Return to the land of the rising sun

I lived and worked in Tokyo for three months immediately after finishing my undergraduate degree. I’d never been to Asia and I’d barely eaten any Japanese food. But, I applied for a working holiday visa, packed a bag, and bought a one way ticket to Tokyo. A good friend was already there, so it was a soft landing. I did experience some culture shock but it was insanely fun. I was pretty focused on working and didn’t get the chance to travel much beyond the Tokyo area.

This year, to celebrate my niece’s graduation from high school, I offered to take her on a trip anywhere in the world. She chose Japan. So, it was time to return to the land of the rising sun.

After reading the Lonely Planet Japan book and hundreds of travel blogs, I landed on an aggressive itinerary that would give us a good exposure to some highlights of Japan with a side visit to Hong Kong and across to mainland China to visit a friend living in Shenzhen.

Stay tuned for more details and some hazy pictures.

Thirteen: a mash-up project

Check out this video/mapping mash-up completed earlier this year. Thirteen explores 13 Toronto neighbourhoods designated as a priority for investment in Toronto.

Hazy Pictures 3.0 – Pixelated magic since 1996

Warts and all, this site has been on the world wide web since 1996, long before blogs and content management systems were available.

Version 1.0 of the Hazy Pictures website was created in 1996 on a Mac Classic using PageMill 2.0 and uploaded to a local webhost, the now defunct Interlog.net, using a 28.8K dial-up modem. (Do you remember how they sounded?) The files are backed up on floppy disks that I can no longer access. The site was constructed using frames. Version 1.5 was created when the domain name hazypictures.com was registered in June 1999, however the site was still coded using frames with Dreamweaver 2.0 and uploaded to a newer host, pair.com, with a speedy 56k modem.

screenshot of HPI version 2.0Version 2.0 was launched sometime in 2007 when I finally learned about semantic mark-up and web standards. It was coded using a freeware code editor. Hosting was moved to crystaltech.com.

Today, version 3.0 of the Hazy Pictures website is launched using WordPress, an open source platform that supports both web standards and semantic markup, plus it has lots of great widgets and themes. The site is being uploaded to my latest web host, Canadian Web Hosting, using Rogers High Speed Lite. (Soon I will be with TekSavvy, I hope.)

I have never claimed to be a graphic designer, which is quite obvious when you look back at these old versions using the Way Back Machine. But even the 1996 1.0 version of CBC’s website looks funny.

Congrats to Quarter Life Cancer, winner of Amazing Grace Award at BreastFest

Thank you to all those who visited the Breast Fest Film Festival site and voted for their favorite films. Mammogram was a finalist but did not take the big prize.

Congratulations to filmmaker Tara-Lee Novak, whose film, Quarter Life Cancer, will be awarded the Amazing Grace Award for Best Short Film, a $1,500 cash prize, and flown to Toronto to present her film at the Breast Fest Film Festival, November 19-21, 2010.

Mammogram is in competition at Breast Fest

Mammogram, starring Megan Dunlop and Mary Margaret O’Hara, has been selected as one of eight films in competition at Rethink Breast Cancer’s Breast Fest Short Film Festival. Watch the films and then vote for your favorite.

Mammogram, starring Megan Dunlop and Mary Margaret O’Hara, has been selected as one of eight films in competition at Rethink Breast Cancer’s Breast Fest Short Film Festival.

 

Breast Fest Film FestivalThe third annual Breast Fest Film Festival will be taking place November 19-21, 2010 at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. The winning filmmaker will be awarded the Amazing Grace Award for Best Short Film, a $1,500 cash prize, and flown to Toronto to present his/her film at the Breast Fest Film Festival, November 19-21, 2010.

Tell your friends to check it out at http://bit.ly/breastFest.

Goldirocks DVD & Soundtrack available

The long-awaited Goldirocks DVD is available now! Special features include deleted scenes, director’s commentary and ‘Stoner Guys’ commentary, with digitally re-mastered sound and picture!

Order your copy of the DVD at dvd@goldirocks.com, or the official soundtrack at soundtrack@goldirocks.com, courtesy of Rubber Road Records.

Goldirocks wins “Best Indie Feature” at the LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles

Goldirocks was a crowd pleaser at the LA Femme Film Festival, with enthusiastic audiences chanting “Goldi! Goldi!” during sold-out screenings.

Director Paula Tiberius accepted the award for Best Indie Feature.

Hazy Pictures compiliation DVD now available

Watch all eight Hazy Pictures short films on one convenient DVD. Great for those with low bandwidth.

Order your Hazy Pictures compilation DVDs today.