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Palimpsest in blue


Before I define the word palimpsest, let me show you what recently fell to the Teperman wrecking company, revealing the outline on the condo wall above.


<sigh>Pause for reflection</sigh> OK, so back to our Word of the Day …

vidal-bookOne meaning of palimpsest can be the silhouette of a fallen building, imprinted on the wall of a still-standing neighbour. Andrew Horne told me this when he mentioned a book by Gore Vidal.

Palimpsests are all about traces left behind after erasures; about layers in time.

Back in the days before paper was cheap and plentiful, papyrus and parchment  were precious … and reusable. It was common practice to scrape away old text and write over over it with new text.

Sometimes, the older messages remain legible and with careful looking, the original can still be made out. Cicero’s De re publica was apparently rescued from a palimpsest in this way.

Since Andrew is a visual artist, he may be interested in this essay I found on Erasure In Art. It mentions Robert Rauschenberg’s famous 1953 Erased de Kooning Drawing.

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Wow! When Danica told me there had been changes to the exterior, I wasn’t ready for this.


The original, multi-coloured tower was a blog subject years ago and the slide show still works. I revisited the subject a year later, for another photo.

The transformation is so complete, it makes no sense to ask which one I like better. They are two completely different things.

“After” retains the stilts with parking underneath and the bridge to the front door. It’s such a strange lot, those imaginative ideas were too good to give up.

Flying Pony Wallery/Café


Saturday, April 30th will be lively in the Bazaar. Not only will Andrew Horne be doing a live painting in his Flying Pony Gallery/Café, there will be a new show up and artist Emily Sweet will be there live and in person.

Behind the Pony, in the newly enhanced Green P parking and party lot, Vaisakhi will be offering live music and art between noon and 4:00 pm.

Sneak preview

Friend John McCready is very close to publishing a book related to inspired work he has undertaken in Burundi. John’s missionary grandparents and parents were the inspiration.

Thanks to a successful career in North America, John has reached a point in his life where he can do something useful for the country of his birth, recently listed as the unhappiest country on earth. Taking up his grandfather’s idea of helping Burundians to help themselves, he has launched many projects there … small, practical businesses that can be sustained by the people who work at them.

John travels every few months from Toronto to Burundi at his own expense, to nurse his projects along and adapt to adversities as they crop up. Political violence is one such problem right now, but that hasn’t deterred John from making his trips. Look at what he has been doing.

Need a fancy text editor?

I’ve done some shopping for you, trying TextWrangler (Mac, free), TextMate (Mac, free and pay), Aptana Studio (Mac, PC, Linux, free). Sublime Text, (Mac, Linux, PC, pay) and checking reviews of others. Atom is the one we want. Mac, PC, Linux, free … and excellent.

There’s plenty to bemoan about technology, but since it’s inevitable and everywhere, why not enjoy the good aspects? It’s exciting to see how many fabulous tools we can have today; software that used to cost a lot but wasn’t as polished and powerful.

The price of enjoyment is a bit of learning, to see what we can do with these gifts, but with online video tutorials, even that can be a pleasure.

Surely, being literate in the 21st century includes comprehension of basic coding principles. I don’t expect ever to become good at coding, but I can do some easy stuff, just to understand how things are done. Tools like Atom make it easier than ever and they are getting better all the time.

Bazaar comings and goings

The windows are finally installed on what is to be a new Italian restaurant and pizza place. See why it makes sense to refer to Lower Gerrard as the Bazaar? The official city name Gerrard India Bazaar or the common Little India are no longer inclusive enough.


Unfortunately Siddhartha restaurant has closed. Apparently there wasn’t sufficient demand for pure vegetarian, because the owner’s meat-including Gautama restaurant up the street continues to thrive. It would be nice if a South Asian business went into the location, but there are no guarantees.

The Bazaar is becoming an interesting mix of businesses run by entrepreneurs from many parts of the world and other parts of Canada. It’s fascinating, and sometimes a little sad, to see the changes that are happening but on the whole, it’s great to see the strip coming back to life.