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The Transit of Venus

posted: June 09, 2012

A short clip of the transit of Venus as seen from my field scope projector.

Motor Bicycle Ride

posted: August 10, 2011

Let's go for a ride on my newly built motorbicycle. This project used a kit from Zoombicycles and an old cruiser frame I had kicking around.

Some shots from Hecla Island

posted: June 30, 2011

Spent last week camping on Hecla Island. The coastal fishing village with Scandinavian flavour on Manitoba's inland sea.

Hecla fish station. Joe and the pelican. Hecla government dock. Bike on Hecla beach.

Ubuntu 11.04 is coming soon.

posted: April 09, 2011

The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon

Very soon Natty Narwhal, the next version of the excellent operating system Ubuntu, will be released.

Grab yourself a copy of the available beta release, and write it to a USB drive or burn it to a disk, and take it for a test drive.

Baby,it's cold outside...

posted: January 21, 2011

What happens when boiling water is thrown into the air when it's thirty-two below outside.

Osprey on a Tree

posted: September 07, 2010

Osprey on a tree

This shot was taken through a field scope on it's tripod at about 35x magnification.

Lower down on the same tree, which was overhanging the Assiniboine river, was a Kingfisher also patiently waiting for the fish; as we were too, with rods in the water and catching nothing worthwhile.

Photo taken August 28, 2010

Busy Beaver Movie

posted: September 07, 2010

Here is a series of about 50 photos taken by a motion sensing field camera which Helene A. set up last weekend.

I've created a video of the busy beaver from all the photos.

The timestamp date is incorrect, these were taken on the 5th during a 7.5 hour period that night.

Thanks Helene, great shots!

Video formats: YouTube - mp4 - ogv - 3gp

Red Sky Panorama Taken At The Lot.

posted: May 26, 2010


Three Dimensional Anaglyphic Photography

posted: March 29, 2010

3d deer skull

With all the hype about 3D going on now, my curious brain had to find out how to create 3D photographs.

More to come... Check back soon...

Go Mark Go!

posted: February 6, 2010

The Nascar Sprint Cup season is almost upon us. Mark Martin is starting the year off right with the pole position at the Daytona 500 on Feb 14th. Starting in seventh place is Jimmie Johnson; the champion from last year, the previous year, the year before that and the year before that one too.

Racing starts tonight (Feb. 6th) with the Budweiser Shootout, a short and exciting non-points race. Twenty four of the best going for the win, and the money, in the years first taste of racing.

To the people of the world, from OK Go:

posted: January 20, 2010

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.

An open letter from OK Go

This week we released a new album, and it's our best yet. We also released a new video - the second for this record - for a song called This Too Shall Pass, and you can watch it here. We hope you'll like it and comment on it and pass the link along to your friends and do that wonderful thing that that you do when you're fond of something, share it. We want you to stick it on your web page, post it on your wall, and embed it everywhere you can think of.

WTF! CBC Won't Support Linux Users?

posted: January 1, 2010

I'm a Linux PC

There has been a bug reported in the implementation of CBC Videos use of Shockwave Flash on their website.  CBC Audience Relations  says "We are not in a position to develop any workaround that would prevent revenue from being generated when users watch video on cbc.ca." I thought the CBC was a public owned broadcaster, this must be contrary to their mandate.

Instead of correcting the problem with their content manager The Platform, they are willing to ignore 1% of Canadians. Thirty-two percent of netbooks sold use some sort of Linux system as an OS.

Flash videos work fine on Linux for any other websites such as CTV, CityTV, Global, BBC, Space and so on... So the problem is not with browsers on Linux, but with the CBC's use of the Flashplayer Plugin

Of course some industrious user has created a fix to allow videos to be viewed, so it does work, but the CBC has refused to fix their problem.

Captain Sir Jean-Luc Picard

posted: December 31, 2009

CNN and the BBC report that the Queen has bestowed knighthood to Patrick Stewart, or to be now known as Sir Patrick.

Is it really a Blue Moon?

posted:December 30, 2009

Blue Moon

Some sourses say it is a Blue Moon this month and some say it is not.

While others are admitting errors they made over 50 years ago. These statements have led us to believe that a Blue Moon was the second full moon in a calendar month.

The actual description of a Blue Moon is stated as the third moon in a season with four full moons. These season are calculated by the lunar calendar year which ended with the winter solstice. So this would make the possibility of a Blue Moon in December an impossibility.

Seems we have been wrong all this time... :/

During a canoe trip in 1975...

posted: December 08, 2009

Grant,Linda and I.

Grant, Linda and I found a letter preserved a rock cairn. The letter was typed by an expedition party from the Ontario Department of Mines who camped at the same location in 1954.

A photo of the letter was taken, the letter was sealed backed into the empty paint can and placed back into the cairn for future campers to discover.

I have googled the names from the text of the letter and found most of them had careers in geology and mineralogy.

More Than 40 Years of LEGO Obsession

posted: November 15, 2009

Replica of our house.

From building replicas of our house in 1970, to constructing a miniature vehicle in 2009 that carries 1GB of data on a USB drive. (that's far more memory than the Apollo spacecraft's flight computer had in 1970...)

Let's see... there are 16 bits in a word x 1024 words in a kiloword. They had 32 kilowords of ROM and 2 kilowords of RAM... Oh ya, way more!

You should try Ubuntu

posted: November 12, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10 was released a couple of weeks ago. I've tried it on USB sticks, external hard drives, and old computers. Works great, as expected.

Monty Python is the Best!

posted: November 10, 2009

You have to watch Monty Python: Almost the Truth on Bravo.ca if you have ever been a fan.

Don't forget that you can see episodes of Monty Python on YouTube.

SeaMonkey 2.0 is released

posted: October 27, 2009

The SeaMonkey team have made public a milestone release today.

See the SeaMonkey Project home page for more information.

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