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Synchronicity or what?

Tonight I was listening to some music on Spotify, thinking of my childhood and feeling really bored with everything out there. So browsing the new releases page, this caught my eye. I’m not sure if it was because of the compelling photo, the text around it, or both.

Let me explain…

Artist’s name is Whitney Rose. Album is called Rule 62.

Myself, I went to WHITNEY school and lived on ROSE Park Drive as a kid. I was born in ‘62.

Keywords or what?

Of course this would catch my eye.

At first listen I thought she needed a bit of zip but I think my android Dolby Atmos EQ was making her voice quieter than normal. After fiddling with that her sound really began to grow on me. I like the laid back style. Reminiscent of the 1950s or 60s. So I went to Wikipedia. Turns out she is from Canada, where I was born, but currently hones her craft in Texas. Now really getting interested, I read more. Her early influences are the classic country crooners, male and female. Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette.

Wow. This is too good to be true. I’ve already ordered all her stuff from the library to hear it in CD-quality audio.

I think I’m going to like getting to know her music. And I bet we’ll be hearing more from Whitney Rose in days to come.

Just a hunch.

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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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Sons of Liberty – American History TV mini-series… and rethinking the Royals

Join, or Die by Benjamin Franklin was recycled to encourage the former colonies to unite against British rule – Wikipedia

I don’t know much about American history. Probably because Canadians are so saturated with American culture that it’s just too close. Not exotic like ancient Greece or Rome.

This mini-series, however, really caught my eye. Beautiful sets. Good FX. Excellent acting.

Apparently it’s not too historically accurate. But I don’t mind that if the show captures the essence of an era. I always check on Wikipedia after, anyhow. That’s what I did with Vikings – similarly critiqued for not being historical enough.

One critic said Sons of Liberty was good except that the dialog sounded too 21st century. Well yes, that’s true. But I like shows that connect. Old, stodgy English dialects probably wouldn’t have done that for me.

The British in this show were made to look like real prigs. Back then they probably were. Not all, of course. But the general ruling elite.

Nunavut currently has a suicide crisis (click image for more) – Wikipedia

The person I watched this with kept saying… “Why don’t we get rid of the British like the US did?”

It’s true that each Canadian pays about $1.53 a year to support their royal habits. Multiply 1.53 x 36 million and you have $55 million per year.

Could that money be better spent on the impoverished north? How about on inner city street people? Or should we keep supporting the royals’ extravagant lifestyle?

I’m mixed on this point. My Masters was funded by a Commonwealth scholarship. True, the monies came from Indian and Canadian governments. But it wouldn’t have happened at all if Canada were not a member of the Commonwealth countries. And had I not made it to India, life probably would have taken a really unpleasant turn.

Royal Family – Wikipedia

Homeless man in Vancouver – Wikipedia

Instead of doing an Indian Masters in Comparative Religion I was scheduled to do a M.A. in sociology at Queens University, Ontario. Something tells me I would have disliked that. I dropped Queens (and lost a rent deposit) the moment news came that I had won the Commonwealth Scholarship.

So it’s always good to remember our past before becoming too critical of the present.

Still, that doesn’t mean things can’t change.

Myself, I’d like to keep my yearly $1.53 dollars instead of giving it to the royals. I think they are an anachronism fit for history books but not for today.

Just my two cents – nay $84.15 – on the matter.¹

1954 Series (banknotes) – Some of these were still around when I was a kid = memories! – Wikipedia

¹ $1.53 x 55 yrs (my age) = $84.15. The yearly amount likely changed over the years. But when I was a kid money was of more value. So $84.15 is probably the rough equivalent, taking into account inflation.

 

 


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Three Halloween pics that caught my eye

The first is sort of feminist. The young woman doesn’t really fit traditional stereotypes. The second two are more traditional. Especially the second. It reminds me of something I’d see in a children’s book when I was in elementary school.

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My latest very inexpensive Amazon purchase!

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If you’re like me you have a love/hate relationship with your touchscreen device. Take my tablet. For starters, it’s a Lenovo so I’m not sure if the screen is quite as repsonsive as say, a Samsung or iPad. But it works, has 2 gb RAM, which is pretty good, and I love the android OS because it enables me to do more than with a factory iPad.

Right now I’m typing this on my tablet using a very old HP computer keyboard. One of those pre-USB keyboards with the funny round plug instead of a USB connector. Also the mouse is from the same computer, with the same kind of round plug.

So browsing thru Amazon I found two things I needed for this. First I got the USB/OTG cable (black in pic) which enables plugging in of hardware peripherals to a qualified android tab or phone. Then, after seeing that that worked with a newer USB keyboard and mouse, I got a PS/2 to USB adapter (white in pic) to hook up the older, non-USB hardware. Basically two adapters have made my tablet a laptop.

All very cheap. The tablet, the apapters and … well, not the author! 🙂


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Plastic Bags – Fix Mix

Duh… I mixed the first one with my computer EQ boosted around the voice level (to hear an old movie). This morning I realized the error, which made “plastic bags” a bit quieter than intended. Here’s a quick fix.

I’ll leave the first one because sometimes my fixes turn out not as good as the originals. It usually takes a bit of time to find out which is best.


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Plastic Bags

goofing around with some freeware…