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PostArctica: Slogans For The Interim

cmkl: Georgia spring break trip redux: Savannah, Okefenokee, Cumberland Island

A lot of Canadians think “Florida” when they think spring break. And we have done that. But this year, I was the grateful passenger on another Irene Jansen organized travel extravaganza to Georgia. Irene came through Georgia some years ago on a road trip to New Orleans and she wanted to revisit some of the […]

cmkl: Why I’d support a passenger bill of rights: two words United Airlines

It’s true there are much more serious problems in the world. Poverty, rape culture, climate change. But this morning I want to put that out of my mind and complain about a first world problem. Scene: August. My lovely partner is a planner. If ever she tired of her career in advocacy research she could […]

Mind of Dan: Dancing Booby

A Dancing Blue-footed Booby showing off his stunning blue feet

At Seymour Norte island in the Galapagos Islands

Eclectic Lip: Back from Happy Hawaii

Synchronized phoning, coming soon to a summer Olympics near you…

Trivia note: Swedish supergroup Abba’s “Why did it have to be me” was originally titled (and lyricized) as “Happy Hawaii”. But those of you who also secretly bought the 4-CD ABBA box set without admitting it to your friends, already knew that!

We recently returned from Hawaii where we met up with most of Aya’s family. And wow, if their plan was to leave Japan behind, was that ever a bad choice. There was so much Japanese signage in the tourist-area stores, that I felt like a (Read more…)

Mind of Dan: Curious Sea Lions

This curious sea lion was very interested in the little blue box (camera) I was holding

Our last full day in the Galapagos ended with a swim with 4 curious young sea lions. It was all fun and games until the beachmaster showed up.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatoon Shiners #exploresk

Saskatoon is a beautiful city, so don’t let these photos fool you. Every city has a few shiners here and there. “There”, in this case, is downtown. This is the Holiday Inn Supermax Prison. Don’t worry, it only looks like a prison from the outside. You can leave, unlike the more picturesque Hotel California.

Here’s one of the more beautiful parkades with a cell phone tower behind it.

It’s January, and the snow has retreated into puddles due to the unseasonal temperatures, but the gang activity hasn’t retreated.

The people of Saskatoon are friendly, and will accommodate you whether you’re (Read more…)

Mind of Dan: 1000 ways to die in Ecuador

Way #256: Becoming Arapaima food These carnivorous arapaima were 2.5 meters long and very hungry

Thankfully they don’t have any teeth so all their food has to fit down their throats, so we were relatively safe.

Way #512: This

No one in their right mind would ever get on a rickety rope swing 70 meters up, but you aren’t in your right mind. Or at least I wasn’t.

Bonus way to die: White water canoeing in a dugout canoe Everything is going as well as can be expected until you slam into some rocks.

Mind of Dan: Paragliding in Ecuador

Almost chickened out… glad I didn’t.

PostArctica: Courage, Neil Young, And The Future

Neil Young doesn’t have to do what he is doing, there are many, many reasons why he shouldn’t, but he is, and he is showing us courage that most of us can only dream of, can barely imagine. He is taking on the whole corporate structure that is oppressing and beating down people everywhere on the planet. He has taken a stand. And he is making things happen. We, as a nation, as a species, need to stand up too and begin to acknowledge the injustice that surrounds us if we believe at all that we are better than what (Read more…)

Mind of Dan: Traveling to the land of Boobies…

… The blue footed variety of course


PostArctica: Floor Plans – Heat

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Food Over 3 Decades Old

Yesterday I ate fruit cake my Mum made for her wedding, and it still tasted good. Few people get to eat food older than they are, and can say they enjoyed it.

One of the greatest things to come out of the 70s was me. Another of those great things was this cake. Both made, in part, by my Mum.

I learned more about the 1970s too by looking in a photo album. Here’s Bengough’s water tower accident. Mum said a vehicle was crushed, and the rink got clipped, but no one was hurt.

PostArctica: Person Of The Year

And now it’s time to make the long awaited announcement!

Neath Turcot’s Person Of The Year

*gnaws open envelope*

And the winner is…for making something artful, for bringing sublime elegance to activism, for courage beyond the call of duty, for a willingness to be silly while being serious and not seeing a paradox in that, and for having the foresight to do something unique in order to make his wife laugh while she began chemotherapy, but most of all, for making complete strangers smile from straight out in left field in a multitude of locations…

Bob Carey of The Tutu Project!

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cmkl: Québec City Oct 2013

Québec City Oct 2013, a set on Flickr. Some photos from my short trip there in October. Because I am feeling like exploring my current state of flickr integration

Mind of Dan: To Boldly Go…

The RS-25, otherwise known as the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME)

At the California Science Center in LA

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bus-Taker’s Guide To The Galaxy

I helped invent and host a city bus tour to a movie theatre from the Riddell Centre on Tuesday evening. It went very well, even though our bus was 20 minutes late when first leaving. The weather was astoundingly perfect, and the ten people who went all seemed to enjoy the evening very much. I think UR Sustainability Club will organize another tour like this one, later this semester.

Half of the group saw “Elysium” [7/10] a futuristic movie about a man dying to get to a satellite habitat where magical medical technology can heal nearly anything. The other went (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Grasslands National Park Animals

-Road Killed Rattle Snake

There are not a lot of rattlesnakes around the park, especially the East Block of the park where Wood Mountain is. Nick, who is with Brenda showing off the snake skin, almost stepped on one by accident last week and it didn’t even try to bite him.

The snakes are mostly interested in these guys

Watch these videos, as the numbers get bigger at the end of the titles.

Deer at a gravel pit. Fossils in this pit go back to at least 13 Million years ago, and contain horse, rhino, and other animals from (Read more…)

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Ernie here. This is my third and final honeymoon post. Then I’ll turn the blog back over to Zoom, and I’ll go back to sitting on the shelf with Bert. Ho hum.

First thing we did in St. John’s was check into our new home. (We found it through Airbnb, which is very cool and which you should consider if you are traveling anywhere in the world.)

We stayed at Cory’s house. Cory teaches folklore at the university and does research on the queer underground economy in Havana, Cuba. His house was very nice. This is a picture (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain Folk Fest 2013

Beautiful weather, and beautiful music.

There’s presently no planned music festival in Wood Mountain for 2014, but I hope that changes.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Go To Wood Mountain #exploresask

The Wood Mountain Folk Festival is today, Saturday Aug. 24, 2013, at the Mergel Ranch. On Friday I drove down from Regina in my $50 rental car (for 3 days, from Enterprise). It’s getting 5.7L/100km highway driving in ECO mode. 2013 Elantra, Hyundai. I successfully passed a semi along the way in the hills.

Is this a finger? Not photoshopped.

I looked through Limerick’s centennial garden.

If this wasn’t so far away, I’d take many more photos on this hill at Lakenheath.

Here’s a bell I hadn’t seen before, and the Melaval, Sask. inscription surprised me!

It hailed in (Read more…)

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Photography As Art

Well, when isn’t photography art? Maybe quite often, but there’s no disputing the photos of Naomi Harris are art. She seems to take a lot of people photos, while I prefer landscapes and architecture as they are more readily available in rural Saskatchewan.

“I just decided to do this trip to learn more about my own country, because I’ve seen more of Europe and the U.S,” Harris said in a phone interview from Minnesota.

“It’s almost as if there’s a reason why the provincial borders are drawn where they are. Even passing from Saskatchewan into Manitoba, it completely (Read more…) Honeymooning in Dildo, by Ernie

Hi, it’s me, Ernie, with Part II of our honeymoon.

After our five blissful days in Trinity East, we headed back to St. John’s for a couple of days. Along the way we took a little detour to the village of Dildo, just because it’s called Dildo. Here I am at the Post Office. This might actually be the most photographed post office sign in the world.   This is me in the pouring rain with Captain Dildo and the Lighthouse. Captain Dildo and the Lighthouse are right outside Dildo’s little museum. They are symbols of Dildo. Can you see (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Meteor and Aurora

This is my new best meteor photo, and it came with some faint aurora (northern lights) at the bottom of the frame too!

CFI had a star party for watching the Perseid meteor shower on Saturday night. There should be more meteors tonight too, so head outside and look up for a few minutes and you’ll probably catch one or a few.

The group of us saw at least 2 impressive fireballs at different times. We saw the ISS make two passes overhead, and a smattering of other satellites. Some people saw an Iridium flare from a satellite. And the (Read more…) A Guest Post by Ernie: The Honeymoon, Part I

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter H and the number 3. That’s because the 3 of us – Zoom, GC and me – went to Newfoundland for our Honeymoon!

The license plate of the car we rented was HZG, which stands for Honeymoon Zoom GC. (They forgot the E for Ernie.)

Here are some Highlights from my Honeymoon.

We stayed in a pink boathouse in Trinity East! It was cozy and comfortable and very romantic. We had a big balcony looking out over the village and Trinity Bay. The kitchen, (Read more…)