Love Your Pet Day (…really?)

KillbearI have never heard of Love Your Pet Day but there ya go. (Makes you wonder why there needs to be a reminder)

Yesterday, Relic and I drove out to Killbear Provincial Park for a snowshoe around Kilcoursie Bay. We’ve had a humdinger of a Winter here so there is a thick layer of ice on the Georgian Bay. You can pretty much walk anywhere you want…so island hopping is the way to go!

Kilcoursie BayNova Scotia Duck Tolling RetrieverRelic is about 16 months old now and seems to love water in its frozen state just as much as its liquid form. I wanted a water dog and I guess I got one.

KickingLast week I was in Toronto and got together with some cartooning friends for lunch…

NCSlunchAs always it was great seeing Sandra Bell-Lundy, Mike Cope, Katie Shanahan, Patricia Storms and Cathy Thorne

You can’t beat getting around a table and talking shop(…clearly we all spend too much time by ourselves!) Looking forward to the next shindig!

JM

 

New Robot In The House!

Sphero 2.0

Sphero 2.0

After reading about the Sphero robotic ball on various gadget blogs, I decided to finally get one for myself. I picked up the new Sphero 2.0 just before Christmas and it’s been a lot of fun. This slick looking bot-ball is about the size of a baseball and is controlled via Bluetooth from your smartphone or tablet.

Sphero 2.0 box

Sphero 2.0 box

Once you’ve downloaded the free apps you’re ready to take this thing for a spin…and can it spin! According to the official website, Sphero 2.0 can move at approximately 7 feet per second. It reminds me of the remote control car I had as a kid except faster and harder to control. Fortunately the speed is variable so you can take it easy as you get the feel of the controls. The version I got has the clear swooshes so you can check out the robotics inside….

sphero2sphero3…which is really cool! However, this version doesn’t come with the protective rubber cover so, unless you have carpet, you’ll get a lot of scratches. It’s definitely worth picking up the Nubby cover.

There are a ton of apps for the Sphero and most of them are for free. There are basic driving apps, drawing and color games as well as zombie and space games. There’s even a Sphero golf game. If you have friends with their own, you also play a game of robot ball tag. The ball can change to thousands of different colors so I find it’s great just to have it on your desk glowing like a hi-tech lava lamp.

sphero6The ball is pretty sturdy so it can take short falls and splash through water. It also makes a great toy for your pet. I’ll bring it out for a spin when the weather is lousy outside and Relic needs some “activity”. He’ll catch it in his mouth and then when he drops it I’ll start it off again. He can catch it faster than I can drive (or steer) so it might work better with a smaller dog. I think cat owners would love this. The ability to zig zag it around and change colors…be like a laser pointer mechanical mouse all in one!

All in all, good fun! They have a new device coming out in the Fall which looks great as well.

How come they didn’t have stuff like this when I was a kid?! …Get off my lawn! Bah!

Late New Year Post…

Happy New Year!

Snowmobile trails on Georgian Bay, January 2014

Snowmobile trails on Georgian Bay, January 2014

Heh, heh…okay, I’m really late on that one. I was really bad on updating this blog before the Christmas break and I was resolved to start a new posting schedule on January first…and we all know how well that worked out. The Winter around here has been one snowstorm after another and absolutely bone chilling temperatures. Not that that’s an excuse but keeping the wood stove stocked seems to be the only thing I kept on schedule.* However, let’s get back on track here… Continue reading