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Japan Trip 2.019 (Part 2)

Japan Trip 2.019 (Part 2)

While the Shyla and Ryan Japan Adventure 2018/19 has come to a close, the next adventure is right around the corner, Japan 2.019! I’m going to (un)feature the first collection of posts and replace it with this one. Below you will find a new collection of blog posts about my upcoming trip to Japan this May/June! Don’t worry! The first collection of posts are still accessible here! Announcement Post 2.0 (Two Point Oh)– Originally posted on March 21, 2019 Update…

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T-minus under 2 weeks until Japan trip #2

T-minus under 2 weeks until Japan trip #2

Twice in one year? Inconceivable!? But alas, I am heading back to Tokyo in May/June of this year. Unlike the last trip which saw Shyla and I travel to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, Fukui, and Kanazawa, this time we are going to be a little bit more stationary. That means no Shinkansen trips, at least not that we currently have planned. Instead, this trip will mostly be situated in Tokyo with visits to Disney (both Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea), a…

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Downloadable Unofficial Bluesfest 2019 Calendar (Google Calendar)

Downloadable Unofficial Bluesfest 2019 Calendar (Google Calendar)

I went looking on the Bluesfest website for a downloadable unofficial calendar schedule to add to my Google Calendar, I couldn’t find one. Yes, there is a mobile app, but I don’t want to use it (just a personal choice). So I made my own Google Calendar. In the description, I have added times and stages. Feel free to download a copy of the calendar for your own use (public view here). I will try and update it but I…

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Amazon Prime Video: A Feature Rich Streaming Service

Amazon Prime Video: A Feature Rich Streaming Service

I’m taking a break from Japan posts this time and trying to get back into writing about one of my greatest loves, technology. Looking for a movie This past weekend I was on a Steve Carell bender. He has really evolved in the roles he’s taken on. Early in his career as a correspondent on The Daily Show from 1999 to 2005 and his role as cringy business manager Michael Scott on the Office (2005 to 2011) were goofy and…

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2.0 (Two Point Oh)

2.0 (Two Point Oh)

2.0 …an adjective used to denote a superior or more advanced version of an original concept, product, service, etc. We live in an age where software updates and newer software versions are coming out all the times. We are constantly shifting, re-evaluating and redesigning. When software is updated or undergoes significant changes you developers update the version numbers with each significant software update, for example, version 1.0 will become 2.0 will become 3.0, and so on and so on. On…

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The Convenience of Vending Machines

The Convenience of Vending Machines

When I got to Japan one of the first things I noticed was that they had a $*%# ton of vending machines. They are literally everywhere, and they sell almost anything. My purchases from vending machines were mostly of the liquid variety and most machines sell both hot and cold beverages. I was in love! The ability to grab a hot coffee at any time of day was an empowering feeling as a coffee drinker. Move over Tim Hortons and…

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Shyla and Ryan’s Japan Tour 2018/2019 (Presentation)

Shyla and Ryan’s Japan Tour 2018/2019 (Presentation)

So, yesterday I was finally able to share Shyla and I’s Japan Tour with my colleagues at Carleton University Library. Over an hour “Lunch and Learn” presentation we looked at over 200 photos on an absolutely massive 107 slide Google Slideshow (featured below). The session was well received with over 40 library staff, and even external university staff in attendance. You often hear the saying that “less is more”, but in this case, I didn’t feel comfortable cutting anything from…

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Dogwood Photography 52 Week Photography Challenge 2019

Dogwood Photography 52 Week Photography Challenge 2019

Do you want to be a better photographer? If you are like me then the answer is, yes! Having the chance to travel around Japan and photograph some truly awe-inspiring locations was truly a pleasure and it is something I hope to continue to do in the future. It was in Japan and shortly after the new year that this article popped up on my Pocket news feed. The challenge itself looked interesting. The Dogwood Photography 52 Week Photography Challenge is simple. 52 weeks,…

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Visiting the Imperial Palace: Emperor Akihito’s Final New Year’s Greeting

Visiting the Imperial Palace: Emperor Akihito’s Final New Year’s Greeting

On January 2, 2019, Shyla and I got to visit the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to see Emperor Akihito’s final new year appearance. The Emperor’s New Year Greeting is when the current Emperor addresses the people and the people offer good wishes to the Emperor. The Imperial Palace’s Inner Garden is not accessible to the general public, except in some special circumstances, such as the Emperor’s Birthday on December 23rd, or the Emperor’s New Year’s Greeting on January 2nd. Guided tours are also…

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Things don’t change that much in 29 years…

Things don’t change that much in 29 years…

…except maybe the hair… and the clothes… and the shoes… and the technology… and the way we take photos… You know what? Plenty of things change! Not Kinkaku-Ji Temple and its grounds though. On December 18th, Shyla and I visited Kinkaku-Ji Temple (also sometimes referred to as the Golden Pavillion). On December 26th, I got an Instagram message from my dad. You know the picture of you in front of the pond and gold temple in Kyoto? I have a picture of me and a…

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