Monthly Archives: October 2014

Trail Run to Albion Falls (Hamilton, ON)

Red Hill Trail Sign

Let’s explore the Red Hill Valley Trail and make our way to the gorgeous Albion Falls.

Mt Albion Entrance

This portion of the trail starts on the old road, that is now completely closed to traffic.

Under the Expressway

At this point, the trail continues underneath The Red Hill Expressway. I used to run here all the time when I was a kid. It was my favourite place to run and I was saddened when the new highway was built.

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Fortunately though, the trail system is still really nice and the sounds of the busy city fade away as you get further back into the natural area.

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To get to the falls, you have to take the side trail along the river. It is a treacherous path as it is full of rocks, tree routes, and narrow passages.

Trail along river

The view is incredible and it only gets better the further you make your way up the river.

Mount Albion Falls

I hadn’t been here in about 15 years and I have no idea why. It is absolutely beautiful. And it was such a nice day on Saturday, that several families were out enjoying the view.

Mt Albion Falls

I didn’t slow down. It was like I was running parkour as I ran across small rocks to cross the river, jumping up on larger rocks to get this nice close-up shot of Albion Falls.

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I took a date here once and we sat at the bottom of these falls. It was awesome. It is great how accessible Mount Albion Falls actually is. It’s probably a better hike though than it is a trail run.

Regardless of that, I loved being back in Hamilton for the weekend and I loved running in Red Hill Valley again.

Photographic Tours Archive – dozens and dozens of great trails to explore

Weekly Classroom Newsletter

I have decided to start a weekly classroom newsletter to keep parents informed of what is happening in our classroom.

We have a 10-day week in my school, which means that I only have to design one of these every two weeks. And it really isn’t as much work as it sounds. I’ve already planned out the entire 19 weeks of learning for the year. This detailed long-range plan is pretty much never seen by anyone other than myself. This is a way to share with parents what exactly is happening. I think it’s worth the effort.

So here it is. My first weekly newsletter.

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Here is the plan for this week. It includes the topic of study for each subject area, along with curriculum expectations that we will be focusing on.

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fdrive33 – Please Support Campus Radio

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Superior Spider-Man Teams Up with Villains and Heroes

Superior Spider-Man Team Up - Vol 1

Superior Spider-Man Team Up: Volume 1 – Versus

No one in the Marvel Universe realizes that Doc Ock has taken over Peter Parker’s life. Not even when he battles them all. There are some pretty good fights here and an interesting way to kick off the new on-going team-up series.

It looks like, perhaps, Doc Ock is back to his evil ways. But ever since he rededicated himself to be an even better Spider-Man than Parker ever was, he has been fighting crime in his own way. And of course, this time it is no different.

Superior Spider-Man Team Up - Vol 2

Superior Spider-Man Team Up: Volume 2 – Superior Six

The Superior Spider-Man is on probation with The Avengers because of his peculiar actions as of late. He decides that he needs his own team and uses technology to control the Sinister Six. He uses them like puppets to form his new hero team, The Superior Six. But not everything goes according to plan.

Also, in this collection is a team-up with my favourite super-hero, Daredevil. he knows that something is off with Peter Parker as well. He doesn’t bring it full circle to discover the true secret, however.

A Great Companion Title

So far, this title has been a great addition to the on-going Superior Spider-Man title. It’s an amazing series and I highly recommend it.

In fact, I would love to see the new movie franchise go down this route in the next few movies. I couldn’t help but thinking that as I watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It feels like it would be a natural progression.

My List of 2014 Reads – My detailed reading log for the year

Barracks Skatepark (London, Ontario)

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Wolseley Skatepark in London, Ontario is skateboard wonderland.

Barracks Skatepark 1

The park is huge and has a great flow to it. Several skaters, BMXers, and scooter kids can ride here and not get in each other’s way often.

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There are a bunch of stairs and rails throughout the course.

Barracks wide shot

The only thing missing here is a mini-ramp half pipe.

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But it does have this really cool kidney-shaped bowl. It’s about eight feet deep and scary to drop in.

I slid in, then threw my board under my feet, and had a great time skating around in it.

quarter pipe

This is a nice quarter pipe. I just wish it wasn’t elevated so much with a fairly big drop-off at the back.

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This is part of the street course which stands off to the side of the ramps and obstacles.

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There are launch ramps, a box, and a few rails. Plus there is a lot of room to do ollies, kickflips, manuals, and other flatland tricks.

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This is a launch ramp to enter the coolest obstacle of all at this park.

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There is a three bump wave here that feels amazing to go zooming over. Right beside it is a spine, wave, spine combination.

I had so much fun skating here and I bet you will too.

More Skatepark Tours

Ender’s Game Concludes with Children of the Mind

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Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card

It’s taken me a while but I have finally read the original Ender’s Game series.

The first novel is a science fiction classic that I stumbled upon seven years ago. I was completely blown away by the tale and it became one of my all-time favourite books.

The second book in the series, Speaker for the Dead, did the impossible. It topped the original. Sequels rarely do that, but the second book stands as my favourite of the series.

The third book was enjoyable but couldn’t quite compare to the two back-to-back knock-out punches. Fortunately though, Orson Scott Card brings it all home in the fourth and final chapter of the series.

But like all good characters and stories, this one lives on. Card is apparently working on a new trilogy focusing on the alien species, The Formics.

That would bring the grand total up to 19 novels. I have only read 7 of them so I still have some work to do to exhaust the complete Enderverse Saga.

I highly recommend the audio books of this series. They are produced with full-cast narration and sound effects. They sound amazing and are, quite frankly, the best way to experience the stories.

My Reading Log of 2014 – continually updated all year long

This is an Avenger’s World. It is Protected!

Avengers Vol 1

Avengers: Volume 1 – Avengers World

Trouble is brewing and it seems like the only hope for earth is The Avengers. Captain America and Iron-Man realize that the team, as it is, won’t be enough. So they start recruiting to make the team even bigger and more powerful.

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Avengers: Volume 2 – The Last White Event

I read this series a little out of order. I started with this title over a year ago simply because it was at the public library. You never know what you will find there. I love the randomness, but I also like the binge reading I’ve been doing lately as well.

Avengers Vol 3

Avengers: Volume 3 – Prelude to Infinity

Alien beings have launched weapons to spark a new evolution on Earth. They are part of an ancient race that have been doing this since the beginning of time. They have visited planet after planet and have never met resistance like they are about to on Earth.

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Avengers: Volume 4 – Infinity

The Avengers get some help fighting an alien menace that is determined to reshape the Earth.

S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department) and even the Skrulls help fight the aliens. The Avengers truly are living up to their mandate to grow and expand, even if it is with temporary allies.

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Avengers: Volume 5 – Adapt or Die

A rogue planet is hurtling through space and is on a collision course with the Earth. And it seems like one of Iron-Man’s descendants might have to key to save the day. Time-travelling members of the team? Things truly are expanding.

That is all for my Avenger’s binge reading . . . for now! 

My 2014 Reading Log – a comprehensive list of everything I read this year

What I’m Thankful For

 

Thanksgiving is the best time of the year to pause, reflect on your life, and take stock.

If you think about it, I am sure you have a lot to by thankful for. It might not always feel like it. Things might not be perfect, but we are all blessed in one way or another.

Here are my reasons to be thankful this year. . .

Past Memories

This holiday weekend I really miss my dad. We had a nice Thanksgiving meal together last year. I can be thankful for all the time we did spend together, even at the very end. It still hurts that he is gone. No one was as good a listener as my dad.

A Teaching Job at a New School

There are quite a lot of qualified teachers who can’t find work. I have a job at one school this year. It’s a nice school with a great staff. I am enjoying my time there so far and very thankful that I get the chance to teach every day.

My Radio Shows

I love doing campus radio and am having a great time doing my show Monday nights on 94.9 CHRW. It makes for a long day with hardly any sleep to prepare me for the next one, but it is so worth it to go into the radio station and run a show live from the control booth.

I continue to be on 93.3 CFMU Saturday nights as part of DOPEfm. And my show is occasionally simulcast on a few other Canadian stations as well. Not only that, but I regularly appear on OUR show on 91.5 WPRK in Florida.

I’m sure there are more . . .

but I’m having a hard time thinking of them right now. My relationship with an amazing woman crumbled apart a few weeks back. We tried to stay friends but it seems like she truly is gone now. We won’t be together forever like I had envisioned. I wanted that so bad too.

But . . .

I have a family dinner to attend today

I’m really looking forward to that. It will be nice to see my mom, my brother, his wife and their kids. I’m only going to have one Thanksgiving dinner this weekend though. That hasn’t been the case for a number of years now.

However you are celebrating (or not) . . . 

I hope you can take a moment to reflect on your blessings and the great things in your life. We all have something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Access: DJ Z of DJ Booth

DJ Z has a really interesting history, from being a campus radio DJ, to working in commercial radio, to helping build DJ Booth into one of the premiere music spaces on the Internet.

We caught up with him for one of our special Access segments on 91.5 WPRK in Winterpark, Florida. And through the wonders of modern technology, DJ Z is able to join us from Chicago, and I can jump on the program from my home in London, Ontario.

Press play to be educated an entertained. Anyone who writes a blog, does a radio show, or is trying to promote music can learn from his experiences. This is real talk!

Is the new Spider-Man truly Superior?

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The Superior Spider-Man Volume 1

In the final issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus cheats death by body-swapping with Peter Parker. It looks like all is lost but Peter manages to get inside of Doc Ock’s brain and convinces him to continue on as a super-hero instead of a villain.

In this first graphic novel of the new comic series, we see that Peter Parker is trapped inside his own brain and Otto Octavius is in complete control of his body. The cool thing is that he has dedicated himself as The Superior Spider-Man as vows to be an even better, more efficient Spider-Man that Peter Parker ever was.

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The Superior Spider-Man Volume 2

It’s amazing to see that Otto Octavius, the man who used to be the evil Doc Ock, is actually able to be the heroic Spider-Man. His methods are brutal and people question his motives, but ultimately he is still doing good deeds.

Peter Parker is still fighting to regain control of his body and to let people know that it really isn’t him behind the mask and living his day-to-day life in his civilian identity.

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The Superior Spider-Man Volume 3

J. Jonah Jameson is now the mayor of New York City and he is overseeing the execution of the super-villain who killed his wife. When things go wrong on the island prison, he orders Spider-Man to kill the villain himself.

Spider-Man records the conversation and uses it to blackmail the mayor. He gets a secret base, a private militia, and he no longer needs to live a double life. He has even vanquished the part of Peter Parker that still managed to exert some kind of control. The Superior Spider-Man is now loose to be the hero he wants to be, even if it is a more brutal and ruthless one.

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The Superior Spider-Man Volume 4

Spider-man 2099 comes back from the future in this edition and is surprised to find that this time’s Spider-man doesn’t remember him. But there are bigger things afoot that need to be addressed, mainly the end of the universe as we know it.

This series has been a great read so far. I can’t wait to read more. Doc Ock is supposedly The Superior Spider-Man but I think we would all like to see Peter Parker come back some day!

My 2014 Reading Log – sure to break a reading record this year!

Save Fred! Team-Building Activity

Here is a fun team-building activity for the classroom that I found on Pinterest.

It’s based around a story of a worm who can’t swim. His boat capsizes and his life jacket gets trapped under the boat. Luckily for him, however, he is safe on the top of it. And it is up to us to save him.

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The only trick is that we are not allowed to touch the cup, life jacket, or Fred the Worm with our hands at all. We can, however use the paper clips to help us Save Fred!

The students follow the scientific method to complete the task and there is a nice package for this exercise that you can print out and photocopy for your students from Teachers Pay Teachers. The best part is that it is free.

And who doesn’t love playing with candy?

It’s a win-win!

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One of my students tries to put the gummy ring on the worm and finds it quite difficult.

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Team-work is always the best way to get things done.

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Mission Accomplished – Fred is back in the boat with his life jacket on.

Time to eat some gummy worms!

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Life Hacks – Great Ideas for Organizing Stuff

Here are some great Life Hacks, which is just a clever way to say to say that you can come up with brilliant uses for things outside of their original intention.

For example, why not use a cereal container as a trash can for the car?

Life Hack - Car Garbage Can

I love this idea and have been using it all summer. You can even put apple cores in there and leave them for days without it being a problem. You could never do in the car before now. Glad I found this idea of Pinterest!

Plastic Bags

I have a small box in the cupboard where I store plastic bags. It’s always great to have some in the classroom or car as well. This is a great storage idea!

Do you have any great life hacks you’d like to share?

Please leave a comment below!

Chasing Content – October 2013

Chase MarchWelcome to Club Awesome!

What better name is there for what I do online? Seriously!

I hope you are following me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Lots of great things happening on each of these platforms.

This is a “Best Of’ post from last year at this time for this particular blog.

You can read all of the posts from last October . . . 

or just these favs . . .

The Word is Bond Haunted Rap Radio Hour

A Halloween-themed edition of my hip-hop radio program. It’s like the Peanuts TV special; you know you watch it every year. This show is required listening. Happy Halloween!

Hip-Hop History is Every Month

I do a documentary radio program every month focusing on hip-hop history. It’s entertaining and educational. Give it a listen. I promise not to disappoint.

Latest Daredevil Finds

I love adding toys, books, and merchandise to my Daredevil collection. Definitely my favourite super-hero!

Swimming Through a Corn-Maze

This was crazy! A flash flood made the corn maze a lot more difficult that it probably should have been. It was cold and wet when the water was close to being knee-high. At least I was able to document it.

Classroom Management Books Worth Reading

Some good advice here for new and experienced teachers alike!

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Make sure you come back Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for regularly scheduled posts!