Tuesday, 25 September 2007 16:53

Google Street View

Google's Street View Car
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

Tuesday, 25 September 2007 06:29

Do you know this guy?

Authorities hope to identify this kayaker as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Marianne DeMartin of Evesham.
Authorities hope to identify this kayaker as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Marianne DeMartin of Evesham.
The Burlington County, NJ Prosecutor's Office released an unidentified man's photograph Monday as part of a continuing investigation into the disappearance of an Evesham woman two years ago this week.

Investigators don't feel that he is a suspect in the case but a photograph of the bearded man was downloaded into DeMartin's laptop computer a couple of weeks before she disappeared on September 23, 2005.

"Quite frankly we don't have any fresh leads in the case right now . . . but this (photograph) in no way, shape or form should be interpreted to mean this is a suspect or a person of interest," Bernardi said.

Her family recently lunched a website (www.mariannedemartin.com) to collect information on her disappearance.

More info: courierpostonline.com
2007 Paddle for Clean WaterMembers from the Surfrider Foundation - Sebastian Inlet Chapter want to remind all watermen and women, as well beachgoers of all ages, that the annual Paddle for Clean Water is scheduled to take place this Sunday, September 23, 2007, at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral.
Rapid Media, publishers of Kayak Angler magazine, announces the creation of two new film categories in its 2008 Reel Paddling Film Festival and World Tour. The two new categories are Best Kayak Fishing Film and Best Instructional Paddling Film.
Thursday, 13 September 2007 18:00

Busy weekend for paddlers

This weekend is shaping up to be a busy weekend for paddlers here in North America. There are two large events taking place.

West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium
The West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium takes place September 14-16, 2007. Located at Fort Worden State Park Conference Center in Port Townsend, Washington, it is a weekend-long festival with activities and events for paddlers of all ages and paddling abilities.

Speakers at the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium include Bryan Smith, Wendy Killoran, Derek Hutchinson, Dubside, Shawna Franklin & Leon Somme.

MEC Paddlefest
Also taking place in Toronto is MEC Paddlefest. Paddlefest is an urban celebration of canoeing, kayaking, and dragon boating. The day will feature learning opportunities on water and on land. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome.

Speakers include: Paul Mason, Becky Mason, Kelly Blades, Erik Ogaard and Yours truly.

I'm totally looking forward to it.

Last year was the ORCKA AGM the same day so I couldn't go as I was sitting on the board at the time. This year they moved it to next weekend. That made sense.

MEC Paddlefest


Thursday, 13 September 2007 17:36

Injured by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

Harry Potter I'm going bald. I have known then for years but I recently was made aware of it again when a scar appeared through the thinning shoreline. I haven't seen it since I was 7. I don't really remember a whole lot except for tears and stitches.

I have decided to tell people that I got the scar from Lord Voldermort since it prickles every once and a while.

I will fill you in if I start to see visions.

Thursday, 13 September 2007 17:16

Trouble at Eagle Bluff

Looks like an outfitter in Okalahoma has been a little naughtily and gotten caught. It seems that Eagle Bluff Resort tried to sell 110 state-issued flotation licenses to a competitor. To purchase them from the state, it costs $5. They tried to sell them to a competitor who was looking for them for $500 each. A nice tidy profit of over 10,000 percent.

They sent a contract to Arrowhead Camp asking them to sign the contract and send a deposit of $5,000.

A quote from the cover letter: "The offer is not made to make profit on our investment, so the price and the terms are not open to negotiation."

"I am constantly amazed when I learn more about this underground currency," said State Sen. Jim Wilson. "You cannot sell state property. These float operators try to treat the licenses as chattel. They try to get bank loans using their license capacity as proof of potential income. They don't own the licenses. They are not collateral."

There has got to be more to this story as there are always two sides to it. I mean, who send a notarized contact over to a competitor asking them to pay cash when you haven't even been approved for the permits yet? It just leaves you open for...well, you know...bad press.

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Jackson Kayak LogoClaiming it is the Number One Jackson Kayak boat yet to be released, Jackson Kayak will re-introduce the Hero series of river running boats in time for Christmas.
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 20:00

Site Tip - kayakpaddling.net

kayakpaddling.net My friend Serge Savard just directed me to kayakpaddling.net. It is an animated Sea Kayak Instruction website. It has full flash animations on all the basic information for somebody just getting started into kayaking.

It's absolutely fantastic and I'm completely blown away.

Thanks for the tip Serge!

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