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How to build a Light Rail Transit

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Toronto is building a new Light Rail Transit running partly above partly below ground. The noise and drilling has been manageable but not much fun. Traffic, already atrocious, is seriously affected.

This was taken today, steps away from where I live.

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Turn your phone or tablet into a wireless webcam = cool!

“triple cam, webcam, iPHONE, android reflect” via Flickr – Artist Shannon Kringen shows how she’s way of ahead of me re the possibilities of this tech!

I haven’t tested out android wireless cams yet but for our old iPad2 and iPhone there are two free apps that I’m quite impressed with.

First, EpoCam Viewer is popular and seems reliable. But the free version has almost no options. You’re set at 640 by 480 resolution, and can’t choose image quality.

Also no recording or screen capture with this freebie. But it’s a good picture. So this would be appropriate for keeping an eye on baby… whatever.

IvCam has far more options, like screen resolution, image and sound quality. Also it records movies and (supposedly) takes stills. Whenever I tried the stills the app crashed. But the movie record feature works. So to get a still, I took a short movie and then used VLC media player to get my snap.

There’s usually a workaround for things like this.

Here’s a snap from around 8 am this morning at medium resolution (which makes for a smaller video file size).

And here’s another taken at high resolution, making the video file quite a bit larger.

The cool thing is I had the phone camera beaming up to my bedroom laptop, which then was linked with Team Viewer to my old Windows XP laptop in the dining room.

I don’t think either of these cams works with Win XP but with Team Viewer, they did with a kind of satellite setup.

Waste of time? Not if I catch a burglar! 🙂


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A true paranormal story

Yesterday I was up in my room, working away on the computer. I heard a loud banging sound from outside my door. The other person in the house called up, “What was that!”

To me it sounded metallic, like the lid of a pot falling to the floor, or maybe a bathroom suction cup holder crashing into the tub.

I wasn’t overly concerned, and busy in the middle of something,  so called back down “I’ll be there in a minute…”

Another call from downstairs, “Mike, could you come down please.”

Slightly miffed at being disturbed, I went downstairs.

What I saw gave me a start!

The cross in this photo had somehow fallen directly into the blue bowl below. At the time there was no cloth padding in the bowl, so it made a mighty DING!

As you can see, the cross is firmly secured with an almost oversized hook. And the twine is in good shape. Unbroken.

So how did it happen?

No minor earthquake nor tremor would have shaken that free. Anyhow, we didn’t feel one nor was anything like that reported in the city.

I believe in the paranormal, especially when it comes to interior perception. But rarely have I witnessed physical objects moving. And a cross!

To make sure the cross wasn’t trashed if it happened again, I placed the cloth in the blue bowl. But chances are it was a one-time occurrence.

You know what they say, truth is stranger than fiction.

 


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What a difference a few weeks and degrees (colder) makes

Took my Mom down to Cherry Beach tonight. Totally different experience from the last time I went. No traffic. Nice people at the beach. All round good time. This shot taken driving home, just beside inlets around Lake Ontario. No “scream” traffic like last time!

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Certified

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This was actually taken in a very beautiful, restful spot in the country. With all that green around, gov’t labels always look more incongruous. To me, anyhow.


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women in the city

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Here’s another one I took while stuck in traffic. The women’s faces are a little bit blurry in the original. But I had to increase the blur to meet the standards of, say, Google Street view. Too bad. It’s actually more interesting if you can make out their features just a little bit.

I have no idea what those two blue dots are. They’re in the original photo.


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let me out!

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Last night I made the hair-brained decision to go to Cherry Beach for sunset. The traffic was unbelievable. With our population explosion this city is almost non-functional except during the off hours. Anyhow, I made it. And managed to get this interesting photo, which I digitally recomposed with Photoshop Elements to give something of The Scream effect.