June 2004 to March, 2012

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What does the doctor say?

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Tell us, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, does the marvellous curved building that was the original Bridgepoint Hospital still stand, or was it torn down as part of the massive reconstruction that is going on? [Read more →]

February 13, 2012   4 Comments

A sweet smile on Jones Avenue

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Todays walk took me under the railway overpass that crosses Jones, north of Gerrard. Bright graphics show more verve and style than typical school kid decorations. Come on, Monarch Park kids, your Coxwell Avenue effort isn’t keeping up!

I believe such adornments are organized and approved by local schools, partly to discourage graffiti and partly to give kids a chance to display their artistic chops.

February 12, 2012   No Comments

Not So Little Mosque on the Danforth

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Many (most?) Toronto churches have removed their steeples for fear of lightening strikes, collapse and rising insurance premiums. A minaret soars above the Danforth, unconcerned about such worldly matters.

The Danforth is one of the best strips for showing off Toronto’s ethnic [and religious] diversity. Halal grocers thrive in the vicinity of the mosque. Greektown occupies a few blocks. Allen’s Irish Pub is an institution. Ethiopian and Moroccan restaurants thrive, along with Asian restaurants and shops manned by Carribeans and newcomers from Eastern Europe. Don’t forget the Italian men’s clubs. They’ve probably been here as long as anybody.

February 12, 2012   3 Comments

Take the ACTA and SOPA out of our Bill C-11

I still have my protester toque. We keep telling them, they keep coming back. Michael Geist asks, CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?

Here is an excerpt. Link at the bottom. [Read more →]

February 11, 2012   2 Comments

Help squelch ACTA

If you read the body of the message, you’ll see what’s wrong with a copyright scheme called ACTA. — Bill

Stop ACTA & TPP: Tell your country’s officials: NEVER use secretive trade agreements to meddle with the Internet. Our freedoms depend on it!

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February 11, 2012   2 Comments

Deinterlacing a wedding video

See those horizontal stripes that are tearing up the image of the minister in the foreground? That’s because he moved quickly on video footage that was shot in the UK and converted so that I could watch it here in North America. [Read more →]

February 11, 2012   4 Comments

Good advertising is a rare and wonderful thing.

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It is particularly difficult to be clever and speak engagingly across the gulf that separates teen and parent sensibilities. When it happens, it’s worth a nod. Well done, Team Detroit!

February 9, 2012   No Comments

A fast, funny and insightful TED Talk

No Flash? Use this link. [Thanks, Joni.]

February 8, 2012   4 Comments

Joni’s quilt lands in Salmo

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Danica’s plan was to have Joni’s log cabin quilt ready in time to be a Christmas gift, but you know how hectic things get around that time of year. The idea is to enjoy making these beauties, not to rush them because of a deadline.

So now Joni gets a lovely surprise, right out of the blue… in plenty of time for use against Winter’s chill. It gets a lot colder and snowier up in the Rockies than it does in Toronto, especially this year.

Danica’s quilts are all different from one another, in fabrics, of course, but also in styles. She’s made log cabins in different configurations, a puzzle quilt, pineapple log cabins and other designs I don’t know the names for. Every one is unique and if you get one, you know you’re in Danica’s good books. They take a lo-o-o-n-g time to finish.

Here’s my little animation of the 2800km trip. Love ya, Joni!

February 7, 2012   4 Comments

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee kicked off

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Friends John and Ruth Colombo were in good company today, when they went to the Lieutenant General’s presentation ceremony. Writer John Robert was among the first 60 people here in Toronto to receive The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Thousands of these medals will be presented to Canadians throughout the year, marking the 60th anniversary of the monarch’s reign. It is a particular honour to be chosen as one of the first 60 recipients and I am pleased to see John’s name on the list.

February 6, 2012   1 Comment