Category Archives: culture

Evanescent Cake Slice

First delectable evanescent cake slice morphed into magical  lemon butter cream cake disappearing act.

First delectable evanescent cake slice morphed into magical disappearing act when whole lemon butter cream concoction suddenly vanished without trace.

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The first, delectable, evanescent cake slice morphed into a magic disappearing act when the whole lemon butter cream concoction suddenly vanished without a trace after a stampede of hungry birthday party guests with big smiles on their faces descended on it.

As is customary in our family circle homemade cake is a must, always prepared using only natural, wholesome, ingredients designed to bring pleasure when consumed and normally accompanied with some equally delicious ice cream afterwards washed down with a nice cup of good coffee, tea, or other non-alcoholic refreshment.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”EVANESCENT”.

AI Visual Impression

AI affects us through its strong visual impression on our mind making things seem so vividly real.

AI affects us first through its strong visual impression on our mind making things seem so real we feel it truly genuine.

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AI today affects us first through its strong visual impression on our mind making things seem so real we feel it genuine because it tricks our mind into believing it.

A computer program or set of programs creates visual representations of familiar everyday things we associate with so vividly that we can almost grab it, smell it, or taste it.

My picture depicts a scene from last year’s Montreal annual Grand Prix weekend, the “driver” wears an Oculus head coupled with the seat he is sitting in, steering wheel, pedals, and an LCD 4K screen out in front makes him feel he is driving a real racecar down a track.

He is living in an alternate world, which seems so real with his senses stimulated heck, he sees the track, hears the sound of the engine and noises normally associated with racing formula cars moreover, his mind remains occupied because unexpected obstacles appear suddenly on the track requiring him to stay alert and his quick reflex action to avoid them.

The driver senses everything that normally would be there except for the air resistance, the breeze, as his racer zooms along that famous track.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”IMPRESSION”.

Rideau Canal Descend

Part of Ottawa's historic Rideau Canal descend shown built after War of 1812 extends down to Ottawa River.

Historic Rideau Canal descend part of which shown is British built series of locks during period 1826-1832 after War of 1812 extends down to Ottawa River.

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The historic Rideau Canal descend, part of which shown, is a series of locks built as a preventive military measure during period 1826-1832 after the War of 1812 between Canada and USA extends all the way down to the Ottawa River at the top left of my picture.

Fearing future American invasions Britain built a series of canals as well as a number of forts in eastern Canada including the Rideau all along the Ottawa River designed to deter and impede any US incursions.

Fortunately, there never was another war between Canada and the USA and it was never used as a military supply route however, it was a success quickly becoming a busy commercial artery from Montreal to the Great Lakes until 1849 when a series of new locks were built bypassing the Saint Lawrence River rapids providing merchants a quicker, cheaper, alternative route.

Lieutenant-Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers oversaw construction of the Rideau Canal while private contractors built it employing thousands of French and Irish Canadian workers.

Some of the private contractors included famous names like John Redpath, Thomas McKay, Robert Drummond, Thomas Phillips, and Andrew White, who probably contributed to its unexpected cost overruns before its completion meanwhile, increasing their fortunes.

The cost overruns forced the retiring Colonel By from the British military and his receiving scant recognition for the awesome work accomplished.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DESCEND”.

Notorious FLQ Kidnappers

Notorious FLQ kidnappers depicted on old wanted poster caused 1970 October Crisis after kidnapping James Cross and Pierre laporte.

Notorious FLQ kidnappers depicted on old wanted poster are dead, yet responsible for 1970 October Crisis and Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte’s murder.

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The notorious FLQ kidnappers depicted on this old original wanted poster from October 1970 are mostly history(dead) as are many of their adversaries and one of the kidnap victims.

James Richard Cross 96 years of age however, remains alive and has spoke about his traumatic ordeal on October 5, 1970 when four armed men with machine guns and a revolver suddenly showed up at his home on his birthday and kidnapped him in front of his wife.

These desperate kidnappers, members of the “Liberation” cell, had also planned to grab an American diplomat at the same time however, they soon found one hostage was enough on their hands in trying to evade the police.

Meanwhile, another motley group called “Chenier” cell abducted Quebec’s Labour Minister, Mr. Pierre Laporte, while negations for Mr. Cross’s release dragged on frustrated at this its members murdered Laporte by strangulation when he attempted an escape and dumping his remains in a car trunk.

The “mugs’ depicted are just four of the FLQ terrorists, three of them are convicted murderers from the Chenier cell while Marc Charbonneau is the lone Liberation man involved with the original abducting of Mr. Cross, the British Trade Commissioner.

All these men were terrorists who fomented the infamous 1970 “October Crisis” resulting in the suspension of liberties all Canadians expect to have living in a “free” country.

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Eliot Trudeau dusted off the old War Measures Act last used during the war years and dating back to WWI allowing extraordinary powers and measures for both the military and police to use in dealing with what was happening in Quebec.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”NOTORIOUS”.

Precipice Fence

At precipice steel fence separates passersby and huge hole by foreign "investor" money for expensive condominium highrise.

At precipice steel fence separates passersby and huge hole dug out for another expensive condominium highrise for international overseas investors mostly rich Chinese.

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At precipice a steel fence separates passersby and the huge maw of a hole dug out for another tall structure most likely an expensive condominium highrise paid for by international overseas investors, mostly from mainland China.

Montreal like many North American cities now exploited by monied international corporations and some rich types who desire to hide their assets, some acquired illegally, from their home governments control.

On the west coast of Canada, Vancouver has become less hospitable now to foreign “investor” money because of new laws recently enacted by the provincial government reacting to curb abuse.

The politicians have awaken now to the suffering of many of their citizens, who suddenly found themselves excluded from owning affordable property because of massive increases in real estate costs and taxes “going through the roof”.

Meanwhile, in next door Alberta, in the city of Calgary, similar abuse is happening and therefore, the Alberta provincial government is also reacting to contain the damage with their own legislation.

While much more east in Toronto, Ontario, that provincial government has been forced by the runaway “investments” in their real-estate to react with legislation coming very soon to curb it.

In Montreal, Quebec, there is money coming in however, things are somewhat tempered because of the historic cultural and language parameters making the international investors wary.

Also in Quebec, probably the highest taxed place in North America, everything is much more expensive and unpredictable because of  language laws making many investors reluctant to dabble however, judging by the amount of new highrises going up and the recent offensive in gobbling up single family homes by foreign money makes many Quebec citizens worried, feeling they are on their own precipice needing a fence.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PRECIPICE”.

Canadian Heritage Originator

Parliament remains Canadian heritage originator because its lawmakers wield power for country.

Parliament remains Canadian heritage originator because as seat of government it creates and decides laws for whole country.

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Parliament remains Canadian heritage originator because as the seat of government it creates and decides laws for the whole country regarding what is a national historic site.

The buildings that compose the Parliament block in Ottawa are themselves a national heritage as are all individual legislatures in all ten provinces and territories because Canada will be 150 years old this year.

Today in Montreal they celebrated the 375 year anniversary which blends in with Canada’s 150 year anniversary and started off the festivities in Quebec early this morning with our PM Justin Trudeau and wife Sofie participating and being part of a host of dignitaries including Quebec Premier Philippe Cuilliard, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre launching it all.

Tonight another heritage site the famous 92-year-old Jacques Cartier Bridge has been lit up spectacularly, about CDN $40 millions worth, with zillions of lights delighting Montrealers with a light show depicting the city’s famed history.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”HERITAGE”.

Technical Collaboration

Technical collaboration in sharing know how by technology companies at 2016 Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show shown.

Technical collaboration in sharing know how is very evident in picture from SME 2016 Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show in Place Bonaventure.

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Knowledge management or KM is synonymous with and part of technical collaboration very evident in this picture from SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) 2016 Montreal Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show in Place Bonaventure.

Visitors to this show benefited from the “know how” of new advances in their industry because representatives of many different international companies were available to exhibit their technologies providing potential customers “real-time” views of their hardware and technologies in action.

Additionally, their “captive” audience had opportunity to try out things and ask a lot of questions about equipment and related accessories regarding how it may give their companies a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

It was a win-win situation because by sharing technology information exhibitors had more sales while their clients benefited from acquiring the technologies as well as having trained employees because this event also provided access to lectures and specialized training by professional engineers and experts as follow-up with the new bought equipment.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”COLLABORATION”.

Hospitality Delivered

Liquid hospitality delivered by strong young man in green Montreal Jazz Festival tee-shirt at Quartier-des-spectacles.

Liquid hospitality delivered by strong young man in green Montreal  Jazz Festival tee-shirt with wire basket on head filled with ice-cold  beer at Quartier-des-spectacles.

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Liquid hospitality delivered by a strong young man in green colored Montreal Jazz Festival tee-shirt holding metal wire baskets filled with ice-cold cans of beer on their heads roamed around the Quartier-des-spectacles.

This nice guy took time to pose for me while he was on his way delivering his cheer in the vicinity of the Bell Stage, located at the east-end of the festival site probably, because business was brisk at that particular time due to weather that was cool and overcast.

Most likely if that day been a typical Montreal July day, hot, sticky, and sunny, he would be much too busy to provide me this opportunity then again, I don’t know maybe he was just being very friendly and hospitable to fans enjoying the annual Montreal Jazz Festival.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HOSPITALITY”.

Final Drain Off

Final drain off of polluted, stinken, water from nearby Riviere-des-prairies has begun helped by nature and water pumps.

Final drain off of polluted water from nearby Rivière-des-Prairies has begun helped by sun, wind, and gas-powered municipal pumps running all day.

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The final drain off of polluted, stinking, water from the nearby Riviere-des-prairies helped in last few days with some decent sun and wind along with municipal gas-powered pumps strategically installed by city maintenance crews running all day.

Since my last post on Tuesday dealing with the “flood of the century” that hit both Quebec and Ontario provinces, the water has reluctantly started to recede although the flood remains for property closer to the river and other low-lying areas.

Despite progress on the outside very little has changed inside many inundated basements in affected parts of Pierrefonds.

Elsewhere, in affected areas in the province of Quebec, things remain grim despite a bit less water hanging around moreover, many have lost their homes which remain under water.

When will it all end is anybody’s guess however, optimism, faith in the Almighty, and lots prayer will certainly help and is needed along with a huge amount of money for all the resources and work done by municipal employees, police, military, and brought in specialists needed to resolve this.

Also, more volunteers and everything they need to help them doing their work assisting the “professionals” before this whole mess ends.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FINAL”

Maze Ball

 Multi-colored maze ball of plastic tubes attached to yellow metal pole on grey metal stand near Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Multi-colored maze ball made of inch diameter plastic tubes attached to six-inch yellow vertical metal pole on grey metal stand in front Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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The multi-colored maze ball composed of about an inch diameter tied off(narrowed and flat-ended) plastic tubes all collected and connected to  about  a six-inch diameter yellow colored vertical metal pole mounted on light grey metal stand in front of the main doors to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

This modern art work assembly rests on a square smooth grey-stone block sits in the middle and  wedged on two sides by the smooth grey-stone front steps and  surrounded by black-colored metal rectangular tube fence.

Furthermore, there appears to be a small metal plaque on the right hand side of the square smooth grey-stone block perhaps, some sort of dedication of the art work or maybe a simple description of it.

I took this picture last year, 2016, during the Montreal Grand Prix weekend after I left nearby Crescent Street, where all the pre-race activity takes place each year.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MAZE”.