Deal With That, Tinfoil Hat Brigade

The Push Buttons
Sign on Elevator Panel in Hamilton Office Building

The above picture was taken in an elevator in the building where I work.  The thing that makes me laugh about this sign is that it just so happens that quite a few people suffering from various mental illnesses have occasion to come in to the building on a daily basis.  I know it isn’t a real plus karmically, but I get a strange pleasure out of imagining the effect that this little hastily printed sign has on those who are afflicted with various forms of paranoia.

3 Not Only Wise, But Security-Conscious, Men

On New Year’s Eve, the coffee shop that we usually go to near the office was closed.  Despite the impending festivities, it was a crazy busy day for Spouse and I, and at some point it became necessary to make a caffeine run.  I headed out the door, a little off the routes that I would habitually have occasion to pass along, and loaded up on Tim Horton’s steeped tea for Spouse and I, as well as a few other souls also unlucky enough to be in the office.

As I retraced my steps through the frigid December air, hands full of the supplies I had been sent to retrieve, I had passed by the City of Hamilton’s public nativity display in Gore Park.  As I’ve already said, it was a busy day and I had about six trillion other things on my mind;  I was in one of those mindsets that I get into when I have a lot of tasks to accomplish in a short period of time and I’m afraid of getting off schedule and causing complications further on down the line.  Single-minded, laden with cups of tea and timbits and striding purposefully back to work, I only half-noticed the display out of the corner of my eye. I had completely passed the display and was just stepping into the street when what I had seen scrambled up out of my subconscious and screamed at me to do a double-take.  I stopped, turned around and walked back and couldn’t stop laughing when my second look confirmed what my peripheral vision had told me was there.  As pressed for time as I was, and even though it was difficult to juggle about forty-five cups of tea while I fished my iPhone out of my pocket and got the camera app ready to go, I just had to take a picture:

Wide angle nativity
Nativity, Hamilton Style

Close-up view:

Closeup Nativity Warning
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good." (Proverbs 15:3)

“…and in the darkness shineth
an everlasting light…”

Next step in Hamilton’s war against magi thieves?  Three words:  “booby-trapped Balthasar.”  Can’t be too careful with all that gold, frankincense and myrrh laying about.

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Stitching Together Ayr

Panoramic Ayr iPhone 004

This photograph is a composite of at least five separate images taken with my iPhone and automatically stitched together with the application “autostitch”.   It’s a view from the bridge over the pond in Centennial Park, looking west towards Northumberland street.

I am amazed at the job this application did.  I literally just cranked off five photographs, then downloaded the app, put them in its little buffer and clicked one button.  It whirred and gurgled away for a few minutes (actually, it just sat there silently cogitating, but the whirring and gurgling is much more exciting) and bingo bango bongo, you’ve got yourself a beautiful panorama.  Amazing.  The little iPhone is consistently making me want to take a time machine back to 1984 and trash talk my Commodore 64 big time as a worthless underachieving pile of silicon claptrap.  Come to think of it, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a “time travel” app available from iTunes…

Here’s the satellite photo of the area depicted in the above photo.:

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