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Kingston 2014
Kingston 2014

This is my favourite photo of Kingston.  Yeah, I know, it’s been doctored with some silly Photoshop antics, but it manages to captures the uniqueness of the city in a manner that only someone who has lived there would appreciate.  The old S&R department store, a mainstay of downtown Kingston closed in 2009, but has […]

Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5

I mulled about this purchase for quite awhile.  The K-5 is probably the best DSLR produced by Pentax to date, and it caved in the competition when was first released.  It is a 2010 model though and part of me was desperately in love with the silver edition (why Pentax doesn’t make this absolutely gorgeous […]

Goodbye King Pen
Goodbye King Pen

Despite running a tough-on-crime agenda, tabling the obnoxious omnibus punishment legislation, scaring votes out of the public and promising to BUILD sixteen billion dollars worth of new prisons across the country, our wonderful Conservative Government of Canada (note how I use their descriptive terminology of choice…because I sure do not feel they deserve the title […]

Coffee in the Peace
Coffee in the Peace

When I lived in Nanjing, I wrote a short piece on the various coffee joints found scattered around that great city (that must now be horribly out of date) and I did the same for when I lived in Kingston, including my not-so-flattering thoughts on the Starbucks off the 401.  Lacking any decent cafe’s I […]

Eating Flies @ Lemoine Point
Eating Flies @ Lemoine Point

Kingston is experiencing some kind of fly breeding season.  Millions of these little bastards are infesting the airspaces and while they are merely a nuisance to pedestrians, they are down right nasty when you are riding.  I rode out to Lemoine Point this afternoon and came back covered head to toe in little black flies.  […]

SURP 2008 – 2010
SURP 2008 – 2010

In September 2008 I wrote my first SURP-related blog entry.  I was hoping to have some more inspired thoughts for my last entry in an attempt to jive with the first, yet my head remains firmly incapacitated from a very long night of liver abuse.  So I don’t.  I’ve just got this photo. Two years.  […]

Beer Tasting with Big Rock Brewery
Beer Tasting with Big Rock Brewery

Every once in awhile Queen’s Alumni Association holds events such as networking 101, wine tasting and how to tie-a-tie.  I’m already quite good with the double windsor, and I don’t like wine.  There.  I said it. I do like beer and was quite happy when I heard that Big Rock Brewery was holding a beer-tasting […]

Portsmouth Village
Portsmouth Village

Although I don’t really live in Portsmouth Village, I like to say I do.  Technically, I live in Alwington neighbourhood, which is right on the eastern edge of Portsmouth Village.  Close enough.  *tangent* – recently (past three months or so) I’ve noticed that I’m becoming more ambivalent (than usual)  toward planning research.  As identified in […]

Walking: Second Class Citizen?
Walking: Second Class Citizen?

I’ve was working on a brief regarding the walking/cycling school bus methodology for one of my classes when I came across this quote in one of the papers I was reading: Despite  the  accepted  health  benefits  of  walking,  in  some Western  cities  it  has  become  an almost  counter-cultural  activity,  and  ‘a  sign  of powerlessness  or  […]

Yellow Bikes

I beat the crap out of my old Bianchi this winter.  After several months of winter riding I have no brakes that work, a busted front derailleur that barely shifts and the rear derailleur is completely stuck…meaning I’m constantly pedaling in high gear.  I rode for awhile with a braking system that hardly worked, but […]

Last Train Home
Last Train Home

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival screened Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home this past Sunday afternoon. While the train and station scenes brilliantly visualize the annual railway struggle, the film is more about the shaky situation of the migrant worker family in 21st century China.  From the richest Shanghai families down to the poorest migrants, China […]

Vancouver Twenty-Ten Finish

Since it is being compared to Paul Henderson’s 1972 goal (which is an important piece of Canadian history) it seems fitting that I should mention where I was for Sidney Crosby’s massive 2010 gold medal winning overtime goal over Team USA. @ The Duke – Kingston, Ontario with my friends and colleagues from SURP. We […]

The Most Dangerous Coffee in Kingston
The Most Dangerous Coffee in Kingston

I’m in a transit planning class and our first assignment has us evaluating an intermodal journey.  This basically means we have to walk, skip and jump our way to another city via the street, public transit and some sort of other non-car mode…then write about what we liked and didn’t.  Grad School is tough (honestly […]

Lonely Planet – Mackenzie, B.C.
Lonely Planet – Mackenzie, B.C.

Wandering around the downtown yesterday landed myself inside a rather busy Indigo bookstore.  Whenever I’m in an Indigo/Chapters I have a routine route I take.  I’ll wander the new releases (trade/paper/hard), move through the ‘theme’ tables, then meander upstairs the the ultra ‘no-one-would-pay-normal-price’ discounted publications.  This is followed by a stop at the travel section.  […]

Winter Ride

The uber-urban citizens of Copenhagen ride like crazy during the winter. Canadians…who like to pride themselves on their rustic hardiness and terrified of winter and snow.  I’ve the one or two public meetings I’ve attended regarding transportation (one was in terms of transit, the other, cycling) tortured cries of “what about the snow?” in an […]

2010
2010

Seven years of website fun! I suppose I could have waited until a 10 year operational anniversary, but…I needed a good topic for the first post of the year. Connected with descendents of my Great Uncle’s Typhoon squadron Was provided information regarding a memorial cairn created for my Great-Uncle in France. Acquired a long-term internet […]

2010 Olympic Torch Relay – Portsmouth Harbour

This will be my second Olympic Torch experience and I find that rather odd given that I’m can be indifferent regarding Torch relays.  Yet the flame keeps stalking me… First, it was Nanjing, city of 6 million….right past my apartment accompanied by 500,000 screaming well-wishers. Now it’s tiny Kingston…this time it is on a boat, […]

Cambodian Restaurants in Kingston

I’ve always felt that Kingston has a rather diverse dining scene for it’s size.  A quick yellow pages survey reveals over 250 restaurants in the City leading to a ratio of about 450 people/restaurant. I have no idea if that number is high or low, or even means anything, and I’m too lazy to sort […]

Prison Land

Why would I be mentioning King Penitentiary?  I often walk past it on my way down to Portsmouth Village and usually there is line of vehicles parked in front of the King Street entrance.  Visitors.  It is a rather depressing sight actually.  I often wonder who they are visiting.  Kingston Penitentiary is home to some […]

The Pig You Know

After the rules of Monopoly: City, (a board game designed for those eight and up) perplexed a group of graduate students (apparently city planners-in-training) it was quickly decided that throwing rubber pigs around a table for abstract points was a far better use of post-Thanksgiving Dinner time. The rubber pigs are the lead players in […]

Bianchi

As I’m writing this I’m reading the instructions for my calculator – apparently one should never attempt to dispose their calculator by burning it…good to know Casio is looking out for me *puts away lighter. Last week I ordered a custom-made used bike and I received it yesterday. Yellow Bike Action is a neat idea.  […]

Payphones

I presently don’t own a phone, having stepped on my low-end Nokia while in India representing the 6th destroyed/lost mobile in 6 years.  In addition to that loss, I broke my Pentax, and melted my notebook AC adapter… Canada still appears to retain a large number of the ubiquitous public payphones yet they can be […]

Why I went into Urban Planning
Why I went into Urban Planning

To play with models of course! Unfortunately, I never actually get to play with them, and rarely see them either.  The closest I’ve gotten to any kind of urban modelling is my crappy AutoCAD brownfield redevelopment I did last year…and I really cannot stress the adjective ‘crappy’ enough Chicago Urban Model vs. Davis Tannery Site, […]

Campus Space
Campus Space

Interestingly enough, I was thinking about public spaces this morning as I walked through the desolate, abandoned landscape that is Queen’s University – Reading Week Edition.  One of the things I admire about the Queen’s campus is the way it effortlessly incorporates itself within the surrounding urban space, streets and fabric. The municipal streets slice […]

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