Archive for April, 2009

The colour of music – news story

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Today’s Prince Albert Daily Herald had this story about Charlotte’s art show …

Student brings art and music together

The Prince Albert Daily Herald

As she sits at the table, Charlotte Loseth explains how music has influenced her life and especially her art.

“Music and art have always been together for me,” said the Carlton Comprehensive High School Grade 12 student.

“When I was painting each portrait, I was listening to their music to help me along.”

Loseth is set to present her art – four portraits of musical artists – on Friday at Turks Coffee House, with another show to be held at Carlton next week.

The four artists Loseth chose are singers she has a strong connection to, whether it was growing up listening to Bob Dylan or her own enjoyment of the indie rock band Animal Collective. Loseth said she painted each singer in a way that shows what she feels their music would look like if it were to become physical.

The portraits were completed as part of an independent extra credit course Loseth took at Carlton. According to Carlton principal Dawn Kilmer, the program is one that requires the student to not only be self-motivated, but also asks them to design their own curriculum and marking scheme.

“It’s always in a passion area,” said Kilmer. “They always come up with incredible products.”

Loseth’s art teacher, Dawn Marie Anderson, said she was impressed with the work and skill Loseth put into her paintings. One of the challenges Anderson observed her student go through was the struggle to push herself and her art beyond what she had done before.

“She was just so fearless in what she did,” she said. “She’s gone past the point of where I would have thought she would go.”

For Loseth, the project is the end of a year of artistic challenge, but also serves as the start to a new life beyond high school. She hopes to use the artwork as part of her portfolio to apply to art schools next year.

“I’m applying once I have built up a portfolio,” she said. “I’ve just always thought art school would be an awesome place to be.”

Loseth’s work will be on display to the public at Turks Coffee House from 8-10 p.m. on Friday. It will also be open to the public in the Carlton rotunda for the week starting Monday.

Liquored up on subsidies

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

The U.S. subsidy is a tax rebate of 50 cents a gallon for converting from fossil fuel to a mixture of fossil fuel and biofuel. It was approved by the U.S. Senate in 2005 to increase the use of biofuel in highway vehicles. But in 2008, kraft pulp mills who have traditionally used black liquor – a by-product rich in carbon – for producing heat and energy, realized they could qualify for it if they added some diesel fuel to it. The resulting fuel meets the tax guidelines but burns more fossil fuel rather than less, turning the intent the legislation upside down.

… (full Vancouver Sun article here)

Luckily the outcry against this perverse “black liquor” subsidy isn’t limited to Canada – see this Wall Street Journal article.  I just hope that common sense prevails before the few remaining unshuttered Canadian pulp mills are forced to shut down.

More street hockey

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Last year I put up some pictures of Janet playing in the annual street hockey tournament of Saskatchewan Rivers Schoold Division staff.  Here are a couple of pics from this year’s tournament (the PACI team fought valiantly, and won one of their three games, but didn’t make the playoffs).

Janet and the PACI team playing the River Rats

Janet waits for the ball to come loose

The colour of music – an invitation

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

The colour of DylanIf you are in the vicinity of Turk’s Coffee House between 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. this Friday (May 1, 2009), consider taking up Charlotte’s invitation.  She’s worked hard at this project, and I think she’s done well.

When I grow up I wanna be an elephant proctologist

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

As I mentioned awhile ago, the job of Lumberjack rated 200th out of 200 in a recent analysis.

I’m not sure where this job was ranked.


Team Glen

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Some of my readers may remember that last spring I participated in the 2008 Walk for ALS.

This year’s Prince Albert Walk for ALS will be held on May 30.  Having more advance notice than last year, upon discussion with some family members we have decided to form a team to walk in this year’s event.  Team Glen will be fundraising over the next few weeks to raise money to fight this cruel disease in memory of my brother Glen, who died of ALS in 2004.

Glen Loseth with his siblings - April 2002 - ALS not yet diagnosed.

Glen (middle front) with his siblings - April 2002 - ALS not yet diagnosed.

We have registered for the walk, and have created a team website on the ALS Society of Saskatchewan’s website.  If you knew Glen and would like to join Team Glen to help fundraise to fight ALS, or if you’d like to make an online donation, or just to learn more about ALS, check out the Team Glen Website here.

Poster fort the 2009 Walk for ALS in Prince Albert

Clearing trails

Monday, April 20th, 2009

With the snow almost all gone I’ve been itching to get out to our land at Shell Lake.  I knew that some trees had fallen across the trails in a big windstorm in October, so on Saturday I loaded the chainsaw and together with some helpers, spent some time clearing trails.  It was a grey, drizzly day, but it was nice to get out of the city.  Here are some pictures …

Some water and snow on the trail

The work crew beside the "wagon field"

The handful of spruce planted in 2008 have survived

The ice has broken – spring is here

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Since the kids have had all of this week off school for Easter break, I decided to take today off.  Fiona and I ran an errand, and on our way back we swung by River Street to check the ice at the boat launch.

At first glance it looked as though the ice was still holding.

North Saskatchewan River 2009-04-17 - broken

However a second look revealed that the ice was flowing downriver.  To prove it I took a short video clip with my digital camera – poor quality but enough to see the ice movement.

This was at around 11:30 this morning, so I’ll assume that the ice broke after midnight.  i.e. Linea is the icebreaker winner.  Unlike Marc, I don’t have any pilcrows to give out, so an Attagirl will have to do.

Leaving the nest for England

Friday, April 17th, 2009

For our friends who haven’t already heard, both Luke and Charlotte are planning to go to England.

They will be staying in a flat on Pelistry farm, i.e. in the same yard as their Grandma and Grandpa Bird and their uncle and aunt Mervyn and Stephanie and cousins Jon, Dan and Adelle.

Because their mother is British, they automatically have dual citizenship, so they can legally find work in England.  They will help on the farm, but they also hope to find work in the tourism sector once summer arrives.

Charlotte won’t leave until she has graduated from high school at the end of June, but Luke plans to buy his airline ticket as soon as his British passport arrives (the Canadian passports have arrived already).

This is a great opportunity for them to experience a part of the world outside of the town they grew up in.  And the Isles of Scilly is a great place for an artist to build one’s art portfolio.

The nest is emptying.  It’s going to feel different around here.

I was wrong

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I predicted that the ice would break on April 15.  It didn’t.

As of my noon walk today (April 16), there were a lot of open areas, but there were more areas where the ice extended entirely across the river.

North Saskatchewan River, 2009-04-16, at noon

After work I wandered back down to the riverbank.  A lot more areas were open.

North Saskatchewan River at Prince Albert, 2009-04-16, about 5:15 p.m. - open patch

However there was still ice extending across the river in many areas, and the ice was not moving down the river, so I don’t think it could really be called broken yet.

North Saskatchewan River at Prince Albert, 2009-04-16, about 5:15 p.m. - ice across river.

Linea predicted that the ice would break on April 17.  It may have finished breaking this afternoon/evening, but it looks like Linea may have the honours.  Luckily I didn’t bet any money.