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Randi spoke at the Centre St-Pierre in downtown Montreal - I think the centre still belongs to the parish! Sign that you are in downtown Montreal: Audience members said "Tabernacle!" when he did the levitating matchbook trick.
Randi cannot be photographed. When wearing his Borsalino hat.
He'd been making jokes about not appearing on photographs like a vampire during the post talk autograph/photo session. He'd also flirted with girls who wanted to get their pictures with him, even though he's been out of the closet for a while!
I'd unintentionally set the camera to a slow exposure! I complemented him on his hat, which is the same brand as Pierre-Elliot Trudeau used to wear. He brightened up immediately at the mention of Trudeau's name. "A wonderful prime minister! Great man" he said.
With flash and the famous flying pig pin.
One version of the dowsing device that doesn't work at all. Randi said that similar devices have been used in Afghanistan to detect explosives, with fatal results.
This is a poster designed by someone who works at a university in Tokyo! I helped a very little! Sleeping things just have a empty bubble in Japanese comics, instead of the ZZZZs we use. Since power cuts are going to continue in the eastern region of the main island of Honshu for the foreseeable future, the traffic lights might not be working. Artist: Yuki Nishimiya
I found this in my change! It's an 1944 nickel - these were made of steel plated with chrome in order to save copper and nickel for the war. The 'V' is for victory, and I guess the torch is a reference to the torch in "In Flanders Field". The chrome wore off easily and the steel quickly rusted. Around the rim of the reverse of the coin there are tiny Morse code dots and dashes that say "We Win When We Work Willingly". The Morse code for the letter "V" was used in allied propaganda broadcasts - the first four notes of Beethoven's 5th Symphony - Duh Duh Duh Daah - is V. It was used in Norman McLaren's "V for Victory" in 1941.
Jared Lee Loughner's Youtube videos have only gotten a few hundred views as of 7.19 pm EST.... rambling incoherent things. In the old days, as a reporter the best I'd get was "He was real quiet" but now we've got their rantings posted all over the place. I'd watch them but my cat is tapping my shoulder and wants to go play.
On the Seaway there is a section between Quebec, Ontario and New York State called 'Smugglers' Alley' - lots of heavily armed smugglers operate there - this is the sound of .30 or .50 calibre machine guns firing to welcome in the New Year - the lights you see are not muzzle flashes, just navigation buoys. There were times in the early 90s where you'd here this all the time, but now I only hear it on New Year's.