Sunday, January 29, 2006

one week to go

In just one week from today I'll have my hands on my Canon 20D. I'm so excited to be making the jump into digital. I've really missed the control over the final product that I had when I was able to develop my own film. Seven short days and it will be in my hands.

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day here. It was sunny and warm and not too windy. I went out to the lighthouse and shot for more than two hours. It was great. I used up an old roll of black and white IR film that I've had sitting in the freezer and a roll of colour. It was a very relaxing day off. My stress level drops to about zero when I'm involved in something creatively. It was nice to forget for a while that I'm heading into my third six-day work week in a row because we're short-staffed. But those six days should fly by knowing that my new camera awaits on the seventh

Friday, January 27, 2006

wild Canada wild

Dead whales and abandoned sailboats are only a small fraction of what washes up on the beaches around here. I'm always a bit surprised to see things like half-full French salad dressing bottles on my outings. In fact, that day as I walked along I found myself mentally restocking a refrigerator with the things I saw. A lot of it around here though is lobster fishing castoffs: bait bags, lots of rope, wooden crates, pieces of pots, and claw bands like this one.

Speaking of lobster fishing. All schools should try to keep their Google image preferences set to 'SafeSearch ON' if they don't want their students looking for 'lobster fishing' and ending up looking at pictures that would be better suited to Sex Ed than Social Studies.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

kitty kitty

People tend to laugh when they see our cat. Even the vet said, "Boy, he's a big one," when she saw him. Yes, he's massive. Surprisingly, he's not really obese, just really really big. He does his fair share of eating and sleeping but every now and then he gets it in his little furry brain to launch his bulk up into the air. And now, my lovely wife, as objective proof that her favourite furry friend isn't as slothful as everyone thinks, has caught some of his antics with her camera. Behold, the amazing jumping cat. (you can see much better jumping cat pictures here)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

down and up

I've been pretty under the weather for the past couple of weeks so you'll have to excuse my absence.

On a lighter note, Josh has stumbled across the best blonde joke ever. Blonde jokes usually aren't my cup of tea but if my big brother recommends it, you know it has to be palatable.

Thursday, January 05, 2006


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

horse head

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

paper cup

Monday, January 02, 2006


If you're interested in someone who really knows origami, check out Joseph Wu. There's also a cool piece about him in an old issue of CBC Radio 3's online magazine. Go to their new website and follow the Magazine Archive link at the bottom. I believe it is in Volume 1 Issue 7.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!

I bought myself a very interesting daily tear away calendar the other day for 50% off. It's theme is origami. Every day you get to try folding a new object with the previous day's paper. They get more difficult as the year (and hopefully my skill level) progresses. This sailboat is today's object.

I had a great New Year's Eve last night. Food, games, fireworks, champagne, kisses, and conversation lasting until 3 in the morning. How could you ask for anything more?