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Thursday November 14, 2019

22:01 This Old Tree »justpictureit
photo - This Old Tree

This battered old apple tree still produces apples and they stay attached till very late winter or early spring. They are the first food for some returning spring robins and waxwings. The tree roots were pruned severely by necessity about twenty years ago and the tree has declined year after year. It was once strong and held a play fort.

17:57 Life in the Aftermist » from peter rukavina

The salvation of any Island family with needle-averse children in recent years has been the “flu mist,” an alternate form of the yearly influenza vaccine that gets squirted into the nose rather than needled into the arm.

For Oliver the coming of the mist was transformative; flu vaccine time was still an anxious time of the year, mostly because being in a hall filled with other people about to get a needle is like sitting in the waiting room of a particularly brutal airport. But the anxiety was manageable, and thus not a source of seasonal dread.

So much so that we secured permission from Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Public Health Officer, to allow Oliver to continue to receive the mist into adulthood.

Which is why, when it was announced in September that the flu mist would not be available in Canada this season, due to shortages, my chest tightened.

After confirming with Dr. Morrison that the mist was out, we decided to follow her advice to look into receiving the flu shot from our family doctor, a setting where we could be more in control of the environment, and where Oliver would be more comfortable.

Fortunately we have a family doctor, and our family doctor has an exceptionally talented nurse, Cheryl, who Oliver’s known for many years, and with whom he has a good relationship.

So we made an appointment for this morning.

I chatted with Cheryl on the phone before we came into the office to establish a shared understanding of the challenge ahead.

And then casually mentioned to Oliver, after breakfast, that we had an appointment with Cheryl to get the flu shot (reminding him of her excellent bedside manner, and problem-free blood draw this summer).

And we headed into the office for 10:00 a.m.

About 10 minutes before giving Oliver the shot, Cheryl came out into the waiting room and applied some numbing cream to the injection site; once Oliver’s arm had a chance to numb up, we went into an exam room, Oliver hopped up on the exam table, and he got his flu shot.

No fuss, no muss.

Well, some preemptive muss. And a lot of hang-wringing and worry on my part and Catherine’s.

But Oliver rose to the occasion. Cheryl rose to the occasion. And Oliver’s been vaccinated.


17:40 Icy Purple Phlox » from peter rukavina

The weather has turned over the last week from “late autumn” to “early winter,” and with the turn came the first snow and ice. This was the scene that Oliver and I were greeted with on our way out the door this morning: the purple phlox flowers in our front garden downed by the weather.

Icy flowers in our front yard

15:57 Community Notices »Women's Equality PEI
Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, November 14, 2019 New listings this week: 1) Anderson House Current Needs List – November 2) Mothers’ experience of postnatal adjustment during the first six-months of caring for a newborn: A survey with postnatal mothers in the Maritimes 3) PEIBWA Activities 4) SUCCESS Program 5) […]
15:53 My Recollections »The Annekenstein Monster
My father, Preston, wrote his recollections. I posted them to my blog, with pictures
07:06 Some sun expected today across PEI. »peistormchaser
Thursday, November 14th 7:00am… An area of high pressure centered near Cape Cod this morning will continue to drift eastward today cresting over the island near noon today. Should see some sunshine this afternoon once the winds shift to the … Continue reading

Wednesday November 13, 2019

22:01 Autumn Reds »justpictureit
photo - Autumn Reds

We call these highbush cranberries in eastern North America and they are a type of viburnum. I have one planted that does poorly one year and well the next, not the most attractive specimen. Birds have done their job though and spread it's seeds well giving me lots of bushes in the wild parts of the property.

20:56 Cold Island » from peter rukavina

If you set aside your “exactly how is it that this millennial couple have their own helicopter?!” feelings, this series of videos covering their trip from Buffalo to Newfoundland is breathtaking.

17:23 Pumpkin Spice Granola »My Island Bistro Kitchen

Oh, the divine tantalizing scent in the house when this homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola is baking in the oven!  The combination of pumpkin purée and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and ginger make this a winner!  If you want a clean, healthy breakfast cereal, or snack food, free of preservatives and additives, this … Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Granola

The post Pumpkin Spice Granola appeared first on My Island Bistro Kitchen.

12:29 Marking up blog posts with carbon emissions data » from peter rukavina

On Monday my friend Ton posted a brief update on his blog:

Arrived in Brussels for Edgeryders SF authors and economists meetup. Looking forward to it.

Like a lot of blogging, this post concerned travel: in this case, a train trip (I’m hopefully assuming, given the distance involve) from Amersfoort to Brussels).

I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of surfacing the carbon impact of our daily activities; travel, especially, is important to focus on, both for its significant contribution to total emissions (48% here in PEI) and because travel is something that we have atypical agency in reducing (it’s easy to decide not to fly to Europe; deciding not to heat my home is harder).

Anecdotal evidence from my personal experience suggests that paying continuous partial attention to consumption can have a positive effect on reducing consumption: even absent any other drivers, the mere fact of observing, it seems, is helpful.

Which leads me to an idea.

HTML has a helpful extensibility that allows data to be embedded in web pages using “data attributes.”

What if Ton’s post embedded the carbon impact of his travel, and perhaps his mode of travel, turning this:

Arrived in Brussels for Edgeryders SF authors and economists meetup. Looking forward to it.

into this:

Arrived in Brussels for Edgeryders SF authors and economists meetup. Looking forward to it.

(the CO2 emission of a train trip from Amersfoort to Brussels are estimated to be 7.5 km by EcoPassenger).

To the casual reader of the blog post, nothing would change.

But with a little JavaScript, a curious reader could pull out the carbon impact of the activities described in the post:

var emissions = document.querySelector('.emissions');

Adopting this as a standard practice would be beneficial for two reasons:

  1. For the blog author, forming a habit of documenting the climate impact of travel could be helpful in understanding more about (and coming face-to-face with) the accumulating effect of travel habits.
  2. For the researcher, being able to extract climate impact data from blog posts could prove a useful data surface, and could spur the development of browser-based tools that could use this information in interesting ways (i.e. change the colour of the browser toolbar based on the carbon impact of a post).

To experiment with this, I’ve started by marking up a blog post of my own, adding two chunks of “carbon markup”:

We flew Charlottetown-Montreal-Vancouver today; we didn't leave Charlottetown until 4:00 p.m. and we're in bed in Vancouver at 11:00 p.m. Such is the wonder of the rotating Earth.


We found our way to the SkyTrain, navigated to the Yaletown station, walked up the hill to Burrard. And are now ensconced inside The Burrard.

I can then extract the carbon impact of that post’s travels with this JavaScript:

var emissions = document.querySelectorAll('.emissions');
var total_co2 = 0;

emissions.forEach(function(trip) {
  total_co2 += parseFloat(trip.dataset.co2);

alert("Total CO2 from this post was " + total_co2 + " kg.");

which displays:

Alert showing total carbon emissions of 1460.067 kg,

I’ve no idea whether this methodology is the best methodology, but I like the fact that it’s simple and doesn’t take much expertise to inject into a post; it would certainly be possible to add structured metadata to a post using JSON or XML, but that would add a perhaps-unnecessary level of complexity. And for this to work, it has to be easy.


12:02 Pretty Bits of Antique China »Aiken House & Gardens
10:18 High water in Venice today was 144 cm » from peter rukavina

When we opened the door to our apartment in the Cannaregio district of Venice on December 3, 2010, here’s the scene we were greeted with:

High water on our street in Venice, December 3, 2019

Historic water level data from Venice shows that at 8:00 a.m. that day the water was at 131 cm.

An hour later the water level was at 136 cm — the high water mark for the day, and the third-highest water level recorded in 2010 — and it was starting to come in our front door:

Water under our door in Venice on December 3, 2010.

By 12 noon the water level had dropped to 84 cm and the street was empty of water (that’s Catherine and Oliver under the umbrellas):

Our dry street in Venice, later the same day

High water in Venice today was 144 cm as the city received its highest tide in 50 years.

10:01 Vespasian - Caenis the power behind the man »Robert Paterson's Weblog
This is the reverse side of a gold Aureus in the reign of Vespasian. We see an idealized woman holding a wreath of victory over his head. Is this the only image that we have of Caenis? Who was she?...
08:02 Urban vs Rural - Not Going Away »Food Matters (Ian Petrie)
06:36 Flurries at times heavy expected across eastern PEI later today. »peistormchaser
Wednesday, November 13th 6:30am… A cold front moved across the island just after midnight last night pushing temperatures down and changed the rain over to snow. The bulk of the snow is now moving off Kings county as the front … Continue reading

Tuesday November 12, 2019

22:00 Gulls Landing »justpictureit
photo - Gulls Landing

What is left of this old wharf is used by cormorants in the summer and gulls year round.

17:22 Driver's Licenses Don't Want to Be Free » from peter rukavina

In the middle of the April provincial general election campaign here on Prince Edward Island I was having a chat with a friend: he related the story of the incumbent Liberal MLA coming to his door to look for his vote and, when learning that he would not be receiving it, he asked why.

My friend suggested he start by looking at the Liberal plan to make driver’s licenses free, a plan funded by revenue from the carbon tax.

This policy amounted to a kind of reality Gerrymandering where, instead of rearranging district boundaries to suit their political needs, the Liberals instead attempted to rearrange the universe such that an incentive to drive could be construed a carbon mitigation action.

I’ve said many times since that Liberal government was defeated that this move was the root cause of their downfall: Islanders are not stupid, and while we won’t look askance at funding for a rink in the district, an outright attempt to convince us that up is down and down is up is seen through for what it is.

The truth of this was reinforced at an October meeting of the Special Committee on Climate Change where every reference to the driver’s license foolishness was greeted universally with a hearty ironic guffaw. I think I even detected some ironic sighs from the Liberal benches.

All of which leads me to be extra-especially happy with the announcement that the government will reinstate fees for driver’s licenses, and instead use the $5 million in funds to support active transportation projects.


11:03 No Place Like Home »Rose Chintz Cottage
08:51 Workshop: Build your own Bird Feeder »sawig
It’s that time of year! Birdfeeder time! Come build your very own birdfeeder, just in time for winter! 🐦🐦🐦🐦Saturday, November 30th 2019 at the Stratford Town Centre9:30am – 10:30am or 10:45am – 11:45pmTo sign-up please contact 902-367-3605 or Registration is … Continue reading
06:45 Rainy and mild conditions expected today across PEI. »peistormchaser
Tuesday, November 12th 6:45am… An area of low pressure located in southern New England this morning will move NE passing just west of PEI this evening.This puts the island on the warm side allowing temps to climb into the double … Continue reading

Monday November 11, 2019

23:40 Good news: the official trailer for Scoob! is here »John Cairns Blog
It has been a sad sort of day, so to cheer everyone up, here is the trailer for the upcoming CGI animated movie Scoob! This is the latest Scooby-Doo motion picture from Warner Bros. and it really does look great. Heck, as a Saturday morning cartoon aficionado of long standing, this trailer really brought out...
22:00 Autumn Gold »justpictureit
photo - Autumn Gold

These lovely trees have by now lost their leaves and hopefully have been raked. Autumn brings lots of work for people in cold climates. We have to be ready for winter and this is the season to do all those yearly chores.

17:59 Dave Atkinson Groks Pen Night » from peter rukavina

My friend Dave does a regular segment on CBC’s Island Morning called The Things We Do For Love, wherein he interviews people about their esoteric passions.

Tuesday morning Dave dipped into Pen Night.

Things don’t get much more esoteric than pen geeks talking about pens, inks and paper.

I’ve attached the MP3 that aired this morning.

17:59 Dave Atkinson Groks Pen Night on CBC's Island Morning on Tuesday » from peter rukavina

My friend Dave does a regular segment on CBC’s Island Morning called The Things We Do For Love, wherein he interviews people about their esoteric passions.

Tuesday morning at 7:15 a.m. Atlantic (11:15 a.m. GMT) Dave dips into Pen Night.

Things don’t get much more esoteric than pen geeks talking about pens, inks and paper.

Listen in live, or watch for a web version of the story later in the week.

17:59 Dave Groks Pen Night on CBC's Island Morning on Tuesday » from peter rukavina

My friend Dave does a regular segment on CBC’s Island Morning called The Things We Do For Love, wherein he interviews people about their esoteric passions.

Tuesday morning at 7:15 a.m. Atlantic (11:15 a.m. GMT) Dave dips into Pen Night.

Things don’t get much more esoteric than pen geeks talking about pens, inks and paper.

Listen in live, or watch for a web version of the story later in the week.

17:09 Don Cherry has been fired! This, after putting his foot in it during Coach’s Corner Saturday night. »John Cairns Blog
I have had little to say about Don Cherry‘s comments on Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada the other night, in which he lectured immigrants to Canada for not wearing poppies to honour the veterans. Quite honestly, the reason I didn’t post about it was because I truly don’t care what Cherry says anymore,...
17:02 No Place Like Home Resumes Tomorrow »Rose Chintz Cottage
09:24 Cloudy today, snow tonight, rain tomorrow across PEI. »peistormchaser
Monday, November 11th 9:15am… Lest We Forget… A cold front moved across the island during the overnight hours giving a few showers. This front will move back northward as a warm front tonight in advance of an approaching area of … Continue reading

Sunday November 10, 2019

22:01 Lest We Forget »justpictureit
photo - Lest We Forget

A little BACKWARD this week. The black and white has had a bit of extra editing.

17:01 Vespasian - The Assassination of Caligula »Robert Paterson's Weblog
The killing of Gaius, Caligula, was the first assassination of an Emperor. I have done my best to explain who might have organized this, Narcissus and Caenis on behalf of the Familia Alexander, but how was it done? Like all...
16:59 Dr. Lynx's Peppy Pills, part 2 »Diary of a Squirrel

15:32 CFL playoffs are on — up against NFL, NASCAR and MLS Cup on the other channels. Are you watching? »John Cairns Blog
Once again the CFL playoffs are taking over Sunday afternoons on TSN, and once again the usual boo-hoo CFL die hards (particularly those in the media and based in Regina) cry about how hard it is to convince people to watch the CFL when it is up against the NFL, and why don’t they move...
13:01 Just riding »Pedaling PEI
13:01 Nov 9 ride »Pedaling PEI
09:25 Milder conditions expected today across PEI. »peistormchaser
Sunday, November 10th 9:25am… A low pressure system passing NW of the Maritimes is giving cloudy skies to the region this morning. Can’t rule out an isolated shower. A cold front extending to the SW of this system will sweep … Continue reading
08:11 Massa: The BURDEN of Bad News »Hebrew Word Lessons
BURDEN/oracle/load: Massa. Masculine noun. (Strong’s 4853). Root: מַשָּׂא Sounds like: mas’saw This week we remember the men and women who put their lives at risk in days of war. Many did not return home. My great uncle, John Allan Fisher, was a Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He did not make it home… Continue reading Massa: The BURDEN of Bad News
00:37 Where were you 30 years ago today? »John Cairns Blog
Were you there for the fall of the Wall?

Saturday November 9, 2019

14:50 Soccer TV news: UEFA Champions League rights to CBS »John Cairns Blog
An interesting story to shake up the TV sports-rights world: I notice CBS Sports and Univision has won the bidding for the UEFA Champions League starting in 2021-22, which means the package will move over from TNT/Bleacher Network. Rumour is the deal is for $140 million. This has come as a shock to a lot...
13:33 What a joke! WSOP messes up announcement of the Player of the Year in epic fashion!! »John Cairns Blog
So here is yet more stupidity from the poker world, to go along with all the rest of the stupidity that has happened to this “sport” (so-called) this year. This week the World Series of Poker ran through the totals for their bracelet events this year (with their last event WSOP Europe wrapping up this...
08:27 Remaining cold across PEI today. »peistormchaser
Saturday, November 9th 8:25am… An intensifying low pressure system tracked NE along the spine of NS yesterday passing across Cape Breton and is now located NE of Newfound;and. Since the system passed to the east of PEI, this put the … Continue reading

Friday November 8, 2019

22:01 Soul Sisters »justpictureit
photo - Soul Sisters

10:42 Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien » from peter rukavina

My friend Elmine, in her post Leer weer langzaam denken, passes on a piece of advice from Frank:

Belangrijk nog om te melden is de tip die ik van Frank kreeg: ook met vijftien minuten per dag kom je verder in een boek. Die tip heeft me in beweging gekregen om aan een eerste boek te beginnen. En wat gebeurd er vervolgens? Ongemerkt lees ik nu zo weer een uur of langer achter elkaar.

Or, machine-translated:

Another important thing to report is the tip I got from Frank: even with fifteen minutes a day you continue in a book. That tip got me moving to start a first book. And what happens next? Unnoticed, I now read for an hour or more in succession.

I’ve found that if I simply make an effort to scatter books around my home and office, I’ll be more likely to pick them up and read them.

And if I pick them up and read them I’m more likely to keep reading them, for far longer than I’d set out to.

This proves a far more effective “I should read more” strategy than trying to conjure up a perfect reading nook and booking out specific reading time.

Put another way: you can’t read a book that’s not in front of you.

10:20 The First Snow of 2019 » from peter rukavina

As in 2017, I’m late to put away the garden hose. But I got a better jump of everything else, including Oliver’s bicycle, which I moved inside yesterday, just in time. The snow has mostly melted now, mid-morning, but it’s clear the season has turned a corner.

Photo from our upstairs back window into the back yard showing light snow on the ground

09:39 "Shifting sands: Capturing climactic and cultural change through art" » from peter rukavina

My friend and collaborator Brenda Whiteway is delivering the November Island Studies Lecture at the University of PEI on November 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge in Main Building:

The passage of time, transitions in nature, and shifting patterns of life have been recurrent themes in Brenda Whiteway’s creative work. The White Sands PEI Shoreline Project is a further exploration of these themes through paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed-media of a small coastal area in White Sands, PEI, which has personal significance but resonates on a universal scale. The site originally belonged to her maternal grandparents who had a subsistence farm and fished off the Northumberland Strait close to Pictou Island. Brenda has been observing, recording, and researching the area’s weather patterns, light, tidal shifts, flora and fauna, history, and cultural ecology. For her, this is a metaphoric petri dish through which cultural and climactic shifts may be viewed on an intimate scale and expressed creatively. Capturing the elusive qualities of the seasons through various art mediums while plants bloom and fade, tides shift, earth freezes and thaws, and the sky reveals its many moods is an attempt to capture the genius loci of an area the artist holds dear.

There are fewer more thoughtful, creative people than Brenda, and you should plan to attend.

White Sands PEI Shoreline Project by Brenda Whiteway