The Scanner – Part Deux

So the scanner has arrived. It’s not made by Nikon or Canon – not even Panasonic. Its brand name is (wait for it) Jumbl. Jumbl is a company that markets different electronic gadgets that are no doubt made in China and co-branded for them. No matter. The darn thing works pretty well. You can scan ...

March Break

  It was 30 years ago that we took our first family fly-drive holiday at March Break. Over the next 17 years it became an annual event – up until Sarah went to Guelph it was the three of us. After that we had 4 years of just Maria and me. Then Sarah rejoined us ...

Want to Use Linux?

  There are many reasons why you might want to use Linux – the best computer operating system you never heard of. Linux is used in over 50% of the servers that run the Internet. A version of Linux called Android is the #1 smartphone and tablet operating system in the world. Linux powers everything ...

Job…Profession…Vocation

Soren Kierkegaard famously said that life must be lived forward but understood backward. And there’s no better place to do that than in a person’s working career. I can look back close to 48 years now – more if you include my work in high school and university summer jobs. Work in my dad’s store ...

Wrapping Up the Old Year

Back in the days when I was still gainfully employed, this time between Christmas and New Year’s Day was one of my favorite periods. I always took the week off, and after the mandatory Christmas hubbub it was nice for the three of us to get away for a few days to a hotel with ...

Traveling with Electronics

In this age of convergence I suppose it is possible to travel with a smartphone and have it take care of your electronic needs on the road. I don’t see this working for me because: I don’t have a smartphone. Maria has a Motorola flip phone that routinely makes phone calls but that’s it. I ...

So – What Do You Do Now?

Seven days at sea until we reach land on the west side of the Atlantic. So what happens now? Many folks who haven’t cruised – especially on a cruise with a lot of sea days – wonder how we can do it. Isn’t it scary being out there with no land in sight? What about ...

Palma de Mallorca – Sacred and Secular

The old city of Palma de Mallorca is dominated by the 13th century Cathedral. You could not miss it as we sailed into the harbor. The shuttle bus took us from the port right over to the Cathedral. We decided to make it our first stop. The cathedral was founded in 1229 on the site ...

Lovely La Seyne sur Mer

We docked in the port of Toulon on the morning of November 7. The cold front had passed through the area, and it was a cool but bright morning. Since we had had a busy day in Florence. we opted for a quieter one today. The ship had docked on the opposite side of the ...

Three Hours in Florence

It was a bumpy first night on the Mediterranean and as the ship pulled into La Spezia, the day dawned rather gloomy and damp. Not a good omen. But no matter. We had booked a three hour “Florence on Your Own” shore excursion so we grabbed the umbrellas and headed out to join our tour. ...

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