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Monday September 16, 2019

17:58 Cloudy and cool next couple days across PEI. »peistormchaser
Monday, September 16th 6:00pm… An upper air disturbance will cross the Maritimes tomorrow and Wednesday with cloud and chance of showers on cool NW winds. High pressure begins to build in Wednesday night cresting over the island Thursday afternoon with … Continue reading
09:20 Admissions »Diary of a Squirrel

Sunday September 15, 2019

22:07 I Rode my Bicycle to Montreal (Not Really) » from peter rukavina

I woke up at 3:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. I showered, got dressed, made myself a coffee and some granola with yogurt.

After my quick breakfast, I took my bicycle trailer out of the front room and set it on the sidewalk, and filled its bucket with my suitcase and backpack. I wheeled my bicycle out of the front hall and hooked it up to the trailer, using the light on my phone to help me guide the cotter pin through the hole that holds it in place.

And then I rode my bicycle to the airport.

I’d only hatched the plan the night before.

My habit for more than 20 years when leaving on an early morning flight from Charlottetown has been to call Coop Taxi and order up a cab for an hour before departure; on Friday night I was about to do the same thing when it occurred to me that, given that I’m attempting to make this trip to New Hampshire that I’m now in the midst of, as low-carbon-emitting as possible, I should consider the possibility of taking my bicycle instead of a taxi.

This was an inane idea.

My flight was for 6:25 a.m.

The sun wasn’t going to rise until 6:50 a.m., by which time I’d be in the air for 25 minutes already.

The weather forecast called for a temperature of 7ºC.

Charlottetown Airport is 5 km from my house and I’d only ever taken an electric-assist bicycle there before; while friends of mine regularly head out for 100 km jaunts on a Sunday afternoon, 5 km is a long distance ride for me.

Clearly this wasn’t going to work. I gave up on the idea.

Then fate intervened: I turned my attention to writing an email to my friend Thelma, and I added, at the end:

I’m off to New Hampshire in the morning via the early flight to Montreal. I’m currently trying to decide whether my climate commitments extend to riding my bicycle to the airport at 5:00 a.m. in 7°C weather.

By writing this I unwittingly caused the idea to take on a new life. And to come up with real reasons that this wasn’t possible (“Well, Greta Thunberg, I couldn’t really ride my bicycle to the airport because my hands would get cold…”).

The die was cast.

Bike and Moon on Confederation Trail

Google Maps told me that it would take me 27 minutes to ride to the airport. It took me 44 minutes: I left at 4:45 a.m. and arrived at 5:28 a.m. The extra time was due a combination of the aforementioned darkness (the Confederation Trail is well-lit until you get to Mount Edward Road, then it’s shrouded in inky darkness), hurricane-induced trees across the trail between the bypass and the airport, a couple of water breaks, my pulling a trailer, and my relative lack of fitness (that said, this trip wouldn’t have been possible without the uptick in fitness from a summer of cycling almost every day).

The going was mostly flat or a gentle upslope, with the exception of the stretch of Sherwood Road from the trail up to the airport which defeated me and required that I hop off and push (I reverted to riding when I realized that although riding was hard, pushing bike and trailer was harder).

Digital breadcrumbs showing my cycle route to the airport.

When I pulled into the employee parking like just before 5:30 a.m. my airplane was ready and waiting.

My bike and trailer in front of my airplane.

The only bicycle rack at the airport is by the employee entrance on the right side near the departure doors; I’d checked earlier to ensure that it was okay for me to park there and was assured that there would be no problem. So I unloaded my gear and locked my trailer to my bike:

My bike and my trailer locked to the rack at the airport.

Given that the employee break room is right next door, and that it’s an airport, I suspect this might be the most secure bicycle parking in Charlottetown.

Walking into the airport, the combination of the early hour and the strenuous opening exercises combined to place me in a rather pleasant stress-free haze that made the transit through security and the wait for boarding as anxiety-free as I’ve ever experienced.

I slept most of the flight to Montreal.

I’m away for a week, returning from Montreal next Sunday. My flight lands at 11:25 p.m., so my ride home will be equally inky. I just hope it’s not raining.

22:01 Mono Monday »justpictureit
photo - Mono Monday

Straight black and white conversion again.

08:32 Some sunshine possible later today across PEI. »peistormchaser
Sunday, September 15th 8:30am… A warm front crossed the region yesterday bringing cloud and a few showers/drizzle to this island. High pressure may briefly build in today with some sunshine followed by a cold front Monday morning. Cool unstable air … Continue reading
07:25 Yarah: Ready, Aim, TEACH »Hebrew Word Lessons
To TEACH: yarah. Verb. (Strong’s 3384). Root: יָרָה Sounds like: yah-rah It’s back to school season and my girls are already in the swing of things, starting their grade 11 and grade 9 years. I work at a University library, which is now buzzing with the excitement of a new school term. The first week… Continue reading Yarah: Ready, Aim, TEACH

Saturday September 14, 2019

22:01 blocking »Pedaling PEI
22:01 Cloud Light »justpictureit
photo - Cloud Light

The clouds play an important part in the light that hits the cliffs. This is the beach that I am featuring in the erosion series. Not many people venture here as you must walk in ankle deep muck to get around the point if you and the tide are not in perfect sync. Of course Gail and I ended up covered in muck as we freed, dragged, and carried a couple of hundred feet of rope off the beach that posed a hazard to marine animals.

07:23 Showers developing later today across PEI. »peistormchaser
Saturday, September 14th 7:20am… An area of high pressure centered over southern NS this morning will continue to drift away to the SE today. Generally clear skies and calm winds accompanied this feature. Clouds are beginning to invade from the … Continue reading

Friday September 13, 2019

21:40 Don't Turn Only Push » from peter rukavina

I stared at this for a long time before I was confident enough to enter.

21:01 More trees »Pedaling PEI
21:01 Cat Spat »justpictureit
photo - Cat Spat

The main photo is the result of the encounter below. Lucy plays it very cool.

14:55 How to Live in Detroit (on my bike) » from peter rukavina

Remember my tale of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass?

Well, I ordered it on September 3, it arrived 7 days later at The Bookmark, and I picked it up today.

How to Live in Detroit (on my bike)

Local independent bookstore FTW.

12:49 Bicycle + Bus Session at Charlottetown Farmers' Market » from peter rukavina

As you all know, I love that it’s possible to load a bicycle on the front of public transit buses in Charlottetown, and, since I first wrote about this in 2013, I’ve tried hard to spread the word to others.

More often than not the reaction I get, even from frequent cyclists, is “I can take my bicycle on the bus!?”

Fortunately, I now have an additional superpower, via my membership on the Mayor’s Task Force on Active Transportation, and I’m happy to report that one of my fellow members is spearheading an effort to organize an information session on bicycle-carrying-buses.

This event will happen in the parking lot of the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market on September 28, 2019 from 10:00 a.m (details are here on the City of Charlottetown website).

This is a collaborative effort of the Task Force, city officials, T3 Transit and the Market.

A couple of years ago, T3 Transit made this great how-to video that explains the process of getting your bicycle into the rack; my hope is that people will use the opportunity on September 28 to ride their bicycles to the market (or borrow one of the bikes that will be on-site) and give this a try in the parking lot: there’s nothing like getting a chance to go through the motions for the first time without the pressure of a bus full of people staring at you!

Spread the word!

My bicycle in the bike rack on a T3 Transit bus.

11:58 Hijacked for the Humber »Straitpost - PEI Postcards
In these days of political correctness cultural appropriation is one of the several modern cardinal sins. We frown on theft of the elements of dining and dance, of costume and culture. What a surprize it was to find that Ontario had appropriated one of Prince Edward Island’s iconic scenes as their own. A recent posting … Continue reading "Hijacked for the Humber"
08:14 Cazuhl-Adarra Demon »The Monkey Rodeo
This shoot turned out differently than originally planned, during the summer there's a type of shoot I refer to as a Dress/Swimsuit shoot - meaning essentially we plan on heading to a beach to do a swimsuit shoot, but the model wears a dress at first and we stop at various spots along the way - getting 2 shoots out of 1 makeup.

The plan didn't quite work out for this shoot since we lost the warm weather - although some days are still decent for it, but the one day that worked out for our schedules ended up being a little chilly and very rainy.

The main location for the Dress part of the shoot was an old abandoned farmhouse, so that worked out regardless of the weather. It was the Swimsuit part of the shoot that was an issue, I figured an old barn was possibly not the greatest spot for that - which means it was kind of the best idea. And it was.

06:11 Sunshine expected later today across PEI. »peistormchaser
Friday, September 13th 6:00am… An area of high pressure centered over central Quebec is drifting eastward and should crest over the island near midnight tonight. The Light cool northerly winds off the Gulf ahead of this feature is quite unstable … Continue reading
03:05 It was 50 years ago that Scooby-Doo was unleashed on Saturday mornings! »John Cairns Blog
Yes, today is the 50th anniversary of the debut of Scooby-Doo. The longest running show (albeit in several different incarnations/formats) and most successful character in Hanna-Barbera cartoon history (way ahead of the Flintstones), and he’s still going. This mutt is still alive and kicking with a show on Boomerang. And he’s got a movie coming...

Thursday September 12, 2019

22:01 Skilled Captaining »justpictureit
photo - Skilled Captaining

Capt. Bob has a novel way of steering when he has a chat with someone on top of the wheelhouse. In the shot below are the hands of my son and Bob and it is to show that the captain drinks water on these boat trips.

14:54 Classic Tuna Melts Recipe »My Island Bistro Kitchen

When I want a quick and easy light meal, I will often make these Classic Tuna Melts.  They are super easy to make and are wonderfully tasty.  It’s amazing what can be done with a simple can of tuna and a few staple ingredients! I used to make this mixture and stuff it in finger … Continue reading Classic Tuna Melts Recipe

The post Classic Tuna Melts Recipe appeared first on My Island Bistro Kitchen.

14:09 »Women's Equality PEI
Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, September 12, 2019 New listings this week: 1) Support Survivors: Support the person ~ Involve the community ~ Right the world 2) Libraries Love Science 3) PEIBWA Activities 4) Celebrating Island Forests 5) Author Event – Confederation Centre Public Library 6) Climate Change, Indigenous Rights […]
13:10 Responsible AI: What Canadians Want in Banking »AmberMac
There is a lot of talk these days about the responsible implementation of artificial intelligence technology. Businesses across all industries are working hard to figure out how to reap the benefits of AI while identifying the inherent risks of automation. In the financial services industry, this is especially true. Many consumers don’t understand what exactly […]
08:35 A friend gave me a nice Moleskine a few weeks ago, and I thought... »Dave Atkinson

A friend gave me a nice Moleskine a few weeks ago, and I thought I should do something special with it. I may just write a book in it.

Years ago, I heard an interview with Jane Urquhart about writing. She wrote her first three books by hand, and everything after on her computer.

Computers cleaned up the process of writing books. Writing longhand, she had scraps of paper everywhere. A bundle of pages that was chapter 3 on the coffee table. The back half of the book sitting in a messy pile on the radiator.

On a computer, the whole process is linear. You have one file. You start at the beginning and write to the end. And then you edit that file until it’s done. It’s so clean!

Urquhart won’t re-read her first three books. She’s afraid to discover they’re better than everything she’s written since. She’s terrified that the messy act of physically putting words on paper makes for better books.

Grab a chapter. Switch it to later in the book. Throw out entire sections. Scribble notes on top of notes. The very act of re-writing a second draft makes it better. Writing it a third time makes it even better. And a fourth. And a ninth.

I wrote my first three books on a computer. I love them all, but I want to try something new. I want to write the first draft with my hand in this lovely notebook.

And of course, I’ve never been more terrified to open a blank bundle of pages in my life.

06:34 Cloudy and cool conditions expected next couple days across PEI. »peistormchaser
Thursday, September 12 6:30am… A low pressure system crossed the island yesterday from west to east and is now located just NE of Cape Breton. A cold front extending from the low towards the SW also swept across the island … Continue reading

Wednesday September 11, 2019

21:01 Erosion 2 »justpictureit
photo - Erosion 2

It is amazing that the cliffs are so dusty with the lack of rain. Salt water and air helps turn stone into sand.

17:52 9/11 anniversary is today »John Cairns Blog
Today is the 18th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I’m also reminded this year marked 20 years (20 years!) since my epic road trip to New York City in the spring of ’99, when I visited the World Trade Center and also Wall Street. Looking back...
11:03 We Survived. Now Let's Have Tea! »Rose Chintz Cottage
10:09 PresenceRouter will stop working with macOS Catalina » from peter rukavina

Those of you who have been reading here for a long time may recall that, many years ago during simpler times, I developed a macOS app called PresenceRouter.

PresenceRouter allowed you to echo your geopresence information in Plazes to a variety of other sites (we didn’t call them “social media” back then, just “sites”); by the time of the final release in November 2008 it supported 21 sites in all.

Here’s what it look like to add a new site to the configuration:

Screen shot of PresenceRouter

In reviewing the apps on my Mac that are 32-bit ( > About This Mac > System Report > Applications), and thus won’t run when macOS Catalina is released later this fall, I noticed PresenceRouter in the list.

In other words, if you upgrade to Catalina, you won’t be able to run PresenceRouter.

Given that Plazes, upon which PresenceRouter depends, shut down 7 years ago itself, this shouldn’t prevent a practical impediment to anyone. But it is the end of an era, and the practical end of a project that taught me a lot about developing Mac apps, about  authentication, and about the open web.

More serious for me at this point is that AccountEdge, the bookkeeping app that I rely on to run my business, is still 32-bit-only, and won’t be updated in time for the Catalina release. So I’ll be stock in the Mojave until it gets updated.

09:36 Word, Alice. Word.Hurricane Dorian hit our little Island this... »Dave Atkinson

Word, Alice. Word.

Hurricane Dorian hit our little Island this weekend. It was quite a terrible storm, but the pigeons passed it quietly in the shed. We packed them all into the small breeders loft and moved it inside.

I spent half an hour adding a few more perches so they’d be comfortable. We checked them at the peak of the storm. Snug as bugs.

06:42 Rain expected today across PEI. »peistormchaser
Wednesday, September 11th  6:40am… A low pressure system located in southern Quebec this morning is rippling eastward along a warm to be located over PEI this evening. Rain associated with this feature is spreading into western PEI now. The low … Continue reading

Tuesday September 10, 2019

22:01 Down trees »Pedaling PEI
22:01 Ottawa »Pedaling PEI
22:01 Sea Art »justpictureit
photo - Sea Art

A bit more about the Hurricane Clean-up. It has been lovely and sunny weather while I clean up after the hurricane. I have visitors coming today so will return to the blog on the next rainy day.

20:02 Blue and White Afternoon Tea »Aiken House & Gardens
17:55 iPhone 11, Apple Watch Series 5, More at Apple’s Sep 2019 Event »AmberMac
Apple announced a new Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhones alongside updates to the soon-to-be-released Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade products in their September 2019 event. Inspired by Tim Cook’s very brief intro at the keynote, let’s just get right to it. iPhone 11 Apple seems to be veering back towards Jobs’ original reckoning that you […]
09:15 Bobby and the Banana – A Time Travel Sketch »The Annekenstein Monster
A couple weeks ago, a couple of friends and I were talking, for some reason, about the repurcussions of time travel. I had mentioned that years ago I wrote a sketch about that very thing, for Sketch22. (Season Five, to be specific. Dennis Trainor played Andy, Andrew Sprague played Bobby, and Lennie MacPherson played Charlie.) … Continue reading Bobby and the Banana – A Time Travel Sketch
06:45 More rain expected tomorrow across PEI. »peistormchaser
Tuesday, September 10th 6:45am… A ridge of high pressure extends from south of Newfoundland all the way back to the Yukon this morning as will give another sunny day today across PEI. High clouds will  begin to spread across the … Continue reading
00:59 Big changes in entertainment news! Billy Bush to Extra, Mario Lopez to Access, and no Nancy O’Dell »John Cairns Blog
It’s a new TV season, so I thought I’d talk a little bit about the entertainment news shows and all the changes over there, starting this week. All the talk has been about Billy Bush (seen here from Access days) taking over as a host of Extra, launching what he hopes will be his big...

Monday September 9, 2019

22:01 Erosion 1 »justpictureit
photo - Erosion 1

Erosion works non-stop on Prince Edward Island. These photos were from the 'man taking his pants off' day and I took a photo very much like the top one on a beach I visited two weeks ago. I will show it soon. Addendum: written 5:20adt on Monday afternoon. Total coincidence that I featured clouds the last few days and am now starting a series on erosion. We have just been victims of Hurricane Dorian on Saturday and Sunday. There is plenty of clean up here in the east but western PEI got more damage as they had more rain which loosened the soil and root systems more resulting in whole trees being uprooted. Here in the drier east, trees broke instead. I lost one tree and had lots of big limbs broken. Firewood for someone again. I lost electricity for 26 hours and my son still has none, now about 49 hours. I had electricity but no internet until today. My son has an industrial sized generator so I went to his house yesterday for coffee and dinner. All is well.

20:02 All Well at Aiken House & Gardens »Aiken House & Gardens
19:53 More sunshine expected tomorrow across PEI. »peistormchaser
Monday, Sept 9th 7:45pm… Tropical system roared past eastern PEI Saturday night and the remnants are now located just south of Greenland. High pressure now extends from Newfoundland all the way to Alaska which will being another day to the … Continue reading
19:28 Nobody knows why all books are published on Tuesdays » from peter rukavina