Blogging in music…

Well since these are geeky days, I’m temporarily experimenting with streaming music directly on the blog. You will have noticed the simple controls at the top just below the main menu. I’ve set the music to begin playing automatically for now, to attract attention to it and cause your feedback, but it probably will become…



Thick convoluted clouds were drawing menacing shapes in a meaningless sky. In a song an eagle soared away, along with hopes and promises. Nothing in the early morning seemed to make sense. The scene outside the window was an abstraction. A few tables to the left, a math student was transferring long strings of numbers…


Ongoing template tweaking

Thanks to my amazing powers of observation, I’ve noticed that most visitors to the blog do not care to comment. So I’ve decided to make it easier on them/you by customizing the page with the addition of a simple "View / Hide Comments" button at the bottom of each post. While not essential to the…


Pandora: very musically yours

Suggested recently by Bee, Pandora has immediately managed to eclipse ShoutCast as my online streaming music player. ShoutCast is great but basically a simple collection of online radio stations, streamed to the users without giving them any control on what they listen to other than by switching stations. In comes Pandora. Rather than broadcasting set…


Fall is upon Vancouver

With the equinox in less than a week, there remains no doubt that fall is upon us. Even in a region like ours, leafs have started falling and the sky has turned all shades of gray. Temperatures have dropped and wearing a fleece, light jacket or windbreaker is now often a pleasant necessity. The much needed sudden humidity will hopefully put a damper on local forest fires and certainly has sparked a million fragrances, from the wet soil to moss and pine trees. The cranberry harvests are approaching, the Grouse Grind is on its last stretch, summertime attractions are closing, winter hours slowly implemented.

On Sunday, Prince of Whales was operating one last time from Vancouver and invited tourism industry partners on a short last cruise of the season, bound for Bowen Island. The weather was rather bleak – low ceilings and light rain – but as true(?) West-Coasters we got onboard, zipped up our coats and enjoyed the misty scenery and hot coffee. Around Bowen island, the air smelled strongly of pine trees as the forest awoke to the rain.

I was once again reminded of how friendly everybody in the local tourism sphere is, and particularly the Prince of Whales staff. I got to meet the company owner, a cheerful lad with communicative enthusiasm who soon launched into a very interesting chat about the boat’s unique propulsion system. (Continue reading additional note at the bottom if boats are your thing.)

Prince of Whales will continue operating whale watching trips from Victoria all winter, but this was the end of an innovative first season of Vancouver-based trips. Can’t wait until next summer. They were kind enough to mention my own [[A killer Time with Killer Whales]]post on their blog which they update to reflect whale sightings and movements. Cool!

Cloudy day pictures are a little hard to ace but I’ve included a few here that somehow seem to reflect the ambiance adequately. The greyness of the day was somehow welcome. The clouds lingering on the mountains reminded me of the Pyrenees. And the rain washed away a summer’s weariness. Another great afternoon! Thanks Melissa!