A cool coincidence, this photograph of a taxi (with an ad for the notoriously troubled Spider-Man musical on top) cruising by exactly the right backdrop. But I'll read a bit more into it than just that.
I'll let you in on a little trade secret: I collect pictures of Confederation Building. It's not a fetish; I use them for what we call a topstory image (also known as a headline image) for a story placed on our regional landing page at CBC. We try to add such an image to every story we produce, largely because of the popularity of how our news run is presented on smartphones like the iPhone. [Click here to get a sense of what I mean.]
Confederation Building is a frequently sought subject, because it's the pre-eminent symbol of the Newfoundland and Labrador government, not to mention the home of the legislature. Hence, I'm always looking for a new angle, a different backdrop, and something seasonally appropriate. I snapped this one myself this week.
Flickr is doing something cool today: The People's Royal Wedding Album, which was filling up with wonderful photos like this one (taken by contributor Nickexsilio) well before Wills and Kate were headed to the Abbey.
I somehow missed this commercial over the winter. I've been clearing through a backlog of shows recorded on the PVR, was breezing through an episode of The Office from January, and saw a 30-second version of this ad for Subaru.
It's called Hockey Mom, and it shows the energetic mom getting her triplets ready for and then to and from a tournament, with the use of her Subaru Forester.
The curveball? The soundtrack is to the Pogues' If I Should Fall From Grace WIth God. Yes, it has that rambunctious, manic energy that hockey-playing triplets no doubt possess, but what I'm sure really led to the choce is the undeniable fact that Shane MacGowan is the very embodiment of safety (the pitch of the ad, judging from the card at the end) and important automotive features, like a solid double wishbone rear suspension.
I had the opportunity to walk the Rennie's River trail this morning en route to work, and noticed these two gulls right in the middle of the river. They appeared to be gossiping ... honest. In any event, they flew off before I could get a better picture, or join in.
QR codes have been around for a few years, but they're far from mainstream yet. The advent of smartphones, which can snap a code and then relay information to the consumer (potentially a great deal, and certainly more than, say, a poster could), is helping, but what's really needed is imagination.
Take a look at this Reporters Without Borders video. Very, very clever.
Paul Weller has been a figure in my life for more than three decades, which isn't bad, given that I haven't clocked out five yet. He's an incredible songwriter, a durable performer and a music-business survivor. And he must have one hell of a liver.
He also has a notorious temper, which is no secret at all, but now there's a book out from Paolo Hewitt, who used to interview Weller for NME back at the start, and went on to become one of Weller's best friends. No more.
In the way that only the Daily Mail can, here's the headline on the book that Hewitt has produced on what Weller can be like, all too often:
Why, after 30 years of endless tantrums, I’ve had enough of Paul Weller’s ever changing moods, says a former close friend
From Dan Bull, a witty way of linking together the news that Hugh Grant put one over on sleazy tabloid journalists, the widening revelations of illegal phone-hacking in Rupert Murdoch's newspapers and ... well, the dance scene from Love, Actually.
Post-Diana Ross, The Supremes dropped the chiffon and the starchy posturing .. and relaxed. I remember Flip Wilson from when I was growing up. This appearance from his show (stick around to the end to see him with the Supremes) features a cover of the Stephen Stills tune.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.