Monday, November 17, 2014

Drunk birds sober up in Environment Yukon holding tank - North - CBC News

Silly birds!  Great photo with this article

Drunk birds sober up in Environment Yukon holding tank - North - CBC News: "Birds in Yukon are getting tipsy on fermented berries, so Environment Yukon has set up an avian drunk tank where they can sober up safely."

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Cut a semi-circle in the middle of a piece of cardstock using a full circle die.

This YouTube video first shows how to use an embossing folder to emboss just an edge of a piece of cardstock.

Next, she shows one method of cutting a semi-circle in the center of a piece of cardstock using a full circle die.

This could easily be made into a semi-circle "window" by using a straight edge to slice out the bottom of the semi-circle.

Or, to create a place card that has a shape extending above the folded edge.  To do that, you would just have to fold the cardstock along the line that would create the semi-circle above.

Using the same full circle die on a different piece of cardstock, you could then give the illusion that the circle is separate from and extending from the top of, your folded place card.

I'll have to do some of these in the future and take some pictures.


Fall of the Berlin Wall - Google Search

Today, 9-Nov-2014 is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  My daughter was born in Dec. 1989 and has never known a world with the wall in it.

Her grandfather was a paratrooper at Normandy.

 I wish she had grown up in a world without war at all.

You would think that after all these thousands of years we would know better.

Being born in the sixty's I guess I'm just naive in wishing for "live and let live."

Fall of the Berlin Wall - Google Search: "Fall of the Berlin Wall"

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

'The beginning of the long dash' indicates 75 years of official time on CBC - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC News

I didn't know that the CBC was involved in the telephone talking clock or the Network Time Protocol!

I used the telephone talking clock at least once a week before the advent of the internet.  Working in a round-the-clock shift worker household and with aviation's precision time-keeping, it was important to me that our household clocks reflected the "real time".

Then the internet replaced the phone calls to the NRC clock.  I always was mildly curious about who ran the internet clock.

It's taken me years of retirement to let go of my obsession keeping all the clocks in this rural home "on time".  I always expected our electricity to be somewhat less than perfect when we were living up north.  I was surprised, though I don't know why, to discover rural electricity "down south" can be just as variable.

Last weekend when the fall time change happened I realized how lax I've become.  The clocks from one end of the house were out by as much as 10 minutes from the other end!  I can imagine what it will be like when Himself retires as well.

With no one at work and no one in school, with the "farm time" beating in weeks and months, I imagine our non-computer clocks will suffer even more from lack of attention.

At least there's always the CBC radio on in the background of the craft room.  The hourly long dash keeping me at least peripherally aware of the passage of time.

'The beginning of the long dash' indicates 75 years of official time on CBC - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC News: "The control room contains the systems used to disseminate official time to the public, including the telephone talking clock, the CBC daily time broadcasts, computer time clocks, and the internet servers for Network Time Protocol (NTP). (NRC)"

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Make Any Size Box Using Your Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board and Box B...

Start tutorial at the 6 minute mark with a 9 inch square piece of paper to make a box 51/2 x 4 x 1 inch to hold 4 cards with their envelopes.

Box Buster


I'm in rest & recovery mode from MCB's visit.  Sore hands and joints mean watchin' TV, DVDs and YouTube crafting videos!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Chinese Lanterns arrive from the East coast

I surprised Zoo with some east coast chinese lanterns. I am totally stunned they survived an airplane ride in my suitcase....intact.

Ohhhh soooo pretty!!

MCB : )

Cards -- Summer Dresses

MCB learned how to make a summer dress out of a circle.  We used my scalloped circle die-cut.

The exact nestabilities dies are labeled on the cardboard templates.

Summer Dresses - right click, open in a new tab/window to see full size

Purses are made from scraps, I hand lettered the sentiment, doily for the lace under-petticoat-thingy!  This time the card bases were purchased at a craft store, SGD online.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bountiful sect members face polygamy, child-related charges - British Columbia - CBC News

If, after almost 10 years of investigation, the justice system can't legally charge these folks with any crime, isn't it time to just let them be?

Don't get me wrong, I'm against polygamy and am especially disgusted with Mr. Blackmore.  He's a pompous ass.  I feel for the women and children that have so little control over their own lives and suffer from a lack of education.

However, we, Canadians, believe in religious freedom.  There are many women who leave the community, they have set up organizations of their own to help those who wish to leave.  Apparently, they are not breaking any laws.

We, Canadians, have a poor track record when it comes to "helping
civilize" peoples we feel need it.  Residential schools anyone?

Enough already.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Google Love ... with a side of Pasta

gawd ... I love Google!

Google knows what I need, better than I do!

and, ... if you're interested, ... the links:

Guide to Noodles

Cook's Thesaurus: Pasta Rods

Different Types of Pasta Explained

I'm catching up on the current season of "Hell's Kitchen", I've always wondered what exactly "capellini" is.  OK, so it's a pasta, rod shaped.  How does it differ from other rods?  Now, thanks to Google, I know.

Thanks again Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Monday, July 07, 2014

"Hurry up, kids! We’re late for school!"

Urocyon's Jaunts: " catsbeaversandducks: "Hurry up, kids! We’re late for school!" Photo by ©Jeanette DiAnda (via youneedacat)"

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"Hurry up, kids! We’re late for school!"

Living with Chronic Illness

I've been "at home, sick" aka on disability pension, since March 2002.  Generally, I've been living my "new normal" for a long time and don't often think about "being sick".  My illness is as managed as it can be, I know my body's limitations and, more or less, live within them.  There are still the odd days that I long to be back at work but as more and more of my old co-workers retire, it happens less and less.

What irks and saddens me most though, is how small my world has become.  My immediate family, a sister, a long-distance crafting buddy [weekly skype dates] and my health care professionals.  These are the people I see.

I absolutely dread running into anyone that knew me "before I got sick".  Ugh.  The weight gain, the lack of mobility, my drunken gait [vertigo, not booze], the ravages of my medication that show on my skin and hair.

Urocyon's Jaunts: "IN TODAY'S SOCIETY, CHRONIC ILLNESS IS VIEWED AS A PERSONAL FAILING › When I recently read the phrase, “I’m embarrassed to be sick,” it made my stomach clench and my breath catch.  ... a reluctance to be seen or even talk to people–especially those that knew me before I became chronically ill. ...   ... In our competitive society, chronic infirmity or illness is viewed as a personal failing rather than the random stroke of fate that it is.  "

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Thank goodness for the internet.  My connection to the world, news, entertainment.  I visit on blogs like I used to go for coffee.  I don't have to excuse my looks.  Hell, I don't even have to be showered and dressed!  Plus, if I'm awake at 3am, my "pals" on the internet are too.  Thanks for being there internet.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Wasagamach children still live without running water ...

... or flush toilets, but the Harper Government is spending an outrageous amount of money for their temporary quarters during a renovation.

The Harper Government should re-locate to St. Theresa Point during their reno project.  Perhaps they'd get more work done surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian Shield and Boreal forest.  As well as develop a better understanding of life in Garden Hill, St. Theresa Point and Wasagamach.

I can not believe our government is seriously spending this kind of money on a temporary structure.  I wonder how many Aboriginal homes could be supplies with running water and flush toilets for this amount of money.


$42M glass dome approved for Parliament - Politics - CBC News: "The temporary Commons chamber will have exactly the same dimensions and layout as the existing one, complete with tiered seating for MPs and overhanging visitors' galleries. The soaring glass ceiling is being designed to match the neo-Gothic architecture of the rest of the Parliament Buildings."

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Dorothy Hodgkin, Nobel prize winning biochemist, celebrated in Google Doodle | Technology |

Dorothy Hodgkin, Nobel prize winning biochemist, celebrated in Google Doodle | Technology | "Hodgkin remains the only British woman to have ever won one of the Science Nobels, which she was awarded in 1964. Photograph: Google Google has honoured the Nobel prize winning biochemist Dorothy Hodgkin, with her very own Google Doodle on what would have been the scientist's 104th birthday."

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting for Spring

There's still a bit of snow in the yard, but I'm hopeful.  Surely we'll be seeing the lilacs soon enough.
Our lilac bush is at least 50 years old.

Here are some photos from last year's bloom.
check out the tight buds in the center


Bring some inside so the entire house smells lovely.
Everyone loves lilacs.

More flower pictures.

Friday, April 04, 2014

It's official: Winnipeg's winter the coldest since 1898 - Manitoba - CBC News

It's official: Winnipeg's winter the coldest since 1898 - Manitoba - CBC News: ""

"- and it's not over yet! ... don't get carried away, because 12 per cent of Manitoba's annual snowfall arrives in April."

"We do see a significant change of a season when you get into April," he said. "The bad news is, don't put away the snow shovel."

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dear Ellen Come to Nunavut and educate yourself and your fans.

Ellen needs to visit this girl and get a Nunavut Education.  As well as education her followers and fans on the Inuit way of life.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A new Webcam to Watch

I went to Ustream to watch the press conference the TSB had for the release of their investigative report into the crash at Resolute Bay, August 2011.  After the report video ended, a "featured site" promotion came up with this hummer cam.

There is also a chat associated with this camera and I learned that everyone was on "hatch watch".  These are always exciting times for birding webcams as I've been on a few "hatch watches" with the Peregrine Falcon cams in Manitoba.

The camera is set up in someone's front yard in California and there is quite the community "on the branch".  I checked in tonight and sure enough, there was a pre-dawn hatch today, March 28, 2014.

Here are a couple of screenshots I captured.

Phoebe, a non-migratory Allen's Hummingbird

Here is a shot of her newborn:
less than one day old

Feeding time
Open wide!

Phoebe Allen's Hummingbird.

Phoebe Allens WebCam

Phoebe Allens WebCam

Watching new born humming bird!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Edward Snowden did us all a favour, it's time to curb the snooping - World - CBC News

Edward Snowden did us all a favour, it's time to curb the snooping - World - CBC News: "It is no longer radical to be alarmed that trillions of records of phone calls and emails have been maintained for years now in massive government "haystacks" — just in case."

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Extreme Ice Survey: memory of a landscape - World - CBC News

Very cool photos of glaciers around the world.  Love the colour of the old year ice!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

TURKEY: under Ottoman Empire treaty with Catherine the Great if Crimea declares independence it returns to Turkey | Voices of Ukraine

An interesting comment on another situation with the "we are all treaty people" adverts in mind ...

"burak_tatar on March 19, 2014 - 1:32 amI am a citizen of Turkey and right now we are only slightly interested with the situation in Ukraine and Crimea.  ... ...
Also I don’t think that international relations would function that way. I mean, of course the treaties are important but the advantages of those treaties are only applicable when your state is strong enough. nobody would give you Crimea just because a treaty that you signed 2 hundred years ago. back then, Ottomans were stronger and they had a hope to re-capture Crimea,  ... ... it would be funny to defy Russia to control Crimea and it would also be a deathly mistake."

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Why the 'Cowboys-and-Indians' photo is not OK - Aboriginal - CBC

Yet more food for thought:

"yukon23Please hold your complaints, and accusations of racism, for the real instances of racism and discrimination.
All the articles, complaints, "awareness campaigns", etc just make sure that the serious events are hidden in the constant drone of "racism, racism, discrimination, discrimation, rights, rights".
Everybody is offended by something. Show your true strength by brushing off this petty BS that is done with no ill will.
Save your breath, and your credibility, for when Quebec passes another obscene bylaw. 
How is this article ten times the length of the story of the hotel charging Aboriginal People %50 more for a room.
THAT'S racist. That is horrible.
A cheer team taking a fun picture from an age old cliche fit for halloween is a joke.
Pick your battles would ya? Please? I'm begging"

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More food for thought ... Why the 'Cowboys-and-Indians' photo is not OK - Aboriginal - CBC

This is an interesting comment to the story:

"MSmittyThis article was too politico-academic for my likes. 
The arguments against cultural appropriation reflect an insecurity amongst native people. Head-dresses in of themselves are symbolic of anachronistic clan-based societies and military chiefdoms. The "Big Man" wore the biggest head-dress. Not much different than any other clan-based society to be honest. It is not an insult, it is what it is. Us Anglo-Saxons came from a long line of filthy barbarians who never bathed or shaved but made good steel. Our barbarian "big man" also wore the biggest hat. We changed along the way... 
In any case, aboriginals do not own a right to use feathers as fashion accessories. So suck it up on that one. 
Her argument that indigenous women are 'hyper-sexualized" was nonsense. The "vanishing Indian" myth had little to do with sexuality, though one of its more ironic and interesting stories did involve a woman, in the Eastern US. The "Indian Princess" I will concede. However, every culture has its own sexualized feminine ideal. Seriously, the naughty nurse, the sexy librarian, the cheerleader, the geisha, etc. Her argument that this somehow puts women in danger is specious and actually insulting to the intelligence of those of us who know about the violence FN women can face and know it generally starts at home on the rez! 
I can deal with saying this was "not OK", or "inappropriate". However, I think we would be wise to save the word "racist" for those moments where the racism is all there. 
Being insensitive is not racism. Racism requires more than cultural appropriation. It requires hatred. Mere ignorant stereotypes which do not promote hatred and are without malice are not racist. It cheapens the word to call them racist."

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Further to ... the 'Cowboys-and-Indians' photo is not OK - Aboriginal - CBC

I'm now reading through the comments to this article with the "Most Liked" filter engaged.

... heavy sigh ...

This is when I become overwhelmed, wonder how this mess will ever be sorted out, wonder what I can possibly do to make the situation better, tear up over the immensity of the racial divide in my beloved country, ... ... ... and close the browser window.

However, in these two comments there is a spark of hope.  The first is an indication of how the public education system has failed us all, the second, a succinct list of analogies that everyone should be able to understand.

Two thumbs up for Anatpuk!

Why the 'Cowboys-and-Indians' photo is not OK - Aboriginal - CBC:

Ms Mackenzie- a white settler? (shaking head) If an aboriginal person dresses up in a `white` business suit, should I be offended? If Im of Scots descent and a black person wears a kilt (as is actually the case in many Pipe and Drum bands in Canada) should I be offended? If Im Italian and an Asian wears a toga should I be offended? If a German wears a straw peaked hat should Vietnamese be offended? If an Asian wears Austrian- trachten, should Austrians be offended? This whole thing is just too ridiculous, and everyone is just way too sensitive,« less 3 days ago 22 Likes Like Share 
 Anatpuk @CeeDeeEnn, 
  • A business suit isn't a cultural item 
  • Black people have never systematically slaughtered Scots 
  • Asians have never created Italian race specific law in Italy 
  • Vietnamese have never stolen land from Germans 
  • Asians have never abducted Austrian children, raped them and forced them to speak mandarian, japanese or korean. 
The whole thing is not too sensitive, the whole thing is too poorly understood to see why this is offensive to Aboriginal people"

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Why the 'Cowboys-and-Indians' photo is not OK - Aboriginal - CBC

Serious food for thought.  As a "self-confessed white-settler" myself, I have long been aware of the harm caused to our indigenous communities.

In the early 1980s I was posted to a High Arctic community.  My education and curiosity began then.  I wanted to know why on earth anyone would live on the "island of gravel" I was visiting.  Doing some research, I learned about the Canadian Government of the 1950's "program" [pogrom?] of enhancing Canadian Sovereignty over the Arctic by moving indigenous communities.

First of all, WTF!  The paternalistic gall of our leaders! [and a tangent for another day]

Then I learned that my location was not the intended destination.  During the transfer, the ship got stopped by ice short of their destination. Because they could go no further that year, it was decided to change the destination and re-locate the community to this uninhabited island.  The epitome of "close enough for government work".

Never mind that it was uninhabited for a reason, there was nothing there!  No hunting, fishing, or any of the natural resources that original communities settled in places for.

I was gob-smacked that the government would move four extended families to this isolated and barren location and literally abandon them there!  I would learn about residential schools five years later.

I personally have been paralyzed for decades after learning of just these two policies of the government.  How can anyone ever make up for, apologize enough for, these kinds of horrific events affecting decades and generations of people?

We, the "royal we", Canadians, have got to start with educating the general public.  Since the internet, and reading comments by average citizens, I am appalled by the lack of education about indigenous peoples.

Reading essays like this one is a start.

The Aboriginal section of is a start.

Why the 'Cowboys-and-Indians' photo is not OK - Aboriginal - CBC: "As stereotypes of indigenous people and a frontier narrative of white-settler ‘progress’ are part of our liberal ideology, it is possible to both have good intentions and act in racist ways within Canada and Saskatchewan.

However, ‘good intentions’ do not undo the effects of our actions nor should they excuse them.

Rather, our responsibility as a (white-settler) community needs to shift from simple blind ‘good intentions’ (which justifies a continued ignorance of the effects of our practices) to critical reflection on our practices before we engage in them and reparations when we cause harm (whether unintentional or intentional)."

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There are incredibly smart people in this world!

Keith Ledgerwood - Did Malaysian Airlines 370 disappear using SIA68/SQ68 (another 777)?:

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cat parasite found in Western Arctic belugas - Technology & Science - CBC News

Cat parasite found in Western Arctic belugas - Technology & Science - CBC News: "For the first time, a parasite that can affect humans has been found infecting Arctic beluga whales killed for food, suggesting one way climate change could pose a threat to human health."

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

RCMP seek northern Manitoba's 5 most wanted - Manitoba - CBC News

RCMP seek northern Manitoba's 5 most wanted - Manitoba - CBC News: "RCMP in northern Manitoba are asking for the public's help in locating five people wanted for various criminal offences."

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and the Inquiry into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Phoenix Sinclair

An excerpt from the Executive Summary of the final report from the inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair.

My hope is that the heart wrenching evidence I heard in Phase One of this inquiry will serve as a catalyst to ensure that the recommendations that emerge from this report are wholeheartedly embraced and implemented. The protection of children is a shared value of the whole community. The public interest that this Inquiry has

received encourages me in the belief that achievement of the better protection of all Manitoba’s children, and especially the most vulnerable, will be the true legacy of Phoenix Sinclair. 

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As our nation's broadcaster, I think the CBC is failing in its' mandate when it chose to close this article to comments.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Another place on the inter-webs to spend some time ...

It's January.  My annual slide into the dark places of S.A.D. [Seasonal Affective Disorder].

A few days ago I sat down in front of the computer and have been reading the internet.  Until I start feeling better, I'll just keep on reading until I've read it all.

Unwrapping the History of the Doggie Bag | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian: "...ask for a doggie bag. But as you're waiting for your waiter to come back with a box, do you ever stop to wonder how this commonplace dining practice started off? "

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10 popular quotes, and who really said them - Canada - CBC News

Now here's a couple of job titles you don't run into that often!

10 popular quotes, and who really said them - Canada - CBC News: "Many popular turns of phrase were said by someone other than the person to whom they are often attributed - and in some cases were never said at all. But how do you find the true source of a quotation?

"Elementary, my dear Watson." You ask someone in the know.

That's Fred Shapiro, the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations. He's also the author of the Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations and is a contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary, as well as a librarian and lecturer at Yale Law School. "

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There is also a link to "Quote Investigator" from the CBC article page, that I find interesting.

Of course, now that I'm writing a post about quotes and want to include one or two of my favourites, my mind is blank.  Can't think of any.  What's your favourite quote?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Gmail Assist Spam

This needs to be an opt-in feature or it is just allowing spam into my inbox.  If Gmail is going to assist spam instead of guarding against it, then it's not an email client for me.

Official Gmail Blog: Reach the people you know more easily:

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