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The Outbreak – Covid 19 Crisis

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As I look out the window of my friends shop at the 401, seeing nothing but Transports going back and forth, I have but a glimmer of hope that this will all blow over.  The shipping industry is still moving, so it cannot be that bad… Right?

The problem is trying to gauge the affect of something that we, in our life time, have never dealt with.  A pandemic this size has not been seen since the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918.  We should know better right? Except this is not 1918, and this is not the flu.  We are more advanced now, medically and technologically, so why is this such a threat? …

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Updates coming to Considered Normal… Shortly… I hope

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It’s no secret that I have not posted much in the last little while.   I mean I managed to get 2 posts up the whole of 2019… What the hell is that?

First and foremost, 2020 marks the 8th year, I have lived on “The Island”, or 2920 Days (As of January 1st).  So I will be posting an update on that as a lot has happened since my last “X Days on the Island” post.  And of course, I am learning a lot of new techs with my job, from Kubernetes to Mongo, to a whole slew of other stuff I can write about. …

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Deepfake – What dangers are we facing?

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I have been wanting to write this article for a while now. In fact, I actually wanted to do a video about it, but I just have not found the time. Deepfakes are hitting the web by storm, and the technology that creates them is getting more and more complex, and near indistinguishable from reality. What are the implications of this? What are the benefits? What are the dangers?

So what is a Deepfake? Wikipedia describes Deekfake as:

We have a similar technology which we have used for years where we map one person’s face onto another.  One great example of this was Weird Al’s “We Perform this way” where they used the body of an actress and mapped Weird Al’s face in post, however, this is not quite the same as a Deepfake, and in several frames, you can see how the mapping didn’t quite work so well.…

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The Art of Photography

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So many things have changed over the years when it comes to Photography. My mindset before this point was that the art of photography was lost as taking pictures became simpler and easier to do. The things you would do in a darkroom can now be done in camera. No more having to know what order the chemicals needed to go in to develop your film, or photo. No more need for safe lights (or complete darkness in the case of color photography). But the most amazing advancement in the world of photography is the post processing.

Here is a quick before and after look at a photo I recently took on my walk home from work.…

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10 years (and a bit) of Considered Normal?

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Ok, so no I have not been living in Montreal for 10 years, but my domain name “ConsideredNormal.com” was registered 10 years ago on April 14th, 2018.

Back then I started a blog to process my feelings over a break up that had really affected me. It was used as a tool to express my feelings in a way I could not through normal means. After a year I tried to make the site into a webtoon, but that didn’t fare well. My toon was based on photos I took, but I just couldn’t get into scripting… my mind just wasn’t in the right place, as this was just after my father passed.…

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An open letter to my father

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Hey Dad,

Bear with me, as I started writing this for your Facebook page, but none of my other posts from previous years show up, so I decided to post it here.  So again bear with me, there are already tears in my eyes.

We just past the 10-year anniversary of your passing, and not a day goes by that I don’t reminisce about the good old days when you were alive and well.

It took me 10 years, but I finally had the courage to open your Nikon case.  I took the camera out of the foam padding and held it in my hand.…

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Change of Character

For a very long time now I have been using my character generated by Bitmoji. However I feel kinda strange using something generated by an app and not paying for licensing, so when my Neice posted she was taking commisions I jumped on the opportunity to revamp my character.

Old Logo

New Logo

I asked her to create 4 different reactions for me, all done by hand, and she did an amazing job:

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First Vlog in a long LONG time

Is vlogging even a thing any more?  It’s been so long since I created one I might be a little outdated.

Anyway, I thought my latest post would be one of nostalgia and new adventures.  You see, currently, I spend about 80% of my waking hours on a computer (By computer I mean a mix of Personal Computer, laptop, and server, some Windows-based, some Linux), and that’s pretty much it.  Other than travel time, washroom breaks, or meals, I am pretty much in front of a keyboard, mouse, and screens.

In an attempt to break the monotony, I have decided to try and get back into another passion of mine. …

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Another trip home

Living in Montreal is a blast, but every so often I make the trip home to see friends and family. This trip though, is a little different. Yes I will be seeing friends and family, but I will also have the pleasure of seeing a friend perform at her 3rd CD release party.

Over the last decade or so I have had the pleasure of watching Danielle Allard’s career take flight.  When I first met up with Danielle through her sister, a long time friend of mine, she was the lead singer and song writer for a local band: Far From The Trees.…

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Far Cry 5 Midway Through and a Rant

I am about 20 hours into the game and I am about 50% complete so this will be considered a Midway-Recap as I have not actually completed the game.

NOTE: There are spoilers in this post… if you have not played the John and Jacob areas of the map, I would suggest maybe not continuing.

First I want to rant a little as I have been reading a few reviews that I think are a little ass-backward when it comes to one thing.

RANT – In game money and Microtransactions:

This topic is probably one of the most mentioned dissatisfiers of the game. …

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