David LaFerriere started doodling on his kids’ sandwich bags about five years ago. It’s gradually grown into something of a tradition; a daily ritual that he used to get his creative juices flowing for his work-day ahead became a beloved surprise that his kids looked forward to. He started this ritual back in 2008, when his two children were nine and ten years of age; he’s drawn one miniature masterpiece for each of them for every school day since, totalling well over 1,000 bags — and counting!
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When I lived in Prince Rupert, BC a few years ago, I was quite surprised at the sense of community that was evident in what was really quite a small city. For a town that had lost over half of its population within the span of a decade, those that remained had developed a real sense of togetherness, almost like people pulling together in the face of adversity. And much of that camaraderie came about through a lot of very silly fun.
One perfect example was a contest called “The Quick and the Daring”. I was playing around with old Facebook albums last night, and stumbled across a bunch of photos I took from one such contest, and the story is worth sharing here.
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I’ve had a few friends, of whom I am rather envious, who have managed to take a few intercontinental vacations. In today’s day and age, that’s really not all that remarkable, but it’s also a marker of an era that has long-since passed into the mists of time. I’ve talked before about how [...]
In our day-to-day world, we see a wide variety of vehicles and machines, going about their business and doing their daily function. And in seeing them, each and every day, they gradually fade into irrelevance in our consciousness. We scarcely notice a tractor-trailer, or a backhoe, or a road-maintenance dump truck.
But here [...]
The HVAC blower in my Cherokee died about a month ago. It was cool enough and I got enough air through the vents when at speed that it wasn’t a big deal, but it needed to be replaced. This weekend I made time to replace it because we are having a bit of [...]
I discovered the other day, to my astonishment, that I have a phone book.
I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. Apparently they still print these things! And give them out for free! Well, that part makes sense, I can’t imagine anyone paying for one, but prior to picking it up [...]
After a long day in the sun, I made the mistake last night of lying down on my insanely comfy couch to watch a little bit of racing. That didn’t go well. I woke up hours later in a rather uncomfortable position, and it took me longer than usual just to make it [...]
In all the old Godzilla movies, the eponymous villain tends to stomp around a lot, quite cranky indeed, wrecking shit and generally causing mayhem. And then he sets fire to all of it with his Amazing Fire Breath™. Now, let’s face it, that’s a pretty sweet trick he’s got there, but what if [...]
Both Techie and myself have found ourselves, by nature of our wildly different lines of work, in similar circumstances; we’ve both found ourselves with a great deal of time spent in vehicles, driving from one point to another, with nothing much to do but watch the painted lines go past. As a result, [...]
As little as 30 years ago, the kinds of day-to-day tools we use for ensuring our dirty pictures make it to our intended email recipient were the stuff of real-life spies’ wet dreams. A gamer-grade personal computer, similar to the Hackintosh I use to write these articles, has a theoretical peak performance as [...]