Category Archives: educational

Recreate Nostalgia

Old Ford three ton truck exhibited near vintage aircraft from same years helps recreate nostalgia of WWI era.

Old red and black Ford three-ton truck exhibit there to recreate nostalgia when placed near vintage aircraft from same
era, both can be seen at Ottawa’s Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

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Old red and black Ford three-ton truck exhibit is there to recreate nostalgia when placed near ancient aircraft at Ottawa’s Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

This remarkably well-preserved truck is an attractive enough exhibit in its own right because although not very common very early in the last century scant few exist today in this condition.

Then again, it may be a replica model however, it seems more an original genuine old Ford that perhaps grandpa drove around provided he could afford one.

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

Critical Control Parts

Serious or fatal road accident is possible if several critical control parts depicted in picture should fail.

Several critical control parts depicted can if any or all fail while you are driving this modern car at normal speeds on the road cause serious or fatal accident.

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Serious or fatal road accident is possible if any or all the several critical control parts depicted in picture should fail while you are driving this modern car at normal speeds.

Let us begin at left side of picture with the CV Joint, that brass-color steel rod with what looks like a bunch of black disks attached to it by a chrome color strap clamp.

Should one of these fail, one of the car wheels would seize and or come off resulting in loss of control and lots of sparks from front end of car and perhaps, serious or fatal accident.

Next, we have the coil and shock absorber assembly which provides stability and keeps the car tire from rubbing on the fender moreover, if that screw and nut connecting this assembly to the car frame comes off then the  coil-shock unit would probably break off, cause lots of sparks, and maybe puncture the front tire resulting in a crash.

Finally, on the right of the coil and shock absorber assembly and partly obscured by it,  bolted to car engine block, is the power steering motor unit, which if it failed would leave the car driver helpless because of loss of steering resulting in perhaps a fatal accident.

Also shown in this picture are hydraulic oil lines, those silvery thin tubes, that if severed could cause loss of control because their oil is needed for example, in power steering .

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

Grainy B/W Example

Fuzzy grainy B/W example photo of some interesting old Montreal architectural detail.

Grainy B/W example photo of some interesting old architectural detail in downtown Montreal a bit fuzzy looking however, it describes it all.

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Grainy B/W example photo of some interesting old architectural detail in downtown Montreal is a bit fuzzy looking however, it does provides a simple sample that describes it all.

Many early black and white photos were of similar quality because the equipment used to capture and process the images was primitive compared to our 21st century digital stuff, which is awesome.

This is my contribution for WP simple word prompt:”GRAINY”.

Jiffy Delta Solution

Jiffy delta fly solution works extremely well and very inexpensive method to eliminate flying bloodsuckers.

Jiffy delta fly solution works extremely well and very inexpensive method to eliminate multitudes of pesky flying
bloodsuckers as black flies, deer-flies, horse-flies, mosquitoes, etc.

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Jiffy delta wing fly solution works extremely well and very inexpensive method to eliminate multitudes of pesky, annoying, disease carrying flying bloodsuckers as black-flies, deer-flies, horse-flies, mosquitoes, etc.

All it takes is a visit to the local dollar store to buy a package or two rolls of sticky fly-catching paper afterwards unrolling the stuff, cutting to length, carefully positioning, and securing it all to your cap with some “bobby” pins and…voila!

Your next job is to venture outside where the suckers are so they can buzz around your head and while trying to quietly and discretely land for lunch on your blood get caught up in the traffic mess as depicted in the image.

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

Little Girl’s Collage

Little girl's collage uses multi-color self-adhesive squares to add color to her master piece marking Canada's 150th birthday.

Little girl’s collage uses multi-color self-adhesive squares to add some color to big white board showing drawing of flying Canada geese and islands or large boulders.

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During the recent Canada Day celebrations this little girl’s collage used multi-color self-adhesive squares added some color to big white board showing a drawing of flying Canada geese and islands or large boulders.

Her creativity helped along a bit by her father who stood nearby giving her those color paper squares used in her master piece marking Canada’s 150th birthday.

She was not the only one doing this activity because nearby although not shown here two other slightly older girls were also busy decorating their space with those same type self-adhesive color paper squares.

Webster’s Dictionary defines a collage as “an artistic composition made of various materials (paper,cloth, or wood) on a picture surface”, I believe our little girl qualifies!

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”COLLAGE”

Flimsy Front Wheel

Small "Épervier" aircraft flimsy front wheel seems very fragile too delicate withstanding any real pressure or weight.

Flimsy front wheel of miniature, custom-built, computer designed, propeller driven aircraft seems very fragile, delicate looking, something guaranteed falling apart when real pressure or weight applied.

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Flimsy front wheel of this miniature, custom-built, computer designed, propeller driven aircraft seems a very fragile, delicate looking, something guaranteed to fall apart when subjected to a bit of pressure or weight and yet it defies such thinking because it works.

The “Épervier” or Sparrowhawk is the product of 12 Université de Sherbrooke engineering students who within a period of 3 years designed, built, and successfully flew in the skies of Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

In 2006 these students accomplished their dream, own creation as their submission in attaining their bachelor of mechanical engineering degrees.

Their small aircraft’s first flight on February 23, 2009, exactly three years when they started project, corresponded to the 100th anniversary of the famous Silver Dart’s first Canadian flight, a deadline they purposely set and managed to pull off despite practically very little knowledge in designing and building aircraft.

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

Unpreparedness Exposed

Government unpreparedness exposed by "flood of the century" in Quebec and Ontario from incessant spring rains affecting river water levels.

Government unpreparedness exposed by “flood of the century” now happening in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario fomenting growing public anger.

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Government unpreparedness exposed in light of the “flood of the century” now happening in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario in numerous municipalities bordering along the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa rivers and their branches.

Floods happen yearly in certain low-lying areas and flood zones already known by the federal and provincial governments however, the disaster now unfolding clearly shows that our politicians hate planning.

They are reluctant to stick their neck out lest they would be criticized for it by the voracious, scandal-seeking mass media and their citizens moreover, it may also cost some of the tax loot they’ve collected and horde for their own schemes.

Further, there are less photo-ops available compared to when a flood actually happens, and being visible in a media scrum on TV answering prearranged, select questions makes good news building up an image of honesty, confidence, and competence especially if this happens just before a coming election.

They rather initially wait quietly in the background until no other option is available before reacting heck, actually planning for the future regarding possible unforeseen, unfortunate, events that mother nature regularly and randomly pulls out of her magic hat is dangerous waiting seems much better, moreover, politicians are already adept at deflecting blame because they know that time is on their side when they delay answering “hot” issues.

As time passes public anger mellows out as people try to carry on with their lives and start to forget about their material losses, homes, and businesses meanwhile, governments change and politicians busily rearrange the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic some disappearing from public view settling into their comfortable, gold-plated, pensions.

Politicians are however, very quick to usurp $$billions in taxpayers money through various “climate change” schemes like “carbon taxes”, “sustainability”, or “green technologies” scams.

They attend and gather at events like the famous Paris Accord or the earlier Helsinki Conference, arriving on large gas guzzling jet aircraft and being ferried to their luxurious 5 star hotels, fed, and entertained at exclusive restaurants and nightclubs all on taxpayers’ dime.

Afterwards, $$billions in taxpayer’s money is very generously “donated”, distributed to international cronies and allies under disguise of allegedly helping poor developing countries meanwhile, thousands at home remain homeless uncared for.

The flooding happening now certainly was unforeseen and unimagined however, a national emergency contingency plan or set of plans should have been in place and triggered the moment it happened saving a lots of property and easing the massive disruption of affected hard-working taxpayer’s lives.

What we’ve seen is a type of knee-jerk, delayed, reluctant, reaction taking up lots of valuable time before the collective political brain trust kicked in, despite what already happened in Calgary in 2013 and Fort McMurry last year, expensive disasters it seems no lessons learned from.

In the next few weeks the flood situation in Quebec and Ontario will end however, the damage done to people’s lives will endure for years just as it has with all previously mentioned disasters meanwhile, an accounting will take place or should, hopefully taking into account this inexcusable, delayed, reactive face-saving exercise by our governments.

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

Avid Machinists

Avid machinists group compares a line of "live" centers for lathe work at SME 2016 Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show.

Avid group of machinists compares line of “live” centers for their lathe work at SME sponsored 2016 Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show at Place Bonaventure.

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A group of avid machinists visiting last year’s SME sponsored 2016 Montreal Manufacturing Technology
Show at Place Bonaventure seems to be comparing various characteristics inherent in a line of “live” centers for lathe work.

One of the guys points at that big very interesting, specialized, one at the front of exhibit line that has some very unusual features including those six inserts perhaps bearings, spaced out around the precision ground pointy center.

These men most likely involved in machining perhaps working in a machine shop or automated machine work center therefore appreciate knowing about new advances in tooling for their trade that they may learn and see samples of at this large trade show.

I like touring these shows, and have done this for a number of years, to learn of and see new advances in manufacturing and related technologies moreover, I enjoy talking to exhibitors most.

A lot of these exhibitors are company engineers and management and I like to query them about their products and their application in industry and beyond.

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

Armed Lethal Spike

Long extended nose with long probe and two 20mm cannons makes Canadian CF-5 "Freedom Fighter" an armed lethal spike.

Long extended nose appears an armed lethal spike on retired Canadian CF-5 “Freedom Fighter” sporting a long probe and two 20mm Pontiac M39A2 cannons.

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The long extended nose appears an armed lethal spike of this retired Canadian CF-5 “Freedom Fighter” jet aircraft sporting a long probe and two 20mm Pontiac M39A2 cannons, exhibited inside Ottawa’s Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

This particular airplane is a Canadair built variant of the original US Northrop F-5 for the Canadian Armed Forces that first acquired them in late 1968 to meet Canada’s commitment in defending NATO’s northern flank during the cold war acting as a rapid-deployment force.

Aircraft such as this one were modified and upgraded constantly during their employ to meet and exceed operating conditions in Canadian Forces theaters of operations approaching a level of sophistication and characteristics similar to the early, more advanced, and capable Northrop F-5 Tiger version.

Although Canada’s CF-5s are no longer flying having been replaced by CF-18s now to be also replaced by perhaps, the Lockheed Martin F-35 lighting II, other countries still fly upgraded versions of the US Northrop F-5, a good example being Switzerland, where it maintains its air superiority function.

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

Methodical Thorough Tenacious

Methodical, thorough, and tenacious Louis Pasteur took calculated risks experimenting leading to important discoveries saving countless lives.

Methodical, thorough, and tenacious Louis Pasteur also took calculated risks experimenting even when others criticized his work and detail-oriented methods.

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Methodical, thorough, and tenacious Louis Pasteur also took calculated risks experimenting even when others criticised his work and detail-oriented methods making some of our modern world’s most important advances in microbiology and immunology.

Pasteur, a devout Catholic, lived by his faith proving biogenesis, life giving life, leading to the practice of sterilization in the fields of medicine and food preparation.

He proved that certain bacteria causes disease in humans and animals, while others cause spoilage in foods and drink providing the basis of our modern methods in “pasteurization” in both our medical and food production industry.

Young Pasteur started off an average, rather slow, student giving no sign of the true intellect residing in him never-the-less, despite appearances he did study diligently although without much enthusiasm however, all changed after he obeyed his trusting father’s suggestion he become a professor.

Countless millions are alive today owing it all to his vigorous approach to work leading to important discoveries because Pasteur never rested until he had rigorously re-tested things several times ensuring positive results.

Whenever Pasteur was fascinated by a problem he would systematically, whole-heartedly, investigate it  without reservation to find a possible solution , a trait that finally also helped shorten his life at age 72.

My picture depicts Louis Pasteur’s bust on a pedestal resting in a small courtyard near the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) on Berri and Saint Catherine streets in eastern part of downtown Montreal.

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