Remarkable World War One survivors

Reproductions were placed on plaques for rooms in the B&B

Pete Tatham is sharing a look at a collection of Field Service postcards discovered in the soffit space of his Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B&B during renovations, many years ago.

For the flavour of the time, look at the pre-approved text permitted by army censors. Soldiers struck out the lines that did not apply, leaving in only bare bones communication that would not help the enemy.

The penmanship of Harry MacIntosh seems outstanding to my eye, but it was probably quite typical of the style everyone could produce at the time. Cursive, of course, and written with real pen and ink.

There is much more in this box of treasures … letters, sewing artefacts, and murder! Obviously, I will need to do more posts on this subject. I will tag them all “WWI postcards” so that you can pull them together with my search box.

Could transparency help here?

Christie Blatchford’s blog shows this nude figure, superimposed on an Islamic prayer rug. An artist put OCAD University in an awkward position by submitting the rug for an art show.

Art show officials don’t know what to do about the inevitable complaints, so they have removed the art rug while they figure out a response.

Of course, this kind of thing is nothing new. A hundred years ago, Marcel Duchamp ruffled feathers, famously drawing a moustache and goatee on a Mona Lisa postcard.

It’s not the nude that is the problem, it’s what it’s on. So, I thought, why not extract the nude, leaving the background transparent. The artist’s freedom of expression is preserved and everybody is free to deface whatever they like … or don’t like.

Where did they go?

Neelam Silk has now left its old store in the Bazaar, to relocate a couple of blocks west in a much narrower space that was once Rang Home Decor.

The impressive Neelam Silk sign has been taken down and I thought it might reappear on the new storefront. I’m not so sure it will fit, though.

Now the question is, what will the former location become … and when?

Winterstation checkup

Pete Tatham and I walked to the Beach today and inspected the Winterstations. The Make Some Noise installation is working as intended. Previously missing crank handles are back in place.

Inspector Tatham gave Ryerson University’s Nest a thorough walk around, pronouncing the construction materials high grade, but questioning the need for glue in the assembly.

I checked out the interior. Windbreak rating: Zero. Top marks for everything else, though.

Free, open source goodness

When I heard that Gerrard Art Space (GAS) was in need of an upgrade for their Microsoft Office software, I wondered if LibreOffice would do the job for them. It’s free, opens and works with Microsoft Office documents and saves them in Microsoft formats.

Today, when I dropped in, I was happy to hear that LibreOffice is working fine. Word documents, Excel docs, Powerpoint presentations, etc. Bill Gates doesn’t mind, he has lots of money already. LibreOffice free and legal. Comes in flavours for Windows, OS X, Android, iOS and Linux. Here’s the link.

Another sign post

This post follows up on the one below about our new street signs. Every time I pass this one I think, “Shouldn’t that be Beaten?”

Don’t the old signs, no matter how beaten up, have much more character, shape and style than the new ones?

The new ones will be cheaper to produce, of course. Such stylistic changes in pottery layers of ancient cultures indicate a civilization in decline. 🙂