2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Keating farm Discovery Harbour

Royal Naval and Military Establishment, Penetanguishene, Ontario – 1822-1855, units first from the Royal Navy and then the British Army occupied this site.

an interesting historic site to tour on beautiful Penetanguishene Bay, about 100 miles north of Toronto on Georgian Bay (Lake Huron)

camera Pentax K10D, 2008

a small piece of introspection from 2002

I was poking around in my disorganized documents folder and a few dozen semi-chaotic sub folders and came across this:

I have arrived at the point where I appreciate cats and dogs more than people.

There is no surprise with dogs. You can tell from the start, whether they want to be your friend. Then it is a matter of a chest tickle, a tail wag and a shaking of the paw. I have often wondered if my relationships with women would have gone better if I had followed the same pattern.



RAM Tank – Canadian Cruiser Tank World War II

Ram Tank

When it was decided to build a cruiser tank type, the plan was to base it on the American M3 tank.  The Ram tank had a cast hull and in some variants carried a 75mm gun.   The odd thing is that these tanks never saw combat, but instead were used for training of tank crews in the UK.  At a certain point the Allies decided to put all their production force into the production of M4 Sherman tanks.  There are hints in several articles about the stupidity of American policy makers who left Allied armoured forces with the inferior M4 Sherman and its 75mm gun to face the superior Panther and Tiger Tanks with main gun up to 88mm.  The mismatch resulted in many unnecessary deaths.  The slowness and stupidity of tank development in World War II is astonishing when it is examined in comparison to the speed, ingenuity and results of aircraft development of the same period.

Ram Tank, both photos taken at CFB Borden Military Museum, Angus, Ontario, Canada

oldest family Christmas decorations (1940s)

my parents got married in the Spring of 1945 just before the war in Europe ended. These two green bells were among their first Christmas decorations.

I have often wondered if these were reused aircraft lights of some kind, war surplus repurposed.