Snow Sculpting

My maker team (The notorious OMG) and I got together over the first week of Winterlude to carve a gigantic 10 foot tall Godzilla out of a cube of snow!

The cube started like this:

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Our original plan included a cityscape, but when we saw how high the peak of the snow cube went, we knew we had an opportunity to do a familiar landmark – Parliament Hill.

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Our first couple of nights were tricky because of the warm melty weather, so we only had a few days with all hands on deck to carve it in to shape.

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Saturday morning, the final OMGodzilla could be spotted mingling with the crowd of admirers who came out to see what we’d been working on. Super proud of this project – I think it turned out pretty well, and I learned a lot about co-ordinating artistic projects among a team.

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Harry Snowpotter

The neighbour’s kids put up a snowman over the warm weekend, so I thought I’d build their snowpile a friend – here’s Harry Snowpotter II.

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He didn’t last long though – I could blame it on the +4C temperature and drizzling rain, but I suspect he was murdered in the night by the evil wizard Voldemelt. 😉 Pretty sure I’ve traumatized the nearby kids – this is some Indiana-Jones-ending-style facemelting.

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Happy Holidays!

It’s the holiday season – although we’ve had a disconcerting run of summer-like weather all through December so dashing through the snow and walking in a winter wonderland are not on this year’s celebration schedule. I did go check out the holiday projections on the side of Parliament Hill, and I’m drinking my share of hot chocolate and egg nog despite the balmy weather. Christmas is coming!

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Speaking at Refresh Ottawa

Last week I did a tech talk about web images in front of the members of Refresh Ottawa at the Shopify offices. Refresh is a neat meetup group and I’ve enjoyed the talks I’ve attended, so it was great to be able to contribute back to the group. It’s a pretty relaxed atmosphere (free pizza!) so it’s a good place to try out a new talk and see how it goes over.

This is the first talk I’ve ever given using Google Slides – I was a little terrified that the internet was going to cut out and kill my presentation, but it ran pretty smoothly! So many cat pictures!

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Credit to Natasha Roebuck for the pic!

My Awesome Commute

I’m trying to make people jealous this week, posting pictures of my awesome bike commute. From the west end through the experimental farm to downtown, I can do my whole ride in about 40 minutes. It’s a bit longer coming back home since there’s a few more uphills. I usually get to work with sore cheeks from smiling the entire way in, the bike path is gorgeous on a bright sunny day. 🙂

I’ve been taking rest days (on the bus) to keep from over-doing things, but once I’ve had a taste of the bike it’s always so hard to ride the stinky bus. 🙂

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