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Monday, August 21st, 2017

Subject:This weekend's reflection
Time:6:03 pm.
Reflection for 19-20 August 2017
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Text: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Romans 11:13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28.

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Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Subject:Smartphone, dumbperson?
Time:1:16 pm.
A recent study demonstrates that having a smartphone within one's sphere of awareness is distracting, reducing one's ability to concentrate effectively. From the Discussion section of Experiment 1 (p. 146):
[T]hese results suggest that the mere presence of one’s smartphone may reduce available cognitive capacity and impair cognitive functioning, even when consumers are successful at remaining focused on the task at hand.
It seems that it is best to leave the phone out of sight, and preferably even in another room, when doing anything which requires intensive thinking.

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Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Subject:Last weekend's reflection
Time:8:13 pm.
Reflection for 24-25 June 2017
Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Text: Jeremiah 20:10-13, Romans 5:12-15, Matthew 10:26-33.

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Subject:Good to be back
Time:4:24 pm.
After a hiatus of a few weeks, I'm back to my martial arts practices. The break was enjoyable in some ways, but it's good to see everyone and catch up, to move that way again, and to experience (and contribute to) the energizing effects of the space and practice.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Subject:Phishing warning (yes, another one)
Time:9:27 am.
Google Docs shares may not be what they seem; exercise caution, and if you have gotten caught, revoke permissions to the fake app and change your password ASAP.

Telegraph article

Wired article

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Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Subject:Phishing warning
Time:11:21 am.
There is a unicode hack which can make a link look like a trusted site while actually sending you to a phishing site in Chrome or FireFox. Actions to fix this are described in the article.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Subject:Leather jackets?
Time:10:54 am.
Mood: okay.
Since Danier has closed all but 4 stores, where does one go to get a good leather jacket in Ottawa? Recommendations?

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Subject:Pictures of the flood
Time:9:48 am.
Mood: awake.
Pictures from the flood mentioned in my previous post; cellphone camera, click to biggify.

floodwaters over road, with little waves breaking

floodwaters over road, with sign warning of possible water on road
The sign is a warning of possible standing water on road in spring or after heavy rains.

floodwaters partially covering trees and shrubs

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Monday, April 10th, 2017

Subject:Halloooo DreamWidth!
Time:2:23 pm.
Mood: chipper.
It's great to be here tonight, folks! Or at least, that's what two-thirds of LJ's userbase seems to think right now!

This should still crosspost there; I'll keep my LJ alive for a while, but I've ended my automatic paid account renewal.

In other news, I had hoped to get to Quebec City for a martial arts seminar (aikido and iaido), but got hit last week by the flu that's going around town. I spent the weekend in town with family instead.

[personal profile] diaspora and I got out to the Cobbs's Creek and Bearbrook Creek spring floods yesterday, where we saw more water than we usually would, and consequentially fewer geese. We did still see a decent number of Canada and Snow Geese, and quite a few Pintail Ducks. We also saw more muskrats than I've seen in one place before, including some young ones--very cute.

The water was high because of recent intense rains, which flooded not only the creeks, but our basement, via the window. Fortunately, the main casualties were empty boxes, which went out with recycling this morning. We'll have to get the back yard regraded, as the root cause of the flooding is subsidence of the ground around the foundation. We'll probably recaulk the window too, and get some insulation replaced to head off any mold issues.

Yes, I'm trying to be a bit more vocal on here... maybe we can get some energy back into a decent social platform!

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Subject:Welp, that's a thing.
Time:11:20 am.
This may be my last direct post on LJ: I'm importing everything over to DreamWidth and will figure out how to crosspost from there. It's been a long time, I created this account in 2004. When DW got started, I reserved my username, but didn't really do much else with it, but I'm glad I did that much!

Given the recent ToS changes here, the flock is moving, and social media is all about the flock. Interestingly, the ToS update stated that it did not apply to paid accounts, but it didn't say what the status of paid accounts is.
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Friday, February 10th, 2017

Subject:Company news
Time:5:27 pm.
Export Development Canada (EDC) prepared a video featuring the company I work for; check it out (under 4 mins). No CGI, all real footage at a volcano where we actually have instruments deployed.

In related news, we're hiring; see our careers page. If you're interested, let me know, and I can forward your resume; as at many companies, there is a referral bonus, and I'm the sharing kind.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Subject:Helping refugees
Time:12:31 pm.
Fellow Canadians, please join me in signing Petition e-800 (link is to Parliament petition website). This petition is to remove a regulation which would prevent Canada from considering refugee applicants refused by the USA. Until recently, this regulation was useful in preventing abuse of the refugee applicant system, but the current US President has violated the treaties which underpin the Canada-US Agreement on which this policy was based.
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Friday, January 13th, 2017

Subject:PSA: Google Accounts phishing
Time:2:14 pm.
When asked to log in to Google, always check that the padlock icon is green and locked and the first text in the address bar is "https://[service].google.com/".
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Subject:Please don't text and drive.
Time:2:56 pm.
And not just because you'll get caught, but because if you're reading this, I probably prefer you alive.
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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Subject:I'm imagining what led to this, and it can't be good
Time:10:55 am.
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Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Subject:This weekend's reflection
Time:3:23 pm.
Reflection for 17-18 December 2016
Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

Text: Isaiah 7:10-14, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-24.

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Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Subject:Pairing note
Time:7:54 pm.
Dick Taylor's Bunches and Bunches Gingersnaps 70% Guatamalan Chocolate and Rochefort "10" Belgian Trappist Ale go really, really nicely together.
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Monday, October 17th, 2016

Time:5:38 pm.
This weekend, I went to two very different concerts.

Friday night: Joseph Edgar at Cabaret La Basoche in Gatineau (Aylmer). He's an Acadian rock singer-songwriter, performing mainly in French; soul_diaspora was the impetus for going to that one. It was a fun and energetic show; he's at that point of his career where he's getting a bit of airplay, but he's still humble and a bit overwhelmed at having sold-out shows a long way from home, even in such a small and intimate venue as that (about 120 audience). His accent lends a distinctive character to his singing, and carries his emotiveness well. He was backed up by a solid band, notably a drummer/bassist/singer who could do all three of those things at once. Our tablemates had come down from Montreal, in a rare reversal: usually, folks from here go there to catch the good music, especially in the case of francophone performers.

Saturday afternoon: Angela Hewitt (piano), with three significant talents from the NAC Orchestra, Yosuke Kawasaki (violin), David Marks (viola), and Rachel Mercer (cello), at the National Gallery. These afternoon concerts are a great opportunity to hear some less well-known classical music in a casual setting. The first piece was Three Romances (Op. 22) by Clara Schumann, a woman of considerable talents as both a composer and performer. Next was Beethoven's Serenade in D major (Op. 8), of which the fourth movement (Adagio--Scherzo) was my favorite of the concert; the following movement (Allegretto alla polacca) is fun too. After the intermission came Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet in E♭ major (Op. 47), which was the most integrated of the three works; rather than liking this or that movement, it was the whole piece which appealed. Ensemble performances are fun to watch, as the performers collaborate as equals rather than following the direction of a conductor, subtly riffing off each other in much the same spirit as musicians in less structured forms do more overtly.
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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Subject:F&SF Books (mostly by women) Meme
Time:1:19 pm.
Ones I've read are in bold. If I've read something else by that author, only the author's name is in bold. Ones on my "some day soon" list would be in italics if I had such a list. Ones I've read synopses of and don't want to read would be struck out if there were any. Ones I hadn't heard of before this list are underlined.

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Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Subject:Another reflection!
Time:4:46 pm.
Reflection for 28-29 May 2016
Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year C

Text: Genesis 14:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 9:11b-17.

As an occasional reflector, there are a quite a few sets of Sunday readings I’ve never preached on. This set, however, keeps coming up for me; apparently I’m going to keep working on this until I get it right.

Previous reflections on these readings from 2010 and 2004.

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