Monthly Archives: June 2012

Happy Canada Day! — A Photographic Celebration of a Warm but Shivering People

A maple donut, a beer, and a BBQ… what could better symbolize Canada Day? I looked all over town for a special Canada Day donut to share with you but couldn’t find one, so I had to make my own. I guess a donut is so blatantly Canadian that the donut industry feels it’s a bit redundant to emblazon such an icon of our country with any sort of embellishment. Maybe they have a point… you don’t see Americans painting bald eagles red, white, and blue on their Independence Day.

Sunday July 1st, 2012 marks Canada’s 145th year since Confederation and 30 years since we became a fully independent country. And what a great country we live in!

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Recumbent Review: The Plucky Apple iPad 2nd Generation

When I first booted up my new iPad I saw this logo and thought, “Hey! My apple has a crack in it!” Whatever happened to the old rainbow apple?

About the Recumbent Reviews

Welcome to the fifth Recumbent Review!

This series of articles normally examines photographic equipment and accessories from an ordinary user’s point of view but this time we’re doing something a little different… we here at the HoaiPhai Research Laboratories are going to take a look at one of Apple’s iconic tablet computers, the iPad 2nd Generation, from a real-life PC guy’s perspective. Hopefully you’ll enjoy yourself while learning a little something that might help you make an informed purchase (or make you feel all warm and tingly inside about a purchase you’ve already made).

By the way, I composed as much as I possibly could of this post using my iPad!

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Dirty Duck’s Playlist

Dirty Duck likes good music about bad relationships.

I’ve known Dirty Duck for quite a long time. People (and raccoons) who know him do not always share his taste in music but his vast knowledge on the subject is undeniable. He once explained to me that he was able to amass this knowledge because he listens to a lot of music during his biannual migrations — he claims that ducks can not only pick up on the Earth’s magnetic fields for navigational purposes but they can also get FM, which makes those long flights a lot more enjoyable.

The thing about his taste in music is that he loves songs with lyrics dealing with aberrant relationships, sexual deviation, and bad girls and boys — the more twisted and kinky, the better. He didn’t get the name Dirty Duck by winning it in a raffle, you know. Continue reading