Scandalous Prognostication

2019 results are in: Wiarton Willie and Punxsutawney Phil say early spring, Shubenacadie Sam says keep your long pants on. 2-1!

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phil-2The groundhog has spoken.

For those living in North America, and anyone who visits for that matter, February 2nd marks an important day in the proliferation of prognostication. Never mind the Farmer’s Almanac, each 2nd of February, Americans and Canadians predicate their annual battle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, on the predictions of a rodent.

This year’s outcome is indecisive.  A split decision, dividing a continent.

With foreseeable backlash, scandal and media frenzy inevitable, one can only hope the global outcry and ensuing protests remain peaceful.

For those unfamiliar, the science behind Groundhog Day is sound. Each February 2nd, the groundhog awakens from hibernation and emerges to inspect its surroundings.  If the rodent sees its shadow (which in layman’s terms means the sun is shining) the animal returns to its burrow for a further 6 weeks of hibernation.  Conversely, if no shadow is seen (cloudy with a chance…

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A Christmas Story – Revisited

‘Tis the season… to revisit a seasonal post.

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One year ago, when my blog was just starting out, I posted an article on my Top Ten Christmas Movies. And while I’d mentioned at the time that my top three picks were pretty much interchangeable, I’m officially changing my stance to a ‘3-way tie for first’.

This year, A Christmas Story has taken front and centre in our household.

our_porch_2016 Our porch.  Careful, fragile.

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From the decorations on our porch, to my sudden desire to explore a little movie trivia, I’ve been consumed by all things leg lamps and Red Ryder BB guns.  I’ve always known that the bulk of A Christmas Story was filmed in Toronto Canada, and a key piece, shot in a smaller, less known Canadian city that just happens to be close to where I live.  Remember that memorable scene in the school yard?

What I didn’t realize was how close I reside from the exact location where that marvelous frozen moment was filmed…

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Grim Grinning Ghosts, a Halloween Project

Revisiting my very first post, 3 years ago. It’s been quite a journey.

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So this was on the to-do list for a couple of years. I have to credit my wife for the idea.  We’re fortunate enough to be able to visit Walt Disney World regularly, and Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom is always a favourite. Hence, the attempt at duplicating the singing heads. I finally got around to purchasing the necessary items in time for Halloween 2015, and to our delight, the project was a great success. Information is already out there, however I’ve broken it down further, real-simple-like, and cost effective.

Here we go:

First off, grab the projection loop from Youtube. There are several versions out there, including a 5 bust one, but this is the one I prefer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TFUAq_VAQA

You may need to download a free program in order to capture the video from Youtube to your laptop, just make sure you use a reputable one to avoid any…

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