Happy Pi Day!

Apple Pi

This is just a short and sweet post to say Happy Pi Day to all of you who participate in such events!

No idea what I’m talking about? Click here and find out.

And even if you do know what I mean, here’s a crazy little graphic you might not have stumbled across yet:

Image by jasonham via Flickr

Majestic is an Understatement

Have you heard the news? Pantone has declared emerald to be the colour of the year for 2013! I couldn’t love that colour more if I tried, and I think it’s high time I posted something related to Pantone’s decision. As St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, now seems like an appropriate time to post (another) tribute to the Emerald Isle with a photographic journey through the ever-so-emerald Cliffs of Moher.

Having spent a few hours at the Cliffs in the summer of 2010, I still can’t get over how massive and awe-inspiring they are. In fact, to say the Cliffs are massive is a major understatement. Majestic, humongous, and indescribable would be much better adjectives in this instance. And they are nothing if they aren’t cloaked in emerald.

But rather than trying to describe them with words, I’ll just let my photos do the talking for me.

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Irish Everyone Was That Straightforward

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If you’ve spent a decent amount of time with anyone from Ireland, you are likely well aware that they’re a straight-up bunch of lads and lassies. Unless there’s good craic to be had, or a bar stool to keep warm, the Irish just don’t have time to beat around the bush. Maybe it’s the ever-present threat of rain, or the need to get to the punchline before someone else comes out with a better joke. Who knows? Either way, the Irish get to the point and they do it quickly.

While it’s a little difficult to validate such a sweeping claim (and one that I make with love, to be clear), here are a few contrasting examples to clarify my point: Continue reading

Dancing Down Deerfoot

Everyone has some crazy weather story to pull out at less-than-exciting dinner parties. Since we’re all subjected to Mother Nature’s effects on a daily basis, it’s easy to strike up a conversation about a blizzard we just barely survived, or a lightning strike that came this close to taking us out. But if we’re really honest with ourselves, we have to admit that most of the stories we tell are just a little bit exaggerated. I mean, do you really believe that hail storm could have given you a concussion? No, no you don’t.

But sometimes a storm really does almost kill you. And when that happens, wouldn’t you give just about anything to have a video to show your friends that proves you’re not full of it? If your answer is yes, I bet you wish the footage looked something like this: Continue reading

Sexy and I Noah It

If you ever want to hear your favourite song covered by 956 amateur artists, YouTube is the place to go. It’s also the best site to visit if you hate a song and want to unleash your disdain on a music video’s comment section.

But what kind of result would be produced if covered a song that most people love to hate, and posted the video for all the world to see?

Over 9,000,000 views is the answer, and here’s the reason why: Continue reading

A Town by Any Other Name…

Have you ever said a word one too many times in a row, and it totally lost all meaning? Meaning. Meeening. MeNING. Miiiinuuunggg. Ugh.

It’s jarring when that happens because you sort of lose the run of yourself for a second. The familiar word becomes foreign, your tongue seems to have a mind of its own, and your brain suddenly switches to a language you don’t know. You know what I mean?

It’s also unnerving when you really think about a word you’ve mindlessly repeated for years. For instance, have you every really thought about the name of the place you grew up? I mean really thought about it? On the one hand, the name means so much more than the actual word. But on the other hand the word is really quite meaningless, right? Weird.

I’m pondering this random topic because of a great post I recently stumbled on that takes Saskatchewan town names and turns them into a story. That doesn’t really make much sense without some context, so you should probably take a few minutes to read Shanomi’s “A Prairie Thing” post for yourself before I continue…

Okay, now that you’ve done the assigned homework, I must say that Shanomi’s post has me thinking about my home province of Alberta in a totally different way. While some of the town names I grew up around have always sounded ridiculous (Lacombe, for example, never fails to bring to mind a French hairdresser’s tools), her post really made me think about all the towns I’m most familiar with. So, in the spirit of Shanomi’s post, allow me to introduce a few of Alberta’s unique places.

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Sounds of the Season

Every season has its own sounds that let you know what time of year is on the way. Crunching leaves underfoot are a good indication that fall is underway. Chirping birds and lawnmowers loudly announcing their presence on a Saturday morning mean that spring has most definitely sprung. And you know Old Man Winter is going to rear his ugly head again when you start hearing windshields being scraped in the pre-dawn weekday hours.

When it comes to summer, there are a ton of sounds that you could associate with what is arguably the best time of year. But for me, nothing more definitively signals the return of summer than the Ice Cream Truck (let’s call it the ICT because we can, okay?).

I never really feel like the season is actually going to change until I hear the ICT’s much-too-catchy song in the distance…which happened today!! Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to chase the truck down for an icy treat, but I did get a photo to prove to myself that he wasn’t a figment of my imagination. Here’s the photographic evidence:

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Stormtroopers Gone Wild

It’s hard to tell what will or won’t go viral, isn’t it? While one “cute kitten unravelling toilet paper” video gets millions of hits on YouTube, others that are nearly identical fail to attract a viewer count in the double digits.

I think any video that has a Stormtrooper doing the limbo with a lightsaber can’t help but go viral. The University of Lethbridge students who created it deserve every minute of Internet fame they get…plus an A+ from their professor! Check it out for yourself and see if you agree:

Too Cool for Umbrellas

When you live in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, it’s impossible to know what to wear on a given day. In Calgary you can wake up to 10 cm of fresh snow, eat lunch amid a hail storm, and drive home with your windows open wishing you’d worn flip flops to work. There’s a saying that if you don’t like the weather in Calgary, just wait five minutes. And on most days that’s fairly accurate. I can’t image being a weather forecaster here because the odds of you being correct for an entire day are about as good as you winning a Lotto 649 jackpot.

So as you can imagine, Calgarians are used to dressing in layers and preparing for all four seasons to bombard us within a 24 hour time period. Our closets and cars are filled with mittens, scarves, earmuffs, snow boots, blankets, jackets, sweaters, and a number of other items used to save us from the elements.

The image below gives you an idea of what the weather was like in Calgary today. For context, please note that this morning the streets were completely clean, and the grass was just starting to turn green… Continue reading