Dream Big

If your kids are asking to see a movie and you have grown tired of recycled plots and cookie-cutter animation, you might want to take your kids to the Ontario Science Centre to check out Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Directed by Greg MacGillivray and narrated by Jeff Bridges, this IMAX film addresses the important contributions of engineers, and is the first large-format movie to promote the educational STEM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Continue reading

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Check out the trailer for this year’s Movie Marathon. Fancy!

Movie Marathon 10

Later this month our annual 24-Hour Movie Marathon will play for the 10th time. Can you believe that we have been doing this for 10 years? If you’re curious, or feeling nostalgic, you can check out both Dave’s and my take on that first Movie Marathon. Movie Marathon 10 will commence at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 28th!

Here is the list of the movies that we shall be viewing:

  1. Jaws
  2. Some Like it Hot
  3. The Raid 2
  4. Out of Sight
  5. Life Itself
  6. Whiplash
  7. Empire Records
  8. Chronicle
  9. The Babadook
  10. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  11. Snowpiercer



The lineup is quite awesome this year. I have seen a few of these – but they are also movies that I am gladly going to watch again. What do you think?

On Top of the Job

Roof - Before
The state of our roof before we had it fixed.
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“A new roof is one of those home improvements that is painful because the results aren’t really obvious to you. ” These words were spoken by a friend of mine when I was talking to her about the sorry state of my roof (and how I was looking to have it repaired or replaced) . I didn’t really understand exactly what she meant until I started getting quotes to have my roof redone.

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The Countdown Begins

Really, the countdown began a few months ago when I purchased my train ticket to Ottawa; Movie Marathon Six is almost upon us! Here is the program…

  1. The King of Kong
  2. New Jack City
  3. Once
  4. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  5. Singin’ in the Rain
  6. North By Northwest
  7. Micmacs
  8. The Black Hole
  9. House (Japan)
  10. The Human Centipede
  11. Machete
  12. The Fall

In a word: insane-o! I have seen only a few of these; the rest I am very much looking forward to watching.

So the usual hijinks will be hinjinksed: movie watching; tableau picture-taking; fan-film-making; sleep-deprivation. We might even do some webcasting and live chats; or maybe we won’t. Ah, movie marathons are the bomb!

For a sampling of our previous events, click here.


On Being In a Good Place

Counting Blessings

They say that you never know what you had until it’s gone.

I say that sometimes the best times to appreciate the good things are when things are going well; your appreciation of things is untainted by any temporary misery, and it’s just – i dunno – healty?

On top of having a wonderful family and some great friends, other things seem to be picking up as well! Figtography, while not world-famous, seems to be getting decent traffic. Now that I have a digital camera and a fantastic blog theme that displays my EXIF data, posting photos is a breeze! I have to say that I’m very happy with the site, and the only thing that really needs to be improved is perhaps the volume of photos contained within!

Another fantastic thing that’s going on right now is my tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Toronto Thumbs. When Shaun left the site to go to The Electric Playground, I was completely certain that I was going to destroy the site; I am not anywhere nearly as savvy as Shaun is when it comes to web design, and I’m certainly not a better writer. As the year has progressed, though, so has my writing skill and editing (in my opinion, anyway); numbers are slowly climbing, and we even gained a link from one of the gods of gaming, Jordan Mechner! With more fans every week, and respect from the people we cover, Toronto Thumbs is definitely something to be proud of.

There are a lot of things going on right now (besides the three big items listed above); the upshot is that with all of these activities, time for maintaining this blog has to be cut short. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, though. Writing for the sake of writing always seems to produce crap; I would rather put a lot of thought and take some time to write something than just write because I think I have to.

Shout outs to everyone who believes in me!


Bin There Done That? I Don’t Think So!

Bin Lauding

The raccoons have been terrorizing the neighbourhood recently. With such a mild winter, they have been out tearing open the “wildlife-proof” Green Bins, strewing food waste all over the place after they have eaten their fill. On top of that, our back yard kind of looks like a war zone.

After removing the asphalt from our side yard, we were left with a gravelly mess. Our garbage, recycling, and food waste bins all sat along the fence, across from our side door, a necessary eyesore as we had no where else to put them.


Enter Bin Solutions!
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Has Bin

A house down the road has a nicely constructed cedar garden shed. I have seen similar enclosures before in my meanderings about town. The company that makes them is called Bin Solutions. Not only do they make large sheds; they make custom enclosures for all of your waste bins!


Looks great on the ouside; spacious on the inside!
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They are having an awesome sale right now, so I cashed in. I ordered myself the extra large enclosure in kit form (DIY), and the ordering process was easy. We scheduled a time; they bettered the delivery date; there was a glitch at the processing centre, so they delivered it and put it together for free. That’s what I call awesome customer service!


They asked if I wanted this tag on there. Hellz yeah!
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If anyone is looking for a solution similar to the one that we got for our yard (that is both functional and looks awesome), I highly recommend you look these folks up. I’m not getting anything for this endorsement, for the record. They were extra nice to me, so I figured I would give back! Sale ends April 30th.


The Editor In Cheese

Woah

My friend Shaun recently landed a gig on The Electric Playground, leaving me his baby. It’s a daunting task to keep it going the way he did. He is full of vitality and awesomeness.

I have changed the structure a bit, and I really hope that I can do it justice. I have some friends helping me out, as writing for the site all by my lonesome would surely lead to my plunge into the abyss.

Good luck, Shaun. Thanks for having faith in me!