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Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Google Sky

It is no secret that I love Google Earth . There have been rumours over the past couple of months of a celestial version. Tomorrow Google will release Google Sky which will be an add-on to Google Earth. One of the really cool features of the program is that you will be able to click a button and the world flips around showing you how the sky would look from that particular location. You will be able to see the position of seven planets and the moon for up to two months ahead. I am really looking forward to taking a look at it tomorrow. It might just replace the Stellarium project I downloaded recently...
Monday, 20 August 2007

Werner Paddle Problem

I called Werner Paddles today as have been having problems with my Ikelos Paddle. Over the past couple of months the Ferrule has been getting loose and it is really starting to wiggle. Not sure why. When I adjust it to a different angle, it tightens back up again. I called them today and got a Return Authorization number to send it back. Werner said that it is likely under warranty but they would need to see the paddle before making the final call. I'm in a bit of a bind as I need the paddle for Labour day weekend in two weeks as I'm teaching a Paddle Canada Level 2 course in Georgian Bay. The paddle currently isn't working great as it is so I'm going to take the chance and courier it out tomorrow. Werner said they were going to make it a priority to get it back out the door for me. I will let you know how it turns out. BTW - I absolutely love the paddle. I went short and bought the 210cm bent small shaft. Take one for a test drive if you are able to, you won't want to come back to shore.
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After catching up on my latest celebrity gossip, I found this little clip and couldn't resist posting. Celebrities are soooo much better then we are... Justin Timberlake, chilling aboard a pal's yacht anchored in Marina del Rey bay, watched idly as two preteen boys paddling in a kayak suddenly stood up, began a mock sword fight using their paddles - and instantly capsized their craft, spilling into the drink!   When neither boy surfaced right away,Timberlake - in shorts and a shirt - quickly dove over the side and swam about 200 feet to where the youngsters had finally popped up. Visibly frightened, the boys were trying to right the unstable kayak - and retrieve the life jackets they should have been wearing. Justin ordered them to hold onto him, righting the kayak just as the kids' father came scooting up on a Sea-Doo.

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