Sunday, October 30, 2005

Stay away from "hostingr.us"

I'm not into badmouthing anyone, but the treatment that I have received from webspace provider "hostingr.us" was so unprofessional and pathetic that I must warn others. I had about 200 megs of files, photos, weblog material etc. hosted by them. From the time they were hosting my stuff, the service was miserable. Daily outages became common, some lasting a full day. Well now the last straw: the present outage lasted for several days, and they will not respond to pleas for help. I cannot gain any sort of access to any of my stuff. In other words it's all gone...kaput...vanished. Luckily I have everything backed up in several places, but it will be a little annoying and time-consuming to set it all up again. I have moved the "tomrowsell.com" domain but it may take 72 hours for the nameserver records to propogate adequately.
I'll be back !

Friday, October 28, 2005

The saga continues :(

...more problems from my service provider...looks like the entire site is lost this time. I am getting set up at a different location, and it may take a little while. All email accounts at tomrowsell.com have also suffered loss. If you have sent any email in the last few days, assume we did not receive it

Friday, October 21, 2005

No Time...

It looks like my site problems are many. I'll probably have to move everything, so this Blog will be "home" for some time. I just don't have the time to ramp things up on another server right now. Anyway, life is good nonetheless :)
Tom

Bad to Worse

Things are getting worse. The "support" people have resorted to "we don't provide support for 3rd part scripts". It looks like I'll be switching to another service provider. You can attempt to access my main site here. Most of the sidebar links etc. should still work, but the main center portion of the page is displaying "ACCESS DENIED". It's a problem with the MySQL database permissions, something that I believe they fooled up...of course it might also be my fault. I'm not yet beyond making brain-dead mistakes.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Site problems

I have been having some problems with my internet hosting provider over the last few days. Things seem to be getting worse, so for now, I've turned off my "old" familiar site. I hope to clear things up but it is getting increasingly painful to resolve things. I'll use this different Blog format for now...thanks to BLOGGER.COM for their simplistic implementation...

Monday, October 17, 2005

Teardrop

I went to an RV show, and among the usual array of monsters was this little gem. A nice little replica of the old teardrops from the 1940's. http://www.tab-rv.com is where you can find out more. The $16,000 Canadian pricetag was interesting. (that included the heatpump...what???). If your budget can't quite justify that sort of purchase, CLICK HERE to get a reprint of an old 1947 Mechanix Illustrated article for a "Trailer for Two". For a more comprehensive selection of plans go to this UK site. or...if you are especially ignorant, EBAY is filled with opportunistic goons willing to take your money for these freely available plans :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Ottawa

Opportunity knocks, and sometimes you get to take advantage of it. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, four of us were together in Ottawa. It was a nice "retreat", enjoyed by all. On Saturday night we got to see a Senators game at the Corel Centre, along with 19,657 other clowns :) Other than that, we wandered, ate, relaxed, and enjoyed the time...
Click here for some pictures

NOTE: I moved the photos to a better location. If you got fed up trying to view them, try again...

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Star Princess...in St. John's

The thought of a 951 foot, 109,000 ton Cruise Ship maneuvering in and out of St. John's Harbour is almost mind-boggling. Click Here for some info on this Behemoth. 710 private balconies blew my little mind. Then again, that's what you can expect for a paltry 430 million smags. Check out the tour bus in the bottom of the first photo...that should help get an idea of the size. I hope the chart is accurate...




Thanks to T.O.D. for the photos...hope you don't mind me sharing them :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Shipping and the Global Economy

Consider the following from the
International Maritime Organization...
Shipping and the Global Economy

Today almost no nation is fully self-sufficient. Every country must sell what it produces and acquire what it lacks. None can depend on domestic resources alone. Ships have always provided the only really cost-effective method of bulk transport over any great distance.

MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF GLOBAL TRADE IS CARRIED BY SEA.

The transport cost element in the shelf price of consumer goods varies from product to product, but is ultimately marginal. For example, transport costs account for only around 2% of the shelf price of a television set and only around 1.2% of a kilo of coffee. There are more than 45,000 merchant ships trading internationally today, transporting every kind of cargo. The world fleet is registered in over 150 nations, and manned by over one and a quarter million seafarers of virtually every nationality.
Without international shipping, half the world
would freeze and the other half would starve.

Shipping and the Global Economy

Consider the following from the

Shipping and the Global Economy

Today almost no nation is fully self-sufficient. Every country must sell what it produces and acquire what it lacks. None can depend on domestic resources alone. Ships have always provided the only really cost-effective method of bulk transport over any great distance.

MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF GLOBAL TRADE IS CARRIED BY SEA.

The transport cost element in the shelf price of consumer goods varies from product to product, but is ultimately marginal. For example, transport costs account for only around 2% of the shelf price of a television set and only around 1.2% of a kilo of coffee.
There are more than 45,000 merchant ships trading internationally today, transporting every kind of cargo. The world fleet is registered in over 150 nations, and manned by over one and a quarter million seafarers of virtually every nationality.
Without international shipping, half the world
would freeze and the other half would starve.

Saturday, October 1, 2005

The "Situation"

I was a little surprised that I received this in an email from the wife of an American, (and you know who you are)..heh...But, given my helpless gravitation towards "less-than-tasteful" humour, and my interest in photography, I pass it on for your perusal:
This test only has one question, but it's a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where your priorities really are. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous.Please scroll down slowly and give due consideration to each line.You are in New Orleans to be specific. There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding. This is a flood of biblical proportions. You are a photo journalist working for a major newspaper, and you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless. You're trying to shoot career-making photos. There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water! Nature is unleashing all of its destructive fury...THE TEST:
Suddenly you see a man in the water. He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer. Somehow the man looks familiar. You suddenly realize who it is. It's the President, George W. Bush. At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him under forever. You have two options- you can save the life of the President, or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most famous men. Here's the question, and please give an honest answer....... Would you select high contrast colour film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?
For the record, I'd try to save the old goof :)

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