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My summer break — May

  • 11th Sep, 2007 at 9:31 AM

It's been such a long time since I've written anything to you, my faithful readers. Life became so hectic and hurried that I barely had time to use a computer. In fact, it's been about three months since I last wrote anything substantive on the Internet.

I think that a lot of this has been fall-out from working on computers too much. Really, I had a brief spat where I stopped using a computer completely. You should have seen the size of my inbox when I returned. As such, the writing bug has come less frequently and less passionately than before. I suspect a bit of my photography has suffered as well, but it's really starting to come back.

Since you all like looking at pictures, I think I'll pull out a bunch to show you.

Alexandre St-Onge
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

madamewoo and I went to see our friend Freida perform her experimental electronic musical composition.

I know nothing about electronic music but I do know something about pictures. Alexander, whom I don't know, put a distintegrating stuffed animal on his head, walked up to the front, and nodded so that stuffing fell all about him..

Whit Diffie and Bruce Schneier
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I did a small bit with this year's Computers Freedom and Privacy, held in Montréal. Mostly I did a little research on party planning and did a bit of the advertising. Since this was a privacy conference, there are no public pictures from our little soirée.

However, I am allowed to post photos of the fascinating open panel discussion.

Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

This was actually a summer full of conferences, which is something I'm quite pleased about. Evan Prodromou helped organize RoCoCo Camp, which centres around wikis and other collaborate on-line spaces.

He also introduced me to OpenSpace, which was so successful I think the next BarCamp should employ it.

For ALL your glass needs
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

Next, I flew to Edmonton to shoot a friend's wedding. My mom and I wandered the streets for the first few days, taking in the sights.

Downtown Edmonton is rather deserted for the May long weekend, we only saw the homeless walking around the deserted Chinatown district.

Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

West Edmonton Mall fared a lot better. The shoppers were out in full force and couples were dragging each other into the various shops.

We snuck into the fairground and took some pictures of the rides. This rollercoaster seemed quite popular, though since I'm deathly afraid of heights, I knew better than to climb aboard.

Domed roof
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

After all that glitz and excitement, Mom decided that we should take in some of the cultural sights. The Alberta Legislature Building is actually quite gorgeous, with a surprising tropical garden at the top of its domed roof.

Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

For the stag party, I tagged along with the bride and groom as they went on a whirlwind tour in a white limousine. We managed to end up at a bar where the guests got rather hammered. After a few rounds of pool, people were getting tired so I called the driver and dropped people off at their hotels.

Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I returned home to a forlorn kitty cat.

He ignored me for a few hours but then decided that he was far happier posing in front of the camera.

Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

Sadly, we noticed that the bathroom sink had clogged up while I was away. My efforts to clear the clog were futile, so the landlord called the plumber. Who used a drain snake, then disassembled the sink, then tore out the wall, before asking “is this floor made of wood?”

Madamewoo looked at me with horror as the workman got out his hacksaw. Well, that's how we started the bathroom renovation project and were forced to find alternate bathrooms for about two weeks.


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11th Sep, 2007 16:44 (UTC)
Thank you!

The plumbing situation sorted itself eventually and now I have a bathtub that I can lounge in. This one fact makes me very, very happy. :)
11th Sep, 2007 22:53 (UTC)
Hey Simon! Looks like you've been busy in a good way-

Having a big bathtub is a real pleasure- in fact, I think I have something to give you if I can get to the post office sometime this week-

Good seeing you :)
12th Sep, 2007 13:08 (UTC)
Well, it is not a big bathtub. I can barely fit in it. But it is a bath nonetheless.

It's good to be back!
11th Sep, 2007 14:45 (UTC)
As usual, nice pix. Glad to see you posting again, but do you mind putting some of it behind a cut. It's awfully long.
11th Sep, 2007 16:51 (UTC)
Thank you!
11th Sep, 2007 14:52 (UTC)
Welcome back to the land of the self-absorbed screen-starers! We missed you!
11th Sep, 2007 16:00 (UTC)
also, as usual, your photos are magnificent
11th Sep, 2007 16:51 (UTC)
I missed you guys too! I haven't been keeping up with LiveJournal as much as I've meant to.
11th Sep, 2007 21:29 (UTC)
Welcome back! Nice pictures, and glad to see you posting again.
12th Sep, 2007 13:07 (UTC)
12th Sep, 2007 13:21 (UTC)
Those are delightful; thanks for sharing! I particularly like the cat one, and yeah, the hacksaw. [grin]
12th Sep, 2007 14:10 (UTC)
Thank you! I'll let Timin know that he has a new fan.
13th Sep, 2007 03:06 (UTC)
13th Sep, 2007 18:50 (UTC)
13th Sep, 2007 17:26 (UTC)
That "breaking" pic is fucking awesome!!!!
13th Sep, 2007 18:50 (UTC)
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