Barrie Speedway

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Barrie Speedway, a set on Flickr.

Last summer, I was lucky enough to be invited along for an expensive day playing with big boy toys – Nascar race cars.
It was Dan’s birthday and what better way to celebrate getting old than driving really fast cars very fast at very hard walls and turns.
It was an amazing (and loud) experience.

Click the photos to see the images or enjoy a video at YouTube

Valentine’s Day with The Tragically Hip

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20130214-TragicallyHip, a set on Flickr.

I’ve been a fan of The Tragically Hip since I was a teenager. In highschool in the early 90s, I went to concerts, small venues, outdoor football stadiums, Fort Henry, etc. Being from Kingston, it wasn’t hard to see the Hip in concert, or see them around town. Once I started at Queen’s University, Bobby Baker even lived down the street from me and it wasn’t a rare thing to see him out in the neighbourhood.
Over 20 years later, there’s still the same magic about hearing those songs. I missed a couple concerts in recent years and I swore I wasn’t going to miss another one. When I found out they were touring again for their new album, I ended up getting some amazing tickets and it was worth every penny.
If you’re a Hip fan, enjoy the photos.

Photos by Chien-Yang Wang

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Originally uploaded by ???CHIEN-YANG WANG

OMG. Check out this artist’s fantasy and reality combined photography. The floating and cloud imagery, combined with geek toys, bright colours and beautiful women. What more could you ask for in a photo. Inspired. Check out more images.

evernote – bookmark your brain

evernote keeps your visual memories on all your computers

i started using evernote a few years ago. at the time, it was only on the pc. recently, they’ve added support for mac, phones and a web interface. now they even sync your notes across the internet so anything you add on one machine will end up on all your other locations. this is great for me – if I come across something on my work pc, I can add it to evernote and it’ll end up on my mac at home. they have a free service where you can use up to 40MB/month. if you want more, you can pay $5/month.

So what is Evernote?

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.

You can directly “clip” (like copy & paste) from Outlook, Firefox, Internet Explorer into Evernote. Or any copy & paste can become a note in Evernote.

For example, say I read an article on my lunchbreak at work and I want to store it for reference later. Bookmarks are lame. Printing kills trees. Evernote stores it as a note you can read later. I use it for photos ideas I come across, great articles I want to reread later, tutorials, etc. And now with the new syncing ability, I can review it on my home computer later that evening.

You can tag your notes with keywords for searching and sorting. And now, Evernote even has visual character recognition. Take a photo of a business card using your webcam, add it to Evernote and it will recognize the text in the photo. So later, when you need to find that business card for “John Smith”, just type a search for it and Evernote will “read” it off the business card photo. Very cool.

lots of cool features, and finally a way to store all the interesting articles I come across

the baby is here

my baby is my newest gadget

so it’s been an exciting February and an exhausing March. our little baby arrived at the end of Feb. as we both suspected, we had a baby girl. we decided to keep it a surprise for ourselves but we both had a dream that we were having a girl. very strange but i had a strong feeling.

i foolishly stayed up until 1:30am and had just drifted off to sleep when J woke me up and told me her water broke. labour isn’t like it is in the movies…you don’t have to jump in a cab and speed off to the hospital immediately…unless if you’ve had a couple kids it might happen very fast. but the next few hours consisted of getting the bags ready, last minute packing, laying around, dozing between contractions. I fell asleep for an hour at 5am and J continued on impressively without waking me. at 8:30, we got a bit anxious and headed to the hospital. inspection and monitoring for a couple hours and we were given the option to go home for a few hours to rest while J continued with contractions and dilating. we drove home again to relax in a more comfortable environment and for me to catch a bit of sleep. J’s mom came over to help with the painful contractions and I caught an hour of sleep.

we quickly drove back to the hospital an hour later…J’s contractions were intense and she wanted an epidural pronto. we got checked into a large birthing suite and started the process. hours of contractions and breathing exercises. J finally got an epidural a couple hours later and made things much more bearable for her. i caught another hour of partial sleep when i could. around 1:30am, we finally reached 10 cms dilated…the key point to start pushing. an hour of pushing later, our baby girl arrived looking beautiful and with all the required toes and fingers.

a few more adrenaline filled hours spent with the baby and we finally tried to get some sleep at 6am but it wasn’t possible…every 15 minutes a nurse came in to check J or check the baby. exhausting. no sleep for 2 days. time to wake up and get the day started with the baby. we learned all the stuff needed…washing, feeding, etc. we coasted on a lack of sleep and lack of food for a long time. exhausting, but it was a good preview into what the following weeks would be like.

2 weeks later, the baby is doing great. she’s gained a ton of weight, faster than most babies the doctor said so we’re feeding her well. every 3-4 hours, round the clock, it’s feeding time. 8 feeds a day minimum. by the time you change her, feed her, dress her and get her to sleep you have about 1-1.5 hours of time until you do it all again. sleep comes in small intervals and you try to nap when she does.

sadly, i have to go back to work in a couple days and i’ll miss the daily interaction with her. she’s changed so much already and each day is a new adventure. she’s definitely the best thing to happen in our lives.

musicovery.com

yvonne of longoverdew.com just pointed me at a new online music listening service. i’ve seen a lot of these, but this one’s different.


listen to music and see graphical relationships at musicovery.com

you can select your musical genres, what kind of mood you’re in (energetic, calm, dark, etc) and the service will select music related to that. it also shows songs related to the song playing. you can narrow the music to a time period when it was released and even discover new music you hadn’t heard before. i’ve had it going for the past half hour and keep hearing new songs or old songs i’ve forgotten about.

i’ll keep this service in mind if i’ve forgotten my ipod or want to find some new tunes.

jill greenberg

i’ve been checking out a lot of inspring photographers lately since i haven’t had much time to actually do any shooting. jill greenberg (manipulator.com) has a very specific look and i really like it. i’m going to try to shoot some work like this. lighting isn’t cheap, so i might have to be very creative instead. check out some of jill’s great work. you’ve likely seen some of her commercial work already.

jason lee, shot by jill greenberg.