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Davis Bennett
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A couple of weekends ago I went out and caught some food, beer 'n pool with a buddy of mine. Let's just say the photographic shot turned out muuuuuuch better than my pool shots! 
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Fantastic tutorial Jim!  I'm just about to purchase a Garmin 62s myself and that's how I happened onto your tutorial.  Other than the device actually working, my biggest concern was with map options and this video answered all my questions. Please keep up the great work!
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Thanks man -- worked like a charm once I got past the Mac filesystem partitioning issue that was the result of the MacOS upgrade.  I love it when you are using a Mac and HAVE to boot into a unix command prompt to solve the problem...  Anyone still think Mac's are user-friendly?
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While my son was doing some taekwondo training in Antigonish, I walked around the downtown and snapped some pics. I had a heck of a sunspot in the pic so decided to play with it a little and have some post-processing fun.
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This is very cool processing!
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How's the colours up in Cape Breton now?  I have a friend heading up to tour the Cabot trail this weekend and was wondering how far along they are?
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Just had a friedn go around The Trail Davis +Davis Bennett and advises the colors are brilliant-noticed the maples in my backyard are beginning to shed-so now would be a great time for a Trail Tour-laters-am off to bed-t/c
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I just had an interesting experience at the local Timmies: https://plus.google.com/102938139193699506321/posts/gAnm6Uq3ba6

I'd love to hear anybody's opinion if they have one.  +Tom MacDonald, are you a retired police officer?  If so, do you have any interesting facts/stats regarding the issue of talking/texting while driving?

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Thought I'd share this you -- it just happened to me a few minutes ago:

This morning when I was pulling into Tim's for a coffee before starting my workday, there was a woman pulling out of the driveway doing that mad rubber-necking thing looking left, then right, then left, then right, then left... well, you get the idea... Because she was talking on the phone, she was having obvious problems concentrating well enough to actually pull out of the lot when there was zero traffic.  So I roll my window down and yell REALLY loudly: "Get off the phone while you're driving!"   She was so startled that she pretty much jumped out of her seat, spilled the coffee all over her blouse (a nice shade of white) and then because that was just one more thing that she couldn't concentrate on, dropped the cell phone out the car window, landing on the pavement with a nice smack sound followed by a very visible crack on the screen.  She looked very mad at that point and was obviously trying to find words but because that was just one more thing that required concentration, she had none.  I then calmly said: "See, that's what happens when you drive and talk on the phone at the same time" and chased that with a "Happy Friday" and drove into the lot to pick up my coffee :)

I guess you can tell that I do have an attitude regarding talking/texting whilst on the phone.  You might also thing I'm a bit of a fundamentalist regarding this topic and if you think that, you would be right.  Here's the thing though...  Years ago, when cell phones just started becoming commonplace a study was performed and it was found that you are just as likely to have an accident if you are talking on the cellphone while driving  as you are if you have ingested 4 beers in a single hour.  Those are pretty compelling odds to me.  To top it all off, I am an avid cyclist and the last 3 times that I have had close calls with cars, each one of those drivers was talking on the phone while almost running me over.  The worst thing, is that en each of those cases, the driver in the end seemed completely oblivious even after they almost made contact with me.

Most people who debate that talking on the phone is a detriment to their driving try to draw a parallel to listening to the radio.  My feeling on that is that it is not a good analogy because listening to the radio is passive -- it requires no mental commitment whereas talking on the phone does.  I think that because we are aware that there is a person/people on the other end of the line, we give the phone conversation too much of our attention which takes away from the mental concentration needed to drive.  I think I could back this up anecdotally by asking you to listen to a person who is engaged in a phone conversation while driving and you'll most likely notice that their speech is more clipped and choppy than as if they were standing on the sidewalk talking on the phone.  I also believe that talking on the phone while driving is different than talking to someone else in the car because the passengers in the car can see the situation at hand and know at any moment what is going on.  However, the person on the other end of the phone cannot see the situation and may wonder why there is a gap in the conversation, so I think that unconsciously places more stress and the onus on the person talking while driving to keep up the conversation once again detracting from the concentration needed to drive.

Anybody else care to offer any opinions?  I promise I won't bite! :)
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I have no phone and if I did would never answer it hands on or off while driving.   I have to imagine the face of the person I am talking to so hordes of my visual attention goes to are they happy, angry, paying attention, care.>  I drove taxi in Vancouver and in rush hour I would steer with my knee and roll a cigarette while on the major arteries.  Listen for my number #89 to be called watch for traffic, pedestrians, possible fares and the antics of the hookers but that attention is nothing compared to listening to a loved one in trouble on a phone.
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Well, it's late April and to me that has usually signalled the big wind-up for my weeklong canoe trip to the hinterlands of Nova Scotia. Years ago, when I was a student studying geology at university, we had a very dynamic instructor who ran caving trips down to West Virginia for us students who were so inclined, and I was forced to make a choice: canoeing or caving (please don't say spelunking -- it's nice that you know that word but that's really just for academics!  Sometimes I chose canoeing, sometimes caving but either way it was always a grand adventure. One year in particular though I chose caving and a good buddy of mine came with us and drove down in the pickup truck with my other friend from school. It was pretty much a 24 hour drive so we listened to LOTS of tunes and I swear we pretty much wore away the cassette tape of the Traveling Wilburys first album and Steve Earle's Copperhead Road. Other than the caving, we had some pretty good adventures from being stopped at the border for a couple of hours (I though we looked like students but the customs officers thought we looked like drug runners) to getting pulled over by a state trooper for making an illegal u-turn in Jersey ("Everything's legal in Jersey as long as you don't get caught!") It was always a pretty wild time when down in WV -- good caving during the day and some good blowing off steam at night right after final exams. Sometimes things got a little out of hand -- I'm thinking of the communal drink pot on the front porch with some crazy break-dancing attempted by all. But looking back, we were young, no one got hurt, and other than having to sleep at the far end of the cowfield surrounded by cows and "cow paddies" one night, no harm, no foul!
And now my tangent... You and I may not know each other from caving or canoeing; perhaps I was hitchhiking in Newfoundland when we coincidentally ran into each other or perhaps I met you while prospecting in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Quebec. Maybe I met you on a plane or talked all night on a train in Europe. It could be that we drank a few bottles of cheap wine on a dark back street in the Plaka and got a little too emotional. Or perhaps we met on a train while traveling above the Arctic circle in Norway and Sweden and spontaneously jumped off to camp together in Abisko. You could be one of the people who didn't laugh at my really bad guitar playing at a warm summer night's beach party or even one of the dear friends I grew up with in New Jersey as a young boy.
Looking back as a family man who has more or less settled down (other than canoeing the last week in April , I'm so grateful that I've had these experiences and this life as they were so incredibly memorable. I feel blessed to have shared the camaraderie with so many wonderful people throughout the years. I've gone on solo camping trips before, and the truth is, they are nice... but to me, it's all about sharing those times with people and that is what has always made it the best for me. With all that in mind, I want to thank all my "brothers and sisters in arms" over the years for the great times and please know, that I think back to those times whether they were planned or chance encounters, with fondness and a secret smile. I still remember those times, I still remember you, and would love nothing more than to someday bump into you again  Thank you so much.
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Yesterday's mission in the woods was to attempt to hike to Grover's Lake as it seems it would be much easier in the winter due to the boggy areas being frozen over.  I decided not to make the full attempt as the weather was a lot milder and every once in awhile I found myself up to my knee in water as I broke through the ice so I abandoned the trek until another deep freeze hits.  That said, I got a few good shots of my hiking companion Kyla.  In this shot below I called to her and when she saw me pointing the cam in her direction, she got interested and started walking towards me.  I didn't have time to compose the best shot, but this was the result just before she licked the lens :)  She's a total goofball!

#Hiking #AnimalPhotography #dogloversworldwide
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Now that's a snozz!
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As a transplanted American who only became Canadian 1 year ago, I have to agree with the last line :)
 
I found this video and I really enjoy it.

I'm Glad I live in Canada
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This weekend I was camping at Thomas Raddall Provincial Park with one of my best buds, +Doug Merrett.  Other than the campsite being invaded by toads each night, we had a great time riding around on our bikes, seeing the sights, taking pics and generally making merry.  Each morning the fog did not lift on the water until quite late and it allowed for some interesting shots.

#animalphotography   #landscapephotography  
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Thanks so much +Tony Heyward -- I'm thinking of doing an edit of this one and making it only black and white -- I think the contrast and texture of the shimmering water would make a nice different version of this.
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I'm a 40-something outdoorsy guy whose passion (other than my family) is canoeing.  I've got one foot in the sciences and another foot in the arts (thanks Mom!).  I'm an amateur photographer and have contemplated writing for quite sometime -- hmm... perhaps I'm also a procrastinator?  I lean to the left on most things political and consider myself strongly spiritual, just not in the organized sense.  My motto is: "Whatever gets you through the night..."
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My wife is absolutely awesome and I honestly don't know where I'd be without her! My kids are 13 and 15 years of age, curious, articulate, funny, sporty, compassionate, socially-minded and good students. Now if we could only get them to do their chores! :) Oh yeah, and I also made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs! Hahah!
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