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Photos of Al, Anyone?

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I am collecting photographs for Alan's memorial. I would appreciate help from anyone who has good photos of Alan and can tell me something about the photo - the rough date, the occasion, who else is in the photo etc. Please email me if you have a photo and I will be in touch to find out how to get a hold of a digital copy. Please make sure you have the copyright of the photo before sending it.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 16:36

He was a Man 1949 - 2012

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Two weeks and a day ago - the night of October 30 to 31 -my brother Alan Adamson passed away quietly in his sleep. My apologies to his many readers who may have been wondering where his blog entries are, but I have been, quite literally, unable to write this down. I have tried many times and gotten sick every time. Talking to friends and family about it has been possible, but even now, writing it down is making my skin crawl and giving me nausea. Denial comes in many forms.

Al's obituary and memorial page are available to add memories of Al, or you can add a comment to this entry. Also, for a more private message that will be forwarded to his widow and siblings, you can email him. Entries will be vetted and non-spam ones passed on.

Al will be missed by the many readers of this blog. He loved writing the blog entries, which cover every possible topic and I loved handling the technical aspects of it. I know he greatly appreciated his readers and their comments. His blog will remain up for at least few more months.

Al was a many things to many people, but to me he was my oldest brother and someone to look up to. When he went away to university, we exchanged letters where we discussed what we were learning and thinking. My great affection for prime numbers dates from those paper discussions. He opened my eyes to a much bigger world than I would otherwise have seen. On our last visit together, we went to see the Picasso exhibit at the AGO. He was fun to see things like that with because he had many enthusiasms and a novel take on most things. I could go on and on, but I urge you to visit his obituary and memorial page or email , and add your own memories. As the bard says "He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again."

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2012 08:06

Opera Atelier, Utter Class

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I returned from my business trip last weekend in utter distress; I had never heard of "twisted ribs" but the ER doctor was clear and unambiguous.

The solution? Tylenol and time.

Now this IS the diagnosis I generally like, except for  the time-related element.

But what really mattered is that SillyWife and I had tickets to the Sunday afternoon Opera Atelier show and there was NO way the level of pain I was suffering would allow that.

I, well, we as season ticket owners, asked whether maybe we could see the show later in the week when presumably the pain would lessen (and it is lessning).

Opera Atelier signed up!

I am mostly sorry we well see the last show of the series. i love being early and raving in the hope that some new people will buy tickets.

But nonetheless - tx Opera Atelier! We love you!

UPDATE: I can now fully inhale with only mild pain. Progress!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 09:25

Panda Catnip

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... is apparently cinammon! h/t KPC

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Well, I have all my survival stuff in place. Flashlights galore, though maybe I need a battery run in the morning.

I have the Coleman Stove, and several propane tanks, though if you hear of my home blowing up you will know why.

I have my dry skim milk and a pile of water, not that there will be a lack of it falling from the sky.

So bring her (or is it him) on! The storm is pointed at us!

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 13:56

The First Time from an Adult

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Rondi points out what a stupid twit looks like endorsing Obama.

Here is a woman has some self-respect:

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Grown-up or infantile whiner? For whom would you vote?

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 13:42

Bad Timing (?)

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Back in my hotel room, cruising channels I walk into this and collapse in tears.

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Lincoln Alexander, RIP

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I get to think of him every time I decide to drive to or from London via Hamilton.

I will outsource the memory to Lisa Raitt.

Toronto the Good is no longer what it was and nor is Ontario, and that is certainly partly thanks to Lincoln Alexander.

UPDATE: A lovely tribute from Lorrie Godstein.

He always said, “Call me Linc” but to me, he’ll always be what the Sun called him on his 85th birthday. He’ll always be Alexander the Great.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 October 2012 06:55

Romney Clearly Has One Major Skill

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Besides the quite good comedic timing he shows here, he can hire a good writer, something Obama has simply not managed to do in a long while (the awful Cairo speech has simply led to further incompetence in oratory).

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"Big Bird didn't even see it coming."

Actually, Obama was pretty good too:

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"I wish I could use my middle name." Briliant.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 10:14


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I got caught up in the somewhat silly enthusiasm for George McGovern in 1972.

Steve Sailer points out that he was one gutsy guy.

I think I knew this at the time but it did not fit with the campaign.

I wish the best to his family.


Buffett Looking Like Even More Fun

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I had really forgotten how many great songs he has. Tuesday will be a gas!

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Come Monday! Changes in Latitudes! Getting Drunk.


Buffett Sings Steve Goodman

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The great Steve Goodman wrote this magnificent song and Buffett gives it due respect.

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I am still warming up for Tuesday.

"The sons of Pullman porters ..."

One commenter recommends watching Goodman sing it but he is even more amazing on the cover of the Dutchman.

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And damn!

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(One of my sweetest childhood memories is seeing the Clancy Brothers en famille. (We were en famille - they always were.))

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 15:10

Class versus Crass

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The crass in this story has been visibly crass even from well back in the 2008 campaign.

The class you need see only once to recognize it.

Let's hope Ms. Crass finds a new career being crass on the sidelines.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 15:39

Deer Crossing - Great Laughs

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I am with Mungowitz - there is no way this woman is serious.

But even as a joke she is really funny and performs magnificently.

Make your own call but I do not believe her. But I enjoy her.

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