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Blossom check

We plan to try again for a High Park cherry blossom viewing, after the weekend crowds abate. Rain foiled our last attempt.

I am monitoring a local cherry tree on Eastwood, to see what our chances are. Still looking good!


Awwww … the end of Ends

We all knew it had to happen one day, but it’s still sad to see the sign.

Slide show

 We met Ends proprietor Harold on the sidewalk in front of his iconic stores, shook hands and thanked him for bringing over 3 decades of bargains to the Beach. It will be sad to see Ends close, but we wish Harold all the best, as he relinquishes his black leather throne.

Preventing an iOS annoyance

If you find Apple’s iOS pop-out sidebar irritating, you can disable the thing in Settings > Multitasking.

Somewhere along the upgrade trail, Apple introduced this iOS  “feature” and enabled it by default.

For me, the sidebar kept appearing unexpectedly, covering a big part of the screen. I’d swipe at it and tap it and double-tap it until it went away, but I’m still not sure what technique was supposed to dismiss it.

Best to just kill it. Settings > Multitasking.

Words in pictures

Friends Kash Kashmeri and Jolanta Hickey both own prints of this Andrew Horne painting, which quotes Marshall McLuhan.

Words and typography are important in paintings by Andrew Horne. He asked me the other day if I knew the work of Wayne White, a multi-talent who won Emmys for his Pee-wee Herman kids’ show sets.

Turns out I have noticed Wayne White pictures. They are bright, irreverent, finely crafted and often funny.

Lots of Vague Ideas by Wayne White

I particularly enjoy the vintage store makeovers, with their skilfully rendered lettering worked into the scenery.

Hotties 24-7 by Wayne White

The Wayne White website displays Word Paintings 2 without the thrift store backgrounds, often repeating phrases depicted in the earlier ones. They are definitely worth a look, too.

The careers of Horne and White have much in common, beyond their love of words in pictures. Both men have worked as art directors, illustrators, animators and puppeteers, as well as painters. Maybe one day, Andrew will ride his motorcycle into the States, to compare notes. Better yet, Wayne could pop up to the Flying Pony for a coffee.