A sari ending?

Neelam Silk is one of the dressier storefronts on Gerrard.

Photo credits– Left: Google Street View Right: Andrew Horne

The big sign in the window suggests that an established South Asian business is leaving the Bazaar. The store is a big one and it needs an occupant. Can it be a successful new South Asian business? It’s great that the Bazaar is becoming more cosmopolitan, but there is a popular sentiment that would like to hang on to the core “Little India” identity it has had since the 70s.

An “almost” day

We almost got to the bank at opening time, but it was closed because last Saturday was Remembrance Day. Forgot how that works. So we went to our Apple Store appointment downtown.

The place was crammed and busy as always, but the wifi signal is exceptional.

We almost got Danica’s faulty Option key fixed at the Eaton Centre Apple Store, but it turned out to be an 8 to 12 day repair job.

We almost caught the Queen Streetcar back to Beach Mac, but missed it and settled for a bus that took us part way.

The Option key was repaired, under warranty, same day, by Beach Mac.

The trip downtown was almost a waste of time, but we did get to see the Hudson’s Bay store windows. The music is diegetic.

… and I had my picture taken in the snazzy new pedestrian bridge that connects stores across Queen Street.

Looks like a time tunnel, but it just goes to the Eaton Centre.

Nice design, though, eh? Window cleaner’s delight.

Putto sans tooter

When you’re queueing for your coffee at Andrew Horne’s Flying Pony Gallery/Café … look up. Note that the beautifully-made putto above your head has suffered a loss. Apparently someone got a little too exuberant at an evening event and broke off the tooter.

The art show up now, collaborative works by Monica Wickeler and Andrew Duff, extends to the back room, where the Collabottles hang.

Cleaning anticlimax

I took this “before” picture in daylight from the window, to have a record of this picture’s appearance in its pre-cleaning state. Oh, how the camera lies! All of the colours and contrasts are pumped up, quite different from the actual painting.

This particular shot was done with an iPad Pro and shows Apple’s belief in oversaturated colours.

I thought that cleaning might have the effect of bringing the canvas more in line with what the camera saw, but no. I have only completed cleaning of a third of the surface, but I can already tell that the difference will be very subtle. A little bit of yellowish dirt (probably cigarette smoke from the bad old days) came off, but the change is barely perceptible.

Above is a truer representation of what the painting will look like, finished. Actually, I like it this way. The camera’s exaggeration has coarsened its appearance. All modern consumer cameras do a little processing “magic” to the images they capture, usually warming up the warms, tweaking the vibrancy and contrast. What you see is  not what you are intended to get. Camera makers rig the game, hoping that you’ll like what you get better than what you see.

I am surprised that the 54 year-old painting hasn’t acquired more dirt, but I am convinced that what was there is coming off as I clean. Most of the colours are mixed, but there are some spots of white and they look white when I’m done.

BTW, I have no real idea if you’ll see a difference between the two images above. Screens all show colours in difference ways and with varying levels of sharpeness, just as cameras do.


Why is she selling it, then?

The filmmaker boyfriend (now upgraded to fiance 🙂 ) made the commercial to help his lady sell her 21 year-old Honda Civic.

After going viral, bids climbed to $150,000 before the auction weirdness was kiboshed by Ebay and reset to saner levels.

Our old Maxima has similar mileage and is a couple of years younger. Maybe we should keep it and go riding on hairpin curves along the coast.