WordPress Photo Challenge – Half-Light

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is:

Half-Light: “Share a photo inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story.”

Wow, March has been a busy one…work, family events (birthdays, weddings), the weather has been all over the place! Unfortunately, what suffered was my blogging, and for that I apologize. I promise to be back as we roll into April with a little more sanity 🙂

For this week’s WPC, here I am again featuring one of Brandon’s (our youngest son) photographs taken this past Friday morning after a pretty amazing ice storm that hit South-Western Ontario (many areas were without power for quite a while due to the ice on the power lines). I think he’s starting to get the hang of the “composition” side of photography 🙂

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This one immediately brought to mind a line of my favourite song so far this year – The Sound of Silence (the Disturbed cover).

But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

I know these aren’t raindrops, per se, in their current form, but the lighting on them makes the cold, harshness of winter “echo in the silence”…

(ReBlog) Six Things I Learned While Writing Surveillance by Reece Hirsch

I’m pleased to welcome Reece Hirsch to the site today. Hirsch’s latest thriller, Surveillance, third in the Chris Bruen series, drops today from Thomas & Mercer, and the plot couldn’t be more timely. Bruen, an attorney specializing in computer-crimes, and his partner, Zoey Doucet, a hackt

Source: Six Things I Learned While Writing Surveillance by Reece Hirsch

Workday Walking – Make It Count

activeMany days, I’m working in our office in Mississauga, ON…meaning I’m not very active. To combat that, and get some calories burnt, I try to get out over a lunch hour and go for a walk. I’m typically alone, so I am just armed with my phone, some headphones playing some good heavy walking music and my Garmin vivoactive. I enjoy getting out on nice days (year-round) and have a couple of routes that I mix up depending what I feel like…one is about a 3KM route that takes 25-30 minutes and the other is 5KM and I can do that in 45-50 minutes. It’s all extra activity and calories burnt, and you get out in the fresh (Toronto-area) air and, for me, it’s a great “decompress” from the office stress, which in turn, I believe makes me much more productive for the balance of the day! I’ve been reading up about different ways to make the walks more beneficial from a calorie-burn perspective, and here are just a few things I’ve learned along the way…I hope you find them helpful…and if you’ve never tried a lunch-time walk, I urge you to…you may just like it! Read on for more… Continue reading

Book Review – Surveillance

SurveillanceI’ll start off honestly (sorry Reece)…I don’t even remember how I stumbled across Reece Hirsch’s first book that introduced his character, Chris Bruen. I am very glad that I did, though! From the very beginning of this character’s introduction in The Adversary Hirsch has the reader fully engulfed in his world of cyber crimes and technology, and sets a fast pace that makes it very hard to put these books down.

It’s been just over a year since Intrusion (the second Bruen adventure) was released, and I have been (im)patiently waiting for this next story to drop, so when Mr. Hirsch offered me an advance copy of Surveillance, in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at that chance!

Once I got the copy loaded on to my Kindle, it only took me two evenings to read the book. Continue reading

WordPress Photo Challenge – Harmony

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is:

Harmony: “The combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords having a pleasing effect; the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.”

So for this week’s WPC, I’m featuring a shot our son took – with his phone no less 🙂 It’s one of those experimental shots that you take and then the more you look at it, the more it impacts you…I love the way your eyes go down the piano keyboard, and the darkness of it…just something about it! Great shot, Brandon! I will be interested to see how this interest in photography grows 🙂

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What a Week!

As you can probably tell from the lack of posts here, it was a very crazy week. My apologies for not showing myself in the blogosphere, but hopefully it’s back to a manageable, sane pace again. I did manage to enjoy IMG_0616a Leafs game on Thursday evening, which, of course, they lost by a goal that they gave up close to the end of the game. It was still a great environment, and the seats were great, so a superb evening for sure!

On Saturday a couple cycling friends and I headed to the Toronto International Bike Show, which was jam-packed with great deals from wall to wall! Initially, the idea for one of the friends and I was to look for a deal on a road wheel and tire IMG_0632set for his hybrid and my Cyclocross. We have both been finding we enjoy pure road riding most, so wanted the option of swapping out for thinner, slicker road sets when the ride warranted that. After pricing a few out, and discussing with the experts, we realized we were only getting halfway to a real road experience (our drivetrains are not geared as high), so then the deals started showing themselves on some entry-level endurance racers, and we both ended up wheeling out new purchases! Here’s my new (2014) Trek Domane 2.3 after a quick 10KM test ridetestride this afternoon (a bit chilly, but it was sunny, so that helped keep me warm). I wasn’t going too fast, as I need to do some adjustments to the new shoes (first time using clip pedals and shoes). My cadence sensor may not be completely aligned properly either, so will fiddle with that. All in all, though, MUCH more acceleration with this bike than the Giant AnyRoad, and it definitely rolls along much easier. Once I get back my biking legs this spring it will be interesting to see how much more speed and endurance I can get with this setup.

Off to do some steaks for dinner now…enjoy the last bits of the weekend!

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WordPress Photo Challenge – State of Mind

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is:

State of Mind: This week, let your inner world and the outside one converge in a photo.

ripplesI like this photo, taken in the spring of 2013, not so much for any technical qualities, but how the water ripples are calming. I was honestly just goofing around with some settings, and when I loaded them into LightRoom later, this one really jumped out at me, so I played with some cropping and a few other settings to end up with this fun little monochromatic thingamajig 🙂

I’m curious if anyone can guess what the actual picture is of…and as usual, click the image to see it full-sized.