Thursday, December 17, 2009

Windup Elephant

Straight from the frequent flyer window of my favourite friend...the windup elephant. This is a Lumiere video.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Slum Dog Daze

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Matthiew and Adam D enjoyed being top dog at the Gravenhurst skate park this summer. Big city talent comes to the small town park.

Music: The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Not If You Were The Last Dandy

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Teacher Of The Year

My partner Cindee was nominated for and subsequently won, OTIP's Teacher of the Year Award in the elementary category. The award is well deserved as Cindee puts her heart and soul into teaching. Watch Cindee in action courtesy of TVO.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sylvan Water

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There is nothing better than sitting next to a lake in Northern Ontario on a hot, sunny, cloudless day in the summer. This is a Lumiere video.


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Stormy Weather

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The night sky lit up and the ground shook as many thunderstorms swept through Southern Ontario this summer. This is one such storm.

Music: Elisabeth Welch - Stormy Weather

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Trumpet Flower

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A couple of Trumpet Flowers sprouted up in the yard and grew to enormous sizes. The blooms come to fruition within a day but seem to open before your eyes. I was intrigued and had to watch one open. The resulting video is a time lapse Lumiere.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hammers And Chisel

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From a piece of serpentine, an exquisite work of art is formed with hammer and chisel, in the hands of Singi Chihota.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Stone Works

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Biggie Chikodzi gives a sculpture at Zimart's Rice Lake Gallery, a waxing and touch-up before the 2009 exhibit. It is worth the trip to Bailieboro for the annual exhibit of Shona Sculptures from Zimbabwe.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Singi Chihota

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The outdoor display of Shona Sculpture at Zimart's Rice Lake Gallery is stunning. The artist in residence for 2009 is Singi Chihota. It's worth a visit if you are in Southern Ontario during the month of September. This is a Lumiere video of Singi carving.


Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Rock No Roll

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After being left in it's place for the last twelve thousand years, this rock still refuses to roll. It's just another day on the barrens for all.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Skink Tales

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When your adolescent children request a trip into the woods to look for reptiles, it's hard to refuse. Remembering youth, searching for the Five-Lined Skink on the Torrance Barrens.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Slum Dog Gravenhurst

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Slum dog days at the Gravenhurst skate park.

More slum dog videos

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Taylor Creek Dump

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With the Toronto City Workers strike now officially settled, the clean up begins. Piles of garbage all over the city must be cleaned up within twenty four hours. Let the games commence. This is a Lumiere video.


Picket Line

Behind the picket line at the
Bermondsey Transfer Station. Torontonians bring their garbage to the picket line, where city workers take it from them, filling truck after truck after truck...
This is a Lumiere video.


Garbage Truck

Garbage trucks behind the picket lines of a transfer station during the city workers strike in Toronto. This is a Lumiere video.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Toronto City Workers Strike

Toronto is now at the end of a month long city worker strike that has seen temporary garbage dumps in many of the city parks and outdoor arenas. These garbage dumps sit on the top of city storm sewers and with the heavy rains the city has experienced over the last couple of weeks,
these piles are now leaching any number of horrible substances into the water system. The good citizens of Toronto and elsewhere are taking advantage and dumping everything they can to avoid dumping fees and the city garbage collection limits. What a mess!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

High Waters

In the spring, high water in Kashe Lake creates once a year waterfalls at the dam on the south end. Here are three Lumiere videos of high water at the dam. Each with their own shadow play.


Friday, June 12, 2009

My Stiffee

Finally have new shift levers for the Stiffee. Time to get them on and hit the trails.

Music: Queen - Bicycle Race

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gestalt Flash

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A short video, shot standing in a hall of mirrors in my friend Andrea's house on Long Island.

Music: Mike Hovancsek - Plastic Museum Fiasco

Friday, May 15, 2009

Beauty eh

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"It was one of those days when it's a minute away from raining. There's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was just... calling to me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. That's when I realized there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid ever.
Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... I need to remember. Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it... and my heart is going to cave in."

We live in a world where we take everything for granted and don't see the beauty in the mundane. We need to open our eyes and see that everything is miraculously beautiful. Even a plastic bag hopelessly stuck in a tree.

I watched this bag stuck in a tree in my neighbourhood for two weeks, until rain and wind beat the crap out of it and the foliage of the tree consumed it. Every time that I looked, the music from the plastic bag scene in American Beauty ran through my head. Instead of a bag dancing freely in the wind, this bag struggles for freedom. I’m sure that’s a metaphor for something.

Music: Thomas Newman - Any Other Name

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spherical Reflections

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A moment of reflection in Andrea's backyard, at the end of a whirlwind road trip to Long Island. This is a Lumiere video.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Videoblogging week 2009 - Day seven

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Bird of prey eats a meal in my backyard for videoblogging week 2009 day seven.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Videoblogging week 2009 - Day six

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A bonding moment with Adam late one night in the backyard. This is videoblogging week 2009 day six

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Videoblogging week 2009 - Day five

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Riding the step on the Powell Street cable car in San Francisco, for videoblogging week 2009, day five.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Videoblogging week 2009 - Day four

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The Vancouver neighbourhood in which my brother lives, a house with an unusual backyard gives new meaning to Neighbourhood Watch.

Music: Klaatu - Calling Occupants

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Videoblogging week 2009 - Day three

This is a re-vlog of an early Lumiere video. New footage at the same tracks with a different angle and full sound. On track for day three of Videoblogging week 2009.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Videoblogging week 2009 - Day two

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When in Vancouver, my brother and I will take late night walks in the neighbourhood to talk,dream and sometimes see the most unusual things. This is one of those things, for videoblogging week 2009, day two.

Music: Far - Mother Mary

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Videoblogging week 2009 - Day one

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A quick telephone call from my brother, about money. Keeping it cool in Toronto for videoblogging week 2009 day one.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

On The Waterfront

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Looking west, from the lift bridge over the Keating Channel in the eastern Port Lands, at the Toronto skyline. The derelict Victory Soya Mills Silos in the foreground. This is a Lumiere video.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Iso-Alpha Acid Experience

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There ain't no cure for the wintertime blues, but I'm working on it. This is a Lumiere video.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Green, Amber, Red...Green

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The city streets are filled with large piles of snow. This is a Lumiere video.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Bedroom Eyes

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Looking out the bedroom window on a cold January evening, watching the sun set. This is a Lumiere video.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

It's Cold

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The temperature is somewhere in the region of -20 °C in Southern Ontario at the moment. With the wind chill it is much colder. Did I mention that I am not a winter person. If hibernation was an option right now, that is what I would be doing.