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Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: Today at 12:14:34 am »
Starting tomorrow, Thursday, I will be with 100 other people marching for the next four days to the Kinder Morgan terminal at the foot of Burnaby Mountain. This march is to protest the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline into Burnaby (part of Greater Vancouver) and bordering on the shores of Burrard Inlet. We will be marching 25-30 km each day. We will take the ferry from the island to the mainland, so swimming is not required.  ;)

You can see some of the reasons for our march, Walk4SalishSea, in this excellent presentation from the Globe and Mail. Scroll down to see the various pictures, maps and explanations.

Wish me and my feet luck!!!

Geographical Help / Re: Alaskan Place Names -- Discussion
« on: May 24, 2017, 03:26:17 pm »
The Dictionary of Alaska Names gives the location as:

$ two_decimals 64o58 168o04w
Converting 64o58'00"N and 168o04'00"W
  64.97 -168.07

Ukivak: locality, see Ukivok.
Ukivok: village, pop. 30, on King I., in Bering
Sea W of Seward Penin., 43 mi. S of Cape
Prince of Wales, 64"58' N, 168"04' W; (map
1 11 ) . Var. King Island, Ookevok, Ookivok.
Oukivak, Oukevok, Oukwak, Ovktvok, Ukivak,
Ukivuk, Ukiwuk.
Eskimo village reported by Dall (1877, p.
15) ; this was also the Eskimo name for King
Island. Recorded in the 1880 Census as
"Ookivok" by Petroff ( 1884, map). The 1890
Census (1893, p. 145) reported "The only
Alaskan people residing in cliff dwellings
* * * enlarged from the cavernous fissures
that exist on the island," population 200.
Balcom (1965, p. 32) wrote, "Most of the
inhabitants moved to Nome and other places
to find employment, as King Island is inaccessible
part of the year because of its location
and weather."

Ukivok Island: island, see King Island.
Ukivuk: locality, see Ukivok.
Ukiwuk: locality, see Ukivok.
Ukiwuk Island: island, see King Island.

Same ship, different year.

Bear 17 August 1919.

Commanding Officer investigated into charges of Mrs. Bert Merrill against her husband; incompatibility and cruelty; both residents of Tigara, the latter being colored and the former a native eskimo. Results: Merrill claimed his wife did not attend to household duties and found fault with manner in which their four children were cared for. Mrs. Merrill stated that in a fit of anger Merrill struck her with a piece of wood and pricked her in the leg with a knife to hurry her up in some housework, he wished her to do. Merrill acknowledged having a quick temper and manifested such a genuine desire to reform that C.O. in compliance with wishes of Mrs. Merrill let Merrill off with a warning.

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: May 20, 2017, 04:55:37 pm »
Amazing videos. I watched the first one with my first cup of tea.  :)

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: May 18, 2017, 06:59:45 pm »
Brilliant!!! It made my day.  :) :) :)

Geographical Help / Re: Alaskan Place Names -- Discussion
« on: May 16, 2017, 05:35:42 pm »
It is also in my link  ;)

Not so deceitful after all

Wasn't reading carefully enough to look at your link...  Ooops...

The Science: What You're Doing This For / Re: Notes from the Field
« on: May 16, 2017, 04:17:58 am »
More than there was at this time in 1915.  ;)

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: May 14, 2017, 10:11:16 pm »
Oh my Michael - what a horrid horrid experience!  :'( :'( :'(
  A little bit yes but mostly no. I did discover many wonderful and very kind and helpful people. I was a board member for Habitat for Humanity Yukon (HFHY), so the irony of having someone, working to house people, should lose his own house was very newsworthy. I was interviewed extensively by the newspapers and for an hour long program on the radio. My insurance coverage was great, and the insurance adjuster handling my case was wonderful. The contractor who won the contract to rebuild my house was excellent, and various suppliers with whom I worked through HFHY went out of their way to be helpful. I lost two pieces of original art, but that was because of where they were in the house (the 900 degree F room). All my slides and negatives were fine. Framed family photos were just re-printed and re-framed. Clothes, furniture, electronics etc were all replaceable and replaced. In all, I was very lucky, and I was overwhelmed by the support I got from the community. For all those reasons, it turned out to be very life affirming and positive. That said, don't try it yourself, just take my word for it. (And make backups, store things properly and have good insurance!)   ;)

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: May 14, 2017, 04:56:18 pm »
Unbelievable - I would think that by now, the general public should be smart enough to at least keep their operating systems and browsers up to date, all the time!
This is precisely why I recommend installing all updates on everything as soon as they are generally available (except for major Windows updates - wait a week or two before installing those, just to make sure)

Otherwise, you just gotta be smart: Don't open attachments or click on links from suspicious emails (if you get one that claims to be from your bank, go the bank's website in a different tab and login there instead), use HTTPS Everywhere, and don't use stupid passwords (I have several that are gibberish strings of letters and numbers, each of which I memorized by brute force).

The other thing that is very very important is to do regular backups.  I have two two terabyte external hard drives. They measure 15 x 81/2 x 21/2 cm, so they fill fit in a back safety deposit box. I keep one of these at home and one in the bank. Every so often I swap them. Depending on what's going on with my projects, I back up my PC onto the hard drive. That's usually every two or three months. The drives are large enough to hold several backups. And, every so often, say once or twice a year, I swap the drives. As soon as the one comes from the bank, I remove one or two of the oldest backups and do a new one.

I have a free backup program that is very good and it is relatively easy to use. (It would be no trouble for any of you OW types, although a novice would have to think a bit to use it.)

You might think this is overkill, but trust me it is not. You would be surprised by how much of your life is stored on your computer. About a dozen years ago, two people broke into my house in order to steal things. (I was not at home.) They set the house on fire and left. At the time, I did not have a home computer, using them all day at work was enough. However, I did learn several things:
  • If I had a computer, it and any backups left at home would not have survived, hence the need for an off-site backup;
  • Have replacement value insurance. If you bought a TV for $500 five years ago it is probably worth $100. Replacement value insurance means you get a new TV, standard insurance means you get $100. Not a huge deal for a TV, but my 60 year old house was valued at $80,000. The cost to replace it (i.e. build a new one) was about $200,000. The total difference to me, house and contents, was worth about $160,000;
  • Smoke and water damage was huge. My house was tiny and built of logs, and they fought the fire for about four hours so you can imagine the amount of water used and smoke produced. Things stored in cardboard boxes (yes we all do that) were destroyed. Things stored in large plastic bins were OK; and,
  • Artwork etc that had been professionally framed was OK; things that were in cheap frames from Walmart etc did not survive.

Luckily for me, all my slides and negatives were stored in plastic tubs, and they were in a cupboard in the room that was least damaged by smoke and heat. (The fire chief said that the temperature in one room was over 900F.) Since the fire, all my slides and negatives (and music CDs and movie DVDs)have been scanned and the digital copies are backed up and stored in a bank vault. And nothing, nothing, is stored in cardboard boxes except empty canning jars and bottles. As Joni Mitchell said:

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: May 08, 2017, 08:49:18 pm »
I'm not a fan of Facebook either, but I have spent very little time on it.

I've never used Facebook, Twitter, Shapchat, Instagram etc etc. I guess that means I don't have much time left...  :-\

Reference Desk / Re: Sea Ice Types - Comments
« on: May 08, 2017, 06:38:03 pm »
Here is the Environment Canada ice resource page.

This is an excellent site for seeing ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. Their map of ice conditions comes out each day, and their summaries come out each month, but more frequently as we move into the northern summer.

Dockside Cafe / Giant plot by OW revealed.
« on: May 08, 2017, 06:35:16 pm »
There was an article on CBC this morning about a study done by two universities in the US. (Maybe Yale and University of California.) Anyway, the researchers found that people who use Facebook or other social media live longer and more productive lives. Apparently, even though the connections are virtual, having people who support you, and having people to support, sharing accomplishments, taking an interest in each other's lives etc is very beneficial.

"Ah ha!" I shouted, "The sneaky people running OW set up a chat forum just so that we would live longer and be more productive and so we would transcribe more WRs."  ;D ;D ;D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: May 08, 2017, 06:15:47 pm »

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: May 07, 2017, 10:00:02 pm »

Hope it is high enough, Craig!
Hope you are OK, Michael!

No worries here. We don't do rain between April and October.  ;)  I'll change my opinion about living here after the 8 or 9 on the Richter Scale earthquake.  ;D ;D ;D

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