Contact: If you know me and want to get in touch, look at the email address below. NB it has a few extra characters to defeat spam bots. I am somewhat active on Linkedin and Facebook.
General Interest Content: After about a 3 year of hiatus I have decided to restart posting content on this website. Eventually I will make a sub-page but until then the content goes here. Here is comment on single transferable vote (STV). I would appreciate any feedback that you might have. (Aug. 2006)
Photography Content: Here are reviews of two of my favourite Leica lenses. The Summarit and the Tele-Elmarit (Thin). Here is a list of cameras and lenses that I am interested in purchasing. My first article for the Western Canada Photographic Historical Association was republished, without proper attribution, in issue 6-11 at page 8 of the Newsletter of the Photographic Historical Society of Canada. The editor of the PHSC Newsletter promised a correction and invited me to submit more content in the future. And he did. Here is an article on the much maligned Chaika II camera. I really need a subpage. (Aug. 2006, last updated Nov. 2008)
Grad School Lament: Some days I wish I went to grad school so I could procrastinate and write articles like this. Actually, it a well thought out paper on a ridicules topic. Kudos to my friend Ben Tippett. (Apr. 2007)
Trends: Here are some interesting results from google trends. 1) Wikipedia v. Citizendium 2) Myspace v. Facebook 3) Facebook v. OpenSocial 4) Mortgage Insurance v. Housing Bubble 5) Sushi v. Mercury. 6) Soup Nazi v. Drug Nazi 7) Barry Lyndon v. Forrest Gump 8) English Patient v. Out of Africa (April 2007)
Interesting set of Street Pictures: The CBC's website has an interesting piece of the Fred Herzog exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Interesting pictures of a city I never saw despite being born and raised here. One quibble, are street photographers flâneurs? Traveling to take pictures is almost too purposeful for a flâneur. A point of interest is these images are all 35mm Kodachromes.
Humour or stupidity:Further evidence that those involved public discourse has slipped below any acceptable level of intelligence. See this letter published April 16, 2007 complete with typos. Either the author is a comic genius and the editor is a moron or both of them are geniuses. (May 2007)
Games: My favourite game these days is "cat, tin foil, microwave". It is a variant of "rock, paper, scissors" only much better. (May 2007)
Swimmable Lake Club I am so into SLC.
Motorcycles: Im into bikes these days. Especially, the Kawasaki KZ750 B and Honda CB-1 (400cc). Of note is apparently horseback riding is more dangerous than motorcycle riding and skiing. For that matter football and rugby too.
Cape Scott: Cape Scott may be one of my favourite places. Here are my photos from a hiking trip I took there with Sooze and Jasmine. Album A. Album B. Album C. Trip description to follow. (Sep. 2007)
Camera mounted on a bicycle: I recently had a discussion about mounting a camera on a bicycle. I did some research and it appears this is a really old idea. (Nov. 2007)
Passion is important. Former Canadian Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Lamer died last week. I wish not to opine on his mark on the law in Canada or on Canada. He did, however, affect me in a very curious way. In 1999 he surprised many by retiring from his post as Chief Justice. In rebroadcast speech that August he gave a clear and poignant reason. He had lost le feu sacre -- the holy fire. It made me -- a young student temporarily resident in Jasper -- realize how important passion was to a career. Of course, passion held the chief justice. Such a simple concept but it took a retiring man's comments for me to realize this. It would be only 2 years before I began my own career. Over the years I have struggled to keep the passion in my work. It is present but not always foremost. I hope to change this. (Nov. 25, 2007)
Making HTML from PDF: I am dumping documents into this page so that Google with convert them into HTML for me. Here are the links. Why am I doing this?