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BillyBooms at Crang’s Pond, Toronto

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Blog

It was a grey weekend in Toronto but that did not stop the lively and colourful artist Bill Wrigley from heading out to the upper reaches of Toronto to “throw” at a semi-secret location known as “Crang’s Pond,” just off the Humber River. Though the old high school football field was covered with toxic geese droppings, we watched and ran as Bill’s beautiful, high performance art boomerangs were thrown into the air… only to return back towards us again! The wind buffeted and shifted about, making their flight path exciting and unpredictable, but there were some really good throws and good catches, mostly by Bill but also by my brother Mike, whom Bill teaches to throw here in this video. Take a look, enjoy, and please don’t laugh (too hard) at my girly attempt at throwing. Yes, I used to play softball, but that was a long time ago. My arms are better used for holding a video camera today.

BillyBooms at Crang’s Pond, Toronto

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Recent Work – Photos & Marketing Materials for My Rivermede: A “Cottage in the City” for Sale in Toronto

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Blog, Web Development

This image was printed on the back of a postcard announcing the sale of My Rivermede, a "cottage in the city" located at Weston Road and Sheppard.

This image was printed on the back of a postcard announcing the sale of My Rivermede, a “Cottage in the City” located at Weston Road and Sheppard.

My Rivermede is a four-bedroom, three-kitchen and three-bathroom “cottage in the city” for sale in the Weston Road and Sheppard area of Toronto. This unique, beautiful home is on a 70′ x 150′ lot, and features a sun room with legal wood burning stove, two fireplaces, greenhouse, and two-car garage.

The promotional postcard and website were designed by Lisa Santonato at FTP Media Inc. All photography © Lisa Santonato, FTP Media Inc. 2013. For more information and to view the WordPress site please visit: http://www.myrivermede.com.

 

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What does your city look like after climate change?

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Blog

Here is a very interesting guerrilla awareness campaign produced for the David Suzuki Foundation by Vancouver-based Spring Advertising.

 

David Suzuki Foundation – The Tideline Project

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Argo, Affleck, Brokaw, Taylor and the 2013 Oscars.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Blog

In this charming YouTube video, NBC television journalist Tom Brokaw presents a short film explaining Canada to Americans prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It’s interesting to note Brokaw’s inclusion (at 03:24 min in the video) of the rescuing of the six American Embassy personnel by Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor during the Iranian hostage crisis, recently depicted in the Ben Affleck film, Argo.

Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans

Incidentally, Argo just happened to win Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards tonight. Now while Affleck did not exactly give credit to Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor for successfully orchestrating the 1980 hostage rescue (as Taylor recently challenged him to do), Ben Affleck did hurriedly thank Canada (in exactly two words at 06:40 min in the video below) in a very rushed acceptance speech tonight. Perhaps if he had more time on stage he might have said more…

Take a look at this Oscars 2013 video. It opens with a wizened sprightly Jack Nicholson introducing the ‘Best Picture’ category presenter, Michelle Obama, speaking live via telecast from the White House. Argo Co-Producer Grant Heslov provides the initial Oscar thanks before introducing Ben Affleck, who finally approaches the mic at the video’s 06:01 minute mark.

Oscars 2013: Argo Wins Best Picture Award

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Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day” Honestly Addresses Bullying

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Blog

Shane Koyczan, the spoken word poet who may be best known for the triumphant performance of his poem “We Are More” at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, has this week released a poignant spoken word video poem to raise awareness about bullying. Published three days ago on February 19th, as of today the video has already received 2,488,157 views. Click to learn more about the To This Day Project and help spread his message by liking and sharing Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day” video on YouTube.

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The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard Documentary

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Blog, Internet Freedom

This morning I watched The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard documentary on YouTube, thanks to a post I received in my inbox today linking me to Doktor Spinn‘s news update and link to the film posted on his blog yesterday.

The film by Simon Klose is being shared for free on Youtube and a number of other sites including The Pirate Bay, in keeping with principles of Internet freedom and democracy. For this reason I am sharing the film here too as recommended viewing for anyone interested in safeguarding a free and open Internet.

I think the film is a good overview of the legal battle the peer-to-peer file-sharing site’s founders faced following a 2006 raid and subsequent court-order to shut the site down following allegations of copyright violations. The film also provides some insight into The Pirate Bay’s origins and shows the founders at their best and worst as their case is heard in the courts.

The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard is a documentary that prompts important questions about the economics of intellectual property in an age where information wants to be free and openly shared on the Internet.

Highly recommended.

For more information check out Openmedia.ca and the Declaration of Internet Freedom. Also see Google’s Take Action and The Internet Archive (hosting one of my favourite free archives, the online repository of the Prelinger Archives founded by my main hero, Rick Prelinger).

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