Ganga Din

I never have used pot – never smoked a roach, never ate any of Alice B. Toklas’ brownies. I’m sure lots of kids did it 50 years ago when I was at Queen’s – but not me. Having said that, I am not a “Reefer Madness” fan, nor do I think that possession of a bit ...

Five Alive

Well maybe she’s not a total juice blend, my younger granddaughter – but she is a juice girl. She loves her apple and orange juices – especially when she goes to McDonald’s. Susannah turns 5 tomorrow. It is hard to believe that the time has flown by so fast. She is her mother’s girl for sure. ...

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When I was a small boy, I was fortunate enough to get to know my dad’s uncle Eddy. Born in 1884, Uncle Eddy was a lifelong railroader. He started out with the tiny Bay of Quinte Railway, then worked for Canadian Northern and later on joined Canadian National. He was a freight engineer most of ...

Message In A Bottle

It’s a great Police song and a useful metaphor for a tiny personal blog like this one. Let’s be realistic – a site like Almontage is not ever going to be Google-esque when it comes to traffic. There will be limited interest in the articles here – there’s not much in the way of politics or ...

Blog-O-Versary

That’s me in London in 2008. Cheers! By this time, my Almontage blog had been going for 6 years or so – although not very frequently updated. I started off in 2002 using Blogger software and publishing the text from my personal website. This became increasingly impractical and slow so by 2007 I switched to publishing my ...

Changes in Social Media

I read recently that Google is shutting down its social media platform Google+ over the next few months. They claim it is for security reasons – they had to patch a big breach last March – but it looks to me as if it’s more a case of $$$. If you have never heard of ...

Three Life Lessons

On last Saturday, Maria and I were privileged to attend a Celebration of Life for Tom Abraham. It was good to see Laura and her grown-up sons again, to meet their wives and children. We got to sit with Tom’s sister, her son and his family. I was pleased to meet an old General Foods colleague. ...

In The Cloud(s)

Back in my youth, I was accused on more than one occasion of “having my head in the clouds.” I suppose there were worse places to have my head. Of course “in the cloud” (singular) has a much different meaning today. Simply put, it means keeping your data on virtual servers on the Internet instead ...

Always Behind the Times

Back when I first got online in the mid-1990s, it was a dial-up, text-based, forum heavy, low graphics and weak audio environment.  We had Internet chat rooms for spontaneity but that was about it. I wanted to set up my own little corner of the Internet with a personal website, and one of the ways ...

Get Stuffed

Well, I have done it! It has taken close to a year but I have finally transferred all my blog images to my own site and domain. For several years I hosted my images with Photobucket and embedded them on my own blog and elsewhere on the Internet as needed. I did pay a nominal amount and ...

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