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    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.

    New Printer


    2012 - 05.15

    A few weeks back we bought a new printer a Brother MFC-J6910DW so far we’re very happy with it.  Setup was very straightforward and we had it working on our network from both computers in under an hour (which is essentially how long it took for us to unpack it and install the relevant software on the computers).  Some of the things which we like about it:

    • wireless connectivity to all computers
    • wireless scanning directly to a computer or flash drive
    • 35 page auto document feeder
    • 2 paper trays
    • 11×17 (Ledger) printing and scanning
    • duplex printing
    • duplex scanning (doesn’t do Ledger duplex, only goes up to legal)

    Because of the convenience of the connectivity of the new printer we’ve managed to digitize a bunch of stuff which was too large or inconvenient to scan previously, and we’ve managed to get rid of some paper.

    So if anyone needs to make use of our giant scanner/printer let us know.

     

    Oh, another interesting feature (required a firmware update to the printer) is that Karin can print directly from her iPhone wirelessly.

    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.

    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:

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    Goaltimate Kit

    Pipe:

    Goaltimate Kit

     

    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

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    Insert the bushing/pipe assembly into the base:

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

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    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.

    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.

    Costco: Photo Contest


    2011 - 09.27

    Hey everyone, if you haven’t already done it, you should enter the Costco Photo Contest.  I did.  But second place is still open.  Only requirement is that you need to be a Costco member to enter/receive a prize, otherwise it’s wide open.  If the picture you submit is of a cat or a dog then you can enter your picture for an additional prize.  It’s free, so there’s no excuses.  Go enter now!

    Prizes are:

    1. $1,500 Costco Cash card (First Prize)
    2. $1,000 Costco Cash card (Second Prize)
    3. $500 Costco Cash card (Third Prize)

    Winners also receive:

    • a Photo Book
    • 200 Free 4×6 online digital prints
    • SanDisk Ultra SDHC 8GB memory card

    The additional prizes that Dog/Cat photos are eligible for:

    1. $1,000 Costco Cash card (First prize)
    2. $750 Costco Cash card (Second prize)
    3. $500 Costco Cash card (Third prize)

    Costco closes September 30th, 2011.  But that doesn’t matter because you already entered, right?!

    HDR: Night Views (Burnaby)


    2011 - 09.05
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    HDR: Night Views (Burnaby), a set on Flickr.

    Some of the source images here have been posted before, but now here are some actual HDR compositions on a particularly interesting evening in Burnaby.