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Heart Rings

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Why is it the Olympics are the only thing I can sit and watch for hours and not feel like blobby couch potato?

I heart the Olympics too. Sad they will be over soon.

Written by Tilak Dutta

February 26, 2010 at 11:22 pm

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We were the second largest to the US...

Canada enters the opening ceremonies at BC place…

Or was is just so many projector angles overlapping that the shadows got covered up?

There was some stunning imagery. They must have had hundreds of projectors going. At one point, they turned the entire floor into a prairie wheat field. I kept trying to figure out where they were projecting from. Could it have been from below? If it was from above, I don’t understand how we didn’t see the dancers’ shadows more. Perhaps Brent and Tash figured out the trick…

You can see the dancer at the top of the floor...

VanOC did a great job.

I felt bad that Katrina Lemay-Doan didn't get to light the flame with Gretzky, Nash, and Green.

The only shortcoming was a malfunction in one of the arms of the Olympic cauldron that failed to deploy.

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February 13, 2010 at 4:07 am


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It's like scrabble with symbols...

A new game called “quirkle” we learned about at Christmas…

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February 12, 2010 at 2:07 am

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Babushka Doll

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When I used to work at Science North, one of our displays was a Babushka doll representing how nuclear fuel is packaged in a nuclear reactor.

John and Michelle’s Babushka has more layers than I’ve ever seen in one of these dolls.

Written by Tilak Dutta

February 10, 2010 at 2:10 am

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Blue Sky

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She's sitting on a life guard chair...

A picture of Tonya from a trip up to Sudbury in the Fall.

Written by Tilak Dutta

February 9, 2010 at 1:28 am

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Toaster Oven

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Does one really need 3 knobs to make toast?

I don’t like our new toaster oven. All 3 knobs have to be set correctly to make toast.

I hate appliances that stereotype. I know, I's hypocritical of me to say I hate ALL appliances that stereotype ... but the toaster oven started it...

If you look closely, you’ll notice the instructions: “Rotate knob past 10 then set to desired time”. WTF!? What if you want to set it for 5 minutes? You have to rotate it past 10 and then back to 5?! The designers of this toaster need to read Kim Vincente’s The Human Factor. It was a problem like this that led to the Chernobyl disaster.

So I have to rotate past 10…but wait. What does it say at the bottom en francais? “Tourner le bouton jusqu’a depasser la position 20 puis regler le temps desire”

Which is it? 10 or 20? Does toaster oven treat me different if I’m french?

Written by Tilak Dutta

February 7, 2010 at 12:56 am


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I always thought that guy that lived in the first floor looked sketchy...

There was a fire at my old building at 191 St. George early in the morning of Feb 4, 2010. The fire was in the first floor apartment but the scorch marks appear to have reached to the 6th floor. More photos here.

Written by Tilak Dutta

February 6, 2010 at 4:22 am

Tonya and the TTC

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Tonya was worried that we looked too much like tourists when taking this photo on the TTC. But it turned out to be a great picture. That'll show her.

Looks like Adam Giambrone will be running for mayor…Not sure if it’s related…but the TTC seems to be stepping up to answer their critics.

They came out with a list of promised improvements that include:
• Improved customer assistance and more emergency transfers when there are major subway delays.
• More TTC ambassadors at stations to help direct riders.
• A comprehensive review of customer service training for new employees and recertification for older staff. All 12,000 TTC employees, from the front line to management, will be evaluated on customer service performance, said TTC chair Adam Giambrone.
• A review of uniforms and dress code for frontline TTC workers.
• More use of “secret shoppers” to test courtesy across the system.
• A 24/7 hotline for TTC information and complaints.
• 50 new vending machines to dispense Metropasses. There are currently 10.
• Video screens at collector booths and stations to update system status information.
• Text messages for next-vehicle arrival at 800 streetcar stops by July and for all bus stops by the end of 2011.
• LED screens at select shelters and subway stations that have streetcar stops with next vehicle arrival information.
• New microphones in collector booths so employees and customers don’t have to yell.
• Online trip planner to be unveiled next week.
• Possible expansion of program that trains summer students to direct riders at busy stations.

I’m looking forward to being able to text to find out when the next street car is coming.

Written by Tilak Dutta

February 1, 2010 at 1:56 am

Posted in Tonya, TTC