How I Survived Voluntary Kidnapping

Ordinarily my posts are fairly short as I generally spend a few hours following monkeys, attending some event, or throwing paint at children before I become dangerously low on caffeine. There is nothing more depraved and unpredictable than a Tim in the midst of caffeine withdrawal.

So I spent the day visiting Hobbits

The set from Lord Of The Rings was somewhat temporary and had been scheduled for demolition prior to the announcement of the Hobbit movies. Luckily the locals endless requests to visit the set had delayed the destruction to such a degree that they simply made the structures and set permanent, filmed a few more movies,…

Jurassic Forestry

Tāne Mahuta is the Lord of the Forest. He is an Agathis australis to Latin geeks and botanists. Son of Ranginui The sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother, like all children his primary function is to keep them apart and prevent their marital embrace. Tane figures prominently in the Maori creation myth and is…

The bottom of the earth

My Trip through Europe complete I flew home to drop off my kid sister and visit family for a few days. A few days full of meetings, driving, and an unpleasant amount of cold, in August. It wasn’t long before I was heading to the airport bound for New Zealand, and happy to be away from Canada!

With memories of sunsets and castles fresh in my mind I couldn’t imagine anything being quite so scenic, Waipu was having no part of it and decided to be sunny and wonderful despite the claims that it is in fact ‘winter’ here.

Drumheller: Here be rocks

There is some kind of scientific explanation for this area involving glaciers and sediment, however my brother at the age of five or so proposed a theory I still find somewhat more satisfying. It was his assertion that dinosaurs were in some way responsible, now he may have clarified what he meant but being seven...

Drumheller: Here be dinosaurs

Deep in the boring flatness of western Canada's prairies lies one of the richest deposits of fossils in the world, naturally the locals capitalized on this to create a less dangerous and less exciting version of Jurassic Park. Within the building itself are thousands of fossils, complete skeletal models towering overhead and dozens of adorable...

Minecraft – Cyberspace is a place

It had been a long time since I had visited Minecraft and so I decided to take a look around and see what new and interesting things had been added since Beta when I quit playing. I found myself enclosed in a small field full of flowers and devoid of animals, sadly one cannot eat…

Kinosaki Onsen

My first impression of Kinosaki Onsen was that it was full of identically dressed people wandering about with wooden platform shoes, shoes that are more akin to musical instruments than footwear as evidenced by the horrific racket and near immobility of those wearing them. This immobility is fairly frustrating to one attempting to actually move…

Wandering in Takeno

I went a touch nuts taking photos of this gorgeous little village, the next post will contain some narrative but until then look at my vacation photos and like it.

Osaka to Takeno

Having completed numerous circuits of the station the very first businesses began opening. I was as a Canadian incredibly thankful that they served coffee and donuts, until of course I attempted to consume them.


Before I left home it had been snowing for a month and warmth was but a distant memory, a fable told to the young in a manner in many ways similar to the way house Stark tends to reassure their children that winter is both coming and cannot last forever.

Calgary to Osaka

When the plane left the ground it became apparent that the clouds above us were in fact not merely clouds but some kind of ether with the consistency of bad soup, the windows streamed with a sudden accumulation of precipitation and the engines whined loudly as our small craft slowly rose through the brick like mass of fog alight with iridescent blues and purples.