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  1. At work, there was an ad playing on the TV with CP24 on for some kind of product that was touted as "killing disease causing bacteria". I realize now that they were trying to say it was bacteria that causes the disease, but because I'm a moron, I made a snarky comment to my co-worker about how "that doesn't sound right, but I don't know enough about science to disprove it" because it sounded to me like they were saying the disease causes bacteria to exist.

    I'm sure she must now think I failed grade 6 science.


  2. Because of reliability issues with the new trolleybuses in Bratislava, they are reactivating a few of the older ones that haven't run in service since 2015/2016. Forget wondering if they'd be scrapped before I get to go there, I might even get to ride some of them in service again!!

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  3. 22 hours ago, Wayside Observer said:

    Which brings me to some potential good news for you:

    European Union reopens to Canadian travellers which means, for the moment, you might be able to visit your family like you were talking about a while ago.  The for the moment part is this:  Canada remains closed to the EU and Trudeau extended the complete closure of Canada until the end of July yesterday.  There was no mention of the EU reopening to Canadians, no mention of reopening to travellers from the EU and no announcement of getting started working on plan to reciprocate at the end of July if not sooner.  Total.  Diplomatic.  Fail.  It's entirely possible the EU decides to say no to Canada in the next few weeks if there's no movement on reciprocity and I wouldn't blame them if it turns into a one way street.

    I did see this, but sadly I'm unable to take advantage as of yet. For one thing, the quarantine coming back is not something I am up for handling, so I'm staying put until that has been cancelled. For another, I don't have enough money for my plane ticket yet... and now my hours at work are being cut, so Lord knows when I'll actually get to go. And yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if the EU walks back on their decision to let Canadians in based on the total lack of reciprocation.

    22 hours ago, Wayside Observer said:

    I've been constantly harping on "What's the plan?", "What are the criteria?", "How are the decisions being made?"  Looking at how this went down over the last couple of days with the complete thud and lack of any action or information or anything on the Canada end, I think I got my answer.  There is no plan.  Obviously.  If there was, something would've been said about what it looks like by now.  That also probably means there's no criteria or framework for making decisions to back up navigating through the execution of a plan since there isn't one other than to keep the border and as much of the economy as possible shut down knee-jerk reflexively apparently indefinitely.  Frankly, the whole premise is wrong.  We should be asking, "How do we do a reasonable restart safely and make it work?" instead of "Keep it closed forever".  I'm sick and tired of hearing Trudeau trot out crap about "ongoing conversations with our partners" that apparently have apparently produced no results outside of running up the PMO's long distance bill.  Honestly, at this point, based on decisions not getting made, based on plans not being outlined, based on information not being provided, based on no movement on anything other than maintaining an early-April status quo and vacuous press conferences, I can't really argue with my conservative leaning friends about Trudeau being an intellectual lightweight.  Now, if not several weeks or months ago, might be a good time to come up with some actual substance about how do we go about getting on with as much as possible as safely as possible going forward, instead of stalling and talking platitudes about how great ongoing conversations are.

    Absolutely agreed. There's so much empty, high minded rhetoric being thrown around, and it feels like very few countries out there are actually trying to figure out some way to live around the virus instead of placing their hopes in a vaccine which may never come. This is like racking up an insane gambling debt and expecting to pay it off by winning the lottery.

    You might, but it is foolish to behave as though that's a sure thing.

  4. 20 minutes ago, Jeffrey said:

    Is it?

    I always thought the idea of immunity passports was aggressively stupid and unjust. Subjecting people to all these horrible restrictions and telling them they're not allowed to be rid of them unless they've successfully cleared the virus seems like a great way to get a lot of people to put themselves in harm's way unnecessarily. The idea should've been thrown out for being batshit insane the moment it was floated.

    As for herd immunity potentially not being on the table, well, then we'll learn to live around the virus. We did it for thousands of years with tons of other pathogens and somehow we're still here.

  5. Things are very different in Bratislava as of today: the last of the legendary Škoda 14 Tr trolleybuses, in service since March 1982, were removed from regular service last night and moved into storage. The modernized Škoda 15 TrM articulated trolleybuses are now the last regularly operating representatives of a nearly 40 year trolleybus dynasty.

    The 14 Trs were numbered 6201-6315, and arrived in the city in 12 batches built from 1981 to 1991. In the mid-2000s, several of these buses were "modernized" to type 14 TrM with a brand new body: these were 6304II, 6293II, 6263II, 6291II, 6271II, 6222II, 6226II, 6265II, 6283II, 6306II, 6260II, 6301II. these w Finally, 14 TrM buses 6267/II and 6261/II were bought second hand in 2010 to replace the original buses, which were too far gone to repair, and in 2014, buses 6316 and 6317 were temporarily leased for a period of several months to deal with a trolleybus shortage.

    These buses began to disappear en masse in 2015, and after early 2016 became a rare sight, with usually only two buses making it out onto evening runs of route 203, which then operated all night on the night routes. This job will now be done by the last two 15 TrMs. As for what will happen to the remaining buses on property? Only heaven knows. Two 14 Trs, 6207 and 6293/II, are currently indicated as historic vehicles, but it will be a long time before any of this family, including the artics, will see restoration. The remaining buses may be put into storage, to be used in an equipment shortage, they could be sold to beleaguered trolleybus operations in Ukraine, or they could be scrapped. Only time will tell.

    There are two 15 TrM trolleybuses which are still in service: 6621 and 6632. The overwhelming majority of the fleet now resides in dead storage in a tram yard since 2016, their futures unknown. I can only hope that these God forsaken restrictions will be lifted and I will be allowed to travel to Slovakia before they scrap them before all of humanity dies out.

    Here are some of my choice photos of the 14 Trs over the years.

    9566616548_f264c27da7_z.jpgDPB 6207 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    9563821195_8ec0dbe3e8_z.jpgDPB 6234 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    9566650034_5a3b27c78b_z.jpgDPB 6238 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    16739634467_8270e81d10_z.jpgDPB 6262 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    16739628617_c7aeed79d2_z.jpgDPB 6269 - 02 by T3G, on Flickr

    9566640608_4b28bf2cfe_z.jpgDPB 6270 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    16759527430_8d5c7c1387_z.jpgDPB 6272 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    9563842541_b57017f119_z.jpgDPB 6275 - 02 by T3G, on Flickr

    16739624467_2b47a31bef_z.jpgDPB 6278 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    21924164860_16eab8fdd9_z.jpgDPB 6279 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    16324582244_560b25f192_z.jpgDPB 6284 - 03 by T3G, on Flickr

    16760752429_3874661698_z.jpgDPB 6288 - 03 by T3G, on Flickr

    9566623272_8f9c7e4413_z.jpgDPB 6290 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    16921021506_f4719ce099_z.jpgDPB 6292 - 02 by T3G, on Flickr

    16921019806_48e968632d_z.jpgDPB 6297 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    16324576554_a44eec8e46_z.jpgDPB 6300, 6301 by T3G, on Flickr

    9563826241_af6ff6978b_z.jpgDPB 6302 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    16946964985_2dbc338d92_z.jpgDPB 6315, 6283 by T3G, on Flickr

    9563834049_9992558020_z.jpgDPB 6283 - 03 by T3G, on Flickr

    16946991625_3ee03b5268_z.jpgDPB 6222 - 03 by T3G, on Flickr

    21491207713_9683634cbb_z.jpgDPB 6293 - 03 by T3G, on Flickr

    9566615722_41b7b0d4a6_z.jpgDPB 6226 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    9566655812_3cdf0b8728_z.jpgDPB 6226 - 02 by T3G, on Flickr

    9566643112_6312867a6a_z.jpgDPB 6265 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    23576689718_40a34e395e_z.jpgDPB 6261 - 02 by T3G, on Flickr

    16759510810_a778cd174e_z.jpgDPB 6304 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    16759285568_7a3563f93d_z.jpgDPB 6263 - 02 by T3G, on Flickr

    16945663792_c2068641ab_z.jpgDPB 6263 - 04 by T3G, on Flickr

    21491201103_0156f6be35_z.jpgDPB 6263 - 05 by T3G, on Flickr

    22112345575_6f1c776084_z.jpgDPB 6274 - 01 by T3G, on Flickr

    22122392621_29cf7028c4_z.jpgDPB 6302, 6294, 6271, 6307 by T3G, on Flickr

    21489490364_8c8f91b429_z.jpgDPB 6307, 6276, 6298, 6306 by T3G, on Flickr

    21925401669_b150642124_z.jpgDPB 6276, 6298, 6306, 6260 by T3G, on Flickr

    22086134696_c132d103bc_z.jpgDPB 6265, 6222, 6269, 6267, 6300 by T3G, on Flickr

    22122389661_febc432e77_z.jpgDPB 6306, 6260, 6265, 6222, 6269 by T3G, on Flickr

    22122388961_bceef8b1b2_z.jpgDPB 6269, 6267, 6300, 6291, 6297 by T3G, on Flickr

    21489486694_c6bb06b824_z.jpgDPB 6300, 6291, 6297, 6244 by T3G, on Flickr

    22086131596_58d50fbfcd_z.jpgDPB 6226, 6303, 6238, 6281 by T3G, on Flickr

    22112324075_83f41d9a63_z.jpgDPB 6281, 6232, 6231, 6274 by T3G, on Flickr

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  6. 19 hours ago, Shemar said:

    The new BiLevels that you are talking about are correctly known as Series 10.

    Right on, thanks.

    To follow up on that question, does anyone know what is meant by "Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in (date)" that is given in the notes section for all the 2014 Series VIII BiLevels? As far as I am aware, those cars came from the factory in the Metrolinx colours.


  7. Does anyone know what series of BiLevels the Crash Energy Management cars fall under? Back when I was sorting my online galleries, our wiki referred to them as Series IX. Now I see they are referred to as Series 10. Any idea of what the correct nomenclature is?

  8. Tonight, a customer came into the store to pick up a product, and wanted to open the product in store, to check that it was the same colour as a can of paint she had bought. The box was very awkwardly packaged, difficult to cut open using a knife, and difficult to pull apart with your hands, so, natural genius that I am, I took off my cut resistant gloves in a bid to try to get a better grip on the box. In my other hand I took the knife back. I don't know how this happened, or what I thought would happen, but I ended up cutting myself under my fingernail. All of this happened right in front of a cute co-worker. FML!

    It is astonishing how clumsy I have become since I started this job. In the last month and a half, I have managed to cut myself twice while handling a customer's order, almost impaled myself twice on rusty nails, pulled a muscle while lifting heavy stuff and continuously aggravated it, nearly dropped a 40 kg toilet on my foot, and dropped a shelf (which was being held up by another person, so the fall was cushioned and the full weight didn't fall down) onto my foot, on a day I forgot my steel toed shoes. Whatever next?

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  9. 20 hours ago, Wayside Observer said:

    I’d hold on to the camera original files.  Storage is cheap these days (you’d wince at what we used to pay for hard drives, CD-R discs and things like Zip discs and the other similar cartridges 25 years ago) and it’s a hedge against changing your mind later about whether a photograph is important or not.  It’s happened more than once that an unremarkable streetcar picture or something like that has become a lot more significant years later because a building in the background has been demolished.  Or, in my case, I can think of boring run of the mill CLRV shots I took that were unremarkable on King St. near the Atlantic Ave. underpass that are now notable because of how open that area was 20ish years ago before the whole area up above where the train yards were has been completely filled in with condos now, for example.

    Maybe you're right. Perhaps a more workable solution would be to create a whole bunch of Google accounts, since they offer 15 GB of drive storage, and store my RAW files on there if need be. I already have a subscription to G Suite but in case 200 GB is ever not enough...

    I'm a little concerned about physical hard drives at this stage in the game because my income, as someone who works part time for minimum wage, is still fairly limited, and there are other goodies I've got my sights set on in the (hopefully) not too distant future, such as plane tickets, that I consider to be bigger fish to fry. I'd definitely like to beef up my storage space one day but I also have to be realistic about what is the most important to me.

    20 hours ago, Wayside Observer said:

    Have you thought about picking up an inexpensive used film SLR kit and giving film a try?  It’s a bit of a different methodology from digital photography but it’s not a huge lateral move in terms of taking the actual pictures themselves, but yet a very different medium from an artistic point of view.  If might be worth trying out to see if you enjoy it if it’s something you haven’t done already.

    I haven't, really, not only for the financial concerns outlined above, but also because the convenience of digital, IMO, seems to be much higher than film. I think the benefits of being able to see immediately how your photo turned out, and potentially retake it, if necessary, outweigh the benefits of film, undoubtedly cool as it is. Maybe I'll change my tune one day when I've got more disposable income, but right now I'm fairly satisfied with the tools available at my disposal.

  10. 7 hours ago, Wayside Observer said:

    Nice pictures, especially the ones later into the evening where the darkening sky is most pronounced as the last of the daylight goes.


    7 hours ago, Wayside Observer said:

    Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel might be coming for you over that one caption though!


    7 hours ago, Wayside Observer said:

    One of my friends was out riding his bike in the Don Valley on one of the nice days in March or early April when everything was over the top draconian, stopped to take a few pictures, continued on his way and looped back about 10 minutes later and there was a police minivan and several cops right at the exact spot he had been taking pictures from.  He thinks he very narrowly escaped getting a $1,000 ticket and that put the chill on both of us as far as photography goes and was one of the things that started to cause me to revise my opinion downward about how the government's been handling things.

    Wow, that is crazy! For sure things have calmed down a lot since then. Were it not for the weighing knowledge at the back of my mind, and the odd person wearing a mask, I don't think I'd even know there was a shutdown going on when I was down on the harbourfrount. Now's probably the best time to be playing around with your camera equipment in the last few months, that's for sure.

    7 hours ago, Wayside Observer said:

    Are you embedding the ICC profiles in your JPEGS for the web?

    I am, yeah.

    4 hours ago, TechSpotlight said:

    I've tried shooting RAW files for my bus photography, but the thing is, the files are massively big, and since I don't have unlimited space on my hard drive, it is a bit unfeasable to me.  My bus photos are usually scaled down resolution wise for the web anyway.  

    I definitely don't have any intentions of keeping my RAW files for more than a week or two after a trip, unless it's for something massively valuable that I'd like to hold on to long term, should ever I want to refine my technique. It is a must, though, for me to give them a do-over at least once, particularly to correct over-exposure (if half of the photos I linked above were JPEGs in their original form, they would've been unusable garbage - see the comparison I'm attaching below) and to remove lens distortion, which is particularly present when zoomed all the way out or in on the 18-55 mm lens. It's not noticeable on a landscape photo, but on a bus photo, it could lead to some very unwanted results, which can be edited away in Canon's DPP software.



    4 hours ago, TechSpotlight said:

    But yea, those RAW photos are very nice quality, esspecially when it comes to all that detail (esspecially in the night shots)!


  11. 6 hours ago, Wayside Observer said:

    I read an article on the CBC website yesterday about how Air Canada, Air Transat, and a large number of other entities in the Canadian travel industry are now lobbying Trudeau to back off the existing restrictions and border closures for both interprovince travel within the country and internationally, essentially saying that it's excessive compared to what the current situation here and in many places abroad merits.  I don't think the travel industry would be pushing for a restart if they didn't think it could be done safely since it would be bad for business if it blew up in their faces so I think there is some strength to their argument instead of being a purely selfish business play.  We'll see what happens but hopefully it pushes the government to start moving on a number of things which will help your situation out on the Canada end.

    The EU end, that might be another matter.  We're almost halfway through June now so that July 1 restart date for the EU is a bit over two weeks away which means if they're running true to form the way the Canadian government has been, they're probably working from home cooking up another extension to drop sometime in the next week or 10 days to extend it past that.  We'll have to wait and see what happens but with credibility so blown over the "it's only two weeks"  and the border's "closed for 30 days" without any definitions over how and when to reopen and what the metrics for determining that are, "closed for 30 days" really means "20 days until we tell them about the next 30 day extension" in my books with no end in sight.

    Now if the CBC could publish an article on their website explaining how they think it's possible for reporters to do journalism without quoting sources, even if the source has said something unpopular and impolitic, that's something I'd be curious to read.

    Personally, I have little faith that either side would come through at this rate. The lack of action from the EU has been very telling, but clearly, anyone over here who was hoping for a return to travel on our side was equally delusional. A few weeks ago I read this article that said that Air Canada was gearing up to offer flights to Europe again starting this month, so I thought that they must know something we don't to be offering that. Clearly I was deeply mistaken. I hope their lobbying is successful. Would be nice if I could take off by August time, once I've saved up enough money to buy some extra bells and whistles for my camera.


    The knuckle dragging on this thing has been astonishing. Instead of closing the borders back when there still might have been an opportunity to contain the spread of the disease, we choose now, when Pandora's Box is opened and the virus is everywhere, to live like hermits. The mind reels.

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  12. So a few days ago, I went ahead and bought the Canon SL3.

    I really like it so far. It checks off a lot of boxes for what I was looking for in a camera, particularly when it comes to the quality of night photos which were a big weak link in my collection so far. The focus will take a bit of working out since it behaves so differently (especially the manual focus) from what I'm used to, but once I get used to it, I'll be off and away. Grabbed a 55-250 mm telephoto lens for it yesterday too.

  13. The other night, I went out to do some night photography on the harbourfront with my new Canon SL3.

    I like it.

    49999739731_c65a642f10_z.jpgToronto Transit Commission 4594 - 05 by T3G, on Flickr

    49998323391_20250148a0_z.jpgSeagulls by T3G, on Flickr

    49998574052_6ebb0f4143_z.jpgSeagulls by T3G, on Flickr

    49997800068_dc305d1697_z.jpgSeagulls by T3G, on Flickr

    49997799478_908000c6ce_z.jpgSeagull by T3G, on Flickr

    49998320366_29d6ca1bb0_z.jpgSummer Sunset by T3G, on Flickr

    49998570057_4436d00195_z.jpgDuck by T3G, on Flickr

    49998569142_bfe64ee183_z.jpgPeaceful Marina by T3G, on Flickr

    49998568577_dff6849f7f_z.jpgPeaceful Marina by T3G, on Flickr

    49998316976_917748cc3d_z.jpgPeaceful Marina by T3G, on Flickr

    49997794033_16f88f9454_z.jpgBridge Over Untroubled Water by T3G, on Flickr

    49998315716_faa6842411_z.jpgBridge Over Untroubled Water by T3G, on Flickr

    49998314421_89e9574388_z.jpgPink Sunset by T3G, on Flickr

    49997789748_706ddc1968_z.jpgDockside by T3G, on Flickr

    49997789103_b25e0c810c_z.jpgDockside by T3G, on Flickr

    49997788623_33ba60b869_z.jpgDockside by T3G, on Flickr

    49998559617_7d0b73dba8_z.jpgLight Trails by T3G, on Flickr

    49998307926_571c2b798b_z.jpgCN Tower Night by T3G, on Flickr

    RAW files are incredible. I can't believe I ever made due without them. Not that I had much of a choice, but still.

  14. I think that countries like Australia, and especially New Zealand have dug themselves into a hole regarding their border closure, though. So there's no active cases in their country: now what? Do they stay locked down for the next however long, not letting anyone in or out? Considering how much of their economy relies on tourism dollars, this doesn't feel entirely thought through. And if we fail to develop a vaccine in the near future, as the WHO (and not just them) warned was a possibility, what then?

    Personally, I don't feel hedging your bets on something that is not guaranteed to occur is very sound public policy. I'm not saying to reopen the borders to the US right this instant, but it's going to have to happen, unless we wish to live like hermits.

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