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Brian Wolfe

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  1. Great idea. I have used a ribbed boot tray with success in the past but this time I think the vegetation was wetter than normal and that was why I was surprised when the bag gave way. I try to time my weed pulling and shrub trimming to the weekend before the compost pickup on Tuesday, which is also every other week here where we live; in the case mentioned in the blog the bag had sat in the garage for an extra week, so I was totally to blame. 

    The forum used to have a quite active "What's In Your Garden" section a few years ago which was interesting but seems to have run its course.

    Thanks for your comments.

    Regards

    Brian

     


  2. Hello bolewts58 and mconrad,

    Thank you very much for your comments.

    Not being a real writer (I'm more of a conversationalist) I must think that, like a sports game from the day before, if there are no comments or disagreements about the game then it surely must have been a dud. Some people liked the acting and others the writing, so all in all it was a great series. We own all seven seasons and when season eight is out for sale we intend to binge watch it until our eyes bleed. That's my plan, I doubt my wife would agree, she being the brains of the household. 

    Thanks again it is encouraging to see comments.

    Regards

    Brian

     


  3. Hello eurorders.

    Thanks for your comments and what beautiful reproductions. You are a very talented fellow indeed.  I tend to stay in the area of less attractive archaeological specimen copies, such as the two mummies shown below. These are copies from photos of British museum specimens and represent the mummified remains of cats and hawks used as temple offerings in ancient Egypt. The wraps are on carved wooden bases and the wrapping style is as close as possible to the originals. I attempted to make the cat look as if the pitch and natron used on originals had seeped through the bandages. I was not all that pleased with the outcome even though it was pretty close to the originals. When I made the hawk mummy the wrappings were more complex and I didn't want to take away from their decorative looks so I simply artificially aged the bandages (as with the cat) and left it alone. I thought it was more pleasing to the eye.

    Keep up the good work and if you have any more I would like to see them.

    Thanks again,

    Regards

    Brian

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  4. Hello eurorders,

    Thank you for your comment. I would have to agree with you completely. I like to reproduce different museum items for my own amusement and a friend of mine often assists me. We were talking about what we do and both agree that we, for the most part, lack the talent to develop, weapons for example, that are unique or fantasy items. We are pretty handy at reproducing what we see but the idea of developing items completely of our own design is beyond our skill base. I think the same thing holds true with fiction writing as compared with non-fiction. Personally, I simply lack that degree of imagination. 

    I do hope others will weigh in on this point.

    Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog and respond.

    Regards

    Brian

     


  5.  

    Reading the comment about the placement of the conclusion, or summary, of my blog above reminded me of a story from my past that I would like to share with you.  As Irish Gunner has alluded, some think my writing is pedantic so this one is on them; I accept no blame.

     

    I am retired from a 30 year career working in government here in Ontario with 20 years with municipally government and a decade with the oldest and largest conservation authority in the province.  The last position, managing the lands and holdings of the conservation authority can only be described as a dream job.  While at one municipality the department heads were required to attend council meetings every Monday evening, this is common throughout Ontario and most likely the rest of the country; though some hold council during the day. 

     

    My reports were almost entirely composed of statistics such as permits issued, projects completed, and number of charges, prosecutions and revenues.  Pretty mundane and consisting of one page; two if it was the yearend report. The Planning Department on the other hand presented reports that weighed in at around twenty pages.  The council packages were hand delivered on Friday so that they could be reviewed by the council members on the weekend in order to be ready for the Monday evening meeting. For the most part they would show up at the meeting and only then rip open their council packages.  It should be noted that in those days council meetings could run as late as 2 PM.  The Planning Department Director and I were, and are, good friends [he is my neighbour as well] and we would each write down the name of one of the older council members that we thought would fall asleep first as the meeting wore on. The bet was for morning coffee the following day.  He knew that the council never read his reports as long as he wrote the longest most drawn out reports imaginable.  Since his department’s job was to support or object to a development proposal he would “hide” certain facts within the body of the report then write a summary at the end that may or may not contain all of the pertinent facts; depending on how he wanted the decision to go. In a sick way it was brilliant.

     

    One day all of the department heads received an inter office memo stating that the required format of the council reports were to change.  I couldn’t help but smile at the thoughts that his scheme was over. Imagine if you will the look that must have been on my face, at the next council meeting, when the only proposed change to the summary was now it was now to appear at the beginning of the report! I was dump struck, looked over at the planner who looked at me, smiled and winked.  The reason for the change was that there had been a complaint from a member of the public that when they were presenting their petition it was difficult to be heard due to the rustling of pages by the council members who had left their microphones on.  They were rifling through the planner’s long report to get to the summary and, of course, ignoring the speaker. With the new change in format there was even less chance of finding something hidden in the body of the report as now the summary was right there on top. Ah, local government; sharp as bread pudding; when they’re awake.

     

    Regards

    Brian  


  6. Thank you for your comment.  So far, here in Canada, we are not under such attacks.  However, as is said about many other issues, it is only a matter of time.  As to that designation I must say that I am a nasty, hateful and racist individual as are most people to some degree or another (seriously I don't really see myself in those terms but isn't our own opinion of ourselves quite sterile).  I would put the question to those with high PC ideals as to whether their lives could stand the scrutiny they apply to others. Whatever happened to that worn out statement, "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it". A good slogan for racist groups should be, "Forget about us, please forget".

    Regards

    Brian


  7. Thank you all for your comments.  For some reason your comments were not related to me through the email process we use here otherwise I would have responded sooner.  Before I slam the system, I might have accidentally deleted the notices as this new computer came with updated programs and I am still getting used to them.

     

    Thanks again for your comments, it is always good to know my musings are being read.

    Regards

    Brian

     

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