Monday, May 25, 2020


I think I've photographed this before? Yup. Here it is.



I got sick. It was just a cough. But because the world is ending, any cough means getting a test, right? I called the hotline and 2 hours later I was tested, and 8 hours or so after that I got an email saying I didn't have Covid. Very reassuring process.


Like a painting. Straight out of camera.


Housing, designed to look like containers stacked. Street level is three stories up on the south side.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020


They watch you coming and going.


Milk braised by Reagan, and properly carved. And delicious. He had more patience than me when it came to the carving. 

Applewood smoked for five hours and also delicious. Chinatown carving techniques employed; cut it into bits, bones and parts be damned.

We made good use of the somewhat lifted Covid restrictions. The food and company was excellent.


Unchanged since 1912.


Saturday, May 16, 2020

State of the Union

Blogger has changed its editor somewhat. I've tried before to find other ways to post daily but have always found Blogger to be the easiest. The new editor is frustrating, or maybe I just don't know how to use it, but I'm pretty good at understanding how to use these things. Problem is, I don't know how to migrate 13 years of posts to another format. It seems an impossible task for something that is mostly a hobby or a distraction. Anyway, that's all. I've sent Blogger a curt email. I signed off with, "I guess you get what you pay for." Blogger is free. It's been pretty decent for what it is. But it's a dying medium. It's currently ranked 204 in the world, which is a significant ranking, but it used to be a lot higher.

Maybe I'll look at different formats. I don't know. I don't know a lot of things.

Friday, May 15, 2020


"You should take pictures of old things. Because people seem to like pictures of old things...." Fred Herzog.



A screw driver, nut cracker, bottle opener, is that a hammer on the handle? and scissors too, I think.



The kid's shoes don't look like kid's shoes anymore. 


I hiked Erin Moore trail just north west of Vancouver. Only saw a couple other people, we maintained a good distance between us on the trail. I think we managed to not spread any viruses.

Saturday, May 9, 2020


Low tide.



Pandemic beers in the park. I've liked how alive the streets have been even though we're all supposed to be staying at home. They are about 6' apart, right?



Chicken and potatoes with the kid for dinner.



Henckels made in Germany. It's seen a lot of use. I've put an edge back on it and it cuts quite well. It's been sharpened so many times that the bolster stands proud of the blade heel so I'll have to figure a way to clamp it down so I can file it back and shape it. I wanted to verify I could get it to cut a tomato first, and it works just fine, so now I'll fix the rest of it. I might refinish the wood handle too. Built for a lifetime of use. In this case it will be two lifetimes.


The pandemic has everyone baking sourdough. I've been doing it for a few years now, and it's a lovely thing to do. I'm glad others are discovering how easy it can be (if not a little time consuming) and nothing tastes as good as home made bread. Water, flour, and some salt. That's it.


Thursday, April 30, 2020


(See yesterday)

I briefly considered not carrying real cameras with me for a while. Just using a cell phone. My phone's camera is pretty good quality wise. But again, this aspect ratio is unnerving. There are standards. 2:3.  3:4. Oddly, 9:16. Some cinematic ratios of 2.39:1 or 1.85:1. This? This is something like 10:13. It's unsettling. It doesn't "feel" right. So I start carrying a camera again tomorrow.


 Cell phone camera. I find the frame aspect ratio to be offensive. But 99.5% of what I post on here is full frame, uncropped, as shot. I'm not pretending there's an extra integrity to that, I don't pretend about much I take pictures of what I see. Cropping after the fact is cheating. This is what I saw and what the camera gave me. So it's what I post.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


I rarely photograph a still life.



Two ideas about "home." And hundreds sleeping in tents in the park. So much empty space in this World Class City. So many people looking for a dry place to sleep.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020




4/20 day. White puffy clouds. A beautiful blue sky day.




Green watch, modeled after a classic. It looks incredible, but it's proof that green isn't my colour when it comes to watches so it's up for sale. Watches are a silly hobby. So why not?

Thursday, April 16, 2020



I'm not sure exactly how old this typewriter is. There are indications that it's as old as 1909-ish vintage. Or it might be as new as the 1930s. Either way it's somewhere in the 80 to 110 year old range. And now it works again.


Two weeks ago this old Underwood didn't work. Lots of penetrating oil, some coaxing, and a spring fabricated from an old stove element socket holder and it works again. I think I'll know by the morning.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


I might have taken a photo of this bush before. I can't remember. I can't be bothered to look.


Maybe this blog is jumping the shark.



I swear I thought I missed yesterday. And I was alright with that. But I didn't. And I didn't miss today, which I also thought I might have missed. So that's that.