Could you Try Guerilla Art?

Guerilla art, also referred to as “street art”, is a method of art making where the artist leaves anonymous art pieces in public places. It is often an installation in an unauthorized location. It is a way for an artist to express their views and opinions to a large audience in an anonymous way. In contrast to popular belief, guerilla art does not have to be done with spray paint. Other popular forms include videos and projections. There is no one motivation for making guerilla art. However, popular reasons include statement making, the sharing of ideas, the desire to send out good karma, and plain fun. Many times guerilla art is used to make a political statement, however, for this assignment it is used to make a statement about creativity.

Source: What Is Guerilla Art? – Guerilla Art

Could you write something short and leave it for someone else to find? Make it anonymous or leave a web mail address if you want to ask for feedback? You may not get any… but it would be an adventure.

Could there be a Train Around the World?

I think this is a great idea. But, maybe better for a super train than a highway for standard vehicles. There are so many great ideas in the works for trains. Even trains which seem impossible to derail and have accidents. All run faster and work with various green fuel ideas.

I’d love to take a trip on a train from London to Toronto. No doubt the tracks could connect to Toronto somewhere along the way through western Canada or around the Great Lakes. What a great trip that would be.

Travel to Europe might become much more affordable too. Shipping of goods/ trade could be simpler. Not all of those trains would be for passengers!

Far into the future (or not so far) the road or train could extend south into Africa and South America too. How great would that be for developing countries? I’m not thinking tourism or charity but real human resources as people could make the trip in much less time – quite a distance to commute to work but the super trains could make the trip.

How would a whirlwind trip around the world on the super train be? What would you pack?

London to New York City by car? It could happen if the head of Russian Railways has his way.

Source: Road from Europe to U.S.? Russia proposes superhighway – CNN.com

The Adventures of the Wilderness Family

This is the family adventure movie I remember – even more than 30 years after watching it with my Dad, brother and sisters in the movie theatre. The scenes I remember most involve a grizzly bear attacking the cabin, orca whales bobbing their heads up while the family float on a flat shelf of ice and struggling to build something to shelter themselves once they land, alone in the wilderness.

There are three movies in the series. I don’t know if I ever did catch the third in the series but I well remember the first two. I have watched them again, on TV, but seldom manage to be in the right place and time to catch them. I would enjoy seeing all three and showing them for my nephew and nieces who are now the ages we (my own brother and sisters and myself) were when we first watched the adventure.

I have to admit I have a huge interest in survival type of stories, including end of the world scenarios and crash landing type things like the Swiss Family Robinson. But, there are not a lot of great survival stories for the whole family to watch which are also not taken down into the genre of silly/ stupid comedy. The comedy really spoils it for me. I’d rather have the suspense and the science behind the survival of the family.

If you have seen a great family adventure survival type of movie write about it in the comments below. There must be other great family movies out there, without the over done humour.

How would you write about a family who get caught out in the wilderness? How would the whole thing start, just another camping trip gone wrong, or something more dramatic and unique?

Simply Security Questions

I was registering for an online points service with one of the grocery store chains here in Ontario. Part of the process was choosing a security question and then typing in your (unique and individual) answer. Well, I have a problem with the new security questions which pop up. I was just fine with the old standard Mother’s maiden name or Father’s middle name. I knew those, they had a simple and definite answer. 

Maybe they became too standard, maybe they were less secure as they became over used or maybe not everyone knows this information about their parents. Some how there are now new security questions and I usually can’t find a simple answer for any of them. I don’t remember enough, I don’t have strict enough opinions or I just don’t have a preference and this leaves me with no security questions and answers, too often. It’s frustrating. 

Here are the security questions from my recent adventure with them:

If you could be any historical figure who would you be?

Where did you go on your best vacation?

What is the name of your best friend from childhood?

What was the first concert you attended?

What is the name of your favourite teacher?

Do you have answers for all of them? An answer you are sure of enough to be able to remember and have the same answer months from now? Not me. I can think of a lot of historical figures, none I’d really want to be. My best vacation…. I can’t pick one. My best friend from childhood… too many options, we moved a lot when I was a younger child and then I never really was great at keeping friends or making them. Another memory game… the name of my favourite teacher, I can’t pick one from among the faces I remember and I’m not sure how to spell the names I can remember. First concert was Cher, or Sonny and Cher, I guess. Or was there something else I’ve forgotten. Likely so. I picked the concert question because it was the only one I might answer the same way twice. 

The problem with most of these questions is still that they do not come with simple, definite answers. Different spellings, different abbreviations, different ways of writing them (like short forms versus long forms). Even if you give the same answer it might be wrong because you typed it with capital letters or without any spaces the first time you gave the security question answer. 

This is why the old standards of Mother’s maiden name worked. Just type in a last name, with the first letter as a capital because (of course) it is a proper name. I miss the old, simple security questions. Security seems to be pulling us farther and farther away from the very things we are supposed to be accessing. I think it will be easier for someone else to guess my security answer than for me to remember it. 

What would you use as a great security question? Can you think up a few? 

Canadian Cemeteries

People are interested in cemeteries for an assortment of reasons: local history, genealogy, and an enjoyment of religious artifacts and old things in general.

Canadian Cemeteries

Ontario Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Ontario

Elgin County Gravestones

Buried in Niagara

Niagara Cemeteries and Spooky Places

Vancouver’s Cemetery – Mountain View

I’ll probably find more links later. I started looking on Flickr and found enough to keep me busy awhile.

Why would you explore a cemetery, during the day when you can actually see what you’re looking at. Write about an adventure that happened while exploring an old cemetery.

2012: The Unfulfilled Quest for Ubuntu Linux

My adventure with installing Ubuntu Linux.

I have installed Ubuntu on other computers and it was very trouble free. Not this time.

Update (May 16) – It looks like I have my solution for the Ubuntu installation problem. But, it’s going to mean wiping out MS Windows and maybe not bothering to go through the process of saving the recovery disks (4 of them to be burned) and then hoping MS doesn’t assume I’m trying something flaky and not allow me to reinstall Windows. I’ve heard you are only allowed ONE reinstall. Pretty bad when you pay for Windows as part of a new computer.