The Ocean at The End Of Our Backyard

Daily Create #1710

The ocean at the end of our backyard was actually the tallest mountain in the world. At least it was the tallest mountain in the world back in the 80s. At least in the mind of a 4 year old, large-headed, silly child named me. Okay it was only the tallest mountain in my backyard. Okay it’s actually really the littlest mountain in the whole area. But still… a mountain in your backyard is not a bad thing to have.

Looking back into the forest in the image provided there is actually a little valley there before the mountain starts going up again, like mountains are supposed to… As you can tell, this is a silly little mountain. That valley would flood in the springtime. Or at least it did once. I’m pretty sure when it did I floated around on an ice floe in it for a week or two. That probably didn’t really happen. I’m starting to think I may have been Caillou when I was 4. This is bad. See you later.

image screenshootered from google streetview. Source/Citation format made up on the spot.

Alright, well here’s the story

Alright, well, here’s the story.

Brad, a friend of mine, was visiting his folks in Montreal.

Charged him an arm and a leg for the flights.

Damn huge country this is.

Eleven hundred bucks to get across it!

Fine whatever, Brad thought.

Get this visit over with.

Haven’t seen them in a while.

It’ll get them off his back.

Just for a little while at least.

Kills him to spend time with them though.

Little jabs left and right all day long.

Mom’s the worst.

Never stops going over his life.

On and on.

Pisses him off.

Quiet time is not in the cards this weekend.

Regretting this already.


This is the last time.

Until next time.

Vicious cycle.

When will it end.

X words mess everything up.

You know what I mean?




Strange Mini-Golf, Hole 4 Par 87

I can’t show you a picture of this hole, as you have to do it blindfolded. Words will have to suffice. Picture this… Wait I forgot, you’ll be blindfolded, so don’t picture this… feel this:

Blindfold on, you will begin by hitting a very small golf club with a very big golf ball. The mini club will not go very far as it does not roll very well at all.

At this point you will need to get down on your knees and feel around for your mini-club. This will probably happen after every stroke. Did I mention that you are not standing on astro-turf? You are actually up in a Giant Sequoia.

Now you can decide whether or not to keep hitting your club with the giant ball or if you just want to flick the club with the ring finger on your non-dominant hand. But this choice is now or never. Most people switch to flicking.

Once you find your mini club and you flick it again, the club will likely fall out of the tree. So now you need to try to climb out of the tree blindfolded. Don’t worry, the tree is surrounded by mattresses.

Now that you are lying in a pile of mattresses, again, search for your mini club by feeling around with your hands. Found it? Great! Flick it again, away from the tree if you remember where it is. Keep flicking it until you get it onto a local bus. This may take a while.

Once on the bus with your mini club, wait until the driver announces the name of a stop that reminds you of your childhood. This is where you need to switch from flicking to kicking. Oh yeah and you can switch out your mini-club to a beach ball. I put a deflated one in your pocket. Inflate it! Quickly now! And then kick it out the door and chase it!

Now that you are wherever you are, continue to kick your ball until someone asks you if you if they can play with your ball as well. This person is Hole 4 of our golf course! Tell them nicely that they are welcome to play with the ball, but you have to get back to your mini-golf game! The run back to the course and begin Hole 5.

Good luck!

flickr photo shared by Orin Zebest under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license
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Drone, Please Come Home

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Here is how this video came to be. You will probably note that my process is fraught with inefficiencies and could be done in approximately a lot less steps.

  • Copy the youtube link for the original Kin Lane Drone Recovery video
  • Paste it into and download the mp4
  • Make that there mp4 go into Movie Maker
  • Splice out the part where Kin is just about to grab it
  • Think about how it’d be funny if it took off again and just kept looping that way
  • Google: how to reverse a video
  • Find
  • Put my spliced video into that
  • Download the reversed version
  • Add that to Movie Maker project, copy and paste a few times
  • Realize I need some old timey rag time music to add to this
  • Go to, Old-Time/Historic Genre
  • Listen to a few songs, settle on ‘Percy Wenrich: The Smiler’
  • Put that song into Movie Maker, add title and credits, watch the finished product, lightly chuckle, publish to mp4
  • Then put that there video into youtube




Every 3 Pictures Tell a Story

Daily Create 1654 is to create a story from three public domain images found on Pravatar.

The theme of my story is one I don’t think has ever been done in any story ever before ever: Good vs. Bad. Let’s see how this plays out!


The ending is deliberately vague because I wanted you to be left on the edge of your seat. Maybe the good guy won. Maybe the bad guy won. Maybe they joined forces to defeat the Mastermind. Maybe this is all a dream. Why is the mean guy covered in smoke? Is he from The Upside Down? What’s the good guy looking at? Is it a Pokemon? What’s with the Mastermind’s hat? Is he wearing it ironically? Find out next time if we can secure funding for a sequel!

We’re Going Into The Grid

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Commodore 64ing yourself feels exactly like what I think it might feel exactly like to go into the grid. I’m going to take Alice with me. 2016 - 766

So, the first and possibly only tool you need to use is the c64 yourself page provided in the Daily Create directions for the day. But when you watch yourself enter the grid, the process looks like entering the future and the past at the same time which is awesome so I wanted to capture that as well, not just the final product.

Enter another tool: Gyazo. This one allows you to record screencast GIFs . I’ve used it before to record little bits of how to do things in our learning containment system. You only have five seconds, so it’s a fun exercise in what you can do with strict limitations.


Look, Katie and Lucy came into the grid too! We all live here now.

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Today is Today Day

If you have a look at, you’ll see that every day has 3 or 4 themes to it which is absolutely ridiculous, so I am reclaiming today as just a day.

Today is henceforth Today Day. Locally, provincially, nationally, internationally, globally, universally.

Do your own thing. Enjoy doing what you do.anigif_enhanced-buzz-11138-1338648854-10

Wherever you go, you are your own Today Day Parade so throw a little swagger in your step.

Have a great Today Day today!

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