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Return of the writer’s block

February 14, 2017 @ 12:37 By: gordon Category: Meta

About six years ago, I wrote about having writer’s block. Well, I think it’s back.

There are many things I could, in theory, write about — photography, the weather (no end of things there), drivers in Ottawa (grr!), to name a few — but when I try to start writing the block rears its ugly head and words die a lonely death. Maybe this entry will break the block, or at least chip away at its corners.

I think part of this is probably because of a need for sunshine and warmth, something Ottawa has been severely lacking of late.

Basically, I need a vacation.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen for at least 5 weeks. Still, that’s better than nothing, I guess.

Brace yourself: This is going to suck

January 10, 2017 @ 13:10 By: gordon Category: Weather

I just looked at the radar…


And the aviation forecast:

TAF CYOW 101738Z 1018/1118 12010KT P6SM -SN OVC040 TEMPO 1018/1019 2SM -SN OVC030
FM101900 13012G22KT 3SM -SN OVC030 TEMPO 1019/1020 1SM -SN VV007
PROB40 1019/1020 3/4SM -SN
FM102000 13012G22KT 1/2SM SN VV005 TEMPO 1020/1022 1SM -SN
PROB30 1022/1103 1/4SM +SN VV003
FM110300 14018G28KT 3/4SM -SN BLSN VV007 TEMPO 1103/1107 2SM -SNPL OVC012
PROB30 1104/1107 3SM -FZRA BR OVC015
FM110700 17020G30KT 3SM -SNRA OVC012
FM111100 22020G35KT P6SM BKN030
FM111400 23015G25KT P6SM FEW030
RMK NXT FCST BY 102100Z=

The likelihood that this is going to suck is very high.

Happy New Year!

January 01, 2017 @ 00:00 By: gordon Category: Current affairs

Welcome to 2017! I hope everyone has a safe, happy and prosperous new year! Champagne flutes (2017)

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2016 @ 00:00 By: gordon Category: Current affairs

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope that you have a happy, safe and healthy Christmas with family and friends and a prosperous 2017!

Supermoon 2016

November 13, 2016 @ 23:23 By: gordon Category: Astronomy, Photography

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It’s not quite as sharp as I’d like, probably due to the fact that the Moon was quite high in the sky, it was cold, and it’s tricky focusing the Tamron SP 500 when your hands are cold

Remembrance Day

November 11, 2016 @ 11:00 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

20131108-144923.jpgToday is the day when we stop to remember those who have fought, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice, on our behalf so that we may have peace, security and freedom.

To them and their families I say “Thank you”.

@WeAreTheDead is a Twitter feed that posts the names of Canadian Forces members killed in the line of duty, every hour at 11 minutes past the hour. I’ve had it in the sidebar of my blog for a couple of years. I encourage you to look through it, even when it’s not Remembrance Day. It is important not to forget them.

Brace yourself: we’re changing the clocks again

November 05, 2016 @ 10:15 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

800px-Vortex_back.jpgBrace yourself! At 02:00 Eastern Sunday morning, we are rolling the clocks back an hour under the pretence of saving energy. Read this to find out why it’s pointless. The Ottawa Citizen published a story about nine solid reasons to hate Daylight Saving Time a few days ago that pretty much captures what I’ve been saying for years. Read the rest of this entry →