Monday, October 19, 2015



Would you be disappointed if there was so little colour change in foliage? Not when the weather is this nice. Mid October and people can still be out in short pants is practically unheard of in my time living in Scarborough.

The Other Side

The Other Side

It has been a busy Summer and Fall with work and outdoor activities. I have neglected my fish friends. I still enjoying using my old Canon G1 for my calico fantail. With a piece toilet tissue paper folded over two times, I manage to diffuse much of flash when she swims right up to the front like that. It's a treat also to be able to show off the flip side of this goldfish.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spring - Kai Shu Script Wei Bei Style

At last, something worth sharing. After many Youtube video tutorials, it was time to put it to practice. It did not occur to me that regular script (Kai Shu) would have so many varieties. The differences are owing to different master calligraphers. I chose a form that was aesthetically pleasing, and something I have yet to try before.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Highlights of 2014

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The blog has been under active in 2014. Other than starting a new full time job, most of the year I found myself out of doors rather than sitting in front of a computer. Going back to work after such a long absence, it was necessary to take up Tai Chi. It's now taking longer to focus on projects, but the weather warms up, I will move things along. Here is a photo highlight the past year.


Here is the most recent photo of my goldfish - a fantail, that I would like to submit to my portfolio. It is my favourite goldfish shot to date. I had to use a flash as this type of fish would not stay put. Using the a piece of tissue folded over 3 times gave the optimal effect. On top of that, the image was framed perfectly with the old Canon G1. As a specimen, it is somewhat less than ideal. The short tail fin is almost completely joined in the middle, and there seem to be a deformed anal fin. All of which contributed to her swimming unevenly. I hope to celebrate the 3 month mark with an updated shot from a Canon ELPH for comparison. The scales are much more pronounced now.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

From History's Shadow by Dayton Ward

With all this talk of The X-Files reboot, I returned to watching the last two seasons of the TV series. What's left of it that I had on VHS cassette anyway. Over time, I have a whole new appreciation for these episodes. Which makes my recent read of Dayton Ward's From History's Shadow that much more exciting.
This story takes the reader through the two times James T. Kirk's travel back into Earth's past and fills in the gaps in between with some familiar faces from Star Trek canon and interesting new characters.
As a fan of the UFO genre, the written details were very easy to visualize. It gave the story a tone that was reminiscent of the early seasons of The X-Files and an ambiance similar to the Dark Skies TV series.
This was the first time I've read a new novel from Star Trek The Original Series and not been disappointed by it as I have been with The Next Generation relaunch.
Looking forward to what the author will come up with next.