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2011-09-12 09:14 am

The Mynarski Lancaster - and more

Have you ever wanted to see the Mynarski Memorial Avro Lancaster at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum? 

You can, through a series of Virtual Reality images that I have created and made available, aloing with a lot of images of the warplane collection, and the flying at the 2011 Canadian International Airshow.

enjoy.
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2011-06-09 01:58 pm

jetsicles and stuff

I don't spend much time on Live Journal or Dreamwidth - nope - I write at my blog as it is advertisement free and it allows me to use a wide range of media with ease. If you'd like to read part of my life you are encouraged to go read "Love me as I am". For now, here's a youtube version of my February 2011 walk around the Air Force Museum of Canada.

I'm the first and only person to have been granted to permission to trudge around in the snow.




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2011-03-24 10:03 am

The Bill survives

CBC just reported that while business (as in bills) before the House and Senate ‘die’ when the government is disolved, private member bills SURVIVE.
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2011-03-22 09:28 am

Snowy Birds

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more images here...
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2011-03-07 05:24 pm

My kitty

My kitty is pretty - pretty dumb




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2011-03-07 10:21 am

Razzle dazzle

 

more images here
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2011-03-05 11:22 pm

Guitar geekery

In this little experiment with my camera I decided to turn the lights off and illuminate a few guitars with a flash flight. To add to the fun I used a flashlight that with batteries that were almost dead.






 


A Hofner base


Indie Blond


Ovation


Fender F-80


And of course, the Fender Telecaster.This image is probably the best of the lot in terms of technique, but some of the others are more artistic?


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2011-02-12 08:41 am

Sneakers, heels and boots

 Heels? I try to avoid them as they are not comfortable and are a right bother to walk in at the best of times – try walking in the snow, on grass or on the beach.

Nope – give me my sneakers or boots and I’m a happy camper.

Just to be fair I will mention that I like flip-flops, sandals and flats – especially Mary Janes as they are comfy and stylish.

Not great for rock climbing though.

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2011-02-09 08:46 am

Gender Reality - a new blog

 Yes... a new blog that serves a new purpose - including trying to help those in the military.
http://genderreality.wordpress.com/
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2011-02-05 08:32 am

New Research on Discrimination of Transgender & Genderqueer Folks

 A study by By Dr. Charlie Glickman, Injustice at Every Turn is an impressive accomplishment by the he National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF). The researchers surveyed 6540 transgender and gender non-conforming people in every US state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A synopsis is here...
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2010-12-11 07:55 am

Familiar faces

You'll probably never see remembering names, dates and phone numbers on the list of things that I am skilled at - that being said I did recognize three people last night, people that I have met several times but have not seen for a few months.

A triage nurse, an emergency room doctor and a trauma nurse. Yup - I recognized them and they remembered me from my last visit which was as a result of a lost epi-pen, a wasp and anaphylactic shock. This time there was no wasp but I was just as scared as I was bleeding - not a little bit but lots.

The same area has the same damn granulation tissue and holy moly I'm really tired of this.

I had seen Barwin a few weeks previously, which resulted in him suggesting I try Bactroban on the granulation tissue. No change. I emailed Brassard about it Friday morning and at his request sent him some images of the area later in the day. No reply yet.

Around 5:30 pm I started bleeding profusely, with a drip, drip on the floor and into the toilet. Off to the hospital, into the ER and a look by the nice doctor. He asks if I have been having lots of sex - the area is raw, red, torn and, as they like to say, angry. This time he thinks I have a fungal infection and possibly a staph infection so he had the nice trauma nurse (a guy and he's cute) plumb me up and shoot an IV cocktail of antibiotic, antifungal and a few other goodies into me. Owie.

Today it's off to get three prescriptions filled - this time I will be on the antibiotic and antifungal for 30 days. If I don't improve rapidly it will be IV delivery to kick my system into gear.

10 Months - I'm tired of this,
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2010-11-23 06:25 pm

Ottawa TDOR derailed

This is a lengthy posting and perhaps a controversial one.

In my opinion we can only bring about change and garner acceptance of BDSM, sexuality and gender by projecting a positive image - to do otherwise is counterproductive and reinforces the social stigma that many face on a daily basis.

This is what I base my opinion on.

The Ottawa Police Service observed the Transgender Day of Remembrance by unveilling a banner at its headquarters. The banner will be on display in an effort to commemorate this event and raise public awareness. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was established to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender or anti-transsexual hatred or prejudice.

A Transgender March to Parliament Hill followed the flag raising ceremony in support of Bill C-389 which will add Gender Identity and Gender Expression to the Canadian Human Rights Code.

The unprecedented cooperation between the police and the transgender community was overshadowed, as was the message from Parliament read by Bill Siskay when the story was covered in the media across Canada, including the Vacouver Sun "Transgender rights activists arrested in Ottawa".

Despite 200 people marching and only 2 protesters arrested. the focus of the day is shifted from the positive such as Ottawa transgender community remembers, elebrates and Ottawa Police observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Instead we see No ‘trust’ of police in transgender community: Activist, Trans activists question police conduct, and Transgender rights activists arrested in Ottawa.

Bill Siksay’s bill, C-389, adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and amends the hate crimes and sentencing provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada. I have stood face to face with Mr.Siksay and have listened to him describe the procedural path that bill C-389 will follow - the bill does face opposition from people who describe it as a "bathroom bill" that will enable perverts to play in the women's washroom. People need to see that transgender people are just people - not clowns or caricatures of women or men, and are for the most part are normal people.

Great, a momentous event overshadowed by the actions of the few. Who do you think the voters, the parliamentarians and members of the senate will think of as the bill progresses? Is it likely that another police department will try to bridge the gap between transgender people after what happened to the Ottawa police?

Now to the crunch - in my opinion, we will bring about change as a result of presenting ourselves as well spoken, articulate and rationale people. Ranting and raving is not a successful strategy for change. We will gain acceptance by acting in a responsible manner, albeit while having fun. Civil disobedience simply does not work - perhaps it was necessary in the past, but not now.

Pride parades across Canada present a positive image of the LGB communities. It's an image that portrays people having fun at the expense of no one, people who are just themselves. I marched in a few parades this year as part of the Op Connection and was almost overcome with emotion at warmth and acceptance that was afforded to a contingent of men in women in uniform. We did not hurl insults at civilians, heterosexuals or (in my case) 'vanillas' - to do so would have made us look like fools instead of demonstrating by our presence that gay and lesbian people are just normal people.

When my marriage broke up I became involved with the Victoria BDSM scene, and in a full time relationship that involved aspects of kink. I also became involved in a custody battle with my ex - one that despite mention of my involvement in BDSM, was resolved by following the simple advice of 'winning by being reasonable' and letting the the other party rant and rave.

Furthering our goal of acceptance whether it be as gay men or lesbian women, kinky people or transgender people will require the projection of a positive image, one that shows that we are just normal people.

During the Edmonton Taboo Sex Show,  my friend Jennifer was interviewed by Brenda Kerber - I'd encourage you to read the article as published, both for the message and as an example of projecting a positive image.

Pictures of the Ottawa ceremony, the march and the rally at Parliament Hill are here

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2010-10-06 11:25 am

Camp Picton

For those of you who appreciate Canada's Worst Driver, all things Air Force or ever had the pleasure of spending a few weeks in an H-uit,well, have I got a deal for you.



More of the story, a link to 71 pictures from Camp Picton and a tale about how I wound up on the airfield runways are all awaiting you here.
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2010-10-01 04:53 pm

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Hearing a horrible racket I rushed into the living room to see that the commotion was about.

There was my crocomadile (or is that alimagator?) playing with my kitty.


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2010-09-10 05:22 pm

(NSFW) pastor nut job... Terry Jones

warning - slamming idiots like Jones and probably offensive to most religulous types...
fairly warned. )
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2010-09-02 08:44 am

Social dilution

Migration and retention of existing contacts is one immediate issue that I am encountering with Dreamwidth. I'm begrudgingly using this service - only because it is such an incredible bother to keep in touch with people who cross post between here and LiveJournal yet only read comments here.

Anyhow...