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To Copyright a Few Images in August 2015

This post just copyrights a few images, and was updated with a couple more as a public service announcement. (Updated again Sept. 8, 2015 with the Yule-Simpson images, far below).

The first image is for an article I’m writing for Decoded Science. (Updated Aug. 25, 2015): Here is the link to “Comparing the Genetic Code of DNA to Binary Code“.

The Genetic Code from DNA to RNA to Amino Acids copyright Mike DeHaan
The Genetic Code from DNA to RNA to Amino Acids copyright Mike DeHaan

The next two were taken on the night of Aug. 15, 2015 at the Festival of Little India on Gerrard Street in Toronto.

Festival of India #1, looking west along Gerrard at night.
Festival of India #1, looking west along Gerrard at night.

I’m not yet sure that these would serve in an information article.

Festival of India #2, looking west along Gerrard at night.
Festival of India #2, looking west along Gerrard at night.

My wife is hidden in the line-up as to order a vegetable dish from Siddhartha.

Why Publish an Image to Copyright It?

(Added Aug. 17, 2015): The idea is that the first publication of something like an article, an image, a video, or anything else, helps establish the copyright of that creative work.

This is especially helpful for images that will later appear in other web sites. Personally, I don’t expect anyone to mis-appropriate my images; but it’s better to document it anyway.

Plus a Pair of Public Service Images

(Added Aug. 17, 2015): Here’s a pair of images that serve a public service, especially for those using Leslie Street south of Lake Shore Blvd East to access either the Martin Goodman Trail or Tommy Thompson Park.

"Drinking Fountain on Martin Goodman Trail on Leslie Street (#2)" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Drinking Fountain on Martin Goodman Trail on Leslie Street (#2)” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Whatever could be hiding in these bushes? Clearly there’s a bit of sidewalk leading from the Martin Goodman Trail. But what’s behind those orange construction barrels and yellow caution tape?

"Drinking Fountain on Martin Goodman Trail on Leslie Street (#1)" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Drinking Fountain on Martin Goodman Trail on Leslie Street (#1)” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Bless my parched throat! It’s the drinking fountain, actually accessible on that wooden ramp (but not from the extra sidewalk). I tested it today, and it delivered water. Glad to see it survived all the construction.

I plan to continue my series on fitness trails in Toronto, but wanted to publish this information right away. I’d started with “Taylor Creek Park in Toronto for Fitness“. The above photos are part of a follow-up to “The Eastern Section of the Martin Goodman Trail in Toronto“.

Three Images Heading to Decoded Science in September 2015

Currently I’m writing an article about the Yule-Simpson Paradox. Here are three images which should illustrate points in that essay.

"Yule Simpson Paradox when Hiring Faculty" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Yule Simpson Paradox when Hiring Faculty” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The titles inside the images explain something about the topic.

"Yule Simpson Paradox Example 2" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Yule Simpson Paradox Example 2” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Clearly they all deal with a similar mathematical pattern.

"Yule Simpson Paradox for Surgery" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Yule Simpson Paradox for Surgery” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Yet I hope it’s all a bit mysterious until the Decoded Science article explains everything.

Why Write Two Running Tips for Cold Weather?

Why did I write “Two Cold Weather Running Tips from Two Frigid Days” in my DeHaan Fitness blog? To fill a gap I noticed in other articles on that subject!

Why should I mention that article here? Since this site promotes my writing, this lets me explain about changing my writing style for different situations.

"A Halifax Harrier (UK) Demonstrates Cold Weather Running" image by AdamKR under CC license
"A Halifax Harrier (UK) Demonstrates Cold Weather Running" image by AdamKR under CC license

Why Write a Pair of Cold Weather Running Tips?

As I explain in my DeHaan Fitness post, most of the other articles recommend “the right cold weather running gear”. That may help someone who is beginning running in winter. At that stage in my journey to fitness, I simply wore what I had. That included a cotton T-shirt, sweat pants, sweatshirt, a really old overcoat, an old toque and worn-out gloves. Now that I’ve earned some technical fabric T-shirts, and bought proper running pants and jackets, I’m much less likely to perspire heavily and then freeze.

But everyone else suggests buying the right clothing for running in the cold. So I wrote different tips for running.

My article relates two running tips for cold weather that one might not find elsewhere. Probably they have been suggested by others; but they felt rather new to me when I thought of them.

Why Publicize my Article on Cold Weather Running Tips?

As a freelance writer, my task is to convey my client’s message in a “voice” that authentically represents that person or company.

For example, a service company may want to project how helpful they are, and the results they can achieve. Perhaps each section of an article should include a “call to action”, such as “contact us to learn more”. A professional tone may be needed; or perhaps one of reassurance and comfort.

By contrast, when I write for Decoded Science, my articles blend my insight into the topic with the tone and style of that web site. Many other science articles adopt a passive voice: “The experiment was performed successfully, but significant capital expenditures were accrued”. That’s not the Decoded Science style (thank goodness!), but one must adapt to a publication’s requirements.

I’ve deliberately chosen an informal first-person voice for my DeHaan Fitness articles. That site provides some of my own views and experiences.

By contrast, the Toronto events covered in this site are usually written before the event. For example, I do not recount “what I did for March Break”; instead, my article covers what you might plan to do, locally, with your own family.

Why am I publicizing the article I wrote about a pair of tips for cold weather running? In part, to inform prospective clients that I can write in different styles. Use my contact information in the right-hand column when you need some ghost-writing for your business!

However, this publicity is also a public service announcement to other runners (and cyclists, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts) who may have the same problem as the young man I met while running in the cold the other week.

Thanks for reading about why I wrote an article with two running tips for cold weather.

Celebrate Republic Day India in the Pearson Convention Centre

Although India’s Republic Day truly is Jan. 26, Toronto and the GTA will celebrate the anniversary on Sunday Feb. 1, 2015 in the Pearson Convention Centre.

"Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

What is the Indian Republic Day?

On Jan. 26 1950, the Constitution of India took effect, making India an independent republic within the British Commonwealth (now the Commonwealth of Nations). The prior system of government in India had retained important roles for British governors.

Note that India had already gained independence from Britain on Aug. 15, 1947. Republic Day is one of three secular national holidays in India. Independence Day is on Aug. 15; and Mohandas Gandhi’s birthday is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti on Oct. 2.

Republic Day in India is best known for its Republic Day Parade in Delhi, where the celebrations continue for a three day period.

Where to Celebrate Republic Day 2015 near Toronto?

The Panorama India organization continues to host Republic Day festivities in the Pearson Convention Centre (2638 Steeles Ave. East, Brampton; phone 905-494-0444). See the map below.

The event begins at 11am and runs until 6pm. It will include cultural performances, bazaar-style shopping and food. Free admission & parking. Children may compete for prizes in drawing. There will also be a folk dance competition and the final performance of the Panorama India Bollywood Idol contestants.

"Map for Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Map for Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps. Click twice to enlarge.

Looking for More about India?

Interested in the history of India? Read “India: A History” by John Keay in a Kindle e-reader edition from Amazon Canada, if it’s still available.

The Brampton Guardian covered this in “Indo-Canadians Celebrate Republic Day“. And I must thank Panorama India for sending me an e-announcement!

Looking for More Annual Events or a Holiday in Toronto Canada?

My blog tracks many of the annual Toronto events, as well as events in the GTA, that I find interesting, free or frugal.

Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to the organizer(s); I am not reimbursed for writing this article. However, DeHaan Services does write web site or advertising copy for clients. Our skills are demonstrated in online articles in Decoded Science, Decoded Pregnancy and other online sites. That’s why DeHaan Services highlights those online articles on this site.

Click the “Annual Events” category at the bottom of the right-hand column for recent articles in this category. Or click the “Public Service Announcements” section; learning more about our mutual history should fit in that category, too.

Thanks for reading about India Republic Day 2015.