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|Friday, March 14th, 2014|
|I've done this before, I think
Spent a while sorting through my fabric stash this evening. Am now torn between delight that I have all that lovely fabric for patchwork, guilt that I've got so much lovely fabric from patchwork, and urgency to start new quilts using it (despite the fact I already have several on the go at the moment).
This is not an unfamiliar scenario.
|Thursday, March 13th, 2014|
|Réalta im' intinn féin
Seachtain na Gaeilge
is almost over (it runs through Monday) and I'm only just now getting around to observing it. I blame the weather; normally, the misty dank would have me pining for the loughs and boreens, but there's no mist around, only snow and ice. I had to almost force myself to pick up Joseph O'Connor's Star of the Sea
(a decent read if you're willing to ignore the anachronisms and attempts at postmodernism, which I am). Once I did, though, I found myself reaching for my dictionaries again, and we all know where that leads.
I was mildly impressed with myself for remembering that "Star of the Sea" would be Réalta na Mara
. But I wanted to be sure, so I googled and found out that it's not as straightforward as all that. (This is
Irish after all.) Old Irish had rétglu
, an n-stem with genitive singular rétglann
, the modern reflex of which would be réaltann
is found as a fifth declension feminine in the earlier literary language.
Nowadays, the CO treats it as fourth declension: invariable in the singular with plural réaltaí
.) In dialects, the old genitive réaltann
sometimes serves as the nominative as well. (Others of its class prefer the dative, e.g. Éirinn
as a variant of Éire
.) In some, réalta
gets reanalysed as a second declension feminine, losing the second syllable altogether and acquiring a new analogical genitive, réilte
. Then in his dictionary of Cork Irish, David Webb notes that the form preferred in West Cork is réiltín
, properly a diminutive and used in the standard language to mean "asterisk".
That's the fun of Irish: Don't like the declension of something? Feel free to chose another!
|[URBAN NOTE] On the growing likelihood of Toronto mayor Olivia Chow
Surprising absolutely no one, former Toronto city councillor and (until yesterday) NDP MP for the riding of Trinity-Spadina Olivia Chow
announced that she was leaving Parliament to run as a candidate in this year's mayoral election
Olivia Chow officially launched her campaign to be Toronto’s next mayor, saying that "it's time for change" in Toronto, promising to take the city in a new direction from the "failed" leadership of incumbent Rob Ford. blogTO
"We need a new mayor for a better city and I'm here to apply for the job," Chow said.
Speaking of her humble beginnings in a struggling immigrant family, Chow told the crowd in St. James Town — the neighbourhood where she grew up — that she learned not to spend what you don’t have, to work hard for what you want and how that has shaped her view of Toronto and what the city needs to thrive.
[. . .]
“In the last four years we have paid more and more and got less and less. We are paying more to take the TTC, but we’re waiting longer for buses and packed into them like sardines," Chow said, also speaking of the unemployment rate and the vulnerable younger generation.
Although Chow made no direct mention of Ford's admission that he smoked crack cocaine and bought illegal drugs while mayor, nor his videotaped booze-fuelled rants, she emphasized how disappointing he has been and how he is not someone who could ever be a role model for children.
“The current mayor’s disappointing leadership has let us down over and over again. He has failed to make the critical investments our city needs to stay competitive … the current mayor is failing at his job and he is no role model for my granddaughters,” she said.
The major candidates that have declared their intention to run for mayor have so far been right-leaning, fiscal conservatives. Chow, a notable New Democrat, has already tried to contrast comments about left-wing overspending her rivals have spoken about.
Chow, appearing on CBC News Network later Thursday afternoon, noted she was on the city's budget committee, under then-mayor Mel Lastman, for five years, during which time the books
both commented yesterday on the near-certainty that Chow would run. Combing through my archives, I find a note
from last March on the possibility that, according to various polls, Olivia Chow would beat Rob Ford in a direct mayoral run, and another
on her admission that she was considering a run. These, incidentally, preceded news of Ford's crack tape and the various ridiculous sequelae.
Chow has a solid political record behind her, like most of the candidates announced so far. Chow's advantage? Metro Toronto
's Matt Elliott had earlier suggested
that, given that three of the four highest-profile candidates (Rob Ford, John Tory, Karen Stintz) were on the right, Olivia Chow was the only candidate running from the left. If she was unopposed by any high-profile candidates, presumably she would have a considerable advantage over others.
Plus, it's time for a mayor from the downtown again. (Amalgamated Toronto, as my friend Leeman pointed out to me earlier, seems to alternate between left-leaning mayors from the downtown and right-leaning mayors from the suburbs.)
Will I be voting for Chow? Unless something changes, I will. I suspect I won't be alone in doing so. Having someone more ideologically sympathetic to me in office who isn't prone to doing any number of ethically problematic and potentially criminal acts is something I'd enjoy. At the very, very worst, if there ever did turn out to be an Olivia Chow crack tape, I'm sure it would be a tasteful crack tape.
Our disenchantment with Mariano's had to begin somewhere. monshu
's been stopping off there on the way back from his downtown culture forays. On Tuesday we had a lovely piece of pork he'd bought there; on Wednesday, we had a bad can of clams that had been on sale. Not that we knew it at the time. It was fine--delicious in fact--served over pasta with a little garlic and oil. Then shortly after midnight, the Old Man staggered to the bathroom and vomited.
At first, I had no idea that was the cause; I just cursed him for waking only moments after I'd finally managed to drop off. (I really have to be more careful about watching wrenching dramas less than two hours before bedtime.) Then I was flooded with remorse and concern, thinking it was the flu. He's so much more resistant to tummy trouble than me, I didn't even suspect the dinner at first. Sure, I felt a whiff of nausea, but that's normal when someone's ralphing in the next room, right? It was another couple of hours before I began feeling nearly as terrible as he did.
But the curious thing is, that's as bad as it got. I may not have slept very well, but I never ended up hugging porcelain either. I still felt in no fit shape to go into work, so I called in and tried--without much success--to sleep a little more. For lunch, we had oatmeal. Dinner was beef tea and triscuits. We both seem out of the woods now, but the real question will be how we sleep tonight.
At least I was able to take care of one or two practical things. The nice guy at NetFlix suggested we contact our local post office in an attempt to get to the bottom of our breakage issues, so I stopped in and made a formal report. The very professional Miss Phillips promised to call us back once she'd had a chance to investigate. On the way back, I stopped into the pet clinic and made an appointment for the little nipper. There was more I'd hoped to do, but even that was enough to leave me feeling a little lightheaded, so I read and laid around some and watched an episode of Veronica Mars
on the telly with .
I'm hoping my weekend plans are still a go, but the last thing I need to do right now is abuse this stomach with alcohol and a céilidhe just isn't the same sober. With any luck, though, a filmic one will arrive unscathed. B'fhearr braon sa bhaile ná dhá braon sa chathair!
|[URBAN NOTE] "Ford Nation a lot smaller on YouTube"
's Ben Spurr notes
that Ford Nation
, the official YouTube channel of Toronto mayor Rob and his councillor brother Doug Ford, hasn't had the following of either their radio show or their single episode on SUN TV last year. This, I suppose, isn't exactly a big shocker. Right?
The first episode, posted on February 4, did well, averaging 23,289.3 viewers* for its four segments. But since then it's been downhill. The second episode reached an average of 9,337 people for each of its six videos, and the third and latest instalment, released on February 26, garnered an average of only 5,346 viewers over its three segments.
[. . .]
By conservative estimates the City, the radio show they hosted on CFRB Newstalk 1010 for almost two years, was broadcasting to upwards of 80,000 people every week by the time it was cancelled last fall, with huge spikes on Sundays after new developments in the mayor's crack scandal.
When they moved to TV as the scandal roiled in mid November, their single episode on the Sun News Network nabbed 155,000 viewers, which the channel's vice president Korey Teneycke said at the time made it "biggest night ever for Sun News by a country mile."
[. . .]
One reason is simply the demographics of the internet, according to David Bray, creative director at Bray & Partners and an expert on the radio market. The people who listened to the Fords' radio show are unlikely to watch the YouTube series, he says.
"CFRB listeners are somewhat older," says Bray. "It does appeal largely to the 55-plus crowd… Would that same constituency move over to online? Very unlikely, because clearly that demographic isn't as active online."
The online show's content is also a problem. While the Ford brothers appeared to maintain a high degree of control over their radio show, they did usually take phone calls from listeners or had guests on. There was at least the potential for unscripted moments.
|[BLOG] Some Thursday links
- io9 links to a map showing the Milky Way Galaxy's location in nearer intergalactic space.
- The Big Picture has pictures from the Sochi Paralympics.
- blogTO shares an array of pictures from Toronto in the 1980s.
- D-Brief notes the recent finding that star HR 5171A is one of the largest stars discovered, a massive yellow hypergiant visible to the naked eye despite being twenty thousand light-years away.
- The Dragon's Gaze notes recent studies suggesting that M-class red dwarfs are almost guaranteed to have planets.
- Eastern Approaches argues that the lawsuits of Serbia and Croatia posed against each other on charges of genocide at the International Court of Justice will do little but cause harm.
- Far Outliers explores how Australian colonists in the late 19th century feared German ambitions in New Guinea.
- The Financial Times World blog suggests that, in its mendacity, Russia is behaving in Crimea much as the Soviet Union did in Lithuania in 1990.
- Geocurrents notes that the Belarusian language seems to be nearing extinction, displaced by Russian in Belarus (and Polish to some extent, too).
- Joe. My. God. notes the protests of tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews in New York City against mandatory conscription laws in Israel that would see their co-sectarians do service.
- Marginal Revolution notes that, in pre-Israeli Palestine, local Arabs wanted to be part of a greater Syria.Otto Pohl notes the connections of Crimean Tatars to a wider Turkic world and their fear that a Russian Crimea might see their persecution.
- The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes that Venezuela has attacked Panama in retaliation for a vote against it by confiscating the assets of its companies there. In turn, Panama has promised to reveal the banking accounts of Venezuelan officials in Panama.
- John Scalzi of Whatever is unimpressed with the cultic adoration of Robert Heinlein's novels by some science fiction fans.
|[PHOTO] Winter snowfall, 12 March 2014
Toronto got quite a lot of snow yesterday
, between 10 and 15 centimetres. It came as a shock after Tuesday's warmth, but I quite like this new layer of snow, covering as it does the dirty snow that was all that was left of the winter's snow to date.
I took some quick photos
Yonge and Eglinton:
On the subway:
Dundas between Bay and Yonge:
I've gotten my schedule of panels for Condor, which takes place March 21-23:
Friday, 2 PM: The Art of War by Sauron Tsu
Saturday, 11 AM: Hacking Your RPG: How to Modify the Rules to Suit Your Campaign
Saturday, 12 PM: How Is the Superhero Genre Changed When Brought to the Screen?
Sunday, 10 AM: Buffy—10 Years After
Sunday, 11 AM: Incremental Superhumanity: Advancing Humanity Stepwise
It's odd to find myself on two film/tv panels and only one gaming panel! But I actually do have things to say about both of those topics.
|[PHOTO] Looking south across Covehead Bay
Plenty of large houses get built on the more scenic shores of Prince Edward Island, especially since the takeoff of tourism in the past half-century has meant that coastal views count. When I was taking this photo, looking south across Covehead Bay on a warm August day, all I could think of was that in winter the cold winds coming off the Gulf of St. Lawrence would really bite. (A kilometre of sand dunes, fishing outpost, and bridge will not block much.)
|Wednesday, March 12th, 2014|
|No More Readings
Last month I saw Ian Rankin at a bookstore. I didn't spy on him; it was an event. Not a reading though—he doesn't do that. He just talked about his book, some other things that have happened to him recently or not so recently, and took some questions. I asked him why afterwards, and he explained that he is a writer, not an actor; that as a crime novelist to read even a few pages deeply into the book could ruin it for listeners; and he doesn't like.
Well, I agree with him. From now on, no more readings. No more than a page anyway. Just banter, which I am okay at. You can hear me banter next week at two events:
Nick Mamatas, Jim Nisbet, Sin Soracco, and Ken Wishnia: PM Press Crime Writers' Short-Fire Reading and Signing, Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00 pm at Borderlands Books
Thursday, March 20th at 7pm: Radical fiction, mystery, and crime! With Ken Wishnia, Norman Nawrocki, Sin Soracco, Nick Mamatas, Owen Hill, and Summer Brenner. Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 19:00 at Bay Area Public School.
|Thursday, March 13th, 2014|
|though I admit it's not snowing, so it could be worse
Various bugs are apparently going round at work. Which means that every sniffle I take or every moment I wonder if my stomach's feeling queasy has me being paranoid that I have one of them.
Normally I wouldn't mind too much, especially with a week off next week, but there's the Knitting & Stitching Show on Saturday, and I'd rather not be a plague-carrier, given close proximity of a lot of people and fingering yarn and fabric. Fingers crossed.
Or perhaps it's just the weather.
|Wednesday, March 12th, 2014|
|[BRIEF NOTE] On the CRTC, Cancon porn, and cultural identity in Canada
, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, has appeared on A Bit More Detail a few times before, in 2009 regarding Al-Jazeera
and last year in relation to the demand of little-watched Sun TV for promotion on cable packages (1
). The news--as noted
at Global News--that the CRTC is looking into channels which don't show enough porn from Canada
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) claims the company behind AOV Adult Movie Channel, XXX Action Clips Channel and Maleflixxx isn’t broadcasting enough homegrown pornography.
Toronto-based Channel Zero, which owns the speciality channels, is required by its license to air at least 35 per cent Canadian programming “over the broadcast year and during the evening broadcast period.”
The CRTC is holding a hearing on April 28 to review the license renewal application for the channels.
The regulator is also concerned the broadcaster failed to provide the minimum 90 per cent closed captioning for English-language programming.
The CRTC could choose not to renew Channel Zero’s license, to renew it for a shorter period, or suspend it with an order to comply with the license conditions.
Channel Zero is not commenting on the CRTC’s concerns but has previously described the lack of Canadian programming as an error.
Canada is a major player in the production of porn, with thriving companies based in Toronto and Montreal.</blockuote>
I'm inclined to wonder if this might not be a bad way of getting more high-profile Canadian porn produced. Cancon seems to have helped produce stronger music and other cultural industries, after all. I'm also inclined to consider seriously the argument of The Globe and Mail's Kate Taylor that this raises issues of the relevance of Canadian content regulation to some media.
[I]n a land awash in American programming, Canadian content regulations have a larger purpose, to reserve some portion of cultural space for domestic product so that Canadians occasionally see Canada and Canadians on TV. Adult movies may be culture in the broadest definition of the term, but they don’t have much redeeming social value. Unlike sitcoms or dramas, which are potentially filled with meaning that contributes to a social conversation, porn is a generic product whose national origins are as unimportant as those of a light bulb or a vibrator.
Beyond that, however, lies a nastier question about all Canadian broadcasting: How effectively can you ever compel commercial interests to advance public policy objectives? Lots of anodyne specialty channels featuring comedy, cooking and cartoons as well as the main commercial networks themselves have to meet more onerous programming requirements than the AOV trio and it is often not in their best business interests to do so. Depending on their niche, they can usually buy American content more cheaply than they can produce Canadian, and they rarely show much enthusiasm for their obligations, squirming around the regulations in one inventive way or another. Commercial Canadian broadcaster is something of an oxymoron; one of the reasons Canada needs a powerful public broadcaster is so that at least one institution can operate free of that contradiction and dedicate itself to Canadian programming.
|[LINK] "From Syria to São Paulo
's recent article
published at The Cairo Review of Global Affairs
takes a look at the presence of Syrians
of whatever religious background (and Arabs
more generally) in Brazil. Brazil's large populations of Arab and Jewish background dates back to the 1880s, and have seen interesting fluxes in identity, political behaviour, and relationships with other groups.
Middle Eastern immigrants began trickling into Brazil as early as the 1850s, and Arab descendants mark 1885 as the official beginning of their immigration from Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria. The 1890s witnessed the first large-scale arrival. The Rio newspaper Gazeta de Notícias reported that crowds of “strange tanned and bearded men” attracted much “admiration and distrust” on the part of Brazilians. Those first immigrants largely became peddlers, initially selling objects brought from the Holy Land, such as amulets, rosaries, and small religious images. They later began to sell matches, clothes, and haberdashery in remote places that did not have established trade, such as in the suburbs and regions far from urban centers. Arab peddlers spread throughout the country.
About 4.5 million immigrants entered Brazil between 1872 and 1949. Approximately 400,000 of these were Asians, Arabs, and Jews. Europeans, who made up the majority of the immigrants, were welcomed and could rely on large private or public programs to help them settle. The Brazilian government and the elites believed that Europeans were the “ideal immigrants,” able to work as farmers, settlers, and craftsmen; and they also assisted in “whitening” society after centuries of African slavery. Asians, Arabs, and Jews on the other hand, were considered by the government and elites as non-white or “imperfect white” and, with the exception of the Japanese arrivals in 1908, could not rely on official immigration programs at all.
The Arabs were Ottoman subjects leaving an empire that did not officially allow their departure, as they were needed for cultivating the land and serving in the army. The Sublime Porte also feared the poor image that some immigrants projected of the Ottoman Empire—as they begged on the streets of European cities such as Marseille and Genoa to afford passage to the Americas. The Brazilian government showed little interest in encouraging immigrants who had no intention of working in agriculture and were not seen as white and Western.
[. . .]
Over time, these immigrants and their descendants began to project varying identities. Some 85 percent of the Arabs in all the waves of immigration to Brazil were predominantly Christian; they included Roman Catholics, Maronites, Antiochene Orthodox, Melkites, and Protestants. As the anthropologist Paulo Pinto points out, some immigrants focused on ethnic issues, using the generic term “Arab” or the term “Syrian-Lebanese” common in Brazil. Others gave more importance to their places of origin, such as Beirut, Zahle, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Homs, Aleppo, or Damascus. There was still an emphasis on “national” origin, including by Syrians, Lebanese, and Palestinians. Among the Muslim immigrants, membership in one of the various sects, such as Sunni, Shiite, Druze, and Alawite, also shaped their self-designation. Jews immigrating from the Middle East could have an Arab or Sephardic identity, as well as a deep connection to their hometowns, such as Sidon, Safed, Beirut, Istanbul, or Smyrna.
Until the 1940s, a relatively close relationship existed among Arab Christians, Arab Muslims, and Arab Jews in Brazil. In a series of popular essays on the religions of Rio de Janeiro published in 1904, the Brazilian writer João do Rio noted that the Arab Jews of the city center were more integrated with the rest of the Arab immigrants than with the Ashkenazi Jews of European background, who also had begun to settle in what was then capital of the country. The historian Rachel Mizrahi, in her 2003 book Jewish Immigrants of the Middle East: São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, highlights that the area of Rio where Arab Muslim, Christian and Jewish families lived was called Little Turkey—a reference to the Ottoman Arab territories—and that it was a space of “respect and cordiality.” There are some published memoirs and photographs that evoke the rounds of hookah and backgammon games that united the Arabs of different religions in downtown Rio in the first decades of the twentieth century. Something quite similar happened in São Paulo’s Mooca district.
|[LINK] "Windsor-Detroit border project needs $250M from U.S."
I've been following the ongoing issues surrounding the ideologically-driven reluctance of the responsible parties in the United States to build a second bridge to serve the needs of the Detroit-Windsor conurbation
straddling the Ontario-Michigan border. This CBC report
doesn't reassure me.
(Does the United States want
Canada to take over Detroit?)
Canadian poiticians and border critics want U.S. President Barack Obama’s to include $250 million US in his next budget for a new customs plaza in Detroit.
It's one of the biggest and most critical pieces of infrastructure needed in a new international crossing between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit, Mich.
Canada has pledged to pay for the entire $1-billion span and property acquisition in Detroit, but wants the U.S. to pay for and build a new $250-million customs plaza in Detroit.
Last month, Ottawa dedicated $630 million for property acquisitions in Detroit and preparatory construction work.
Roy Norton, Canada's consul general in Detroit, said “all of the other hurdles have been overcome” in moving forward with a new bridge.
Last year, Obama issued a presidential permit for the bridge. Only America's commitment to a new customs plaza is lacking.
“There’s no formal commitment on the part of the U.S. government to fund that customs plaza,” Norton said.
Earlier this month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had failed to commit to funding for the plaza on the U.S. side. He called it a major hurdle in the construction of the crossing.
In an effort to force the funding, U.S. Representative Gary Peters introduced the Customs Plaza Construction Act of 2014. It calls on Washington to commit $250 million to the new plaza.
"This budget could be a logical opportunity to do that,” Norton said.
|[LINK] Two Tin Man posts on same-sex marriage in the United States
In a welcome return to blogging, the Tin Man has made a couple of posts on same-sex marriage in the United States. The first, "The Next Marriage Debate"
, touches on second-order consequences of same-sex marriage.
Having lost the debate over public discrimination, opponents of equality have moved on — or retreated — to arguing for the right to private discrimination, couched as “religious liberty”: the right of bakers, photographers, florists, and so on, to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings. First the opponents feared that churches would be forced to marry gay couples, but most of them soon realized this was ridiculous, since the First Amendment prevents the government from forcing churches to perform particular religious services. So they moved on from defending religious institutions to defending businesses owned by religious individuals.
That’s a murkier issue. Whether private businesses have the right to discriminate is something on which I haven’t completely made up my mind. My gut and my heart firmly oppose such discrimination; I don’t see why a private business has any more right to discriminate against gay couples than it has the right to discriminate against a particular race. If you choose to enter the public marketplace, you must play by public rules. Adults should know that they can’t always do what they want. It’s the price for being a member of society.
But part of me can see the other side. Photography and baking and flower arranging are not just business practices; they are also forms of artistic, personal expression, expressions of one’s selfhood. And if someone really, truly opposes gay weddings, should we make that person take part in such a wedding?
The second, "On Rod Dreher and the Futility of Arguing"
, reacts to a Rod Dreher column prophesizing doom.
Logic doesn’t work, because a person’s beliefs are a product of one’s own psychology, one’s own biochemistry, one’s own history, and those are deep-rooted and powerful things. It’s like thinking all you need to do is repair a patch in the ceiling, and realizing you actually need to tear the whole house down to fix the problem.
Anyway, to counter Dreher: he really thinks that letting five percent of the population get married is what will “topple the cultural authority of Christianity”? Does he not realize that centuries of epochal change in our understanding of the universe and ourselves have already toppled it? Galileo, Newton, evolution, the germ theory of disease, Freud, brain science, the whole scientific revolution — no, apparently gay marriage is the Rubicon, the final straw.
|[PHOTO] Men's rights on the Toronto subway
dating ad on a subway car on the Bloor-Danforth line was first defaced by--I presume--an advocate of the men's rights movement
. "WOMEN EXPLOIT MEN - BEFORE, DURING & AFTER MARRIAGE" the author wrote in red block letters. "lol men's rights" below appeared at a later date.
(What this dialogue means, I do not know. Ridiculosity at least got publically contested.)
- méanfach a ligean
- dylyfu gên
- 打哈欠 dǎ hāqian
- 欠伸する (あくびする)
I was surprised to realise the other day that not only was this a verb I couldn't recall for any languages but English and German, but it was one for which, even after having looked them up, the equivalents didn't look familiar to me. Do English- and German-speakers really talk about yawning more than other people?
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- Wed, 03:49: Why didn’t Hitler drink tequila? It made him mean.
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Some of the NYTimes's bad sentences are funny, some disheartening, and a few really verge on the dangerous. Rapid readers (and those who expect to see the sense they already are convinced of) might well be misled by this in today's online edititon:
"Ms. Feinstein has proved to be a bulwark for intelligence agencies in recent years: publicly defending the National Security Agency’s telephone and Internet surveillance activities, the C.I.A.’s authority over drone strikes and the F.B.I.’s actions under the Patriot Act against a growing bipartisan chorus of critics."
Are we not led to ask what actions under the Patriot Act the FBI took against a growing chorus of critics?
|Tuesday, March 11th, 2014|
|[ISL] "PEI2014: The Island Web at 20"
Peter Rukavina has a nice post
explaining his contribution to getting Prince Edward Island onto the Internet: creating the Island's first website. The whole project sounds so remarkably and amusingly low-tech by our standards.
2014 almost marks the 20th anniversary of the first Prince Edward Island website, one I was happy to midwife during my tenure at the PEI Crafts Council from 1993 to 1994.
The site – www.crafts-council.pe.ca – isn’t around any longer (although its ancestor is) and it’s old enough that’s it’s not even archives in the Wayback Machine. It went live on July 7, 1994, announced with a press release sent out, among other destinations, to Usenet, where it remains archived for posterity. My favourite part of that press release is “For additional information on the World Wide Web, contact Tim Berners-Lee at the European Labratory for Particle Physics.”
The site itself was running on an IBM-PC sitting on my desk at 156 Richmond Street in Charlottetown. It was running Linux, and was connected to the Internet via two 14.4 kbps modems, one on eash end of a leased Island Tel copper circuit, with the other end at PEINet on Kent Street across from the fire hall. That’s about 1500 times less bandwidth than I have running into my office now, but it did the job.
|Wednesday, March 12th, 2014|
|I suspect spring hayfever has arrived
Work was busy but manageable today. Managed to juggle two intersecting meetings, hopefully without insulting the people in either. Well, you know how it is, it's nobody's fault
, but when you're having to run out of one meeting early to get to the second one, and are asking the person chairing the meeting to reorganise the agenda so you can get your important bit done, it's always a bit awkward.
Fortunately we are all reasonable professionals. No, really. They're all decent people.
I'm glad to have good coworkers.