Where’s my iPad?

Looks like it started out in China, worked its way down to Kentucky via Alaska, then headed back to China. Probably homesick. But the Chinese were having none of that… back to Anchorage!

Amazing, UPS.

Shipment Progress
Location Date Local Time Activity
Anchorage,
AK, United States
19/11/2013 15:57 Departure Scan
19/11/2013 13:44 Arrival Scan
Chek Lap Kok,
Hong Kong
19/11/2013 21:51 Departure Scan
Louisville,
KY, United States
17/11/2013 8:48 Arrival Scan
Anchorage,
AK, United States
16/11/2013 23:10 Departure Scan
16/11/2013 20:11 Arrival Scan
Chek Lap Kok,
Hong Kong
17/11/2013 3:46 Departure Scan
Chek Lap Kok,
Hong Kong
16/11/2013 4:30 Arrival Scan
Shenzhen,
China
16/11/2013 2:30 Departure Scan
16/11/2013 1:00 Export Scan
16/11/2013 1:00 Origin Scan
China
15/11/2013 10:15 Order Processed: Ready for UPS

I’ve updated to Mavericks

20131114-235459.jpgA few early bugs have been fixed and the latest OS X is said to be very trouble-free, so I took the plunge. It’s free, BTW.

Before I installed Mavericks, I updated all my existing software and let Disk Utility repair permissions. Time Machine had everything backed up. The installation went smoothly. No problems at all.

Now it’s time to see how well Maps work (as good as Google maps?), to try out the built-in dictation software and to see if I like the new Finder Tabs. The very first thing I noticed was that nothing looked particularly new. I like that. I didn’t want to face a steep learning curve. Some nice new features (that I can take or leave) and optimized, smoother performance are all I really want.

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Ahhh, that feels better

dump-googleFor months, Google has been trying to suck me into participation in its Google Plus social media thingy. I eluded their efforts until today, when they tricked me (or coerced me?) and linked my Youtube account to all the rest of their customer tracking “services”. As you may have guessed, I’ve had enough.

I cancelled all my Googly accounty stuff. I can still use Google’s search algorithm… and that’s the most useful thing Google does. If I use it through DuckDuckGo, my search history won’t even be tracked and stored.

I can’t upload videos to Youtube anymore, or comment on Youtube videos uploaded by others, but I can still watch them. A few of my Youtube videos that are embedded here are blog posts will go dark, but maybe I’ll upload them to Vimeo.

Here are links to the first ones I’ve moved:

Chrissy and Barry’s Wedding
The Jig
The Biblio-Mat

Sad news about local restauranteur

20131111-173001.jpgAlnoor Savani, owner of the Lahore Tikka House on Gerrard Street East has died of heart failure at the age of 48. He spent years building his famous restaurant in stages, completing more construction whenever he had enough funds.

Over the years, we’ve watched his restaurant take shape, ever so slowly, but ever so steadily. Early on, customers filled tables in the outdoor parking lot, dining under improvised canopies. Even then, the place was very popular. Gradually, the place grew into a handsome two-storey landmark with an outdoor patio on top. It was our friend Neda’s absolute favourite place to eat on the Little India Strip… and Neda is a serious foodie.

How sad that Danica and I never got around to having a meal there. We always seemed to be waiting for the construction to be finished… and now that it is, the founder is gone. The best we can do now is go and dine there in tribute to one man’s persistence and entrepreneurship.

Today’s bike ride answers a question

How do you get from the cycle path along the bank of the Mighty Don…
mighty-don

to here… the Riverdale Farm?

riverdale-farm-sheep

Answer:

stairs-to-bridge

[Notes] I only rode to the base of the stairs today. The photo of the sheep is from the Google Map of Riverdale Farm.

After the climb up the stairs, carrying your bike, there’s more climbing to do… up a fairly steep hill to the farm. Well worth a visit, especially in the Spring. Baby goats are my favourites. They dance on the heads of long suffering sheep. Pure joy.

MAP to ROM

Museum Access Passes (MAP) are available, free of charge, to holders of Toronto Public Library cards. New batches come out each week on Saturday and some are more popular than others. If you want a pass for the Science Centre, Zoo or ROM, you have to get up early and wait for an hour or two before selected branches open.

rom-montage

I went a couple of months ago and scored a ROM pass for visitors who were staying with us. It was never used, so yesterday Danica and I used it before it expired. What a lovely place to spend a few hours. Too much to see in just one visit, so we concentrated on early Canadiana, plus a tour through the ever- popular dinosaur exhibits.

This gives me an opportunity to try out a new WordPress plugin for slides.