Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Stranded: Summer

This is Les Stroud’s documentary Stranded: Summer.  This is what started Survivorman.

Monday, January 12, 2015

If Movable Type is uncool, what about Blogger?

Here is a cool article about using Movable Type, one of the first blogging platforms.

Regardless, it turns out that software can also be considered uncool, even if it still works. Not only is Movable Type uncool—the equivalent of ’80s hair metal, but the language it’s written in, Perl, is supremely uncool. Like, New Kids on the Block uncool. The razzing John Siracusa takes about being a Perl developer isn’t really because Perl is old, or bad, but because it’s just not what the cool kids are talking about. The world has moved on.

And yet, sometimes that old stuff still works, and is still the best tool for the job. And that’s why, at least for right now, this site is built on software that was initially released 14 years ago and given its last major update five years ago. We’ll use it until it doesn’t make sense to use it anymore.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This is why you buy a DJI Phantom 2

Amazing video of New York City.


Friday, January 09, 2015

Calgary 2015

We decided on vacations this summer.  Both will involve a lot of walking.  For my birthday we are taking a backwoods hike to Grey Owl’s Cabin.  We will leave early on May 16th, spend the night with the black bears and wild animals of Prince Albert National Park and hike out on May 17th (unless we are eaten by bears).

Then at the end of July we are heading to Calgary and Banff via a lot of scenic drives.  We are going to explore a lot of Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, and Johnston’s Canyon.

The Peace Bridge in Calgary an HDR photo

Lower falls at Johnston's Canyon

I am told the plan is to get up early and drive through Drumheller.  We had a lot of fun last year in Drumheller exploring the Atlas Coal Mine but this year we will explore a bit of the downtown while stretching our legs.  Then it will be off to Calgary where on the first night we will explore downtown Calgary with our cameras and chill out.

Saturday will see us head to Johnston’s Canyon in Banff National Park.  After that we will go up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola.  After we come back down, we will head into the mountain at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

Depending on the time, we will head to the Bow Falls.

While we were looking around online, I noticed the Banff Hot Springs and talked dad into taking us there to end the day.

The next day will by my first time at Heritage Park.

Sunday will be Calgary Zoo.  Dad promises that we will visit Mountain Equipment Co-op and The Camera Store.

I can’t wait.

Saturday, January 03, 2015


Maggi with her frisbee

We had to put Maggi down today.  Dad did a nice writeup about her on his blog.

Friday, January 02, 2015

The Grey Owl's Cabin Expedition of 2015

For my birthday, I am dragging Jordon & Wendy along with me to Grey Owl’s Cabin in Prince Albert National Park.  

The Hike to Grey Owl's Cabin

As you can see on the map, it is about a 20km hike to Grey Owl’s cabin.  We will leave early in the morning, hike to Sandy Beach campground where we will set up camp and then carry on to Grey Owl’s Cabin before heading back to Sandy Beach. 


Beavers inside Grey Owl' cabin

We will head back to the car from Sandy Beach and hopefully be in Saskatoon that night.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Year's 2015

Here are my New Year’s Resolutions of 2015

  1. Get myself organized.   Dad made me purchase a paper daytimer from Staples (and I bought some sweet pens) to get organized with assignments, practices, and things that I need to do and plan for.Staples Day Planner
  2. Get in better shape.  I played 10 out of 12 positions on defence for the Bedford Road Redhawks last season.  I need to work on my arm and core strength.  I need to get quicker and faster.  BedRoad Redhawks
  3. Get my grades up.  I let my grades slip this year which brought upon me the wrath of Dad and Mom.  I need to do better in 2015.Report Card
  4. Use social media more effectively.  That means spending some more time on Flickr with my photos and posting more to my weblog.  Of course that means getting out more with a camera.  Luckily dad gave me a few new lens.Pentax K-x DSLR camera

My 10 Most Interesting Photos of 2014

According to Flickr, here are my 10 most interesting photos of 2014.

Sunset on Last Mountain Lake

#1. Oliver, Dad, and Mom looking out on Last Mountain Lake

Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon

#2. Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

#3. Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Atlas Coal Mine#4. Atlas Coal Mine

Altas Coal Mine

#5. Atlas Coal Mine

Badlands Valley

#6. Badlands

Rusting trucks at Atlas Coal Mine

#7. Old Trucks


#8. Old Pentaxes

Mines of days of past

#9: Old Mines

Shooting the action

#10: Shooting the Action

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Morning

Merry Christmas everyone!

It was a nice Christmas Eve around here.  Dad and Mom had it off.  Mom invited some of our friends for lunch at Alexander’s where we discussed politics.  After that we wandered in and out of some stores.  Oliver found a Lego Batman movie.  After that we went over to Uncle Lee and Aunt Brittany’s place.

Aunt Brittany made the Christmas lasagna and we watched Oliver’s movie. Uncle Lee gave me my yearly threat when I had seconds of lasagna. He wasn’t isn a sharing mood.

Uncle Lee and Aunt Brittany gave me an indoor basketball net, a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Day Zero Edition, a Denver Broncos toque, and a poster.  It was pretty awesome.

Denver Broncos Toque

After heading home and getting some sleep, we opened some gifts today.

Mom and Dad gave me a new Asus MeMo Pad 7 which kind of blew me away. 

Asus MeMo Pad 7 tablet

Oliver gave me a Bluetooth keyboard, stand, and stylus.  Since they know me so well, Dad gave me a cool retro case that looks like a real manilla envelope.

Mom gave me a VIA Rail laptop bag that will hold my laptop and my tablet. Inside was drafting notebook. Dad calls it a murse.  Of course Dad would but I like it.  


Mom (who is currently my favourite parent) also gave me a massive can of Pepsi and a cool looking Pepsi t-shirt.  Don’t laugh, some of us like Pepsi.  Now I can wear some Pepsi as well as drink it.  Life is good and oh, so refreshing.

Dad isn’t all bad, he shocked me and gave me a Pentax 35mm f2.4 lens

I have wanted this lens ever since I got my camera.  I was saving up for it but I definitely didn’t expect to get it for Christmas.  Here is why it is awesome.

PENTAX 35mm f2.4 lens

The smc PENTAX DA L 35mm F2.4 AL has a fast F2.4 maximum aperture for handheld photography in low lighting and depth of field flexibility. It is built with a highly lightweight design for improved comfort and portability. PENTAX Super Protect coating helps repel dust, water, and grease, making the lens easier to clean. An aspherical lens element helps to compensate for spherical aberration to maximize image quality. Equivalent to 53.5mm in the 35mm format. Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLR cameras.

Santa Claus gave me a Canon tripod while Maggi gave me the manly version of the photography gloves we gave Mom.  So yeah, now I need to get out and take some photos.

Oliver gave me Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale and Santa gave me a Pentax 200mm f4 prime lens which should be awesome.   They also tossed in some photography gloves which are almost a need in our weather.  In case I need to go out at night, I was given a compact red Maven Police Security flashlight.  130 lumens should be enough to blind anyone who is out at night.  You’ve been warned.

Dad was in a giving spirit.  He gave Mom a Sigma Art 19mm f2.4 lens and Oliver a Nikon Coolpix S31 camera so that means all of us got some new photo gear to explore tomorrow.  

Tomorrow after a big breakfast we are headed downtown to take some shots of what should be a totally empty downtown coreRiver Landing, and Meewasin Trail.  Then I will help Mom and Dad make Christmas dinner.  I’ll post some photos to Flickr tomorrow so you can check out the lenses and also what life was like around here.

Have a great Christmas everyone!