July 30, 2013

Test with photo from MT interface

Baby Ergie

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This is a test to see if I can upload photos to this blog using the MT interface, for I am getting error messages trying to do so with Windows Live Writer.

Posted by Paul at 03:30 PM

July 29, 2013

Test to blog, text only from Live Writer

test with no photos, using Live Writer

LATER:

Aha, that worked, so it appears that for some reason I can no longer post photos with Windows Live Writer. Yet I did not change anything in either the blog, or the Live Writer, settings. Hmmm..

Posted by Paul at 12:08 PM

Test

I've been having some trouble posting to this blog -- keep getting a "500 Internal Server Error". Am trying to post this directly from the Movable Type interface, rather than my usual method of using Windows Live Writer.

Posted by Paul at 11:59 AM

July 28, 2013

Lonsdale Quay, Canada Place, Vancouver Photos

Yumi and I took the opportunity of using her monthly transit pass (I get to ride with her for free on Sundays and holidays) to take a jaunt to Lonsdale Quay and downtown Vancouver. A few shots on a sunny, blue-sky day:

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Posted by Paul at 08:01 PM

July 26, 2013

Drinking Wasps, Blackberry Bees near Byrne Creek

Lots of insect life along Byrne Creek on a walk over lunchtime today. Saw lots of wasps drinking from the creek. They'd land on a stone, and edge down toward the water and then their tails would twitch as they drank. Also lots of bees on blackberry blossoms.

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And some cool-looking algae

Posted by Paul at 08:20 PM

July 19, 2013

Working to Throw Stuff Out–Huh?

I spent five hours in the garage today sorting stuff to recycle, stuff to donate, stuff to trash. . .

That likely makes for about 20-30 hours in total spent this year by my wife and myself, in the garage, sorting stuff to. . .

And I have spent, and will be spending more hours in my home office doing the same.

And it struck me today that this was odd, even perverse in some way.

For tens of thousands of years humans survived and thrived with next to no "stuff." Now the wealthier of us are drowning in it. Instead of using time to earn money so we can buy more stuff, we are spending non-earning hours trying to get rid of stuff. Hell, some of us PAY others to help us get rid of stuff we no longer want.

Time is all we really have. We spend time to earn money to buy stuff, and then we spend time to figure out what stuff we can get rid of - so we have space for more stuff.

Posted by Paul at 09:25 PM

July 12, 2013

Glorious Lunch on Burnaby Mountain

Noticing sun outside, I grabbed my camera and climbed out of my basement office. Picked up some takeout sushi (don't tell my wife!), and headed up Burnaby Mountain for lunch. It was a good idea:

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Tancho crane eco-sculpture. Kushiro, Japan, is Burnaby's sister city.

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Kamui Mintara - Playground of the Gods - these Ainu "totem poles" are
another of Burnaby's connections to Japan.

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And not to worry, I will get the last four days of our Alaska cruise
posted here in awhile.

Posted by Paul at 08:09 PM

July 09, 2013

Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Pond Life

Whenever I have an hour to spare, I love going down the hill for a stroll in Fraser Foreshore Park in south Burnaby with camera in hand. Water attracts so much life!

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Posted by Paul at 08:50 PM