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Monday July 27, 2015

22:00 Left Field »justpictureit
photo - Left Field

My son has been on a co-ed softball team for several years. He is a big guy and sometimes gets home runs for the team - just when it counts.

21:42 Cory Arsenault charged for violent robberies at two motels »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE - Cory Adam Arsenault, 33, of Linkletter has been charged with robbing two Summerside motels. Arsenault has been charged with two counts of robbery with violence and one count of wearing a mask during the commission of an offence. He was arrested Friday and made a brief court ...
21:28 Rock the Boat concert returns to Tyne Valley Oyster Festival
 »Journal-Pioneer Living
Get ready to stomp your feet. The Rock the Boat Music Festival is coming back to the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival.
18:52 [BLOG] Some Monday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Claus Vistesen of Alpha Sources notes that though the stock market might be peaking, we don't know when.

  • blogTO warns that Toronto might consider a bid for the 2024 Olympics.

  • James Bow thinks about Ex Machina.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly looks forward to her impending visit to Maine.

  • Centauri Dreams features an essay by Michael A.G. Michaud looking at modern SETI.

  • Crooked Timber finds that even the style of the New York intellectuals of the mid-20th century is lacking.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes that a search for superjovians around two nearby brown dwarfs has failed.

  • The Dragon's Tales considers the flowing nitrogen ice of Pluto.

  • Geocurrents compares Chile's Aysén region to the Pacific Northwest.

  • Joe. My. God. shares the new Janet Jackson single, "No Sleeep".

  • Language Log looks at misleading similarities between Chinese and Japanese words as written.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money argues that the low-wage southern economy dates back to slavery.

  • Marginal Revolution is critical of rent control in Stockholm and observes the negative long-term consequences of serfdom in the former Russian Empire.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes how Jamaica is tearing down illegal electrical connections.

  • Savage Minds considers death in the era of Facebook.

  • Towleroad looks at how the Taipei city government is petitioning the Taiwanese high court to institute same-sex marriage.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues restrictive zoning hurts the poor.

  • Window on Eurasia looks at how Tatarstan bargains with Moscow, looks at Crimean deprivation and quiet resistance, considers Kazakh immigration to Kazakhstan, and argues Russian nationalist radicals might undermine Russia itself.

17:43 911 calls from the public lead to arrest of impaired driver »The Guardian - Local News
Mount Mellick man also faces drug charges
17:24 Downtown Piano ready »Journal-Pioneer Local
Culture Summerside’s musical experiment to be on display Tuesday
17:20 Lots of ball at QEP »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Under-21 teams will play 21-game round robin in three days
17:16 Dominating performance »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Wallace still P.E.I.’s strongest man
16:51 [PHOTO] "What We're Really Looking at When We're Looking at Pluto" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At Wired, Jenna Garrett writes a great essay about photography and the nature of human perception starting from the New Horizons Pluto photos.

The images of Pluto that the New Horizons probe beamed across 3 billion miles of hard vacuum are, in a word, breathtaking. Towering mountains of ice, smooth plains, a wan alien landscape. They’re amazing not only for what they tell us about Pluto, but for instilling wonder at seeing something human beings have until now only imagined and speculated upon.

But did we really see Pluto?

The New Horizons mission wasn’t a hoax; human beings really did send a little robot all that way. Just as conspiracy theorists question the Apollo moon landings, some folks claim the Pluto flyby was fabricated. It wasn’t. New Horizons spent more than nine years crossing the solar system to glimpse Pluto, which really exists. And it sent back pictures. So that’s not what I mean.

What I mean is this: There is something between us and Pluto, aside from the vastness of space. Two sensors called LORRI and Ralph, mounted on New Horizons, are actually “seeing” Pluto. What we’re seeing are pictures. And whenever that’s the case, we should be deeply, philosophically skeptical about whether what we’re seeing has the meaning we’re imparting on it.

You might see an image and believe it is “true,” but it isn’t necessarily the truth. Every photograph’s meaning is limited by the technology that captured it, the technology that disseminated it, and people’s ability to understand what it is they’re seeing. The nagging question Is it real? plagues not just science, but philosophy and the arts as well. We can barely trust our eyes and brains.

Technology only makes the problem worse.
16:48 Stratford RCMP thank town residents for reporting impaired driver Sunday evening »Journal-Pioneer Local
RCMP in Stratford are crediting town residents with the arrest and charging of an impaired driver on Sunday evening.
16:47 [URBAN NOTE] "Toronto’s Yiddish Playhouse" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Torontoist's Kevin Plummer had a nice feature looking at one locus of Yiddish-language drama in Toronto.

As an expression of a new, secular Jewish culture, “Yiddish theatre served an important psychological function for the Jewish immigrant” in Toronto, historian Stephen A. Speisman writes in The Jews of Toronto: A History to 1937 (McClelland & Stewart, 2005 [1979]). “[I]t was a place where he could laugh uproariously after a day in the factory,” Speisman continued, “where he could rise out of the indignity of his existence as a rag-picker to heights unattainable outside the fantasy of the stage, where the catharsis of weeping simultaneously over one’s own lot and over the tragedy of the fictional character was to be had for ten cents.”

In Toronto, the centre of Yiddish comedy and drama was on the northeast corner of Dundas and Spadina, the site of Isidore Axler’s Standard Theatre—the first purpose-built Yiddish playhouse in Canada. At its peak in the 1920s and early 1930s, the Standard was considered by journalist and historian Hye Bossin to be “the finest Yiddish playhouse in North America and probably the world.”

Yiddish stock companies visiting Toronto performed at Orange halls and other venues until 1906, when the People’s Theatre, the city’s first Yiddish theatre, was opened in an old synagogue. The venue was so dilapidated that a balcony collapse during an early performance almost led to tragedy. Charles (Chanina) Pasternak, the owner and a Ward entrepreneur, brought another businessman (alternatively given as Simon Rabinowitch or a Mr. Abramaovitch) into the enterprise and relocated to a former Methodist Church at Agnes (Dundas) and Terauley (Bay) streets into a 900-seat auditorium. Known as The National when it opened in 1909—and later as The Lyric—the theatre hosted productions of New York touring companies. The shows were well-attended, but it doesn’t seem to have ever become a profitable business venture.

The biggest touring companies, like those led by Boris Tomashefsky and Jacob Adler, still preferred larger venues like Massey Hall, Hart House, or the Grand Opera House, which they could sell out with ease, to the rudimentary National. And the theatre’s practice of staging shows on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons earned the consternation of the orthodox community, some of whom refused to ever even enter the building or expelled attendees from their congregations. Moreover, by the early 1920s—when the Lyric was razed by fire—the theatre had been languishing as the city’s Jewish community, becoming more established and wealthier, had moved west from the Ward to re-center itself on the intersection of College and Spadina.
16:45 [LINK] "Can Arabic literature ever be fully understood in English?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The United Arab Emirates' The National features an essay by one M Lynx Qualey noting the problems with translated Arabic-language literature. What, exactly, is the consumer of the translated product consuming? Is it a good sample, or a representative sample? Lots of interesting questions.

In some ways, reading all this Arabic literature in English has been like listening in on a foreign-language recording when one understands the words’ meanings, but not the allusions, nor the jokes, nor the underlying rhythms.

Some of this woodenness can be blamed on inadequate translations. But some of it falls to our historical blind spots. What makes a literature untranslatable is not the failure to find equivalents of any particular words. The endless listicles of “untranslatable” words – like backpfeifengesicht (German for “a face badly in need of a fist”) and bakku-span (Japanese for “a girl beautiful only from behind”) – may not have single-word equivalents, but they come with easily understandable translations.

Rhythm and rhyme can be more difficult to recreate, but what’s really hard to convey is the fullness of a literary tradition. Why did the original readers judge this work great? Did they look for the same things we value in English, or was it something completely different?

Also, literature builds on literature. You can hardly appreciate Wicked without a passing knowledge of Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz, and Moby-Dick is a lot thinner without access to a bit of Shakespeare and the Bible.

Novels take a position in a landscape of genres, motifs and other books. Just so, Youssef Rakha’s Sultan’s Seal, translated by Paul Starkey, is hard to understand if the reader lacks any relationship to classical Arabic letters.
16:43 City police catch four drunk drivers in little over 24 hours »Journal-Pioneer Local
Summerside police arrested four impaired drivers in little over 24 hours on the weekend.
16:41 [LINK] Cas Mudde of Open Democracy on the failures of Syriza »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Writing at Open Democracy, one Cas Mudde notes that Syriza's failures can be traced directly to a lack of professionalism.

Syriza failed, first and foremost, because the party and its leaders – not even speaking of its coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) – were ill-prepared to govern. They were willful amateurs taken to the cleaners by rigid but experienced politicians like Schäuble. Blinded by their ideology, they were convinced that their argument was absolutely right and they only needed the support of the majority of the Greek people – hence the Greferendum – to convince the rest of the EU of their superior insight.

The best example of this righteous amateurism is undoubtedly the newest darling of Europe’s gauche caviar, Yanis Varoufakis, the now ex-Minister of Finance. In his first (of undoubtedly many) tell-all interview after resigning he complained about trying to ‘talk economics’ in the Eurogroup but being met by a ‘point blank refusal to engage in economic arguments.’ Most striking of his statements, however, is his follow-up: ‘And that’s startling, for somebody who’s used to academic debate.’ As most academics who have dealt occasionally with policy makers know, politicians are not interested in long, theoretical ‘lectures.’ Moreover, several Eurogroup members were particularly not interested in being ‘lectured to’ by the person who owed them money.

Obviously, the fundamental problem of Syriza is that it made up a ‘Third Way’ of bailouts without austerity, which it was able to sell to a plurality of desperate Greek voters, despite it being continuously and openly rejected by the other Eurozone members. Syriza politicians knew this at least since the 2012 elections, but chose to devote all of their time to criticizing the established parties and promoting their unrealistic alternative. They did not start to lay the groundwork for possible future negotiations with the Troika.

First of all, they did not develop at least a rudimentary plan for a fallback option, i.e. a Grexit. Varoufakis recently claimed that they only debated some alternative measures on the night of the Greferendum – oh the irony – but that he couldn’t convince his inner-circle colleagues of their feasibility. Even if it is true that Tsipras and others approached a slew of non-EU countries – China, Iran, and Russia – in 2014, to secure funding for a possible Grexit, this hardly counts as preparation of a fallback option. Rather, the fact that they seriously thought that, most notably, Russia would be able and willing to bankroll a Grexit – as it struggles through an economic crisis of its own as well as EU and US sanctions – is painful proof of their lack of understanding of the international political context.

Second, and even more important, Syriza failed to muster international support for its preferred alternative. As we learned from the recent negotiations, French and Italian social democrats were open to a softening of the austerity conditions. But rather than reaching out to possible mainstream allies, particularly in other hard-hit countries, Syriza politicians criticized several southern European countries for their handling of the crisis and debt. Its key strategy seems to have been to wait for other ‘radical left’ parties to come to power in southern Europe and then to collectively renegotiate the Memorandum. The obvious problem was one of sequencing. Greece had to negotiate its deals well before the other countries held elections – leaving aside the fact that there were few indications that other radical left parties would become the dominant party in a new government.

Consequently, when Tsipras met his counterparts in Brussels, he had no real allies or fallback option. It was only then, under extreme public and time pressure, that he tried to sell his alternative to the other European leaders. When they called his bluff, he couldn’t threaten with a Grexit, and instead went for “a democratic mandate.” But while the “no” vote in the Greferendum took most Eurogroup leaders by surprise, it obviously didn’t really affect their position. After all, their own democratic mandates come from their own voters, and in many countries the voters were far from sympathetic to the Greek plight. Note, for example, that Tsipras’ current approval rating of roughly 60% is more than matched by Schauble’s 70% -- not to speak of the fact that there are almost 8 times more Germans than Greeks.
16:38 [LINK] Maddy Crowell of Slate on the problems of Auroville »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
In Slate, Maddy Crowell travels to India to visit a famed utopian community that actually is no such thing.

We drove in silence for 20 minutes down East Coast Road, a highway jammed with motorbikes, passing brightly colored tea and samosa stalls. In a sharp, 90-degree turn, the taxi lurched off the highway onto an unmarked dirt road where a wall of leafy trees brought the chaos and the color to a jolting stop. And suddenly, we weren’t in India anymore.

Auroville was built by hand by the flower-power generation of the 1960s. It was a “psychological revolution,” as W.M. Sullivan noted in his book The Dawning of Auroville—a venture in which Marxist-flavored socialism met anarchy. There is no money, no government, no religion, no skyscrapers or expressways, no newspapers with headlines of war, poverty, and genocide. Built for 50,000 people, Auroville today has only about 2,500 permanent residents and roughly 5,000 visitors—self-selected exiles from more than 100 countries. Auroville wasn’t just some hippie haven; it was designed to be a poster child for India itself. According to a 1982 Indian Supreme Court ruling, Auroville is in “conformity with India’s highest ideals and aspirations.” The Indian government donates more than $200,000 to Auroville every year, and UNESCO has protected the township since its birth in 1968.

But for a professed utopia, Auroville has a laundry list of problems; high up on the list are robbery and sexual harassment cases in the non-gated community surrounded by local villages, but there have been more drastic cases of rape, suicide, and even murder.
16:35 [LINK] "The lessons of Newfoundland’s 1948 referendum" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Suffragio features an article by Kevin Lees looking at Newfoundland's 1948 referendum. I think the author much too sanguine about the economic chances of Newfoundland--independence would have come at the price of continuing austerity, and no automatic access to the Canadian labour market--but the points made about the dynamics are worth noting.

Confederation’s champion was Joey Smallwood — a Liberal radio show host who embraced Canada and who nearly single-handedly pushed the cause through the Confederation Association. The cause of merging into Canada attracted support mainly from the Protestants of rural Newfoundland and Labrador; less so from the urban business class of St. John’s. After successfully pushing confederation, Smallwood (pictured above) would become the province’s first and most long-lasting premier, serving until 1972 and shaping Newfoundland’s transition as a part of federal Canada.

Peter Cashin, a one-time Newfoundlander finance minister, was a member of the 1947 commission to London that so disappointed Newfoundland’s leaders when the UK government refused to commit to financial assistance. Disillusioned by British intentions, and rightly suspecting that the British and Canadian government were colluding to favor confederation, Cashin led the Responsible Government League throughout the referendum campaign. In a famous 1947 speech to the national convention on Newfoundland’s future, he condemned what he called:

a conspiracy to sell… this country to the Dominion of Canada. Watch in particular the attractive bait which will be held out to lure our country into the Canadian mousetrap. Listen to their flowery sales talk which will be offered to you; telling Newfoundlanders they’re a lost people….

At minimum, Cashin believed that a return to responsible government would give Newfoundland a stronger hand in any potential talks on confederation, including the terms on which Newfoundland might join Canada — with respect to debt, provincial assistance and Newfoundland’s rights vis-à-vis the national government with respect to fishing and resources.

The most beguiling option came with the Economic Union Party, the brainchild of businessman Chelsey Crosbie. Though you might not be able to tell it from the name, the ‘economic union’ meant union with the United States — not with Canada. Crosbie’s group, which became even more popular than the Responsible Government League, hoped that independence would allow closer ties with the United States. US statehood was never presented on the ballot, even though there’s a plausible case that it might have won in light of the Newfoundlandish good will to the Americans during World War II. Though US president Harry Truman never seriously considered annexation, it’s conceivable that after a decade of closer economic partnership, Newfoundland could have become the 51st American state in 1959 alongside Alaska and Hawaii.
16:05 Biathlon P.E.I. holds third Summer Race Series recently »Journal-Pioneer Sports
BROOKVALE – A total of 11 athletes took part in Biathlon P.E.I.’s third Summer Race Series recently.
16:00 Three players swing hot bats for Stratford bantam AA team vs. Summerside bantam A squad »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – Larkin Kennedy, Jon Pinet and Dylan Matthews all went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Stratford bantam AA team to a 10-3 win over the Summerside Chevys’ bantam A team on Sunday.
15:44 Library to be anchor of new Rotary Regional Community Learning Centre »Journal-Pioneer Local
Rebecca Boulter knows the first thing she’ll do once the Rotary Regional Library moves into its new and much larger space.
15:31 Case adjourned for man charged with Pleasant Grove murder »The Guardian - Local News
The murder charge against Joel Clow was the first item of business in provincial court today. Clow was not in the court room as defense lawyer Thane MacEachern asked for an adjournment. "There is a lot of material to process," said Crown prosecutor Valerie Moore. Judge Nancy Orr set the next ...
15:12 Wallace crowned Miss Alberton »Journal-Pioneer Local
A Prince County Exhibition event
14:46 Police seeking driver »Journal-Pioneer Local
14:44 Summerside’s Kat Delima wins overall title in Bikini at the Canadian National Fitness, Figure, Physique and Bikini Championships »Journal-Pioneer Local
When Kat Delima stepped out on stage to compete at the Canadian National Fitness, Figure, Physique and Bikini Championships, she never dreamed of winning the overall title in Bikini after only six months of training.
14:30 Dress to impress »The Guardian - Living
Craig Elliott of Charlottetown received a suit through the Moores Canadian Suit Drive, a program that provides gently worn suits and professional clothing to those in need
14:13 Alleged motel thief staying in custody »Journal-Pioneer Local
Cory Adam Arsenault, 33, of Linkletter has been charged with robbing two motels in Summerside.
13:58 Funding announced for community learning centre in Summerside »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE - Efforts to renovate Summerside’s library got a boost today with the announcement of more than $1.2 million in funding for a new community learning centre in the city. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) announced today a $791,598 contribution for the library through the ...
13:30 Blue Dot P.E.I. recognizes Stratford, Charlottetown environmental work »The Guardian - Local News
Blue Dot P.E.I. has issued a news release congratulating Stratford and Charlottetown as the first municipalities on P.E.I. that recognize their citizens’ right to live in a healthy environment. On June 15, Charlottetown’s city council unanimously passed a municipal declaration that protects ...
13:26 Norboro man’s pet peacock left home and has been running across Highway 2 »Journal-Pioneer Local
It might be unusual to see a peacock running across the highway, but if you happen to spot him, his name is Tango.
13:06 Rocky path to a U.S.-Cuba rapprochement »The Guardian - Opinion
Guest opinion by Peter McKenna The last time that the United States and Cuba had official diplomatic relations, President Dwight Eisenhower was in the Oval Office, crooner Elvis Presley was on the top of the pop charts, and a new dance, the “Twist,” was all the rage in America. Fast forward 54 ...
13:03 Cheers and Jeers »The Guardian - Opinion
Cheers: To the musical contribution of Peter Chaisson. The well-known fiddler from Bear River, P.E.I., died suddenly at the 39th annual Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival on Sunday afternoon, July 19. Hundreds of people came to pay their respects at his wake on Wednesday afternoon and evening at the ...
13:00 Earthship construction almost finished in western P.E.I. »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE - It’s taken a little more than a year, but Jordan Cameron is almost ready to declare his Earthship finished. At least until he finds something else on it to tweak. “All systems a go,” laughed Cameron, during a recent tour. Cameron’s Earthship has garnered a lot of attention over the ...
12:59 Give the woman a place to stay »The Guardian - Opinion
I know little about the case of a 20 year old other than what I have read in the newspaper. I think the solution for Judge John Douglas is to review whether or not the young woman appeared before a Mental Health Review Board during her three-year stay at the Hillsborough Hospital. The question ...
12:58 Fixed link option a no-brainer »The Guardian - Opinion
P.E.I. needs new power connections to the mainland and it defies common sense not to use the fixed link. The Confederation bridge is solid and reliable and should be able to handle two power cables quite easily. Using the bridge would be cheaper and mush faster to complete than laying power ...
12:56 How much for the ‘6’ next year? »The Guardian - Opinion
Well, summer is here — new potatoes and strawberries are in the stores and, oh, yes — the big red numbers on the waterfront are back. Kind of like saving the number candles for next year’s birthday cake, Downtown Charlottetown Inc. has bought the number ‘5’ to bring the sign up to date. They ...
12:45 Charlottetown man fined $10 for stealing air compressor »The Guardian - Local News
Times have been tough for Peter Joseph Levionnois. So tough, the 43-year-old Charlottetown man decided to steal an air compressor at Victoria Park on May 9. His lawyer told Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas that Levionnois has “had a rough year’’. But in his defence, the defence lawyer ...
12:40 AIMS opinion needs context »The Guardian - Opinion
Anytime I am reading an editorial piece and the author refers to those of a different opinion as radicals and extremists it makes me stop and question just whose interests the writer is serving. In his opinion piece “Radical environmental ideology” appearing in the July 21 edition of The ...
12:30 P.E.I. watershed group warns of environmental harm from garbage »The Guardian - Local News
John Lane spies a six-pack yoke and retrieves it from the beach sand. The yoke’s purpose is to hold beverage cans together for transport, but they have a menacing after-life once they’re recklessly discarded, the co-ordinator of the Cascumpec Bay Watershed Association advises. Lane explained ...
12:18 Hit and run in Miminegash »Journal-Pioneer Local
The West Prince RCMP is investigating a hit and run that happened in Miminegash early Saturday morning.
12:04 Second-half goals lift Hillsborough in battle of United teams »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – Two unanswered second-half goals proved to be the difference for the Hillsborough United on Saturday.
12:03 Charlottetown Legion (49 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
heard from a guy that Adam MacQuaid was looking into buying it and thinking along the lines of a dance hall kind of thing, skeptical myself, but my buddy lives near there and hears a lot inside stories on various Charlottetown things, and i think Clifford is Adam's uncle........
12:00 Murray Harbour ready to host Stanley Cup parade »The Guardian - Local News
The signs are up, the paintbrushes are wet, and there’s fresh blacktop on the road. It’s all in anticipation of the arrival of Lord Stanley’s mug and hometown hero Brad Richards Tuesday. The tiny village on the shores of the Northumberland Strait is once again busting with pride and awaiting ...
11:59 Grayson shuts out West Prince »Journal-Pioneer Sports
WINSLOE – Kaitlyn Grayson recorded the shutout as the Winsloe/Charlottetown Royals topped the visiting West Prince Storm 5-0 in a Subway P.E.I. Under-14 Girls Soccer League (Premier Division) encounter.
11:58 Under-14 girls’ game ends in scoreless draw »Journal-Pioneer Sports
HUNTER RIVER – Central Queens and Summerside United Team One played to a scoreless draw in a Subway P.E.I. Under-14 Girls Soccer League (First Division) contest here on Sunday.
11:57 Roche sparks Souris past Royals »Journal-Pioneer Sports
WINSLOE – Delaney Roche scored two goals to lead the Souris Lamplighters past the Winsloe/Charlottetown Royals 4-0 in a Subway P.E.I. Under-12 Girls Soccer League (First Division) game here Sunday.
11:55 Crandall’s two-goal effort leads Morell »Journal-Pioneer Sports
MORELL – Leigha Crandall’s two-goal effort paced the Morell Strikers to a 3-0 victory over Eliot River in a Subway P.E.I. Under-14 Girls Soccer League (First Division) match here Sunday.
11:54 Maddie Hurley breaks tie »Journal-Pioneer Sports
EAST ROYALTY – Maddie Hurley’s second half goal broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Winsloe/Charlottetown Royals to a 2-1 win over Hillsborough United on Sunday.
11:42 Harper Government invests in small craft harbour in Tignish »Journal-Pioneer Local
Working conditions at the Tignish harbour will be seeing some improvements.
11:26 Drunk drivers sentenced in Georgetown court »The Guardian - Local News
A woman one light short on her vehicle was stopped in early June by Kings district RCMP, but it soon became a much more serious incident. The story came out in Georgetown court Thursday, July 25. Brittany Nicole Larocque, age 27, from Victoria Cross, was stopped on Main Street because of a ...
11:00 Rock the Boat concert returns to Tyne Valley Oyster Festival »The Guardian - Local News
Rock the Boat is coming back to the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival after proving to be a major draw in its inaugural year last year. The 2014 Tyne Valley Oyster Festival attracted over 15,000 visitors last year. The festival will run from July 29-Aug. 2 with Rock the Boat taking place on Aug. ...
10:53 Structure fire occurred on Route 22 Monday morning »Journal-Pioneer Local
There was a structure fire on Route 22 in Mount Stewart early Monday morning.
10:03 not the old board (37 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
The old board would have been abuzz with the story of what happened in Pleasant Grove this past weekend.
Nothing, nada.
Sometimes I miss the old board and then other times, not so much....
09:49 A SIM Card Primer for Canadians Traveling in the USA »ruk.ca from peter rukavina

These days the go-to solution for a Canadian traveling to the USA and needing a short-term prepaid SIM card for their mobile phone is Roam Mobility. They’re a Canadian company in the business of providing SIM cards to Canadians traveling in the US and Mexico. They’re flexible, cheap (compared the the high cost of roaming on your Canadian mobile account) and, in my experience, everything just works as it should.

Except if your travel to the US happens to be to southern New Hampshire and, specifically, to a Roam Mobility dead zone between Milford and Marlborough along Route 101, a dead zone that my client, Yankee Publishing, happens to be exactly in the middle of:

Roam Mobility Dead Zone in New Hampshire

Roam Mobility doesn’t actually operate its own mobile network in the US, they resell service from T-Mobile, so it’s really a T-Mobile dead zone that they’re inheriting. But, regardless, it means that Roam Mobility is useless to me if I want to have mobile coverage while visiting Yankee.

Plan B, in my case, is based on a scheme well-documented by Dan James back in 2011 involving an AT&T GoPhone SIM.

AT&T’s coverage of southern New Hampshire is, in theory, much more complete and dead-zone-free than T-Mobile’s:

AT&T Coverage Map of Southern New Hampshire

Armed with this knowledge, I stopped in at the Burlington Mall AT&T store (note that there are two in the mall and the upstairs one, by the food court, is smaller and less well-known so you might get quicker service there). I explained my situation to the helpful clerk there, and once she’d established that I knew exactly what I was looking for, she happily dispensed with any attempt to up-sell me to a lifetime mobile contract and a new phone. She went into the back room and emerged with a SIM, activated it while standing in front of me using a tablet, and I was up and ready to go. Before I left, she made sure I had service; we shook hands, and I was off.

I purchased $20 of credit on the SIM, and the SIM itself was free.  I signed up for the “$2/day” plan, which debits $2 on any day in which I make a phone call or send a text (and debits nothing on days that I don’t). There’s a handy $1/day data package add-on that provides 100MB of data; it’s a little clunky because you have to sign up for it every day but that sign-up process is something that can be done on the phone itself, before signing up for the package; and the “day” lasts until midnight on the next day, so it’s effectively a 48 hour window (compared that to Virgin Mobile’s $20/100 MB US Travel Data Pass – 20 times the price for the same data).

I was in the US for 7 days, and when I left I still had $9 of my original $20 in credit. I consumed the $11 as:

  • 5 days worth of $1/day data package for a total of $5.
  • 3 days worth of $2/day voice/text for a total of $6.

I ran out of data once, somewhat inconveniently while using Waze to navigate in Massachusetts on Saturday, but I was able to pull over and top-up without issue.

The coverage in southern New Hampshire wasn’t quite as rosy as AT&T’s coverage map makes it out to be: I had no signal at all from the Jack Daniels Motor Inn in Peterborough, which was inconvenient as that’s one of the places I wanted to be able to receive calls and texts. And the coverage up the hill at Yankee was spotty: there was signal in some parts of the building and not others.

Otherwise, though, I had coverage throughout my trip, from Burlington across southern New Hampshire to Brattleboro, Vermont, down to Chicopee, Massachusetts, over to Hillsdale, New York and back through to Boston. I navigated using Waze and Google Maps. I used Google Now to control my phone in the car hands-free, a checked in on Foursquare, I updated Twitter and Instagram, I used Google Hangouts to talk to home. And I sent and received a couple of text messages.

Dan pointed out a few downsides of the AT&T GoPhone system in his original post:

  • Topping up the account for Canadians was difficult: AT&T now points to prepaid.com directly from its own site as the solution to this. I didn’t need to use this, as I never extinguished my credit. I also found that AT&T top-up cards were for sale in almost every gas station and convenience store I stopped at while I was traveling.
  • The SIM expires: depending on how much credit you purchase, the SIM will expire anywhere between 30 days (< $25 credit) to a year ($100+ credit). Once it expires, your telephone number expires with it. So in my case, unless I top the SIM up in the next 20 days, it will expire in late August and the next time I visit the USA I’ll need to go through the same SIM purchase process as though it was a new day.

The really good coverage in southern New Hampshire, my colleagues tell me, is from Verizon; unfortunately Verizon uses the older CDMA network which doesn’t work with my Canadian GSM phone, so I can’t take advantage of that.

All that being said, AT&T GoPhone proved an inexpensive, mostly-working way of staying online and in touch on this trip, and I’m likely to use the same solution again when I return in the autumn.

09:37 The Guardian launches new comics, puzzles section »The Guardian - Local News
Dear Reader: We have had some fun with your funnies pages! As you will recall we asked you, and other readers across the TC Media group of newspapers, which includes The Guardian, to help us choose a slate of 10 comics from a large selection of options. And you told us. Thank you to all who ...
09:26 “Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone”. »peistormchaser
Monday July 27th 9:25am..  Ain’t no sunshine for PEI.. Unsettled weather conditions for the next few days. First an upper level low pressure system located near Hudson’s Bay this morning will be dropping to the SE and  is expected to … Continue reading
08:51 Murderer Got Off Easy In Court of The PEI Hanging Judge, Justice Nancy Orr »redlikeme.ca
Notorious hanging Judge of Prince Edward Island Provincial Court, Judge Nancy Orr, seems to have taken it easy in 2011 on Joel Lawrence Clow, he was threatening to shoot his wife. Now Clow has been charged in the murder of his girlfriend, due to appear in Court today. Judge Nancy Orr let Clow off easy … Continue reading Murderer Got Off Easy In Court of The PEI Hanging Judge, Justice Nancy Orr
08:22 Stuffed lobster stolen from tree at Summerside business »The Guardian - Local News
A beloved lobster named Lester was stolen from the yard of a Summerside home early Sunday morning. Kay Westerhout said that her six-foot stuffed lobster holds sentimental value, and was taken from a tree at The Grooming House on Granville Street some time after midnight. Lester sits in the tree ...
08:12 Organizers say Summerside motorcycle rally results encouraging »Journal-Pioneer Local
During what was dubbed ‘The Biker Games’ on the Summerside waterfront Saturday, a group of men attempted to put on frozen T-shirts. Each shirt had been doused in water, tied in a knot, and then tossed in a freezer the night before. The resulting attempts to thaw and wear the shirts were ...
07:54 Pat and The Elephant celebrates 40 year anniversary »Journal-Pioneer Local
When she was paralyzed as a child, Charlotte Killorn never dreamed that she'd be able to get around easily. The Charlottetown resident says all that changed thanks to Pat the Elephant. "It's gotten me back and forth to high school, college, any of my medical appointments, anything I've ...
07:44 Pat & The Elephant celebrates 40 years of accessible transportation »The Guardian - Local News
When she was paralyzed as a child, Charlotte Killorn never dreamed that she'd be able to get around easily. The Charlottetown resident says all that changed thanks to Pat the Elephant. "It's gotten me back and forth to high school, college, any of my medical appointments, anything I've ...
07:34 P.E.I. Fire Marshal's Office investigating fire on Route 22 »The Guardian - Local News
The P.E.I. Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating an early morning fire on Route 22. A news release from the Queens District RCMP said they received a call around 3:30 a.m. for a structure fire on Route 22. The cause of the fire is undetermined and the fire marshal’s office is ...
07:05 Local Businesses Partner with City on Tree Planting Challenge »City of Charlottetown
2015-07-27 The City of Charlottetown has partnered with local businesses on an
06:00 Fade Out Vol. 1 Book Club | The Missfits | Geek Girls Podcast »Misfortune Cookie

The Missfits Episode 54: Fade Out Vol. 1 Book Club Download Directly From iTunes Feedburner Link This week’s show is an in-depth discussion on the latest comic book from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, The Fade Out Vol. 1. Melissa and Mara read and talk about the book and those of you who’ve read it […]

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01:04 [FORUM] What is the last movie you've seen? »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
This evening I saw Ant-Man, the latest enjoyable installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

You?
01:00 [FORUM] What is the last movie you've seen? »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
This evening, I watched Ant-Man. It was a fun movie, a decent story with good actors that builds into the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was pleased.

What about you? What is the last movie that you have watched?

Discuss.
00:41 P.E.I. F.C. edges Codiac F.C. to complete season undefeated »The Guardian - Sports
Jared Murphy was sitting on his in-laws patio Sunday with a pretty big smile on his face. Just a few hours earlier he scored the winning goal for P.E.I. SoccerStop F.C. in a 2-1 victory over Codiac. It wasn't just a win but the cherry on top of the cake for the soccer club which completes the ...
00:33 Stanley Cup arrives Monday in P.E.I. »The Guardian - Sports
Brad Richards is excited to bring the Stanley Cup back to Prince Edward Island for a second time. The 35-year-old Murray Harbour native is expected to arrive in the province today with the Cup, but exact details were not available. A parade in Murray Harbour begins at noon on Tuesday, but ...
00:25 Loyalists RFC avenge losses to P.E.I. Mudmen »The Guardian - Sports
The Loyalists RFC avenged two years of losses to the P.E.I. Hunter's Ale House Mudmen on Sunday with a 37-33 victory over the P.E.I. squad in Nova Scotia Senior Men's Rugby League action. Justin Ellis had two tries for P.E.I. with singles coming from Brody Noonan, Brody MacDonald and Charles ...
00:23 KISH graduate says working at Special Olympics 'is amazing' »The Guardian - Sports
LOS ANGELES - It's an experience Joanne Reid will never forget. And although she may not have had an opportunity to watch many events, her interaction with the athletes provided lasting memories. "It is amazing," said Reid. "Oh my God, I love it. "There is so much energy and excitement. The ...
00:20 Islanders fall just short in first-place showdown »The Guardian - Sports
It was a tough day for the Charlottetown Gaudet's Auto Body Islanders. The Islanders dropped a pair of one-run decisions to the Fredericton Royals on Saturday in the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League in the first-place showdown. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Islanders jumped out ...
00:17 Sobey records P.E.I.'s best-ever finish at junior triathlon nationals »The Guardian - Sports
MAGOG, Que. - Martin Sobey had the best-ever finish for P.E.I. at the Canadian junior triathlon championships on Saturday. Sobey has been climbing the junior ranks all season and came out of the water just behind the lead group. Working extremely hard with another athlete, they broke away from ...

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