Archive for the ‘Items of Interest’ Category


Beaumont Blues Fest

September 8, 2010

We had a great time at the Beaumont Blues Festival on the Labour Day long weekend. Here are some photos I took with my iPhone…


Fort Edmonton Park

September 7, 2010

On August 3rd we visited Fort Edmonton Park and I decided to try out the video capabilities of my new iPhone 4. I had always been able to shoot video with my 3GS but the new iPhone allows you to shoot, edit and upload to YouTube with the iMovie app. Here is the video I created:


How data tells a story!

March 19, 2010

The water utility in Edmonton, EPCOR, published the most incredible graph of water consumption last week. By now you’ve probably heard that up to 80% of Canadians were watching the gold medal Olympic hockey game. So I guess it stands to reason that they’d all go pee between periods. But still—the degree to which the water consumption matches with the key breaks in the hockey game is stunning…



MacBook Stickers

January 24, 2010

'Rene Macritte'

Iron Mac

Mac users are known for their creativity, expressed not just in their career but also in the way they customize their MacBooks. While I personally wouldn’t dream of sticking anything to the outside of my MacBook Pro I like the way these people have included the use of the Apple brand in the design of their decals.

A BitTorrent user maybe?

'Lego' of my MacBook!


Snow 'White' Leopard

Pulp Fiction Mac


Olympic Spirit

January 19, 2010

As the Olympic flame winds its way across the country, many Canadians are fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of history in their community. Last week it was Beaumont’s turn to host the celebration of pride in our nation. It was just like Canada Day, apart from the freezing temperatures and snow on the ground. Children and adults were dressed in red and white, waving flags and singing ‘Oh Canada’ in anticipation of the arrival of the Olympic flame.

An excited crowd awaits the arrival of the torch.

The Olympic torch relay began its lengthy 45,000-kilometre journey across Canada on October 30 at Mile Zero of the Trans-Canada Highway in Victoria, B.C. Now it is almost on the final leg of the journey as the games are almost upon us. Here below is a picture of the path the torch has taken through Alberta, of the 12,000 torchbearers running across Canada, about 1,000 have been selected from our province.

The path of the torch through Alberta.

Here is a YouTube video that I hoped would capture the spirit and enthusiasm of everyone in Beaumont.

Mayor of Beaumont, Camille Berube introduces the Olympic Torch

Holding the flame aloft

Olympic Torch Relay, Beaumont AB


Hello Sunshine!

September 17, 2009


We are having wonderful weather at the moment and the extended summer is welcomed I’m sure by most Edmontonians. Today I had the pleasure to finally meet Frank on my way in to the office this morning. Frank is a resident at a seniors home on 111 Avenue and I have observed him many times riding up and down in his motorized scooter covered with Canadian flags, sunflowers and garlands. I always thought to myself what a cheerful old guy he must be. This morning I found that out for sure. He was sat outside my local Tim Horton’s adding cream to his coffee and tucking into a breakfast sandwich. I said hello and he replied with a hearty ‘Good Morning!’ his face beaming with delight and happiness.

We began to engage in a brief conversation, although I was late for work I didn’t seem to care as Frank proudly told me a brief history of his colourful life. He moved here from Montreal 35 years ago and loves Alberta so much he considers himself to be a true Albertan. He is 80 years young at the end of the month and has eleven grandchildren. He told me how he lost his wife to cancer when she was 64 and how he still misses her, but that doesn’t prevent him from being one of the happiest Edmontonians I’ve ever met.

I went inside and grabbed my morning coffee and thought I would add some extra sunshine to Frank’s day too – I bought him a Tim’s Card which seemed to make his day! He couldn’t thank me enough as he shook my hand. With a smile as wide as the North Saskatchewan, sitting in his multi-coloured ride enjoying his breakfast in the morning sun, Frank certainly brightened my day.

So, if you are driving along 111 Avenue in between 120 Street and 124 Street and you see a blaze of colour on the sidewalk, slow down and say hello to ‘Sunshine Frank’, it’ll make his day!



HART Edmonton

September 15, 2009

I have been helping my friends at HART Edmonton raise awareness of their charity work with dogs. I set them up with Twitter and now I have added a blog to their mix of social marketing tools. The blog will serve as a way of announcing dogs and puppies that are currently available for adoption or fostering. Please help support one of Edmonton’s great charity organizations.

Please adopt me and my brothers

Please adopt me and my brothers

Find out more about Saige and other dogs available to adopt by visiting