Friday, September 9, 2011

September 2011

A interesting short video titled "Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance" about KIVA

Changing faces with a smile
Two charities who work with cleft palate:
      Operation Smile
              Smile train

An 8 minute slideshow in HD of the Riverview Tree Festival, as seen through my eyes. Enjoy !

Silly season has started ! Municipal elections in November;

PHOTOS: Should this hospital be in Coquitlam? City wants Columbian moved

Move Royal Columbian Hospital to Riverview?

Related to health care:
Community Living B.C. cuts cause pain

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Doctor Henry Marsh

A must see documentary is "The English Surgeon" about Dr. Henry Thomas Marsh a neurosurgeon, who primarily works for the NHS in the UK.
See the Q&A with director Geoffrey Smith, and also a speech by Henry Marsh focusing on the problems of the medical systems in the Ukraine, but he also mentions many other countries for comparison.

To view the Full length video of The English Surgeon, click HERE.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Smack the Pony

Smack the Pony - Dating Agency Videos  One - Two - Three - Four - Five - Six

And more !
       Sorry For Your Loss
         Amor Extraño
             Water bottle envy
                   Call Centre

Argentina judiciary orders that the website leakymails be blocked.
 In the process millions of Google Blogs are also blocked.
Some background about leakymails Here and Here.

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 2011

Happy August the first.! A holiday here in Canada clouded in mystery; here in British Columbia; they call it BC Day, but other parts of the country add their own twists and turns to it.  Officially it is a Civic Holiday, but its roots go back to Emancipation Day.   I am now totally confused as much as you probably are by now, I think, I need a Shrink.

Too many talking heads, warping the meanings of holidays. And speaking of talking heads;
Over three nights at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in December 1983, Jonathan Demme filmed Talking Heads' - Stop making sense.

Found a Job (Live at Entermedia Theatre, 1978) (Not in the show, but released with the album; originally in the album; "more songs about buildings and food") 
Making Flippy Floppy (from the "Talking in tongues" album) (Not in the show, but included in the album)
Crosseyed and Painless (Live in Rome 1980, version) (Not in the show, but included in the album)
A little opera? anyone? A moving encore

A cute video about the Tooth Fairy by Izabela Melamed
Baby duck feeding the carp in a pond, cuteness !!

Removing a fishing net from a whale: Saving Valentina

One-man Bands: One - Two - Three - Four - Five

Jewelweed; Impatiens capensis; is a local introduced invasive plant.
But I found out that it is also useful as a bug repellent, and helps to greatly reduce the skin irritation from Poison Ivy; which thankfully, is extremely rare here in B.C.  One - Two - Three - Four - Five - Six - Seven

Sunday, May 8, 2011

May gleanings

At one time there was a lead-zinc mining operation at Pine Point in the Northwest Territories which operated from 1962-1988, a one-company town was built which at its peak contained 1,200 residents. At the end of mining some homes were moved, but most of the town was totally destroyed. A former resident has a website Pine Point Revisited , which inspired some artists to create Welcome to Pine Point, an interactive and artistic documentary, produced by the National Film Board(NFB).

Politics can be ruthless, especially on the web. Jane Corwin registered her own site using the com domain; but forgot to register the org domain. So guess what?
 somebody registered the org domain and created a parody website, mimicking the official website. Great fun!

Jerry Seinfeld has his own website, a strange place indeed.!

A blog from a teacher;   SHIT MY STUDENTS WRITE

In the beginning the world existed in black and white. After that, it became enriched with colors. Forests, rivers, animals, flowers.  YouTube video
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This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.
Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States. ( This could become a very useful tool ! )
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Arvind Gupta makes toys mostly from recycled materials, let your inner child come alive !
Have a peek at his website, or some of the over 1000 videos at Youtube, then you can listen to his talk at TED;  Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning

Some comedy; Bin Laden obituary
A Desperate Plea from Your Son's Teacher
I'm Sticking with Gaddafi

An interesting mapping application that maps the streets with your given name; (although it does seem to find surnames too !)  Where The Streets Have Your Name   (still a bit short in its database though ! )
And a similar application that maps where people in the world have your surname. Public profiler

Jonathan Winters and Robin Williams with David Letterman
Jonathan Winters "The Stick" Apr 1964 Jack Paar
Johnathan Winters- part 1 --- part 2
Dean Martin and Jonathan Winters

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tubular Bells

Some nostalgia !

Mike Oldfield and friends ( Steve Hillage, Pierre Moerlen, Mick Taylor... ) play Tubular Bells live
Part one - 8:41 min.
Part two - 8:56 min.
Part three - 7:31 min.

The Orchestra Tubular Bells Part 1 The Exorcist, with conductor, Joe Hisaishi & New Japan Philharmonic World Dream Orchestra.

The original soundtrack version of Tubular Bells from the Exorcist movie was created by Robert Miles. Mike Oldfield is the original composer of the music, which has been covered by various artists through the years.

And have a look at this time-lapse photography video named "The Mountain" shot near El Teide, which is located on Tenerife, in the very beautiful Canary Islands. Also by the same photographer "The Aurora"

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Web finds

Buildings and Monuments; Stowe Landscape Gardens
A ballroom under a lake

Muppet theatre, a labor of love.

Tsunami before and after pictures.

online geiger counter in Tokyo,(using a USA mirror, to keep the traffic down from the main site)

Japan earthquake swarm animation map

A huge slow to download PDF, about the; The orphan Tsunami of 1700

Some information about the local threats from Tsunami's:
Animated  Tsunami Model - Medium Resolution, from the DFO, of the southern portion of the Georgia Strait.
     The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN)

Some stunning photographs of the Nyiragongo Crater, and by the same photographer; Kawah Ijen volcano

O Teste do Medo - Apenas uma menina num corredor de hotel, (The Test of Fear - Just a girl in a hotel corridor). A funny short video, about our frequently unfounded fears.

And a interesting Tropical Island Infinite Photo, from National Geographic.

Vancouver Archives, has an awesome collection of W.J. Moore panoramic photographs on a Flickr page, devoted to them.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Run of River and a Woodturner

A cute little Vimeo video : Small Hydro Power created by the; Hydropower Reform Coalition
Maurice Franklin, 91 years young, woodturner, from
Spitalfield is part of east London, in the UK.

Panoramio slideshow

Monkey me

Monkey me

Some of the things that keep me out of trouble

I am involved in numerous environmental groups throughout the Tri-Cities area, I manage the Hoy Scott Watershed Societies,(HSWS) salmon hatchery, and keep the volunteers up to date with a Blog
I am also involved with the Maple Creek Streamkeepers,(MCS).

I have an interest in the history of British Columbia, especially the preservation of the Riverview Hospital site.
Which includes the rebuilding of Finnies Garden with a dedicated group of volunteers.
I love the history and ecology of Minnekhada Park, and have done extensive research on its previous owners.
The elusive, though extensive history of the Pitt River which includes Pitt Lake and the Upper Pitt River is slowly being gathered together, for a future book. Much of this area now includes the Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park, which another group that I am involved in the Burke Mountain Naturalists,( BMN ) worked hard to create for future generations to enjoy.
I like to hike around the area taking pictures, here is a small portion of them in Panoramio and also Flickr

Patricia Gaspar, is a dear, artist friend who has a Blog with a small portion of her work.
. Some of the history of the Coquitlam area, I share in my Coquitlamites Blog.

And I really like the music of Eva Marie Cassidy

Still laughing

Still laughing

Crystal Falls

South Slope / Sterling Loop trails

View South Slope-Sterling Loop trails in a larger map

Knots and Splices

Create some Knots and then, make your own Laneyards

Some free books from Internet Archive

Knots, ties and splices; a handbook for seafarers, travellers, and all who use cordage; with historical, heraldic, and practical notes (1884)

The use of ropes and tackle (1922)

A huge guide for sailors of old. The kedge-anchor, or, Young sailors' assistant :

appertaining to the practical evolutions of modern seamanship, rigging, knotting, splicing, blocks, purchases, running-rigging, and other miscellaneous matters, applicable to ships-of-war and others ; illustrated with seventy engravings ; also tables of rigging, spars, sails, blocks, canvas ... &c relative to every class of vessels (1883)

Macrame design, with instructions .. (1912)

Rope and twine information (1917)

American wire rope catalogue and hand book (c1913)

Full instructions in the art of crepe paper rope basket weaving (1922)

Modern flax, hemp and jute spinning and twisting ; a practical handbook for the use of flax, hemp, and jute spinners, thread, twine, and rope makers (1907)