Friday, 19 January 2018

Random Ideas: Could learning toki pona benefit an aging population?


 First, What's Toki Pona?

Short answer: A constructed language with only 120 root words.
Longer answers can be found  here Wiki & tokipona.org

The language is designed to be simple, minimalist, and somewhat universal. But, the specifics aren't that important to the original question. Could learning toki pona benefit an aging population?

The point is that the language work very different from ours. With 120 words you need to combine words and thoughts in new ways. You need to conceptualize things differently. More to the point you have to think differently and, from what I've read, thinking differently can be helpful in maintaining our mental faculties as we age.

So when I heard about this constructed language and how it works my first thought was "I should try to learn a bit of it" & the second was "could that be useful for preventing dementia?" I don't know enough about dementia to answer that question but, it did lead me to to another thought.

If learning a new language is supposed to be good for maintaining mental agility, wouldn't learning a language designed to make you think differently be the perfect choice?

I have  looked at toki pona, but I haven't learned any, just read a bit & looked.

Learning toki pona is for that magical day in the future, when I have time to spare and nothing to fill it with. When a day like that comes along I can sit down and learn Toki Pona.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Christmas . . . Still?

Yep!  . . . .  well, Sort Of.


 

Today is Epiphany, which is the traditional end to the Christmas Season.

The Twelve Days of Christmas are done, the Yule lads have all gone back to their cave til next December & regular work should resume on Monday.  At least that was the tradition. Today most of us went back to work long ago.




 This is my last Christmas post for a while. (I do have a folder for next year already)
A few pics to wrap up the season that's return seems to already be looming on the horizon.
I think the retail world is  planning to start their Christmas displays right  before Easter this year.
OK, that might not be completely accurate, but it's not too far from the truth.


"Bland January"
"Merry Christmas"
So,
"Merry Christmas" is over 
"Bland January" is here.

(actually, I could use a bit of bland after all that food)







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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Pic-of-The-day December 31 | Christmas Concert pt2

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 A few more photos from the Special Christmas concert at St. Mark Church (Anglican in N.O.T.L. Ontario) to celebrate the retirement of Michael Tansley as organist.


We got reserve tickets in the balcony from Michael's husband barney.  The view was great, (best seats in the house) but it made it a bit difficult to get close up shots with the gear I had, Guess I should have planned a bit better.

At the end of the day the concert was great & I got some good photos.

*As a bonus I got to say Hi to Dracula (Allan Louis who played Dracula at the Shaw festival). It's not often you run into Dracula in a church.

You can see the rest of the photos in this flickr album.




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Saturday, 30 December 2017

PoTd - December 30 - Christmas Concert

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Christmas Concert at St. Marks Anglican Church in Niagara-On-The-Lake.

Here is a selection from the Special Christmas concert at St. Mark Church (Anglican in N.O.T.L. Ontario) to celebrate the retirement of Michael Tansley as organist.

I have a whole album of photos from the concert on flickr.



I wasn't really planning to shoot the concert (maybe just a snap or two)  so I didn't make any preparations or bring any gear. This left me with limited options, but all in all they turned out alright.

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Friday, 29 December 2017

December 29 - McFarland House Christmas (2017)

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McFarland House Christmas (2017)

 


McFarland House Christmas (c.1800) decorated for Christmas in the style that it would have been decorated in by the family that build it (or as close as possible).  2017 is the first time I've been been to McFarland House for Christmas and I really enjoyed it. 



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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Window into Winters that where.

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Scans of old family photos taken in the great Canadian winters of years gone by.

They are all family photos (ie not purchased).  I won't try to detail who everyone is,  as I 'm not sure about every person in every photo.


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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Holiday Greeting


 
Here's set of 4 personalized Christmas greeting I made for different households in my family to use a holiday greetings on social media.

They are all variations on the same format, but all have they're own twist. 

I've  been going through a wide range of tutorials to improve my skills in the Adobe suite of software.  So I took a few different elements and came up with these Christmas greetings.

If your interested,  some of the elements where created in Photoshop & the rest in After effects.  I was going to use Illustrator for some elements but found out I could do them in AE just as well, which (aside from making something cool for people) was one of the reasons to make them. So I could get some practice and learn something new.


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