Life Toronto (a.k.a. Accordion City)

City Hall’s Badly-Photoshopped Family

Accordion City has a reputation for its great blend of different nationalities, races and cultures, and it’s one of the reasons I love this place. However, there are times when the folks at City Hall, in their well-intentioned attempts to be inclusive, seem to be trying a little too hard. Case in point: how the stock photo, pictured below on the left, got photoshopped (and quite obviously, too) into the cover of the Toronto Fun Guide, pictured below on the right:


Speaking as a force of darkness – I much prefer being called that to “person of colour” – I find inclusivity-by-editing to be a little silly, if not condescending. C’mon, people! This is Toronto! If you really want a picture of an ethnically diverse family in this city, all you have to do is bring a camera to any busy public place – say any major shopping mall – and wait five minutes.

You could also just use the photo below, which features real Toronto people: a Filipino guy, an American Jewish woman and a giant pita from somewhere in the Mediterranean or Middle East. Three ethnicities, one pic!


The folks at Stillepost have been having fun re-photoshopping the Toronto Fun Guide. Here are my favourites, with my favourite one saved for last:




Geek It Happened to Me

A Busy Day

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

It’s a busy, meeting-filled day for Yours Truly down at the local headquarters for The Empire. Here’s a (slightly edited) photo that I took at our big Evangelism team meeting around 3:30 this afternoon:


The Current Situation

Make Your Own “Air Force One” Flyover Photos!

The New York Daily News has a suggestion:

Not only was flying a Presidential jet for a photo-op Monday over downtown Manhattan in bad taste – it was unnecessary.

Anyone in the White House ever hear of Photoshop?

The article provides a handy photo of Air Force One on a white background:


…and they’ve invited the readers to flex their Photoshop muscles. I thought I’d quickly crank out a couple of doctored images in the hopes of inspiring someone to create a comedic photo-manipulation masterpiece.

Here’s a rather obvious one, featuring the Tourist Guy:


Here’s Air Force One at the Battle of Hoth:


And finally, the movie gets explained: