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A New Year

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

 


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In Fall of 2011, I decided to come up with 101 Things to do in 1001 days.  Which is a whack of days.  My life is different from that point and my 1,001 days expired.  I’ve created a new list of things with some from the past list.  The date I started this list was August 8th, 2016.  I really have done nothing to my list and this has to change… so might as well post it here.  I created some reminders to pop up in my phone to remind me to get my ass in gear.

I will update some blog posts that were already created for the tasks that are in progress and I’ll update them with current updates.

101 things can be really small things and some of them could be some larger things.  Not 100% sure if I can get all of them done.  But I promised myself I will try.  Some things are for me and some are for my kids.

I will try and blog them all in progress and once they are completed.

 

<<<<This is just the list.  Updated list in the pulldown menu above.>>>>

  1. Have my IMDb Watch-list get down to under 300 movies and have my rated movies end up being over 400. 
  2. Winter Camping with my kids and stay in a Yurt at Silent Lake Provincial Park.
  3. Volunteer consistently over the period of this project for a good cause.  I was working in a Men’s Shelter and I need to continue with that or move to another charity or better yet… do both.
  4. Post on Tumblr one picture each day of something that I’m grateful for and appreciate.
  5. Purchase and read one book per month for 6 months in a row.  Start again if broken before 6 months is up.
  6. Back-Country Camping Trip with a woman, canoe and a small tent.
  7. Install a “Before I Die” Wall somewhere in Peterborough or Ajax.
  8. Finish the photo-project Blog on jsdoit.ca that cover my entire life and family tree.
  9. Redesign the “Lie With Me” Mixtape and the “All I Want” Series.
  10. Transfer all my Music CD’s Into the Laptop & delete crappy songs.  Also sort all my music on iTunes
  11. Photography & Culture Weekend in NYC.  Overnight Bus Trip/Flight & sleep all night to arrive in the Morning.  (Alone or with friends)
  12. Quick trip to NYC where I leave Toronto in the evening and arrive in NYC in the morning and bring a small tent and a sleeping bag.  Just sneak away by myself.
  13. Weekend in Chicago, IL in the summer to travel around the city.
  14. Break ground and order a trailer that my Tiny House will be built upon.
  15. Push my ex to sign an official separation agreement or take her to court for one.
  16. Get a new template for this blog.
  17. Spend a weekend in Toronto at The Thompson Hotel with a woman I want to kiss.
  18. Get my iPod screen fixed on my second iPod.
  19. Get Chantal an iPhone.
  20. Find someone to fall in love with.
  21. Fall Camping Trip at Bon Echo Provincial Park with the kids.
  22. Take Noah out of school for the day and take him to a Blue Jay game with me.
  23. Purchase a new Professional Camera Lens for my camera that would work well for low lighting
  24. Rent a houseboat from Egan Rentals for a weekend in the Kwaratha Lakes to have a blast with the kids and see if any of my buddies & their families want to do the same and we can caravan along the lakes together.  Rent a Houseboat that has a slide from the roof to swim in the middle of the lake.
  25. Get old photos from my Dad and make my own photo album of our family growing up in a coffee table format.  Make the book through www.blurb.com
  26. Go Camping with my kids to Killbear Provincial Park in Northern Ontario with Raymond.
  27. Attend the Canadian Rogers Tennis Tourney with a paid ticket in Toronto at York University.
  28. Visit KLand in California
  29. Completed:  Purchase a Go Pro Camera.  (And I gifted it to my daughter)
  30. Attend a High School Basketball Game of my Old High School
  31. Recover data from my first external hard drive.
  32. Drive to Atlantic City, New Jersey in Shorts, T-Shirt and Flip Flops and my wallet and stay for the weekend. (Bring Nothing Else)
  33. Get a Tattoo
  34. Take my kids to Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt.
  35. Purchase a Canon Point & Shoot Camera to Snap good photos but more importantly video on the fly.
  36. Purchase $200 worth of Toys from Walmart and donate them to the Chum Christmas Wish at Christmas and involve my kids.  Let them pick them out and deliver it with me.
  37. Teach my daughter how to take photographs with my old camera and then give it to her to keep and use.
  38. Get a bunch of High School Buddies and play Paintball outside at that paintball place north of Barrie.
  39. Go away White Water Rafting near Ottawa for the weekend.
  40. Attend a Buffalo Bills Football game in Buffalo in the Winter (Bus Trip Package from Union Station in Toronto that includes food and drinks during the tailgate party)
  41. Take my kids to a car race at Mosport Raceway in Bowmanville, ON for a weekend camping trip.
  42. Go Skinny dripping with a woman at night.
  43. Complete two years straight of my One Second Everyday Project.
  44. Work with my kids and get them their own domain for email and help them set up a blog if they want one.
  45. Spend a weekend at Osheaga in Quebec with a women.
  46. Attend & see 5 Movies in the span of 5 days.
  47. Join Volleyball league.
  48. Take my kids to a Toronto FC Game.
  49. Buy myself a Long Board.
  50. Attend a tennis match a the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
  51. Jump off a bridge into water high enough that I’m a little freaked out to jump off.
  52. Purchase a new laptop.
  53. Watch a Toronto Blue Jays game outside of Toronto.
  54. Attend a Toronto Raptors Road game in Detroit with Elite Sports Tours.
  55. In Progress:  Update my legacy project videos for the kids that they will get during different milestones within their lives if something should ever happen to me.
  56. Get a credit card with a points/reward system that works for my life and get rid of the one I have now.
  57. Get down to 220 pounds.
  58. Find a job in Durham/Toronto so I can move closer to my kids.
  59. Purchase a Turf Concert Weekend pass for Toronto at Fort York.
  60. Have the shell of my Tiny House competed so I can live inside while I finish it.
  61. Get a second Tattoo.
  62. Purchase a new vehicle and get rid of the car I have now sitting in Pickering.
  63. Attend Cask Days Festival in Toronto.
  64. Try inline skating for the first time.
  65. Ice Skating with a women at Cedarena in the winter.
  66. Attend a concert with Chantal.
  67. Join a Tennis Club & Beat Ali at 3 Sets in Tennis
  68. Watch the full series of “THE WIRE” which as a highly recommended HBO Series.
  69. Catch up online with 50 peeps on FB that I have not been in contact with since the last time I’ve seen them personally or we connected on FB.
  70. Go Kayaking.  I smile when I type this because of the private back-story about Kayaking.
  71. Purchase a parachute hammock for backpackers.
  72. Get up to 70 trees planted with TenTree.
  73. Complete 100 loans with KIVA and have the total loans by people I’ve invited to Kiva pass 150 loans.  Will you help me?  (Blog Post)
  74. Be able to do 25 push-ups
  75. Try water skiing for the first time in my life
  76. Go on a road-trip where you drive 5 hours north somewhere.
  77. Update my estate planning package & instructions for my executor.
  78. Hike Mt. Washington with Chantal.
  79. Be able to jump and hang on a regulation height basketball rim with both hands.  In Grade 12, I could jump with one step in desert boots and hang on.  It feels so far away right now.
  80. Go and see 30 bands play live
  81. Give blood 2 times a month for 8 months in a row.
  82. Have a candlelit dinner on the living room floor with someone.
  83. Give a 100% tip to someone what provides excellent service.
  84. Run my first 10k marathon.
  85. Pay for someone’s groceries.
  86. Take Nose out to dinner.
  87. Donate $10 to charity for every 101 thing I don’t complete in the 1001 days.
  88. Hit 33 straight free throws.
  89. Have a nerf gun war with the kids that can be called “epic” afterwards.
  90. Stay with someone using Couchsurfing.
  91. Spend an entire day without vision (be blind).
  92. Design two logo’s for a hat and something for a t-shirt or hoody and make some for myself.
  93. Purchase another bottle of Theirry Mulger – Angel.
  94. Spend a weekend at the Breakers in Cobourg, ON
  95. Visit Mt. Tremblant in Quebec City in the Winter.
  96. Think of one for here.
  97. Go to an event that I have to wear a Tux
  98. Take my kids on vacation to Europe.
  99. Hike 21km section of the Bruce Trail through Bruce Peninsula National Park w/the kids.
  100. Think of one for here
  101. Create my 4th list once this one is completed.

 

Completed | List3 | #29 of 101 | Purchase GoPro For My Daughter

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

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Two years ago… I gave my Daughter my “action camera” which was a GoPro knock off that I picked up for 100 bones at Black’s Camera.  This Christmas… I picked up a Hero3 for Chantal to help her with her filmmaking.  That little action camera was passed down to Noah.  Hopefully they can shoot some creative footage and this March I’m going to get her a little laptop to help store and edit the footage.

The Vietnam Notebook | 2012 | Film By Casey Neistat

Monday, November 28th, 2016

 

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A couple of weeks ago… Casey wanted to finish putting together a little movie about a trip he took with his son in 2012.  Love the journal he kept as they travelled documenting things with photos, video and paper with a mini-scrapbook.

Exploring.

Documenting with life and with kids.

As you might have heard… Casey is stopping his daily vlog a short time ago. He just sold his app Beme to CNN for 25 mil and will be starting up a separate media company for CNN next year announced today.  I’ve enjoyed just how creative his is with his eye for the angles and edits.  I’m looking forward to the little videos he produces.

You can view all my casey posts here.

NPR Tiny Desk Concert | The National

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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The National with a little NPR Tiny Desk concert.  They are a little indie band from Ohio and they are perfect for just letting them play in the earbuds as you muster around in life.  Second song from this little four song set is sweet.  Love.

Wired Writer Evan Ratliff Tried to Vanish: Here’s What Happened

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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This story is about a 40min read.  I would highly recommend reading it here with photos and video.  This story is one that I’m always sharing and wondering how impossible it would be to fall off the grid. 

August 13, 6:40 PM: I’m driving East out of San Francisco on I-80, fleeing my life under the cover of dusk. Having come to the interstate by a circuitous route, full of quick turns and double backs, I’m reasonably sure that no one is following me. I keep checking the rearview mirror anyway. From this point on, there’s no such thing as sure. Being too sure will get me caught.

 

I had intended to flee in broad daylight, but when you are going on the lam, there are a surprising number of last-minute errands to run. This morning, I picked up a set of professionally designed business cards for my fake company under my fake name, James Donald Gatz. I drove to a Best Buy, where I bought two prepaid cell phones with cash and then put a USB cord on my credit card — an arbitrary dollar amount I hoped would confuse investigators, who would scan my bill and wonder what gadgetry I had purchased. An oil change for my car was another head fake. Who would think that a guy about to sell his car would spend $60 at Oil Can Henry’s?

I already owned a couple of prepaid phones; I left one of the new ones with my girlfriend and mailed the other to my parents — giving them an untraceable way to contact me in emergencies. I bought some Just for Men beard-and-mustache dye at a drugstore. My final stop was the bank, to draw a $477 cashier’s check. It’s payment for rent on an anonymous office in Las Vegas, which is where I need to deliver the check by midday tomorrow.

Crossing the Bay Bridge, I glance back for a last nostalgic glimpse of the skyline. Then I reach over, slide the back cover off my cell phone, and pop out the battery. A cell phone with a battery inside is a cell phone that’s trackable.

About 25 minutes later, as the California Department of Transportation database will record, my green 1999 Honda Civic, California plates 4MUN509, passes through the tollbooth on the far side of the Carquinez Bridge, setting off the FasTrak toll device, and continues east toward Lake Tahoe.

What the digital trail will not reflect is that a few miles past the bridge I pull off the road, detach the FasTrak, and stuff it into the duffle bag in my trunk, where its signal can’t be detected. Nor will it note that I then double back on rural roads to I-5 and drive south through the night, cutting east at Bakersfield. There will be no digital record that at 4 am I hit Primm, Nevada, a sad little gambling town about 40 minutes from Vegas, where $15 cash gets me a room with a view of a gravel pile.

“Author Evan Ratliff Is on the Lam. Locate Him and Win $5,000.”
— wired.com/vanish, August 14, 2009 5:38 pm

Officially it will be another 24 hours before the manhunt begins. That’s when Wired‘s announcement of my disappearance will be posted online. It coincides with the arrival on newsstands of the September issue of the magazine, which contains a page of mugshot-like photos of me, eyes slightly vacant. The premise is simple: I will try to vanish for a month and start over under a new identity.Wired readers, or whoever else happens upon the chase, will try to find me.

The idea for the contest started with a series of questions, foremost among them: How hard is it to vanish in the digital age? Long fascinated by stories of faked deaths, sudden disappearances, and cat-and-mouse games between investigators and fugitives, I signed on to write a story forWired about people who’ve tried to end one life and start another. People fret about privacy, but what are the consequences of giving it all up, I wondered. What can investigators glean from all the digital fingerprints we leave behind? You can be anybody you want online, sure, but can you reinvent yourself in real life?

It’s one thing to report on the phenomenon of people disappearing. But to really understand it, I figured that I had to try it myself. So I decided to vanish. I would leave behind my loved ones, my home, and my name. I wasn’t going off the grid, dropping out to live in a cabin. Rather, I would actually try to drop my life and pick up another.

Wired offered a $5,000 bounty — $3,000 of which would come out of my own pocket — to anyone who could locate me between August 15 and September 15, say the password “fluke,” and take my picture. Nicholas Thompson, my editor, would have complete access to information that a private investigator hired to find me might uncover: my real bank accounts, credit cards, phone records, social networking accounts, and email. I’d give Thompson my friends’ contact information so he could conduct interviews. He would parcel out my personal details online, available to whichever amateur or professional investigators chose to hunt for me. To add a layer of intrigue, Wired hired the puzzle creators at Lone Shark Games to help structure the contest.

 

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It’s Not The Things | It’s The Memories

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

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Yesterday’s Vlog by Casey was cool since he went back to tell a little story of when he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s always nice when he goes back to pull old footage and tell a story.  Near the end he talks about what his Mother told him… and I agree with him and not her.

This video reminds me of another story that is below when him and his buddy Graham climbed another mountain.  I love his story telling.

Jesus.  I need to climb a hill.  Just a hill.  Have to start somewhere.