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Avery’s Mini Cars

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Thamma and Avery spent quite a bit of time today playing with one of Avery’s mini cars, as he calls them. He made Thamma a racecar-with-a-tow-truck hook (with a little help). They are really just a bunch of containers from our recycling bin with straws, skewers and furniture pads as axles and wheels, held together with hot glue. His plans for his mini cars keep getting more elaborate – the next one he wants to make is a snow-cat for Grandpa. He want’s it to have tracks (like tank treads), so it could take us a while to prototype.

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February 20, 2022 at 10:05 pm

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Inukshuk

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Knock-Knock. Who’s there? Inukshuk. Inukshuk who? Gesundheit.

At Inukshuk on the shore of Lake Huron near Tobermory.

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September 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

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Sand dunes

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It's higher than it looks...

Tonya and I climbed a giant sand dune today.

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April 22, 2011 at 12:11 am

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From the air..

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80 tornadoes have to be some kind of record...

We’re in Peru. Here’s a shot from the air during our flight to Miami on Sat April 16. Apparently the area we flew over saw over 80 tornadoes just after we passed by. Also, we learned an air traffic controller was fired today after being caught sleeping on the job at Miami International airport just after we landed.

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April 17, 2011 at 10:34 am

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Ice

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A beautiful day for some pancakes.

We stopped in at Killbear Provincial Park for their maple syrup festival a few weeks ago during our drive home from Sudbury. This is what the lake looked like.

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April 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm

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Perigee-syzygy…

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The moon was 12% larger and brighter than usual.

…or super moon happens when a full moon coincides with a close approach of the moon to earth as occurred on March 19th 2010.

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April 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

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Shredder

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Anyone else thinking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles right now?

Tonya’s brother got me a shredder for Christmas. I’ve found shredding paper is a very cathartic activity.

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February 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

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Guard

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Once in a while he would lift stamp one foot loudly and march a few steps and scare the crap out of everyone...

A stoic guard at Windsor castle.

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June 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm

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Centre Island Ferry Dock

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FerryDock TimeLapse, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

This was taken from a hotel overlooking the ferry docks over the time it took us to have breakfast before going to the island ourselves.

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November 6, 2008 at 1:39 pm

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Old stuff…

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Scale, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

This old scale was in the Home Hardware museum in St. Jacobs. You can see an old Home Hardware uniform on a mannequin in the background. They had a number of really great museums in the old mill: Home Hardware, one about electricity, and a great model train museum.

See old stuff isn’t always bad. As much as I hope Obama wins the US election, I’m not sure how I feel about the discussion about the likeliness that McCain may die during his presidency and that we shouldn’t vote for him because if he does pass away, then Palin will be in charge. Aren’t we discriminating against McCain and Palin on the basis of McCain’s health? On a side note: the media needs to come up with a new phase to replace “heart beat away”.

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October 27, 2008 at 3:46 pm

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Cellar

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cellar, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

This is the Jackson Triggs wine cellar. You can buy the used barrels for $100-200. I think two of them and a glass top would make a great dinning table.

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October 5, 2008 at 4:58 pm

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Crystals

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Crystals, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

These crystals on the cork are a sign of a really good quality wine. Especially if you get them in a white as these were. Tonya bought one…

I wonder which parties were popping corks last night after the debates…

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October 3, 2008 at 5:53 pm

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T-shirt

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Crappy t-shirts.ARW, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

For 9.99 I hope you get more than a shirt with a piece of paper taped to it…

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September 29, 2008 at 11:22 am

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Panorama

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South from Panorama, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

North from Panorama, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Tonya and I went to Panorama on a whim. Quite the view.

Quote of the day: “…everyone working on the handwash project is sick…”

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September 25, 2008 at 3:40 am

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Packing Up Timelapse

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Packing Up Timelapse, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

This is the process of packing up at the end of our canoe trip. You can tell that we were all pulling our own weight and no one was standing around not doing anything.

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September 14, 2008 at 10:03 pm

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Moonlight

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This photo was taken during the Perseid’s meteor shower earlier this summer at a cottage near Tobermory. Tonya won for finding the most comfortable viewing position.

Moonlight

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September 13, 2008 at 10:24 am

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A little bit fishy…

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fish, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

This picture was taken in Balboa Park in the Japanese garden. Balboa park is a fantastic use of public space. It’s a huge park right in the middle of San Diego. There are something like 20 museums in the park. They choose a few of these to be free each week. My favorites were the photography and model train museums.They have a great cactus garden in the park too. All Americans should move to San Diego. No risk of Gustav or Ike. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Huston. If I lived in Huston I’d be uncomfortable when they told me to “hunker down” and that not evacuating was a “calculated risk”.

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September 12, 2008 at 3:20 am

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Cloudy Water

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Cloudy Water, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

One of the evenings on our canoe trip was perfectly still. The lake was glass. Actually the water wasn’t cloudy at all…all the acid rainy goodness of Inco’s smelting process from decades ago has ensured that the water remains crystal clear even to this day…

I hope the hadron collider doesn’t make a black hole and suck us all up…I’ll miss evenings like this…

Title credit – M. Tsang

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September 11, 2008 at 2:15 am

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How to fold a bike…

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Folding bikes in the Netherlands are better designed than the ones we have here in Canada.

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July 2, 2008 at 8:04 pm

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GPS Netherlands

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So I finally posted our gps route. The pictures don’t line up properly. Will have to remember to check the time setting on the camera more carefully next time. Still neat to look at though.

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June 13, 2008 at 6:35 pm

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