Sunday, May 8, 2011

May gleanings

At one time there was a lead-zinc mining operation at Pine Point in the Northwest Territories which operated from 1962-1988, a one-company town was built which at its peak contained 1,200 residents. At the end of mining some homes were moved, but most of the town was totally destroyed. A former resident has a website Pine Point Revisited , which inspired some artists to create Welcome to Pine Point, an interactive and artistic documentary, produced by the National Film Board(NFB).

Politics can be ruthless, especially on the web. Jane Corwin registered her own site using the com domain; but forgot to register the org domain. So guess what?
 somebody registered the org domain and created a parody website, mimicking the official website. Great fun!

Jerry Seinfeld has his own website, a strange place indeed.!

A blog from a teacher;   SHIT MY STUDENTS WRITE

In the beginning the world existed in black and white. After that, it became enriched with colors. Forests, rivers, animals, flowers.  YouTube video
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This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.
Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States. ( This could become a very useful tool ! )
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Arvind Gupta makes toys mostly from recycled materials, let your inner child come alive !
Have a peek at his website, or some of the over 1000 videos at Youtube, then you can listen to his talk at TED;  Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning

Some comedy; Bin Laden obituary
A Desperate Plea from Your Son's Teacher
I'm Sticking with Gaddafi

An interesting mapping application that maps the streets with your given name; (although it does seem to find surnames too !)  Where The Streets Have Your Name   (still a bit short in its database though ! )
And a similar application that maps where people in the world have your surname. Public profiler

Jonathan Winters and Robin Williams with David Letterman
Jonathan Winters "The Stick" Apr 1964 Jack Paar
Johnathan Winters- part 1 --- part 2
Dean Martin and Jonathan Winters

Panoramio slideshow

Monkey me

Monkey me

Some of the things that keep me out of trouble

I am involved in numerous environmental groups throughout the Tri-Cities area, I manage the Hoy Scott Watershed Societies,(HSWS) salmon hatchery, and keep the volunteers up to date with a Blog
I am also involved with the Maple Creek Streamkeepers,(MCS).

I have an interest in the history of British Columbia, especially the preservation of the Riverview Hospital site.
Which includes the rebuilding of Finnies Garden with a dedicated group of volunteers.
I love the history and ecology of Minnekhada Park, and have done extensive research on its previous owners.
The elusive, though extensive history of the Pitt River which includes Pitt Lake and the Upper Pitt River is slowly being gathered together, for a future book. Much of this area now includes the Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park, which another group that I am involved in the Burke Mountain Naturalists,( BMN ) worked hard to create for future generations to enjoy.
I like to hike around the area taking pictures, here is a small portion of them in Panoramio and also Flickr

Patricia Gaspar, is a dear, artist friend who has a Blog with a small portion of her work.
. Some of the history of the Coquitlam area, I share in my Coquitlamites Blog.

And I really like the music of Eva Marie Cassidy

Still laughing

Still laughing

Crystal Falls

South Slope / Sterling Loop trails

View South Slope-Sterling Loop trails in a larger map

Knots and Splices

Create some Knots and then, make your own Laneyards

Some free books from Internet Archive

Knots, ties and splices; a handbook for seafarers, travellers, and all who use cordage; with historical, heraldic, and practical notes (1884)

The use of ropes and tackle (1922)

A huge guide for sailors of old. The kedge-anchor, or, Young sailors' assistant :

appertaining to the practical evolutions of modern seamanship, rigging, knotting, splicing, blocks, purchases, running-rigging, and other miscellaneous matters, applicable to ships-of-war and others ; illustrated with seventy engravings ; also tables of rigging, spars, sails, blocks, canvas ... &c relative to every class of vessels (1883)

Macrame design, with instructions .. (1912)

Rope and twine information (1917)

American wire rope catalogue and hand book (c1913)

Full instructions in the art of crepe paper rope basket weaving (1922)

Modern flax, hemp and jute spinning and twisting ; a practical handbook for the use of flax, hemp, and jute spinners, thread, twine, and rope makers (1907)