Less work, more fulfilling

I was lucky enough to be able to take the remaining vacation days I was entitled to this year, before the year ran out. Spent Dec 24 – Jan 3 away from the office and only peeked at email and company chat a few times.

There’s finally enough people on board to take care of enough things to enable me to go away for more than a few days without getting a panic telephone call. Then again, it’s usually my prone-to-panic manager who was always calling me and I think he’s been off dealing with his self induced panic attacks over the corporate restructuring that was announced just prior to christmas.

I can’t say that this is a perfect place to work, and I do have my grumblesmurf moments with them, but it is still worlds better than my previous gig.

Maybe this will be the year that I get caught up on documentation and can start to look for fun aspects of the work again. Maybe.

That being said, I am resolving this year to spend more time on family and self, less on work. Not letting myself get wound up by work things that ultimately don’t matter. It’s just a way to make $ to do the living things.

You say I need to have passion about my work? Nope. I’ve been on the bus to burnoutville the past few years and I need to step off at the next stop and start walking back.

Just need to structure my time, I think, or I’ll fall into the same old habits.

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Upgrade All The Things!

I finally noticed that my friend Ralph’s blog, hosted on this same server, was actually still on WordPress 2.0.11 (circa 2007 ?) and knuckled down to re-discover how to upgrade from there to version 4.x

This time it went way easier because… I don’t know. Maybe not all of the Synology NAS this stuff now hosts on is as weird and obtuse to me as it was last March.

I should make notes, some day. I suck at documentation.

I’m also still only scratching the surface of what I can run on that little box of disks.

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Mysteries of the Dark Forest

A few images I captured from my parent’s acreage this past weekend. There’s all manner of things and beasts in amongst the trees.

Mysteries of the Dark Forest 1

Mysteries of the Dark Forest 2

Mysteries of the Dark Forest 3

Mysteries of the Dark Forest 4

Mysteries of the Dark Forest 5

Mysteries of the Dark Forest 6

Mysteries of the Dark Forest 7

Mysteries of the Dark Forest 8

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Doorways to Yesteryear


I took a short trip to a fairly out of the way location in southern Alberta this past weekend to see this massive rusting pile of cars that has been accumulated over many decades. There’s opportunities out the wazoo for an photography project there.

I shall return for a more in depth exploration at a future date.

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Lip Service to purported values and mission statement

I saw a journalist tweet about their article, talking about transgender kid wanting to use their identified gender bathroom, and raises point that the trustee is being asked to shush

School trustee gag rules turn elected officials into tame sheep

Which points to the trustee’s blog entry for details on the bathroom issue

Local mother accuses Edmonton Catholic School Board of discrimination

Simpleton in me is saying… Just make all bathrooms unisex and be done with it.

The journalist was making a point that the trustee hasn’t been told to shush on an equally big issue around admittance requirements for academic schools vs non academic ones in the catholic system and catchment areas etc. Inclusion, poor being asked to pay for bussing away from area to other schools, etc. All fascinating, to see the stated principles etc being used to show the school boards and system policies are just a bunch of for-show-only.

(Long read in next links)

Motion Regarding Catchment Areas for All ECSD High Schools, Part 1
Motion Regarding Catchment Areas for All ECSD High Schools, Part 2

I’m biased, being a product of public schools and not having any option other than public where I lived (aside from not being required to go to church after I got to an age where I decided it wasn’t for me).

I know what I’m thinking is why do we have separate school systems, or even private schools, and why bus kids across cities away from home neighborhood area schools at all. I am a simpleton though, thinking just mash them all into nearest schools and fund and support equally.

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Down another rabbit hole I go

I’ve been putting off getting my own art printer for ages now. It was good enough to visit a friend and print on his Epson 3880 whilst kibitzing and having a beer. Since moving to a new city last year, I’ve not had this kind of opportunity to print and so I finally caved and got the very exact same printer. (Both for familiarity with use and pleased with it’s capabilities).


First test print came off beautifully. Sure, I have some re-learning and tweaking to do, but it’s a great start.

Next up, getting a dust cover to keep the dust and spiders and whatnot out of the works…

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Authorized Phishing Test

Just wanted to check that you all had conducted an authorized phishing test from JIRA File Shares, which if you did I full admit to failing.

Can you send me the screen shot that appeared after the link was clicked? I didn’t want to re-click in case this wasn’t a legit test.


Of course you failed. The only correct response was to delete the email.

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