Toronto Star Political Sentimeter

IMG_0696Hmmm, this could explain why I am almost invariably disappointed with election results. My score on the Toronto Star’s Political Sentimeter put me in agreement with 2% of those who’ve done the survey.

I like to think we are the TOP 2%, of course, but the poll didn’t specify that. :-) My attitudes are shared, on average, with 36 year olds and more than two thirds of them are women. I’m good with that.

Cecelia String Quartet begins European tour


Our favourite violinist, Min-Jeong Koh, (top right) tweeted the concert hall shot, saying, “The hall of our first concert of this European tour. In a castle in Celle, Germany. Lovely spot.”

Min’s training began under the tutelage of our talented friend Jolanta Hickey, when Jolanta was turning out award-winning string orchestras, year after year, at Toronto’s Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts. We are all especially pleased by Min’s success. The Cecelia String Quartet is superb. Thanks to Brian Hickey for forwarding the tweet.

A little disappointment, free from Apple


Apple’s Mac OS X offers a feature called AirDrop which facilitates file transfers directly between two Apple devices that are on the same network. For some users (me), it will not work because my iMac was made before 2009.

Yosemite is free, so what the heck … and AirDrop, frankly, is a trivial frill … but if you were expecting to try it and your Mac is older than Apple likes, you’re out of luck.

CSS3 animation experiment

The idea here is to hover over the image to see what’s on the back. Or click the button. If it works, it could be a way to display what’s written on the backs of many Helen Andersen artworks. Please leave a comment if it works for you … or if it doesn’t.

This particular airbrushed painting is an important one, reflecting Helen’s acute awareness of the terrible century (!) of Canadian history when aboriginal children were forcibly taken away from their parents and housed in residential schools. A mother wipes tears from her little girl’s face.

The image was chosen by Pat Ekland when we offered to frame one of the “lost” paintings for her. They would never have been recovered without her kindness and determination. That story is here.

The flipping animation effect derives from a renewed interest. A lot has happened since I stopped my online courses 3 or 4 years ago. Back to, I guess.