Archive for April, 2006

Far Better Then Silence

        For the past year or so, there’s been a new audio craze online labelled "Podcasting". The term was coined because audio broadcasts were being created by Internet users via websites and made available for download to Apple’s iPod listening devices. Since then, countless Podcasts have been created and have become incredibly popular. People don’t have to listen to them on an iPod. simply having a computer with speakers will do or a CD player.
        Although I enjoy listening to the radio, be it on the stereo or via an online streaming radio station using software such as Windows Media Player or WinAmp, I also enjoy being educated and informed about like-minded topics. Listed below are the "Podcasts" I am interested in. You can find ones that fit your interests at websites such as, or
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This Week in Tech
Inside The Net
CNET’s Buzz Out Loud
Security Now!
The Chris Pirillo Show







Happy Easter!

        Melissa is in the process of cooking up two fair sized Hams, as well as carrots, coleslaw, among other things. As far as Easter goes, our family hasn’t gone all out for this occasion, no real reason why, although one could say the rationality is that only our immediate family lives here, our extended family lives in Ontario and Nova Scotia, so it’s kinda hard to have a family gathering under those circumstances. However, Melissa grew up in Nova Scotia, where it seems that all occasions are treated fairly equally, likely motivated by the huge family gatherings that can take place. That said, Melissa is cooking us an Easter supper. I’m helping out somewhat, but she insists on doing most of it, although some help is certainly welcomed. Later on today, we’ll eat her wonderful supper, exchange Easter treats, and Melissa and I will likely also phone a friend of ours, Cher, and watch the movie "Fun with Dick and Jane". Whether all of that happens, who knows, but that’s the plan.
       Have a wonderful Easter, Everyone!



Skyrocketing taxes squeeze out Cdn homeowners

From Vancouver to Halifax, Canadian homeowners are being hit with skyrocketing property assessments — leading to significantly bigger property tax bills — that some can’t afford. It’s the downside of a housing market that’s been on the upswing for the better part of a decade. The people hit hardest are the ones who don’t want to sell — many are seniors living on a fixed income. "There’s enough revenue in the country, there’s enough taxes — but there’s not enough sharing of them," said Knight.  "Municipal governments need somewhat more to deliver their responsibilities."



Back To School

      It’s been a long couple of weeks, full of very stressful times, a lot of pressure, and no shortage of things to keep us busy. Melissa and I have decided to go to college, myself for a second time. Melissa does not want to spend any more time working around town, and is completely determined to make something of herself as soon as possible, specifically in a business office management setting. Employment Insurance will be paying for her tuition, but I have been "forced" to take out a second Student Loan to pay for my course. This fact alone has motivated us to think of any way possible for Melissa to go to school while I work and get certified on my own.
        Fact of the matter is if I want to get my education and certifications as quickly as possible, schooling is the best way to go, although it is the most expensive route. We’ve considered going to a less expensive, publicly funded college, such as NAIT, but their courses do not start up again until the fall, that, and there isn’t a course at NAIT that appears to be as thorough, or short (6 months), as the course at CDI College. This fact alone means CDI is the best option for her. That said, I am her only transportation in and out of the city. We have considered moving into the city, and with Melissa’s course ending in 6 months, we don’t see how we’ll have much choice but to move into the city around November. My course will finish in March 2007. We should be able to find jobs (which CDI is determined to help us with) and move back to a "small-town" place like Leduc, mind you that would be more expsensive, considering the obvious like a second car, unless we each get off work at relatively the same time each day and are able to pick each other up. We’re not city people and never will be, but we’ll live with it as long we have to simply because we will not have a choice.
        I truly wish there were a way to get the computer certifications that I need/want on my own, or by some other way that is cheaper then going to college, but there is sadly no other way that is more logical or practical then going to school and achieving the certifications either as I go along, or not soon after.
        That said, and certainly on a more positive note, I know that Melissa and I will put the enormous amount of skills and knowledge to use during school and for many years to come.
        Good Lord, what it takes these days to be successful!



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