knots from the SSE and it is overcast. The temperature has come up a bit to minus fourteen and the trend is up to the norms.

And, yes, the fix mentioned above did speed up my machines noticeably.

I went to bed around ten.

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When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.
Paul Brown

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Thursday March 7th 2019

Normals:  Max 1C. Min -10C.

Today Mainly cloudy. Periods of snow beginning this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 8. Wind chill minus 28 in the morning and minus 11 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Periods of snow. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 14. Wind chill near minus 17.

I was up at two until four, then slept until nine. It is still minus seventeen out, but bright and sunny. 

I see that the cold snap should be ending soon.  Melt and runoff will be late this year, though.  I always think of March 17th as the runoff date, but that is ten days away and we have a lot of snow on the ground and the frost has gone deep.

Predictions hardly go above freezing right through to the 16th, and only for a few hours at a time.  The sun, however is higher in the sky and staying up there longer each day.  We gain four minutes each day at present.

Shoveling ashes is my first job today. Then I should start getting ready to go.

I was looking at my data usage and wondering if I really should pay $62/month when cellular data is getting so cheap and fast. 

My current plan is limited to 5 Mbps and 150GB.  I have used only 21GB so far this month and my biggest month this year was 66GB, so I am getting close to where cellular data might be cheaper, especially if I use a few tricks to get a huge plan like the fellow beside me on a flight one day back in December.  He said he has 150GB of cellular data for under $100 as I recall.

Here is my Airenet home Internet

Here is the Public Mobile data over hotspot with good cell signal.

Here is the Telcel data (via Rogers) over hotspot with weak cell signal.

The cell data plans definitely look to be throttled at 3 and 1.2 Mbps respectively.  Airenet is throttled at 5.  Telcel uses various Canadian networks and in my experience, traveling around, Telcel data is throttled less on other networks. Rogers is the worst.

These streams are all about equally useable for most purposes, but ping and jitter make the cell plans look bad for video chat use.

It seems that Airenet wins the day for now, but I am comparing using budget plan cellular data and might be able to access premium speeds if I tried a bit harder by calling a number I have at hand, but so far, I have not bothered.

While conducting these tests, I discovered my Mexican data plan had expired, so had to renew it.  I have had a lot of trouble with the Telcel website and finally had to enable third party cookies and tracking.  I'd like to do that for the one site only, but don't see how in Edge, which was the only browser that worked. for that site.  I'll have to work on that

I worked on the yearend and decided it is time to get out of here and time for wine.  It has warmed to minus thirteen, so I drove to town and bought one. I don't buy more because I might drink a second and that is never a good idea. The drive is a good diversion after a day in the house. 

The media are buzzing with the Jody Wilson-Raybault resignation.  What seems to be lost in ll the chatter is the comparison between our prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who is a bit of a dilettante and the former justice minister and attorney general who has serious credentials. She is a lawyer and he is not.  She is a realist, he is an idealist and an impractical one at that.

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Friday March 8th 2019

Normals:  Max 1C. Min -10C.

Snow at times heavy. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h late this morning. High minus 5. Wind chill minus 16 in the morning and minus 9 in the afternoon. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Periods of snow ending this evening then cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 16. Wind chill minus 11 in the evening and minus 20 overnight.

I woke up at midnight and could not get back to sleep, no matter how many tricks I tried. I was up until five, then went o bed and slept until almost ten.

The day is overcast and I see at least four inches of snow outside.  Jean texted that they are going skiing at Canyon, but I have my work cur out for me.  I have to tidy, pack, and blow snow, at least if it is not too windy.  EC reports "The heavy snow will taper off by Friday afternoon.", and, currently ,winds of 23 KPH from the west at the Three Hills airport.  I'll step outside and check the snow and wind, and also see if the plow has blocked my driveway.  Carolyn is to come over after lunch to water the plants with me to learn their idiosyncrasies. Some have suffered from my being away.

I walked to the end of the driveway. Sure enough, the plow had thrown up a windrow, but I decided to drive the van around and I had no problems.  My big worry is tomorrow morning when I have to leave for the airport.

The wind-driven falling snow was blinding, so now is probably not the best time to go out with the blower. I'll wait. Besides the snow is still drifting and will be drifting until late this afternoon according to the forecast.

When  I came in, I checked the gas in the blower and see only half a tank. I had intended to get more in town and have been toting the gas cans with me in the van but lately it has been too cold to want to stand outside the in the wind van filling them.  Now I may have to go to town to get more. I don't want to run out halfway through the job.

The sun came out and the wind died a bit so I went out and cleared snow until I figured I'm nearly out of gas.  I'll have to go to town.  As I finished, i could see snow drifting in where I had worked, but I figure that as long as it dies down for the night as predicted, the drifting should be over.

I drove to town and got four cans of fuel, enough to last into the summer. From there, I returned home and finished the drive.  The wind has gone down, so if it is cold tonight, with luck the snow will set and not drift again.

Carolyn came over at five and we watered the plants and looked at the furnace.  After she left I lay down and slept an hour, but I am still tired.  The first round of snow blowing did nto tire me, but the second one did.  I find that if I am doing something strenuous like that if I keep at it I don't tire, but if I take a break the second episode wears me out.  Strange.

I have things to do before I go, but am too tired to do much tonight.  I'll go to bed early and get up early, and do those things then. I tend to wake up at three on a flight day and do not have to leave until 0830.  Bert has agreed to drive me and I hope his driveway is passable.

Now, I should go back to bed before I wake up and find I am dead beat, but wide awake.

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Ray Bradbury

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Saturday March 9th 2019

Normals:  Max 1C. Min -10C.

Today Clearing this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High zero. Wind chill minus 19 in the morning. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 15. Wind chill near minus 19.

I woke up at 0203. I fly at 1145, so will be out of here by 0830 and on my way to Bert's.  

I usually wake up at three when flying but last night Carolyn had mentioned Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend and I guess, at some subconscious level, my internal clock had set an hour ahead.

I was not getting back to sleep, so I got up, looked out the door for fog, shoveled the ashes, showered and had breakfast.  I'm a bit tired, but I guess I am up.  Once I am packed, I may catch another hour or so.

I'm looking at the heating load here at home and it looks as if the temperatures will be moderate, mostly above minus ten, and there is not much snow in the forecast here.

In Sudbury, the weather is fairly mild, mostly above minus ten, but lots of snow is forecasted.

Of course, these are just forecasts and the actual weather may be very different. In both places, the forecasts are for an average temperature around minus five.  We've been averaging around minus twenty around here, so that cuts our heating load in about half going forward.

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Robert Breault

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