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September 18, 2020
The Pringles can, 1 patent & a new design

The Pringles can, 1 patent & a new design

Pringles cans have been in the news lately so I thought I'd look up the original patent for the container. Along the way, I learned a few interesting things about the can, Pringles and their “hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped potato chips”, or as the rest of us describe it...

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Calm & chilled Stratford through a lens

Calm & chilled Stratford through a lens

Spent a great Sunday morning looking at Stratford through a lens. Beautiful city centre and river. I didn't take a lot of photos, I was too busy eating and relaxing. While there, I splurged and purchased a polarising filter for my Canon. I've been thinking about...

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Toronto's first post office 1833-1839

Toronto’s first post office, rebellion & a little Upper Canada history

Trivia time: Where is the first post office in Toronto located? 260 Adelaide Street East.  It’s a small, lovingly restored building across the road...
An example of bad design - a watch showing 16 hours

A 16 hr watch – Did I miss the time change memo?

I spend far too much of my time cruising the internet looking for silly things. And I'm rarely disappointed. If it isn't people crying out "this egg...
Viber app for texting review

App review – Viber texting without your cell phone

VIBER Connect. Freely – untether yourself from your phone | App Review   ----   ☕☕☕☕☕ /☕☕☕☕☕ Works on: Win desktop/ Surface / tablet / Windows phone...
Screen capture of settings panel on Creators Update

Win 10 Creators update – how’d my old laptop do?

I took the plunge and upgraded to the Win10 Creators edition last week.  Couple of reminders – make sure you’ve done a backup before doing any major...
Enhancer controls

Oh I like this! A new Edge extension for YouTube

I was poking the Microsoft store with a stick again to see what would fall out and look what tumbled out: Enhancer makes a number of changes in the...
Scan of the mute button embedded in the browser tab

Quickly mute annoying autoplay videos

The single most annoying "feature" on webpages is autoplay.  How many times have you landed on a page, reading and suddenly some ad or music blares...
LeadStory news aggregate

App Review – LeadStory – fast, nimble and no frills news #app

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A little home DIY that didn’t end in tears – removing old wood glue from furniture

I’m shockingly lazy when it comes to repairing things around the apartment.  I look at whatever needs fixing, look over at my computer, back at the...
Photo of a position finder, used in stamp collecting to find location of details on stamps

What are your essential stamp collecting tools?

Stanley Gibbons posted an interesting question on their Facebook page about essential stamp collecting tools: What tools do you use the most? A good...
Photo of a robin - Toronto May 2017

Ah, sunshine and robins .. okay just one robin

From about a week ago, before the great inundation last week. Looks like lots of nice weather coming up. Hopefully things will dry out a bit and...
Lot of Nova Scotia stamps

Maresch prices realised for the Apr 22/23 auction

Well, this was fascinating. I kept an eye on the Maresch & Son auction from earlier this week. I suggested in my post from the 21, the stamps...
Bing Maps preview

Bing Maps – all grown up

Bing maps has been a utilitarian map for awhile but the new beta shows an all grown up feel to the site.  It has all the useful tools, but the...
Sears logo 1994 2004

Another corporate logo update – Sears

I’ve seen a bit of chatter this week about Sears’ new logo so I decided to wander yonder and take a look. Here’s the old: Ok, yes, the new logo is...

Update on Microsoft’s store clean up

In August, Microsoft announced it was going to clean up it's app Store - at last For anyone who has suffered through the chaos there, not to mention...

Ohhh … Photoshop paint-by-numbers – koi fish repost

Well, lost the original article in the move over to a new host company, but that's my oversite. Forgot to do a fresh backup that day. Here's a...

Fall colours in the Toronto ravine – plus a bit of editing

As promised, I've been working my way through the legions of photos I've taken over the years, looking for ones to play with. Most really aren't...

More intriguing reflections on Toronto architecture

Still going through the mass of photos I took about 2 weeks back. I've discarded nearly half. But found a few that are intriguing. If you stand...

St Clair/Yonge St fire aftermath – nothing but the wreckage

I went out yesterday to take a look at the aftermath of Tues' 6 alarm fire. The phrase “nothing but the wreckage” comes to mind when I look at the...

Dreariest artwork in the city – TTC Union station fail

I’m sure my friends are a little tired of hearing me mutter about the artwork in the Union TTC station. I’ve been nattering on for months now. I’m...

Shifting foot to foot in the cold, just to photograph a bunch of ducks

I really don’t do well in the cold.  Keep that in mind when you look at today’s photo offering. I trotted down to Queen’s Quay to snap a few photos...

Drake couldn’t save Honest Ed’s – posters in TO

Walking by Honest Ed's on Saturday and had to stop to grab this shot: Honest Ed's was a massive department store, here in Toronto, that was part of...

Table of contents – mapping

One perfect shot – a rose in bloom

Once in awhile I snag a shot that is perfect: Taken June 22, 2016 1:33 PM north of St. Clair, west of Yonge.  Nothing more needs to be said, just...

Barcelona street art – 2004 mad cats

I swear, Barcelona has some of the BEST street art I've ever seen. It's mad cap, brilliant and in your face! When I was in Barcelona in 2004, I...

About the author

Haven't decided what to say.  I'll have to chew on this for a few weeks before I figure out what to drop into this section, but it certainly needs...

Bitter Grounds Magazine & Catpaw

Bitter Grounds Magazine is the latest incarnation of a long line of blogs/magazines I've kept since the early days of the public Internet. My first...

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