Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Monday, August 30, 2021
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Nuit Blanche (Regina) went well. The whole thing was held earlier this year, which made it far nicer than years when we literally got snowed upon. The whole thing was held in the warehouse area but unlike last year, traffic was restricted by many roads being blocked. This led to a lot more interaction and conversation. There was very loud live music happening for the entire time which I thought was part of one exhibit but was really a club out of control. I saw quite a few past and present graduate students. Rania's video was very thoughtful. Dianne's film looked fantastic with her new 4K projector. More envy on my part.
Friday, August 27, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Dropped Erik off. He's "cleaning house" and gave us his fogger and we dumpster dove for his first camera, a Lego cam that he'd thrown away earlier today.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Sandra defended her MFA this morning. This went very well, at least after a few nervous moments. Everyone came out of it happy and new connections were made.
Surveyors came today and we will soon know where we live. It is the next step to getting the new garage.
William recorded the last 15 episodes of the PudCast. I'll help edit them and he'll be scheduling them to drop one per week until around the end of the semester. They are short and funny - follow the link and subscribe.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
William created his outline for his Minecraft course he'll be teaching later this fall. Still lots of things to do to prepare, but this will give him the structure necessary. I made suggestions for pedagogy, but the raw material is all his.
Monday, August 23, 2021
Summer is almost over. The weather is no longer hot, some days are downright cold. Today I got back to some painting, doing the 4 lens camera which was marketed for creating lenticular images that I borrowed from Ian Preston. It's the second last of Ian's cameras I have. I sat with William for a long while listening to podcasts and making him focus on the corrections and completions of the difficult middle page of his "Dark Shadows Knight" comic page. After much consternation, one panel was filled with the text "RIP", and with that, the project is done. Another thing completed.
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Late August contains two things for William - his birthday and my pushing him to finish all the things he started over the past months. We hung out with my mom and dad for a while and then William was back to the basement to finish his One Take Super 8 project. Check that one off.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021
William's 20th. No teens in our house any more. Did a bunch of stuff. Took him to Dean Renwick's to order a new vest. Got ice cream (no crowns this year). Geremy dropped in with a very cool original Pud card that Rory helped him make. I baked him a cheese cake - the first one I've made since I was diagnosed diabetic (I punish everyone around me by not making cake that I'd be tempted by).
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Monday, August 16, 2021
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Had a gathering, mostly on the decks, with Barb and Emma, Jon and Dana, and Chrystene. Went quite late and was pretty low-key with eclectic conversations ranging from air B&B nightmares to migraines to Dark Shadows to Spooksbury (hmmm, actually seems quite focused when I put it that way). William and Emma had a chance to catch up and probably talked about William's proposed radio drama idea.
Friday, August 13, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Two weeks ago I found a package on my front doorstop. It had a tag with my name on it but no indication of who delivered it. It contains a t shirt with a camera drawing on it, so it seems obvious that it was a purchase made very specifically for me but someone I know. I've been asking people ever since then and no one has confessed to having left it. It was hand delivered so it must be someone local.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Margaret and I shopped for deck chairs today. Found some. Rather expensive but we'd be into them if they fit William (his back makes him the wild card). We'll return in a few days.
Painted another of Ian Preston's cameras. Such fantastic devices he lent me.
Friday, August 6, 2021
By appointment and in small groups, we attended artist talks with Jessica Morgun and my old friend Tamara Rusnak whose exhibition "Imagined Objects" opened at the Art Gallery of Regina. It was terrific to catch up, especially in the open air of the courtyard. The talk itself, I have to admit, was difficult due to the echo in the room that put me into a trance.