New Nanoblocks

Just in case you were wondering, I haven’t given up on my hobbies.  I am still pursuing them just as they pursue me.

Case in point are the latest additions to my Nanoblocks collection.  While casually browsing through my local Toys R Us (I don’t know how to make that inverted R–probably copyright anyway) I found these two kits on sale.  Since I was gearing up for the Tour de France (Congratulations Chris Froome) it seemed like fate was telling me to buy them.

I am pretty happy with the purchases, but need to figure out where they are going to go once I build them.  Due to circumstances beyond my control, my display space has been co-opted for another use.

I will post pictures when I get them assembled.

Stamp Collecting Magazines

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I have been trying to avoid becoming a stamp collector.  Since the hobby is not nearly as prevalent as it used to be, you would think that would be easy.  Financially, I will never be a big time stamp collector, but I think I have dipped my toes into the world of philately.

You see, I bought some stamp collecting magazines.  Why?  Curiosity mostly.  Normally, I would just borrow these things from my library and hopefully get it out of my system without too much cost to myself.  Sadly, my library does not cater to the philatelist.  I could complain, or try to order the material in…but that just seems like a bit too much work.

Today, while browsing through the bookstore I came upon three publications that they sell and decided to buy them.  The British one was the most expensive, but also the thickest.  The Canadian ones were very reasonable, and seem quite packed with information.  I haven’t had time to dig deep into them, but I am sure I will find some interesting things.

Things like this are probably on offer at stamp stores/shops?  collecting stations?  I don’t know what to call those places.  Stamp dealers?  However, there are none in my local area.  I am sure I could find one if I looked in the city.

The bookstore had no books on stamp collecting, but they had magazines.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Despite their size, they don’t seem to carry everything.  Even online bookstores don’t seem to have much.

I suppose I could have just gone online, but I prefer magazines.  I can read them in a variety of places and they are so portable.  Maybe I just prefer the glossy pages to that of the computer screen.

Does this mean I am going to be a stamp collector?  As I said before, unless this blog or my other blog take off and I start to get some extra income, I doubt it.  I will still be fascinated by stamps and what other cultures deem worthy of commemorating this way, though.

I did buy the Formula1 stamps and the Canada 150 stamps.  They looked too good to pass up.  I didn’t buy the Star Trek stamps, though.  Now. if only I could get those Calvin and Hobbes Stamps.

 

 

Still on the Road

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I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of this car.  I wouldn’t call it a classic, but I would say this style of car will never be made again.  Of course, we could lose the ability to do any wind tunnel testing and then maybe it could make a comeback.

I cam across this car in a parking lot of a Giant Tiger/Dollarama  combo mall in Scarborough.  Just in case you want to go looking for it.  It’s still on the road.

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The View from the Skywalk

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I was out at the Skydome (I still find it hard to call it the Rogers Centre)  to watch the Toronto Blue Jays pound on the Seattle Mariners.  Why walking to the stadium through the skywalk–a convoluted path that is convenient but poorly marked-I had a chance to snap some pictures.  I hope you enjoy.

 

Trains in Vietnam

My recent trip to Vietnam was fantastic.  If you want to see more pictures, please check out my main blog (link somewhere on the left hand side of this blog.

During the trip, I had the chance to see some interesting trains and I thought I should share them on this website.

The first is the original steam train the French used to go from Saigon to Da Lat when they wanted to escape the summer heat.  Based on the fact that it was over thirty degrees at the end of February in Saigon, I think that was a great idea.  Also, since Da Lat is a coffee producing region, have trains to carry the coffee beans was also a pretty good idea.

The second is  of the commuter train we took from Hue to Hanoi.  It left about 5:30 and we traveled until 5:30 in the morning.  I have a video, but I am unable to upload it to here.  When I have it uploaded to YouTube, I will put a link here.