I’m now a GoPro guy

Finally.

And I tested it skiing Sunshine. Works as advertised. Perfect for me, I think, as it’s quick, durable and simple.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Gorgeous day. Perfect, in fact. I do love Spring skiing.

In fact, this was only my second day skiing for years. I was also testing the new boots and skis I bought last year.

There was a full moon over the Rockies on the shuttle bus up from Calgary.

So far, I’m super happy it. Of course GoPro has a huge range of mounts and accessories. I’ve already bought the tripod and bike mounts.

For video it replaces the Canon Elf I lost on my last trip. For photos I’ll mostly use my iPhone X.

related – GoPro Hero 7 Black Review

With its new gimbal-like stabilisation and live-streaming powers, the GoPro Hero 7 Black is the best action camera we’ve seen so far…

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Pod room in a hostel

I’ve stayed in a couple of airport pod hotel rooms. An excellent idea. You can rent for 4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours or more depending on the amount of time you have between flights.

But in Púcon, Chile I stayed for the first time in a pod room in a hostel.

$15 / night. No breakfast. Shared washrooms and excellent kitchen. You keep your stuff in a locker outside the room.

But here’s the view just outside my door.

This is the French Andes hostel.

cordless vacuum cleaner for Christmas

I gave my parents a  Makita 18V LXT Vacuum Cleaner.

It works well for small, fast clean-ups.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

You need clean it frequently.

3 Ah is the best battery.

If you don’t already have a Makita battery or charger, the whole set-up will cost about C$200.

Thanks Markos and Keith for the idea.

I love Sultana Biscuits

My favourite cookies are most often called Sultana Biscuits.

In Vancouver you can find them in speciality Asian food stores.

Superstore no longer stocks them. Walmart no longer stocks them.

Update. Superstore in Calgary had them in the foreign food speciality aisle December 2018. 

You can buy Sultanas online from Amazon.com. But not Amazon.ca.

 

my NEW rolling backpack carry-on

I’m super happy with my new MEC 40L Rolling Continent Carry-On which fits the overhead compartment of even the crappiest Bombardier jets.

Click PLAY or watch a video on the same pack in 60L on YouTube.

My last two similar bags were both Samsonite MVS Spinners. Durability was poor, especially the wheels.

NEW Calgary Public Library OPEN

I’ll be spending time here.

Lots of wood. Natural light. A relaxed and inspiring space. Perfect for kids on a cold winter day.

The indigenous touches are nice.

With a FREE library card you can print up to $5 / month.

Click PLAY or watch an introduction on YouTube.

Click PLAY or see the weird and wonderful architecture on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch the construction on YouTube.

I was only 70% if favour of spending tax dollars on a future Olympics. But I’m 100% for opening my wallet for the new library. It’s all good. I particularly like public transit train access on site.

CAD $245 million project was on time and on budget.

The Calgary Public Library (CPL) is the second most used system in Canada (after the Toronto Public Libraryand the sixth most used library system in North America.

… one of the lowest per capita funding in the country, receiving as little as half the money of other Canadian public libraries …

Nexen, a Chinese government company, donated 1.5M dollars. If this is part of their Belt and Road initiative, I’ll take it. 🙂

It’s not all good.

  • Opening hours are still lousy. Sunday’s only 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
  • There’s no EASY free wifi. You need to log-in with your FREE library card.

related – ‘Spectacular’: A look inside Calgary’s new Central Library on opening day