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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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This is terrifying! Two faced teddy bear anyone?

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 eyes. Not sure how I stumbled across this one. I was looking for patents dealing with early radium products and became...

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NASA patent & technical drawing bonanza

NASA patent & technical drawing bonanza

I’ve been rooting around looking for something interesting to explore and came across NASA Patents of Apollo Drawings and Technical Drawings page. I was looking for a couple of space-related patents and started with NASA's website to see if I could narrow down...

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NASA patent & technical drawing bonanza

I’ve been rooting around looking for something interesting to explore and came across NASA Patents of Apollo Drawings and Technical Drawings page. I...

Things to do while you update your Apple to IOS8

So, you've decided to take the plunge and update your iPhone/iPad to IOS8. A large number of people are complaining about the time it takes to...

Surface tablet won’t startup

Surface Tablet won't start up & is warm to the touch Once in awhile, the Surface doesn't wake up. It's not a big deal, but it does make the...

Remember those jokes about IOS 8 updates?

The other day I joked about what you can do while waiting for the new IOS 8 update to install. It's no longer a laughing matter. The 8.01...

Ponder the TV dinner cranberry sauce – yes, there is a patent for that.

Ever lay in bed wondering about something and become obsessed with it? Over the past weekend, for reasons that admittedly mystify me, I became...

Technological marvels – lowly & underappreciated pencil sharpener

We don’t spend much time thinking about the little bits of technology that make life easier, do we? Here’s a case – the pencil sharpener. When was...

WireLurker shows iPhone vulnerabilites

For those who still believe in the myth of Apple OS invulnerability, the time to re-assess your ideas is long overdue.  For a long time, people...

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...

What’s old is new again – 1902 called & wants its B-2 Stealth back

I was amused by a discussion on-line not long ago where someone asked “what did people do before technology”, meaning back in the dark days of the...

In honour of Exploding Battery Week – a little history on the development of batteries

Every time you fire up your phone, stop and offer thanks to English chemist and all around polymath,  John Frederick Daniell (1790–1845). He’s the...

Inventions: Your Halloween Fright, and it’s not the jack-o’-lantern helmet that’s scary

This one is interesting … and scary: “a new and useful Improvement in Jack-o'-Lantern Helmets”. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a...

We were promised flying cars – another patent stroll

I know I promised irradiated feet, but I couldn’t pass up the Edsel of flying cars. Take a moment to appreciate the breathtaking fins on this:...

“Drive like lightening” – building a better screwdriver

How’s this for a piece of cool technology?  How many of us have cursed the traditional flathead screwdriver- usually that nanosecond you feel it...

Where the hell are the patents?

I'm working on a number of new articles for the patents section. It just takes so dreadfully long to do the research and pull them together. Well,...

The unmitigated terror of lawn darts – we have a patent for that!

Are you old enough to remember being terrified of being skewered by a lawn dart? You know, those metal pointed, weighted darts that look like...

Digital art – CHUM building demolition

Amazing what you can find when you lurk around with a camera. Yes, I've been back at the CHUM building tear down. Too many opportunities to pass up....

Best sign in Toronto – Bauhaus Windows & Doors

I didn't use the camera much this winter. I hate wandering around in the cold. But, there's a hint of spring in the air and it's time to start...

Harbourfront visit – all my ducks in a row … and a goose and gull too.

The original title was going to be Harbourfront Expedition part 2 - waterfowl, but once I wrote it out, it sounded like a bad B Hollywood horror...

Closeup photography – fall plants & a busy bee

Quite honestly, I'm surprised I've not been stung yet. I love taking photos of bees but man they are hard to catch. I have to get up real close with...

Big rocks, mud ‘n more mud – Construction Still Life Scenes

I think I told you yesterday it was muddy across the road. It's muddier today after a bit more rain. I'm beginning to give up all hope of seeing...

Toronto on a rainy afternoon – King & Yonge

Toronto on a late Dec afternoon. King @ Yonge street around 4pm. The photo was pretty mundane, but running it through Pencil Sketch App for 8.1...

Digital art Motion Project #4 – pedestrian path on Yonge

I have a couple of "regular" photos to post later, not much outstanding though. Caught some good wall art, just deciding which ones I like the best....

Taking time to frame shots – upping my photography skills

I'm trying to cure my bad case of "point 'n shootist". It's a pretty sever infection. I have a habit of taking dozens of shots, hoping to get a good...

Toronto in the summer – trees as far as the eye can see

Yea, that's cold no matter how you look at it. But dress in layers and it's not so bad. The frost on the windows is so thick I couldn't see out. Had...

PT 2 – I sacrificed my espresso on the altar of Left Field’s oatmeal ale

While sipping on an ale, I sat back and rethought the article I was originally working on. I decided to break it down into 2, with slightly...

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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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