Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Doctor Henry Marsh

A must see documentary is "The English Surgeon" about Dr. Henry Thomas Marsh a neurosurgeon, who primarily works for the NHS in the UK.
See the Q&A with director Geoffrey Smith, and also a speech by Henry Marsh focusing on the problems of the medical systems in the Ukraine, but he also mentions many other countries for comparison.

To view the Full length video of The English Surgeon, click HERE.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Smack the Pony

Smack the Pony - Dating Agency Videos  One - Two - Three - Four - Five - Six

And more !
       Sorry For Your Loss
         Amor Extraño
             Water bottle envy
                   Call Centre

Argentina judiciary orders that the website leakymails be blocked.
 In the process millions of Google Blogs are also blocked.
Some background about leakymails Here and Here.

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 2011

Happy August the first.! A holiday here in Canada clouded in mystery; here in British Columbia; they call it BC Day, but other parts of the country add their own twists and turns to it.  Officially it is a Civic Holiday, but its roots go back to Emancipation Day.   I am now totally confused as much as you probably are by now, I think, I need a Shrink.

Too many talking heads, warping the meanings of holidays. And speaking of talking heads;
Over three nights at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in December 1983, Jonathan Demme filmed Talking Heads' - Stop making sense.

Found a Job (Live at Entermedia Theatre, 1978) (Not in the show, but released with the album; originally in the album; "more songs about buildings and food") 
Making Flippy Floppy (from the "Talking in tongues" album) (Not in the show, but included in the album)
Crosseyed and Painless (Live in Rome 1980, version) (Not in the show, but included in the album)
A little opera? anyone? A moving encore

A cute video about the Tooth Fairy by Izabela Melamed
Baby duck feeding the carp in a pond, cuteness !!

Removing a fishing net from a whale: Saving Valentina

One-man Bands: One - Two - Three - Four - Five

Jewelweed; Impatiens capensis; is a local introduced invasive plant.
But I found out that it is also useful as a bug repellent, and helps to greatly reduce the skin irritation from Poison Ivy; which thankfully, is extremely rare here in B.C.  One - Two - Three - Four - Five - Six - Seven

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)