Archive for September, 2013

Fall makes for a pretty good time to get some nice sunrise shots of Calgary and area’s new ‘burbs, as people inside all of those houses are on the cusp of getting ready for the day, opening their curtains greeting the morning sky… and the incoming construction noise and traffic.

Thanks to those of you who have taken a genuine interest in my insider’s look at outward growth as it happens and enjoyed my previous entries in this series.

If you’ve missed them, here are entries one and two.

This newest collection was taken over the course of late summer and early fall.

Rural meets suburban on the edge of Silverado in the southwest as acreage properties loom beyond the lots where luxury homes will soon be built.

Rural meets suburban on the edge of Silverado in the southwest as acreage properties loom beyond the lots where luxury homes will soon be built.

Welcome to Redstone, Skyview Ranch's neighbouring subdivision in the northeast. Parent walks child to (presumably) the school bus stop in a mainly-finished street. Pardon the pixelation; this was shot with night setting.

Welcome to Redstone, Skyview Ranch’s neighbouring community in the northeast. Parent walks child to (presumably) the school bus stop in a mainly-finished street. Pardon the pixelation; this was shot with night setting.

The moon sets in the southeast community of Mahogany on a row of lived-in houses still landing for their landscaping to be done and their garages built. At least Canada Post seems quick to keep up, though.

The moon sets in the southeast community of Mahogany on a row of lived-in houses still waiting for their landscaping to be done and their garages built. At least Canada Post seems quick to keep up, though.

Ummm... does building on a hill count as upward growth? Earth movers at work in our fastest-growing community of Evanston in the northwest.

Ummm… does building on a hill count as upward growth? Earth movers at work in our fastest-growing community of Evanston in the northwest.

A fleet of parked earth movers, likely due to servicing rest in Mahogany with the South Health Campus looming nearby.

Two earth movers drive to their destination while a fleet is parked beyond, likely due to servicing, in Mahogany as the South Health Campus looms nearby.

Auburn Bay in the southeast can serve as a good example of how challenging it can be to make out the downtown skyline from so far away. You may need to squint...

Auburn Bay in the southeast can serve as a good example of how challenging it can be to make out the downtown skyline in a cell phone picture from so far away. You may need to squint…

Another said example.

Another said example…

...But it's not hard to make out the lovely reflections in the water on a calm morning at Auburn Bay's lake.

…But it’s not hard to make out the lovely reflections in the water on a calm morning at Auburn Bay’s lake.

According to this panel of Pink Wood installed on a house's side at Ranchers' Rise in Okotoks, it's, well... Pink Wood, a type that's treated to help reduce flame spread in event of a fire, as well as help with mildew resistance.

According to this panel of Pink Wood installed on a house’s side at Ranchers’ Rise in Okotoks, it’s, well… Pink Wood, a type that’s treated to help reduce flame spread in event of a fire, as well as help with mildew resistance.

Good morning, Langdon.

Good morning, Langdon.

 

MacBook 1.1 (2007-), meet HP Compaq (2009-2013)... Oh, wipe that stupid smirk off your face, MacBook!

MacBook 1.1 (2007-), meet HP Compaq (2009-2013)… Oh, wipe that stupid smirk off your face, MacBook!

Earlier this month, I wrote that my HP Compaq kicked the bucket, likely due to loosened solder in one of the motherboard’s chips.

Well, a few weeks ago, I became alive again with a hand-me-down MacBook 1.1 from a very generous employer, whom I won’t flatter too much on the Internet. You know who you are and thank you so much.  It does the job for what I have to do in my day-to-day business and even makes things easier with MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite 4 installed. Lucky me, eh?

Anyhoo, when one replaces a laptop, there are some steps one may need to take to transfer files, troubleshoot bugs with apps and so on.

The list:

– Inform staff that I had a laptop again. This wounded soldier in the squad has been patched up and good to go again.

Progress: Done.

– Learn how to transfer files from a dead laptop’s hard disk to a… well… not-dead laptop.

Progress: Done. Did it all by myself with only a Philips screwdriver, 20 minutes of labour and 20 bucks spent! I’ve been introduced to gadgets called hard drive enclosures where you plug in a laptop hard disk and then it operates just like any other USB portable hard disk. Never knew these devices existed and am relieved that they do.

– Get Google Chrome and my printer working.

Progress: Need Snow Leopard (I have plain-vanilla Leopard). On its way from the Apple Store. This MacBook’s a bit of a cougar and is too old for Lion or Mountain Lion. Oh well, can’t be picky.

– Make a funny picture illustration with Creative Suite.

Progress: Done (see above). MacBook… why does he have to act so smug?

– Never write a blog post on my iPod Touch ever again.

Progress: Done and done. And I mean done!

– Now that I’ve switched to Mac, perpetuate the young, urban Mac-owner stereotype of bumming around by myself in an uptown coffee shop and write for an hour or two.

Progress: Out of character for this working-class suburbanite but I’ll do it once eventually.

– Repent for my sin of making that “found Jobs” joke in my last post.

Progress: Hmmm… nah. I’ve been interested in joining the Cult of Apple (partially, still prefer Android for mobile) for a while anyway. I guess Hell still awaits.

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The freelancer’s worst nightmare has happened to me: my laptop has died after four years of service.

It’s likely the motherboard and not the hard disk, which is a relief.

Still, being a web producer for publications, it’s a fairly harsh hit to have to take–I can only do so much with mobile apps.

Given my new no-nerd-box predicament, I had to immediately spring into action and do some more urgent items and think of other things for the near-future.

The list:

– Like a wounded soldier in the squad, take to the iPod Touch and my phone to inform editors of my dead laptop situation and direct urgent requests to my work partner, who owns a laptop that’s still very much alive and able.

Progress: Done.

– Tell said partner on the Internet that she’s my hero.

Progress: Done.

– Learn how recover files from a hard disk, transfer to new laptop, be grateful and relieved, take more-cautious backup steps, practice those steps for a while, get lazy again, repeat process in another half a decade.

Progress: Ongoing.

– Drink the Apple Kool-Aid and save for a MacBook. I’m liking reliable machines right now. You know how people in vulnerable points in their lives “find Jesus”? Well, I found Jobs.

Progress: Hell awaits for that joke.

– Realize that people might think I’m cheap, given that my dead laptop is an HP Compaq. Heck, now I worry if this makes me look undateable, even.

Progress: I have inner beauty.

– Use this computer-less downtime to read a book… a printed one. I bought one at Value Village the other day (guess I am cheap). It’s a humour memoir called Don’t Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs. She Thinks I’m a Piano Player in a Whorehouse. Appealing title for someone with a working-class upbringing like me.

Progress: One chapter in.

– Given I’m writing this on my iPod Touch, practice my touch-screen typing by cooking up another humour list like this one. “‘I drank my dog under the table,’ ‘Cops busted me for possession,’ ‘I ate too many shrooms’ and other excuses I’ve heard from construction workers for missing work” could stir up some laughs.

Progress: Never mind. Those are the only three good ones I can think of. Kind of a long title anyway.

– Be grateful once I get a new laptop and use it more to actually be a lot more productive and ease up on the procrastinating.

Progress: