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New Motorcycle!

I got my bike!  After years of working towards getting a bike Sam helped me get one.  I’ll be using it for day to day transportation to and from work, as well as a little bit of extra solo riding.

I need to get my MST (motorcycle skills test) done so that my liscence will have the 60km/h speed limit and supervisor restrictions removed so that I can commute on it until I do my road test and get my full Class 6 designation.

Until then, a couple of pics.  We’ll start with a pretty girl on a motorcycle, cause that’s pretty cool, then some pics of me on my bike in my gear. (Minus my awesome Alter-Ego armoured pants that I didn’t want to pull on just for a pic.)

*I added more tag so as not to blow up someone’s RSS reader.

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Pictures

I pulled these photos out of my flickr account.  I need to pay to get a yearly subscription though, as I’ve used up half my alloted amount already.

Dylan Aubrey Closs, with Dad.  Less than one full day old.

Dylan in the hospital bassinet, with Mom’s hand.

Dylan at home, with her blankies.  Sam thought she looked like she was praying, so I snapped a couple of pictures of her like this while she was in her moses basket.

Baby Dylan with Auntie Jen. (I love that bambi blanket. Shhh!)

The earliest picture ever of her.  This is right after delivery on mommy’s chest, still cord attached.  At this point the Dr. was attaching the clamps and whatnot in preperation for me to cut the cord, which I did.  Didn’t know if I would be able to – but it wasn’t so difficult.  The hard part was stopping the waterworks while I did it. ;)

More posts to come with details about the whole adventure, and how things are going now.  For now, the quick update is that Ivy is doing good as a big sister, we’re settling in fine, and Dylan is super cute.  We’re very, very happy.  And we need sleepers with mittens built in! ;)

Library of Congress puts thousands of photos on Flickr

Through Wil Wheaton I found out about these awesome two photo sets.   The Library of Congress put over 3100 photos on flickr.  They all seem to have no copyright restrictions, being public domain photos archived by the LoC.  I’ve gone through a hundred or so of them, and a couple have made my favourites list at flickr already.  Some great stuff here, esp. the 40’s ones that are in colour, which is something you don’t normally get to see.

Quoth the Wil:

“File this under Coolest Damn Thing I’ve Seen All Day: The Library of Congress put over 3100 pictures on Flickr:

Library of Congress staff often make digital versions of our popular image collections available online as quickly as possible by relying primarily on the identifying information that came with the original photos. That text can be incomplete and is even inaccurate at times. We welcome your contribution of names, descriptions, locations, tags, and also your general reactions.

It’s divided into two different sets:

1930s-40s in Color:

These vivid color photos from the Great Depression and World War II capture an era generally seen only in black-and-white. Photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created the images between 1939 and 1944.

News events in the 1910s:

Welcome to the daily news scene from almost a hundred years ago, as photographed by the Bain News Service in about 1910-1912. We invite your tags and comments! Also, lots more identification information. (Most of these old photos came to the Library of Congress with very little description.)

This selected set of 1,500 photographs is from a large collection of almost 40,000 glass negatives. The entire collection spans 1900-1920 and richly documents sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, and political activities, with a special emphasis on life in New York City.

I’ve only looked at a few dozen of these pictures, but they’re just astonishingly beautiful. Many of them have a haunting quality, as well, and would make great Ficlet inspiration.”

Ivy Picture Fulfillment (complete!)

Here are some more Ivy pics.  The ninja ones are per request of family.

Ivy with poo-bear winter gear.

Getting geared up for winter with a toque and bib.  Really!

Ivy in her Halloween Ninja gear – with mask!

Ivy in her ninja gear – sans mask.

Ivy punkin’ pickin’ with the family out at the Mufford Valley Ranch.

There!  All the ivy pictures updated.  Well, except for the Christmas ones, but they’re upcoming.  I’m also working on a couple simply youtube vids of her we took with the camera, we’ll see if they work.

Ivy Picture Request (Partial) Fulfillment

Ivy in a car, watching us build a trebuchet.

Ivy being silly.  This is really uncommon.  Really. ;)

Ivy and Dad.  Incidentally, I’m wearing this shirt today.

Ivy sleeping cutely, old pic, early summer.

Close up of above.

Ivy at home playing with shoes.  And a princess skirt thing.  Early summer,current house, during renos.

There you go.  Pictures of Ivy, up on the blog.  Pictures of Ninja Ivy (TM) at Halloween, and some Christmassy type pics coming soon.  Also, the videos I’ve been meant to do forever, now that my computer is in a useable spot.