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Thursday, July 21st, 2016
12:26 am
Had a BBQ, got my name in the Star
(Ahhh, my poor neglected LJ)

I had a big backyard BBQ on Friday. Such food, much success. I made two whole pork shoulders. Also, Jose was visiting from Colombia, so that was kinda the excuse to have the BBQ. For unrelated reasons I had FaIRE Hockey up and running (it's going to be used for a Daily Planet shoot soon). Good times with friends.

On Saturday Jose and I went to the Guns 'n Roses concert. We were in the crowd right in front of the stage. I caught a drum stick at the end, which is a pretty sweet souvenir.

Sunday I taught my woodworking class. I also got mentioned in the paper for it. I'd given the reporter a few juicy anecdotes and they made it into the article. It is how I met Krista after all.

Monday I took Jose shopping.
Thursday, February 4th, 2016
3:22 am
Busy evening...
...built a hoverboard. 

(magnetic)

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
11:26 pm
Woohoo, fake Internet points!
Made the front page of Imgur with that custom door.  http://imgur.com/gallery/K7Yuo
Monday, October 5th, 2015
5:53 pm
I got back from Burning Man last week

This is what I brought.

https://youtu.be/NKFPar97R28

I can now put down "Successfully brought my own fire art project to Burning Man" on my resume.  But it was a hell of a lot of work, and I won't be doing it again anytime soon.
Sunday, March 15th, 2015
10:20 pm
Time flies by sometimes
It passed a few days ago without me noticing, but it's been just over10 years since I flew to Japan to fix myself and re-kindle that inner fire I used to have back at the start of university. Lots of memories since then, some bad, but mostly good, and quite a few that I'm very happy to have. It's an amazing world out there, and I'm glad I went exploring in it, though like all choices, there were associated costs.

At the moment I'm on a bit of an adventure installing solar panels beside Sandy Lake which is way the hell up there in northern Ontario.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Saturday, February 28th, 2015
8:38 pm
You know, there are times when I think my life sucks because of A, B, and C...
...then there are days like today where my friends and I build a shrimp cannon and realize it's pretty awesome.
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
5:44 pm
Still alive
I've been doing LED work on the set of a TV show for the past few months. Great project, really enjoyed it, technically demanding, and quite well paid.
Sunday, July 14th, 2013
6:46 pm
Hopping on a jet plane.
Off to Germany tomorrow to visit Marina. I'll be there for 2 weeks, then Italy with her for another week. After that I'm going over to Portugal to bum around with Francisco (aka Chic) for a week and a half. And then a few days in Madrid to catch my flight home. If anyone wants a postcard leave you address in the comments or send me an email.
Friday, October 26th, 2012
3:54 am
I'm pretty sure I saw someone die today.
I was locking up my bike in front of Sam's hardware because I needed to buy some window putty. I actually saw David (the owner of Sam's) outside his store as I pulled up. I also saw a streetcar go by, and noted that there was a light but definite cloud of dust coming out from the wheels (side note: streetcars use fine sand in their braking system to increase traction).
     And when I looked up from locking my bike I saw shock or surprise on people's faces, and I think I heard a woman say something about an accident.  And I know as I walked around the back of the (stopped) streetcar someone asked me if I knew first aid.  I said yes, but that it was rusty.  I was also whipping out my phone as I walked around and dialing 911.  An ambulance pulled up while I was speaking to the operator.  It couldn't have been more than a minute, maybe 2 after the accident.  A blonde woman, I think she was one of the passengers, said she was a registered nurse and was either already kneeling beside the victim or just starting to as I came around.  The victim was a young woman, a pedestrian crossing the street and not paying attention, brown hair, looked about my age.  She was breathing when I came around, on her left side I think, but her body was seizuring lightly, and there was blood coming out of the upturned ear.  The paramedics put a spinal brace on her and put her in the ambulance.  But I'm not sure if she was breathing by the time they did.  I remember a fireman pouring water on the blood stain later and using his boot to rub it away.
     I'm not sure what I could have done.  I'm sure the nurse could have given better first aid then me, and that you're not supposed to move possible spinal injuries, so I didn't check for a pulse.  Maybe I could have held her hand for that minute or two.  I don't know.  Intellectually I think I did all I could.  But I've been twitchy all day.  I called up a friend who's a paramedic hoping that he was on duty and could check on the radio that she was ok.  He wasn't on duty, but said he'd check.  I started choking up about halfway through the call and had to change the subject.  I've tried to keep myself busy and distracted for the rest of the day.  That's sorf of worked.  I find it's really important to me to know that this woman is OK.  But I've found some news stories, and they don't look good.
     I learned something about myself today, that I don't freeze up in a crisis.  Many years ago in Waterloo I was on the scene right after a dog got hit by a car (just injured, not dead), and I dove right in and helped the situation.  But this was a person, this was different.  And she looked about my age, fairly attractive, likely lives in the area.  She was probably just crossing the street but not paying attention.  So it's a gut check just how suddenly things can change.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/10/25/toronto-streetcar-pedestrian-collision.html

Current Mood: distressed
Friday, August 24th, 2012
11:56 am
I'm off to Burning Man!
See you on the flip side.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
10:17 pm
Off to Nevada on Friday
I'm off to my first Burning Man on Friday. I've been able to relax a bit this week, previous weeks were rammed full of Super Street Fire, the Humber Bridge Project, and solar work.
Saturday, August 11th, 2012
1:35 am
What have I been up to?
Well, yesterday I was up for 42 hours, the first bit was installing solar panels, then a full night of electronics for the creatures we're putting on the Humber Bay Arch Bridge, and then 18 hours to actually mount the creatures on the bridge. Today (Friday) has been a day of much needed rest. This entire week has been grueling. There's the Super Street Fire fund raiser/party to look forward to tomorrow. But first we need to set up the thing. And I'd really, really like to do an art project where I don't get rained on all day. On the upside, getting to climb the Humber Bridge sure made me feel alive, and rappelling down through the middle was exciting. Once I've caught up on some sleep I'll be better.

Also, I'm off to Burning Man in 2 weeks.
Monday, June 4th, 2012
5:13 pm
Art projects
I spent the weekend working on 2 different art projects. One is Super Street Fire, which is heading to Burning Man this year. The other is smaller and will be displayed in Toronto hanging inside the Humber Bay Bridge (the pedestrian one at the southernmost point of the river).
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
4:35 pm
Trip to Pittsburgh with Charles, Ekh, and Llanel was fun. Very friendly people, good food, horrible transportation system.
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
8:38 pm
Goodbye...
...my Guinness boxer shorts.  You've had a longer relationship with my intimate parts then any woman I've known.  But it's finally time to part ways. <throws dying boxers in waste basket>

In other news, I'm off to Mt. Tremblant this weekend.  But I don't know how much skiing I'll do.  Last Friday was a physically brutal day, and although I felt fine afterward the tendons in my right arm started hurting on Saturday and became sore and inflamed.  Sunday was pretty bad.  They've been healing throughout the week, but I'm not sure I'm up for skiing.  Oh well, a weekend spent in a hot tub is not a bad thing.

And in other, other news the Interactive Arts team is brainstorming what we're going to bring down to Burning Man next year.  Going to Burning Man has been on my bucket list for more than a decade, now might be a chance to finally go.  And as part of a kickass arts team too!

Current Mood: good
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
11:02 pm
Who wants a postcard?
Not sure who's still following my LJ, but if you'd like a postcard from Colombia just comment with your address.  (Comments are screened)
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
7:00 pm
Well, That was Random
Marina and I just checked into a hotel in Guatape (outside Medellin), and then it started raining, and then a song and dance number broke out on the street below our balcony (complete with a marching band playing Lady Gaga)!  Am I having fun in Colombia?  Hell Yeah!

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
2:00 pm
Flying on a jet plane.
I'm sitting in the Pearson VIP lounge enjoying excellent ravioli and beer from the self-serve bar (thanks for the hook-up Janak).  Next stop is Bogota, Colombia.

Current Mood: content
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
7:55 am
Today is a recovery day.
Just woke up. Nuit Blanche aftermath: I was up for 33 hours going really hard the entire time from 8AM Saturday morning to 5PM on Sunday. Strike took about 9 hours on Sunday. I just finished sleeping like a dead man, and my lower back feels like the Argos had a game on it. But we puled off something amazing and had a great time doing it. The first time I climbed up the scaffolding to behold The Heart Machine fully operational and surrounded by massive crowds I felt awesome. And don't even get me started on the other team members. So many people went above and beyond that words can't do them justice.
Friday, September 30th, 2011
1:33 am
Nuit Blanche
If you're coming out for Nuit Blanche this Saturday, come check out The Heart Machine at Bay and Edward, my friends and I put a lot of work into it this summer.  I promise BIG fire.
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