Good news and bad news about Niagara Falls

I read an article a few days ago titled, “American Side of Niagara Falls Will Likely Be Completely Dry Within Three Years”1. That sounds like some bad news! An environmental catastrophe in the great lakes perhaps? The good news is it’s just journalistic sensationalism. The New York State Parks System needs to replace two bridges to Goat Island and two of the three proposed plans require that all the water heading for the American Falls be redirected to the Canadian Falls, leaving the American Falls entirely dry. The plan that doesn’t require stopping the water has already been deemed too expensive and is unlikely to be selected.

You may recall that I posted briefly about how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “dewatered” the American Falls in 1969. They were studying the erosion on the Falls and wanted to determine if all the rock rubble at the base of the falls should be removed. They decided to leave it as it is.

If things go according to plan, sometime in the next three years, the American Falls will again go dry while the bridges are replaced. I’ll be there, camera in hand!


  1. American Side of Niagara Falls Will Likely Be Completely Dry Within Three Years,” Epoch Times, retrieved on 2016-01-24.
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Nailed it!

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VW diesel report: 2015

Happy New Year! I still use Fuelly.com to track my fuel consumption. Here are the results of my driving in 2015:

  • I refueled 6 times.
  • The average distance I drove between fill-ups was 834.3 km (518.4 miles).
  • The average price I paid per litre of diesel was $1.05 ($3.96 per US gallon).
  • The total distance tracked in 2015 was 5 006 km (3 110 miles).
  • To drive that distance, I used 322.01 litres of fuel (85.07 US gallons).
  • I spent an average of $56.15 for each refuel.
  • I spent a total of $336.91 on fuel.
  • That works out to 7¢ per kilometre (11¢ per mile).
  • My average fuel economy for the year was 6.4 litres/100 km (36.6 MPG).

Taking it a bit further, 6 fill-ups in 12 months averages out to a fill-up every two months.

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Take care

My mom was in the hospital emergency department early this year. Happily, she is reasonably well and hasn’t been back since!

In addition to the air hookups, the call button cable, and all the other miscellany behind each bed, there is a small dry-erase board, presumably for the nurses to make notes for themselves or the nurse on the next shift. Below is the dry-erase board from the unoccupied bed opposite my Mom’s. I kept looking at it because I found it very moving. I hope the subject got well and went home.

20150207-180855 iPhone 5s IMG_0596.jpg: iPhone5s, back camera @ 4.15mm, 1/30, f/2.2, 320 ISO

IMG_0596.jpg: iPhone5s, back camera @ 4.15mm, 1/30, f/2.2, 320 ISO

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Kerning! Do you speak it?

I followed a white Impala for quite a distance on my way to a mall this afternoon. I was entirely distracted by it. See for yourself:

20151223-133003 iPhone5s IMG_0749.jpg: iPhone5s, back camera @ 4.15mm, 1/800, f/2.2, 32 ISO

IMG_0749.jpg: iPhone5s, back camera @ 4.15mm, 1/800, f/2.2, 32 ISO

Every letter of the LTZ designation is crooked, and the ‘L’ and ‘T’ pair suffers from wretched kerning! Whoever attached those letters clearly did so by hand and has no idea what kerning even means. What a mess.

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