Monday, April 25, 2005
The new series is still pretty cheesey in a late 70's early 80's sort of way, but they make up for it with good special effects (especially when you remember how bad the effects from the old series were).
In anycase, if you have cable and a free hour when it comes on, if it even is playing in places other than the BBC I recommend that you watch at least one episode.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
When we got back from the dump it was time to move the piano. We had Steve Meldrum and Ethan Nelson help us. It was a good thing too, because the piano is very heavy. We invited them and their wives to go have a little fire with us in Bowness Park. It's been a long time since we have had a fire but with the great weather, we couldn't resist.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Wired.com has an article about the interesting things that can be found in the satellite images. One imaging company notice that in the very first image they ever sold you could spot the presidential helicopters flying over Washington. Presumably with the president on board.
My brother Jeff has posted several interesting photos that he found online, including Disneyland, Bill Gates' house, and the White House, among other things. I thought that I would post some of the interesting photos that Tracie and I have found.
Tracie found this photo of an airplane taking off from the San Francisco airport. Actually she found the plane's shadow and I found the plane.
We found this photo of Niagara Falls, which is quite spectacular.
Alcatraz is quite interesting. You can see the boats in the bay, and what looks like a tourist ferry to the island, although we're just guessing about that.
Diamond Head Volcano in Hawaii, as well as the hotel where we stayed with my family when I was 11. I think it's called the Ilikai.
My house in Calgary for two more weeks and my brother's house in Lethbridge.
There are several hot springs visible in Yellowstone Park.
Here's an interesting one, this is part of the military base where I worked for several years. The circles are roads all set a certain distance apart. One time at the height of the cold war they set off a pile of TNT that was equivalent to a small atomic bomb.
Here is the Manicouagan Impact Crater in Quebec. Here is what NASA has to say about the Manicouagan Impact Crater.
The most personal of all the satellite images are the memory maps. Here is Tracie's memory map of Crescent Heights. Here is Gary's memory map of South Ridge. I even made a memory map of Raymond.
Friday, April 15, 2005
Who ever the first person was to think of this is a genius. You can click on the photo to see all the notes that I've added so far. I may add more as time goes on. I have 17 so far, but each one of them could be several pages if I were to elaborate on them a bit.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
I don't like the way there are no displays. I don't like the way they ID you as you are entering the store (like non-members will are dying to get in or will be able to make it past the cashiers). I don't like the way they accuse you of being a thief on your way out and insist on marking you receipt. I don't like the way the cashiers accuse you of being a sneaky liar and insist on seeing your membership card. I don't like the fact that they don't have grocery bags. I don't like how long the lines are and how they don't have an express isle for people buying less than 300 items. I don't like the disproportionate number of stupid people who shop there. (Who stands in the middle of the narrowest isle with their cart eating an icecream cone?)
There are only two redeeming qualities. You can buy the super-duper-mega-family-packs there (not that I do, but I admit that it's one of their good points.) and they have lots of sample booths sometimes. (There were none today.)
-Gary Milner is disenchanted with Costco and wants his $50 back.
Monday, April 11, 2005
Spring seems to be springing here in Calgary. It has been nice and warm over the last week or even a little more.
The tree in our front yard is convinced that spring has sprung, and leaves are starting to bud. Our tulips are growing and one of the other perennials that we planted last year is coming through, as well as some of the plants that Tracie's grandma gave us last year.
I fear it is a mean trick because it always snows twice after you think that it can't possibly snow anymore. It can easily snow in mid-April, so I'm sure that we are in for several major storms before summer officially hits.
We picked up our tickets from the travel agency today. The time of our departure is drawing steadily nearer and nearer. Three more months and we will be on our way to Hong Kong. It is all very exciting.
I need to purchase a laptop before we go so that I can have something to download my photos onto and then to upload them to Flickr with. I also want to copy all the pictures from my current computer over before I go, as well as backing up a few other things.
We've been watching the slideshows on Flickr about Hong Kong and Perth. It's nice to have such an easy way of seeing what the places you are going to look like.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Friday, April 08, 2005
Towards the end of my donation, I asked the nurse how much longer it would be. (I could tell that things were going downhill fast) She said, "Two seconds." I figured that meant she was in the process of cutting off the blood flow and that I would be unhooked stat. What she meant to say was, "Another minute or so". In any case the two seconds passed in about two seconds and then after another ten or so I started getting really sick to my stomach and really light headed. The temperature in the room started rising.
Luckily the nurses at Canadian Blood Services are really on the ball. They quickly rushed over some cold moist towels and draped them over my head and arms, as well as turning on a fan. One of them said something to me, but I was in too much of a daze to understand what she said and I had to get her to repeat it and really concentrate on what she was saying. I don't really remember what she said though. It really surprised me how fast getting cooled off like that made me feel better. In fact, I had polished off a few cookies, some OJ, and half a coke before Tracie was done, and she didn't almost die from blood loss.
Ps. If Tracie contradicts anything in this post, you probably shouldn't believe her.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Tracie and I decided to silk-screen some shirts. I found a decent tutorial on-line, that was both clearly written and easy to do. Here is the link: How to silk screen a shirt.
It turned out well, we were able to make the screens and print the shirts in one morning. I'm really happy with how well our shirts printed. It is as easy as the tutorial says.
I still have to make my second shirt, and we will most likely be making more in the future. I've always wanted to do it again ever since I did it in the 8th grade.
Sunday, April 03, 2005
We leave the 17th of July and our first stop is Hong Kong. We decided to stay there for a week because we get a free stop-over with our tickets and Hong Kong seemed like as good a place as any. Then we head over to Singapore for another week and then we're on to Perth. On the way back, we stop in Singapore again and we're thinking of taking the train from there to Malaysia and Thailand.
We are very excited and July can't get here soon enough.