Kyoto: A Timeless City (December 16 to 19)

Kyoto: A Timeless City (December 16 to 19)

Day 1 (arrival day): December 16 We arrived in Kyoto on Sunday evening. This means that not a lot was open but it gave us an opportunity to visit some of the side streets around our hotel without many people around. Let me tell you, wandering around the backstreets behind our hotel was like stepping back in time. Everywhere you look, you want to pull out your camera and snap countless pictures. The weather when we arrived was raining but…

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I’m leaving on a jet plane

I’m leaving on a jet plane

So I made it! I can’t believe that back in August, I was about 109 days out from boarding a plane and heading to Japan. Today, I’m just a couple hours away. The flight to Toronto is a short trip (maybe an hour and fifteen minutes) but the bigger hurdle comes with the Toronto to Tokyo direct flight, that is approximately a 14-hour monster. I really got lucky flying today as it’s a balmy -2 degrees Celsius in the National…

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Japan Trip 2018/19

Japan Trip 2018/19

So the Shyla and Ryan Japan Adventure 2018/19 has come to a close. It was an incredible 27 days! The plan is to continue writing posts about my experiences. I have gone ahead and made this a “Featured” post to avoid it getting buried behind new posts. Enjoy the collection of posts! Lead up posts Announcement Post An unexpected journey: Japan! posted on October 19, 2018. Itinerary Post Upcoming Japan adventure posted on November 29, 2018. Prefecture posts Kyoto: A Timeless…

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Upcoming Japan adventure

Upcoming Japan adventure

So the countdown is on, I will be travelling to Japan in just a couple of weeks!   My itinerary has me flying out of Ottawa’s Macdonald–Cartier International Airport (YOW) on December 13th. From there, I will be making a quick stop over at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) before embarking on what is sure to be a mind-numbing 13+ hour flight into Haneda Airport International Terminal (HND) in Tokyo, Japan on December 14th. The plan is to stay in Tokyo…

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Flickr, you were the chosen one…

Flickr, you were the chosen one…

In preparation for my trip to Japan, I was on the hunt for the best platform for travel photo sharing. I thought that was going to be Flickr. I had long forgotten about Flickr until I read a recent review about it. They offer users a staggering 1TB worth of photo storage. THAT’S RIGHT, 1TB OF FULL RESOLUTION STORAGE. Other photo sharing sites like Google Photos offer unlimited photo storage but at a reduced resolution. Amazon Photos does offer unlimited high-resolution photo storage…

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Building library training tools using Scratch

Building library training tools using Scratch

In this series of posts, I am showcasing a number of games that I designed during my Master of Library and Information Science coursework from INFO 287: Gamifying Information.  This post will look at my attempt to create a game in Scratch. Scratch is a free web-based coding platform that helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch allows people to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in…

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Android vs. Apple: Making the switch!

Android vs. Apple: Making the switch!

We’ve all been there, you are out with friends when one of them pulls out their phone. Then you ask one of the most important questions you’ll ever ask, Android or iPhone? It’s a polarizing debate that has the power to destroy friendships. Okay, maybe not that polarizing but let’s not lie, iPhone users are icky. I recently announced that I’ll be taking a trip to Japan and in preparation, decided it was time to upgrade my ageing smartphone. My…

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An award-winning short film about creativity: ALike

An award-winning short film about creativity: ALike

A few weeks ago this short film appeared on my Facebook feed. I’m a sucker for anything about creativity, so when it popped up, I gravitated toward it. Directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez, ALike tells the story of a young boy and his father and their struggle with conformity and loss of creativity. As seems to be the case with a lot of films geared towards children, it’s a cute story with a strong lesson. These kinds of short…

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Open Access Week: The Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto by Aaron Swartz

Open Access Week: The Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto by Aaron Swartz

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” -Rosa Luxemburg As we enter Open Access Week I thought it would be interesting to revisit an idea presented by Aaron Swartz in July of 2008. Swartz was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist (source). At age 16 he played a role in the creation of Creative Commons and at age 20 he helped develop Reddit. Needless to say, he was extremely intelligent, a forward thinker, and ahead of his…

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An unexpected journey: Japan!

An unexpected journey: Japan!

It is with great excitement that I am announcing that I will be taking an international trip this holiday season! I’ll be hopping on a plane and travelling about 10,300 km away from the frigid winter scape that is Ottawa. For those of you close to me, you probably already know where I’m going but for those of you who aren’t, I’m heading to Japan to visit my friend and work colleague Shyla! I’ll be leaving on December 13th (arrival on December…

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