Why Hockey Players are Dumb - A Childhood Post

At dinner this evening, I was telling Heather that as a child, I would see a hockey fight break-out on the television and think the players were complete idiots. If I was about to get my butt kicked around the ice from a player on the opposing team, you can bet the last thing I would do is throw away such a perfectly crafted weapon. As adults we know what the rules are, but as an 8 year old Chuck Norris fan, I had a hard time believing that people would willingly put down their hockey sticks and throw down the gloves so they could punch each other as hard as they can in the face. And another thing... if you leave your gloves on, it won't hurt so much when you punch a guy's helmet either, you knuckleheads.

(Flickr Photo courtesy of hroyer.com)

Weiser SmartScans: Pre-Owned and Faulty at Home Depot

During a trip to the local Home Depot this past Saturday to replace some deadbolt locks at my house, I was intrigued by the product you see on the right: The Weiser Lock SmartScan, a deadbolt that uses your fingerprint for entry. From the Weiser website:
SmartScan utilizes biometrics to scan the subdermal part of your finger (more precise than a fingerprint scan) to unlock your deadbolt, eliminating the need for keys.
My excitement of solving a problem with technology soon waned after realizing Weiser has manufactured a seriously flawed product. Fuel was added to the fire when I purchased several previously owned products being sold as new by Home Depot. After installing and using the Weiser SmartScan product for more than a week, I have lots to say about it:
  1. Loose ribbon cable fitting, preventing the sensor from making secure contact with the circuit board. I resolved this problem by cutting stiff plastic and fitting it into the ribbon cable connector.
  2. Fragile ribbon cable. Many do it yourselfers are not careful when performing their weekend projects. In 3 of the packages, I found the ribbon cable had been pinched, sliced, or both. This probaby happened during the fitting to the door.
  3. Very stiff deadbolt turn. This makes the 4 AA batteries drain faster and the motor work harder than necessary to close and open the door.
Home Depot's returns process is severely flawed as they're putting failed, previously owned and configured devices back on their shelves for unsuspecting customers to re-purchase. The many SmartScan locks I purchased had been used by somebody else. There were missing keys inside, unprotected/unwrapped parts rolling around and scratches marring the product. I made 6 visits to 4 different Toronto Home Depots, traveling a total of 67KM (nearly two hours of drive time alone). I went through 7 Weiser SmartScan deadbolts. Of the 7 locks, at least 4 were previously owned and 6 were non-functioning out of the box. I began the project at 12PM, and completed at 7PM later than evening, an investment of 7 hours... a full working day? To keep my facts straight, I put together a chart of of my visits that also takes into account the kilometres I drove and the time I spent going from various Home Depot locations trying to solve my problem:

Visit #1: Home Depot (Curity Store)
  • Purchased SmartScan #1
  • After installation and much troubleshooting "sensor error timeout messages, I realize the ribbon cable connecting the fingerprint scanner to the circuit board was sliced
Visit #2: Home Depot (Curity Store)
  • Back to Home Depot to return Smartscan #1.
  • Purchase Smartscan #2.
  • Noticed something odd and after opening the box, I could see why: unwrapped parts were rolling around, probably because it was returned from a previous customer and Home Depot staff just through it back on the shelf.
  • I installed the lock anyway, but couldn't get it to work because the admin user was already setup by the previous lock owner. The system requires an admin fingerprint to operate.
  • Assuming there's a way to reset the admin fingerprint, I called Weiser, but they're closed on weekends. Their website also did not have any information on how to reset the device.
  • I was going to keep the lock for the weekend (using the keys as backup), but the previous owner of the of the lock didn't put the keys in the box, leaving me with no way to lock my front door.
  • Knowing that Home Depot's Curity store was out of Satin Nickel SmartScans, I decided to head to their Wicksteed location to exchange the product.
Visit #3: Home Depot (Wicksteed Store)
  • I explained situation to a young woman at the returns counter. She apologized and asked me to get another one from the shelves.
  • After grabbing SmartScan #3 from the shelf, I headed home.
  • Smartscan #3 was also previously owned and locked with the admin fingerprint of the previous owner. Kicking myself for not testing the lock at the store before I left, I grabbed my 4 AA batteries and headed back to the Wicksteed location.
Visit #4: Home Depot (Wicksteed Store)
  • Once again, I explained configuration problem to the young man behind the counter and he said he recognized me from before. He said to grab a new one and offered to speak with his manager to give me a discount. I told him that wasn't necessary and I just wanted a product that worked.
  • He told me to grab another product from the shelf, which I did (SmartScan #4).
  • I told the clerk I'd like to test it before I left the store and he obliged. After opening the box however, I noticed it wasn't Satin Nickel, but Polished Brass. I didn't bother testing it.
  • Having no more Satin Nickel product, I decided to head to the next Home Depot (in Scarborough).
Visit #5: Home Depot (Ellesmere Store)
  • This location had one Satin Nickel deadbolt lock (Smartscan #5).
  • Batteries in hand, I opened the packaging. Loose parts everywhere. Product was scratched all over. This is a $200 product?? I connected my batteries and confirmed my suspicion: The lock had also been configured and returned by a previous Home Depot customer.
  • Having no more Satin Nickel, and running low on patience, I took a Venetian Bronze lock (Smartscan #6) to the customer service desk and asked for the store manager.
  • I summarized the events of my day to Lisa and showed her the condition of Smartscan #5, a product I had pulled from their shelves 5 minutes earlier that they were selling as new.
  • I then offered to show Lisa and her hardware manager Sallal how the deadbolts work. After opening Smartscan #6 and connecting my batteries, the product failed. Again, the ribbon cable connector was too loose to fit in the circuit board. I did find that if I squeezed the connector with index finger and thumb, sensor would be recognized, but I doubt an average Home Depot customer would figure that out.
  • With no Satin Nickel product available, I asked for a refund on the product. My last stop of the day would be Home Depot at Gerrard Square.
Visit #6: Home Depot (Gerrard Square)
  • After spending more than 6.5 hours on this project and almost 2 hours of driving around Toronto, I found a brand new Satin Nickel (SmartScan #7) lock fresh in box at the Gerrard Square Home Depot.
  • With a hardware staff member on hand, I opened the box, connected my batteries and tested the device.
  • Sensor timeout error. This SmartScan also suffers from a loose connector problem, causing the sensor to timeout. I told the staff member I was going to buy it anyway and see if I could fix it. I had modified my door to accept the product and it would look silly if I used something else.
  • Home Depot Staff member advised against buying the product, telling me that "everybody brings these back to the store."
  • I thanked her for the advice, but purchased the device anyway, confident that i could "pad" the connector to get a better, more secure fit.
Summary I was able to eventually get the SmartScan product to work. It's not perfect and I'm not sure if I'll keep it installed. When you consider the trouble I've experienced and the $209 price point, it's unacceptable that Home Depot continues to carry this product, especially given the feedback I was given by Home Depot staff themselves. Add to that the reckless return process, evident at each store I visited has me considering taking my business to another store altogether. As for Weiser, how can you not know about this problem? What are you doing about it? The loose ribbon cable is a serious manufacturing defect that, based on my findings affects at least 30% of your product. Is it such a small percentage of your business that you can afford to anger consumers with such a poorly manufactured product? Update: 1/SEP/2008: E-mailed response from Sara Molinari:
I’m very sorry to read about your experience. You should never have been misled about the new v used status of the product you bought – so I need to check with some people on why the vendor would have placed product in such a condition in our stores. I will speak to someone in Toronto tomorrow to get more details. Again, I apologize and am eager to get clarification on what happened here. Sarah Molinari Corporate Communications Manager The Home Depot office (770) 384-XXXX

Clover Leaf's new tuna steaks: great packaging, fishy product

It may not happen often, but every once in a while, I decide to try something new when it comes to food (ok, not just food).  Heather jokes that I'm a creature of habit and as I get older I think she may be right.  But I like what I like, you know?  If something works, why change it or do something different, especially when it comes to food? I took a break from my work this afternoon and went for a stroll to our neighbourhood Sobeys.  On my shopping list: bread, tuna, red peppers, cucumber, sardines and avocado... I guess that part isn't really relevant to the story, except for the part where I needed tuna and therefore ended up in the canned tuna aisle. While looking over my options, the very tasty looking package caught my eye: Clover Leaf's new (nouveau!) Yellowfin Tuna Steak.  The packaging folks did a great job, it looks darn good don't you agree?  I love Tuna Steak, it's one of my favourite dishes at Big Daddy's (a local Toronto restaurant, specializing in Cajun cuisine). Unfortunately for the adventurer in me, the fine folks at Clover Leaf reinforced my unconscious brain's reasons for NOT trying new things.  The "tuna steak" was nothing more than a thin slice of tuna drenched in the mess you see here (click for a larger image if you dare):

Compare the packaging below with my real life photo above... is there any resemblance?  I don't think so.  How can this type of product misrepresentation even be legal in this country?  I opened the package and as it instructed: "slide contents onto microwaveable plate" a torrent of oily juices exploded onto my plate and all over the counter.  What a mess! Presentation aside, it was near impossible to eat.  Have you ever opened a can of tuna and tried eating it plain?  It's really dry, right?  Imagine that, but lemon flavoured.  In its essence, that's all this product is: an overpriced can of tuna, formed into a "steak" and stuck in a bag.  The April 2009 expiry date should have been a clue.  But I trusted Clover Leaf to produce a quality product. It was so dry I had to keep chasing each bite with a healthy gulp of water to avoid that "pill stuck in your throat" feeling. The worst part?  If you look at the Clover Leaf website, this garbage they're passing off as food claimed top prize for the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix New Product Award! What does that say about other products in the category?  Does the Grand Prix worry about how this reflects on their own brand?  I refuse to believe that my standards are so high. Clover Leaf, if you're listening, consider this a $2.99 win for your product marketing and packaging team, at the expense of a loyal customer.  I will never buy your products again and I will make it my personal mission to alert everybody I know about your lack of concern when it comes to producing a quality product.

Picture of the Day: Woofstock '08

Heather, Don and I stopped by Woofstock 2008 on the weekend to see what we could see. I'm a dog lover (with no dog) living in a house with 3 cats... not sure exactly how that happened, but when I figure it out, I'll let you know. There was a lot of personality at the show and more breeds of dogs that you could count. I really liked this guy... something about the Pug breed that always makes them look happy. In all, I snapped 677 photos with my Canon 40D, which resulted in about 277 pretty decent picks.  The entire Woofstock 2008 collection, including the fashion show is also on my Flickr page. ISO: 100, Exp: 1/125, Aperture: f/2.8, Focal length: 70mm.

Photo of the Day - Las Vegas Gun Store

This shot was taken at the Gun Store in Las Vegas, NV. Heather and I are not big fans of guns, but we were curious when we stopped in to see what all the fuss was about (we had multiple recommendations for this place from friends). Well as much as I hate to say it: guns are really cool. At least when they're not being used to hurt people. The precision, and raw power of each firearm was unbelievable. To get this shot with the muzzle flash coming form the gun, Heather stood behind, using the high speed setting on her dSLR and held down the shutter just before I pulled the trigger. She probably took about 10 exposures, and this one turned out to be the best. ISO: 200, Exp: 0.167 sec (1/6), Aperture: f/5, Focal length: 38mm. If you'd like to try it out for yourself, visit The Gun Store at 2900E Tropicana in Las Vegas. Ph. 454-1110

Winter Scene: Starving Cold

I took this pic a couple weeks ago while visiting my folks in Windsor. They have a miniature Doberman Pinscher that goes nuts every time he sees a grey squirrel through the window. The squirrel must have been REALLY hungry, because he didn't budge when the dog barked loudly from just a feet away. ISO: 200, Exp: 1/200, Aperture: f/5.6, Focal length: 100mm.

Frozen H2O: My Latest Photo Subject

Just for fun, I joined a monthly photo competition with some friends. Other than bragging rights, there are no prizes, but I found it to be a great exercise in creativity. I was having a difficult time thinking about what to photograph and in Toronto right now given the lack of ice and I wasn't thrilled with the idea of a skating rinks as a subject. In the end, I decided to make a hamburger, fries and a coke out of ice for my entry into the competition. The bun, hamburger patty, and tomato were all solid ice and formed in plastic containers I found in the kitchen.  I didn't have any food colouring last night so I used my watercolour paints.  The lettuce and cheese were made by filling a spray bottle with the coloured water and spraying it on a single ply of Kleenex. Everything was put in the fridge overnight. I didn't think the frozen Coke fit in the overall composition so I removed it. I also decided to go with real french fries to add some realism to the photo. You can probably see the ketchup sliding off the ice bun; if I were to do it again, I would put the ketchup on the bun and then freeze it to keep the "swirl" in place. The photo was taken near a window with my 40D mounted on my tripod, halogen light directly over my subject and no flash. ISO100 with an aperture of 2.8 with a 70mm Sigma prime lens. PS: If you're going to attempt something similar, I'll warn you not to put your frozen subject directly on the wood chopping block; mine died with a loud crack after doing just that.

An Interesting Way to Analyze Climate Change


Although the video is a little on the long side, it's worth taking a look at.

There are a couple of points this guy is missing: for example, global depression is a real possibility in both rows of column A.  That being said, the overall message is still pretty clear:

The world benefits more from action, despite the consequences, given the "potential" alternatives.

Photo of the Day

Here's Cleo, one of our cats. She's not my favourite, mostly because she just lays around all day and expects to be pet. I took this photo shortly after purchasing my camera and I didn't really know what the heck I was doing. ISO: 400, Exp: 2.5 sec, Aperture: f/4.5, Focal length: 100mm.

Youngest Actor on Record?

I found this on YouTube yesterday and I was surprised it hasn't made the rounds yet in my social circle, given that it's been around for more than a year. It seems the parents of this cute little baby (not a lot of info on the vid exists unfortunately) have trained him (I think it's a him) to give the evil eye on command.


Marketing Geniuses at Thirteen?

If the child labour laws in Canada weren't so strict, I would have offered two thirteen year old sales and marketing masterminds a job on the spot this afternoon during a brief visit to the Mall. I was visiting the Apple store at the Toronto Eaton Centre on my way home from work this evening and while I was there, decided to grab a bite to eat at the food court. The food court was one floor below and with an elevator nearby, I pressed the button. Since the elevator only services two floors, I found it odd that two 13 year old boys didn't get off when it arrived on my floor and the doors had fully opened. I entered the elevators, smiled at the two young men and turned to face the front on the elevator door. "Sir, would you like to buy a chocolate bar?" I almost burst into laughter. What a totally AWESOME idea! This is what marketing is all about... finding a captive audience. They had a full twenty seconds of my undivided attention while the elevator slowly made its way to the lower level. Genius! "Um... thanks gentlemen, but I'm going to grab something a little healthier for dinner." It was a lie... I had Arby's for dinner. I was happy to see the entrepreneurial fire alive and well in the brilliant minds of these young men.

Photo of the Day

I'm not a fan of guns. I just don't think the risk factor is low enough to own one. Still, when Heather and I stopped into The Gun Store in Las Vegas, Nevada and fired some of their weapons of destruction, I have to admit, I was pretty excited. It's hard describe the feeling: The sudden and VERY loud bang after the pin hit shells, the sound of the gun shell "tinking" off the ground, the smell of metal and gunpowder... the raw and accurate power of holding something so small and destructive. The folks at The Gun Store were SUPER friendly and helpful. Our guide (Eddie, on right) gave us a personal session and explained everything to us, without the condescending attitude I was expecting. The entire experience was very positive. At $1 per bullet, (we spent $200) and shooting several guns (Uzi, M1, Gloch, M16) I'm glad we stopped in for the experience. My only regret is knowing the crime and pain that exists in the world because of the evil people that wield these weapons. I now understand the ease with which one could pull out their weapon and hurt somebody in a moment of anger. It's a bit scary. To get this photo, I had my 40D set to high speed shooting, with a Canon 17-85 IS lens. I took about 10 photos, hoping to capture the muzzle flash and as you can see above, I was successful. The Gun Store is located at 2900 E Tropicana, Las Vegas, Nevada 89121. They're open 9am to 6:30pm 7 days a week and their phone number is 702.454.1110. Ask for Eddie. :) Shoot Safe!

iTravel2000's Let it Snow Promotion Results

A few hours ago, The Canadian Press reported that Quebec residents will be the only winners of iTravel2000's latest let it Snow promotion. At 14.8cm, Quebec was the only province to exceed the 5 inch snowfall requirement in order for iTravel2000 customers to win their trip. Official contest results can be found on iTravel's website. I bet Weatherbill, the insurer of the iTravel2000 event breathed a sigh of relief after Toronto residents came in second at 9.4cm, several centimeters short of the 12.7cm needed in order to win. Congratulations to the winners (I'm jealous!). Ooops: I'm a terrible blogger.  I neglected to hat tip Heather for bringing iTravel's early news to my attention.  Thanks honey!

Photo File Management Made Easy - Step I

With the 2007 holiday season now past, millions of people will be snapping hundreds and thousands of pictures with their shiny new digital cameras they got for Christmas. Heather and I both have Canon digital SLRs and although we're not professional photographers, we had a huge problem that will soon befall many digital camera owners:

Where the heck do we store, protect and effectively organize our photo libraries?

Our collection started off innocently enough - With loads of hard disk space (100GB), we stored each photo on our respective laptops. If I wanted a photo of Heathers, she would put it on a memory card and I would copy it to my laptop. We quickly outgrew this method of photo sharing for a few major reasons: duplicate photos, missing photos and inadequate storage space. To complicate things, I'm a Mac user and Heather uses Windows. We had an interim method for sharing photos: I would be the "keeper" of the photos on my Mac using iPhoto, but I quickly started to use up my hard drive space and since all of my photos were on my laptop, it become a single source of failure in the event it was stolen, or the hard drive failed. Another challenge was that iPhoto doesn't exist for Windows, so we had to find something for her too. Finally, after much thought and evaluation, I've found a solution that works. Store your photos in a central location One of the biggest challenges with a photo collection is keeping them secured in a central repository. The device that stores your photos should be redundant in the event of a failure and protected from electrical surges using an uninterrupted power supply (UPS). To answer the call for a centralized repository, I purchased a 1 terabyte Hewlett Packard Media Vault to store all of our photos. The Media Vault is network attached storage device that supports gigabit network access and hard disk mirroring. With 1TB of capacity, mirroring the hard disks effectively gives me 500GB of redundant storage. My configuration (2x 500GB drives, plus the Media Vault) will probably run you about $650. The Media Vault is based on the Linux operating system and an argument could be made for building a linux or windows based computer to do the same job as the MediaVault, but I liked the simplicity of the HP device. I think many average photographers would rather have a dedicated, no hassle appliance as well. In the event of the Media Vault suffers a physical hard drive failure, I know that my pictures will be safe and sound on the other hard drive (since they're running in a mirror). Every so often, I back-up the entire NAS to dual layer DVDs (labeling them by month/year) or to an external Firewire hard drive. That's the storage side of things taken care of, as long as my photo collection is under 500GB. After that, I need a larger capacity NAS at which point, I'll probably go 5TB RAID level 5, but they're a bit pricey at the moment. Use a Standard Naming Convention and Directory Structure As I write this, my photo library is about 40GB. Each photo is approximately 2-3MB and I have just over 9,000 photos. The library is expanding rapidly now that Heather and I started making "photo outings". When it comes to physical directory structure, it took me a while to find something that works. In the end, I came up with a way that's simple to maintain and enables me to find photos quickly. Below is a screenshot from my Media Vault that shows the folder structure from January through to July 2007, with July's folder structure expanded:

Using the above photo as an example, here are a few rules I go by when copying my photos to the NAS:
  1. The top level of the photo folder has all the months. It goes by the format: YYYY-MM (MMM). So, January 2008, would be 2008-01 (Jan). I find it convenient to have the month in alpha as well numeric (if I didn't use the alpha, I do this ridiculous finger counting thing on my hands to figure out the months).
  2. Expanding the month folders reveals specific dates, or date ranges. No matter what, I never put folders directly in the month folder. If you must, create a "Random Shots" folder and put them in there.
  3. To get a bit more specific, for folder names, I'll use [MMDD - <EVENT NAME>]. Examples:
    • '0722 - Tigers at Comerica Park', to describe a Tigers game on July 22.
    • '0727-28 - Poo Incident of '07', describes the "fun" we had July 27 and 28 weekend in 2007 while replacing the ejector pump in the cottage septic tank.
    • 'Random Shots', If there's a specific event, sometimes I'll use that instead of the day as in the case of Canada Day at Pearce's Point.
  4. I used to rename all of my photo files, but I don't really bother anymore. You can if you like, but if I may make a suggestion - always keep the original file name your camera gives the photo for reference just in case. So 'IMG_8787.JPG', would be renamed 'MyBirthday001 (IMG_8787.JPG)'
  5. Sometimes Heather and I will have a "photoshoot." We'll go on a trip somewhere and each of us will come home with 1,000 photos. When this happens, I generally create the folder and append our initials to the event. I don't have an example in the above screenshot, but it looks like this:
    • 1110-13HW - Vegas Trip, describes Vegas pictures taken between November 10 and 13, by Heather Williams
    • 1108-13BL - Vegas Trip, describes Vegas pictures taken between November 8 and 13, by Ben Lucier
My photo collection goes back to 1999 using this naming convention and I've found it to be surprising scalable and easy to use, even without a fancy photo management application. You can't underestimate the importance of a good photo management application like iPhoto, Aperture or Adobe Lightroom, but the first step in having an organized photo library is to build a directory structure and naming convention that works. When I have some more time, I hope to write about some of the applications that you can use to connect to your NAS and manage the rest of your photo workflow. If you have any comments or suggestions on this article that you think might be helpful, please let me know! I'm an amateur photographer and I'm always looking for ways to improve what I do. Let me sign off with a photo of the now famous Haliburton Poo Incident of '07:

That's me in the septic getting ready to pull out the ejector pump (guess what THAT does). I think we were laughing so hard because of the smell and I was probably getting told to "get back down there" by Mike, a good friend of the family.

Photo of the Day (Evening edition)

We call him “Chippy”. Actually, we call all chipmunks we find at the cottage “Chippy”. It’s hilarious how friendly a chipmunk will get, knowing the reward of food is not far behind. Still, friendly or no, the Chipmunks are still a little jittery, so we had to move slow and be patient when snapping these shots.

Photo of the Day

This picture of Chester was taken a little while ago while I was experimenting with my new Sigma 10-20 super wide angle lens on my Canon 30D. I like the effect because it makes Chester's paw in the foreground seem larger than it is. I also like the rest of the composition with the colour of the wall, the bright green comforter, the lava lamp, guitar and rock poster. This photo really shows off what a lazy cat Chester can be.

Free Snow Travel from iTravel2000

Vacationers who purchased travel from iTravel2000 between June 12 and December 7, for travel between November 1 and April 30, 2008 will travel for free if more than 5 inches of snow falls based on weather stations of selected Canadian airports in Halifax, Toronto and Montreal. Based on the snow on the ground here in Toronto, it looks like a free vacation might well be within reach for 30,000 iTravel2000 customers. Check out iTravel's website for their Let it Snow program for more information. .

Happy New Year!

At the end of 2007 I am lucky to be able to say that it's been a year full of new opportunities, friendships and personal milestones for me. Going into 2008 I'm eager to spend more time blogging and working with the great team at Little Geeks, a foundation that I've been dedicated much of my personal time to. Why don't you start your 2008 off with some extra karma points and head over to Give Meaning to support this fantastic cause? You can reboot a young person's life by offering your financial support and computer equipment. All the best in 2008 and beyond, - Ben

The Tina Fey facial scar mystery

Heather and I were watching Iron Chef America and Tina Fey, of Saturday Night Live fame was one of the judges. I'm not a huge fan of SNL so I'm not really familiar with her, but I did notice the scar on Ms Fey's left side of her face. I mentioned it and jumped on Google for a quick lookup as to its origin.
In a Nov. 25, 2001 NY Times article: ...Her other trademark is a scar that runs along the left side of her face, although she won't discuss it. "It's a childhood injury that was kind of grim," she said. "And it kind of bums my parents out for me to talk about it."
I had no idea the mystery that is the Tina Fey Scar!There's simply no answer to the question anywhere on the Internet. I guess there are still some celebrity secrets out there and I find it interesting when I stumble on something that has been of great interest to others out there; kind of like the Tom Cruise middle tooth excitement.

Looks like we got some snow today

I'm slowly recovering from a cold and the medication I've been taken wrecks havoc with my sleep patterns. As a result, I woke early this morning to a really cool winter snowstorm. Of course, the medication isn't all to blame - I was up until 5:30am Saturday morning trying to unlock my new iPhone - but that's another story. While Heather slept, I watched out the window as the snow just kept on falling. I was really surprised when I started to hear the thunder... loud, crackling and rumbling. It was awesome. Around 5pm this evening, we decided to go outside for some fresh air and a short walk to our local Starbucks. I brought my camera with us and took the winter photos you see here. It was a little bit too cold and the snow was blowing horizontally, and I was worried about my camera, so I didn't get as many shots in as I would have liked. Still, I was fairly happy with the results: a dark mess of a day at Pape and Danforth. For more photos, check out my Flickr page.