Saturday, January 31, 2009

Alright - The red & white of Ottawa's back up and...maintenancing!

That Thursday night was pretty good for me. I made sure to watch the news and right away got the result I was hoping for: No more knocking about between meetings and votes and rumblings and thoughts and expectations: The notorious strike dealing with Ottawa's transit has now been done with. Forced back to work. Dealt with (sort of).
Here's a list of expected routes to be running shortly:

Feb. 1st (Monday): O-Train
Feb. 9th (Monday after that): Some rapid transit routes including 95, 97, etc., and some regular routes like the 86, and school routes (yay for me!)

Those are immediate routes being implemented, and not all of them or the entire service of them will be working, just some of them. The rest of the service will be slowly drafted in over the course of Spring, the latest express routes finally put to work by April, they expect. But it's good for me, as I only need to potentially wait a week or so before I can ride my 675 to school. 
There are also other benefits being considered such as allowing pass holders to continue to use their December passes and giving free rides and such. The city and the bus service are also taking into account the passengers and their frustrations they may take out on the drivers or service operators when they once again get on the bus, so they're planning on starting with having maybe two drivers per bus and anger counsellors at major stations.

All in all it is finally good to have the city's platelets running again. I say "platelets" because the city's blood is its traffic and people, and platelets in the human bloodstream assist in forming scabs and fixing leakages and maintaining arteries/veins so the metaphore works for buses in that they help maintain traffic overflow and crashes by giving people the option of riding them instead of taking their cars and contributing to the traffic snarls and higher risks of crashing and accidents.

Otherwise for me I've just finished my first semester courses and my math exam so next week is the beginning of my new courses. I'll be writing for a Barrhaven newspaper for co-op as well taking the photographs, which will be much better than last year as I sat in a basement office doing the same thing over and over last year. Plus then I have the usual English and photography.

It's the weekend of the Super Bowl - and as usual I have no interest in watching it. Rather, a special Office episode will be on so I'll be watching that instead. It will be interesting because the episode is getting a lot of media attention. Then on Monday I'm starting semester 2.

So there's my thoughts and news for the end of January. You know, I had a dream where I suddenly earned thousands from people clicking the ad at the top. But in reality I've made 4.91 since October and that's all due to my friends and family clicking it for me fifteen times. Really shows how realiable those things are, huh?

-Justin C.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bus Ride Magazine Special Issue/TV Formats

This is the new issue of "Bus Ride" Magazine. I did a few back in September and this is a new, special issue I came up with regarding Ottawa's current lack of Transit. I thought it would be a bit funny especially since I had such a good photo of a bus anyway.
The strike still isn't resolved. It won't be for awhile.
In other thoughts, something I saw last night really made me think. A new crime-solving show premiered last night, called Lie to Me, where the main character solves mysteries and crimes by carefully reading the suspect's expressions and body language.
That made me think, every problem-solving show has its own format. Numb3rs uses logistics and math to figure out crimes. House uses logic, analytical thinking and the socratic method to solve diseases and medical mysteries. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation uses forensic and medical science to come up with verdicts. This new show has the dominant character carefully scrutinizing every jitter, muscle tick and crinkle in the person's body language to see whether they're lying or not. He appears to be more eficient than a polygraph test.
So it's interesting seeing how every different problem-solving mystery drama show has its own method of tackling those questions.

Makes you think doesn't it?

-Justin C.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Up and running...again.

All fixed up. Again.

I'm online. Again.

What's there to happen? Again.

No more delays again. I intend on keeping this up. There's a reason I started this out. It keeps me focused on things. Writing is one thing I like to do. For example, I keep a journal and have done so for several years, updating on a weekly basis.
Yesterday was a good day. I reformated everything (again) and then got the Internet working (you know what I'd say here!). Now I'm open to writing again.
These days, instead of facing the deep-freeze weather I've been home, taking advantage of the remote shooting I can do with my new dSLR. I've made a few interesting time-lapse videos, and my first of a whole day, relatively. It went for eight hours, then my battery died. I need to acquire an adapter for the wall so it could go for hours, days, however long I want.  Then it would be very interesting.

I've got an idea for a future photo blog. My aunt over at Creative Blocks basically posts photos there whenever it's convienient for her. My inspiration for this is a site called [daily dose of imagery], alternately called "WVS," or "topleftpixel." It's run by a sometime photographer based in Toronto who posts a processed photo of something significant (or not) to him once a day (hence the site's name). He's done a few time-lapse videos also, which first drew me to his site. The site began in July of 2003, which I discovered in 2004 when I did a Google image search for timelapse videos. Over time I got interested in the photos and they're really very good. Now I'm interested in doing one of my own, here in Ottawa. Not now of course. I need a source of income, and more camera equipment and software first. But in the future I think it would be cool to have a site called Capital Ottawa Imagery, or COI. It follows the same basic premise of the DDOI site, there's archives, today's photo, that stuff. But the design would be a bit different and all imagery would have to do with Ottawa and its environs. And there'd be a time-lapse video or two on there.
Over time, I hope this can come true.

For now, I have Flickr. And Vimeo and YouTube (if I can ever get things downloaded on there!). So that's my thoughts for now. Expect lots more soon.

-Justin C.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Delayed - Sorry

Very sorry for the very late posts and stuff, I had meant to do a Christmas and new year post and stuff, but my computer does not start anymore and I have not had any access to a computer in a long time with Internet other than school. So here I am at my father's this weekend catching up on things.
There was a few posts about my computer before, and one where my friend and I fixed it. It was alright but it steadily got worse over the months that followed until December 27, when I accidentally shut it down and failed to start up again without flashing a blue screen for the briefest of seconds and restarting. It runs in that loop if I turn it on, starting, flashing, restarting, etc. So I have been quite limited and my life at home has been very boring. Today I caught up on a record amount of emails, 46 unread Google reader feeds, and other stuff. It's been great.
Otherwise I've had a quiet holiday and I've managed to get back to school on Monday. A teacher drove me in and back from Monday until Wednesday when the special school bus system started. Now I get up at half past five AM and ride my bike to the sports centre to catch a school bus at quarter to 7. I leave school early too, at 1:30. It's been great catching up a bit and seeing people again. I also got my prized SLR for Christmas. A Canon Digital Rebel XS 1000D. With an 18-55mm zoom lens. I'll get more over time.
So I am very sorry for no posting or news. Maybe, some day, I'll get that machine fixed (once again) and I'll be alright from there, no more trouble. We also got a 40" flatscreen TV but haven't got the HD running yet.

Happy 2009!

-Justin C.