Just a couple of things….

  1. We are heading north to Prince Albert National Park this weekend if it doesn’t get snow for Thanksgiving.  We will stay in the Narrows Campground and tent in two tents.  We upgraded our sleeping bags for this and will have lots of blankets.  Plus the dog gives off some heat.  The plan is to do some hiking, get some photos of some wildlife and hopefully get a shot of some otters.  Of course this all dependent on Mark not getting hurt playing football this Thursday night.
  2. It’s an insanely busy time for me at work as I am publishing three gift guides a week for the month of October.  So basically if you want to buy a camera or a lens this Christmas, I’ll have you covered.  At a couple thousand words a piece, it’s like writing 8 columns a week.  Oh yeah, I have some of those to write as well.
  3. The SaskatonianSince I have some extra time on my hands, I am launching a new project after the election.  It is called The Saskatonian.  It’s a longer podcast with video that will be with some public figures in Saskatoon.  Where the OurYXE podcast was policy and political, this will hopefully be more casual and have some culture, sports, and banter in it.  We won’t be shooting it in any particular place but it will be all over the place, often over a drink and a bite to eat.  The length is going to be longer but we will probably have multiple guests per episode.   The name came to me when Paul Wells called us Saskatoonians.  Umm, nope.  That’s not it.  It’s Saskatonian.    Expect to see some episodes being released after the election.
  4. I haven’t said a lot about the cuts to The Lighthouse but they make no sense from any kind of policy or even political perspective.  The intox beds are obviously double billed as the person who uses that bed is on social services and they are being paid to stay somewhere.  But when they show up there out of control or high, they often are turned away.  So at that point there are three choices.  Get arrested by the Saskatoon Police Service for public intoxication and go to police cells, go to Larson House (which is so full that it is the reason why the program was started at The Lighthouse in the first place) or be put out on the streets where people die yearly.  The idea that people are drinking and using drugs so they can somehow abuse the system is long held in governments who see themselves as the victim for any spending in their department but is ludicrous.  Addicts won’t go home if the funding is cut for the intox beds, they will end up in police cells or end up in Royal University Hospital emergency which are far more expensive or they will die on the streets.  It is why the program was set up but in the minds of social services, it isn’t their budget line so who cares?  Governments are asinine and this one is no different.
  5. I was asked this week if I give campaigns heads up on my columns.  The answer is no.  They can read them in Monday’s The StarPhoenix like the rest of the world.
  6. Rode VideoMic MeI plan to shoot and upload a video a day in 2018.  I don’t mind shooting video and have long enjoyed it.  I have edited quite a few over the years, including some that many of you have seen.  Doing it has never been that big of a deal for me, I just never have put in the work to make sure batteries are charged every day and the gear is good to go at all times.  Also I find it really hard to take photos of a weekend and capture it with video.  A friend of mine who is much better at this as I am basically told me the same thing that it is almost impossible to get great photos and great video at the same time of an event.  Once I got that figured out in my head on how to do, it made a lot more sense.   Everyone sees me with my Pentax K-3 and goes, “Why can’t you do what Casey Neistat does and do both?”  First of all, he doesn’t do both.  He shoots video with his Canon EOS 70D.  Also Canon is a much better video platform that my Pentax (and if I was being totally honest, is a much better photographic system as well but I’m not prepared to be that honest).  So yeah, I can plug in a video microphone into my Pentax but it doesn’t have the fast focusing that a Canon EOS 70D and a Canon EOS 80D does.  To be honest, even Nikon doesn’t have anything that compares video wise to that camera.  Also Canon has some video optimized lenses that are amazing that Pentax nor Nikon really has (why do I shoot a Pentax and not a Canon?  That is a long story).  So to do so, I am ordering a Rode VideoMic Me to go with my phone and then using some other gear like the Nikon Keymission 80 next summer and the DJI Mavic Pro drone.  So yeah, expect to see a lot of Wendy, Mark, Oliver, and Marley on here next year.
  7. So I did a Twitter poll about whether or not I should get a Bluetooth speaker for my shower and the response was overwhelmingly yes.  I now feel like I know more about your shower habits than I should.
  8. Finally there is a new guy in the neighborhood who walks all over the place, all times of the day and night and he is always loudly busting out these really bad rap lyrics about killing white people and taking back the land.  3:00 a.m.  Bad Rap.  10:00 a.m.  Bad Rap.  4:00 p.m. Bad Rap.  It’s like living just down the street from Drake.

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