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Analog Phasers

Here’s a funny one from my past. The pic was taken sometime in the 1970s. I used to ski at this place almost every winter weekend, and during March Break.

I was also a huge Trek fan, back when there was only one Trek, and maybe the cartoon. So here’s my childhood attempt to add some FX. I remember so well getting out the felt-tipped markers and using either a ruler or tape for the straight line. Probably a ruler as tape would have damaged the slide. But it was a long time ago and I’m not sure.

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Grey Cup!

Football isn’t that big in Canada. Most people probably don’t know that we have our own football league. Composed mostly, I think, of players not goodenuf to make the NFL.

It’s sort of campy. But the players are better than, say, guys you’d see in the local park!

Just after uploading this the sun came out for a while. 🙂

Grey Cup always brings back memories of my dad. We used to gather together as a family and watch before I really knew there was a bigger, shinier and more commercial NFL!


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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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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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Red barn

Red Barn via Flickr

Here’s one I took last summer, near Port Hope Ontario. This was a second attempt. The first time around a stunning sunset was hitting the barn, surrounding fields and water tower.

Much to my chagrin on returning home, I found that my SD card had munched it. I think the problem was that I either switched the card among cameras without reformatting. Or maybe I did a Windows format instead of an in-camera format.

In any case, I lost the first photo. So this one was a retry, taken several weeks later. Instead of stunning sunset we have haze and mist.

Oh well. It’s still okay.


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Triple Sunrise

Here’a a pic i took a few summers ago. No photo editing re the three suns, btw. It just happened that way. I woke early in the morning and there it was.

Triple Sunrise © Michael Clark 2017.


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On the beach

Image via Tumblr

Still photo taken around the same time as movie, below.