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    Flickr uploads


    2013 - 10.18

    Not something that was on my To Do list while Karin and Nadia are in Edmonton, but it’s been happening anyway.  Catching up on some of the photos that I should have already uploaded to Flickr.  Karin’s much better at keeping Flickr up to date than I am.

    Anyway, as a reminder when we upload photos that include Nadia we restrict them to people who are designated as Friends or Family on Flickr, which means you need to have a free Flickr account, and then get us to add you as a Friend or Family.  So if you’re interested in seeing any of those pictures, let us know.

    And if your Flickr account doesn’t include your real name, send us an email letting us know it’s you.

    On Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/randomsynapses/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcowley/

    I’m a big girl now…


    2013 - 02.27

    So Nadia is starting to outgrow outfits, not that many of them yet, but it has started.  So if you gave us some clothing and would like to have a picture of Nadia wearing it, now would be a good time to let us know, so that we can try to make sure that we get one while it still fits…

    Baby Pictures


    2013 - 01.25

    It probably surprises no one that we already have hundreds of pictures of Nadia.  You might have noticed their conspicuous absence on places like Facebook.  For now at least we’re keeping them off those types of sites, partly for her and our privacy but also because of their policies relating to the photos that you upload which we’re not entirely comfortable with.

    So what that means is that we’re currently only uploading them to Flickr, and that we’re restricting the viewing of those photos to our friends and family.  So what does this mean for you, if you want to see some of the photos (and videos)?

    1. You need to create a free Flickr account (you can use a Yahoo account, a Google Account, or a Facebook account if you prefer)
    2. Add both Karin and I as contacts: dcowley and Random Synapses (by screen name, or you can do it by email address)
    3. We then need to classify you as being “Friends” or “Family” and then you’ll have access to the assorted galleries featuring Nadia

    We realize that this is a bit of an inconvenience, but we figure that those of you who really want to see the pictures won’t mind jumping through the small hoop, so that we can maintain Nadia’s online privacy and security.

    Burnaby Duck Golf 2012 (Dec 8th)


    2012 - 12.13

    These are pictures taken at the Duck Golf at Robert Burnaby this past weekend (Dec. 8th, 2012).  I haven’t looked through all of them, because there’s 666 of them, but at least some of them look interesting, there’s a number of sequences of people’s drives.

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    Burnaby Duck Golf 2012 (Dec 8th), a set on Flickr.

    George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary


    2012 - 07.15

    I was thinking that Karin and I might head out to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary at some point.  Has anyone been before?  Would you recommend it?  Figured it might be a good opportunity to get in some exercise while at the same time dusting off our cameras and getting some good shots.

    It’s only open from 9am-4pm, so it would definitely be a day activity… but if someone is keen to go as well let us know and perhaps we can coordinate.

    Grocery Shopping


    2012 - 02.19
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    Grocery Shopping, a set by Random Synapses on Flickr.

    We did some Grocery Shopping at Save-On-Foods a couple of days ago, here are some pictures (by Karin) of some of the assorted “unusual meats” that they had in their freezer section.

    Vacation’s Over


    2012 - 01.02

    The phrase “vacation’s over” actually always makes me think of a Sting song “Saint Augustine in Hell”, of course I had to go and find the song to verify that I had the title right.  It’s from Ten Summoner’s Tales, and the phrase comes from the section which starts at 2:33 and goes through 3:10.  Although the phrase in the song is actually “break’s over”.

    Here’s a video that someone put together featuring clips from Supernatural to go with the song, it’s a Dean/Meg theme.

     

    So it being the first day of the year 2012, the vacation I’m referring to is not the pleasant couple of weeks of having Karin at home predominantly to myself, but rather the vacation we’ve taken from talking about ourselves.  On the bright side, since we haven’t been talking about what we’ve been up to for the last couple of weeks, we might actually have some good stories.  Well we can pretend together at least.

    Turf Goaltimate Kit: Illustrated Step by Step


    2011 - 12.19

    A while back I talked about my struggles to get Goaltimate to work on turf fields that you couldn’t physically anchor “into”, and documented a bit about how I thought I’d overcome those problems in “Turf Goaltimate Kit Reborn!“.  Well, it’s been 9.5 months since then and we’re still using and happy with that same system, so it’s probably about time I illustrate it a little better.  If you want the full part’s list, check that earlier post.

    Bushing:

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    Reducer:

    Goaltimate Kit

     

    Flange attached to half of shelf:

    Goaltimate Kit

    Goaltimate Kit

    Pipe:

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    Attach reducer to the flange/shelf assembly:

    Goaltimate Kit

     

    Assembled “base”:

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    Take the bushing, and put it on one end of the pipe: 

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    Goaltimate Kit

    Goaltimate Kit

    Goaltimate Kit

     

    Insert the bushing/pipe assembly into the base:

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    Voila, a completed support (repeat for the other side):

    Goaltimate Kit

    Goaltimate Kit

    Now assuming that you have an actual Goaltimate arch (generally out of PVC pipe) you can insert each end of the arch into one of these supports, add an Ulti bag, sandbag or some other “weight” to the extended portion of the shelf to provide additional stability.  Ideally use something soft, or at least without any dangerous edges in case someone runs into it.  It should be possible to run into the completed assembly and have the weight move and/or the arch fall down and/or the support come apart.  All of those are definitely preferable to having a broken person.  In almost a year of use, these mechanism has survived tumbles and collisions, has been responsible for zero injuries, and has not needed to have any components replaced.

    Good luck, and let us know if you’re using it, or if you improve upon the design.

    Frosted Flakes


    2011 - 10.13

    Going out with Dave has changed me in many ways.  Here are some truths which had escaped me until 2002.

    1. Toaster ovens rock.  They’re great for nachos, melty sandwiches, cookies from frozen cookie dough, leftover pizza (aka ‘ZA!), and even toast.
    2. Good shoes are worth the price.  Hooray for non-hurting backs, non-sore feet and soles that feel like floating!
    3. Water is good.  Drink more water. Coke Zero does not count as water.
    4. Good cameras are also worth the price.  A good camera won’t make one a good photographer, but it sure helps!!
    5. I (allegedly) like pink, although I still don’t like to admit it.
    6. Red (tomato) sauce is pretty delicious.  Especially when eaten on fresh pasta. That someone else has prepared. Omnomnom…
    7. When I have a headache, I should take something for it instead of complaining about it.  I’m going to wind up taking a painkiller anyway, so I might as well take it earlier so I don’t suffer for as long.
    8. Finally, when eating cold cereal, especially Frosted Flakes, milk goes in first, then a small amount of cereal is added.  When that is eaten, the next small amount of cereal is added. NO MORE SOGGY CEREAL (except those wee, little bits that refuses to get on the spoon no matter how much you chase them around the bowl…or is that just me?)
    Dave was eating Frosted Flakes when I got home, hence the inspiration for the post.  I believe I may just follow suit. :)

    Typewriter?


    2011 - 10.08

    Anyone out there got a nice looking typewriter?  Karin’s wanting to do some author pictures, and I thought it might be fun to do also do a photo shoot that used a typewriter.  Just a thought.  If you have other suggestions for authory props, or author photos that you thought were particularly good or effective, please share them.