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I know it is August and it is definitely hot out there.  And this place doesn’t even exist anymore.  It melted.



This was our room in the ice hotel.  And yes, it was all ice and snow except for that candle and the bedding.  Very cool to see, if you’ll pardon the expression.  I’d definitely tour it again.  Not so sure I’d try to sleep there again.  That didn’t work out so well.




At the Quebec City Winter Carnaval.


It’s hot out there.  To help remember that it can be cool, here’s one of those shots that was hiding from me in the library.

Back in February we went to Quebec City for the Winter Carnaval.  It was great fun.

One of the things that greets you almost immediately is the Cabane à Sucre.  Having not grown up in a maple forest, this was a new one for me.  Here’s how it works.  Make a big snow bank.  Pack it down and smooth off the top.  Then get a pitcher of maple syrup and heat it, reducing until it is more concentrated will set up when it cools.  Then ladle it out in striped on top of the snow.  Hand a wooden stick — regulation tongue depressor works fine — to eagerly waiting child.  Get aforementioned child to wait until the syrup cools enough to be wound up like a lollipop.  Like the song says, the waiting is the hardest part.  Good, maple-y.  Very sweet.  You will not need two.

Back in February we were in Quebec City to catch their Winter Carnival.  It was lots of fun: Glissade de Glace (ice flume), snow tubing, dog sledding, snow ball fights… And plenty cold.

To start the day warm, we enjoyed the Brulerie St. Jean.  Apparently part of a mini-empire of bruleries.

Well prepared macchiato.

Perfectly respectable grilled cheese if you ‘re a little hungry.


One more shot from the Toronto visit.  This is the outside of Steve Mann‘s gallery/house near the University of Toronto.

And here’s the thing:  On the outside is a giant QR code.  What are you supposed to do with QR codes?  Take pictures of them, so that you can be directed to a website.  But right in the middle of this one is a symbol that says “no cameras.”  So take a picture.  But don’t.

But wait, there’s more.  If you do take a picture of the building, it notices and it will take a picture of you too.  And then post your picture on its website.

At the Toronto Gay Pride parade.


At the Toronto Gay Pride parade.


At the Toronto Gay Pride parade.


At the Toronto Gay Pride parade

From last week when I was in Toronto for the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society.

Here’s a group of us out for a different kind of photo walk.  We’re all pointing our cameras at a surveillance camera.  It’s watching us.  And we’re watching it.  The point of course is not to just hold up cameras at the surveillance infrastructure.  But to level the playing field.  By having many people participate, you get to a state of “equiveillance.”  Check out the talks from the conference for more.