Interesting times

I read the other day that backlit information posters in malls have tiny cameras in their frames. Purpose? To detect shoppers’ moods, the item said. I can think of likelier reasons, like spotting “trouble”.

Surveillance is inescapable, I suppose, but if some parties are allowed to spy on us, I think we should be able to spy back on them. Fair’s fair. Two-way surveillance legislation, please.

In pursuit of Sidecar

I was eager to install MacOS Catalina on the Mac Mini we use to drive our TV set. One of the new features is called Sidecar and it is designed to permit use of an iPad as a second monitor. That would mean I could have my TV screen on my lap, controlling it with a touch screen. What an elegant remote!

Our TV, Mac Mini on left, pulls shows from our antenna and streams content from the internet. No Rogers. No Bell. We can record live TV to the hard drive, for watching later. Sidecar iPad control would be nifty.

But there’s always something, isn’t there? While our souped up Mac Mini 2012 is supported for use of Catalina, Apple struck it off the list for Sidecar. What’s the emoji for bummer?

There is still hope. By typing certain magical commands into the Catalina system, it may be possible to enable Sidecar after all. Wish me luck, eh?

Thanks, Wikipedia.

Danica has corrected one of my longstanding, but mistaken notions. I thought Thanksgiving Day was a religious holiday, like Easter or Christmas. Wikipedia acknowledges religious associations, but they are not definitive.

Photo by Peter Li, via Unsplash, edited in Affinity Photo (Trial version)

“Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.”

Wikipedia says so.

That must mean Quebeckers get the day off, too. It’s secular. I wonder what they do on Easter and Christmas? Maybe they are also secular. Danica says she’ll leave that for me to figure out.

Tomato Soup Cake

It’s a cool and rainy day here in Toronto, so how about some delicious, consoling comfort. Danica makes this spice cake quite often and not just for us. Everyone she shares one with is very pleased … and surprised by the tomato soup ingredient. You’d never guess it’s in there, if you weren’t told.

Thanks for sharing this classic, Danica (AKA Donna, at home).

Unpacking Colombo

I just received a link to McMaster’s list of archived works and documents in the university’s fonds of John Robert Colombo. Take a look. It’s a quick a way to get an impression of the author’s immensely productive career so far.

Colombo preparing a lifetime’s worth of documents for transport.

Just itemizing everything in those boxes must have been a big task. Imagine the work that went into filling them! What a remarkable literary achievement.

All of those names read like a Canadian Who’s Who. I would love to be able to sift through the collection of photos, if they become available online.

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Election humour

Inspecting the crew, a ship’s captain found that his sailors smelled bad. He told the first mate it would help if they changed their underwear occasionally.

The first mate announced, “You all smell bad and the captain wants you to change your underwear. Pittman, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowski, and Brown, you change with Schultz”.

Thanks, Eileen.
My first illustration attempt with Acorn photo editor.

Photoshop sinks off coast of Catalina

Why wait? I have a cold and limited patience today. I am installing the new MacOS Catalina operating system on my iMac while I write this on my iPad.

Desktop photo for MacOS Catalina

This means my old copy of Photoshop CS4 will no longer work, but it’s time to move on. I have downloaded trial versions of Acorn and Affinity Photo as replacement candidates. Both have merits but It will take a few days to make a choice … when my head is clearer.

Back to Town at Cutts Gallery

The first time I went to the Christopher Cutts Gallery, it was to see a Harold Town exhibit. I like to look at Town’s paintings and drawings. He was a 20th century man and, let’s face it, so am I.


Harold Town, Mountain Maker, 1960-61, Oil and lucite on canvas, 78 x 68 inches

Harold Town 
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An exhibition of major large format paintings from the early 1960s

Opening Reception – Saturday, October 19th, 2019, 2-6 pm 

October 19th – November 16th, 2019

Harold Town, Cloud Maker, 1960-61, Oil and lucite on canvas, 78 x 68 inches
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