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Archive for November 2008

NPS

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skating, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

The first night of cavalcade of lights. There was a DJ and some great tunes getting people festive.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Posted in skating

Frats

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Frat snow man, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

We’re supposed to get a dumping of snow starting tomorrow night. On the upside: more snow men. This one was on the lawn of one of the frats…if you couldn’t tell.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Posted in snow

Bad Design

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Bad design, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

I was stuck late at the hospital with no options for food except for this vending machine. I tried to get the healthy choice – a granola bar – labelled D10. So I entered: “D”, “1”,…but before I could realize there was no “0” key I got the Twix bar in D1. Damn. I think this is bad design.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 29, 2008 at 4:10 am

Posted in Bad design

Worst

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Worst, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

I’m going to stay on the theme of my building for a while. Here’s what I found in my elevator one day.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 27, 2008 at 5:07 am

Posted in Sign

Mushiness

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Mushiness, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

This sign was posted in the laundry room of my building.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Posted in Sign

Free Tibet

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Free Tibet, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

The weather is blech here today. Another picture from last summer. This demonstration took place in front of the Chinese Embassy on St. George.


Media, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

To me, the media’s activies were as interesting as the event itself.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Posted in Tibet

Lights in the sky

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Helium, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Last weekend, the Newmindspace kids took a bunch of big balloons, filled them with helium…


LEDs in snow, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

….strung a bunch of LEDs to the balloons…


Higher than CN tower, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

….and let them go. They were aiming to get them higher than the CN tower. Looks like they did it!

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Posted in Balloons

IQ test

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IQ test, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Tonya and I went to the Lawrence West shopping centre yesterday. This is a sign we saw while sitting in the food court through a mirror. Which direction are the washrooms? Left or right? I got this wrong.

See mouse over the picture for the answer.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 23, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Posted in washroom

A nicer time

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chair barn, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

It was cold this morning. I decided to think back to the summer. I took this picture on the way to a friend’s cottage. I’m not sure what was going on here or what look this farm was going for…but it was interesting.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Posted in barn

Mom and Pop

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Mom and Pop, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Tonya and I went to Peoples foods again a while back. I think these are the owners. What a great place for breakfast.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Posted in People's Foods

First Snow Fall

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First Snow Fall, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

This is what it looked like outside my building today. It was a beautiful day. I was a little upset that I choose not to ride my bike today.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 20, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Posted in snow

Accident

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IMG_0730, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

I found this accident on King street a couple of days ago.


IMG_0725, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

The bus and cab were blocking both lanes. So 6 streetcars were backed-up waiting for the accident to clear. Makes that case for dedicated streetcar tracks…no?

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 19, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Posted in Streetcars

How to tie a shoe…

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MVI_0720, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Tonya decided that I needed to learn how to tie my shoes. This is her lesson.

MVI_0721, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

It was agreed that my shoe technique was not very efficient.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 19, 2008 at 1:00 am

Posted in Tie

Free AGO

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Line up, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

The line to get into the AGO was huge at 8pm on Saturday for the free-bee weekend. It stretched all the way around the corner on McCaul to OCAD. I guess people really like their free art.


AGO opening, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

It was a cold, rainy day to be waiting in line outside. I wonder how long the line would have been if it were nicer. In any case, the wait was worth it. Frank did a great job.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 17, 2008 at 10:43 am

Posted in AGO

Firetrucks

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Firetrucks, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

I was working at the lab late on Saturday when the fire alarm went off. This is a regular occurance for us. We tend to get a fire alarm once a week or so.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 16, 2008 at 10:40 pm

Posted in Firetrucks

Bumper Stumper

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On time, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

I like seeing license plates that take some effort to decrypt. Someone should make a game show out of this.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 15, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Posted in Sign

Oen Eening & Wekends

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DSC04510, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Don’t they realize this looks silly?

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November 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Posted in Sign

Rememberance Day

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UC, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Every once in a while, the Engineering students at U of T do something worthwhile with their time as opposed to precariously balancing VW’s on buildings. This was the display they put on King’s College Circle for Remembrance Day.


ERTW, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.


McCrae, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

They even had poppies placed under Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s cross – the author of Flanders Fields.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

PS. This is my 100th post.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 13, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Posted in Rememberance Day

AGO Redux

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AGO Redux, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

The AGO is getting ready to reopen. There seems to be a lot of excitement around about this.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Posted in AGO

Photography Meet-up

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Rosalie taking a picture, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

I tagged along with Rosalie to a photography meet-up last week. After a “lesson” in a coffee shop, we headed out to try out what we had learned. The only problem was that a group of 7 photographers tend to scare everyone else away. So, all of my pictures ended up being of our own group. Here’s Rosalie taking a picture down a street toward the sky dome.


Photo Meet-up, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Here another one of the same street but now Rosalie is joined by a second photographer.

Written by Tilak Dutta

November 11, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Posted in night, Photographers