Sunday, December 22, 2013

Santa Moore or Santa Less?

Wisdom to live by;
Whatever you do, never use a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew your belly button.
    If you do, your ass will fall off.

words coined in yourbirthyear
Did you know 'mother-in-law' is an anagram of 'woman hitler'?
Different Xmas trees

Funny 12 days tumbr  and more, from a cartoonist

Dust in your eyes alert    Brenda Schmitz’s Christmas Wish

A lump of gold to Brenda Schitz; and a lump of coal to my, ( I am embarrased to admit it ) My MLA James Moore or is it James Less?

As usual cartoonist Adrian Raeside hits the nail on the head.

A few letters to the editor of the local paper,  MP Moore should meet his neighbours

 James Moore sorry for remarks about hungry children
Industry minister apologizes for saying federal role doesn't include feeding poor children

Original interview:   Federal minister says child poverty not Ottawa’s problem
      James Moore says child poverty falls under provincial jurisdiction.

 Enough of the depressing utterances from a bureaucrat; it is supposed to be a happy time of year

A few shortYoutube  cartoon videos
     Christmas Presence, Simon's Cat  ( Part 1 ) and ( Part 2 ), also Santa Claws

 Humorous Photos of Santa Claus Invading Famous Works of Art

Are You on Santa's naughty list?  ( I certainly hope so )

Terry Gilliam - The Christmas Card  ( Every postpersons worst nightmare )

Look at this linkdump of Xmas themed links, WARNING  over a hundred links inside the posting, many hours will be wasted enjoyed going through this growing list.

Have a happy whatever we are supposed to call this holiday in a politically correct way

Friday, December 13, 2013

Madiba et al

animator on YouTube  Master Aardark

From this is colossal        miniture printing presses, ah so cute, but fully functional too.
                                                                                 ( Santa, I have been good )
[ a large poster listing the ]  Geothermal resources of British Columbia (1992)

The human race, lost a good role model with the passing of Madiba

Woolies and Soweto Gospel Choir: Madiba Tribute
Translation, and a storyline:  HERE

Brilliant cartoon, from Ingrid Rice

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The need to read

Article in the Tyee
Dismantling of Fishery Library 'Like a Book Burning,' Say Scientists
But this problem is much farther reaching than just Fisheries libraries.
Reminds me of the Provincial liberals shutting down the Provincial mental health library at Riverview in 2010

Nobody was screaming then, and it appears that nobody is screaming now, not that long ago in Europe a similar story was playing out, but in a more ruthless way.  The Nazi book burnings

Just a simple search of the DFO libraries, WAVES catalogue, shows up its shortcomings; some books are under copyright, but many that should, and could be digitized are not, it has been a HUGE shortcoming in the library for many years.  Another frequent issue with digital copies is the quality of them is frequently just terrible.  Digitization of the textural portions is okay, but any pictures, maps, etc, can, and frequently are missing the fine details, which are so important. As the catalogue database is called in French "Vagues" also appears to be an apt term to use in English.

Another vast catalogue is Geoscan, which is everything geological, mapping,, It has been interesting to follow their long path at digitizing; have a peek at the most recent uploads HERE, rather obvious by following the recent uploads that the focus is on the search for hydrocarbons, and secondarily the relentless search for economic minerals in the far north.

It will be interesting to see if they attempt to destroy the National Research Council, (NRC) library
Since that is an eclectic mix of many disciplines, some that would be contrary to the present federal unspoken mandates.

        A resource that I frequently use is the BC Environment Ministries;
Cross-Linked Information Resources, (CLIR) catalogue; often wondered why they need a catalogue for themselves and one for the public though, what do they have to hide?  Many files can be found digitized here, that the DFO lists, but has not digitized themselves. As usual the quality is variable, usually favoring poor.

As usual it takes a volunteer organization to get the job done correctly, the Internet Archive, has many copies of mostly older materials, and some of them are not the best quality. But if you know how to use it, the Internet Archive, just shines ☼  I will give an example below:
Re-settlement and cultivation of land in British Columbia [microform] : an address delivered before St. John's Literary Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 12th, 1915 (1915)

Click on the HTTPS  link,circled in RED in this example, which will take you to this page:

The file with the ending of is actually a page by page photo file, which has been zipped; and is a copy of what was donated to the Internet Archive, by the donor. Download these files, unzip them, and you will have a folder with each page of the text as an image.  These jp2  photos, can really show up how terrible PDF files are at degrading the originals.

I use Irfanview (FREE) to read them, it can convert them to other formats as needed. And a WARNING, these images can be quite large, but they are definitely much more readable, and hence useful.

Wake up Sheeple !

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Art, DDT and ship wrecks

how to recognize the artists of paintings; and some Street Art

Pandora's Box, E4: Goodbye Mrs. Ant  [ a YouTube video compilation of clip, short interviews,etc.. that tells the story of DDT, which can just as easily be applied to many substances still being used today. ]

Divers on Body Retrieval Mission Find a LIVE Nigerian cook who survived 3 Days Under Sea in Shipwreck Air Bubble
And the diver's name who found him: Nico

The Rescue of Harrison Okene   and some further information:   Stuck in a Shipwreck: Jascon 4 Cook Discusses Unlikely survival a lucky man he is, sad for the rest of the crew though. What a burden for Harrison Okene to carry with him for the rest of his life.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Mish mash

Grandma and cat

MORIMURA Ray : woodblocks
Painted village in Poland

Video wastelands

The world's most brazenly hidden bird -- the common potoo

Paul McCartney & Wings - Band on the Run (full album 1973) [HD]
Paul McCartney - Ram [complete album]
Wings: Wild Life (Full Album)

"Talking Heads vs. Television"  [ Not widely seen before here in the Colonies ]
 Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads - Full Concert (Jason's Garage)
Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues Plus[Full Album]HD 1080p 

RedGreen  youtube channel

 Streetmusician sings - Original singer comes along and joins him
which leads us into:  Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy ORIGINAL VIDEO

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Mixed content...
 In YouTube  type:  bronies    and see the little bronies scrolling sideways.
Start a video then pause, outside of the video frame type 1980 then

Roberta Flack "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (1969)

Tetherball bear

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

A BsAs artist

Local B.C. Labrets  ( hopefully this link will not start a fad )

An old development brochure from 1890
Roslyn, Vancouver, B.C.: a story without words or Roslyn the most beautiful portion of Vancouver, B.C This would be near present day Deep Cove, still recognize the land forms; missing most of the trees though.

Goes well with the signs that you may need to paint to advertise your lots in 1890   Specimens of chromatic wood type, borders, etc. manufactured by Wm. H. Page & Co. (1874)

Wood type set at Flickr

Friday, September 6, 2013


Bridges can be cold places, fortunately some folks have an answer to the constant chill
Some more pictures of the bridge and the official site Knithebridge

A YouTube video: Vinnie Jones hands-only CPR  and the official American way of doing CPR

Audio tape from the Vietnam war  Say NO to War, (send the politicians first, the bureaucrats second)

Peace begins with me a book by a local Ted Kuntz.

David Frost interviews Margaret Thatcher about the sinking of the Belgrano

 A very controversial act at the time with folks still studying the aftermath

Wild elk back in Lower Mainland after a century’s absence,
 Motorists urged to be cautious.
These animals have expanded their range considerably since being transplanted to the Upper Pitt River many years ago. Glad to hear that they are back; But, there will be conflicts, and sadly we all know who will lose.

A nice little YouTube video:   The History of Typography - Animated Short

More video:  Official San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction Time-Lapse

A music video:  Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen 1982
A new Blog, out there is the World Wide Wastelands: You know youre over 40 when

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Walk in the Forest

I went to the Leigh Square Community Arts Village, in Port Coquitlam recently and the local quilters had a imaginative display of their works; entitled:
      A Walk in the Forest, the artists call themselves Quilters Out of Bounds
Here is a Flickr Set of a few of the pieces that were being shown. A few teasers below; but one can only really appreciate the skills involved if one gets down there and has a look for themselves, most are for sale too !   On Display from  July 18 to August 19, 2013.
An article in the Tri-City News about the group;  Take an Out of Bounds nature walk with quilters

Joan Baker   Amid the tree trunks

Laura Mann    The Sentinels

Sunday, July 28, 2013

A hodge podge of links and info

 Lyle is finally getting his project published. Apparently it will be available in mid-August.  I will update this page when I find out exactly where they will be available to buy.  Burke, by the book
Burke and Widgeon  a hiker's guide  By:  Lyle Litzenberger
     Pebblestone publishing 2013     ISBN  0981125808, 9780981125800
UPDATE:  a dedicated Website for the book, and BUY the BOOK

Gracht    short cartoon:   Harry and his huge, oblivious son run a moving company together. When they help a girl move apartments, their dull, tiny lives are disrupted.   A bird with a fear of flying; could happen !

Guitar Stories Mark Knopfler  (his favorite 6 guitars). Interesting !
Mark was the main band member behind Dire Straits, he works solo these days, his website

 RIP John Weldon Cale  1938-2013
AKA   J.J. Cale
Articles about J.J. Cale at Metafilter, and previously at Metafilter.

J.J. Cale  -  Naturally   (1972)
J.J. Cale  -  Troubadour  (1976)
J.J. Cale  -  Grasshopper  (1982)
J.J. Cale  -  Okie   (1974)
J.J. Cale  -  Carry On [lyrics]   
J.J. Cale  -  Crazy Mama (1972)    From the Naturally album
J.J. Cale  -  Crazy Mama   Live studio  (1971)
J.J. Cale  -  Lean On Me  (Rare, Live)
J.J. Cale  -  After Midnight     Live from the album Collected
J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton  -  The Road To Escondido (Full Album)
J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton (After Midnight & Call me the Breeze)
J.J. Cale  -  Call Me The Breeze
J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton    Call Me The Breeze
Lynyrd Skynyrd  -  Call Me The Breeze (1976)
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What goes on when you are not there! ( animal cam in Alberta ).  Life on Moss   what it says on the tin.

A web camera that faces west toward English Bay, the mouth of False Creek and the Burrard Bridge

The Pixel Painter  the creators website

The Hill of Seven Colors  or  Cerro de los Siete Colores  ( images of a beautiful place in Argentina )

Around Saturn

Video clip of 11-Year-Old Yemeni Girl Nada Al-Ahdal Flees Home to Avoid Forced Marriage: I'd Rather Kill Myself.  A newpaper article about the situation

From Metafilter:  Plant Perch and Prophylatic

Free Internet Archive Books about Argentina 58,217 of them and counting, and the Official bulletin of the Republic Argentina collection at IA, contains over 55,720 items and counting.  The government of Argentina's Official bulletin of the Republic Argentina website  Nice to see these types of documents shared with the World for free.  And free  Books about Patagonia anyone?

¿Sería Buenos Aires? / Maybe Buenos Aires? (2006)

Technological dictionary 1661 pages !!!  62.9Mb.   Warning GOOGLE and will download immediately
English-Spanish and Spanish-English, of words and terms employed in the applied sciences, industrial arts, fine arts, mechanics, machinery, mines, metallurgy, agriculture, civil and military engineering, marine, military art, railroads, telegraphs, etc., etc. (1939)

The next two are from Internet Archive, but are not Google copies
Technological dictionary; English Spanish, Spanish-English, of words and terms employed in the applied sciences, industrial arts, fine arts, mechanics, machinery, mines metallurgy, agriculture, commerce, navigation, manufactures, architecture, civil and military engineering, marine, military art, railroads, telegraphs, etc., etc. with a supplement bringing the work right up-to-date (1910)    842 pages   pdf 73.2 Mb

Technological dictionary in the English, Spanish, German, and French languages, containing technical terms and locutions employed in arts, trades, and industry in general, military and naval terms (1906) 634  pages  PDF 79.4 Mb


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lorquin's Admiral butterfly

I was able to get a few pics of a Lorquin's Admiral, Limenitis lorquini today. The little beast appeared to be be very sluggish, possibly near the end of its life. A beautiful butterfly they are though !

Saturday, June 8, 2013

My tree!

In 2005 I won Coquitlam's environment award, and was given a tree of my choice to plant, and a little plaque to identify it. I chose to plant a western red cedar, near the recreation centre complex, close to Laurentian Crescent.
 Have a look in Google Maps at where it is.
  I went up there today, I had not seen it in 8 years, it was just over 2 metres tall in 2005, and today it is at least 6 metres tall, and in great shape.

Thanks Patricia, for taking a picture of me and my tree.

Shameless, selfish self-promotion for nothing. . .

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Almost June!!

Time to dump some links onto the World Wide Wasteland. . .
Sixty years ago in 1953 a few members of a British expedition  on the 29th of May 1953 made it to the top of Mount Everest  the first to reach the top was Edmund Hillary followed by Tenzing Norgay  ( more info about Tenzing ) Edmund later created the Sir Edmund Hillary foundation to help the local people it is still active in the area.
    You could be listening to this: PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING - EVEREST while you are reading the above links

Capybara in hot tub.  They are known as; carpincho in Spanish. Me encanta carpincho
From HOT to COLD, interesting short video about an ice harvester in Ecuador;
   The Last Ice Merchant (El Último Hielero) (14.11 minutes)

R2 Fish School Complete Fish Training Kit. Just what everyone needs!! Why did I not think of this glorious idea, a path to fame and glory !  Read the comments

In the Year of the Pig (1968)    ( YES it is  1:44:43 in length ) Vietnam documentary

HEARTS AND MINDS (1974)   ( 1:52:06 ) Vietnam documentary

Coconut: Nose to Tail   ( 4:35 ) A short video shot in Sri Lanka, about some of the uses of coconuts

The Conservative Party Insult Generator  (or party of your choice, for that matter)

Bridport by Night

Misery Bear a short video, here is the Misery Bear films, website.
  (Osito wuz here)
Spitting Image Oliver Reed and Peter O'Toole

A few links to stuff on pinterest   ONE  and TWO  comments on posted images.

NSFW, crude English comedian, combined with Lego stop-frame animations. . .
Eddie Izzard - Death Star Canteen
Eddie Izzard- Do you have a Flag?
Lets all go for a train ride; choo, choo . . .
Bergen to Oslo
a train cab ride up to Gornergrat from Zermatt, Switzerland ( 50:38 )
SBB Train des Vignes - voyage en cabine  ( 11:19 )

Zermatt to Gornergrat Railway - Driver's View Part ONE  (12:49),
 Part TWO ( 7:51 )  and    Part THREE ( 8:54 )

Cab ride Bishop Auckland - Stanhope  [ New Zealand ] ( 41:02 )

Thirsty after all these train rides? We need some Wine!
     Bum Wine or Ghetto Wine, your choice.
Which goes well with some music. . .
Alanis Morissette - Thank You
Green Day - Time of your life
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
Orbital - Never
Tears for Fears- Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Scala And Kolacny Brothers "Creep"
Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Nothing Else Matters
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Use Somebody
Scala and Kolacny Brothers - With or Without You
Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
        Scala & Kolacny Brothers  WEBSITE
The Cranberries - Zombie
The Cranberries - Linger
Flock of Seagulls - Space Age love song
Shout - Tears For Fears
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
Simply Red - Holding Back The Years


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mixed up

 Som Sabadell flashmob, Enjoy !

The iconic pen !!!  BIC Cristal for her apparently writes for up to two kilometers.   I never knew that the classic BIC pen was called the BIC Cristal
But when you try and sell these pens on Amazon, the comments get silly.
Also at Amazon the Playmobil security-checkpoint, what every child needs!
 And everybody needs White Face Paint  which you can put on while you are using
    your new  DVD Rewinder
         Avery economy binder with 1-inch round ring, black
            TractionSocks non-slip organic cotton socks- value pack of three pairs; which you may need if you are using the Passion Natural Water-Based Lubricant - 55 Gallon

A website devoted to the worst things for sale
English slang dictionary and another dictionary, more Ads though.

So we have this iconic Canadian image. An article in the Tyee exposes the true story behind it.

     Mary Greyeyes being blessed by her native Chief  prior to leaving
 for service in the CWAC September 29, 1942   Image

She died on March 5, 1963 in a plane crash

crazy  -  walkin' after midnight   -  She's got you   -   I fall to pieces

Extreme Knitting, Jolly Green Giant style!

 Norman Borlaug, Plant Scientist Who Fought Famine, Dies at 95
 Norman Borlaug  (short video about his early life) he got a Nobel prize hear his speech

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

Sharecroppers of the Sea,
As Alaska's deadliest catches become more regulated, "slipper skippers" exploit those who actually fish.

The folks living on the Falkland Islands  or Islas Malvinas , choose your poison; got to vote for their destiny, and they voted to stay with the British commonwealth.  I liked this phrase about the situation there, very apt: It is like two bald guys arguing over a comb.

Mercator puzzle. (Place the countries, where they belong. They will change to green when placed correctly)

Nikon Lens manufacture
Leica Lenses

When Bill met Shelley: No disability could keep them apart

The Battle We Didn't Choose

 Cease and desist order: Canned unicorn meat  Only in America! would this happen. Probably better than "Pink Slime"

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy new year for quinoa

2013 is the;  International Year of the Quinoa IYQ-2013
Chenopodium quinoa is becoming an important plant in feeding this ever hungry planet.
          Generally pronounced as  Keen-wah  in english
United State Department of Agriculture,USDA, page about quinoa
Wikipedia page about quinoa
Some reading materials;

Quinoa: An ancient crop to contribute to world food security
Download a copy as a High resolution (11.6mb, PDF) or, Low resolution (1.5mb, PDF)

And now for something completely different!

Customer reviews of products offered for sale at Amazon:

Veet for men, hair removal gel creme 200ml. Customer reviews

Barretine methylated spirit 500ml.  Customer reviews

Hutzler 571 banana slicer. Customer reviews: (from a few years ago, but  still funny!)

I must rush out now! and buy these products.


Panoramio slideshow

Monkey me

Monkey me

Some of the things that keep me out of trouble

I am involved in numerous environmental groups throughout the Tri-Cities area, I manage the Hoy Scott Watershed Societies,(HSWS) salmon hatchery, and keep the volunteers up to date with a Blog
I am also involved with the Maple Creek Streamkeepers,(MCS).

I have an interest in the history of British Columbia, especially the preservation of the Riverview Hospital site.
Which includes the rebuilding of Finnies Garden with a dedicated group of volunteers.
I love the history and ecology of Minnekhada Park, and have done extensive research on its previous owners.
The elusive, though extensive history of the Pitt River which includes Pitt Lake and the Upper Pitt River is slowly being gathered together, for a future book. Much of this area now includes the Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park, which another group that I am involved in the Burke Mountain Naturalists,( BMN ) worked hard to create for future generations to enjoy.
I like to hike around the area taking pictures, here is a small portion of them in Panoramio and also Flickr

Patricia Gaspar, is a dear, artist friend who has a Blog with a small portion of her work.
. Some of the history of the Coquitlam area, I share in my Coquitlamites Blog.

And I really like the music of Eva Marie Cassidy

Still laughing

Still laughing

Crystal Falls

South Slope / Sterling Loop trails

View South Slope-Sterling Loop trails in a larger map

Knots and Splices

Create some Knots and then, make your own Laneyards

Some free books from Internet Archive

Knots, ties and splices; a handbook for seafarers, travellers, and all who use cordage; with historical, heraldic, and practical notes (1884)

The use of ropes and tackle (1922)

A huge guide for sailors of old. The kedge-anchor, or, Young sailors' assistant :

appertaining to the practical evolutions of modern seamanship, rigging, knotting, splicing, blocks, purchases, running-rigging, and other miscellaneous matters, applicable to ships-of-war and others ; illustrated with seventy engravings ; also tables of rigging, spars, sails, blocks, canvas ... &c relative to every class of vessels (1883)

Macrame design, with instructions .. (1912)

Rope and twine information (1917)

American wire rope catalogue and hand book (c1913)

Full instructions in the art of crepe paper rope basket weaving (1922)

Modern flax, hemp and jute spinning and twisting ; a practical handbook for the use of flax, hemp, and jute spinners, thread, twine, and rope makers (1907)