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My idea of a remembrance poppy eight months early

A Royal British Legion poppy pin beside the four-month-old remains of a Royal Canadian Legion’s disposable plastic variety.

Yesterday (March 27) I plucked a glittering Royal British Legion remembrance poppy pin out of a Fairview dumpster and happily saved it from ending up in the landfill.

This fancy variety of remembrance poppy is different from what we’re used to in Canada.

The Royal British Legion pin is smaller—about two-thirds the size of the Royal Canadian Legion’s cheap plastic-and-steel-pinned remembrance poppy. And it’s not meant to be thrown away after Remembrance Day the way the Canadian Legion poppy is.

Which is to say that the Royal British Legion pin isn’t such an environmental disaster.

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What happened to the bloomin’ sun, you ask?

There it is, right under your nose.

Grey, overcast skies and steady cold rain notwithstanding, the sun is out in Vancouver and has been out all day today (March 26). If you cannot see it I suggest that you are not looking in the right places. Click the images to enlarge them.

Just do not stare directly at the bulb, you could hurt your eyes.

My spring haircut was so…21st century

Pretty as a picture? Nope. Just pretty short hair, evenly and easily cut in less than 10 minutes.

Yesterday evening (March 23) I cut my hair. There’s nothing normally newsworthy about this fact—I’ve cut my own hair many hundreds of times over the last 30-some years.

What was noteworthy about last night’s haircut was how quickly and easily I did it using a novel kind of hair-cutting doo-dad, which I found yesterday afternoon complete in its original box and sitting on top of a dumpster where, I’m assuming, some kind Fairview resident left it.

The thing is branded as a Conair For Men Even Cut. It has apparently been sold in North America since 2011, while at the same time in Europe it has been branded as the Babyliss For Men Easy Cut. Read more…

Dinosaur sighting in the Fairview neighbourhood

Seeing a Tyrannosaurus in a truck is unusual. Seeing one in a bus would be amazing.

Just before noon today (March 22,) I spotted a large, animated and rather noisy Tyrannosaurus rex driving westbound through the 1400 block of West Broadway Avenue. The unexpected ochre-brown apparition turned north on South Granville Street, in the direction of downtown Vancouver. I assumed that I had seen the last of it. I was wrong.

At 12:30 p.m the T.rex reappeared in the westbound lane, this time turning south on Granville Street. Less than 15 minutes later it again sped through the 1400 block, this time in the eastbound lane.

I stopped keeping track after that. A dinosaur in Vancouver traffic is novel only up to a point. Read more…

Android set to topple Windows as most popular operating system

The global market share of the Android operating system is threatening to overtake Windows!—StatsCounter

According to the website StatsCounter, Google’s Android operating system is less than two percentage points away from dethroning Microsoft Windows as the world’s most popular operating system.

Call it the revenge of Linux or the rise of the so-call developing world, either way the moment when Android does finally surpass Windows will be the end of an era and a watershed moment in the ongoing shift of global momentum away from North America and Western Europe.

Microsoft’s monopoly is going, going—almost gone

Looking at worldwide market share as of February 2017, Microsoft Windows still leads all operating systems with 38.59 percent; however Google’s Linux-based Android had a share of 37.42 percent—only 1.17 percent behind.

Apple’s two operating systems—iOS and OS X—are a distant third and fourth, with 12.99 percent and 5.24 percent respectively and GNU Linux is last with a 0.91 percent share.

It should be said that StatsCounter’s results are based entirely on web traffic recorded by 2.5 million sites spread around the world. The metrics are those which are automatically gleaned by website servers about the computer behind a page view.

However, that shouldn’t prejudice a person against these results; these days, to use a computer is to use the Internet and vice versa. Read more…

Winter launches a desperate spring offensive

Wet snow clings to a patch of high ground just off Hemlock St. and West Broadway Ave.

Vancouver is in day two of a hopeless spring offensive launched by the remaining rag-tag forces of winter.

Today (March 7) snow has been falling from the sky off and on since 8 a.m. but, after 10 hours, the white stuff has yet to get so much as a foothold anywhere in the Fairview neighbourhood.

Winter’s best effort so far came late last night when, aided by falling temperatures, snow was able to advance in waves and completely seize the side streets and back alleys on either side of the Broadway corridor. By 11 p.m. it really looked as though spring had been stopped cold.

Winter is fighting a hopeless battle; spring will not—cannot—be dislodged!

Winter’s gains were short lived though. Within an hour spring had warmed to the attack and regained the momentum. By 3 a.m., the snow’s formerly icy resistance had completely melted away and water ran in the streets.

Snow gamely continues to fall as I write but winter is now utterly spent as an offensive force. It can no longer muster the cold resolve and force necessary to conquer spring, let alone hold it back.

It is in the nature of things, in fact, that winter—whatever is left of it—now becomes a willing (if slightly chilly) ally of the inevitable spring renewal, which is already well underway. Click the images to enlarge them.