Boondock Saints Location
Yesterday, I partook in a quick trip to Toronto. I finally got to try out
the Porter service from Ottawa to the Toronto City Airport, on the island
right in downtown. It was a "fly-in in the morning, fly-out in the evening"
affair, and Porter worked great for that.
On the way back to the airport, I decided to take a quick detour to see
if I could find the alleyway used in the movie Boondock Saints. While
the movie was supposed to be based in Boston, the big Henry's sign in
the background of the alley scene indicated that it was in Canada. A little
bit of Google Streetview confirmed that it was in Toronto.
Finding the alley was no problem. The white brick building was recently
stuccoed, and the pavement was just being redone. The building closest to
the road is actually a Scotiabank.
I was disappointed that the off-shoot alley between the stuccoed building
and the bank had a steel door. The door looked like as though it had been
there from before the movie was filmed. I was perplexed. Closer examination
of the film shows some evidence that the steel door was simply removed for
I was unable to determine which of the three churches in the area was
used for some of the other scenes. It could also have been anywhere else in
I enjoy my strange hobby of finding Canadian filming locations.
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Oops, missed March. Nothing much happened: birthday, ridiculously busy
lifestyle, etc. Anyhow...
Lead-free solder sucks. I've been complaining about it for years. On the
balance of things, considering how disposable electronics are these days, it
is probably a good thing. But its characteristics are terrible when you have
to re-work a part. It's also brittle and fragile, which is obviously not a
great thing with all of the mobile devices we have today.
In fairness, I never thought that its brittle attributes would actually
prevent a piece of solid-state technology from working during its lifespan.
However, I now know better.
My iPhone is anything but new, but it is still on its first battery and
does everything I need it to do. At some point in the last few weeks, the
wireless started getting unreliable. Disassembling, cleaning, and
reassembling to ensure good contacts did not help. Searching the net for
something as broad reaching as non-working Wi-Fi on an iPhone brought dozens
of workarounds, many of which probably only worked by chance.
I was quite surprised when I came upon a site that encourages people to
reflow their solder in a household oven. The goal is to melt the solder
joint at each component and having it re-solidify, thereby making any
fractures and imperfections go away.
So, here I was this morning taking the PCB back out of the phone,
preheating the oven to 385°F, building up little aluminum foil stands to go
on a cooking sheet. In went the boards for seven minutes. I left it in for
eight just for good measure. Long story short, it worked.
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