Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 04:10 am
Hey look what I found.



The rest of the story is posted to my blog.

Monday, November 24th, 2014, 07:26 pm
Ralph

When I was a kid, there was an old man who lived in our neighbourhood. When I started thinking about writing this up I realised I didn't remember his name, but luckily my mom did. His name was Ralph Elkin. "Uncle Elkin", we called him.

He was American (which was somewhat rare). Wore one of those Old Guy caps, had a ubiquitous 1970s yellow Volvo station wagon.

He was a nice guy and all the kids loved him. When you'd run into him around the neighbourhood (usually when he was walking from his car to his place) he'd always ask "Are you a good boy?" and if you said yes (which, of course, you did) he'd give you a lollipop.

So, nothing super-special there. Just an old guy who liked kids and gave them candy. I suppose nowadays that might seem odd, which is a little sad, but back then it was just nice.

One day I was watching TV - and there he was. They were having a report on him.

Turns out he used to go to hospitals, visit and cheer up sick children. Just because. On the TV show they showed him talking to wounded soldiers. Funny thing is he was still going "Are you a good boy?" at them and giving them lollipops.

That's pretty much the end of the story. It doesn't have a Surprise Bad Ending (also known as a Cosby).

I originally went on a tangent over here about spirituality (or rather the lack of me having any and not needing any) which pretty much tripled the length of this post, but I don't think it's necessary. I just wanted that small story I had about Ralph Elkin to be on the Internet. I don't think that many people will see it, but it doesn't matter. It's out there, and probably will be for a long time.

(This was originally posted to my blog, but I'm actually leaving comments open here too for a change).

Friday, November 21st, 2014, 01:48 am
Neighbourhood

I have a story to tell about an old man who lived in my neighbourhood.

But first I have to talk about what our neighbourhood looked like.

The rest of this (with PICTURES of me from when I was... I dunno, 3 or 4 or something) is posted to my blog.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014, 11:50 am
Tree frog



Originally posted to my blog.

Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 12:56 pm
So I'm painting the bedroom.



Originally posted to my blog.

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, 06:06 pm
Caterpillar

I was out grilling last night, and for once I had an audience who pointed out there was a huge friggin caterpillar on the ground.

This thing was huge. Seriously. It's bigger than my index finger.



We looked it up, and it's a Cecropia Caterpillar, which means it's going to (hopefully) turn into the biggest moth in North America - they're about the same size as a bat.

I just love the colours on this guy. Here's a close-up:



It looks like it's big enough to start making a cocoon, which might be where it was heading when I interrupted it. I put it on the big maple in my yard, because they like eating maple leaves. If it does make a cocoon, it won't hatch till summer.

As moths, they only live about two weeks. Mostly because they don't have mouths. Or digestive systems. Which is true for other Giant Silk Moths.

Oh, since it's a Giant Silk Moth, it's technically a silk worm (:



This was originally posted on my blog, as usual.

Saturday, August 30th, 2014, 06:31 pm
Yet Another Bird in the Bush

American Bittern


I've been seeing these at the park for ages, but they're always either far away, or hiding, or both. Apparently they're very secretive birds that like to hide in reeds. When observed, they pretend to be reeds.

Or, if they're not in reeds at the time, they try and stay still and hope you go away.

Originally posted to my blog.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, 06:32 pm
Calendar

Most people who read this already know about my calendars.

They're your basic picture wall-calendar, with lots of pictures I took. But that's not what makes them cool. What does is that I put a small bit of information in for every single day of the year.

I started making them in (I think) 2008. Back then I just put in a few factoids each month. But it got to be more and more every year until I decided it's silly not to just do every day. I haven't made one of my calendars in the past couple of years because it is a crazy amount of research, not to mention actually typing it all in and trying to make it look decent.

This year I clearly have the time. And I decided to try mass-producing the things.

So I started a Kickstarter thing to see if I can get it funded.

The thing is, the people who read this who know about it, well, if I get the thing funded I still want to give you guys one - you're the Legacy Club as far as I'm concerned. Sadly I have zero infrastructure on which to reach people (who's have thought no facebook would actually bite me?) and spread the word.

Now, yes, I'm kind of used to putting huge amounts of effort into projects and only having three or four people see them. But this time I'd kinda like to get more of a reach. If I can pull this off I can make it a yearly thing. That'd be cool.

So if any of you guys have had people see the calendars in the past and go "Hey that's a neat calendar!" maybe tell them about it. And if you know people you think might like it, hey, toss them a note too.

The Kickstarter campaign is here, and it contains an embarrassingly cheesy video.

I've also got a small website for the whole thing here, which contains the photos I'm thinking of using, since I couldn't figure out how to get that on Kickstarter in any convenient way.

I feel kind of bad asking you guys to help spread the word, but I figure since I managed to strong-arm myself into making that video I can strong-arm myself into hitting "Publish". And then cutting and pasting it to other blog forums.

I've already got the actual calendar done up to June, so that's cool. I think this is the earliest I've ever started working on it!

Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 12:42 am
Dragonfly on Asparagus

I posted some pictures of a dragonfly to my blog.

Not posting here because they're close enough that you can see how furry they are and I know insects creep some people out.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 12:01 am
Ivy

I was planning on taking pictures of my ivy every year, but I skipped last year. Also I'm a couple of months late this year. But anyway.

This is May 2012. Looks like it's been two years since we put the new side doors in!


This is July 2014 (also known as a couple of days ago). With extra trashcan bonus!


Kinda funny that Duncan is peaking out in both pictures.

The stuff climbing all over the wooden fence is wild cucumber. Which bears no resemblance to actual cucumber, and is not at all edible but looks cool. There's some climbing up the ivy, too! It's a self-seeder; I grabbed a few seeds at the park a few years ago and it just keeps coming back. Which is what I hoped for! There's a lot of it in climbing the fence in the back yard, too.

(Originally posted to my blog, but it's exactly the same there so don't even bother unless you want to leave comments)

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