for more information contact

On Trump
Bob Dylan - Wisdom is Thrown Into Jail
Bob Dylan: Tempest
Adam West voices the Dark Knight
Apple's Calendar Inconsistency
Is Pono Dead?
Inbox Zero is Old News: Welcome to Inbox Negative One
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Effects Reel
Evolution of Stop Motion Photography
7 Story Cycling Centric Apartments

What Happened to Jai Alai?
Greatest Text Conversation Ever
Quarry Rock in the Rain
Careless Reckless Love
Electricity, Heights and Women
Daniel Lanois and his AC30
How Can You Just Leave Me Standing Alone in a World So Cold
Today Was a Tough Day
The Resonant Frequency of Love - Rocco DeLuca with Daniel Lanois
Dan Mangan - Forgetery
Birch Tree: Toronto, 2016
Japan's Disposable Workers
Jeff Tweedy Plays Charades with Ewan McGregor
Steph Cameron at the Railway Club (February 1, 2016)
Wilco at the CityFolk Festival, Ottawa (September 20, 2015)
Rice Lake, North Vancouver
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Running Away
Stanley Rohatinski: 1925 - 2015
Chewie...we're home!

November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
October 2015
April 2015
March 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
August 2014
May 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
July 2003
June 2003
January 2003
November 2002
October 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001
September 2001
August 2001
July 2001
May 2001
April 2001
January 2001
October 1999


your blue hood
Thin Systems
Listen to the Bell, Mr. Premier...It Tolls for Thee
Gordon Campbell Won't Run Again?
Bike Maintenance Lessons: Disc Brake Pads
Cycling is Mainstream Transportation
Brave New World: The Musical
Perennial Also Ran?
Daniel Lanois and his AC30
Dan Mangan - Forgetery

I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
I crossed many states just to stand here now, my face all hot with tears, / I crossed city, and valley, desert, and stream, to bring my body here:
— Woody Guthrie, Remember the Mountain Bed
April 21, 2013

Patton Oswalt’s Rant on Star Wars Episode VII

From the writer of the original scroll to the return of Boba Fett and a Marvel Universe crossover Patton covers it all.

Posted by skooter at 7:24 AM This entry is filed under Entertainment.
Tags: J.J. Abrams, Patton Oswalt, Star Wars

April 18, 2013

Rush & the Hall of Fame

Rush had never been nominated for the hall of fame until this year. Naturally, they boys from Toronto made it in on the first ballot. Well done gentlemen (and it’s about damn time.) I tend heavily towards the twang these days, but as a teenage boy growing up in the 80s in Canada Moving Pictures(album) was a seminal work, and it remains a classic to this day.

Posted by skooter at 6:50 AM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Rush, Videos

April 10, 2013

Andrew Welland (Bill) Nelson: December 5, 1917 to April 8, 2011

Andrew Welland Nelson, Feburary 21, 2009 My grandfather died a couple of days ago—the last of my grandparents to be alive. The photo above was taken on February 21, 2009. That’s not much more than four years ago, and it’s quite possibly the last time I saw him. He lived a long, healthy and full life and I didn’t see him use a walker until he was well into his 90s.

Though his first name was Andrew, most people called my him Bill. It was a contraction of Welland, his middle name. My Grandmother was one of the few who didn’t: she called him Ad and it seemed as natural as the transition from day until night. It wasn’t until I moved to Vancouver and my ex-wife asked me about it that I even thought about it. “Ask him next time we see him,” I told her, so she did.

He loved telling stories, my Grandfather, and this time was no exception. It seems that this one went back all the way to when he first joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Put into bunkhouses he met his bunkmate—I’m pretty sure he remembered his name, but I don’t at this point—and the introductions started. When he was asked his he responded with his last name only, as was common in the forces at the time. “Nelson.” After a moment’s thought his bunkmate responded “Nelson, huh? You must be related to the Admiral then?” This was, of course, a reference to the legendary British Royal Navy officers Admiral Horatio Nelson

Much merriment ensued, a nickname was born and my grandmother adopted it along with his friends at the time. It stuck for life: if I ever heard her call him anything else, it’s long since slipped from my memory. It was always her name for him: I never heard anybody else in the family call him that.

I’m glad Kaye asked him that question. I probably never would have. It seemed so natural to me, I never gave it a second thought.

He lived in more that 40 houses in his lifetime all over the world. When we were growing up in Ontario he lived in North Bay and I have such fond memories of spend long summer weeks up there. There was a big house on Trout Lake and those summers were full of adventures in his boat, long days spent picking wild blueberries, eating fresh caught fish and swimming in the lake. My birthday is at the end of the summer, and every year I’d get tossed into the lake from the dock. In winter the fireplace was always going and between toboggans, ice fishing, cross country skis and a SkiDoo there was just as much fun to have. I loved that house, and it was sad for us when they moved from Ontario to British Columbia but they had other grandchildren here, and it was their turn to be close.

My Grandmother’s health slipped earlier than my Grandfather’s. Before she passed away in 2011 she spent quite a bit of time in the hospital while he still lived in the their house. When we visited her once, one of the nurses asked her if she’d marry him all over again. “Of course,” she responded, “Of course. I chose well.” She meant it too. They loved each other to the end, those two.

He didn’t like living without her and, as these things go, the last couple of years of his life were a bit lonely after she passed. His memory started to fade, and his health with it. A couple of nights ago he apparently went to sleep and didn’t wake up. We should all be so lucky. 95 years isn’t a bad run at things, and he’s left a rich legacy behind.

I’ll miss you Grandpa, but those times we had together will never be forgotten.

Posted by skooter at 6:55 PM This entry is filed under Family.
Tags: Grandma Nelson, Grandpa Nelson, RCAF