The outdoors

Vorticity (4K) from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

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I find that my Prism Quantum two-line kite is too frustrating to fly in winds of less than 16 knots (kn). The ideal range is 16-25 kn, with the wind consistent in power and coming from a consistent direction. That’s a rare situation indeed in Toronto, where winds are almost never so strong and tend […]

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About five years ago, soon after I moved to Toronto, I bought an olive-coloured Classic Beaufort jacket, manufactured by Barbour in the U.K. I was made aware of the brand and model by Fred Burton’s book Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, in which he suggests that the jacket is a favourite among professionals who […]

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My friend Rosie organized a Massey expedition to the former-brickworks-turned-community-space in the Don Valley. It was a nice break from grading (and hourly email complaints for students demanding essay and participation grades). I’m still recuperating a bit from the divestment setback, along with a string of other recent minor misfortunes, so getting out into Toronto’s […]

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Back when I was in high school (before 2000), I was given a pair of Raichle hiking boots, purchased at Mountain Equipment Co-op (and also kindly mailed to me in Oxford before my first trip with the Walking Club). The boots are excellent, with solid ankle support, a reliable ability to maintain grip in wet […]

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Rosie Martin, a Massey Junior Fellow, organized a trip on Saturday to the Koffler Scientific Reserve. Getting out into the woods was a great pleasure, and it was fascinating to see some tiny pond-collected larvae and insects under optical stereo microscopes, including damselfly and dragonfly larvae.

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This past weekend, I was in Midland for my cousin Marko’s wedding. The official wedding photographers/videographers asserted their exclusive domain over the wedding and reception, preventing me from getting any shots there (and saving me 12+ hours of post-processing). I did get some shots at the family brunch the next morning. Several of the photos […]

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Thanks to the intervention of my friend Amanda, I spent the weekend at my friend Sabrina’s cottage on Paugh Lake, near Barry’s Bay, Ontario. I had high hopes for a clear view of the fading Perseid meteor shower on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night was overcast and raining, though it was still remarkable to […]

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