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Joseph & Sari Grove are both self-employed visual artists who were born in Canada & live & work there too...(Joseph is from Ottawa & Sari is from Toronto)...

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Trumpeter Swans in Ontario not migrating South in winter due to physical obstructions in Lake Ontario waters...

Posted by groveontario on August 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

(picture shows Trumpeter Swan Concrete Outdoor Sculpture 5ft. by 3 feet by 3 feet...curing...then another layer of concrete...then eco-friendly concrete sealer from Eco-House.com Fredericton, New Brunswick...  

  I’ve noticed our Ontario Trumpeter swans hugging the shore as they seek places to come up onto the beach…(Groynes, those erosion control rocks, have been placed along our Lake Ontario beaches, which hinder entry from the water onto land-particularly when the water is rough in winter…)

  But more specifically, concerning the lack of migration in winter of our Trumpeters- it appears the oil rig thing development whatever you call it, along the west side of lake Ontario, just South of Lasalle Park marina in Burlington, Ontario, is impeding a natural swim flow southerly migration in winter…

  If that oil rig thing wasn’t there, the Trumpeters could naturally just hug the shore of lake Ontario & swim south to be warmer…The assumption that they can fly anywhere they want does not mean they will…If there are physical things in your waters along shores, that will block their first instincts & prevent instinctive migrations…

  I write because I worry about them in winter, because they just seem so cold here & can’t seem to get south enough…

  Sorry this is not exactly Arkansas(they are researching Trumpeter swan migration patterns at the moment) specific-but some of this info might help…

  Also, here they like bedtime at 6pm & wakeup at 6am…Boating after 6pm really disturbs their sleep cycle & they will swim to another location if boats are nearby when they are trying to sleep…

  Good luck with your research…Sari Grove, GroveCanada

  p.s.been looking into vending machines that could dispense wild bird seed for a quarter…Maybe one of you all could organize this? :)

Hi! I ran out of space on this blog so go to groveontario.wordpress.com to read more up to the minute blog posts if you'd like...

Posted by groveontario on August 8, 2011 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, I ran out of space at this blog area so please visit http://groveontario.wordpress.com to read more recent blog posts...Thanks, Sari Grove

or now also http://grovecanada.wordpress.com

or even visit grovecanada.net

or grovecanada.ca gee no wonder I keep running out of space...


Aw...People speeding in their cars at night keep hitting raccoons...

Posted by groveontario on July 23, 2011 at 7:59 PM Comments comments (0)

  (Today)This little raccoon was on Moore Avenue just east of Mount Pleasant Road...

    I picked up(& took to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic on McMurrich street/ The V.E.C.) a giant boy raccoon that had been hit over a month ago, on Mount Pleasant just North of the Crescent road bridge...

    Just a couple of weeks ago, there was a large female raccoon that had been hit on Rosedale Valley Road, on the way to the Bayview extension...

    All three instances were caused by cars speeding at night...Raccoons are nocturnal & will cross streets at night- if you on purpose tell your friends who are driving not to speed at night in this downtown core area, you will most likely save the life of a raccoon, & save you the guilt of having terminated a young life...

  Ferrocement: Spoke to Erik Miller at Home Depot at Laird & Eglinton (extension 315 Hardware dept., press #2 for his section, if you call)...Erik graduated from OCAD University (or whatever they call themselves now) in 1979...I was looking at the trigger start bernz-o-matic torches to weld steel rebar, but he had a better solution to creating a firm steel armature for a cement sculpture...Erik showed me galvanized steel pipes at 1/2 diameter & 3/4 inch diameter, that could be bent with a tool called a pipe bender (costs about 50 bucks but it is so cool), & you can attach the pipes with various connectors in various ways...Such an innovative & cool idea, if you have an artsy sculpture project idea & need help, find Erik who works at that Home Depot for advice...(Then you can put chicken wire or mesh wire over the pipes & cover with your concrete blend mix, seal with concrete sealer, pre-colour the cement when you mix it for colours, & voila, a gorgeous stable outdoor sculpture, & also since you are using pipes, you could fish an electrical cord through it & make it light up or make sound...(I was thinking a swan sculpture slash lighthouse beacon for the shore, or that maybe trumpets a sound when one approaches...?)
  Names of products do this neat technique if you go to the Home Depot website...

Klein Tools 1/2 in. Conduit Bender and Handle (this is the bender tool to bend the pipe)

 

1/2 in. x 10 ft. Galvanized Steel Sch. 40 Pipe (this is the actual pipe you are going to bend)

Product Length (ft.) : 10 ft

Product Weight (lb.) : 8.5 (weight is important if you are going to use many pieces- 70 lbs is about all I can manage by myself)...

1/2 in. Galvanized Malleable Iron Tee (this is the name of one of the connector thingies that will connect different pieces of pipe together)

  • 1/2 in. x 36 in. Galvanized Steel Pipe(this is a shorter piece of pipe you could use for your armature too)...

    (p.s. galvanized means the steel is coated with zinc so it won't rust...)(You cannot weld steel if it is already galvanized, but if you do have bare steel without the zinc you can buy a galvanizing zinc spray primer at Home Hardware that will spray galvanize if you forgot about this step)...

 

 

  Notes on liquor, fashion & health: We walked 14.23 kilometres from our home to the Home Depot store today...
  On our way, we shopped at Winners & the new Marshalls store (which is basically exactly the same thing as Winners)...I used to be a snob about this type of store, but I had not been explained the premise...These are not "cheap" stores, with merely low priced items, but what you can find are high quality designer goods that are merely out of season...What it means is the high end stores had stock for say spring, then summer arrived & they just dump all their gorgeous designer goods to a Winners or a Marshalls...It has been so hard for me to find great designer gear & decent prices in the past & I am really impressed with our recent bounty...

  Our last stop was to the LCBO store for a bottle of Italian sparkling wine called Epsilon, which at $13.95 Canadian & a light taste, will please many...(Look for the label that has the strange code on it, only- you are supposed to scan that with your smartphone & it takes you to their Facebook/Twitter/ website automatically...

Update on Wed. Aug. 3, 2011: 
Ended up using copper pipe ( a 6 ft. piece with 1/2 inch diameter), & cut it by hand using a small pipe cutter, then connected the pieces with copper Tee couplings, strung through all pipe with some copper wire to make sure it held & cut up 25 ft. of 24 inch galvanized chicken wire to create the shape...Next step is to cover with a concrete mix (I am going to use 4 parts white cement to 1/2part each of aragonite sand, silica sand, glass strands 3/4 inch, & perlite- so essentially the mix is 4 parts cement to 2 parts aggregate- also I add cement bond admixture to the water in a 25 to 75% ratio to make the concrete more pliable & waterproof)...I need to get some black powdered concrete paint from Home Depot before I can start...(paint has to be mixed integrally into the mix not applied to surface so it won't peel)...


Fluff stuff:

Posted by groveontario on July 20, 2011 at 8:09 AM Comments comments (0)

  *below is a link to an idea I had about getting exercise while sitting at the computer, & of course, lo & behold, it exists already in reality...I have no idea why anyone needs me, since apparently all my ideas have already been invented...

http://www.amazon.com/Isokinetics-Inc-Brand-Pedal-Exerciser/dp/B000KDWA82/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top


  This a site called I Done This, & what you do is tell it each day by email what you done that day & it records it on a calendar & makes you feel good about all that you done...(for me of course, just writing down what I done is a task unto itself...Am I going to say "I done this" instead of "I did this" from now on? Dunno...

IDoneThis.com


Cut my hair off...

Posted by groveontario on July 13, 2011 at 7:46 AM Comments comments (0)

  

 OK, so this is how I look now...I will have to update my other pics on the site so you will know who I am if you see me walking down the street...I may have to carry a picture on me as well, just to remind myself who I am...(husband says Bridget Nielsen, but I am not quite that blonde...) Suffice it to say, I tried to rescue a raccoon, &, well, now I know a new thing- lice are a mortal enemy, more dangerous to self-esteem & long haired people than any other threat...

  On the upside, I am now bonding with a whole new demographic- people with short hair & men...I have always liked men, but now I am one of them...yesterday a woman called me sir...(Despite the fact that I have been wearing bust enhancing tops from Mark's Work Warehouse to dispel confusion...)

  On the art front, (though cutting one's own hair is a pretty artistic endeavour- the secret is, grab hair & twirl before you cut- the twirling leaves a nicer edge than just hacking it off)...The swan (aka The Weeping Widow) is curing nicely, & I have now strapped the head to the neck with Sisal rope, so that I can flip her over again to re-finish the bottom part with a stronger cement mix (3:4, 3 parts white cement, to 4 parts aggregate, the 4 parts are 1) perlite 2) 3/4 inch glass strands 3)aragonite sand 4) silicate sand, plus I add liquid cement bond admixture & water)...Do you like the furry fuzzy quality? I think it is so neat!!! Once the last steps cure, which takes way too long in our humid climate by the lake, I have to investigate eco-friendly concrete sealers...

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Ideas...(3)

Posted by groveontario on June 29, 2011 at 1:06 PM Comments comments (0)

1) cement/tires/acidity: Cement construction, concrete mixes, mortars, all contain lime which is very acidic...PH balance must be neutral for living things...If you live near to a construction site, then your water will be acidic...That means that your glass windows will break, your rubber tires on your bicycle or car will look like they have been slashed, & your draft beer will contain metal pipe that has degraded into your beer...Even after a concrete building has been erected will your environment be acid...You could file a claim to the owners of the new building for damage that has occurred on your premises including health problems like difficulty breathing due to cement lung aspiration of airborne particles...All sites produce dust...Cement dust is quite harmful to the lungs...And so on...

2(hot dog steamies): Little Dog at 367 Manning Avenue makes Montreal style "Steamies"...They have chosen to locate themselves near to a Bank of Montreal bank...Why? because Montrealers know what a steamie is...How smart is that? If your art is known by a certain group of people, why not choose to exhibit near to where those people work?

3)Limited edition prints or other multiples: If you have two washing machines in stock at your store that are the same model number, the smart company lists both on their website as separate listings...Why? because it allows people to know there are two of the same model & they can choose which one they want...Just because your works of art are the same in terms of model number (ie: you have two prints of the same thing, but with different limited edition signed numbers, #101, #102, left over)- just because you have #101 & $102 left over in your print bin, doesn't mean they are exactly the same...Listing #101 on a separate listing to #102, says that they are the same image but different numbers...This allows people to choose which number they want to have...#13 is not the same as #12, so don't list them as one listing...CanadianAppliances.ca does this with their washing machines & it is smart...

Swanne

Posted by groveontario on June 22, 2011 at 11:24 AM Comments comments (0)

http://www.ehow.com/how_6817352_make-easy-evac-stretcher.html How to make an easy evac stretcher


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rime_of_the_Ancient_Mariner 

", but the fibres are attacked by acids" (problems with acidity in water biodegrading glass)(cement causes acidity in water due to the lime component)...wikipedia entry on asbestos,(follow that to) to entry on Chrysotile...

"2Mg3Si2O5(OH)4   →   3Mg2SiO4 + SiO2 + 4H2O": when chrysotile biodegrades due to proximity of cement

washed by rainwater into our lake ontario system, it separates into silicon, magnesium & water...

Thus weakening all our glass windows & glass walls & glass atriums (think the AGO art gallery of ontario remodel & the ROM royal ontario museum remodel)...

Which is why we should stop building cement buildings in ontario...Also why people in glass houses should be

scared...


The soundtrack is a song called Avalanche Buffalo that I wrote & performed using GarageBand on a Mac... (when I discovered that I couldn't use other people's music for sound in my videos, I decided to write & perform & record a bunch of songs that I could use as I please...)

Swanne, the sculpture, is still a work in progress, as you can see in the video...It is 7o by 30 by 30 inches...

The finishing layers, which I show in the video, are made of a mix I made up: 2 parts white portland cement, 1 part aragonite sand, 1 part silica white sand, 1 part 3/4 inch chopped glass strand. 1 part perlite, 1 part water, 1 part cement bond admixture, (the add to taste more cement bond liquid if it is still too dry)...


here's a comment I wrote tonight at artbizblog.com 

   Know yourself...To thine own self be true...be secure in who you are...Know how to define your own parameters...Know what you are willing to do & what you are not willing to do...If you first have a clear definition of who you are, then the future becomes just a realization of the actualization of your present...be yourself every day, & in the future you will achieve the harvest of all of those little days put together...The future is like the past- it is really the tiny moments where you are most yourself that you see as successes, either forwards or backwards...Write a list of your favorite things to do, then plan on doing them...Now you can see the future better...


Straw & hay are not the same thing...Waterbirds know the difference between food & large colourful silicon based items which are consistent in material with sand...The nests are called technically "artificial nests" not fake, & the beach is where Trumpeter swans nest...The artificial nests are designed of biodegradable material on purpose, as are real nests...The mess & litter on the beach is from human debris not waterbird nests...The Silly Bandz are identification bands which needed to be put on of necessity due to the fact that many humans in Canada are apparently not aware that it is federally illegal to destroy a nest or nesting habitat, which is why ornithological groups are stepping in internationally to repair already created willful destruction of waterbird nests...But thank you for asking...

p.s. straw is a magnesium component when it degrades, which when c=it comes into contact with moisture, cleanses our waterways of mercury, which is the result of incinerations of solid waste from sewage treatment plants entering our Lake Ontario...The straw actually cleans our drinking water by adding magnesium, so the nests are dual purpose, at least...http://groveontario.wordpress.com 

A response to a Globe & mail article about Canadian government arts spending

Posted by groveontario on June 22, 2011 at 8:06 AM Comments comments (0)
  The issue of funding the Arts by government is one of necessity created by our high tax bracket...If there was more luxury money to spend in the pocketbooks of the taxpayers, then yes, art might be able to sustain itself in Canada without handouts...
  Why are our taxes so high? The predominant culprit is health care...Most of our tax money is spent now on free health care to anyone who becomes a citizen our obtains some sort of Canadian status...If the pressure from health care monies was relieved, taxes could indeed be lowered to a more normal level, & then art could flourish from allowing people the freedom to spend their extra cash on culture...Culture being something that usually gets thrown out when necessity knocks...
  If we examine the predator, health care, we might see that apparently more people are sick since we brought in full OHIP & banished extra-billing...We might also ask ourselves, why is health care so heavily subsidized by government here? If we are cutting away excess, why don't we cut the bloated health care system & let all our other programs breathe?
  Everything else in Canada costs money, why should going to the doctor be free? Arts is just a mouse on the back of the health care elephant...Sorry for being complicated, but the issue of arts supporting itself financially is inextricably tied to lowering taxes...Which is inextricably tied to cutting off bloated programs...The most bloated of all being free health care...p.s. I am an artist & my Dad was a doctor...So I know a little about the issues...

GroveCanada

2:46 AM on June 23, 2011

The US is number one on the list of countries with the highest incidence of cancer, Canada is number three...Apparently these numbers correlate historically to permissions regarding genetically modified proteins, like corn that has insecticide built into the plant, allowed in our food, (ever since the laws allowing these foods into our grocery stores were instituted...) If we clean up our faulty food system, we can take pressure off the health care system, & free up our country from that most heavy of burdens...(of course, that is only one way of cutting off the chaff- instead of cutting off the arts)...
To the responder who said health care is not free- you know what I meant...To the other who said she is tired of hearing about high taxes- Well, high taxes is what happen when you have made the assumption that government has to support the arts by handouts- Artists who don't like high taxes are the ones who are trying to make a go of it without asking for tax money...The problem with government handouts to the arts is that it can change the nature of the work itself to suit the client...& it is very difficult to produce cutting edge work if it has to be approved by a mountain of red tape & a buyer with no face...

3:08 AM on June 23, 2011

I'd also like to add, as I think of it, a comparison...Dentists do not get paid through gov't tax money (taxpayers money, whatever you want to call it, let's not get tied up in semantics)...Doctors do...When medicine got into bed with tax money, doctors lost half their income...Dentists do very well, as independents...Artists & arts programs are always complaining that they are broke...In Canada...If artists & art programs got out of bed with tax monies, then they might (will) do better financially...It is the artist community itself that must understand this fact...This relationship...In the short term, it might look bad, that tax money wants to divest itself form the arts...But in the long term, arts saying no to gov't involvement will benefit the arts more, in a deeper & more economically sustainable sense...You really have to say no to gov't handouts to the arts in order to assert your independence...It's like you have to get rid of your parasitic boyfriend before Prince Charming will take you out for a donut & a coffee...

  Selenium or selenite or garlic, works by lowering blood sugar levels in the pancreas which is especially good for people trying to beat diabetes without drugs...In cancer patients with higher blood sugar levels, selenite would enable pancreatic functioning which in turn helps other body parts to cleanse themselves as well...Those who are hypoglemic, anemic, or bipolar(bipolar is often associated with anemia), should abstain from selenium...




(here's the original article)...

To the Cornell School of Ornithology about the Spoon-billed Sandpiper's situation: (only 200 pairs left on the planet)...

Posted by groveontario on June 22, 2011 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

  Food...Predation pressure goes away when food is abundant...If the big birds & other predators are getting fed, the little ones do better...Of course, if the little ones get fed specifically, they are able to defend themselves better...But trying to save a rare breed while ignoring the more common ones in the area may be shortsighted...The crisis in that particular location is probably across the board, including the whales & the bears...A psychological shift in the community of humans who live close by can manifest big change...Food is one of the easiest things that nearby humans can help with...If there is some sort of supply mechanism bringing wild bird seed into the area, then most people would love to be part of a group that comes around to distribute that seed...People love to feed birds...We are at the point in history where we can no longer say that it is better to leave Nature alone in regards to feeding birds & other so-called "wild"life...The whole dependence issue is moot...Our planet's animals

are now as dependent on us as our own children..."nature" is now just private property, real estate, that apparently can be bought & sold on a whim...I have found that merely giving people "permission" to feed wildlife gets them going...So many have been programmed to think that it is wrong to feed wildlife, that it doesn't get done...If "permission" to feed the birds at that location is given to the local community there, wonders could occur...(But broad permission, not just the one species...Let them care for, 'adopt' who they feel...)Feedings take the pressure off of everybody...Next we will teach a nice design for artificial nests that can be put there & locals will be instructed on how to place the nests for later...


  
  Sort of related in a peripheral way insofar as bird populations are affected by sewage & so are, of course, humans, as in, Parkinson's disease:
  I have been researching Parkinson's for decades now, just as a hobby(long story) & have come to some insight into the problem & possible cause...There seems to be a link to proximity to sewage treatment plants where they incinerate dry sewage...The fumes drift & stick to things...The actual effect is mercury overdose in the gallbladder (like a fungus actually), which later affects the brain systemically...Mercury can easily be offset in the diet by supplementing with magnesium...(You can even add magnesium to your life by bathing in epsom salts often, since epsom salts are actually magnesium sulfate...)In fact, that is a nice cure...

   Notes on helping birds: banning local pesticides (whichever one your municipality uses) has the guaranteed effect of bringing back waning bird populations...It worked for cormorants, try it in your community! let's bring back the birds! 

Medical: Usinghttps://www.medhelp.org/account/login" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> MedHelp's menstrual Cycle Tracker, an online tool for women t track the whole shebang, so you can finally see the patterns & learn when to do business & when to just hide under the covers or in the bathtub...
  This reminds me of a watch I designed years ago called "a biological clock", which only tracked a woman's cycle, with different coloured backgrounds for ovulation, period, pms, & clear...(I didn't follow through with the design because I decided the world has too many watches already- having lived in Switzerland, I know...)

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