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Going Pro – The jimmycanuck/Flickr Update by jimmycanuck
November 9, 2006, 3:48 pm
Filed under: blog news, family, flickr, pictures

Happy Canada Day!

For those of you who like to peek in on my darling daughter on Flickr, I’ve got some good news – I’ve finally gone pro!

Earlier this week I bit the bullet and signed up for a pro flickr account.  Since then I’ve been slowly but surely taking advantage of the “unlimited sets” feature that was missing from the free version, so things are getting a little more organized.  Just thought I should update all of you who like to stay on top of my family life.

Check out all of my flickr photo’s here.



Julia’s Second Halloween by jimmycanuck
October 31, 2006, 7:32 pm
Filed under: family, flickr, pictures

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Our little lion. 🙂

It’s Julia’s second Halloween, but her first time trick-or-treating. We just got back from our candy collecting duties and had a ton of fun. On the walk between houses, everything was “trick-or-treat,” “pumpkin,” and “thank you.” But as soon as we got to a house she was as quiet as a doorknob. Still, we all had a great time. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

More pictures on flickr.



Our Pumpkins by jimmycanuck
October 30, 2006, 9:10 pm
Filed under: family, flickr, pictures

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Tonight was pumpkin carving night at the old Squires homestead.  Hailea did a very snazzy Pac-Man inspired piece mostly done via scraping, and I did my old pal Homestar Runner using a stencil I found on the official Homestar Runner site.  It was Hailea’s first time doing scraping, and my first time using a stencil, and I think for two rank amateurs we did a pretty kick ass job.

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If I have time tomorrow I may do a matching Strongbad  pumpkin.  This took a hell of a lot out of me though, so don’t go counting on it.  I think next year I may plan something a little more daunting.  Maybe using multiple pumpkins.  We’ll see – I’ve got about 366 days to think about it.

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The Weekend In Pictures by jimmycanuck
October 23, 2006, 11:16 am
Filed under: family, flickr, pictures, youtube

The Happy Couple

This weekend was quite the adventure for a shut-in like myself. Saturday was our second anniversary, and to celebrate Hailea and I took a trip out to Fort George. It’s one of the most important locations in the War of 1812, it’s in our own backyard, and yet we’ve never been. Definitely a very fun trip.

We now have oodles of photos of Fort George on flickr – unfortunately, they’re not sorted into a set. flickr only offers so many sets with the free account, and I’m all tapped out. I desperately want to upgrade to Pro, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Add it to my Christmas list, people! Here’s a personal favourite;

Cannon at Fort George

Later that day, we went to Jack Astor’s for dinner. The food was great, but I did have one major complaint that I should really pass on to you nice folks. As soon as the food arrived, I found hair in it. Not only that, but I found it twice more as I was eating. Now anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that, despite the teeth I may show online, I’m a big puss in person who doesn’t want to stir the pot. So rather than causing a scene like most would, when the manager came over to see how everything was I very politely said “I’m not one to complain, but I’ve been finding hair in my food. Like, A LOT of hair. Someone in you kitchen needs a hairnet and isn’t wearing one.” She apologized profusely and went straight to talk with the kitchen manager. Seems like a good solution, right? Then the bill comes.

They didn’t take anything off!!! Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting the whole meal to be comped, but seriously, at least don’t charge me for the meal that was tainted. I was very, very unimpressed. Won’t be going back there again, which is a shame, because the food is fantastic. At least I got my own subtle payback. As you can see from the Mario I drew below while waiting for dinner, this is the type of restaurant with recycled paper and crayons on the table.

Mario

So I did what any enraged patron with no balls would do – I wrote in big black letters “HAIR IN FOOD + PAYING FULL PRICE = UNHAPPY CUSTOMER :(” Hopefully a few customers saw that before they cleared away our table. 🙂

(And just to be clear, I still tipped pretty well – our waiter was excellent, the quality of the food was not his fault, and it was his manager we spoke to about the hair, not him – so remember kiddies, always tip well for good service!)

The Werner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm

Sunday was a little more family oriented. Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa and Julia all went out to the Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm for a hay ride. Lots of “no set” photos on flickr for this one too. It was a lot of fun – Julia went mental for all of the animals. She also got to go on her very first pony ride – god bless youtube for letting me share it with all of you;

I also have a great video of her dancing at the Ranch, but I need to rotate it 90 degrees without squishing it, thereby making them look like waterheads. Also – I’m having a nightmare of a time right now with any Microsoft-based video stuff jiving with new videos from my camera, so even if I knew how to fix it, I couldn’t. That being said, if any of you out there have any experience with video-related fiddling and would like to help me get that one all sorted out, please, drop me a line.



An Apology… by jimmycanuck
October 10, 2006, 5:32 pm
Filed under: blog news, flickr, pictures

100% Cotton

The posts have been a little light over the past few days  – sorry about that.  School and Thanksgiving are the culprits this time around.  Don’t worry though, once I get the paper I’m working on done we should get right back on track to the three or four posts a day we’re all getting used to.

Also – I’m working on a small project that should guarantee at least one post a day well into the new year.  More to come on that soon!  (Probably later tonight or tomorrow)

Also – please pardon the randomness of the image.  I couldn’t think of anything that fit with an “apology for not posting” post, but I sure as hell wasn’t going to make a post without an accompanying picture.  So I decided to share one of my recent favourite finds on flickr.  Hope you like it!



Children + Puddles = Great Photo Op! by jimmycanuck
October 1, 2006, 10:08 pm
Filed under: family, flickr, pictures

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We finally got around to closing the pool for the season today, and as one might expect this provided much puddle oppurtunity for the little one. I was lucky enough to have the camera nearby and was able to capture a few fantastic shots of the whole baby-in-a-puddle experience. If you want to see the whole set from this afternoon’s excitement, just hop on over to flickr.



The Flickr Project Unveiled: We’re Going to Geotag Niagara! by jimmycanuck
October 1, 2006, 12:36 pm
Filed under: flickr, pictures
  • Old canal

Last week I posted about how I was putting together a new Flickr group that everyone in my local area could get involved with, and that would take advantage of technologies new to Flickr.  So, is everybody ready for the big unveiling?

Geotag Niagara is the first Flickr group dedicated to geotagging an entire community.  In this case, the Niagara Region.  But what is geotagging?  Geotagging, as the name might suggest, is the act of tagging something with a place rather than with a word.  As it relates to Flickr, this means that you can tag all of your photos with the exact location they were taken, and you can then view them all on a map!  The goal of Geotag Niagara is quite simple – to photograph every building, every landmark, every anything that matters to you – and tag it on the map!

There are a number of reasons I’ve been wanting to get this project going – but I’ll try to be brief.  First and foremost, I thought it would be fun.  I know there are a lot of shutterbugs around here, and many of us are always looking for any excuse to use our cameras.  Well now we’ll always have one!  The other big reason I wanted to do this is to help create a time machine of sorts for future generations.  There are too many things that nobody cared enough to photograph – businesses, buildings, parks, etc.. – that are gone forever.  If we all work together to geotag this area, we’ll have created a living document of today rather than just letting it disappear when tomorrow comes.

So I invite all of Niagara to join me in getting our preserving every inch of our community in the hallowed halls of flickr!

For more on how to geotag in flickr, click here.