Eclipse picse

February 27, 2008

Here are some dramatic photos of last week’s eclipse of the moons, as captured by a local amateur astronomer.

Note: These stunning photos have not been “Photoshopped” or otherwise doctored in any way. They have been formatted to fit your screen.

“Live long and prosper.” “I shall do neither.”

November 3, 2007

“It’s fun to die when your earthly remains are ensconced in a Star Trek urn or casket.”

They’re made by Eternal Images (“Designing Brand-Name Funerary Products”), which also offers Precious Moments” Major League Baseball, and Cat Fanciers’ Association funerary products.

 Beam on down to the manufacturer . Warp Factor 666.

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Going… going… on eBay

September 4, 2007

The perfect gift for Bill and Jeff to share! Currently going for $665. US.

 

Back before the Sundins and Sakics of the NHL there were two hockey greats named Bobby Orr and Gordie Howe. In this rare photo they are seen battling with each other on the ice.

This piece is signed by both Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. It is a limited edition piece. In the series there are only 144 pieces, so don’t miss your chance to pick one up now.

Keep in mind this piece retails for $1,149.99 Canadian, and there is no reserve on the auction, so savings are essentially guarenteed!

Guarenteed, indeed.

Whaling in the News

June 14, 2007

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From June 14, 2007

The One that Got Away – for nearly 150 Years 

(isn’t that a song by Jim Betts?)

NEW YORK–Inuit who caught a bowhead whale off Alaska have found a harpoon fragment lodged in its blubber that shows the 45-tonne mammal survived a similar hunt more than a century ago.

Experts got a rare insight into the age of one of the world’s longest-living species when they identified the 5¼ inch (13cm) projectile embedded in the whale’s neck as part of a bomb lance in use around 1890.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said John Bockstoce, a curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts.

Scientists normally estimate a whale’s age by chemical analysis of its eye lenses, which become cloudy as they age. It is rare to find one that has lived more than a century, but experts say that the oldest can be close to 200 years old.

“It confirms something that scientists have been coming up with independently by analysing eyeball layers,” Mr Bockstoce said. They have come to the conclusion that there are whales that live to more than a century up in the Arctic,” he added.

The bowhead, which lives only in Arctic waters, was once in danger of being hunted to extinction. But its population bounced back when demand for whalebone corsets plummetted.

The harpoon fragment was found by the crew of Captain Arnold Brower as they used chain saws to cut open a large bowhead whale they caught off Barrow on May 16.

It has been identified as the head of a bomb lance manufactured in the Massachusetts whaling centre of New Bedford between 1879 and 1885.

Generally fired from a heavy shoulder gun, the small metal cylinder was filled with explosives and equipped with a time-delay fuse so it would explode seconds after it was shot into the whale. The bomb lance was meant to kill the whale immediately and prevent it from escaping.

The device exploded and probably injured the whale, but it survived until it was killed by a similar explosive harpoon more than a century later.

“This model was only made from 1879 to 1885, by which time it was obsolete,” Mr Bockstoce said.

“You have to add a few more years for it to get to Alaska and a few more years of shelf life. We think it was probably used around 1890, plus or minus a few years.” He suggests that the lance fragment was manufactured in the waterfront New Bedford shop of Frank Brown based on a design by Ebenezer Pierce, who introduced a new patent in 1885.

Guess who’s on display at the CBC Museum?

May 30, 2007

Just hanging there, as if they were just props, or puppets….

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worldmapper maps

March 7, 2007

Interesting views of the world. Canada is big in things like hydroelectric power and meat exports. Now, if they had a map based on number of curling clubs …

http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=28

… BW

February 21, 2007

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Dave Keon in the News, part last-minus-one

February 17, 2007

AKA, my childhood hero is better than your childhood hero

(note: in the above sentence, the word “childhood” is optional) 

Results 110 of about 84 for dave keon.

  

 

Matt Stajan wears Dave Keon’s 14, and would give it up to honour
Canada.com, Canada – 2 hours ago
TORONTO (CP) – Matt Stajan has a special reason for wearing 14 on the back of his Toronto Maple Leafs sweater and it has nothing to do with Dave Keon.

 

Toronto cruises to victory over shaken Philadelphia
Globe and
Mail, Canada –
11 hours ago
The most anticipated part of that ceremony will be the return of Dave Keon to an official Leafs function. He has been estranged from the Leafs since 1976,

 



Hamilton Spectator
Backhand compliment
Hamilton Spectator, Canada – 12 Feb 2007
So let’s celebrate the backhand shot during the week one of the guys most proficient all time with it, Dave Keon, returns to Toronto to celebrate the 40th

 

Keon to return from Leafs exile

Canada.com, Canada – 25 Jan 2007
Dave Keon, the old captain – the Hall of Fame player Harold Ballard treated like a peon – had agreed to come home after a 31-year self-imposed exile from

 


Sportsnet.ca
Welcome back Keon
Sportsnet.ca, Canada – 25 Jan 2007
Dave Keon will be lifting his 31-year, self imposed exile and return with the rest of his team to the Air Canada Centre Feb. 17. “It’s been 40 years,

 

Keon set to return to Toronto
CBC News, Canada – 20 Jan 2007
All is certainly not forgiven between Dave Keon and the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the legendary former captain is at least willing to give his old team a

 

Keon, Leafs inch toward a long-awaited reconciliation
Ottawa Citizen (subscription), Canada – 27 Jan 2007
It must be an crummy feeling, especially as Dave Keon kept his resentment and bitterness toward his old employer, the Toronto Maple Leafs, bottled inside

 

Keon to join 1967 Leafs celebration
Toronto Star, Canada – 21 Jan 2007
The frosty relationship between the Maple Leafs and former captain Dave Keon, a feud dating back to the Harold Ballard days, appears to have finally thawed.

 


Hamilton Spectator
View froom the ice
SLAM! Sports, Canada – 9 hours ago
And when you are dealing with the likes of Red Kelly, Frank Mahovlich, Terry Sawchuk, Johnny Bower and Dave Keon, well, these were experienced guys who had
Pappin credited with winning goal in Leafs’ Stanley Cup clincher ChronicleHerald.ca
all 19 news articles »

 

Keep reading right to the end

February 1, 2007

Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden waves to the crowd at the Bell Centre as his number is retired during a pre-game ceremony Jan. 29, 2007 in Montreal. (CP /Ryan Remiorz) Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden waves to the crowd at the Bell Centre as his number is retired during a pre-game ceremony Jan. 29, 2007.

Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden’s No. 29 retired

Updated Tue. Jan. 30 2007 10:33 AM ET

MONTREAL — The pantheon of Montreal Canadiens’ immortals has a new member — goaltending great Ken Dryden.

The erudite goaltender from the powerhouse Canadiens of the 1970s had his No. 29 retired Monday night at the Bell Centre.

Dryden was joined on the ice by his wife, Lynda, his two children and a three-week-old grandchild, while his older brother, Dave, a former Buffalo Sabres goalie, and his first coach, Al McNeil, addressed the crowd.

Former coach Scotty Bowman, teammate Larry Robinson and former Boston Bruins star Wayne Cashman offered taped testimonials on the scoreboard.

Dryden was introduced at centre ice by his opposite number in the pivotal 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union — Vladislav Tretiak — who received a standing ovation almost as warm.

“I played against Team Canada in 1972 and in 1975 against the Montreal Canadiens — the best hockey I ever saw,” said Tretiak, now president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation. “Ken Dryden played unbelievable.  He was a fantastic goalie and a great man.”

… He was called up to the NHL club late in the 1970-’71 season and played well enough in six games, all wins, that management chose him over their excellent starter, Rogatien Vachon, for the playoffs against one of the league’s greatest scoring machines of all time — the Boston Bruins, featuring the likes of stars Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito.

Dryden was a rock in the net, not only ousting the Bruins in seven games, but then beating Minnesota and Chicago to win the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the best player in the post-season.

Dryden was drafted 14th overall by Boston in 1964 but traded that same year to Montreal with Alex Campbell for Guy Allen and Paul Reid.

…. For who?

I got this for Christmas….

January 26, 2007

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