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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Catching up again....

I highly recommend a photo exhibit now going on at the Toronto Free Gallery (660 Queen East, near Broadview) called PUBLICity, photos of the Toronto landscape and public areas. I was at the opening last week (sponsored by spacing.ca and I was blown away by it, there are some amazing shots there. I'm always astonished at how places I've walked thru a million times can actually look so new and interesting by a photographer who knows what he's doing, I have no sense like that at all.

Got into a discussion with two guys about if a particular series of street scenes were posed or spontaneous, as they seemed just too good to be true. I'm leaning towards spontaneous now, as further along the wall from them were literally a few hundred more small shots by the same person, the majority of which were quite good as well. Take enough good pictures and the great ones will appear.

Also managed to get my "fun" wedding present for Jason and Jen that evening as well, a package of buttons, one for each TCC subway station, bearing the station name on that station's particular tile pattern.

Speaking of, Jason and Jen got married last Saturday, Hurrah! They held it at the Great Hall on Queen West (within walking distance my my place, yes!), ceremony and reception in the same building, which was much appreciated. And all praise to the Unitarians. When you don't actually believe in that much, it results in nice, short ceremonies.

Seating arrangements for the dinner were done by labelling each table by the name of Jason and Jen's favourite authors. I was at the "Baker" table, which was apparently for Nicholas Baker. It was quickly rechristened the "Tom Baker" table.

Monday was the Canadian Space Society meeting. Our long-time guru on space topics, Henry Spencer, did one of his usual incredibly informative talks, this time on the development of near-Earth and not-so-near-Earth space, and why he thinks it'll be better to base the space program on many small launches (and subsequent in-space assembly) of hardware, rather then develop a large launcher (you simply don't fly the large one enough pay back the development costs, and even worse, it never become routine enough to drive down the operations costs, which is one of the many things killing the shuttle).