An Offer I Might Refuse

Recently I got an email about new Internet packages offered by my ISP who shall remain anonymous (Rogers.) Then just yesterday I got the same offer in a mailout. As usual they offer a 3 month discount window where you’d save $25 a month but you have to sign up for 2 years. I’m grandfathered ...

Gain (and Loss)

The online and digital revolution in music has obtained a lot of benefits – it’s hard to imagine how cool it is to carry thousands of songs round on a iPod or smartphone, or stream music videos seamlessly from the Web. But I can’t help thinking there have been some losses in the process. And ...

Syndication

Back in the antediluvian period before the Web, if you saw the term syndication it usually meant one of two things: A bunch of folks got together to invest in something expensive and risky, like a racehorse for breeding. An old but successful TV series was recycled on a secondary network or specialty cable channel. ...

March Break

This upcoming week used to be one we looked forward to like no other. From 1987 until 2004 we used a week of my vacation to “get away” at March Break. Every year we hoped and prayed that the weather would be OK to fly from Toronto and only one year did we come close ...

Rethinking Twitter

I never have been a big fan of Twitter. It always seemed to me to be a rather vacuous stream of consciousness application – not enough text to really say anything worthwhile. However I’m changing my mind about it. Perhaps I’ve been looking at it the wrong way. Last night my granddaughter Veronica got really ...

Tempus Fugit

At least that is what is says on the brass dial of our Grandfather Clock, and I am sure It’s true. Next year this old timer will be part of our household for 40 years. The clock case was hand crafted by Mr. Luther Gaylord (1908-1988) in 1976. Luther was a retired cabinetmaker who had ...

Life at Sea

Ever since I was a small boy I dreamed of going to sea – probably influenced a lot by my uncle Rocky’s stories of his adventures in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II. It never happened of course – or did it? Well, maybe. Since my 60th birthday when I discovered the joy ...

Microcosm of Society

There are a couple of locally produced DVDs about Almonte’s history in our video library. The first one – called “Almonte’s Interwoven Past” – deals with the first 100 years when the town was a solid blue collar, lunch pail place. There were large woolen mills, a flour mill, a foundry and various and sundry ...

The Technology Bin

I’ve been restoring and updating old PCs with Linux for nearly as long as I’ve been in Almonte. That is one of the great features of the Linux operating system – just about any old piece of junk will run it. When I first started these projects my starting material was 1999 or earlier stuff ...