So I wasn't the only one on the Advent bandwagon this year. www.techvibes.com decided it would be more fun to give away $8K in gadgetry each day than come up with kooky images. I'd like to to the think the pictures I found were worth way more than that. You had to answer a Christmas based novelty question to be entered in each draw. I took it a little seriously considering each winner will be selected in a random draw on the 25th. If the jokes in your crackers fall flat maybe my answers could fill the void without the paper hat.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Well I'm being driven and I'm going to someone elses home but it's definately that time of year!
Yep that's right, winter driving preparation. Coming from a country that grinds to a halt upon the first flake of snow to hit the Tarmac, it's nice to be somewhere that plans ahead and tries to combat Jack Frost's traps on the roads.
Canadian Tire were nice enough to host an educational evening with a steering twist, it was held at Grand Prix Kartways home to the most awesome vending machine in the world and a Go-Kart race track.
The promise of skidding wildly around the circuit was contrasted by the message of safety shown in a presentation of various different products and inovations.
The Five Top Tips discussed seemed pretty common sense but made a great introduction to each range of items:
1.Install Winter Tires
-Makes sense right? You wouldn't wear flip-flops on your feet outside in December after all. They had the tires there so we could get up close and personal, giving the a squeeze to feel the different texture that gives an enchanced girp.
2.See and be Seen
-Cloudy headlights are often the cause of dim illumination rather than the bulb inside fading out with age. It sounds like a scary project to replace the glass but you don't have to with lens restoration kits that hook up to an electric drill and give the clear surface a buffed up scheen to be just like new. You also want to be able to see out during what ever comes your way on the windshield so wiper blades can be upgraded too.
3.Top up Fluids
-Seasonal fluids are more than just eggnog, synthetic oil is specially made for the colder condtions to keep your engine ticking over nicely.
4.Check the health of your battery
-It's not as easy as plugging it in a wall socket to recharge it when it dies. Don't get caught out. If it's been in your car for three years or longer you should get it checked annually.
5.Stock up on essential winter items
-An emergency roadside kit is such a good idea, especially when things like Sarnia snow happens.
After getting to grips with all the infomation it was time to drive!
Thankfully we were inside and didn't have to put in to practice any of the tips we had just learned. It had been a while since I'd been behind a wheel this size (and on the opposite side of the road I hasten to add) so I didn't fare too well against the other drivers. It was a fun evening and I managed to retain some if not all the knowledge inside my helmut despite rattling down the home straight at top speed.
Wherever you are travelling to today safe Vrooming!
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! If you'd like a chance to win a Tuque, a 2GB memory stick and a wad of Candian Tire money comment below listing the Five Top Tips I mentioned. I'll pick a winner after Christmas (Contest open to anyone in Canada) Good Luck.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Friday, December 17, 2010
Door Number Seventeen
Thursday, December 16, 2010
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Saturday, December 11, 2010
Door Number Eleven
3D cinema is fast becoming a Christmas staple with an Avatar in a pear tree served on boxing day 2009 and Tron Legacy soon to see neon lords a leaping. Seems 1898 was ahead of it's time.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Door Number Eight
Sorry door eight was late, I'm blaming the rhyming for said post unprompt delivery. This advent calendar is getting a bit beastly, it's fast becoming an animal-vent. I promise to lay off the creatures for a few days.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Door Number Seven
Yesterday was a cat of sorts so I guess it's only fair today I came up with a canine.
I don't think I ever said how I come up with the images. It's a pretty simple formula, I Google the date like December 7, then look through for something different than the normal. The hound was in an album from someone elses Christmas.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Normally an expression with room for a head or a silver lined saying, I was lucky enough to have my whole body whirlybirded in to the sky above Toronto for Windows 7 #InTheCloud event at the Canadian Air and Space Museum.
I was excited enough to be exploring a part of the city I had yet to make it to so it came as an even bigger surprise when I arrived and was told that I could book an air born ride while learning about the new functions the name sake cloud technology had to offer.
After walking through the museum, a curtained off area played host to four different zones each with an expert ready to guide me through a demonstration on the specialized part they were playing in a potential party situation. I was naturally drawn to the photography and video element area. I'd recently seen the family portrait TV commercial where a mum of three wrestles with her wiley offspring trying to get the trio to provide a perfect shot. She's unable to tame the hydra headed sofa of boys in the same still so instead non-violently chops the head off her number one son and replaces it with a better pose from a previous snap. With a couple of clicks or in this case touch screen taps she's got the image she dreamed off without the hassle of firing up Photoshop. I was shown how to remove a splatter of blood from a shaving accident in an instant without a cloning tool or skin sampler in sight. The new and improved photo could them be put on various social networks with the same ease. The dreaded tagging scenario was also reduced with facial and name recognition integrated.. The video of my sky flight above was edited with ultra simplistico Window Movie Maker though on display was the 2011 version that comes as part of Windows 7. For another short video I made I used this but wasn't overly impressed. The autopilot mode makes a good montage out of photos but editing motion brings back annoying memories where I ended up resorting to bootlegging the project I was working on by filming the screen as it wouldn't save. It actually ended up adding an extra effect that I really liked, maybe I just need practice?
With a pit stop of Pad Thai I ate up this and other information about sharing projects between Windows 7 machines and TVs as well as seeing the mobile devices shifting focus to work and play on the move. It sounded too good to be true that multiple people can work on the same project at once without the rally of files flipping back and forth on Email and now having a more relaxed attitude about web connectivity as any spell of net drought is remedied on the next latch on. It was a lot of information to fill my noggin with in one go but luckily I wasn't too overloaded to weigh the air craft down.
I really hope the C in the TTC suddenly starts standing for Copter as it was such an amazing ride.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Door Number Five
There used to be a lot of suicides where I used to work during December. Loneliness or present purchase pressure I don't know. You're worth more than the collective delayed minutes of people on a platform.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Door Number Four
Burn down your house or take over the world on Xmas day? I'm pretty sure these could do both if you plugged them in.
Also available in creepy chicken condom flavor
Thursday, December 2, 2010
German snow is my favourite. I'll never forget coming in to land at Berlin and hearing excited people chirping the same word, Schnee, like Deutscher Pokemon when they saw the white covering on the ground. They also have schneit which sounds like it should be the word for slush or a dog pop in an igloo. It was a strange timed trip in February on year. I'd just dropped out of art school in my final year and fled to there for a fortnight. I foolishly skimped on printing out a map to the hostel instead opting to draw a map from glancing at a computer screen, I mean how many town halls can there be in one city?! Turned out there was an infestation of Rathaus and after going back and forth late at night on the subway I eventually asked a man who took pity on me and drove us to the hostel. His car smelt musky and he couldn't remember the word for seatbelt but I lived to tell the tale. The next day I threw up on the street because it was so cold.
Door Number Three
If you're ever in Berlin take this free walking tour
I've still not see Harry Potter! This one has a special place in my heart as the book came out while I was traveling in Europe 2007. My lady chum was in desperation to get her peepers on those Deathly Hallows having pre-ordered it from WH Smiths before we set sail on the trains to Spain. Lots of Lalala-ing out loud on the beach when other touristas were flicking through the pages. She got lucky in more ways than one when we made friends with a chap called Joel who was sharing our bunky bed box in Madrid. He met us a couple of months later in Prague for a rainy reunion and delivery of said book. The last part of our trip was like an audio book with her synopsizing what was going on instead of Stephen Fry reading.
Potter Watch in Hamburg at Instant Sleep hostel
Now that would be a great hostel to be named after! Baby Sleep and Instant Baby.
Door Number Two
Dedicated to my annoying day of trying to cancel a freebie gym membership, it was really unfunny like that episode of friends (dare you to click)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Contests are kind of my thing. I've had some really good fortune. I'm currently doing a Grinchy green one. The theme was to come up with an environmental Xmas ideas in 60 seconds or less. It was harder than you'd think and had to resort to a Benny Hill/Batmobile speed up to fit it inside the time limit.
I went all Blue Peter and made this:
Votes can be placed each hour of the day which is a crazy chore and I'm hoping that because I was one of the first few to enter I can keep up the momentum, even if it's just me clicking once and hour by myself.
Tenuous festive link to Nic Cage
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
It's become a little tradition of mine to make an online advent calendar. 2010 is now my third year of seeking out alternative images to countdown Chrimblomas and beyond.
So here goes...
Door Number One
I saw this image at Gallery TPW just the other day. See I did pay attention and didn't just sniff out their cheese and nibbles at the opening. Exhibition runs until December 4th.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Last night was the very end of the Reel Asian gig with a big party for the volunteers. It was tempuratastic with lots of giveaways that never seemed to stop. I won some ninja socks which at first I mistook for gloves meant for kids with flippers. It's like my big toe has swine flu and lives in it's very own quarantine zone away from the other little piggies. Just the other day I mentioned that ninja was considered a bad word while I was growing up. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the UK. I guess the people in power thought kids would green up and go on a nun chuck crime spree if you mentioned the N word.
I used to go round my friend at the end of the street's house and have "sing the theme tune" contests judged by Nanny Pam pre-American Idol/X factor. I'm not sure I could quite hit those notes anymore. Heroes in a Half Shell - Turtle Power! (wouldn't a whole shell just be a walnut?).
Tonight is the Movember gala parté. I came to the game a little late but have had a fun time playing with my face fuzz after coming up with the pun team name Moby Schick. I found a perfect Dick quote that mentions November and
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
After a brief bloggy stint for the Reel Asian Film Festival I've decided to keep on going and write about living in Toronto.
I'm not sure if this will work or what I'll plop on here. Might as well aim big and set the ultimate goal to have Sting sing Englishman in Tdot as opposed to New York.
If all else fails I'll squawk it myself or download his tasty brains Dollhouse style.