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Managing my stamp collection in a computer age - not what you expect - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>I look at computer based programs offered for stamp collectors and give them a whirl now and then. I'll go through a passionate period …

Software

Taking time to frame shots - upping my photography skills - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>I'm trying to cure my bad case of "point 'n shootist". It's a pretty sever infection. I have a habit of taking dozens of shots, hoping …

Photography

Reflections & murals - snakes 'n skulls in Toronto! - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>I often see some amazing visuals while trotting around the streets of Toronto. All too often, those are the days I've left my camera on …

Snakes

Went down to TIFF & took more photos of buildings - 150 King W - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>I've been watching videos by professional photographers, trying to learn how to correct what I consider bad photography habits. One …

Photography

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa says she won't sing in public again

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of opera's most celebrated stars, has told the BBC she will never sing in public again. Dame Kiri said she stopped performing a year ago, but had not announced her retirement until now.<p>"I don't want to hear my voice," the soprano told the Today programme, whose career has …

Entertainment

Lemons Are the Best Fruit

Don't @ me<p>Lemons are the best fruit, followed closely by limes. If your geographic or cultural circumstances cause the particular order of those two …

Breakfast

The Trends AD's Editors Hate

Our staff reveals the decor fads they're over<p>We'll admit it: As editors at <i>AD,</i> we get to see some pretty great things. From breathtakingly outfitted homes to the newest collections of furniture, carpets, lighting, and other design objects, we're constantly hunting down new and beautiful things to …

Digital Design

Went down to TIFF for people photos & ended up w/ architecture - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Wandered down to TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) to grab a few shots of people. What do you know, I came away with more …

Toronto Film Festival

Reducing noise: tips for a quieter home

We all know that no home is a silent haven, but there are some key things that you can and should do, if you want to significantly reduce noise in …

Home Improvement

Furthering my construction site obsession - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>I've been flipping through the photos I've taken over the past couple of years and noticed a growing trend. I've become a bit obessessed …

Espresso

For want of a good proofreader - layout tunnel vision - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>We’ve all seen posters/signs that make us shake our head and mutter “whoa, what were they thinking”. It's usually an amusing typo or a …

Design

Look out for major road closures due to TIFF, other events this weekend

TIFF isn't the only event causing headaches for drivers, TTC riders this weekend<p>Summer may be coming to a close, but Toronto has another weekend …

Toronto

Now's your chance to own Banksy artwork for cheap with his new Gift Shop

Banksy is a pretty bankable name in street art. His works are unique and highly sought after — but he hasn't sold any directly since 2013. Until …

Street Art

Single-Level Apartment in France Turned into Welcoming Duplex

This single-level apartment in the city of Rennes, France, no longer served the living needs of its owners, a couple with a young child. The …

Interior Design

Caravaggio the criminal: The violent life and crimes of an artistic genius

Caravaggio was a genius, that's undisputed. He was also a killer and a street gang menace (and a terrible tenant)<p>Caravaggio lived a hot, violent fist of a life. Brief, full of angst, upset, blood, death and a total revolution in painting on a scale only rarely approached in other periods in the …

Art History

Bomb Successfully Defused Following 'Largest' Evacuation Of Post-World War II Germany

Technicians worked for hours Sunday to successfully defuse a World War II-era bomb that had been lying dormant under the bustling streets of Frankfurt for some seven decades.<p>The 4,000 pound bomb was discovered Tuesday at a construction site for Goethe University faculty buildings, reports <i>The New</i> …

War

The most San Francisco restaurants: The true classics

When we host Bay Area visitors, we occasionally get what can initally seem like a simple request.<p>For example, one time a friend visiting from Seattle asked to dine out at a very "San Francisco" restaurant. He had no preference about the style of food, price range or neighborhood.<p>But to truly pick …

San Francisco

‘Fake’ Tom Roberts painting lost for 136 years revealed to be worth $325,000

Rejection, bought by former mayor of Maroochydore for $7,000, deemed to be first self-portrait by father of Australian impressionism<p>Lost for 136 years, an early painting by one of the greatest artists to have worked in Australia, has been discovered and authenticated.<p>The painting by Tom Roberts had …

Artists

A leisure Saturday stroll along Bloor St. - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Had a decent day out yesterday with a trip to Korea Town to pick up kimchi and walnut cakes. Nothing says Saturday afternoon in Toronto …

Photography

Map of Ancient Egyptian Sites and Settlements.

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

Ancient Egypt

Woman Stripped of Prizes After Using Public Domain Photos to Win Contests

A Swiss photographer has been stripped of two awards after it was revealed that she had submitted a Thai photographer’s public domain photos as her …

Public Domain

12 Tatted People Whose Love For Starbucks Is WAY More Real Than Yours

There are Starbucks fans, and then there are <i>serious</i> Starbucks fans — the kind who'd get a tattoo to prove it. If you've thought about getting a coffee tattoo but have your heart set specifically on Starbucks, you'll want to take inspiration from these 12 megafans who've tatted Unicorn Frappuccinos, …

Tattoos

Sriracha Makers Are Suing Their Chili Pepper Provider

It's getting hot, hot, hot<p>Huy Fong Foods Inc., the company that manufactures those ubiquitous green-capped bottles of Sriracha, sued the company that …

Food

What Should Be Done with America’s Abandoned Malls?

As the number of vacant retail centers around the U.S. continues to swell, the question of what to do with the spaces grows more acute<p>Any North American over 30 likely has memories of idle days and misspent youth congregating in enclosed shopping centers: that paean to America’s national religion, …

Cities

I was getting worried - Talman Stamp auction - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>One of my favourite places for stamp auctions has been AWOL for months and I was getting very worried. John H. Talman stamps, in …

Toronto

Ok TTC we need to talk – this is not a shelter - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>TTC, we need to chat. A long serious one about your complete lack of common sense. I’m not sure if the decision makers at head office …

Industrial

Scenes from my balcony - no not a Romeo story - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>I'm going to start a new series titled "Scenes from my balcony". Every week something chaotic, silly or fascinating seems to play out …

Photography

A 16 hr watch - Did I miss the time change memo? - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>I spend far too much of my time cruising the internet looking for silly things. And I'm rarely disappointed. If it isn't people crying …

Isn'T

Don't think this will work - a little midweek humour - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>I love snickering reading organisational help pages. The information is so out of touch with the way I cheerfully function:<p>blog comments …