Monday, December 5, 2016

Airstream Search

I was near the Redpath Sugar Facility on Toronto's ever-changing eastern lake front.  I was looking around buildings for a little wear and tear grunge.  I didn't find very much.  I saw this airstream parked behind "think inside this box" and checked it out.  Inside? An art installation.  

So I searched for art exhibit in airstream trailer and instead of information on this art installation, I found something remarkable at - an airstream ranch.  It is located in Florida. But this airstream wasn't covered anywhere.

I searched 'think inside this box'.  An avalanche was retrieved on creative thinking using the 'inside the box' techniques. But nothing on this box.  A fun mystery remains unsolved.

    Saturday, December 3, 2016

    Getting the Fake News

    The ads that appear all over our internet displays often contain news of some celebrity's death.  This week I saw a news article that Trump's wife was filing for divorce and didn't have plans to be the first lady.  This was a fake news story - with a "fake news notice" on the story.  

    A site has indicated that Facebook is testing fake news flags.  The warning is  "this website is not a reliable news source.  Reason:  Classification Pending".

    According to BBC Trending, the problem of fake news has become significant in the U.S. The current circulating fake news story is Pizzagate.   This is a false news story that claims there is a paedophilia ring involving people at the highest levels of the Democratic Party operating out of a Washington pizza restaurant named Comet Ping Pong.

    Fake news is being covered broadly by the press right now.  The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Onion, BBC, and RollingStone have articles within the last few days. The RollingStone article - How a Fake Newsman Accidentally Helped Trump Win the White House- is compelling.  This is about a Pheonix fake newsman.  He is  the perpetrator of the story on gang-rape parties in India - an internationally famous fake news story. He makes his living from the ad revenue.

    A site to check out is Fake News Watch with their listing of fake websites, satire websites, and clickbait websites.  The names of clickbait sites are themselves a revelation. Here are a few:

      Tuesday, November 29, 2016

      Countdown to Christmas

      Is it time to put the countdown clock on your desktop?  Look no further than the xmasclock for your second by second tracking.  

      Perhaps we should keep the Countdown to Spring clock on the desktop instead. Today's photos show the contrast between what Spring brings and what Winter has in store.

      Here's the start of the Boys' Life Magazine Christmas jokes:

      Will: Where do snowmen keep their money?
      Bill: Beats me.
      Will: In a snow bank.

      Pedro: What has a jolly laugh, brings you presents and scratches up your furniture?
      Ordep: Beats me. What?
      Pedro: Santa Claws.

      Teacher: Johnny, define claustrophobia.
      Johnny: Fear of Santa Claus?

      Monday, November 28, 2016

      Poinsettias in Niagara

      Today's pictures traverse the landscape of the Poinsettia.  I went to Sunshine Express yesterday, and the sky was perfect with filtered overcast light so that the saturation was at an all-time high.  It seemed almost blinding to be in the greenhouse with the endless sea of reds, whites, and pinks, and even the orange ones.  These leaves show the lines and textures - puckered and billowy with wonderful colours.

      There appear to be no Poinsettia jokes for Christmas - I guess we take our plants seriously or not at all.  Here's the start of the Christmas humour:

      Entering Heaven
      Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

      "In honor of this holy season," Saint Peter said, "You must each possess something that symbolizes  Christmas to get into heaven."

      The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. "It represents a candle," he said. "You may pass through the pearly gates," Saint Peter said.

      The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, "They're bells." Saint Peter said, "You may pass through the pearly gates."

      The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's glasses.

      St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, "And just what do those symbolize?"

      The man replied, "They're Carol's."

      Saturday, November 26, 2016

      Fifty Years a Ruler

      Black Friday sales reports violence across the U.S.  It seems regrettable that this shopping day has an association with the Black Friday label.  Black Friday 'days' commemorate catastrophic events such as scandals, stock exchange crashes, fire devastation, military operations, and so on.

      There's an entry for Black Friday 2016 for the United Kingdom - the day after the Brexit vote - when the financial markets lost 2 trillion dollars in the worst single day drop in history. 

      Fidel Castro has died at 90 so today's photos show scenes from Cuba.  Here is his most famous quote:

      "Condemn me.  It does not matter. History will absolve me"

      And an historical fact I'd forgotten:

      "Castro’s speeches, lasting up to six hours, became the soundtrack of Cuban life and his 269-minute speech to the UN General Assembly in 1960 set the world body’s record for length that still stood more than five decades later."