…of eruptions, Elton, gift & song…

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…”Sakurajima volcano erupts in Japan”…”It’s a little bit funny: Elton John surprises commuters with piano performance”…

Spectacular photos of nature’s wonders & a surprise delight for onlookers in today’s headlines.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/04/st-pancras-elton-john-surprises-london-commuters-with-piano-performance

Cheers to a FineFebruary Friday & SplendidlySensational Saturday & Sunday….a gift & your song!

Seize the day!

…of veggie, wing it & middle age…

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…”How To Make The Most of Winter Veggies”…”Seven chicken-wing recipes perfect for Super Bowl Sunday”…”Reasons to be cheerful, 1,2,3…Why There’s a Bright Side to Middle Age”…

Yes, there you have it in the headlines for a February Thursday.

Super Bowl is this Sunday! All football fans ‘America’ will be glued to their televisions, we used to say, but stats show nowadays that many watch online with their laptops or tablets! Rapid technology innovation is changing our world!

What’s your favourite winter vegetable?

Would you ‘turn up’ your nose to ‘carotid’ artery clogging butter ladened winter squash?!?!

Turnips and carrots a good second choice! Purse your lips to parsnips?…

Who doesn’t like chicken wings? Honey garlic or karaage style can be favourites or reach for the hoisin & chilies.

Apparently some of the bright sides of middle age are:

-“you can pretend to be a technophobe;
-you have a well developed sense of irony;
-confusion is the spice of middle-age;
-diapers and projectile vomiting are so last decade;
-your expectations, like interest rates, are sensibly low;
-you can express yourself eloquently without puppets!”

Middle-aged, younger, or well into your sunset years, cheers to a thoroughly thrilling Thursday that sings your thriving!!

Thanks be!

…of loonie & oil, demands & supply…

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…”Growing number of snowbirds selling US properties because of exchange rate”…”American buyers slow to move on Whistler real estate, despite lower loonie”…”We’re drowning in cheap oil, yet taxpayers still prop up this toxic industry”…

So read some headlines of the day that tell of our fallen loonie and weave an interesting tale on the price of oil.

“According to the International Monetary Fund, more money is spent, directly and indirectly, on subsidizing fossil fuels than on funding health services. The G20 countries alone spend over three times as much public money on oil, gas and coal than the whole world does on renewable energy.”

A dilemma deepens as it seems cheaper oil means more will be burned and as that happens, it will accelerate climate breakdown.

Whatever the demands may be for you this first February Wednesday before the Year of the Monkey gets into full swing, may the smiles of your day never be in short supply!

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…of Vancouver exit, MBA, & Alphabet…

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…”Aaorn Hildebrandt: I love Vancouver, but it doesn’t love me”…”Former Rotman dean: MBA programs must be more relevant”…”Alphabet: How it became the biggest company in the world”…

SOMETHING ABOUT “why a man finally gave up on living in Vancouver when it came to grow his family.”

And sadly & tellingly enough, a move for this young family to Vancouver Island, “a place that wants us to be there”, says it all.

SOMETHING ABOUT “the MBA being in for a rough ride for North America, as the payoff for employment vs. investing in your own startup just isn’t there and a need to teach not only narrow disciplines but to learn to solve complex multi-discipline problems that are the real business world.”

SOMETHING ABOUT “since Google restructured to become ‘Alphabet’ it has almost doubled its total value–despite its products remaining the same as ever.”

Apparently it’s all about ‘search’, and Youtube, and android in the quest for ‘value’.

And so it goes in a day’s headlines that certainly hint of big questions for the future.

Are there new ways?

Do there need to be new ways?

What’s ‘value’?!?!

Priorities.

Realities.

Cheers to a February Tuesday that sings innovation & smiles—you betcha !!!

…of February 1st…

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February 1st…

…1st day of Quebec Winter Carnival

…1st day of Black History month (USA & Canada)

…1st day of National Bird Feeding month (USA)

February
BY MARGARET ATWOOD

Winter. Time to eat fat
and watch hockey. In the pewter mornings, the cat,
a black fur sausage with yellow
Houdini eyes, jumps up on the bed and tries
to get onto my head. It’s his
way of telling whether or not I’m dead.
If I’m not, he wants to be scratched; if I am
He’ll think of something. He settles
on my chest, breathing his breath
of burped-up meat and musty sofas,
purring like a washboard. Some other tomcat,
not yet a capon, has been spraying our front door,
declaring war. It’s all about sex and territory,
which are what will finish us off
in the long run. Some cat owners around here
should snip a few testicles. If we wise
hominids were sensible, we’d do that too,
or eat our young, like sharks.
But it’s love that does us in. Over and over
again, He shoots, he scores! and famine
crouches in the bedsheets, ambushing the pulsing
eiderdown, and the windchill factor hits
thirty below, and pollution pours
out of our chimneys to keep us warm.
February, month of despair,
with a skewered heart in the centre.
I think dire thoughts, and lust for French fries
with a splash of vinegar.
Cat, enough of your greedy whining
and your small pink bumhole.
Off my face! You’re the life principle,
more or less, so get going
on a little optimism around here.
Get rid of death. Celebrate increase. Make it be spring.

Cheers to a 1st rate February 1st & Fine Festive February that has you ‘leaping’ into March after an extra fine fabulous 29th day!

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…of ‘corrupt’, ‘choice’, & ‘conundrum’…

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…”Canada ranked ninth least corrupt country in the world”…”Choice, choice everywhere. How do I opt out?”…”How Canadian Are You, eh?!”…

SOMETHING ABOUT ranking just behind Denmark, Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, & Singapore and just ahead of Germany, Luxembourg, & the UK tied for 10th spot. Apparently, 64 countries improved their ranking this past year while “only 53 declined”, according to Transparency International’s Corruptions Perception Index.

SOMETHING ABOUT “the more options one’s given in life, the less one wants them”…

SOMETHING ABOUT a wee series of multiple choice question quizzes that can test your knowledge of things Canadian hysterical & historical !!!

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/games/how/

Cheers to a fine Friday and weekend that in whatever you are doing—SINGS !!!

…of ‘January 28’…

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January 28th

Data Privacy Day

aka (in Europe) Data Protection Day

“Data Privacy Day (known in Europe as Data Protection Day)is an international holiday that occurs every January 28. The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. It is currently ‘celebrated’ in the United States, Canada, and 47 European countries”, says Wikipedia.

Privacy. Security. Permissions.

Indeed, they are some of the buzzwords of the internet & ‘app’ world.

But how meaningful are they really?…..that can be a question!

I remember the first time I searched a particular topic and later was writing an email concerning it, how startling it was to be bombarded with “ads” and links to the topic in the email’s margins.

Roll forward a few years and after writing emails about this and that, our google searches start referring often in the periphery to topics previously written about.

It’s certainly abit “big brotherish”. But experts try to be assuring that it’s all about
“meta data” and algorithms and that there’s no single individual stalking our online activity.

Let’s hope so.

I may be old school, but I hesitate more often than saying ‘yes’ to downloading apps that seem to ask for permissions that are way beyond what’s applicable for what one hopes the app will do.

Do most people just ignore this stuff? Am I the paranoid one? Is caution a virtue?

Whatever’s the agenda for a fine Thursday in your ‘world’, may online smart in it be at its core.

Take Thursday in your stride, rising to all the challenges, smiling yes yes I can hack it!

…of ‘questions’…

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…”How well do you know garden birds?”…”Why does contemporary art look so simple?”…”Are you a Canadian cash hoarder?”…”What is the new crosswalk law in Ontario and what is the reason for it?”…

Just some of the questions in today’s headlines from around the globe!

As the google doodle honours someone who tried to answer the wonders of how galaxies evolved, we can take a walk through our Wednesday recognizing that at any point in time we can’t presume to have all the answers!

That’s life! But living & learning & communicating with each other, each and every day can go a long way to enlightening each other on all kinds of topics and understandings.

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday of listening and sharing, inquisitive & responsive!!

And a wee question of profundity for Vancouverite’s amusement today:

Q: What often falls but never gets hurt?
A: Rain.

…of marathon, tv, & currency conversion…

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…”Historic Vancouver Marathon celebrates 45 years with races for everyone”…”Google doodle: Who invented the mechanical television?”…”Banks typically charge 4% for currency conversion: How to Get More for your downward dollar”…

Make it a date! May 1st will be this year’s top-destination race event that promotes healthy lifestyles!!!

Scottish born John Logie Baird, they say, was first to transmit an image of his business partner Daisy Elizabeth Gandy on this date in 1926 with what was known then as the ‘televisor‘. He went on to invent colour television and gave its first public demonstration in 1944. It was still many years until it was mass produced.

Seems to be a tale of complexities around no-foreign exchange-fee credit cards and online currency exchanges, which both seem to whisper caveat emptor.

Be informed. Be wise.

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that smiles may the marathon that’s your day stay off the breaking news airwaves and be resplendent with fine exchanges among your fellow citizenry!

Collegial.

Calm.

Collected.

Terrific Tuesday!

…of Robbie Burns & ‘naething’…

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Stanzas On Naething

Extempore Epistle to Gavin Hamilton, Esq.
1786

To you, sir, this summons I’ve sent,
Pray, whip till the pownie is freathing;
But if you demand what I want,
I honestly answer you-naething.

Ne’er scorn a poor Poet like me,
For idly just living and breathing,
While people of every degree
Are busy employed about-naething.

Poor Centum-per-centum may fast,
And grumble his hurdies their claithing,
He’ll find, when the balance is cast,
He’s gane to the devil for-naething.

The courtier cringes and bows,
Ambition has likewise its plaything;
A coronet beams on his brows;
And what is a coronet-naething.

Some quarrel the Presbyter gown,
Some quarrel Episcopal graithing;
But every good fellow will own
Their quarrel is a’ about-naething.

The lover may sparkle and glow,
Approaching his bonie bit gay thing:
But marriage will soon let him know
He’s gotten-a buskit up naething.

The Poet may jingle and rhyme,
In hopes of a laureate wreathing,
And when he has wasted his time,
He’s kindly rewarded wi’-naething.

The thundering bully may rage,
And swagger and swear like a heathen;
But collar him fast, I’ll engage,
You’ll find that his courage is-naething.

Last night wi’ a feminine whig-
A Poet she couldna put faith in;
But soon we grew lovingly big,
I taught her, her terrors were naething.

Her whigship was wonderful pleased,
But charmingly tickled wi’ ae thing,
Her fingers I lovingly squeezed,
And kissed her, and promised her-naething.

The priest anathemas may threat-
Predicament, sir, that we’re baith in;
But when honour’s reveille is beat,
The holy artillery’s naething.

And now I must mount on the wave-
My voyage perhaps there is death in;
But what is a watery grave?
The drowning a Poet is naething.

And now, as grim death’s in my thought,
To you, sir, I make this bequeathing;
My service as long as ye’ve ought,
And my friendship, by God, when ye’ve naethin

-Robert Burns

Cheers to a ‘my love is like a red, red rose’ kinda day! May your dram be wee & your haggis hot!

Fine Monday!