Powell River Giant Hulks breakwater

After you finish the 1.2km Willingdon Creek Trail in Powell River, continue walking towards the Pulp Mill — staying as close to the water as you can — and you’ll get some distant views of the largest floating Hulk breakwater in the world.

Very cool.

The breakwater is used to protect the Mill’s log storage pond.

While nine of these ten ships were built during the Second World War, the tenth ship, the S. S. Peralta, is the last remaining WWI concrete ship afloat.

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Powell River sea walk at dusk

TEST – iPhone X photos in low light

Phone cameras are great. But typically not great in low light — unless you adjust settings.

I’m often impressed.

As a test I took some hand held shots from the Sea Walk Trail in Powell River B.C.

Standard 4K settings.

It had rained most of the day. This is the Liquid Sunshine Coast.

A Welcome Grave by Michael Koryta

The 3rd book in his Lincoln Perry series.

Koryta certainly improved as a writer once he finished the LP series.

Lincoln Perry is a thoroughly unlikable character.

I did enjoy the plot. But not much else.

…a rising star on the Cleveland police force, Perry ended his career when he left one of the city’s prominent attorneys, Alex Jefferson, bleeding in the parking lot of his country club—retribution for his affair with Perry’s fiancée.

Now Jefferson is dead, the victim of a brutal murder, and his widow has called upon Perry for a favor he knows he shouldn’t accept but can’t turn down …


Hannibal – season 1

Hannibal (2013) is … is based on characters and elements appearing in Thomas Harris‘ novels Red Dragon (1981), Hannibal (1999), and Hannibal Rising (2006) with focus on the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham’s most cunning enemy and, at the same time, the only person who can understand him.

Whew. That’s a long, packed sentence.

I’ve never like horror. And this series is very gory.

Yet I loved Silence of the Lambs.

This version has a different feel.

Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen provide plenty of gravitas. This is serious drama. Well written. Well acted.

Gillian Anderson as Bedelia Du Maurier, Lecter’s psychotherapist is excellent, of course.

I always like Scott Thompson who plays Jimmy Price, one of the crime scene investigators. That group lighten the shows with their dark humour.

Not sure yet whether I could stomach season 2.

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Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich

Dangerous Minds is the sequel to Curious Minds, introducing Emerson Knight and Riley Moon.

Emerson Knight is a rich, eccentric introvert with little-to-no sense of social etiquette. He is also brilliant and handsome. Riley Moon is a recent Harvard Law and Harvard Business graduate. …

I liked the first book, especially Knight who’s a weird Sherlock Holmes type eccentric.

Both are light weight, easy reads. Young adult.

The plot of Dangerous Minds looked promising: a monk mentor, a missing island, plenty of travel.

But ultimately I found it disappointing. I’ll read no more Janet Evanovich.

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

My first Coben book. And I enjoyed the funny banter. It’s entertaining.

Deal Breaker (1995) first in his Myron Bolitar series.

A former NBA basketball player, Myron is the owner of MB SportsReps, an agency representing sports stars and celebrities.

Two regular supporting characters in the Myron Bolitar series are his best friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III (better known as “Win”), and his assistant at MB Reps, Esperanza Diaz.  …

Bolitar is depicted as being a good agent for his clients, taking care of their needs and wants while being careful to not exploit them like bigger agencies. He also helps out clients in times of personal need, which often puts him in the role of “accidental detective.”  …

Deal Breaker starts with Christian Steele, an NFL rookie quarterback, Myron’s prized client, getting a phone call from a former girlfriend, whom everyone, including the police, believes is dead.

Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail.

Harlan Coben went to High School with Chris Christie. To Amherst College with writer Dan Brown.

RUBY XL HD Handheld Video Magnifier

My Mom is using this product. Recommended by the Canadian Institute of the Blind.

It’s not perfect. Battery life is surprisingly short.

She doesn’t think she’ll use it all that often.

It’s expensive, too. Right now USD $700 or more. But there are similar less expensive competitors available.

I saw one as low as USD $18.

You can magnify materials up to 14 times.

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cycling/hiking the Sunshine Coast

I’ve done two sections of the 180km Sunshine Coast Trail in the past:

Sarah Point to Manzanita hut (2015)

Mowat Bay to Lois Main (2016)

PLAN is to cycle the Sunshine Coast loop starting Oct. 22nd.  Hiking sections en route.

Perhaps some petrotoxin transport to the ferries.  Perhaps stopping to defeat Rockin’ at Golf in Vancouver.

Weather is definitely a factor in October.

Forever Odd (2003) by Dean Koontz

I read the original Odd Thomas in 2012. Really enjoyed it.

It took me 8 years to get around to the 2nd book in the series Forever Odd.

Odd Thomas is a twenty-year-old short-order cook.

Odd is silently approached by the ghost of a young girl brutally raped and murdered, and through his unique ability to understand the dead, is psychically led to her killer, a former schoolmate named Harlo Landerson.

Koontz discloses how Odd was named and begins, layer by layer, to show how Odd’s dysfunctional upbringing has shaped his life, and as those details are uncovered, his supernatural abilities begin to make more sense.

The ghost of Elvis hangs around Odd’s apartment, for example.

“I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it.” – Odd Thomas pg. 32

Though the book is simplistic and silly in some ways, I really enjoyed it.

Some of the characters are interesting.

Little Ozzie, for example, a philosopher and obese gourmet cook.

Chief Wyatt Porter is good. I do like the love interest, Stormy Llewellyn.

An Odd Thomas film was released in 2013. Mostly based on the original book

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Would you pay for ad-free Facebook?

I would.

In addition I’d want personal controls over my feed.

As Professor Galloway points out so clearly, it’s the algorithm driving monetization that causes MOST of the problems with Facebook.

Both right and left leaning Americans are convinced that Facebook currently is biased against their beliefs. Both GOP and DEMs want to change Facebook.

Facebook is a private company and can do anything it wants — unless laws are changed. And they will be.

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Results of one online survey.

Facebook would continue their free service with advertising, of course.

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