# Apparently I can climb up and down 27 flights of hotel stairs in about six minutes. #UnitedWay #Fundraising
19 Nov 02015 at lunchtime
The Cheque is in the Mail

It’s official… I guess. After some peer pressure, I put on the group organizer hat and registered us a team for the 2016 Banff-Jasper Relay. We’d been talking and planning, but until that payment disappeared into the mail slot it was all largely hypothetical. Alas… we’re on. Stay tuned.

19 Nov 02015 | asides & shorts | running
The (new) RAW Deal

Interesting to photographers, the site PetaPixel reported that Reuters news service will force it’s freelance journalists to shoot submitted photos in JPEG format rather than the more flexible –but much more labor-intensive– RAW format. While I understand the many technical advantages of the RAW format, allowing serious and professional photogs to enhance their pics and bring out the best in their photography –and while I don’t think I would have called this move by Reuters– I can’t say that I’m too surprised. The article cites workflow speed as one of the factors contributing to the decision, but also states that “Reuters Pictures must reflect reality” –an interesting notion hinting at the relative importance of ideas of morality and standards in reporting, over other gauges of quality. It is one that has personally affected my decision to (usually) skip the whole RAW function in my pictures. Yes, my photos may become objectively “better” using RAW more frequently but the idea of tweaking an tuning colours to create that so-called “better” inside the computer has never sat well with me, particularly as a (non-pro) guy who takes photos to preserve moments in time. I’m not making art: I’m documenting my life, and I think Reuters has drawn an interesting, if contentious, line in the sand on this one. But I can’t say I disagree with it.

The Story So Far…

writing 

18 Nov 02015 | 4 minutes of your time

I’m going to (in honest modestly) say it’s coming out as some of the best damn shit I’ve ever put on paper.

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Leaky bathroom faucet... with only a few speed-bumps along the way.
a sums & pieces for 18 Nov 02015
# After much, much, much writing... the goal is now two thirds complete for NaNoWriMo 2015. The story? It's gonna be longer than fifty thousand words, I think.
17 Nov 02015
Not Wanted on the Voyage (25.1) Finally

books & reading 

17 Nov 02015 | 3 minutes of your time

… a copy which sat on my shelf for… oh, let’s call it twenty years…

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Technically... today. we had a fundraising chili cook-off lunch for the United Way this afternoon.
a sums & pieces for 17 Nov 02015
Winter Running with Attitude

On the radio this past week there has been some ongoing banter about participating in sports in the (local) winter. They were discussing the value of –specifically– cycling in winter, but for the parts that I heard there was a lot that could be translated into advice on running in winter, too… well, apart from the bits about studded tires. It did get me thinking: despite its late arrival this year, the snow is presumably coming. It’s already pretty cold out, and its only a matter of time before getting outdoors in the deep chill becomes more a chore than a joy. That said (and in light of what they were discussing on the radio) I really do think it has as much to do with our perception of the cold than the actual feel of it. After all, we’re all hardy Canadians. We get this weather six months of the year, and if we really didn’t like it we’ve move away, right? So, here’s what I’ve decided: I’m going to put on an attitude shift this winter along with all my warm woolen running gear, and I’m going to try and think about (and of course write about) winter running is the sunniest light I can muster. That’s gotta be worth a few (psychological) degrees of extra warmth, right?

Room (24.3) Goodbye, Room

books & reading 

16 Nov 02015 | 3 minutes of your time

It was intense and made my brain hurt at times, but I liked it.

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Room (24.2) Without a View

books & reading | fatherhood 

16 Nov 02015 | 3 minutes of your time

My palms are a little sweaty and my heart is beating real fast…

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