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How-to

Being more productive in 5 easy steps

Have you ever had a busy day filled with little tasks that added up to practically nothing, walking away at the end of the day, you realize you just worked for 8 hours straight and have nothing to show for it? You’re not alone. We all have days like this. Sometimes, the key to being productive has nothing to do with how long you work, but rather how you organize your time. The following are 5 ways that I improve my productivity on a daily basis. If they don’t apply to you or your career directly, think about modifying them or pulling out key points to become more productive yourself.

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Complaints

5 reasons to avoid pre-paid credit cards

I’ve seen a lot of those “pre-paid” credit cards in stores recently, and in the past year or so, I’ve actually received three of them as gifts. With all due respect to the people who purchased them for me; please stop buying these pre-paid MasterCard and pre-paid Visa gift cards.

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Photography

Commercial Photography Blog

I have started a new photo blog to showcase some of my stock photography and commercial photography. This new blog will not replace my current blog, but will be more focused on photography and photo-related items.

So, if you have a moment, please head over to my commercial photography blog and see for yourself.

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Videos

New York October 31, 2009

I’m on Christmas holidays right now at my parent’s place in Kitchener. I thought that I would post a video that I made a couple months ago. This video is from a trip that Heather and I took to New York, New York on Halloween. It’s short, but hopefully you like it.

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All of this was recorded using my Nikon D90, several different lenses and editing in AfterEffects.

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General

Paypal Math

My math might be a bit rusty since graduating, but this screenshot from PayPal seems a bit off to me…

Paypal Error

Perhaps there’s more to forex than I originally thought.

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How-to

How to flip a mattress

Most mattress manufacturers recommend that you rotate your mattress to allow it to wear evenly and prolong its lifetime. This is especially important if you have a partner that you share your bed with. If you and your partner are different heights and weights, then you will need to rotate it to prevent it from getting too worn in some areas, but not others. The concept is not unlike rotating the tires on your car, allowing them to wear evenly as well.

So how do you flip a mattress? Do you flip it the long way, or the short way? What way did you rotate your mattress last time? This past weekend, I came up with an easy system that is pretty straight forward and will help you remember when and how to flip your mattress.

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Programming

Django Upgraded

I finally took the time to upgrade to Django 1.0.2 and migrate my blog to the new release this weekend. Django 1.0 has a lot of improved features, including an upgraded comment system which has allowed me to re-enable comments on my blog.

There was a few speedbumps while upgrading, but everything is well documented at djangoproject.org so it wasn’t too bad.

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Photography

Geoff and Ali’s Wedding Photos

Geoff was my classmate in university and we were roommates for our final semester at Waterloo. This past Sunday, after 4 years of courting, he married Ali Palmer (now Ali Wheeler) at the Mill Lofts in Guelph. I had the pleasure of doing their wedding photos for them.

This is a very short slideshow of some of the photos I took for them, although, more photos can be found in the Flickr Set for this occasion.

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Congratulations Geoff and Ali and all the best for your future together!

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Photography

Photos for Agave Grill

I recently visited Agave Grill in Ottawa. After hearing good things about this restaurant, I looked it up online and realized they didn’t have any photos in their “gallery” on their site. During dinner that night, I introduced myself to the owner and offered up my services as a photographer.

The following short slideshow is a showcase of some of the photos that I did for Agave.

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Photography

DIY Super Clamp

Recently I was looking on eBay for a Super Clamp. A Super Clamp is a small device that can me used to attach your camera flash to surfaces in a room to provide light from different angles. It’s way smaller than carrying around a separate tripod or stand for your flash and this small device costs about $40. That price is about $35 more than I am willing to spend. Here’s how I made my own Super Clamp for about $5 to fit my Nikon SB-800 camera flash.