Here’s a panorama photo taken on Willow Street on the south side of West Broadway Avenue, looking west.

We’re looking straight at the Willow Medical Building and by reflection the 14-storey Fairmont Medical Building at 750 West Broadway, an office tower built in 1960—which I think is a most beautiful slab of a building.

The tall pointy building on the right side of the image (north side of West Broadway) is 805 Broadway Centre, a 19-storey office tower built in 1974 in the Brutalist architectural style (brrr!).

I really thought raccoons would figure it out first—or crows.

But it appears the race to be the first non-human species to panhandle may have been won by seagulls. Well, this seagull—and with predictable results.

The panning itself isn’t the problem. It’s dealing with all the coins afterwards.

It’s hard enough some times for human panhandlers to convert the coinage they receive into bills. Birds will have it that much harder.

The problem with panhandling is the handling part

A lot of panhandlers convert their coins at fast-food restaurants. All birds, however, have learned the hard way that waddling into restaurants can be dangerous—the distance from the front door to the cooking pot is very short as the crow flies.

This concrete floor looks fine to me. It looks, in fact, like a healthy dog’s nose—wet and shiny.

However the floor is being “cured”—and don’t expect any wisdom from me on that subject. Until recently, I took cement to be a synonym for concrete, when in fact cement is one of the ingredients in concrete.

I would guess, though, that curing a concrete floor is not the same as curing a patient, any more than fixing a car is like fixing a cat.

That said, it appears that curing concrete requires patience. This South Granville property was left open at both ends all night to facilitate the process.

News about the American company planning to bring powdered alcohol to U.S. store shelves in the fall isn’t so good.

Time magazine and others are reporting that Palcohol’s federal approval for the sale of powdered alcohol in the U.S. has been withdrawn—that it was granted in error.

Thanks to changes two years ago in Canadian copyright law, so-called “copyright trolls”, working for American movie companies, are now able to directly put Canadians on notice when they catch them allegedly sharing copyrighted content.

Thousands of such notices have already been emailed to Canadian Internet users. A street person I know received one from Shaw Cable two weeks ago. It began in part as they all do:

…We have been notified by a content owner that your Internet Protocol (IP) address has been associated with copyright infringement…we are obliged to forward to you the attached copy of the content owner’s notice…

They are obliged by provisions in Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act—Bill C-11—passed into law at the end of 2012.

Kiesza is a mystery to me—a Canadian pop singer I was unaware of until I tripped over a reference to her two days ago.

A few websites, one Wikipedia entry, and a music video later, I understand she’s originally from Calgary, Alberta, and that she was codebreaker for the Royal Canadian Navy before she switched to a career in music. Also, her debut single, "Hideaway", entered the U.K. singles charts at No. 1, knocking a single by someone else I’ve never heard of down a notch to No. 2.

This could change alcoholism as we know it forever.

The U.S. government is believed to have given the green light to powdered alcohol. On April 8, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved “Palcohol” for retail sale. Little 100-millitre packages of the stuff could hit store shelves in the United States as early as this fall.

Seven varieties of Palcohol have been approved: vodka and rum powders (85 percent alcohol by weight), as well powdered cocktails like lemon drops, cosmopolitans, mojitos, and margaritas (81 percent alcohol by weight).

The north side of the 1400 block of West Broadway is having a problem with graffiti.

The problem began in 2013 when a planned mural on one two-storey building just never materialized.

Most taggers seem to respect finished murals. Murals that are never finished—apparently not so much.

The result has been a cycle of taggers tagging and building management overpainting.

The pictures represent just a recent snapshot, beginning with building management painting over graffiti tags the height of and half the length of the wall. That was on April 11.

Three days later, on April 14, the sun rose over the new tag someone had thrown up overnight.

It doesn’t even look like an elephant taking a whiz. It looks exactly like what it is—a drain pipe.

Actually it looks like a photograph of a drain pipe and one that I’m disinclined to waste.

I took the photo while deep in the thrall of my last post about Tachowa Covington, the guy living in the water tank—the water tank British street artist Banksy thought looked a bit like an elephant.

“The elephant in the room” is a phrase that refers to a thing so obvious it goes without saying.

In a new play about British street artist Banksy and how he made an American street person that much more homeless…the thing that goes without saying in the play is its real-life homeless central character.

And that, it seems to me, just adds insult to the original injury.

The play, called The Room in the Elephant, by playwright Tom Wainwright, fictionalizes the true story of how Tachowa Covington, an American street artist in Santa Monica, built a life for himself on the margins of society.

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