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September 25, 2020
Early Austrian airmail & a great cancel

Early Austrian airmail & a great cancel

I rediscovered an early Austrian airmail gem while rooting through my collection, looking for something. It's a great little cover, primarily because the cancels are pristine. Nothing says frustration like a messy, unreadable cancel.  A clear cancel offers up a...

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Doping & 1 scarce Royal Flying Corps manual

Doping & 1 scarce Royal Flying Corps manual

Today, we’re going to look at doping. No, no, not that kind, the aviation kind. Early airplanes were made of cloth pulled taut over a wood frame. To protect the wood, and create a streamlined body, the material was covered in something called dope, a liquid designed...

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Look up irony & you’ll find the Microsoft logo

So, my question is pretty simply ... didn't Microsoft overlook the obvious? Way to promote your own Windows mobile software Microsoft. Kudos....

Google’s staggeringly ill thought out April’s Fool prank

I’m not a fan of April Fool’s. I find the entire concept contrived and tired. Very rarely are the jokes amusing and they often seem to be built...

“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...

Who’s been fiddling with the thermostat?

Ok, I'm going to ask this nicely ... which one of you has been fiddling about with the thermostat? Come on, 'fess up.  It's now June and this was...

Canada – 1859 5c beaver stamp & fancy cancels

I picked up a small set of the 1859 Canadian beaver stamp (Scott's #15) years ago. Top qualify ones were out of my budget range at the time, so I...

Still using Google+? Going, going, gone

Are you still using Google+? Hopefully you received the note about it's pending demise.  Google is putting an end to their social media experiment...

Win 10 – Can no longer adjust screen brightness

If you can no longer adjust your screen brightness, there's a quick fix. Right click on the small Windows icon located at the bottom, left hand side...

Good news for Flipboard fans

One of the best news/social media aggregate apps on the market is Flipboard. When I upgraded to Windows 8.1, I was delighted to be able to...

Suzor-Cote #492i line from knee error – bonanza!

Sometimes you can look at a stamp over and over and not spot an error. This happened on the weekend when I posted a set of plate blocks on the...

A bit of fun with This Day in History – Richard III

I was culling through my usual list of sites this morning and found out on this date, King Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field....

Junk mail solution – if I buy your product, will it delete you?

Like everyone else, I get a lot of unwanted junk mail. Today, I spotted this gem and wondered if it would solve the spam problem.   "Say...

New revenue stamp to look for – Canada’s marijuana revenue stamp

Heads up revenue collectors! There's a new stamp to grab. The moment the Canadian government legalised marijuana, I knew there would be a stamp to...

Quick note on new follow features

I've added a new way of following the website - OneSignal. You'll see a small red bell pop up in the lower right corner asking if you want to follow...

Can we calculate the pressure of the average Godzilla foot stomp?

I spent 2/3 of the day sitting around waiting for the next appointment … then sitting around waiting some more. Cooling your heels, waiting for shit...

Photoshop digital art – working on shadows and effects

Back banging away with my Wacom tablet again. I've been working on trying to even out my water colour wash effect. To date, it's been pretty much...

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...

If I can’t use my Wacom, I’ll show you pencil drawings instead

I'm still moaning and complaining about losing my Wacom tablet during the move this month. Hopefully I've simply placed it somewhere and I'll...

Trip along Yonge St – some long views

I've started carting the camera about on calls around the city. Yesterday was another gloomy old day in Toronto, which turned out to be excellent...

Photographing clouds east on Dundas at the foot of Old City Hall

Padded around Old City Hall today, looking for interesting shots. Got some good contrasting images of old buildings and the shiny skyscrappers. This...

Snow in the morning – a trip through the Annex

I lugged my camera with me this morning as I tromped through the Annex on the way to a job. I usually don't take it with me on snowy days. I'm a...

Looking through the windows at Allen Gardens

I have a bunch of photos left over from winter shots but, in all honesty, I simply can't stand looking at one more photo of snow and ice. They'll...

Haunting sunset over Toronto

I get some wonderful views from our balcony. One advantage of being 20 floors up with an unhindered view of the city. Every now and then, I...

Nik filter – film noire and the Cathedral

I keep some photos in reserve to experiment with. These'll be toss away shots that aren't particularly ... anything. Not good, not really bad, just...

Little dirty birds – don’t forget to look down

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...

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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