Top: Bill Poole and I after a little to much rice wine. 2nd: The gang (left to right) Bill Poole, Greg Prince, Me, Catherine McKenna.
3rd: The volcanoes of East Java as seen from north Bali. 4th: Climbing Mt Rinjani, Lombok Island. 5th: The welcoming party, coming ashore in Sumbawa.
Real Travels: 60 Days in Indonesia
In the late 90's me and a group of friends ( Catherine McKenna, Greg Prince, Bill Poole and myself) produced a documentary called: 60 Days in Indonesia. It is a story of four people backpacking through Indonesia and the experiences they have along the way. We traveled over 1,500 miles across the Nusa Tengara island chain between: Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores. The trip was hard. We lived together for 60 days on less than 20 dollars a day. We carried all of our gear in our backpacks. We had over 70 hours of video tape, a camera, steadycam, underwater housing, and more. All of my personal clothes and possessions could fit in a pillow case folded in half. I remember how intense the trip was, and thinking that it would be a while before I could understand what it all meant to me. Now looking back over the years it was a defining moment in my life. I like to say this experience made me a man. The seven months I spent in Asia that summer play-back in my mind on a daily basis. I can't wait to put the backpack back on again with my kids and see the world through their eyes. I am counting the days
This 48 minute documentary was sold to The Travel Channel (USA), and Outdoor Life Network (CAN). Real Travels averaged over 75,000 TV viewers on OLN Canada, and over 175,000 on the Travel Channel when they aired in the summer of 2001.
The two month production was one hell of an adventure. This quote was something that got me through the entire experience:
"Adventure is delightful to look forward to and back upon, but it is not comfortable at the time, unless it be of such an easy nature as not to deserve the name."
After a good nine months of research and development we have a mobile platform out in the market. This is me playing with our user-generated news application. We have a lot of demand for this product and we are just testing it until it is perfect!
This is the proposed course for the Toronto Island Lake Swim that Bill Poole and I are planning for summer 2013. I flew over the island and took this photo on a flight to New York. We love the location because it is almost a straight line in 5-7 feet of water from Ward's Island Beach to the Center Island Pier. We are just getting things organized, approaching officials, sponsors and partners... So stay tuned.
One giant leap for Filemobile. This notification is a call to action to the audience using our user-generated news application. Once tapping on this it will allow the user to upload photos and videos into an assignment.
My sisters friend is a teacher at my old public school and they recently had a reunion. On display was a piece of art work that I produced
in Grade #1 in probably 1976-77. It looks like Godzilla in a Scuba suit with the sage advice for a 5 year old saying "Never go Scuba Diving when no one is around".
Still under construction. I have 17 levels to add to the tower to bring this to scale. Also known as the American International Building or 70 Pine Street. This is my favorite art deco skyscraper . Built in 1932 it was the tallest tower in lower Manhattan until the trade towers were built.