27 August 2007

Indoor iceberg

If you're a Victoria resident or if you'll be over on the Island any time soon, check out the Titanic exhibit at the Royal BC Museum. You've got loads of time - it's there until October 14.

I saw the exhibit with some friends this past Sunday and it was pretty well worth the price of admission. I say 'pretty well' because I think $25.50 is exorbitant for a museum ticket.

However, redeeming the admission price, I found the interiors duplicated and the artifacts displayed engaging and informative. Towards the end, survivor accounts, a miniature iceberg (visitors place their hands on the block until the cold is painful to simulate a fraction of the water temperature that night) and a computer-simulated version of the collision and sinking were very moving.

Front - Replica boarding passes
were handed out by museum attendants

Back - The information of one passenger,
including a bit of back story, could be verified on a
wall of perished vs. survivors at the end of the exhibit

24 August 2007

If I lived in Springfield

Avatars are not new. I've already wasted far to much time playing with my Yahoo avatar (even switched back to the old version of Yahoo email to have it again). But I couldn't resist wasting more time on generating a few Simpsonized versions.

I even waited several weeks for the traffic to retreat after the site launched (it took a few repeat visits to find a bottleneck-free moment). Be warned, this fun little tool is pretty picky, so they mean business with those specs.

22 August 2007

At home last summer

I've been complaining (like everyone else) about the gloomy summer here on Vancouver Island. And since I don't have any beautiful landscape shots to mark the season this year, I'm posting some shots from last summer of my favourite beach and views back home. Although I hear it hasn't been the best for weather there either over the last few months.

Terrace Mountain behind Kin Beach

Okanagan Landing

Sailing in the Sun

Sage Hills

View from Mom & Dad's

20 August 2007

Again, the importance of independent media...

I was disturbed, but sadly, not shocked to read an article on a local blog this past weekend outlining the firing of a local news editor, seemingly as a result of an advertiser complaint.

I didn't know this editor myself other than having sent a few press releases to his desk, but I sympathize deeply with anyone who lost their livelihood in the course of simply trying to be a good journalist.

Read the story at:

I was equally disturbed by a story I saw on The National last week.

In an era where bloggers are now being sued for no more than linking to a sensitive story, I'm linking to the articles above, aware of possible repercussions and not feeling too free to express myself.

When journalists can be fired based on advertiser complaints (provided there were no other factors) and bloggers can be sued for their personal opinions, we're living in scary times for free speech in Canada.

The majority of my blog flies under the radar consisting of random reflections, mediocre art and photography, personal news and bits of fluff. However, I do like to get political from time to time. I've never been afraid to until now.

I hope Canadian bloggers all come out of this transition as stronger, bolder, more empowered writers. I hope.

12 August 2007

Sunday and partially cloudy

I'm getting very near (2 or 3 pages) to the end of the manuscript I've been struggling with all summer. Not sure if it's what I originally wanted, but I'm pleased and it's been fun to write. Somewhat nostalgic and challenging in terms of character-driven work.

So here's a laid back clip from the White Stripes in case anyone reading this is feeling a little funny today too.

PS - Don't wait for the girl to do anything; just listen to the song.