Funny old day

One  of those old chock-full days. Crammed a lot in. Medical appointment then a lunch out treat. I paid the price in the middle of the afternoon when I became seriously fatigued. I would not give in  instead I bulldozed through and found myself needing to lie down in the early evening. This kind of sudden fatigue is really part and parcel of the dialysis experience.

Part of today was helping a friend who is technologically challenged to try out the dictation function for entering text into his laptop computer. Test worked well and he was quite intrigued and I believe he will have some success using this method.


In fact I have used this dictation verbal dictation method to enter most of the text in this post.

2000 Art Show at Cyberplex Toronto Offices, poetry hallway

in 2000 I helped set up an art show at the offices of Cyberplex in toronto,  I worked there. we had the staff offer up works in various media for display, people from all the departments participated and the show was a terrifically rich aesthetic expedition.  This is the poetry  hallway with poems from 6 poets on the staff.  Camera: Sony Mavica FD-7, taken by me.


new electronic typewriter, Brother GX6750

It is interesting to step backwards in the path of technology of the writing tool kind.  This thing is quite noisy, from the daisy wheel print head.  Still easy to use and fun.  Scary how many typos I left in the text.

Brother GX6750 electronic typewriter
Brother GX6750 electronic typewriter
sample text from Brother GX6750 electronic typewriter
sample text from Brother GX6750 electronic typewriter

a little typewriter hunting

Typewriter hunting

I took a drive down south of Barrie to the 400 Antique Mart just off the 400 super highway that runs down to Toronto.

Just three typewriters.  One, an early SCM office electric with no power cord.  One Underwood 5, rightly described as mint condition, but asking a silly, that is beyond outrageous price of $198.00.  I acquired an Underwood 5 not in mint condition from the Huronia Museum for $10.  The Underwood 5 was made in very large numbers, many have survived and the Underwood 5 is normally a 10-15 dollar item.  Worth adding to your collection, but not an item to kid yourself into paying 200 dollars.  They were an early practically indestructible office typewriter. OTOH it was the cleanest typewriter I have ever seen.  At the other end of the Mart another Underwood 5 asking a semi-comical $49.  I passed on all three.

I took a few photos in the Mart and one of an old Dodge up in Coldwater, Ontario.

I was fortunate in Barrie on the way home.  Went to Staples,  parking lot was awfully full.  Then I remembered it was the end of the afternoon of the first day back to school.  Last second school supplies were being sought.   I went backwards a few steps in the technology and bought a Brother electronic typewriter.  I will post about it later this week.

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Underwood Typewriter
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Voigtlander Vitessa rangefinder camera
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Marshall’s Photo Retouching Kit
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Bronson Altoona Casting Reel, fishing reel
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Kid’s fancy western two gun rig, gun belt with revolvers
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old Dodge


if you click the image you will jump to my flickr account and will find in the Tugfest set several more shots taken at Tugfest 2013 this morning in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Nikon DSLR D3100 mostly with the 18-55mm lens.

solar farm near MIDLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA

arge solar panel installation to the south of Midland, Ontario – three shot panorama just placed next to each other without any stitching software

when you approach this from the south, you see it from high ground and today I could not figure out what it was, it looked like an ice covered small lake surrounded by trees. This combo 3 shot pano is a little deceiving, it was shot from the side and does not really show how incredibly wide this panels array truly is. Very large installation.

rejoining the fleet

Colonial Viper - Konami
Colonial Viper – Konami (Photo credit: Thorsten Becker)

I recently purchased the reimagined Battlestar Galactica season 1.  I have rejoined the fleet, my Viper was almost out of fuel, but I made it back.  Looking forward to playing cards with KARA THRACE aka call sign “starbuck”.  I know I can beat her this time, I just have to watch how much I drink.

Seriously, though, folks, this must be in the top five best tv shows of all time.  The characters are compelling, the plots fiendishly twisty and turny, the questions of a political and social nature, how to deal with terrorists and the nature of the enemy, those alone, are examined in the most entertaining and enlightening way.  This show makes you think.

Internet and the human brain, who knew? who knows?

NY TIMES review by Jonah Lehrer of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” written by technology writer Nicholas Carr.

This is a very thoughtful review in which Lehrer looks at a variety of studies to validate Carr’s central thesis that our use of the new technology is reducing our ability to focus and changing the way our brains work.  One quote that is irresistably delicious is one from T.S. Eliot who wonders about the effect of composing poetry on that new technology, the typewriter.

It seems like the web enabled computer is chock full of interruption attractions.  Any web page seems to have ads and other links asking to be followed.  I have spent time looking for information on the net, only to turn off and follow new topics that seduce me from my initial knowledge hunt.  Recently I have been trying to make a deliberate effort to read one book all the way from start to finish. I have thought I was becoming a reading “dipper”, starting one book and putting it down soon after to start another and then another and ending up with five or six on the go and nothing read in large sustained attention.  I would like to think I used to read that way.   Probably the most carefully focused reading I have ever done was for a summer course session back in the late 1970s when I was forced to read about one and a half long Victorian novels per week just to keep up with the course lectures. At the time it seemed like a dizzying pace.  Even today I wonder at how long I spent in univesity reading to keep up or almost keep up with five courses, almost all of them in English Literature.

Me reading a book while sitting on a  big rock in Georgian Bay in front of the family cottage around 1972.  The cottage is now my full time residence.  It is full of books, many of them read, quite a few started but not finished.

brain fatigue

I am building a website and at the same time learning a new software tool to do that construction. The tool is Coffeecup Visual Designer. The website is for the Huronia Museum. So far I have roughed in 13 top level pages of which some five or six will get a set of sub pages.

My brain is a little tired. this was day three and I have figured out how the software works for the main part. It is pretty slick.


I have been watching the news about the launch and wondering just how realistic a device this will be for viewing internet pages.  I was intrigued by the new Microsoft virtual coffee table (?) interface recently unveiled. The wonders they dream up and sometimes they really work in the real world. I remember reading years ago a book about new technologies and how often they were invented with one intention for use and ended up becoming something unimagined.  Bell thought the telephone was going to be the device to deliver music into homes.