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Back from Montreal

Terry and I took her two adult children to Montreal for a Christmas with the family. The visit was to last only about a week, with Terry staying a bit with her family, and I bringing Mark and Katherine home on Dec 31. But, that was not to be.

Terry's mother was not well. We had Christmas dinner "out", to spare her some anxiety with the elaborate preparations for an 18-person meal, and there were a couple of less-elaborate "at home dinners".

Candy making

This week, I unearthed the chocolate moulds and chocolate wafers from where they had been stored in the basement. Most of the chocolate had spoilt, the surface turning a powdery white, but enough remained to try my hand at making chocolates again.

Poems

Rare Monster
There once was a cordial troll,
Who's words were as black as his soul.
"Gimme!" he cried.
Extortion he tried,
And he dug himself into a hole.
In October
Spider's winter nest
Fake Butter drips o'er the web
"Clean up on aisle three!"

Doing something useful

Recently, I become interested in a new project: The Village Telco. The Village Telco project intends to bring low-cost telephony to the second and third world through the use of Open Source software and hardware. The project has already passed one of it's milestones by creating a cheap, wireless VoIP appliance (the Mesh Potato) from open software and open hardware.

Linux articles online

You may not know it, but I am a bit of a Linux guru, and have written a number of Linux-related articles for online magazines. You can find some of my work here:

Linux Gazette

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