My ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge! (Dedicated to my father, David)



Well…I finally did my ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge 🙂


Click on photo to see video 🙂

And the reason I did it on Friday, August 29, was because it was 9 years ago on that date (2005) that my father David passed away from ALS. So I have seen what this horrible disease can do – not just to the person afflicted with ALS, but also to the immediate family.

So… whether you throw ice water over your head or not, PLEASE donate generously to this important cause. Here is the link to donate to #IceBucketChallenge for ALS Canada

Using Laptops for Note-Taking Impedes Learning, Study Shows



As a film instructor I have always wondered about this. 🙂


As the debate around laptops in the classroom continues, a series of U.S. studies shows that the use of technology to aid learning may not always have a positive outcome.

New research by Princeton University researcher Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer of the University of California shows that the use of laptops for taking notes—which is becoming increasingly common—impedes learning.

In three studies titled “The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note-Taking,” the researchers found that students retain less information if taking lecture notes on a laptop rather than by hand.

“Laptops lead to mindless transcription and worse performance. Handwriting consistently leads to better memory encoding,” Mueller said.

Read the rest of this article from The Epoch Times.

Bike riding – looking at things from a different perspective



10496073_10152217859206090_1498121248533525523_oWhen you ride your bike, you start to see things from a different perspective because you are traveling faster than pedestrians, but not as fast as a car or bus. This automatically gives you a different perspective on things.

From the physical: like the wind in your face to good exercise to focusing on the cars, people (and dogs) around you.

And to the more serene: the sense of freedom, floating and sailing along.

So anytime you change your “normal” traveling perspective, remember not just to look around you, but to “see.”

What do you see?