July 15th, 2010 |
Tags: canada, lac seul, nerding, ontario, photoessay, photos | Leave a comment
I recently spent a week on Lac Seul in northwestern Ontario walleye fishing with my father-in-law and some friends. When compared to the sorts of places in which I have spent most of my life, Lac Seul is notable for having visible stars at night, total freedom from wired or wireless communication networks, and an extremely favorable walleye-to-human ratio. It is also quite photogenic.
Click on any image for details, coordinates, and larger versions, or click here to see all of my published images from Lac Seul (sixteen public images, with more if you’re one of my flickr contacts). I have included notes on equipment (for photo nerds planning similar trips) after the jump.
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June 11th, 2009 |
Tags: canada, doctors, health, policy, usa | 2 Comments
I’ve noticed many cars here in scenic Madison, WI featuring a bumper sticker saying “A woman voting for McCain is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.” While I think it’s probably time for the drivers of these cars to “move on” from the 2008 presidential election (or move to Arizona before 2010), I do appreciate their willingness to shine a bright light on Sen. McCain’s terrible and grossly underreported woman–frying activities. Thanks, hippies!
In an unrelated story, I note that the American Medical Association has issued a statement opposing government-run insurance plans. Smarter people than I have constructed arguments as to why we should side with the doctors over the bureaucrats, but I’ll just say this: as someone who would probably be dead at least twice over if he’d been born in Ottawa instead of Minneapolis — and who wants his 401k returns to continue to beat inflation — I’m glad to see some pushback against the McDonalds-in-the-cafeteria promises made by the advocates of this constellation of absurd ideas.