I️ didn’t plan very well for this weekend’s Vancouver Train Expo, and consequently, I️ didn’t have a formal scheduled slot in the Craftsman’s Corner. There were, however, two chairs and usually only one occupant. Doug Hicks had brought plenty of light, and I’d thrown the flat cars, a few tools and bits of styrene in my pack, and so, I️ spent several hours over the … Continue reading Demonstration modelling
I confess: even though it was less than two kilometres away, I rarely stopped in at Mr Hobby. They catered to the radio control and plastic modellers, and rarely had anything for me. Occasionally I dipped into their K&S metal rack; they may have sold me a bottle or two of paint. The owner (I never learned his name) was planning to retire in a … Continue reading The last hobby shop
Thanks to my friend, Mark Dance, we remembered to drag the kids to the Monet exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend. I hold Monet in the same regard as Mozart: he made some good stuff, but it gets repetitive after a while. Having said that, I’ve always liked his paintings of trains. After pushing our way to the front of the crowd in … Continue reading Summons
A few weeks ago, I resolved to add MFK Fisher to my reading list. Perhaps by studying some of her work, I might be able to kick my own instructional writing up a notch in the literary sense. I found a thick collection at the local library, and heaved it home one Sunday afternoon. To tell the truth, I only pushed through a few chapters … Continue reading MFK Fisher: How to write how to
I picked up Roy Peter Clark’s The Art of X-Ray Reading at Mosaic Books in Kelowna last weekend. While the book seems tailored more to writers of fiction, I read it mainly to improve my railroad writing. There are so many suggestions in the book that even if I ignore the ones about naming characters and punishing heroes, there is a lot to keep in … Continue reading The Art of X-Ray Reading
I just finished updating the proto87.org website, moving it over to WordPress so that someone else looks after concerns such as keeping the server up-to-date and secure. It’s been so long that I posted there that I’d forgotten about the blog completely! There are a few topics that may be of interest to readers of this blog. The caboose that appears in some of … Continue reading The new Proto87.org
In Mark’s response to my post earlier this week about the Importance of Model Railroading, he pointed out that the hobby is also beneficial in developing the skills that we need to tackle the world’s hard problems. Several local tech innovators got their starts in model railroading, and Mark is fond of pointing out that the original hackers came from the MIT Tech Model Railroad … Continue reading Model railroading will save the world!