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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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WeatherCan – Environment Canada’s weather app now available

Environment Canada’s new app WeatherCan is a must have for Canadians. Last week  the app moved out of beta testing and is now available in the Apple...
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WT:Social – an alternative to Facebook?

I’ve signed onto WT.Social  to see if it’s a viable alternative to Facebook. Like many, I’m experiencing a growing distaste for Facebook's...
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A little philately, climbing in Nepal & a trip down memory lane

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I spotted a couple of interesting covers up for auction. If you’re a Zeppelin collector, Daniel F. Kelleher auction house might be worth a quick...
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Pencil sketches, feathers and a crappy week

Trying to get over a weirdly awful week that started with the death of a friend and ended with me doing a classic face splat on the road and an...
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This is terrifying! Two faced teddy bear anyone?

Feast your eyes on the original Two Faced Teddy! One side is an adorable, cuddly teddy bear. The reverse, a po-faced human staring at you with dead...
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Quercus suber stamps – magnficent cork stamps from Portugal

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Tech support tales – Microsoft Store support

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Dropping out of social media for a breather

I made a decision in Dec that it was time to step back from social media for a bit. It can suck you down into a soul-destroying pit if you aren’t...

A brainstorming session that went off the rails yesterday

I unexpectedly rec’d my first donation Wednesday evening. When the donation came in, I did a little happy dance, which, if captured on video, would...

Tweaking the horizontal hold again

I'm still mulling over design changes.  I think I just heard a couple people throw their hands up in despair.  The primary design is all fine but a...
Ontario 150 anniversary logo

Ontario’s new logo for the 150th bash – wow … just … wow

Ok, I tried to like this logo. I really, really tried. I went over it trying to find something positive about Ontario's contribution to Ontario's...
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Making America great through free porn

This started out as an interesting conversation on the US elections. It didn't stay that way for long: Yup, making America great one porn watching,...

Talman auction set for sometime in the fall

John H. Talman stamps will have an auction sometime this fall.  At last. I've been waiting months for the announcement. He's going to keep us...

Spring blossoms in Toronto

One nice thing about padding around the neighbourhood - there's never a lack of beauty.  

Toronto skylines and a bit of bracketing

I've been fussing about with bracketing photos to create a crisp HDR skyline. I'm experimenting with exposure bracketing and keeping things as...

Above the clouds in Toronto – watching them drift by

I was talking about the Saturday storm & the weird clouds, with a customer today. He lives on the south facing side of my building and has what...

Burst mode fails to live up to expectations

I was playing around with the Burst Mode on my smart phone. Burst allows you to take numerous photos rapidly. You can keep all of them or slide...

Too much mud … a job I couldn’t do

Yes, my favourite topic - the construction site across the road. They're almost done with the augers and looked like one was packing up. I spoke to...

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A companion piece to yesterday's "look up" instructions. Don't forget to look down too: I look for little indents in the dirt - sure way of telling...

Mapping Toronto – let’s start with Yonge & St. Clair

My long term photo project is now underway. The bulk of it won’t officially start until I have my DSLR camera, which will likely be sometime in...

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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...

NIK plugins for Photoshop & Elements now free

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