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08 July 2011 @ 11:21 pm
The last little bit I've been rather busy with moving out of my old apartment in the Annapolis Valley. It was really hot the day we moved, over 30*C which is a welcome change, because every other day I've moved, it's been a torrential downpour. So anyway, I'm at my parents house for the very short term while looking for work.

However, my parents have found some work for me - cleaning the basement. Twenty years of mouse crap and my dad's pack rat-ism. Every receipt for everything my grandmother ever purchased, and a whole lot of spiders. Also, forty years of old National Geographics.

Speaking of National Geographic, I was talking to the former editor of National Geographic magazine and president of the Society, Gilbert Grosvenor on Tuesday. National Geographic and Parks Canada collaborated to create a guide book to all of Canada's national parks. It is possible that some of the data used in the maps was data I had created last summer. The book was launched at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck, NS. Bell, most famous for inventing the telephone, was a founder of National Geographic, and lived in Baddeck from 1886 until his death in 1922. Grosvenor is his great grandson. However, I didn't get any leads on cartography jobs at National Geographic, but I did get the book signed.

Yesterday I was at Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site which is an enormous reconstruction of an 18th century French fortified town in Cape Breton. It was the largest fortification in North America the time, and the third busiest port. While impregnable from the sea, the fort was fatally weak on the land, as many hills above the town were excellent sites for siege guns, something the British made great use of the two times they captured the fort in 1745 and 1758. The British demolished the fort in 1760 to avoid having to capture it again. The weather was foggy and cold as it usually is there.

Anyway, I need to get back to looking for work, and not finding it in my parent's basement.
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Music: Dark and Long - Underworld
25 June 2011 @ 04:50 pm
So yesterday Karen and I decided to go to the nearest Futureshop to get a new car stereo, as the old one doesn't work, only plays CDs and is rather old. Getting into the car, I noticed that somebody had thoughtfully removed the old stereo for us. Okay, so I don't lock the car, cause it's a rural area and there's nothing of value to steal in it. Eventually, whatever teenager snagged it will discover that they did me a favour by taking my broken stereo. Next time I'll leave my other old electronics in the car for them to dispose of. However, I should probably lock the car from now on, because I want to keep my working car stereo.
Music: X-Men First Class - Henry Jackman
22 June 2011 @ 03:31 pm
Okay, it's been over a year. I've no excuse, although I have been reading and commenting on your journals in lieu of actual posts.

In a quick year in review, here are the salient points:
  • My last post mentioned getting hired by Parks Canada as a student cartograper. Best summer job I ever had, and it paid twice as much as any other job I've worked.
  • My last year of school was quite busy, making all sorts of maps ranging from topographical maps to nautical charts to 3D models of 19th century British forts. The year also went very well too.
  • I am now an officially certified cartographer.
  • I am also looking for work. There's plenty of jobs for my skill set, and right now I'm applying to jobs all over Canada. In a few years, I want to work internationally. I just had an interview for a company in Fort St John, BC.
  • I'm moving at the end of the month. To where, I have no idea, but that's a good thing, because where ever it is, I'll be finally earning decent money for doing something I like.
  • My life finally feels like it's under my control and going where I want it to go.
So I plan to write some more stuff for Livejournal in the next few days, and keep writing things on a regular basis. I really want to get back to writing fiction, which is something I've put on hold for the past two years to go back to school.

That's about it for now. I'll post some maps I made later.
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Music: Escape Velocity - Chemical Brothers
14 May 2010 @ 11:49 am
Just recently I got hired on as a student cartographer for Parks Canada (the federal government department that manages national parks and historic sites), which I start a week from Monday. It also means I'll be moving to Halifax, NS for the summer and am scrambling to find a place. If you have any leads, I'd love to know about them.

Here are the answers to my previous quiz. No one got number 2, 12 or 14.

1. Brave New World
2. Crime and Punishment
3. Dracula
4. Dune
5. Grapes of Wrath.
6. I, Claudius
7. The Metamorphosis.
8. The Name of the Rose
9. The Picture of Dorian Gray
10. The Prince of Nothing
11. Seven Pillars of Wisdom
12. Tristram Shandy
13. Waiting for Godot
14. Homage to Catalonia
Music: Vietnam - Crystal Castles
28 April 2010 @ 09:57 pm
Instead of exactly doing that meme that is going around, I decided to fix some of the decidedly unsnappy summaries of selected literature for Better Than It Sounds. Also, guess what they are.

My changes are italicized.Collapse )
Music: The Girl and the Robot - Royksopp