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Rock Ruminations

"The Rock" - Newfoundland's nickname, attributed to the granite and rocky landcapes which wrap around coastlines of the province. It is an affectionate term towards Newfoundland, and highlights the significance of environment. Ruminations - the act of pondering; meditation.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Statistics for September

Given that my blog is worh $0, I'm surprised to find that anyone is here. But my statistics counter tells me that I have had 21 unique visitors this past month, 18 who stumbled upon me for the first time and 3 that actually chose to come back.

It appears that they have come from all over, including the United States, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, South Africa, Australia, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, Malaysia, and Poland.

Oddly enough, this is what they came to see:

That's all for another month...

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Isn't this freaky?


Natasha
Originally uploaded by mkb_nf.
As some of you know, I have a cat (see Under the (not so) watchful eye of Natasha). I got her as a stray from the Ottawa-Carleton Humane Society before lI got out of politics and left Ottawa... So that would have been almost nine years ago now.

She is predominantly a Russian Grey, but when you look at her tail (and even her hind quarters), you can see a little tabby in her.

Now, compare my little darling to this one. Freaky, eh?

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Four Cities in Nine Days

Well, nine days ago I left Athens to drive the eight hours to attend the Association for Educational Communications and Technology conference down in Orlando (see my posts at Breaking into the Academy and The Overlay for more details on that one. This conference was the annual meeting of the main professional association for people in instructional technology. I returned home (Athens - number two) from Orlando on Saturday evening.

I woke up at 3:00am on Monday to fly out to Denver for the Virtual School Symposium (see Virtual High School Meanderings for more details). After the two and a half hour flight, and $50 cab ride from the airport to the downtown, I arrived at the conference and began my whirlwind tour of Denver. I say whirlwind tour because I was only actually in Denver for a total of 37 hours. Tuesday at 7:00pm I left Denver and arrived back in Athens at 1:30am Wednesday morning.

I woke up later that morning and got ready to depart for location number four. Around 1:00pm we left to drive up to the north Georgia mountains, destination Amicalola Falls, where I'm in a lodge without Internet access for the next two days. I wonder the wisdom of bringing a bunch of graduate students, identified as leaders in their areas (i.e., busy people), to a place where there is no Internet access so that these busy people can fall further behind. I don't know, maybe I'm the oddball in this group, but being away (even if it is during a recognied break at the university) takes time. It takes time before you leave and it takes time when you return. Having Internet access while you are away does decrease the amount of time that you will need on the other end.

Anyway, off to begin my day...

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Talk about a slap in the face

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Statistics for September

I can't remember if this is a regular thing that I do on this blog, but since I do it on other blogs, I'll add it here too. Some random statistics for the month of September:

See you all again at the end of next month for some more fun, interesting and random statistics...