Archive for May, 2010

Down On His Luck Douglas

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Yesterday I met Douglas and after hearing his life story I wanted to share this with my blog readers to help him out. He started to explain that he had been living behind a flower shop and electronic store for the last few days. He admitted to me how he enjoys alcohol and prescription drugs. Then begins to say how he was messed up on some pills the night before and traded his pet dog and sleeping bag for a few bottles of booze that he is not sure what it was. While intoxicated he had been beaten up for his money and extra pair of running shoes. The smells coming from this guy was like spoiled soiled rotting banana peels that was left in the sun on decomposing pig manure. I don’t know where the shelters in Toronto are so I was not much help to Douglas. But if you see him direct him to the local homeless shelters or places he can find assistance.

These were taken with my new camera.

Hairdos and Hair don’ts

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

On thursday afternoon I saw alot of interesting hairdos including this hair don’t.

I was not sure what was going on with the top of this guys head. My mind exploded when I saw him style his string of hair.

These were taken with my new camera.

Mystery Cubes

Friday, May 14th, 2010

These are some photos from last year. These intriguing structures are at 1 Sumach Street.

A legal skirmish has marooned these intriguing structures along Eastern for a decade, but the toylike, eco-friendly modules may be a radical answer to T.O.’s housing crunch

What UniTri modular “space structures” at 1 Sumach (at Eastern) – the answer to Toronto’s affordable housing crunch?

Pioneering design Based on an architectural innovation developed by Dutch structuralist Piet Blom, the “cubes,” hundreds of which have been built in Rotterdam, Holland, were assembled at the Sumach site in 1996 by Ben Kutner, an Ottawa architect who bought the rights to Blom’s design.

The big idea The cubes were built to demonstrate that a cheap, affordable form of housing could be built on derelict land and too-small, hard-to-develop spaces in the city core. They perch on a single column, taking up little ground space and thus reducing a major factor in the high cost of housing – land. Cubes can be built for as little as $150,000 each, and the land can be leased rather than purchased.

3-D living The cubes measure 24 feet square (42 feet from point to point) and provide between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet of floor space on three levels: a 350-square-foot lower level, a 600-square-foot middle level and 150-square-foot “sky level.” (The remaining floor space is taken up by the furnace and electrical power source in the lower point of the cube.)

Wise use of space No, the floors are not on an angle. They’re triangle- and hexagon-shaped and stack level inside the cube (see schematic on this page). The interior design actually maximizes both headspace – the ceilings are 9 feet high – and the flow of natural light. Canted walls also give the illusion of more space.

A concept for the ages The “cube-on-its-point” design resembles a tree (hence the name UniTri) and, for the purposes of cooling, works on the same “thermal chimney” concept that keeps forests cool. No AC is required. Simply opening a roof vent will keep the interior cool even on hot, muggy days. In winter, fans make efficient use of heat from the furnace. Also, the structures are earthquake- and fire-resistant.

House in a box Newer generations of the cube can be sold in “kits” consisting of lightweight steel construction onto which wind turbines and solar panels can be affixed and connected to other modules to create totally energy-self-sufficient neighbourhoods.

The plan The cubes were supposed to be part of a self-sufficient “fuel cell station” consisting of seven modules. They were intended to be taken apart, moved to the port lands and incorporated into a larger affordable housing project of hundreds of cubes.

The legal snag Kutner couldn’t get financing for larger projects. The holder of the mortgage on the property (Kutner did not own the land on which the cubes sit) sold the parcel, cubes and all. Kutner is now suing to regain possession of them. At issue is whether they amount to a “fixture,” in which case Kutner does not have a case, or “chattel.” A decision is not expected until next year.

Will the concept fly? It took Kutner 10 years to get the permit to build on the Sumach site.

These were taken with my old camera so the quality is not the best.

Here are some more photos I found online.

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Saw my first Real Life Pimp – They Do Exist

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

On tuesday afternoon I saw my first real life pimp. I had heard stories before that they existed but always thought they were made up like leprechauns and unicorns. Having now seen a real pimp my curiosity was peaking if the legends are true. Like the leprechauns legend of leading you to a pot a gold I started to wonder if he would truly lead me to some sort of hottie heaven or prostitution porn palace.

At first I did think this could be a halloween costume that this guy just wanted to get his full money worth since he has only wore it once to that all night party he went to on October 31st. But as you can see in the video this is his everyday outfit.

Sure enough the legend is true. With only a few mintues of filming he lead me towards Filmores Gentlemen’s Club. Now it wasn’t the best looking bulding I have ever seen but as you can see from the sign they make up for appearance by offering two for one lapdances.

These were taken with my new camera.

Blue Jays go 3-1 in the four-game series against the Oakland Athletics

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

These are some photos from the Oakland Athletics baseball game on Thursday April 29, 2010. This is the Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre.

It was a great night for baseball.

Still low attendance.

First game I was at this year with the roof open.

Home-Hardware sponsored Grounds Crew.

This video shows one of John Buck’s 3 homeruns during the game. Buck became the first catcher in six years to hit three home runs in a game.

These were taken with my new camera.