With Age Comes Wisdom. And With Wisdom, Cantankerousness.

by Peter Tyrrell Wednesday, August 10, 2005 10:59 AM

Scene at the gym this morning: two elderly men squabbling over who had sign-up rights on an exercise bike. There were other bikes free. Yahoos.

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by Peter Tyrrell Tuesday, August 09, 2005 9:59 AM

Sometimes one gets back from vacation and one just doesn't update one's blog. One says, "let me get through my email inbox first" or "one can't think of what to say at this precise moment" or "stop using 'one' as a personal pronoun before one gets one's nose bridge shattered with a buffalo-nudges-peach-tree flying forehead smash."

That's my excuse. Believe it or don't. Mum never did. She went straight for the kitchen drawer which housed the Wooden Spoon, which she then applied vigorously and with malice aforethought to my aft quarters. Until it broke once. I love my Mum. I never told her until much later that the Wooden Spoon treatment was about as deadly as a damp noodle wielded by a paralytic tree. "If only we had spanked him more" is a lament that was oft heard round the house when I had done something moronic, but was too big to suffer corporal punishment. Too true.

Some tales I always enjoyed were those of Emil, the unrepentantly high-spirited lad who would inevitably, after a caper, be caught and sent to the woodshed, there to await punishment at the hands of his father. He would always carve a wooden figure while waiting, the woodshed eventually becoming filled with row on row of these small witnesses to the many futile attempts at correction. Good old Astrid Lindgren.

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Glenbow Museum & Archives

by Administrator Wednesday, July 27, 2005 9:36 AM
The web developers for this project purchased our WPDK to customize the interface and add shopping cart functionality. They have also used the WPDK to develop many other online databases for their various collections. Visit the Glenbow Museum's Collections & Research web page @ http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/

Below are some of the online databases @ the Glenbow Museum & Archives...

The Archives Main Catalogue contains descriptions of unpublished archival records, such as diaries, letters, and minute books, for over 3000 families, organizations, and businesses in southern Alberta.

The Library Main Catalogue contains descriptions of over 100,000 books, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, and government documents relating to the history, art, Native peoples, and popular culture of Western Canada, with an emphasis on Calgary and southern Alberta.

The Map Collection Catalogue contains descriptions of over 5,000 maps relating to the exploration, settlement, and development of Western Canada, with an emphasis on Calgary and southern Alberta.

The Music Catalogue contains descriptions of over 300 pieces of sheet music (1867-1980s), and over 500 sound recordings (1914-2000s) written, published or performed by western Canadians, or which have a Western or Canadian theme.

PARC Library Catalogue - AIDS Vancouver

by Administrator Wednesday, July 27, 2005 9:32 AM
This is a new hosted site also featuring our WPDK for users to request items plus canned searches for topics on the Quick Search page. Visit their site @ http://aidsvan.andornot.com/

Vancouver Coastal Health Library Catalogue

by Administrator Wednesday, July 27, 2005 9:15 AM
The Vancouver Coastal Health Library Catalogue site was redesigned and involved incorporating two additional catalogues converted from other library management systems plus adding a shopping cart (WPDK) to request items.

Also, visit the Print Health Education Materials (PHEM) Resource Catalogue. The PHEM catalogue is designed for a staff, doctors, community agencies and the public. It provides access to PDF's of commonly requested pamphlets on topics such as after surgery care, common medical procedures etc. Doctors offices and other agencies can order multiple copies of pamphlets through the shopping cart developed using our Web Publisher Developer Kit (WPDK). Staff can search the catalogue and order from the internal VCH Printing Services using a link embedding the catalogue numbers and quantities .

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