September 23, 2016
On 23rd September 2001, I started my first blog. It was on Blogspot. In 2004, I switched to Typepad, and in 2008 came to rest at WordPress (thus, the v.3 in the title of the blog).
Before that, from the late 1980s through the 1990s, I had operated a number of Bulletin Board Services (BBS) both for myself and for others, and had then been active with some of the early online communities (UTNE Cafe, Brainstorms, etc).
So, today is the 15th anniversary of me on blogs. I’ve had a lot of fun and hopefully, if only for a moment or two, I have managed to reach out and touch someone.
March 11, 2015
Well, I’m back at my back at one of my favourite perches — looking at the minutiae of East Vancouver history (1888-1915) through the lens of the contemporary daily newspapers. That’s a good thing, especially for the new book I am planning. Trouble is, it takes up most of my time and most of my intellectual energy, so posts on other topics here may well be few and far between. We’ll see how I do with that.
There will still be the music and image posts on alternate days; poetry on Mondays; environmental stuff on Fridays; Changes on the Drive on the first of each month, and posts on celebratory and other memorable days. To my coterie of regular readers, I hope that is enough for the time being.
Thanks for viewing!
March 26, 2014
This is not a newspaper nor is it the CBC or the BBC. It is a place for me to express my own views (thus the name of this blog) and to pass on observances that I think are of interest. I do exactly as much research as I choose when writing these pieces. Nothing more should be expected of me.
When I write history pieces, the research will be as exact and accurate as I can possibly make it. But when I write political pieces or articles on art, music, food or when I write general observations, what you see is what you get — my view with absolutely no guarantee that anyone else will agree. Everyone is welcome to do their own research, their own reading, and make up their own minds.
I would have thought this was obvious.
But clearly some with a different point of view expect something else. The comments that my post on the anal bleaching sign attracted are a fine example. Obviously the commenter disagreed with my position and claimed I got my facts wrong. No, I did not: I reported accurately on what I saw (the sign), I reported accurately on what I heard on the street (“I am told that” the PAC had objected), and I gave my own opinion on the issue. No facts were harmed in the production of that post.
As I wrote to the commenter, the comments and my email are open for anyone to state their differences of opinion, but I expect something other than just “you are wrong.”
February 3, 2014
Today is the 6th anniversary of the start of this particular blog.
It is the third version of my blog: the second was on Typepad and lasted from 24th April 2004 until 3rd February 2008. Most of that seems to survive and there are some interesting essays on that site if I do say so myself,
My first blog was on Blogspot and has deteriorated over time. I started it on 23rd September 2001 in response to 9/11, and transferred to Typepad in April 2004.
We’ve had over half a million views on version 3 of the blog which, I know, is puny compared to a lot of sites, but which seems like an awful lot of visitors to me. I am truly grateful to each and every one of you who takes a moment or more to read these scratchings.
Onward for the next six years!
December 20, 2012
It has been an age since I wrote. I’ve been pretty good for the last few months at keeping this blog regular but I’ve been preoccupied for the last week or so.
During the last twelve months I have undertaken a vast amount of research, collected a ton of images, and I’ve written scores of pieces in various formats; and it occured to me — when I couldn’t find something I knew I had — that I had allowed these hundreds of files and notes and emails to be scattered across the breadth and depth of my laptop and the external hard drives. Stuff was everywhere and not at all handy.
So I spent the last week or more getting it all back in order. And I can’t count the number of times I was just scanning a document to find its relevance when something attracted my interest and I took the time to re-read the whole thing — the long essays and the short texts. The images and PPTs and other media needed to be catalogued, everything had to be read. Each day was as filled up as the one before it with interesting facts, intriguing analysis, and colourful background. And now its done and I have a long “to do” list based on what I found.
Which brings me to the point, I guess; my realisation that I will never again force myself into deadlines, even those of my own making. This realisation happened immediately after I had made the decision to publish “The Birth of A Community: Grandview 1890-1915” in time for Christmas 2013, a decision I instantly revoked under the new understanding. I will take my time, reflect, get it right.
While I take my own sweet time with the new book, hopefully some of that time will be used to keep up the posts here!
November 23, 2012
My ever-loving is away visiting family. I have taken the opportunity of her absence and the lashing rain this week, to stay in, to stay glued to my computer, bashing out my December 8th lecture and getting a good handle on the book that will follow. It’s been a lot like batchelor days at college. I’ve managed to keep the household going, with both the cat and I eating well; but the focus has been on writing and there hasn’t been any time for blog posts.
The plan for today is to finalize draft one of the lecture and complete a timed run-through. Head down and push on!
March 19, 2011
For the last couple of weeks my computer has been, to say the least, edgy. I lost the use of my external mouse, the two monitors changed places within the system and refused to go back, the sound system was broken and the CD drive had never worked properly. There was the more than occasional blue screen of death.
The problems began to crowd into inconvenience and I found myself more than once at dell.ca building a shopping cart of items just to see how much it came to, with taxes and shipping. On the third visit, I pushed the BUY button; and here I am, three days later, typing this on a spanky new small black laptop.
I feel comfortable using Dell. I’ve always had good service from them and this has been no exception. I’m a believer!