Archive for November, 2012

Anamorphic Illusions

Wow. I am mesmerized by those anamorphic illusions. Click on the video link below and see for yourself.


Yep. This winter, in our backyard, there will be a homemade ice-skating rink. The engineer is hard at work designing the rink, buying/cutting wood and assembling the parts. Below is a picture of what our backyard looks like (existing conditions, no rink yet). Stay tuned!

Oui monsieur. Cet hiver, dans notre cour arrière, il y aura une patinoire. L’ingénieur travaille fort à faire la conception, à acheter/couper le bois et à assembler les composantes. Ci-dessous est une photo montrant de quoi a l’air la cour arrière (conditions existantes, pas de patinoire). À suivre!

Quote for the week

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
– Peter Drucker

The other day I watched this animation on YouTube. I enjoyed it and I wanted to share the link with you. It’s called The Misguided Monk (by Thomas Long). An old hermit monk has his day interrupted by an uninvited guest. He is unwillingly taken on a journey to discover the true meaning of companionship. It’s a short, yet touching animation. Enjoy.

I thought I’d share the following excerpt from “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Dale Carnegie:

You are something new in this world. Never before, since the beginning of time, has there ever been anybody exactly like you; and never again throughout all the ages to come will there ever be anybody exactly like you again. The science of genetics informs us that you are largely as a result of twenty-three chromosomes contributed by your father and twenty-three chromosomes contributed by your mother. These forty-six chromosomes comprise everything that determines what you inherit. In each chromosome there may be, says Amram Scheinfeld, “anywhere from scores to hundreds of genes–with a single gene, in some cases, able to change the whole life of an individual.” Truly, we are “fearfully and wonderfully” made.

Isn’t it amazing? I am unique. You are unique, too. When you really think of it, this is powerful.

Pet SemataryLast week I finished reading Pet Sematary by Stephen King. Although I’m more a science fiction fan, I really enjoyed this novel.

If you’d like to read the synopsis of the novel, you may click on the following link to Stephen King’s website:

This is the second book I’ve read from Stephen King. The first one was On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (a must for every aspiring writer).

And yes, I have a few other novels by Stephen King in my reading queue…

Movie review: Looper (2012)

Last weekend I saw Looper. The main plot involves time travel. If you’re a hard core science fiction fan like me, you probably won’t like this movie. Here’s a fictional situation: my future “me”, say twenty years from now, travels back in time to meet me. I decide to play a little trick on him/me. Using a sharp knife, I “write” a small word on the underside of my forearm. Ouch! Now here’s my thinking on this: if my life unfolds without a hitch, if my self-inflicted injury heals normally, if I travel back in time twenty years from now and if I ask my future “me” -today- to show me the underside of his forearm, I should see the scar I self-inflicted myself some twenty years ago (from his perspective), right? Of course. But that’s not how it works in the movie. If we were in the movie, the scar on my future “me”‘s forearm would mysteriously “appear” in real time, freaking him out in the process. Looper is filled with such ‘temporal discrepancies’. I’m afraid it doesn’t work for me.

This morning I finished building my new firewood rack. Of course, I could have bought one, but that’s no fun, right? My objective was to recycle as many leftover materials from previous projects. I did a pretty good job at that. I only had to buy a small bundle of cedar shingles (for the small roof). So, here it is.

Empty rack (Length: 10', width: 16", height: 64")

Empty rack (Length: 10′, width: 16″, height: 64″)

Ce matin j’ai terminé la construction de mon nouvel abri pour bois de chauffage. C’est sûr que j’aurais pu en acheter un, mais cela n’aurait pas été aussi amusant, n’est-ce pas? Mon objectif était de recycler certains matériaux résiduels des mes autres projets antérieurs. Je crois avoir fait un excellent travail à ce niveau. Je n’ai eu qu’à acheter un petit paquet de bardeaux de cèdre (pour recouvrir le petit toit). Alors, le voici.

Abri pour bois de chauffage vide (longueur: 10 pi, largeur: 16 po, hauteur: 64 po)

Empty rack (Length: 10′, width: 16″, height: 64″)