Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Difference Between a T5013 and a T5013A

You may receive tax receipts from companies that you may have invested in. You need to know what to do with them when you file your taxes.

CRA T5013 - Statement of partnership income

AMD SVM - Secure Virtual Machine

I deleted the original page for this. I am re-posting it here.

Shown above is SVM disabled in an AMI BIOS.

AMD SVM is just AMD's name for Hardware Virtualization.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Annunciation with Saint Emidius by Carlo Crivelli. 1486

St. Emidius is the patron saint of Ascoli Piceno, Italy - had patronage for preventing earthquakes and converting Germans (and others) to Christianity    (Before Polymius, the local governor beheaded him!)  A.K.A. Sant'Emidio, Emygdius , Æmedius and Emigdius.

The notes below were made by the author of the website on a visit to the National Gallery in Dec 2005. They are not posted as a definitive comment or to be taken as a credible interpretation of the symbols depicted in Crivelli's annunciation. They are just a few thoughts and observations by the author of the website.

Observations and Notes:

A light beam emerging from the clouds passing through the lintel of a building (which looks like a mouse hole) and then alighting on Mary's head. There is a dove in the beam just above her head.

The two "town-planners" in street outside. One has wings (the angel Gabriel) other patron saint - St. Emidus are discussing a scale model. (of Ascoli Piceno, Italy)

Peacock (immortality) on balcony above next to a potted plant on a tapestry. A caged bird is hanging on a rod to the left of the plant on the tapestry. Another plant shrub on the right of the peacock.

Archway in background with a group two in discussion a woman in blue dress and a man in a golden cloak and a feathered hat appears to be looking out for something? The beam of light maybe?

Man  in courtyard between archway and passageway. Dark brown robe with red cap. Not clear what he is doing or looking at.

Group of three men and a child up a flight of stairs on the left of the alley. One is colourfully dressed (red robe with red cap) while the other two look to be monasatic. Child is peering round a half wall of top of stairs -not sure what he or she is looking at.

Two men on bridge above archway in discussion (The Popes messenger). Another tapestry draped over the wall of the walkway over the arch. A potted shrub on the right and another what appears to be a caged bird on the wall. There appears to be a book on the tapestry and the person on the left is reading a scipt of
somesuch. (this is the proclaimation from Rome giving the town of Ascoli Piceno increased Autonomy from Papal authority) The perspective of the sky is weird above thier heads where the sunbeam breaks through the cloud.

Later on a school tour group came by 

Their teacher and one of the National Gallery staff explained a few things about the painting.

St. Emidius is the patron saint of Ascoli Piceno.

There is a dual theme in the painting a message from the pope of more freedom for the church hence the
enscription. "Libertas Ecclesiastica" and 25th March is the feast of the Annuciation and the reason for the painting.

The gerkin and the apple are a signature that Crivelli uses in a lot of his paintings. You can see them  on other works in the room. They are quite often around the edge or they may even be incorporated into the painting. The Annunciation has them around the border - there is certainly enough going on in this painting!

The school party was a 50 - 50 split on whether they liked the painting. Some just thought that
it was just weird. When asked what symbols they would use as motifs to symbolise their own work, as Crivelli does with his gerkins and fruit, a Play Station and a cricket bat were some of the symbols that the group members suggested that they might use.  Perspective was asked about and the guide suggested that this be something that they  might get onto that later. Didn't follow them as they might have headed for the Ucello - they went in that direction anyway. 

According to the guide the birds were carrier pigeons - bird at top and the cages, one suspended and the other on the walkway above the arch.

Woman in a small archway to the left of the main with a pot on her head. This was not mentioned or noticed by the students.

Repair in the wall behind the arch. (signs of the earthquake) See stains of the new mortar. Bricks similar to that of the building to the left above the walkway.

Halos - Gabriels is like an inverted satellite dish. This is similar to the one in Creveli's "Madona of the Swallow" but different to the plain ones in the other works.

Bust of Roman emperor on fascade of arch. (Constantine I - maybe? -- the first Roman  Emperor to accept Christianity)

Crivelli (and others) have some other interesting works in the same room (of the National Gallery). The one  of St. Michael (??)  with faces on his knees and panels with applique jewels. (prob not Crivelli)

Who are the crests for? Centre is checkered b/w sash on red bg. St. Georgecross at top.

Contents of the room that Mary resides. Kneeling at a lectern, books on shelf above her head. Curious way C uses a cut-away technique to show the interior of the room - is this a first? Look-up "cutaways" for dates around the 1400's. Coloured cushions on another half in the room.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Configuring your browser for use with Vidalia Tor

You don't need to use an add-on such as TorButton as the network settings for most browsers is trivial. In any case TorButton was only available for Firefox and not the later versions such as 11 or 12.

The settings for a Windows computer are similar:

Shown above are the settings for Microsoft I.E. - Firefox and Opera are similar but the options are accessed through different menu selections.