Monday, November 19, 2018

Strong reactions to cuts

Francophone press this Friday after Ford announced cuts to services in French in Ontario. Le Devoir is in Montreal, Quebec, Le Droit Ottawa.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Trans Canada Air Lines sticker

Trans-Canada Air Lines TCA Maple Leaf logo sticker on suitcase. TCA was the name Air Canada used before 1965 - Air Canada was supposed to have been used in French before this. This was from a suitcase and is not a recreation - the woman said she'd had it for years.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Stromberg Carlson Radio

Shortwave/AM Radio dial from the 1940s, speaking of a troubled time - Shortwave stations for the Axis and Allied powers - Chungking was the wartime capital of China. There were also commercial shortwave stations, even in Schenectady, NY. The buttons at the bottom shows that it could have a record player attached to it, unusual for that time. The preset radio stations suggest it was originally setup for a listener in the Detroit-Windsor area - CKLW is a 50,000 watt 'clear channel' radio station that could be heard over a large part of North America at night, and was famous for promoting Motown songs in the 60s. CKLW's original studio is on display at the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village, in Kingsville, Ontario, not far from Windsor.

 Back showing cabinet makers label
Tuner on top shelf
 Amplifier next to speaker
Speaker

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween 2018

Happy Halloween - Pumpkins lined the bridge in Martintown, Ontario
 Outside Martintown Mill
 Artwork inside

 Living statue



Pumpkins on bridge

House by bridge

leave it to religion...

..to screw up a good holiday - I went to a Wiccan shop for a 'Samhain'... they were actually wearing black robes and pointed witches hats as they started thanking gods that weren't part of celtic mythology for the weather....they didn't have any candy.

Nightmare on James Street, Halloween House

House decorated by professional DJ Stacy, Melissa and Eathan McPhail


 Heavy rains required blue tarps over some displays

Computer controls projection of talking faces on pumpkins

Monday, October 29, 2018

No, those aren't white northern lights in Finland

(image via flickr user roman.noven)

Because Aurora are produced by gases emitting photons at specific wavelengths, they can't be white - most of the time they are the green and red emitted by oxygen, as in this photo I took in Guelph, Ontario:

 If they do appear white, it's likely a different phenomenon, or them being too faint for the eye to determine the color, or an effect caused by the colors blending together. White light is a mixture of colors that can separated into a spectrum or rainbow by means of a prism. 
The first photo a long exposure of people waving florescent tubes under electric lines - this causes the tubes to brighten. One very obvious thing about the first photo is that the light is below the electricity lines, which they block out in some places - if they were aurora, they would be blocked out by the lines, like the aurora are by the trees in my photo.
roman.noven did a series of these photos in 2010, including the one that's been circulating as the White Northern Lights in Finland, which can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10332728@N06/sets/72157624374696833/with/4795525179/
Note that in one photo, a group of eight people holding tubes can be seen posing under the power lines.
roman.noven 's flickr bio describes them as Roman Noven and Tania Shcheglova, from Ukraine. They are well established professional photographers with a website here: https://www.synchrodogs.com/