Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday saw more rain, snow, hail, etc. Typical March weather. Yes, we have been very spoiled indeed. After picking up a morning coffee my eye caught a reflection of a neon sign on the bench outside Uncommon Grounds on South Park.
Friday, March 26, 2010
On Thursday people in more than 175 cities across the globe attended meetups to raise money for Concern Worldwide, an organization that helps provide an education to the worlds poorest children. This is what I like most about social media - combining the 'social' (meeting people over drinks) with fundraising. Halifax held its event at Tribeca. Organizers Darrin Searancke and Amy Logan pulled things together in a very short time but did a great job. It was nice seeing familiar faces and meeting new people while supporting a good cause.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The sun briefly made an appearance after work, just long enough to grab a shot of the sandstone columns on the front of Province House. Gotta love the look of Wallace sandstone.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Thrush Hermit was an alternative rock band from Halifax in the 1990's, whose members included Joel Plaskett prior to his work with the Joel Plaskett Emergency and his solo career. The band is in the midst of an eastern Canada reunion tour. Thrush rocked it hard for an appreciative crowd at the Paragon Friday night with opening band Myles Deck and the Fuzz kicking things off. It was great to hear some of the old songs again.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Farmers Dairy recently decided to discontinue Beep. Maritimers were instantly thrown into nostalgic tales ranging from riding on the back of the Farmer's dairy truck with grandpa to making Beep vodka martinis and barfing in the bushes. Yes the internet has been abuzz with Beep stories. A mix of orange, apple, apricot and prune 'flavors' (I can't really give these credit for being juice) it is definitely a love it or hate it kind of drink. Even a Beep Facebook page has been formed for people to share their tales of lament/outrage.
After work I went to Your Father's Moustache with friends and coworkers for green beer (I couldn't stomach any - yuck), fiddle tunes (deedly deedly deedly dee...IT'S THE SAME SONG) and some laughs. Susie models the 2007 St. Paddy's Day Guinness hat. The '07 collection is a particularly good vintage as it fell on a Saturday. Quite frankly it is a miracle this hat survived.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
A discussion about Lite-Brite over dinner last Friday night sent me on a search for a photo of the original classic toy. As a kid I loved 'painting' scenes using the light shining through the coloured pegs. A quick shout out for help in locating a unit was responded to by my coworker Maureen. Her toy was in excellent condition. Best of all there were lots of patterns from which to choose. Being good Bluenosers we decided on the sail boat pattern and followed the original colour palette recommendation. For artistic effect I cropped it square and added a slight tilt to the horizon to simulate motion.
Fun fact: The current record holder for largest lite-brite is held by San Diego-based advertising agency, VitroRobertson. It was used in a promotional campaign for their client ASICS using 347,004 pegs.
Monday, March 15, 2010
The time change threw me for a loop, particularly waking up in the dark. After some early morning grumbling I realized the time difference allowed me to catch the tail end of morning sunrise on my way to work. I fired off three frames (bracketed +-3) and combined them using Photomatix plugin for Aperture. I am still not comfortable using Photomatix. I can't seem to find a natural looking tonal range; everything still has that surreal HDR look. And yes a tripod would have been helpful. Oh well, practice makes perfect.