The Rodzone

Summerlicious!

wintler_park_looking_upstream_2005That title sums up our 75 days of summer pretty well. Today we are going to be a touch on the warm side with temps tickling the 90 mark. I am not a huge fan of leaving the oven door open but many of our fair residents of the Original Vancouver are. If you fall into the “warmer the better” group then, this is your time to soak up the summerlicious weather.

I have spent a lot of time talking up the…

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Carriers: For Captains That Like Pets

Carriers: For Captains That Like Pets

Carrier-w-brel-smallCarriers are a class of ship that up until recently had been a bit light on selection. The boffins at Cryptic have been slowly adding them into the game and now we have a very impressive inventory of options for the captain that likes pets.

There are now more than a dozen base ships offering at least one hangar bay. There is also numerous additional variants such as refits, retrofits and fleet…

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Composite Photos can be Fun

Composite Photos can be Fun

BIZCARDCOLOR1-smallComposite photos are used in a variety of applications. Composites are essentially several photos merged or stitched together to form a panoramic or a composite of two or more scenes together. You see this routinely with images of people over laid in front of a background on a business card or website. Such as the shameless plug on the left ;)

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The first composite style that I use allot is a…

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Cruisin’ The Gut

Cruisin’ The Gut

gut (8 of 8)Yet another epic car culture event took place over this past weekend in the ‘Couv’. By now, most of you know that I am a bit of a car junkie. (UK translation, Petrol Head)Cruisin’ the Gut is an event that has grown into a giant all day extravaganza that consumes Main Street. Yes, we still have a “Main Street” in the ‘Couv’. It was an eclectic internal combustion collaboration from the bottom of…

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STO: The Geeky Character Building Epic for the Clinically Insane

STO: The Geeky Character Building Epic for the Clinically Insane

Dj1-picardvsrikerI have played a great many RPG games and MMORPGs. I have built thousands of characters across nearly every game console and PC platform ever made. Yeah, I am kind of old, I guess ;) Star Trek Online has one of the most complex character building systems out there.

Now some of you may have played a game with even more complexities to the toon, but not many games offer the level of tweaking that…

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It’s High Time the City Complete Her Annexations

It’s High Time the City Complete Her Annexations

This is a controversial subject! Vancouver, WA is supposed to annex the entire Orchards area in to the city. It was all part of a master plan back in the day when the City put water and sewer service all the way out past Sifton. Former mayor Pollard tried to complete the Orchards annexation and ended up in a stalemate with the county over the whole process. I will not pretend like I know the…

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Dinesh D’Souza and ‘America’

Dinesh D’Souza and ‘America’

imgresDinesh D’Souza stormed onto the controversial scene in 2012 with his documentary expose on President Obama, that did not flatter the President. I have not seen that film nor read the book on which it is based but I understand that it was a searing critique on Mr. Obama. It went on to become the second highest grossing documentary of all time trailing Michael Moore’s equally destructive critique…

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Flying as a Ferengi

Flying as a Ferengi

Ferengi I mentioned last week, (Risian Luxury Test Drive) that I wanted to start a Ferengi toon to play so I can fly that Luxury Cruiser. What a great profit opportunity.  The Ninth Rule of Acquisition says, “Opportunity plus instinct equals PROFIT”! STO is a role-playing game and what better role to play for an American, than the galaxy’s ultimate capitalist entrepreneurs, the Ferengi ;)

So I started…

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Vintage San Francisco, 80s Style

Vintage San Francisco, 80s Style

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From Yerba Buena Island, Canon A-1 with FD 50mm f1.4 circa 1983

I was rolling through some old dusty 35mm Kodachrome 64 transparencies and found some interesting images I made when I was a much younger lad. When I say dusty, I don’t just mean figuratively, they are quite dirty. I cleaned them up as best I could and decided to run them through my old Minolta Dimage scanner. Ah, the eighties… tech…

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We Survived the 4th in the ‘Couv’

We Survived the 4th in the ‘Couv’

34275_1157365551469_7086033_nThe 4th of July in America’s Vancouver is one of the most emphatic displays of national pride you will find anywhere. We take our fireworks displays quite seriously. I have to say, at the risk of a jinx, that this year the good citizens of the original Vancouver were reserved in their pre-4th and post-4th jubilation. Independence Day itself was the full “in-your-face” explosion of sparks and fire…

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