Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Oculus Rift

Last month I tried an Oculus Rift headset - it was just like looking at two small cell phone displays a few inches away from your eyes - I can appreciate the tracking and ability to virtually manipulate objects, but I don't think it will ever get over the discomfort and eye strain inherent in trying to focus on objects that are nearby but the brain sees as being far away - it might not be good at all for children whose eyes are still developing.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fire on water, Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site, 1989

There is a methane seep on the shore of the St. Maurice River at the Old Forge historic site. The flames burn above the water if you light it with a match or paper.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Imperial Bell, in 1989

This was a porn theatre in Lower town in 1989 - it was originally a very fancy concert hall but the area became a prostitution and drug area  - it was called Midi-Minuit (noon to midnight) during its porn days. I never went in but the facade was beautiful under all the grime  - I thought it would be demolished, but I'm very glad to see it was renovated into an arts theatre that opened in 2015. Imperial Bell

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Universal Travel Agency, Ironwood, Michigan, August 1999

I wish I had a better photo of these 50s era signs - the name would make it a perfect setting for a science fiction movie.

Around August, 1999

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Rainbow, sunset, October 13, 2015

 vivid filter

Palau Combi-Lift

Palau Heavy Lift Ship,  Combi-Lift, Delivered a shipment of generator parts from Thailand to the Napanee Generating Station by offloading them to a barge - at anchor near Ogdensburg, NY, St. Lawrence River, Monday, October 13, 2015.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Car as planter, crayon dog walker poster, fall colour panorama

 Dog Walking & Cat Sitting Price negotiable - poster in convenience store, drawn in crayons by 9 year old.
Fall colours panorama

Turkey vulture

Turkey vulture, Thousand Islands Parkway, October 12, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

French couple dancing

A French folklore dancing group at the Multicultural festival in Cornwall, 1990

Barber Lounge Smoke Shop Jay-Gee shoes, Pitt Street, Cornwall

1990 - an old sign is uncovered during renovation - Jay-Gee shoes also closed after many years in about 2008.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Musee de l'horlogerie et science diorama, Manseau, Quebec 1990

A clock making and science museum in the front rooms of a house in a town of about 900, I never visited it, but took notice of it. Can't find anything online about it and not there anymore. Update December 6, 2020 - found some info - the museum was founded by Jean-Marie St-Pierre, a few years after his retirement in 1985, in his old shop, which featured watches, clocks, scientific instruments and a butterfly collection by Johnathan Sylvestre. It closed temporarily in 1992 and was supposed to reopen in a ecological park in Manseau -

There is a clock and watch repair and manufacturing school, the only one in Canada, not far away in Trois-Rivières
 -  Ecole nationale de l'horlogerie