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Thursday, 27 September 2007

Dog PFD's

NRS Dog PFD Do you have a dog? Do you like to take your dog out in the boat? Have you considered getting a pfd for your dog? When I ask people that question, I always get a weird look. I'm now prepared for it. Dog owners always have an idea that their dog is a great swimmer, that's true most dogs love the water and are very good swimmers but just like ourselves, they can get tired very easily and just like humans they can keep swimming chasing after something interesting and not realize how tired they are until it is to late. I have personally witnessed a golden lab come within a hair's breath of drowning. The pooch was retrieving a stick from the water that the owner threw out when it saw some ducks, which were way more interesting (of course). The dog decided to swim after them but couldn't quite catch the ducks. Around and around they went with the owner frantically calling after the dog to come back to shore. When a passing kayaker got between the dog and the ducks, the dog realised how tired he was and started to panic. Thankfully he wasn't far form shore (200 feet or so) but by the time he swam back to shore the only thing are the surface was the very top of his head and little nose breathing like mad. The dog completely collapsed on shore. If you have a dog that likes the water, get a pfd. We used to have a dog and she loved it purely because she was lazy. It enabled her to just float on the surface of the water without having to do anything. It was very funny to watch how excited she was when she discovered she could do it. Where do I find one? They are a little tricky to find as most shops don't see them. A couple of the larger pet food supply stores will carry them or can order one in for you. Like human PFD's, most aren't very well designed. Look for wide…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007

New White Light LEDs Developed

It looks like scientists in India have been able to make considerable steps towards developing a pure white LED. Up until now, our headlamps have only been able to pump out blue and yellowish colours. The new LEDs are based on a new phosphor from semiconductor nanocrystals of cadmium sulfide mixed with manganese. It produces a stable shade of white light that remains constant over time and appears superior in overall performance in comparison to previous generations of white LEDs. The practical uses to achieving a white light would be for household and office lighting systems. And yes, your headlamp so you can blind your friends while standing around talking at night... LED Primer: merg.org.uk More info: physorg.com
Spend the evening with not only a renowned kayaker, but also a renowned female kayaker. Devon is the World Surf Kayak Champion, a 2-time National Freestyle Kayak Champion, a National Certified Board Educator, and the creator of Dare to Kayak.
Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Google Street View

Google's Street View Car Today Sean and I were walking back to work from Tim Hortans here in downtown Toronto when we saw one of the Google Street View cars drove by. It was shooting photos of Bay Street. So, when they finally release Street View for the Toronto region, you might just see us there. We actually were walking along one of the side dead end streets when it passed us. About a block down the road, it turned around and passed us going the other way. Knowing it was going to come back, we ran over and sat on a rock in a park and tried to look like supermodels. We sat apart on purpose so it wouldn't look like we were holding hands... What is Street View you ask? Where have you been? It is an add-on to Google Maps. Zoom into a major US city like New York or San Fran. Once you zoom into the downtown core, you will see a little Street View button appear. Click over and bring on the good times. Looking for one of the REI's in San Fran? Here is a link. As you can see, there is plenty of parking on the other side of the street. I found a photo of the Chevy Cobalt car that Google uses. The car we saw today had California plates so it looks like they shipped up the fleet to Toronto. Strapped to the top of the car was a funny looking 360 degree camera that is used to take the photos. You can find lots of good technical information on Gizmodo. As you can see, we I get excited about the little things...
I couldn't be there but I have been activity reading other blog updates on the highlights of the 2007 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium. It seems that everybody is gaga over Dubside's new black Sterling's Kayak. It looks like a real work of art indeed! The dates have been set for next year's symposium. Book your plane tickets now for September 19, 20 & 21, 2008! Below is a list of links to thoughts and highlights of the weekend: Dubside's Ice Kap - Kayak Wendy State of the Art - The Dash Point Pirate Fire Dance With Me - The Dash Point Pirate Sweetwater wins the 2nd Annual IR Vacation to Hell - Kayak Journal Podcast West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium Highlights - The Dash Point Pirate

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