Monday, July 11

Optex Action Camera Accessory Kit


The big guy called me last week and told me about the Optex Action Camera Accessory Kit.
It includes:

  • Large, weather resistant, hard shell EVA case for camera and accessories
  • Head mount
  • Chest mount
  • 2x Curved adhesive mounts
  • 2x Flat adhesive mounts
  • Suction cup mount
  • Pro compact extension pole
  • ¼” tripod adapter mount
  • Quick release mount
  • Velcro strap for GoPro remote
  • Nylon pouch bag for accessories
  • Bike handlebar mount
  • 90 degree right angle mount
  • ¼” Universal camera adapter mount for GoPro.
For only $99.99, it is a great deal (over buying them separately) and will be a a lot of fun this summer when we head to Banff National Park next week.

Wednesday, June 22

The Risky Bet That is the Panama Canal

Interesting article in the New York Times about the mess that the new Panama Canal project has turned out to be.

After an intense two-year competition, a consortium led by a Spanish company in severe financial distress learned that its rock-bottom bid of $3.1 billion had won the worldwide competition to build a new set of locks for the historic Panama Canal.

The unlikely victors toasted their win at La Vitrola, a sleek restaurant in an upscale neighborhood east of downtown Panama City. Within days, executives of the four-nation consortium, Grupo Unidos por el Canal, flew to Europe to begin planning the project.

This time, there would be no champagne. Disputes quickly erupted over how to divide responsibilities. Some executives appeared not to fully grasp how little money they had to complete a complex project with a tight deadline and a multicultural team whose members did not always see things the same way.

Internal arguments soon gave way to bigger problems. There would be work stoppages, porous concrete, a risk of earthquakes and at least $3.4 billion in disputed costs: more than the budget for the entire project.

Not really related is the top video.  It shows a massive container ship crashing into a train as it is being pulled through the Panama Canal.

Final photography assignment for Grade 10 photography

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My final photography assignment for Grade 10 photography at Bedford Road.  It was a good class and I learned a lot.  I also realized that I am like dad in that I would rather photograph things rather than people.

Thursday, June 16

Timex Expedition Atlantis Watch

Timex® Expedition® Atlantis Men's Digital Watch

Well I finally have my first full paycheck from working at Safeway.  Some idiot stole my backpack a couple of weeks ago so I had to replace that with my first partial paycheck.  With my full check, I had to use most of it to pay Dad back for my Windows 10 cell phone.  He suggested I keep back some of it and get myself something.  I had been looking at smart watches but what do I need a Pebble or a Apple Watch for?  I don’t.  I just want a nice watch that I can wear every day.

Dad has Timex Expedition Atlantis watch in silver and black and I have always liked it.  I saw one in black and realized it was the one I wanted so I bought this for myself with my own money.  It feels pretty good.  It looks good too.

Sunday, June 5

Off to find the Northwest Passage

Off to Sturgeon Lake with the Bedford Road canoe club

Dad took this photo of me before heading out to Bedford Road Collegiate for it’s annual canoe trip.  We are off to Sturgeon Lake this year and will be on the water today, tomorrow and part of Tuesday.  Wish me luck.

Saturday, March 12

Getting the new desktop computer ready

My much beloved laptop was dying.  It was running Windows Vista and while it was still working, Dad wanted to upgrade me to Windows 10.  He was going to just upgrade it but for the same price, he bought me a Lenovo ThinkCentre from OTV that had Windows 7 on it.  It then upgrades itself to Windows 10.  We ran the benchmarks on it last night and it does really well although the onboard video is a little slow.  I can’t see Dad dropping $700 for a new video card for it any time soon.

I had a monitor but it was tossed in a cleaning purge so Mom went out and got me a 19.5 inch monitor from HP.  It’s a nice setup.

So today we are running Ninite to get me the programs that I need. 

Dad also put WordPerfect Office X7 on it along with some video editing software and Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  He also installed Pinnacle Studio 16 on it.  It’s not Adobe Premiere but I am not exactly J.J. Abrams either.

Update: Now running Windows 10 in all of it’s glory (and bugs).

Wednesday, March 2

Bad door design is everywhere

If you've ever pulled a door that you should have pushed, you're not alone. Vox and 99% Invisible collaborated on this video about bad door design via

Sunday, February 28

My new Pentax K-5 II DSLR

Pentax K-5 II DSLR camera

So on Friday, dad came home from work and we were talking when I noticed a Pentax K-5 II box on the chair.  I asked him what was up and he just said, “look at the invoice”.  I did and it had my name on it.  I opened up the box and there was a Pentax K-5 II in it.  I was more then blown away and was really happy to see it. 

My Pentax K-30 is incredible but this is better.  It has better JPG quality, faster autofocusing, and a better build quality.  I am going to sell my K-30 (as soon as it gets back from some warranty work) and order myself the grip to go with the camera.  I’m pretty excited by it.

I put on my Tamron 18-200 lens on it and I could tell right away how quickly it autofocused.  It looks like it will be an incredible camera and a fun camera to take exploring with me this summer in Banff.

Wednesday, February 3

Semester Deux

Well semester one is done.  Semester 2 has started and I had a hiccup in my scheduling.  I was scheduled to take guitar and then dad found out.

Dog stops a dude from playing a guitar

He mocked me for a bit and then asked my why I wasn’t taking photography  which I wanted to take last semester.   Good question.

So I changed all of my classes around.  Mom came by to chat with the guidance counsellor to make sure that I was taking what I needed to graduate.  So it looks like this.

  • Photography
  • Phys Ed
  • History
  • Math
  • English

Saturday, January 30

New friends for the journey

Stanley 20 oz Travel MugSince I survived final exams in one piece, Dad and Mom picked me up a couple of things for this summer.

One of them was a nice black duffel bag for travelling.  They got one for Oliver as well.  The last thing as brothers we want is for our clothes to ever touch each other. 

In my bag was a new Stanley 20 oz Travel MugOutside Magazine just rated it as the best mug out there.

Capacity: 20 ounces

Usability: This burly mug has the easiest-to-use lid, thanks to its ergonomic, trigger-like opener. It’s big, and as such won’t fit in a car’s cup holders, but I found that this was my go-to for bringing to work. 

Spillage: Zero 

Keeps Liquids Hot for (Claimed): 8 hours
Temperature Loss After 2 Hours: 24 degrees
Temperature Loss After 8 Hours: 60 degrees

Bottom Line: The Stanley was the big winner in terms of short- and long-term heat retention. If you like your coffee hot, this is your mug. We also loved the trigger-style lid that never spilled but was easy to use, even one-handed.

Both will be great company on some trips and adventures in 2016.

Wednesday, January 13

smc Pentax M 50mm f/1.7 lens

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Dad got me this lens today, it is an old Pentax 50mm f/1.7 lens and is considered one of the best lenses that Pentax has ever made.

One made it’s way into Dons Photo the other day and so he picked it up for me.  I have the smc Pentax-A 50mm f/2 but from everything I read, it doesn’t capture colour nearly as well as this one does.

Wednesday, January 6

New cell phone

I managed to break my Motorola Moto G (dropped it and screen shattered).  Instead of signing me up for a contract phone (it wasn’t going to happen), Dad got me a Acer Liquid Z410.

Acer Liquid Z410

It’s a basic Android smart phone but it’s all I need.  I can run Twitter, Flickr, and even Spotify.   Dad picked me up a 16gb Micro SD card so I can put some music on it.  Of course Dad reverted to his evil self and signed me to a lot of bad playlists on Spotify.  That was kind of funny but now I am listening to Justin Bieber.  That’s not good.

Wednesday, December 30

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens

Dad and Mom suprised me today with a new lens as a gift for taking care of Oliver.  It’s a Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for my Pentax K-30. 

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax

It’s not the best lens in the world, no all around lens really is but it’s good for heading out and exploring the city or going on hikes when weight is at a premium.

I was suprised to get it.  I enjoy taking care of Oliver and I am not really a guy who enjoys wandering the mall so chilling out with Ollie is cool and he has been really good.

If you want to see what else I carry in my camera bag, here it is.