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Happy Canada Day!

Bob Lefsetz today, writing about Yahoo:

“I used to use your news page as my homepage, but now it’s filled with advertising, you’re winning, but I’m losing. But not for long. This is how you lose me.”

My sentiments exactly! As usual, Lefsetz gets it right.

Originally posted on National Post | News:

A heavy downpour was causing localized flooding and transportation problems in the Toronto area Wednesday evening.

A Toronto Hydro map shows that at least seven areas of the city lost power.

Police had closed part of the busy north-south Don Valley Parkway shortly after 10 p.m. due to flooding (between Bloor St. and the Gardiner Expressway).

There was no immediate word on when the highway might reopen.

The Toronto Transit Commission had earlier advised customers that trains were bypassing a subway station (Lawrence) due to flooding.

Shuttle buses were brought into service to move passengers around the affected station in the north end of the city.

The heavy rain had also flooded numerous underpasses and city streets.

In a special weather statement, Environment Canada had called for 30 to 40 millimetres of rain tapering off later in the evening.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries related to the…

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Dear Yahoo,

I’ve been going steady with you for a long time. Maybe ten years? Not sure – maybe even more. But like an unfaithful partner, you have driven me away.  It’s the advertising that killed our relationship. There must have been a better way for you to monetize your product. But I just could not stand the clutter on the screen – advertising here, there, everywhere. Enough. I have transferred my affection to Google, and I think i might even enjoy this new relationship. I’ll miss you, Yahoo, because you were user-friendly and you met all my needs for surfing the net. I’m looking forward to my new relationship with Google. I hope it stays user-friendly and that I will enjoy using it. I wish you luck, Yahoo, but I think there will be plenty of users like me, who go looking for a better alternative. Bye bye!

It’s Earth Day.

Also, as long as I live, I will remember that today is my mother Madeline’s birthday. If still alive, she would be 104 years old today.

She was born on this day in 1910, in this house: 102 Oxford St., Halifax, NS. The house was completed and the family moved in, only 3 weeks before her birth. The house has a different street number now because Halifax re-numbered the street some years ago.

My Nana Jean (Dumaresq) Smith, her husband Nelson Baker Smith, and her growing family (Madeline was the first girl after 4 boys had been born) needed this big house, which had been designed by Sydney Dumaresq, Jean’s brother. His family architecture firm still exists in Halifax today, and the house still stands too. Cousin Debbie and I visited it during our 2007 trip to Halifax.

Happy Earth Day!

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Big Easy Express

I was watching American Idol tonight and once again, I heard the music in the background of the IKEA ad. I’ve heard this fave tune of mine every week in the AI show. IKEA selected a music track called “Home” for their current TV advertising in Canada. The ad focuses on the family home, which IKEA wants to furnish, of course. “Home” is the perfect song for their sales pitch. I am very familiar with this song, and recognized it the first time I saw the ad, even though only a brief portion of the song was aired (for somewhere between 30 and 60 seconds, I would think.)

The song “Home” was featured in a one-hour music video called Big Easy Express. The video chronicles the train journey of three bands, during the course of one week several years ago. They were playing and singing on a chartered train, traversing the American southwest. The three bands in this one-week tour by train were: Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It was the music of the latter band that drew me to the music video. I had happened to see the band on Letterman, and really liked the tune (yes, they were playing Home) and so went looking for them online. I bought the video, and have played it numerous times. It looks great on my iPad, and I never get tired of the music. The movie (about one hour long) is very entertaining, and I felt it was really worth the modest price to download it from iTunes. I have enjoyed watching it on my tablet and singing along a little with the bands! This film won at least one award, maybe two. It will make you smile.

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Sunday afternoon

Just roused myself from watching The Masters, to take Spike out for a pee break. Now that the ice has gone from the back forty (north side of the house; still not getting more than a bit of sun on sunny days) I can now let Spike off the leash and let him run free alongside the fence. I’d just let him off the leash ,and with one eye on him, I looked beyond the fence, and guess what? One big falcon was looking back at me from a tree branch a little to my left, on the valley side. I stopped and looked and then realized his mate was perched on a branch just below him on his right. Wow, bonus! I think that is the first time I have seen the falcon pair at the same time. Several weeks ago I saw a pair of hawks perched on our back fence (“courting,” I thought at the time.) Once again, I am blessed to live beside this vibrant valley, even on a grey April day!

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