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:: Sunday, May 29, 2005 ::

Onboard the Lief Ericson
Vacation:I am blogging from a kiosk on the lief ericson waiting to depart from North Sydney. How cool is that. Flowerpot Rocks was very rainy and muddy. I have not had a chance to take a look at the pictures yet. The Comfort in in Cornerbrook apparently has WiFi. I am impressed. More posts later!

Carpe Diem

:: Mike Wood 22:20 [+] :: 0 comments
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Live, from Moncton!
Vacation: I am currently in Moncton, New Brunswick. Some pics are up. Here is what I wrote here and there...

Thursday to Friday. I left at about 930 pm and headed onto the 401. I stopped at a couple of TH locations en route. I seem to be mimicking the commercial…

Traffic was light the whole way till about Kingston. Lucky for me I was going eastbound as Westbound right across Toronto was solid due to construction. And this was at about 11pm! Not much to report in terms of the driving. I stopped for the day after 5h 18 mins and just a bit over 500km. I was past trenton and stopped at a truck stop to sleep. Tim Hortons. 44.30.17 N lat 75.50.9 W long The GPS Rocks Leanne. Seriously the most clever and useful thing. I folded down the driver seat flat and crawled into my lightwight polar fleece like sleeping bag and slept half in the back half in the front of the CRV. I slept from about 3am to about 630am or so before heading out again.

I stopped next in Cornwall for gas – 77.7 cents /L and then headed into the La Belle Provence. It drizzlded on and off the whole way after that. Still not really having had a good solid sleep I was tired and Tim Horton’s was my friend. My stomach is going to regret that later I fear. I went through Montreal without incident and found it easier to navigate than the various collectors and express lanes of the 401 in Toronto. First thought about the infamous Montreal Drivers. This curious subset of Canadian drivers seems to think that turn signals are an optional feature on the car. Didn’t see them used much at all. And that is always entertaining.

I then got to cross under the St. Lawrence via tunnel, left Montreal and continued up the Jean Lesage Hwy 20 towards Levi. And on the way I found the Dinosaur restaurant that I mentioned to some of you. They have dozens of fairly large scale – say 1/3 to ¾ scale dinos from Triceratops to raptors to many others. I shot some of them and will post them later. I also, a good cunk of distance later napped at another roadside stop. Not a truck stop. Just washroom and picknick tables and that was a bout it.

Around 1-2pm I was in Levi Quebec right across from Quebec city. I didn’t cross over as it was cold and windy and still drizzling, and after trying to get to the shore and find the ferry in case I want to see it on the way back, I took some long lense shots of the Chateau Frontenac and the old city.

I got gas again ( I won’t mention this everytime…) and had a bit of a time with the activation of the pumps. Everyone designs a pump differently it seems. Anyhow. I figured it out and paid inside. But the guy behind me couldn’t find the tiny button to activate it and the woman was trying to give instructions via the Mcdonlads like speaker to the guy outside. He still didn’t get it. She said to me in a secretive way “ J’ pense qu’ill es’ anglophone…” I think he is an english speaker. Pretty condescending I felt, but my resonses for petro can card or whatever got by for me being undercover today…
In Rivier de Loup and it is low overcast and drizzling. It’ s 5pm and if the clouds went away the aproach into the town would have been spectacular from up on high with the St. Lawrence in the background.

Currently I am at the corner of Boul Armand Thiereault and Boulevard Hotel SR-ville in Riviere De Loup PQ. I keep losing the Satellite but I am roughly at 49.49 36 N lat by 69 32 19 West Longitude. Roughly ? :)

It is less that two hours to Edmonston. Which was my goal for today. I think I may press on further.

Update next morning.
I pressed on to Fredericton. The countryside is pretty rolling and mountainous, though all of this was experienced in the dark. There was haevy fog going south from riv de loup. In Edmonsdston I got some gas. The most expensive gas I have ever seen at 97.7 cents. And paid the guy at the Esso? Station who was wearing a guitar and a holder for a harmonica.

Much further south. Not sure where and I didn’t have the GPS fired up, 2 was closed and they were detouring. No idea what this detour was so I asked and a local guy told me to go over the covered bridge and hand a right. So I crossed my first covered bridge – easily 100 m or more in the dark. Checking the GPS just now, this was the Hartland covered bridge in Wakefield NB.

I stayed in Fredericton, NB in a motel last night. One thing I didn’t know about the CRV. The CRV has two trip odometers – I knew that part. What I didn’t know was that I could make them roll over. They only go to 999.9km. And yesterday I did 1098km from Near cornwall to by the time I stopped for good for the day here in Fredricton. That was in 16 hours. Including stops in Cornwall, the Dinosaurs, Levis, Riviere de Loup, Edmonsdston, and a nap here and there. Longest single day’s drive I have ever done. Up there with the trip from Naples to Orlando last year I think.

According to the 5 satellites, I am at 45.56.23 N lat by 66.39.39 W long. 1105am Atlantic time.

Heading off to Moncton. Overcast, but not rainy.

More Later when I get a chance to write and upload...

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The dinosaurs of Quebec.

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:: Thursday, May 26, 2005 ::
Alright, on the road
Vacation: I am heading out this evening. I am going to be on the road for the next couple of weeks. Depending on the internet access, the posts will be somewhat infrequent for the next while. When I can get online, I will update happenings. And of course check out my Flickr site for any pictures I upload. First goal is to get to Moncton. That will be Saturday night. Then late Sunday night, I will be on the Leif Ericson en route to The Rock.

Watch this space for updates.

See you in a while.

Carpe Diem

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in like a lamb
vacation: With not as much fanfare, more the beep of the swipe card releasing the mag lock on the main entrance at work, I left work for two weeks plus a couple of days. Drove Kara home first, and then got some relatively cheap gas. Carpe Gassem.

Spectacular harvest like moon out there tonight. There won't be any full moon over the next couple of weeks which should make the northern lights potential quite good, but the moon sans any city lights would be good too.

Got some rushing around to do later today (thursday) and then depending on various sleep related factors, I will be on the way about 24 hours from now.

Hard drive backed up, degfragged (man that took a while) and somewhat tidied up of digital flotsam. Lots of batteries of various flavours, some gear and clothes laid out and/or otherwise figured out. But not there yet.

Oh, I have a cool flashlight which, yes Sherry it does look like a CSI one, and lots of other bits n pieces which needs sorting, packing etc. I also found my Northface parka and not matched North Face polar fleece liner do zip together quite well. Three whale watching jackets in one.

Going to kick back and watch some TV.

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:: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 ::
Good deals
stuff: I went into Forest City Imaging here in London at Dundas and Clarence before work. I wanted to see if they had any filters. They did and I picked up a a circular polarizing filter and an 0.9 ND filter. the first will bring up a washed out blue sky and clouds and make some contrast. The ND is a neutral density filter. If it is really bright outside it will limit the amount of available light reaching the CCD and allow for longer exposures. That way you can have some interesting landscape effects especially with running water.

Anyhow, they were having some sale. Two for one sale on the filters. Good filters are not cheap. They do very special things. And instead of paying close to 90 bucks for two of them, I got them for about fifty tax included. I was impressed. the place doesn't have the gear of Henry's, but they are close, and can make big prints. I think I will get some bigger prints done there after the trip.

That was a great find.

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:: Tuesday, May 24, 2005 ::
Misc Stuff
Misc: I was going through some of the folks on Flickr I like to check out last night and found one, GalaxySomething, was gone. Her page was replaced with a Flickr generated comment that she was no longer an active member on Flickr. I was crestfallen. She had some really cool close ups of squirrils and other animals she shot, and also some really good self portraits. She was one of the first people I stumbled across on Flickr when I started there back in the winter.

I found my reaction curious. I don't personally know her, though I have left comments on some of her photos expressing my approval. But it was as if a friend you do know just up and disappeared, moved away, or quit their job with no notice or explanation. A void was now there. Not to sound too marketing, but I see that as a sign that Flickr really is a community and that you can communicate volumes through pictures that speak to you.

Perhaps it's just me. When I was going randomly through the links this morning, I clicked on her's again and found it was live but with no public pictures. I sent her a quick note letting her know she was appreciated and I hoped she decided to post again. Even if she doesn't, at least I got to say good bye of sorts - which I have found is important. Closure, in different contexts and in varying ways, is an important thing for my psyche I am learning.

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:: Monday, May 23, 2005 ::
It's Victoria Day!
holiday: In Canada today is Victoria Day, the celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday back in the 19th century. It is however the first official long weekend of the summer. It is also overcast and about 10 degrees C at the moment so I am not concerned too much that it is a day I am working. Though the lack of coffee in and around work will be taxing come about 8pm or so...

If you have the day off, enjoy.

I have to keep at it and get stuff done before I go on vacation on thursday. Later Folks!

PS it's also only 39 days till the Tour De France begins. And OLN is once again dissapointing pissing me off with their on again off again cycling coverage. Can't set the PVR while away for something that does not exist in their programming...

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Smallest coolest Apartment
life: this series of posts on apartment therapy has some interesting pics (noticing a theme to my posts lately? ) of small apartments.

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The 200 photos
photos: The NYC transit authority recently announced it is banning all photography in the system for security reasons. Here are thumbnails of 200 pics on deviantart taken by various photographers of the system to illustrate how awesome subway photography can be. Just click on the thumbnails to view bigger ones.

I know if I was still in Toronto and taking the subway to work everyday, my photos would have a totally different feel to them.

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50 fun things with your iPod
culture: check out this list of things you can do if you own an iPod and want to increase it's functionality or dress it up. Literally.

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street art
photos: I was talking with Leanne the other day about grafitti and that there is a guy where she works who is really into it and she explained some of the culture behind it etc. I pointed her to the grafitti group on Flickr which has hundreds of posts of grafitti from around the world. And I heard a long piece on the CBC yeasterday morning talking about a graffiti artist in Toronto called Alpha who was killed while working in a rail yard. Well, here is some Romanian stencils. Which appear to be grafitti like in concept, if not execution.

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food cravings in NYC
food: This site is all about cravings for food. Currently chocolate.

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Konfabulator2
geek tech: Konfabulator2 is out. I have used the original Konfabulator Windows desktop widget software for months and love it. There are dozens of little time, date, stock ticket, weather rotating wallpaper, etc plugins that mimic OSX on the Mac side of the fence quite well. and add functionality without taking a hit on the processor.

I know purists like Cory will see this as a rip off of Mac and not original. I am not a Mac convert but I do like the style. If anyone has seen my XP login screen they will know it mimics closely an OSX login. Re skinning something does not make it the other thing however. It's the guts of it that make the difference. Don't judge a book by it's cover... :)

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google custom
search: Google seems to be toying with making their home page less clean/tidy and offering more. I went to it and it automatically recognized my gmail info. got to love cookies. :)

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Virtual Rio
travel: Check out this site. Makes you want to go south. Way south.

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:: Sunday, May 22, 2005 ::
What is fowl is fair


Photos: I uploaded pics to Flickr from Thursday's visit to the Arva Flour mills just north of London here in Ontario. It was a nice 30 mins shooting these cool birds.

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:: Saturday, May 21, 2005 ::
Ferries Booked.
vacation: I called Marine Atlantic, spoke with a woman with a charming down East accent, and booked my two ferries.

She was patient with me. I was calling when not completely awake and they want two CBRs (can be reach numbers...). This can apparently cause me to give out my main number and the number of the house where I lived when I was married... Had to change that with the reservations person pretty quick when I realized what I did. heheh.

Leaving North Sydney, NS on Sunday May 31st, and returning from Port Aux Basques, NL on Monday June 6th. The Leif Ericson one way and the Cariboo the other. A week today I will be somewhere near Moncton and the Bay of Fundy! :)

Carpe Diem

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:: Friday, May 20, 2005 ::

Parkwood pics
photos: I uploaded some of the pics I took at Parkwood on Thursday. I have the original handle picture as my wallpaper still supersized to fit my screen and I think it turned out well. I will mess around with a few of the others and some water fowl shots I took today at the Arva Flour Mills later.

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Roofers2
life: so it's day two of the roofers. They get here at 815 am, crash and bang around till 930 and then all leave for coffee and do nothing for at least half an hour. My vote is for showing up at 845am and actually working. I am glad I am not paying for these clowns. And. And he said, after getting the assurance that there would be no roofing nails in the driveway - "they sweep the driveway with a big magnet and pick them up" I was told - I found a nice shiny new one. Not sure if it was there last night or not. Two nites now with about 4 to 5 hours sleep a piece - and not even any sex to show for it. :)

I did go out to the Flying J and have breakfast at about 1230am this morning though after watching the intense CSI directed by Quintin Tarantino. And Kelly gave me the knit alpaca winter hat she made for me in Windsor. She says that despite it being thin, alpaca is quite warm and should do me nicely in Newfoundland if I go and check out the icebergs and such.

It now getting quite loud in a can't think to type and blog and such. Damnit all to Hell! Blaaast! <-- insert Stewie voice here.

Carpe Diem

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:: Thursday, May 19, 2005 ::
Overcast
life: OK. Went out and came back and the hammer time was ongoing. And will be till Saturday morning. Before laundry, I hit CAA and got a Trip Tick done. I probably don't need one, but it's free. I picked up some out of province insurance too. A 1 GB compact Flash card would have been over 200 bucks at Henry's so I bailed on that thought and got a second 512 one at costco for cheap.

It was overcast, so I followed the suggestion of one of the people I work with and shot some pics at the old psych hospital facilities behind Parkwood hospital which look like they date from WWII or so. Run down, abandoned, and broken into. One and two story buildings with names like Essex, Elgin, and Waterloo. I have a bit of editing to do - as I took my usual number of excessive shots. Nearly 140 or so. And a few macros which I was pleased with.

In contrast, I watched a show on City TV last night called Naked in the House 4, in which four photographers separately shoot a nude model in or around a house with only one roll of film and in half an hour. It was really interesting what they came up with. Their individual visions were really different. They only had thirty six frames. It was interesting watching them as they envisioned the shots, posed the model, and overcame the challenges of the environment and the varying lighting.

I will post on Flickr during the next couple of days a few of the shots I took - sorry, no nude models. Though that would be an interesting contrast to the buildings... :)

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Ugh. Roofers
life: It's my weekend. So what happens? The roofing contractors that my landlord had arranged for yesterday are hear here (no actually hear is right) this morning. Early. I got about four and a half hours sleep I think before I got snapped awake with the sound of elephants on the roof using spades to slice off shingles, accompanied by crashes as the piles of new shingles and backing paper were stacked on the roof. Then tack hammers. Well you get the idea. I guess once I inject some caffeineto get me awake enough to safely go out and do stuff, I will get my day going.

It's warm enough for a bike ride, but I don't think I am anywhere near awake enough to try that! :)

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:: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 ::
abandoned park
photos: Check out this asian site that has some cool photos of an abandoned amusement park. All rust and stillness. quite neat. via Sarah

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blogging from the inside
life: Blogging as a patient at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. took me a couple of posts to realize that she is a patient there. Interesting.

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:: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 ::
Pictures of walls
photos: Check Pictures of walls: A Gallery of Grime out I found via Paige's blog. It is all submitted photos of urban walls with grafitti on them. Or defaced in some way. Not just your typical tags. Some interesting sayngs. Some disturbing thoughts. Some of the language is NSFW.

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Daily show on CNN
video: I found this video clip of a Daily Show segment on Heather's blog. 11.8MB about blogging. A couple of pretty funny lines in there. And it has Rob Corddry too! :)

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A sign of the apocalypse?
browsing: IE 7 is going to have tabbed browsing.

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Weather, Weather, everywhere
video: check this video. That is something you would need to have a Kevlar umbrella for. -from Meta Filter ** big WMV file. and some colourful language if you are at work.

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Tarantino CSI
entertainment: The Season Finale of CSI is being directed by Quintin Tarantino. That should be a pleasant flowers and sunshine episode. Can't wait. :)

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Vogon Staplers
gadgets: Office Space had a Swingline. Well Outerspace HH2G style has a slate gray Vogon one.

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AlternaZen
humour: So you need some Zen like thoughts of the day? I personally like:
10. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
** site has some NSFW stuff so you know...

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Gaping Void
These cartoons are sometimes pretty funny. And offer some interesting social commentary. :)

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hack that mortar board
gadgets: Graduating? Want to really get a great photo op? Follow these instructions. Video here.

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Forgot CSI Miami!
entertainment: I totally forgot to get the PVR warmed up for CSI Miami tonite. Good thing time shifting is around. I have no idea where this CTV station is - probably Calgary - but no matter... :)

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Robo Soccer
gadgets: Robots play soccer at the the 2005 RoboCup U.S. Open.

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:: Monday, May 16, 2005 ::
Just realized it's ten days
vacation: I woke up this morning and changed my messenger name to something other than "zzz's". "Down East in 10 Days" is what I changed it to in part (the whole name is much bigger). Wow. That isn't much time to get organized. My upcoming weekend is going to be a busy one of sorting really planning what I am going to need to take - and then cutting that in half because I think that some things in retrospect will be pointless.

Cool thing is that it will be nice to not have to drag luggage through an airport and wait for it to turn a carousel in arrivals... I can take more than the minimum. This will be the first road trip ever allowing me to do this. The others - San Diego to Phoenix and all over Florida had minimal bags since I flew there first. I have more than a few scraps of paper on which I have jotted down what I am taking. I need to make some sort of single list that has legible hand writing on it!

OK, I am going to go to Archie's for breakfast before work. Day one with my new team and I want to have a full stomach since it is going to be a busy few days!

PS, those of you who have sent me a link or two, thanks! I have not forgotten about them. :)

PPS I guess driving down to Kentucky when I went in the fall of 2003 in my first CRV would count as the first long road trip, though it will only be a third of this beast.


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:: Sunday, May 15, 2005 ::

This is what Microsoft Streets and Trips map looks like on a zoomed out scale. St. Anthony NL all the way back to London. I emailed this image right from the program.

The yellow markers are somewhat arbritrary based on Gas Stations and such. Planned overnight stops on way back in Blanc Sablon NL (Ferry from Labrador), Port Aux Basques NL (Taking the day ferry to Nova scotia which is about 7 hours), Truro NS, Cambleton NB, Drummondville PQ, then straight on till London.

If the traffic in Montreal and Toronto is not too bad, the last leg should be about 9 hours. Getting back on Thursday June 9th in the late evening. But since I don?t have to be back at work till Sunday morning, I have some flexibility.

Driving distance: 3601.8 kilometers
Trip duration: 5 days, 7 hours, 49 minutes (based on the program parameters I was messing with.
Driving time: 41 hours, 8 minutes
** And that's one way!

Let's see. If I did one picture every say three or four km as an average... :)

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Lucy in the Sky
video: A QT video of Shatner doing his Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Worth a chuckle. :)

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Cringley on the future of Microsoft n others
tech: Cringley on his current I, Cringley post talks about the future of Google, Apple and Microsoft.

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Essays vs Blogs
blogs: This Baltimore Sun article looks at blogs being the poor sister of essays.

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:: Friday, May 13, 2005 ::
End of the beginning of the line


entertainment: I just finished watching the final two episodes of Enterprise. It was good. Lots of emotion as the birth of the Federation was pending. Subtle or not so subtle nods to the other series.

Best quote: Tripp to Malcolm: "It has been a hell of a run. I never thought it would come to an end..." To which he replied "All Good things..." - which was the title of the last TNG episode. He continues to say that the Captain assumes there will be another Enterprise before too long. Was that Berman and folks taunting us, teasing us? Keeping the door open? Two disappointment were that we didn't get to see Archer's speech, and that one of the current cast didn't get the last word. Though "End program" did have a double meaning I felt.

The final closing sequence was how I would have written it. The French horns of TNG, mixed with those of DS-9, the trumpets fanfare of the movies...

"Space, the Final Frontier... These are the Voyages fo the Starship Enterprise.. It's continuing mission..." said first in voice over by Picard with 1701-D on screen, then Kirk continuing "To explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilizations..." as it transitioned to 1701 flying by. Followed finally by Archer finishing up the well known and nearly 40 year old phrase "To boldly go where no man has gone before..." and NX-01 close up and sweeping by in a slow arc as it headed away from camera towards a blue star cluster and becoming smaller and smaller. The music switching from the instrumental Enterprise title sequence to the main Trek fanfare with the rising cresendo.

Fade to title sequence.

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Google maps find UFO
search: Google Maps satellite view finds a a UFO.

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Port Dover bikes
life: It's Friday the 13th, and every such day, bikers congregate in Port Dover on the north shore of Lake Erie. I almost went to shoot it. Kirk and Carrie were going to ride there, but she said that it was pretty much a zoo. You have to park and get bused in. I saw that as a disadvantage and given the rain I decided to not to go. But the next one? Perhaps.

**Update: that would either be in January or October next year though... Maybe I should have gone today. :)

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Batman Begins trailer
video: A new Batman Begins trailer. The one on the right with the Metal Batarang.

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Streets and Trips is Brilliant!!
geeks stuff: The Microsoft Streets and Trips 2005 now with extra tasty GPS, is simply the best piece of software I have seen in a very long period of time. I sat in Starbucks it the huge rainstorm this afternoon and mapped out legs of my trip to Newfoundland. You can factor in how often you want to take breaks, how long you want to drive in a day, average speeds, fuel burn rates, metric or US measurments. Setting way points and revising the route is a piece of cake. And saving the stages as files is a snap. I have from London, Ont to St. Anthony, NL and back down to Port Aux Basques, NL done. Took me a couple of hours. I only have to reverse the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick segments and then 401 back. And the GPS USB plug in was recognized seemlessly by XP and I used it as a start point for the whole deal. Two weeks today, it will be put to the test.

I almost had Kelly come along as a last minute co-pilot, but it didn't work out for various reasons - though it was fun for both of us to think about for a couple of days. I have promised to get a couple of good pictures instead. I think I can manage that. :)

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Browser browser
browsers: Want to embed a browser on a web page in your current browser? well bittybrowser can do that for you. **how many times can one person write browser in a couple of lines? :)

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50 Million for FireFox
Browsers: I missed it by a couple of days, but FireFox downloads have tipped over 50 million. And as of this writing are at over 54 million (not including upgrades). I just upgraded to 1.0.4 the other day and it seems stable and seemlessly does everything the previous version did. I have not used IE - except at work - in more than two years now I think. Have you got FireFox?

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Linksys VOIP PBX
gadgets: Hackaday has a hack - surpise! :) - on how to use a wireless Linksys router to create a PBX phone exchange for your house so you can VOIP anywhere within range.

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Google: the Starbucks of the internet
search: A post on a VC blog talking about how Google is the Starbucks of the internet. Interesting post.

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Crack WEP
tech: To paraphrase the Engagdet article, I'm not advocating it... But here is a piece on how to crack the WEP protocol used on Wifi to keep things relatively secure.

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Robo-origami
tech: It doesn't look like your stereotypical anthropomorphized robot, but this machine at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, can do Origami.

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Hailing Frequencies closed

entertainment: The Series finale of Enterprise is this evening. Still think it sucks they are cancelling it. Here is an AP article on CNN from someone who is a trekker - and not someone who has just done the research.

I hope the conclusion tonight is a good one.

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:: Thursday, May 12, 2005 ::

Out and about
Photos: Full on sunshine at near high noon isn't the best for picture taking I have found. Washes out colours and everything is too bright. But what is a guy to do. I took the CRV in for servicing at London Honda, and checked out the new Ridgeline pick up. Has a clever tailgate, drops down or swings open sideways. Clever. Though at fifty grand it is a little steep. I went down Commisioners and found something I knew nothing about. A resevoir at the top of Snake Hill. Very interesting. Must be big inside and has an open section on top covered by a tarp and reminded me of an open air hockey rink. I also found a Old Ford - possibly a Model T, a Smart car, an airplane, and a nice sunset. Check em out.

Oh and I met up with Kelly for a coffee as well at Starbucks. Was a great day all in all.

*** And hey, work4bandwidth ticked over 20,000 links in the last bit when I wasn't looking! Thanks everyone for coming back!

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:: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 ::
Slept Terribly
life: I tried to go to bed early - for me, and sleep didn't come. Then I was wide awake at 5am, then still at 6am. And that's about 5hours earlier than I normally get up at. It was too stuffy. Or when the ceiling fan was on, it was too loud. Ugh. Pretty tired now.

The other day, I was sitting in the cafe where I have a bagel before work and reviewing pics from VE day on the camera. All of a sudden someone left one of those airline carryon bags - with the wheels and extendible handles - a few feet out into the main part of the mall. Someone across the hall at the dry cleaners called out "You left your bag!" But no one returned for it. It was too far out to be in the cafe with the tables and no one had got up around me who could have left it.It was in the flow of pedestrian traffic - what there is of it in the Galleria at any rate. It was a small one bag, brightly coloured. Possibly a child's one. It fell over and that's when I noticed it.

I thought a kid might have been dragging it and got tired of doing so and left it. Then I started to think. If this was a US city, or in Europe, or the Middle East, or any airport? A bag like this, all of a sudden left by itself suspiciously would raise the alarm bells. Police would be called and the area evacuated. An airline carry on bag could be packed with enough explosives to do some serious damage. But we are not there. But it could happen I suppose.

As I sat there finishing my bagel, I couldn't help but wonder about where the bag came from. I started to get a little concerned. Not much, but a little.

Eventually, about 15 mins later, someone from the luggage store down the hall came to collect the bag which was probably on display and someone was messing around and dragged it off.

Has it really got that bad that I need to think in downtown London, Ontario that there could be a bomb left by terrorists? No. I don't need to be contemplating that or be worried about such an extreme unlikelyhood. But I was surprised that I was entertaining worst case scenario thoughts as I sat there.

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:: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 ::
Vacation update
life: Called Marine Atlantic yesterday to find out specifics on the to and from aspect of this Newfoundland trek. Have not booked it as it was really loud where I was calling from and didn't wnat the world to know payment info, but I will be going over on the Leif Ericson, and coming back via the Caribou. Not on a caribou. North Sydney, NS to Port Aux Basques, NL and back.

And other developments in the trip which I might go into later. But for now I am work bound on Tuesday/Thursday.

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Satan's Laundromat
photos: Satan's Laundromat is a photoblog tour of the less that touristy side of New York. Pretty good pictures though.

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Newspaper Design
blogs: This blog is all about newspaper design and comparing what is out there and who is changing what format.

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:: Sunday, May 08, 2005 ::
iPod Vending Machine
gadgets: how about an iPod Vending machine? A photo on Flickr.

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RSOD
tech: In Longhorn, BSODs (Blue Screens of Death) will be replaced with RSODs. R for Red. For Really Bad Errors. Like BSODs are not bad enough? :) Via Joi Ito linking to others.

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X-Box 360 pic
gaming: Engadget also has a pic of the new X-Box.

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Was Google Hacked?
search: On Saturday Google was down at times and was redirecting. via engadget. That's one of the signs of the Apolcaypse, isn't it? :)

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Travel weather
weather: And now over to Heather with the weather. She pointed to this Weather.com page where you can enter in Departure and Arrival locations of cities and see what the weather is like in both spots so you can dress accordingly. And save the searches. It is aimed at business travellers, but I like it.

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Take the Google Quiz
search: Are you a Google Master? Apparently I am, though this wasn't a title I gave myself. Try to the Google Quiz and see who how Googl-iscious you are.

++posting when not awake leads to errors. :)


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VE Day in London


history: I went over to Victoria Park in London, Ontario Saturday morning. I shot some pics of the ceremonies to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe over Germany. It was certainly much more pleasant this weekend than being at the same location November 11th each year. Here is what I saw.

++ If you look at any of the Flickr pictures on my site, the small pictures are only large thumbnails. Click on a picture and you can see other versions/sizes. Some of the originals are quite large but you don't have to look at the big big ones if you are on dial up. :) Give me some feedback if you like on what you think of my pics.
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:: Saturday, May 07, 2005 ::
Work today
work: Got to get to work and get the final week with my current team under way. And I am going to try and shoot some pics of the VE day stuff at Victoria Park this morning too. So I have to get a move on!

I will post more often Carmi, I promise. :)

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Nipping at your heels
education: Via Heather, this post on a kid in Pakistan who is a Microsoft Certified Professional. No big deal. Except he is nine years old! It's just like on the original Battlestar Galactica with kids in primary school doing calculus...

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How Lighsabers work
gadgets: to continue my Star Wars theme this morning one last time... Via gizmodo, this post on How Stuff Works on how lightsabers function.

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The Star Wars Line ups
misc: You know somewhere out there, there are people lined up to watch the Star Wars episode 3 and 6. So why not capture it in Lego?
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Star Wars for Dummies
culture: If you don't know a wookie from a droid, check out this small post that will give you the low down.

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Tagging
information: Read this CNN article to better understand tagging. Not graffiti spray paint. Info that you use to deascribe,in this case photos on Flickr.

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computer desk
gadgets: Computer desk for the uber cool. via Cory.

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:: Friday, May 06, 2005 ::
i. have. no .food.


photos: Tried my hand at the local residents of Victoria Park today.And shot some pics of the 1st Hussars' Holy Roller Sherman Tank on display there as well. Cory: you asked me if I had shot some pics of it last year. Well, I finally got around to it. :) More on Flickr.

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Port Stanley- Port Burwell
Photos: Took the camera out for a spin. I wanted to take in some landscapes and such. I added a Sky filter to it to see if that made a difference. It didn't. I think I should have got the polarizer even though it was a bit more coin. I headed out of London and went south to Port Stanley via St. Thomas. Then went west North to Port Burwell on Lake Erie's coast. I recalled that Port Stanley to Port Burwell and back last year in the rain on the bike was long. Even driving the seventy plus km was long. :)

Ended up with a dozen or so pictures.

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:: Thursday, May 05, 2005 ::
Been Busy
bloggin: sorry I have not been my prolific self lately. Been busy trip planning and messing with the camera. Oh, and working too, of course. I'll make it up to you in the next couple of days for sure. Dr. Who and CSI Miami, CSI NY were pretty good. As was the NASCAR race on Sunday, and the new Family Guy episode. Odd to have so much good TV this time of the year.

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:: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 ::
Happy Birthday, Leanne! :)

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Newfoundland photos on Flickr
photos: I thought I would look and see what was what on flickr in terms of pics of Newfoundland. And there is precious little of where I am going. I wonder if that is a good thing, or a bad thing? :)

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Hope
cycling: OK. Team Discovery has been less than spectacular. No real wins or close victories so far. Lance has been so- so. to the point I was beginning to think that he should have retired last year on a high note.

I watched Tour of Georgia bike race on OLN - thanks for telling us in the TV guide it was 90 mins when it was 2 hours by the way - And on the final stage up the Brasstown Bald (which sounds rude) Tom Danielson from Team Discovery was in the lead and could will the multi stage race. Lance's former teammate Floyd Landis - now riding for Phonak - was in the lead before the final day. A minute over anyone. And in the last few km, Tom D was nearly caught up 56-58 seconds made up. He really pumped it and finished. Next up the massive mountain was Floyd. On his wheel literally was Lance. Lance and Floyd were working hard to keep any pace on the long, long, steep climb.

Lance wasn't helping him. If he gave Floyd someone to chase, it could be a few seconds less between Floyd and Tom at the end. and Floyd might actually catch and win the overall race. finally, when there was no hope of Floyd surpassing Tom - I think within a km, Lance took off. Took. Off. It was now apparent that Lance was toying with Floyd and not just trying to hold him back. He launched so fast that when you glanced away from the TV he was there, and then he wasn't and was up and around a turn. Shot ahead. Lance turned to look back closer to the finish when Floyd could see him again. In a typical Lance move, he looked at Floyd as if to say., "Yeah, I was F***ing with you. I could have taken you kms ago. I just helped you lose and my guy win. And you should have stayed with US Postal. Cya!" :)

This was a classic move. Tour de France fake out worthy - like a couple of years ago when he came off sluggish all day and then shot off at the bottom of a killer mountain and passed everyone. This was classic Lance and refreshing to see. It was as much to tell everyone else that he was still in fine form and has some juice even at this point in the season. I'd love to have a picture of that look as wallpaper.

60 days till the Tour.

Bring me some warm cycling weather Damnit!!!

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:: Sunday, May 01, 2005 ::
Flickr searches
photos: I spent a bit of time this morning enjoying my coffee :P and listening to the Vinyl Cafe stream from CBC Halifax. And browsing through Flickr photos. You can search the pics by the tags people have used on their pictures. For example do London and Ontario and anyone who has put those in as tags then they will pop up. You never know who or what you will find. :)

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Bound to happen
mischief: don't park the Smart car - or Smartie if you prefer -near a gym or frat house. I wonder if a section of variable gravity deck plating for your parking spot will be an option down the road. Increase it to 20 G and you couldn't budge it. :)

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Britney ripped of Louis Armstrong
music: go hear and listen to the original "Oops, I did it again" recorded by Armstrong in 1932.

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and hey, they are sugar free.
food: The... well I have no comment. speechless. bleah.

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Batman Begins trailer
video: A new Batman Begins trailer. In QT and broadband like.

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Lego Solo
misc: given the price of Lego these days, this would be more than the bounty Captain Solo.

** Welcome to May 2005!

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