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????? for Kathleen’s prime rib

Six of us enjoyed what was, for me, the finest prime rib I’ve eaten anywhere. Great cut of meat, done to perfection, with all the trimmings, topped off with a dessert that Kathleen graciously lied about. No calories…yeah, sure. Coffee was delicious, too. Thanks, Kathleen!

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December 28, 2011   2 Comments

????? for Kathleen’s prime rib

Six of us enjoyed what was, for me, the finest prime rib I’ve eaten anywhere. Great cut of meat, done to perfection, with all the trimmings, topped off with a dessert that Kathleen graciously lied about. No calories…yeah, sure. Coffee was delicious, too. Thanks, Kathleen!

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December 28, 2011   2 Comments

iStopmotion for the iPad

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Expect amateurish stop motion video clips to begin appearing here from time to time. I spent a remarkable 6 days deciding whether or not to spend 5 bucks on the app. Now that I’ve plunked for it, obviously I have to make it do something.

So far, I have managed to install a free iStopmotion remote camera app on my iPod Touch, so that the iPod camera can send images wirelessly to the iPad. Since the iPod is much smaller than the iPad, its camera is much easier to move around.

I think I’ll enjoy making time lapse clips most, but stop motion movie clips might be fun, too.

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December 27, 2011   No Comments

Copyright infringement scandal grips city

Headline hype style courtesy of mainstream media

Mayor Rob Ford, who once claimed he would rid the city of graffiti within six months, is now leading a city that uses council-sponsored graffiti to break copyright laws.

More senior Conservative governments are enacting stringent copyright laws to protect victimized entertainment giants. Yet a lowly municipal government is decorating a public skate park with an image stolen from Sesame Street. Sesame Street, for heaven’s sake. Think of the children!

Granted, Mayor Ford’s administration (as he likes to call it) came to power after the infringement occurred and it was apparently condoned by left-leaning councillors who have since been hounded from office. Still, more than double Mayor Ford’s allotted time for graffiti removal has passed. Could he not at least have begun by cleaning up the City’s act?

Unauthorized, non-infringing graffiti is routinely painted over by City employees, providing nice, clean rectangles upon which regulars like “Antsy” can work. Other, less original kids find unused blank spots to exercise their Sharpies. (I wasn’t sure about which was right side up, on the rightmost design).

It’s time for Mayor Ford to swing into action before he faces federal charges.

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December 26, 2011   1 Comment

A Christmas car show by our house

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Neighbour Ralph’s prized Chevy El Camino is often under our bedroom window. We know because we hear many engine revs as Ralph appreciates the throaty roars. “I’m doing what I do,” he was heard to explain to the mother of a curious child.

Today, the El Camino is accompanied by a Dodge Challenger muscle car. It is sporting a temporary parking permit, good for only a few days. Is it a fluke that two such cars are there, or are both Ralph-related?

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December 25, 2011   2 Comments

Closest thing to a white Christmas in Toronto

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December 25, 2011   1 Comment

T’was the day before Christmas

This is the kind of December weather I like! I walked over to the Ashbridge’s Bay Pumping Station today, for a closer look at this unusual building.

When I was going to UBC in the 60s, first year architecture students were all pumping out models in this style. There is a school near College and Spadina from the same era. I imagine most buildings from this period have been demolished, but it’s good that a few examples survive.

While I was down that way, I snapped another local landmark… the clock that adorns Murphy’s Tavern at the corner of Kingston Road and Queen Street East.

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December 24, 2011   2 Comments

My brush with jury duty: kinky case collapses

It’s been over a year since Eddie Greenspan rejected me for jury duty on a case he was defending. A wealthy publisher and a dominatrix had been through mistrials on charges of conspiracy to murder the publisher’s wife.

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The case had been dragging on since charges were first laid back in 2003! I was facing an estimated 8 weeks in the jury box if Eddie hadn’t rejected me, so you can imagine my relief when I was free to go.

It just occurred to me today to look up the outcome of this fiasco. Surprisingly, it just ended this month. The Crown dropped all charges. Weird tale.

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December 24, 2011   No Comments

Tim Horton’s does lattes, how about wifi?

Today’s research only covered one Timmy’s… the one on Queen Street East’s Beach strip. You’d think that, if any Tim Horton’s was going to go all Starbucky, it might happen in such an area.

Lattes are on the menu alright, but no wifi.

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December 23, 2011   2 Comments

My guess as to what it is…

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The apparently hollow metal ball that fell out of the Namibian sky weighs 13 pounds and measures 3.6 feet around. Apparently such spheres fall from the sky fairly frequently in the Southern hemisphere. This one came down in November. What the heck is it?

To me, it looks like a marine object… some kind of metal float or buoy. How would one of those get up in the sky, to fall onto dry land? Perhaps gigantic ocean waterspouts lift them from the surface into the atmosphere, where jet stream winds carry them for many miles before they fall.

I have in mind those stories of ¬†“raining fish“. If that can happen, why not “raining metal ball floats”?

What’s your guess? Leave a comment.

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December 23, 2011   1 Comment