Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Postcards from the Edge of the water


Giant rubber duck

After seeing Baby Driver (a great movie by the way) with Darryl Stawychny, I got home to work on making a postcard based on an image (see above) I shot on sunday morning.  The last postcard I had made didn't do well for me financially, it was of the Hammer City Roller Girls but making it was fun and there's about 60 to 100 of those cards floating around the world.  Maybe they'll be a collectors item after I've died?

The printing service was having a 25% off sale that ended today which put a bit of fire under my ass to get stuff done.  I've been pretty terrible at being productive these last few months.  It's only been this weekend really where I thought I've been doing something creative-ish.

There's only so many episodes of the MOD squad that you can watch before you have to get off the couch and do something I guess.  You dig?  Solid.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The stomach says "No"

Stomach on strike
  Yesterday while eating a beef soup at ravi soups, my stomach went all crazy, feeling like a had just ate glass shards.  Sharp pain ensued followed by sweating and nausea.  I managed to expunge most of the soup in a park trash can.   I haven't been able to keep anything down aince yesterday.  While the sharp pain has gone away, my stomach feels bruised.  I tried eating a 6" sub today and it lasted for maybe 30 minutes before i had it revisit in the parking lot coming back as a grey brown goo.  I wobbled back home and went to bed.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Pho for now

Extra large pho with taro shake
Woke up at 5pm.  Went down to chinatown, to xulea.   Ordered an extra large pho with a taro milkshake.   Returned home. Went back to sleep.  

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Sexapalooza 2017


Bianca Beauchamp poses on the main stage at Toronto Sexapalooza 2017

The last few days have been pretty lack luster in that between being sick with a series of colds and waking up at weird times, I really haven't gone out to do much. The highlight has been grocery shopping and slowing sorting through my stuff from Auckland, namely my suitcase.  It's still on the floor where I left it after entering the apartment over two months ago.  It's been open, I had to dig around for a few things. Other than that it's still on the floor in the same initial place and hasn't moved.

I got a call from Gwen. She offered me a pass to this event she was working at. "Drop on by, there's lots of stuff to see." and "take some photos". At least that's what I heard in my head. I looked up the site and found that it was a camera friendly environment.  In the end it was enough to get me onto a more regular sleep schedule and make my way out to the far reaches of the Toronto Airport by transit.

Sexapalooza took place at the Toronto International Center, a large set of buildings that used to house all the great computer and car conventions back in the late 80s, early 90s.  Big conventions for Toronto anyway.

Lotus chips


Today’s food experiment

Lotus root chips


Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Lotus root


Directions

  1. Cut lotus root into slices
  2. Brush olive oil onto each slice
  3. Put in oven on bake sheet for 20 minutes at 450 F
  4. Take out let cool.
  5. Eat

Monday, September 19, 2016

Visit to the Food Hall


Chau in the Food Hall


So I guess to start off, as it's been quite a while since I blogged anything. Since my last entry I've been to Santo Domingo and some other parts of the Dominican Republic, to three cities in the U.S.A; Cleveland; New York; Atlanta, and now I'm in Auckland, New Zealand. It's all been for work. But when I could I would try to get some exploring in. I'll have to go back and fill in stuff. Sometime when I can find the time I guess.

So today, I spent the morning eating, sleeping and sorting through files. We had a day off today to help us get back onto working days. We worked friday night/saturday morning. Shifting work hours takes a toll on the body so I was glad when production decided to let us have the day off today. We will make up for it by working Tuesday through to Saturday and only have Sunday off, but it's still nice to be able to sleep in for an extra day.

So in New Zealand there's a place called PB tech, it's kind of like a Canada Computers or Best Busy. We drove 20 minutes south to the superstore location so I could pick up a projector. Around the same place we found this food hall. This was a large open space with about six to eight food stalls all covered with photos of what you could order. It was sensory overload, hundreds of 8x11 food photos with prices.

Photographed above is Chau sandwiched between our order numbers.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

It's got a hold on you

No, it's not magic, it's the Internet. It's amazing how much we get used to something until it's gone. Maybe taking it for granted. This is me and the Internet. How much time do I spend on Facebook, reading news, looking up information, downloading software updates, videos, cat jokes? A lot apparently.

My internet has been down for the last three days. The provider service has been spotty a bit before but this is the most hours in a row that I've had to endure without.

Of course it couldn't have come at a worse possible time. I needed to upload six gigabytes for work of photos I shot in Cleveland. Also emailing back and forth about my flight out of Toronto, when, where has been a pain. Thankfully there are wi-fi hotspots all over Toronto. Looks like I'll be visiting the library or some internet enabled cafe

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Packets of C17, vomit, and other delusions.

Sleeping on packets of C17, the president's running shoes, a pair of black nikes and a pair of white, not being able to sleep...  For four days.  This has all accumulated into other thoughts; are my pants stretching, my shoes seem bigger too.  Why can't I sleep?  I've been looking at the clock for over 6 and a half hours.

Packets of c17?   They are like mini backpacks and are just like robot starter blocks.   Maybe that's why I have so many.  Making a blanket or mattress out of them is difficult as you feet and head have to be aligned in such a way.

Flash.   I'm on a bus getting some neocitran.  The look of death is in my eyes.   I'm on autopilot.  For no reason at all I break into a sweat.  Just profusely sweating.  I don't think anyone is noticing but my body feels like it decomposing.  I stagger, I get off the bus.

This has been my day today, wafting in and out of reality, with the odd thing to check off my todo list.  Add a small but annoying migraine and you're almost there.   C17 packets?   They don't exist.  The president's shoes?  I have no idea why that even popped up.

Stretchy pants, larger shoes?   Turns out I lost 20 pounds since being on this show.

Just finished drinking a cup of neocitran.  My last ditch effort to get sleep.   My body is sooo tired, my brain is tired, why can't I fall asleep?

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I wrote the above while in a semi-awake state while trying to sleep.  I would come in and out of sleep and these vivid dreams.  Unfortunately my skills at writing while in the sleepy state does not read well now that I'm awake. 

The C-17 is the plane I was working on in real life.  I had been photographing it for days in various stages and I think I was taking those packets of emergen-C for extra vitamin C at the time.  I'm not sure where the running shoes fit in or why they were the President's.

Over the course of thr show I did lose 20 pounds.  Mostly from being sick or from carrying all the gear around the Dominican Republic, maybe a little bit of eating healthier.  I found the food in the Dominican to be not as fatty as the food I usually eat.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Waiting for sunrise


Early morning in Earlscourt Park

A few days ago I got the drone up and running. Having odd sleep hours I was up before sunrise, way before sunrise.  I woke at 03:00, sunrise being around 07:50.  This is not something new if you've been reading this blog, I've been keeping really non-standard hours when I've not working.

The day I got the drone out I left the apartment too early in the morning, flew around just before the light broke over the horizon.  As the temperature has been cold these last few days, battery life was pretty low which made flying time really short.  I actually missed flying when the sun was coming up because all three batteries were spent by that point.

The sunrise was spectacular!..  and I didn't capture it.  So the next few days I woke up early went out at the proper calculated time and went to shoot.  But like most things that happen outside, nature doesn't always play along.  Clouds, and lots of them.  I managed to get some really nice dark blue clouds at the expense of freezing my hands and fingers for a few minutes but no sunrise photos.

It wasn't until today and the forth try that the sun started to peak out from behind the clouds just enough to give me an orange sky.  (see picture above),  I'll take it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The VR meetup


Noel Chaput and I at a Virtual Reality meetup

Today was kind of a write off.  I had woken up at 01:30, stayed awake until just before sunrise to realize it was snowing out, fell asleep and stayed asleep until 15:30.  Half asleep I did laundry and read the book of faces.  Then by the time I had to leave for the grocery store I realized I had to be at a VR meeting at 07:00.

The VR meeting was a bunch of nerds getting together to talk about the latest virtual reality technology to come out of this year's CES show in Las Vegas.  It had been a while since I had been to a tech meeting and I have to say, I fit right in.  Talking to other people about nerdy applications and making the odd computer related joke that everyone around me seemed to get.  Yes, I was in my element. 

It also helped that I was carrying around my theta (m-15) 360° camera.  Having gear that people had only really read about made me into a nerdy rock star.  I showed off the device with flair while trying to stay humble.  I was the kid with the cool toy at show and tell.