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PJ Perdue
Works at Graphic designer, Canuck, geek, skydived for 9 years, Photoshop wizard, advertising theorist, typography nut, too many books in my library. Adventurer.
Attended St. Peter's High School
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The older I get, the more I realize that integrity is everything. And without it, you are rudderless.
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If you live in Victoria, BC keep an eye out for this amazingly talented fiddler (and singer):

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/happy-videos/4412/This-Insanely-Talented-Fiddler-Busking-In-Victoria-BC-Needs-To-Be-Discovered#cjBW6M9FhpR3Z63Z.01
I thought he was amazing before he started singing, then it got even better.
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If you're a graphic designer, you'll love this: turn any image into a higher quality version vector version of itself.

http://www.vectorizer.io/
Online Vectorizer: Online raster to vector converter. Convert your images (jpeg, jpg or png) into scalable and clear vector art (svg).
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http://globalnews.ca/news/2698804/victoria-restaurants-putting-bugs-on-the-menu/

When I was a teenager growing up in fishing country in Ontario, we went to the docks to wait for pickerel season opening. It was an excuse for a party. Lots of beer and junk food, waiting for midnight. I let myself into someone's car where I knew there was chips and dip. "Wow! This is great onion dip," I thought, as I pigged out in the dark. "Lots of chunks of onion and veggies." It wasn't until a friend joined me and the interior light came on, that I realized it was a creamy dip, studded with the bodies of gnats and mosquitoes that had flown in the open windows. I ate a ton of insects that night, some still living. Would I do it again? I'm not sure....
Crickets, cricket flour, and meal worms. It's what's for dinner!
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+Elizabeth Bathory I have to thank my Grade 7 science teacher for introducing me to squid which he prepared on the Bunsen burner in the classroom. I always had an adventurous side when it came to food (though I draw the line at cabbage rolls, after an unfortunate incident involving canned cabbage rolls; bunny rabbits, and bugs).
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Interesting! How journalists cover sexual abuse cases that aren't neatly tied up with a conviction.


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As a graphic designer working in advertising, I love this: see what the earliest logos of famous companies looked like:

http://logoevolve.com/?ib
Discover how the evolved logos of today's giant companies looked like during their humble startup phase. Free Open Source Logos for Startups >>
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Wow, apparently I have a lot more relatives in the States than here in Canada. Find out the frequency of your surname worldwide:

http://forebears.co.uk/surnames
A surname is part of a personal name that is passed from either or both parents to their offspring. Customs on the format of surnames change from region to region and their use has changed over time. In most Western nations, the surname occurs at the end of a personal name, after a given name or ...
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The Case of the Russian Stamps

When I was a child, my father was head of PR for a national outboard marine corporation. Power boating and outboard motors were his passions. I learned how to walk on a houseboat, and grew up on the water.

When I was about 7 or 8, he received a letter from a man in Leningrad who wanted to correspond with him about outboard motors. Their correspondence continued for years. The man, Lenty Tregubenko, asked my father if he had kids; Dad told him he had two teenage sons and a pair of small fraternal, not identical twin daughters. Lenty received my father's permission to write to us girls.

He wrote to us for years. We were fascinated with his handwritten letters in excellent English, and the beautiful wooden toys and ornate Russian stamps he would send us. In return, he asked my mother to send him items he couldn't easily or cheaply find in the Soviet Union, like fine-tipped felt pens and pantyhose. He asked us to call him Uncle Lenty, and always signed his letters with that. We were also tickled by the knowledge that our letters were being opened and scrutinized by the governments of both countries, during the Cold War.

In 1972, our next-door neighbour Dr. John Martyn accompanied the Canadian hockey team to the Canada-Soviet hockey series as the team doctor, and while in Leningrad, met Lenty. I was thrilled to hear about it. I hoped that someday I'd get to the Soviet Union and meet "Uncle" Lenty myself.

In the early 1980s my mother told me that she'd heard that Uncle Lenty had been crossing the street in Leningrad and was hit by a car, and killed. I mourned the fact that now I'd never meet him.

When the Internet came along, I started looking for traces of him. Five years ago I found Uncle Lenty in, of all places, a Google book search, in "Corporate Creativity: The Winning Edge" by Dr. Pradip Khandwalla, a 2003 book about what makes certain corporate leaders great. Dr. Khandwalla compared several entrepreneurs from different countries. One of those was Uncle Lenty. It's just a paragraph, a thumbnail sketch, but it blew my mind:

"Lenty Tregubenko, innovator-intrapreneur and later entrepreneur. Born in a humble family in Russia. Robust constitution, energetic, warm, open lively mind, read widely. Soviet degree in electrical engineering. He got a job in an industrial plant upon graduation. Produced prototypes of motorcycles and small power-boat engines in a cellar. He kept in touch with foreign engineers, and read many technical publications. He was exiled to Siberia for his outspokenness, on charges of being a spy. There, he was given the job of supervising the electrical installation in a plant. His team successfully improvised in difficult conditions. On his release from Siberia, he resumed his interest in small powerboats and outboard motors, and became an expert. He accepted a job in a military equipment plant in Leningrad. He found the operating climate congenial. After Perestroika, he turned into a consultant and trade representative, advising clients on how to set up business in Russia."
http://tinyurl.com/435n88c

Now the cool thing is, my twin sister, who has been estranged from my family for 9 years (I kept reaching out to her every year anyway, I never gave up hope) contacted me on our latest birthday, May 3, and we finally reconnected. She offered to send me the Russian stamps; she's had them for decades. There are a LOT, mostly in collector's edition type cards of commemorative sets, from around 1965-1970. I'm going to get them appraised. :D
books.google.ca - The book draws on global research for insights on organizational creativity. The premise of the book is that in order to thrive tomorrow, we need to create v...
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+Sean Cowen I've loved that book for years! It was a good movie too. She also wrote The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, about her trip to London after 84, Charing Cross Rd became famous.

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My sister is going to mail me the Beatles Love Songs double album that I won in a radio contest when I was 18. As far as I can remember, it's in mint condition. The LPs themselves are on gold-coloured vinyl. She's kept it for me all these years because in our 20's, I moved a LOT and she was a settled married lady.

The radio contest was for Valentine's Day, "Send us your best love poems." Figuring that the DJ would be heartily sick of flowery schmaltz, I sent a series of irreverent limericks. The only one I remember now is:

It was love at first sight with your beard,
But without it you look really weird.
A very weak chin,
A lopsided grin,
Let me know when your acne has cleared.

Anyway, I won. :D



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You missed your calling. That has the makings of a top 10 hit :)
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Whether red or white, whether drunk by Alicia Florrick or Olivia Pope, the beverage has become a metaphor for anxieties that are uniquely feminine in their form.
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"People are allowed not to be attracted to certain body types." Yes.
Just as much as we would hold an intervention on someone who is suffering from a heroin addiction, or drinking themselves to death, should we not give the same attention to someone who is clearly e…
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Graphic designer for Black Press Victoria. Designing print ads is what I've done all my adult life. Not all at the same paper, though. I truly love it.
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One adventure after another... Victoria, BC, Canada
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I'm a fine artist and graphic designer who is into advertising history, theory, and psychology; painting and sketching; Reddit; interior design; UK real-estate TV; Photoshop; and working with photography and art-making. I live as far west as you can go in Canada, where it almost never snows in winter. The number of books in my library is far too high to be considered healthy. My life is one adventure after another. PJ is my legal first name. The world is my holodeck and life just keeps getting better.
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When younger, made 427 skydives, 6 of them naked. Geek street cred: sci-fi addict by the age of ten. Ran a BBS (online bulletin board system) in 1985 on a Commodore 64, the only female sysop in western Canada. Love to dance; love to cook. Love to be on the water. Learned how to walk on a houseboat. Can do the Spock eyebrow, and wiggle my ears independently of each other. I was conceived a month before my fraternal twin sister (very rare, but it happens). I've never been bitten by a mosquito (also true. Thanks, Mom! She was never bitten either). Not even in Yellowknife, NWT in June, on the longest day of the year making a skydive in the Midnight Sun, just short of the Arctic Circle.
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  • St. Peter's High School
I just took my brother to the Fisherman's Wharf location for coffee and a breakfast snack. I have celiac disease; I'd noticed some sweet gluten-free bars in the display case, so I asked the woman running the cash and taking orders about gluten-free choices for breakfast. They have breakfast wraps; did they have them available with corn tortillas? Her grasp of English was very bad; she had never heard the word "gluten" before and didn't bother to ask her manager about it, just stared at me impatiently. She treated me like an irritant. I gave up and pointed to a sweet gluten-free bar. My brother ordered a pre-made breakfast sandwich to be heated up. We sat and waited ten minutes for it; then found that this woman had forgotten to put in his order at all, even though I'd paid for it. When my brother went to inquire, she just shrugged and stomped off to get it. We sat again waiting for it, and finally my brother went up and found his sandwich had been just left on the counter to get cold. No one alerted him to the fact that it had been ready for some time. There was no apology or even acknowledgement from anyone for any of this! I won't go back to Moka, and I'll tell everyone I know to avoid it as well.
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