The idea of a "classic car" is one that intrigues me. The simple concept of the term "classic" is often mistaken and misunderstood. Speaking in a litigious and practical sense the term designates a car over 25 years old, but that hardly sums up "classic cars."
We've all seen cars, physically assembled two and a half decades ago, that have no rights to the term "classic". So what is a "classic car" then?
It's arguably much more important than the simple age of a vehicle, but it's also more than the condition of the car too. As time progresses and the historical first cars of the 1900's slip further into the annals of history, so too should our notion of a classic car.
Is it simply the time and effort put into the car? Because we've all seen Honda Civics with ages of effort put into them, but no one would call them "classic."
Are there instant classics then? Can a car simply roll out of the factory and instantly be crowned a classic?
Perhaps then it's rarity that gives a vehicles it's essence...
There really is no one definition to what a "classic car" is, nor do I expect to find one any time soon; I would like to, however, correct some unenlightened friends about their reference to a 2011 Ford Mustang as a "classic". I may not know exactly what a classic is, but I know what it's not... not that!
Out of my element... and in another!
This mini photoshoot cost me a camera, but it did result in some interesting shots.
There's no real story here. I had a leaky underwater camera that was on it's way out. Luckily before it died completely I managed to snap these shots. Eventually the camera leaked so bad it just died completely.
Cheers to never buying another Olympus camera so long as I live :P
Recipes for success...
So I realized a few times now that I have a strange diet. My friends and I have a habit of making meals entirely out of awesome... here are a few of my favourites (or at least the ones I took pics of...)
The "OMG it's a Party in my Mouth" burger!
This is easily the best burger I've ever eaten...and I'm a fat kid trapped in a skinny kid's body. There's really no "recipe" here, it more just an ingredients list for an exquisite flavour rush.
A long long way from candles...
The other night I was staring off into the distance, which I sometimes do. During this particular zoning-out, I couldn't help but think just how amazing what we've accomplished in the last 200 years. It was only in the 1880s that Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison fought on these lands about the future of electricity.
AC vs DC; the war of currents
; The two fought fervently about how to power the future. Today we take for granted the treasures of these great minds.
If you're a resident of Niagara and you're unaware that power and lights and modern electricity as we know it is a Niagara invention... then please Wiki it. It all started here.
Cheers to our moth-like distraction by anything bright and pretty,
The Comedy Club days
So we don't hit the comedy club as often as we'd like too anymore, but here's a fond memory of one of our last trips.
(For the record, this is the House of Comedy in Niagara Falls. Video is of our friend Ryan Kapke.)
Cheers to good time and good friends,
TAG! You're it!
So this is long over-due, but I figured I'd post it anyways. Like most of what I've put up recently, this happened quite some time ago. I mean, not that long ago, but in my life 2 months is forever!
The Digital Photography class at my school got the chance to showcase their art at the Tormasi Art Gallery of St.Catharines.
We were all impressed at the great pieces which filled the upstairs galleries. Clearly Niagara is a place with artistic and talented students and graduates who'll someday be taking on the world one snap at a time.
The faculty of Niagara College
The talented student photographers
All those who attended the show and supported the arts.
So we've made a not-so-official decision...
Niagara needs a ning!
We can't seem to find any Nerdfighters in the region and we think it's pretty imperative that this happen ASAP. For those who aren't familiar with any of the concepts, here's a brief rundown.
Nerdfighters: A nerdfighter is a person who is proud to be nerdy and intelligent, and who fights to decrease WorldSuck. Nerdfighters are not composed of cells and tissue, but instead made entirely of awesome. Nerdfighters are known to perform their Happy dances when they are joyful, and each Happy dance is unique to its respective Nerdfighter. Nerdfighters are diverse in their hobbies. Nerdfighters have also been described as someone who is "Outgoing, intelligent and awesome enough to accept nerd as a compliment".
So with all that being said, a "ning" is simply a group of Nerdfighters in a geographic region. We will definitely post as things develop, but I wanted to make it clear that we intend there to be a ning in Niagara.
Anyone who would like to help out, in any way, should contact me. Let's make this happen!
Strange places... I feel @home there.
I've been to some interesting and some really off places in my time. I get invited to attend weird things quite often and I enjoy learning strange facts and wandering behind the scenes. This particular trip was no different.
I'm not entirely an advocate for research animals, but I can assure you that these guys are treated very well.
Thanks to Amanda for the tour,
Think outside of the box... it might surprise you.
The Drive-Inn theater is a staple in North America. Since the birth of car-culture, there have been people who chose to give up the couch for a parking lot.
It makes no logical sense, really. You voluntarily pay extra to take a drive out into a muddy field. Once parked in the field, which has temporarily become a parking lot of other people who've clearly been fooled into the same con as you have, you set up camp. Now you wouldn't be so lucky as to be driving a convertible, so you pitch some chairs and blankets and sit uncomfortably... you stare off into the distance at what appears to be the corrugated roof from an old barn.
The smell of popcorn is overpowered by the aroma of deet-infused bug repellents and you start to think to yourself, "What the hell are we doing here?"
...then it hits you...
...those people on their couches, locked inside on this beautiful night, are missing out.
A Walk to Remember...
Too often I hear people bath-mouthing their home towns. Again and again they go on about how bored they are and how there's never anything to do. Now this might be true if you live on the prairies, but for anyone who lives in a city as beautiful as mine... it's just not the case.
Open your eyes and see the beauty of the world...
If you never stop to take a walk and look around, the world's going to pass you by.
Life's meant for living, sometimes to keep yourself on the right path, you need to take a hike.