Archive for November, 2006

Minus 45 Overnight and Tomorrow

                         according to :

"The stationary Yukon high which brought frigid conditions to much of Alberta remains entrenched over western Canada. Northwesterly outflow winds from this high over central and southern Alberta are expected to produce extreme wind chill values after sunset and into Wednesday morning. Wind chill values of minus (-)40 to minus (-)45 are forecast for the above mentioned warning regions."


  • Wear several layers of loose clothing. Layering provides better insulation. Layers can also be removed if you become too hot.
  • Tight clothing reduces blood circulation. Warm blood needs to be circulated to the extremities.
  • When choosing clothing, be aware that some clothing may restrict movement resulting in a hazardous situation.
  • Boots should be waterproof and insulated.
  • By wearing a hat, you will keep your whole body warmer. It reduces the amount of body heat that escapes from your head.
  • Make sure to protect the ears, face, hands and feet in extremely cold weather.
  • Move into warm locations periodically. Limit the amount of time outside on extremely cold days.
  • Carry cold weather gear, such as extra socks, gloves, hats, jacket, blankets, a change of clothes and a thermos of hot liquid.
  • Include a thermometer and chemical hot packs in your first aid kit.
  • When working, avoid touching cold metal surfaces with bare skin.


Always carry with you a winter car kit in case of an unexpected emergency. Here are a few items that are essential to a quality kit.

  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Several blankets
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Small shovel
  • Jumper cables (or car battery charger)
  • Bottled water and canned fruit and vegetables
  • Always remember to keep your gas tank at least half full

Ice Cold

                 It’s a calm and quite chilly Sunday morning, near Edmonton,

with a temp of -31 with
no wind chill to speak of at the moment. There

are ice crystals in the air combined
with fog, so not the best day for travelling.

It’s said to snow 5cm later on today and overnight, with a temp of -35, not

including wind chill, which will average it around -40. Fun stuff :-(.

I have work this morning from 8am – 12pm,
but it’s only a 5 minute drive.

Christmas Party

                     I attended a Shared Christmas Party at the Agricom last night with some of my co-workers from . Although the party started at 6:30pm, due to something that came up, I didn’t make it there until 8:00pm, but I was in time for the banquet. They had some good food. I spent the rest of the evening having a great time and laughing it up. A few hundred people from many different companies were there as well. The MC sounded very scripted and uninteresting, and the large hall had a gambling theme to it. I’m not sure how they associated Christmas with gambling, so that was about the only thing about the night that I didn’t like.

                     I did get to see a side of my co-workers that I never get to see at work, which I enjoyed. Everyone left between 1:30am and 2:00am. I did see or hear of cabs being called, so everyone must have been responsible with their drinking for the most part. Some of my co-workers went to the Holiday Inn for the night, an expense the company had paid for. I didn’t feel like driving all the way home to Leduc, so I stayed at the hotel as well. I somehow managed to get lost in the maze that is Edmonton roads for over an hour, but managed to get about 6 hours sleep before coming home to catch up on the rest.

                     All in all, it was an experience I enjoyed and would be happy to partake in again. I have agreed to go out with a couple of co-workers for the weekend of Dec 4 to celebrate a birthday, but I’m seriously considering being the designated driver.

                     Sorry for not having any pictures of the Christmas Party, I hadn’t bothered to bring a camera. Although, I won a portable DVD player, so it’s all good.

New MP3 Player



                          This is my new RCA Lyra SC1000A

Features I like about it include:

-water resistant ("gasket" cover seals device completely from water

-device designed to take a bit of a beating

-comes with belt strap for ease of use

-contains built-in FM tuner

-512MB of internal memory

-"up to" 18 hours playback on a single AAA battery

Features I don’t like about it:

-does not have expansion slot for SD memory card

-LCD display could be more intuitive and aesthetic

-navigation can be confusing and takes a learning curve to learn


Cold Snap

                  Looks like central Alberta is in a cold snap. It’s -17 with the wind chill right now, soon to be feeling like -21. Add to that forecasted snow all night and day tomorrow. *sigh*. Definitely better then –40, but far from pleasant. Tomorrow’s "high" is -26 with wind chill, and snow. This is why I work indoors. I’m not "made" for cold weather, I’m very sensitive to it. Some people can deal with it well, but I’m not one of them.

                  Depending on who you want to believe, predicts snow/rain until Saturday. predicts snow only tonight and tomorrow.


The Incredible Machine

              Over the past couple of weeks, I have been helping my Dad renovate

the living room, and for some reason, this game I used to play back in the ’90s

popped into my head. I looked it up on the ‘net, and stopped making it when

they were bought out by . In any case, I was able to find it on the

. It took a few hours due to lack of . I then burned the .iso

file to CD, and installed it from there. It works great!

AutoPatcher for Windows XP SP2

                  I have installed Windows XP many times. It is one of life’s necessary evils. It takes the better part of a day to install it and set it up, but I have found a program that makes updating WinXP somewhat less painful. You must have SP2 installed first. In AutoPatcher, you can choose exactly what updates you want to install; these include all updates released for WinXP since SP2 was released. AutoPatcher contains the full updates to WinXP. You can choose which updates you want to install, and although it takes about an hour to install the updates, but saves on download time, and especially having to constantly restart your computer after every few updates, as the program installs the chosen updates and restarts the computer just once.

                  The major upsides to AutoPatcher is that it is very easy to use and navigate. It is also FREE. If you have dial-up or are going to install Windows on a computer without the Internet, you can easily download this program, and its associated monthly updates, and burn them to CD or DVD. This is much easier then creating a complicated batch file to install all of the updates.

                  The only downside to this program is that it does not describe what each update’s purpose is to fix or update. Although, if you’re so inclined, you can use the supplied Microsoft Knowledge Base Article Number and find out yourself.

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