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Welcome to the personal website of Andrew Turnbull. This outpost features tons of stupefying and trivial things pertaining to various and diverse interests of mine. Chances are, if there's something I know about or like that doesn't much other representation on the 'net...there's a bit of it here.

The front page updates every Monday.

16 October 2017

What's new? Not much. But I love this sign:

[Ontario New sign]

I'm not sure how this happened, but License Plate Sticker Colors seems to have become both my most heavily-trafficked page and my biggest claim to fame on the Internet. The time was right for an update, so update I did.

Incidentally, license plate sticker colours in Ontario are a hot mess. The province has ten colour schemes that it cycles through every quarter...and because of optional two-year registration and early renewal, all ten colours can appear on the roads at the same time! Just be thankful they have stickers, though: The neighbouring states and provinces of New York, Quebec, and Manitoba don't.

9 October 2017

First of all, happy Thanksgiving! November is my least-favourite month of the year, and Canadians have the good sense to schedule their holidays to avoid it.

[London utility pole] [London utility pole]

Second of all, these serial numbers appear on utility poles around the London area. Each number is accompanied by a cryptic blue, white, or red indicator whose meaning is a mystery.

My initial guess was that these coloured circles indicated different utilities such as hydro (electricity), telephone, and cable...but do they? And why are some of the numbers consecutive? Your guess is as good as mine.

2 October 2017

[sign with Maximum 20 visible on the back]

This intriguing reuse of an old speed-limit sign ("Maximum," in Canadian parlance) is yet another artifact of the past that appears on the Western University campus.

My question: Given the age of the sign, is the speed on it more likely to be in kilometres per hour, or miles?

I'm pleased to add dozens of new pictures to The Ontario Project today...and in fact, the Project is already getting so image-heavy that it may be time to split it into multiple pages soon! I'm now missing only one major letter block in the "B" series...with that done, I'll be able to concentrate on plugging in the "A" series and the pre-1997 six-digit combinations next. Meanwhile, enjoy these "extremes" in the continuum from A to Z:

[Ontario AA] [Ontario BA] [Ontario BZ] [Ontario CA] [Ontario Z truck]

The "AAAB" series was actually the first batch of seven-digit plates to be issued in 1997: The AAAA series was made first, but held back from issue as the Ontario Ministry of Transportation deliberated over whether to auction them off as a fundraising exercise.

25 September 2017

[Yellow and orange arrows] [Yellow and orange arrows] [Yellow and orange arrows]

Deep within the bowels of the sprawling medical sciences building at Western University, a mysterious set of orange and yellow arrowheads are embedded into the floor. Both sets start near a stairway landing and run parallel for a bit, before turning respectively left and right.

But where do these paths go? In the case of the orange arrowheads, nowhere at all: The pointers end at a spot along a plain, unadorned wall. The yellow arrows lead to an alcove in the corridor, where a door obviously existed at one time...but there's no passing through this way, either. This level of the building had its layout reconfigured at some point in the recent past, and the arrows are simply artifacts that persist from an earlier time.

But where did they once lead? And why were these arrows added to the terrazzo in the first place? Maybe the answers are out there...but if they are, they're probably buried in the annals of dusty blueprints or the memory banks of student classes that have long since graduated and moved on...

11 September 2017

[Andrew Turnbull]

Things have changed. I've decided to go back to school, and I've left the shitshow of the States for brighter skies and a better future.

Things have changed online, too. I've changed the banner to a warm, NDP-esque shade of orange. I'm going to start posting something new on the front page every week or two...a picture there, a reflection there. In the meantime, enjoy The Ontario Project. -AT

Feeling disoriented? Here's the site map that used to be on the front page.

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