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Friday, February 28, 2014

The following night (see my last post) the #EmpireStateBuilding looked like this. Can't remember the last time I saw it lit this way. (This was shot by #MSG on #w34thSt #NYC #throughglass.)


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A green and blue #EmpireStateBuilding shot #throughglass from #UnionSquare #NYC shot 2/25/14. Anyone know why it was green and blue?


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Sure, #Apple! I'll agree to your ToS even though it refused to load! #sigh #ios7sucks


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Are you an American? You should go here: http://WLOL.US/publiccomment and tell the USG what you think of a pipeline stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. I said no to #KeystoneXL I hope you will, too.


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#BigBrother is in the house!! Well, your house and mine, via our webcams. #notcool (via DemocracyNow.org)


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I guess we've known for a while that your webcam could be hacked by those who know how (safe to assume NSA has a few people who do) but I this is the first time I've heard of this "Operation Optic Nerve" which the NSA and the UK's GCHQ used to grab image and video streams en masse and save them for later perusal. Here's the most alarming bit from the Democracy Now piece:
The program was reportedly used for experiments in "automated facial recognition" as well as to monitor terrorism suspects. A more accurate name for the "Optic Nerve" program may have been "Peeping Tom," because it ended up collecting a large number of sexually explicit images. According to the documents, between 3 and 11 percent of the Yahoo webcam images contained what the GCHQ called "undesirable nudity."


In other words, they're just grabbing everything and watching enough of it to know that they've gone too far. Surely, we, as Americans--no--as human beings have the right to not have our clotheless bodies seen by people without our permission.

Read/watch all of Democracy Now's coverage of this--it's a real window into how our government has gone over the line and doesn't seem to have a problem with it.

And people say Google Glass is invasive?

ThePeteMiniTV: If my ear had eyes, this what it would see.

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#Toronto #Artifact #2: a 50ml bottle of real maple syrup that the TSA made me empty my entire bag for. That's right, the US has TSA in Toronto. Oh and the syrup is delicious.


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

ThePeteMiniTV: Ever wonder what one of those "cubed" #Tshirts from #Muji was really like? I did, too. So, this.

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Above it all... well, some of it, anyway. #NYC #TheBronx #ElevatedTrain #1Train #225thSt #subway #MTA taken 2/17/14 #throughglass


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Meanwhile, up at #Target, there were some bare shelves in the toy section due to a storm of sales caused by the awesomely awesome #LegoMovie.


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Close-up on the letter apologizing for the empty snack shelves at #TraderJoes. UWS = #UpperWestSide


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First day back in #NYC from #Toronto last week, I tried to shop at #TraderJoes. Turns out the storm I missed meant no snacks for NYers for a while.


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Seeing #NYC reflected by/in #NYC.


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#Toronto #artifact #1: red soap. It was red, so I had to buy a bar. It's carbolic, which I have discovered I really like, so I'll probably buy more.


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Upon returning to #NYC from #Toronto, I added a few @steamwhistlebrewing beer bottle caps to my collection. Really wish #SteamWhistle was available in the US.


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Don't want to fly on a plane this small again. It wasn't scary, it was just cramped and they parked us far away, outside, with no jetway. #jfk #nofun #Delta #latergram


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ThePeteMiniTV: From 2 Sundays ago: Taking the overpriced #Airtrain from #JFK to the #subway. $5 each way. Twice as expensive as the regular subway for a tiny fraction traveled. #ripoff #LGA #FTW

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ThePeteMiniTV: From 2 Sundays ago: landing at #JFK #throughadirtywindow but #notthroughglass #throughipadmini

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On the way home from #Toronto two Sundays ago. #throughthewindow #throughglass


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For @shindoverse: Most of the #Toronto #subway map. (It only gets confusing when you get on the yellow line heading south but it ends up going north.)


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Saw this sign in #Toronto the other week. I hope it means the store sells British cigarette videos. #WTH #Canada?


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Saw this bit of #graffiti #commentary while in #Toronto the other week. #RobFord, the writing is #literally on the wall. You should probably just quit.


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Sooo tempted to get this and watch it on my phone just for spite.


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On my way out of Canada, I was not expecting to have my photo taken for US Customs purposes.


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ThePeteMiniTV: I prove I'm ready for the bad weather. @sierrarein guest stars.

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ThePeteMiniTV: @sierrarein was standing in front of me when I accidentally started recording video with #Glass. #easytodo #thisiswhyiloveher #latergram #throughglass

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

And here I am with my new @needlings friend in #Toronto. I'm calling him Chairo (Japanese for brown.)


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While in #Toronto, I *had* to stop by @KidIcarus_Store and get another one of @needlings' creations. Some are in the window! #socute #adorable #artisan #stuffedanimals


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Look who came with me to #Toronto--it's Skelly-chan! Visit HelloSkelly.com or Hello Skelly on FB! (Stuffed Skelly-chan by @needlings!)


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I was definitely rockin the Unabomber-look in #Toronto. (This was shot #throughglass in an elevator mirror)


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Striking shot of the #CNTower at night with spotlights on the clouds. I winder who they were looking for? Air attacks on #Toronto? #throughglass


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Friday, February 21, 2014

One of the weirder shots of #Toronto's #CNTower I got last week. I think I see the curvature of the Earth--but it looks like it's going the wrong way?


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So, why does the #Spotify #iOS app login screen have a girl in a bikini behind it? I mean, I know why, but WHY?


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Here are @sierrarein and I in the very dimly lit lounge of O Noir after we enjoyed dinner in complete darkness. #onoir #Toronto #restaurants #youmustdothis #awesome


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Here is what dinner looked like as we sat at our table in one of the completely lightless dining rooms at O Noir. #Toronto #restaurants #onoir #nofilter #nolight (#JustASimulation all devices had to be turned off before entering.)


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Here is part of the menu at #Toronto's O Noir restaurant. My wife and I both had the secret starter, secret dish and then the chocolate mousse. Everything tasted great. #onoir #darkness #restaurants


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Another view of the outside of O Noir, the #Toronto restaurant that has you eat in pitch darkness. #onoir #restaurants #novelty #dontmissit


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Back on 2/12/14, @sierrarein and I had dinner at O Noir, in #Toronto. It's a restaurant where you eat in complete darkness. It was #incredible. #onoir #restaurants #darkness #LegoBatmanWouldLoveit


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

ThePeteMiniTV: Here is a slideshow I made for @jennysparacin featuring photos of #PATH, #Toronto's underground shopping system. It's huge! I should've taken more photos of shops though. #nexttime

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So my new #Zazzle store went live this morning. zazzle.com/petesbrainexports Not much to see yet. But more stuff is coming!


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Managed to capture #Toronto's #OldCityHall just a bit before #sunset. This was shot last week, 2/11/14 #throughglass.


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#Toronto #Traffic. (Taken last Wednesday #throughglass.)


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Even in #Canada, #Sears is disappearing. How is it that big box stores are sticking around while a grand old department store like Sears can't manage it? #EatonCentre #Toronto


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

OK, #Toronto, sure! Hang a flock of fake Canadian Geese in your mall! Why not?


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I love capturing #reflections in big buildings. It's like photographing one reality on top of another. #Toronto #architecture


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The #CNTower... can you see it in this photo? It's there...


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"With Special Offers" like this, it's no wonder people want to hack their cheapy Kindles. #Amazon, ads like this are just cruel!


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I took many great photos of the #CNTower while I was in #Toronto last week. This is one of them.


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Psychic grocery cart handle in #Longos #underground #supermarket in #Toronto. How else did it know Wednesday night is chicken night?!?


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And here is the #mysterious two-tiered grocery cart they use at the Longo's underground supermarket in #Toronto! What madness inspired such a contraption?


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ThePeteMiniTV: Watch from my POV as I descend into one of #Toronto's #underground supermarkets #throughglass

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