Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SAAQ Road Safety Knowledge Test: Because Knowing is Half The Battle!

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As we near the end of Motorcycle Safety Month, I thought it would be interesting to share with you the chance to test your road safety knowledge! The Société de l'Assurance Automobile du Québec (SAAQ) offers you the opportunity to test your road safety knowledge with 60 questions divided over two vehicle types - automobiles (class 5) and motorcycles (class 6). Whilst it may be tempting to do just the test for motorcycles, remember that the best offence is a good defense! Whilst the test questions are not a direct replica of the knowledge test itself they are similar enough to help you gain insight into how to navigate Québec roads. The system chooses from roughly 500 questions so doing the test once doesn't mean that the same questions will present themselves a second time around. Below are some of the questions with correct answers to give you an idea of what to expect! 

Back Roads Therapy By Junkyard Villain

Montreal to Rigaud via Eastern Ontario. Special Mentions to Victor Labelle for the awesome slide and lead guitar on my tune Heavy Load 
- Junkyard Villain

Sunday, May 28, 2017

GoPro - Go To Hell!

In the short time that I have owned my GoPro Hero Session, I have managed to capture several pretty amazing moments. From the 100 mile run with B.A.C.A. last Saturday morning to some great twisties with my buddy Junkyard Villain on the same day. I even attached it to my kids' bicycles using the GoPro Handlebar Mount and got a bird's eye view of cycling along some great paths here in the Eastern Townships from a 10 and 7 year old's perspective. My oldest son and I even took our first dip into the river submerging ourselves and the GoPro in freezing cold water to the amusement of passersby. My wife used the GoPro to record our youngest son's very first piano recital. A co-worker even borrowed it for a day to record some footage. What a great start to an otherwise very simple, easy to use little camera. Unfortunately, the same can't be said regarding that hellish application Quik™ | Desktop.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jasper Corbin's Piano Recital 2017

Our youngest son has come along way since his days shadow boxing with his older brother, Joel! Filmed by my wife, Jennifer, I put together a video paying tribute to my youngest son who has worked very hard this year and performed very well for his very first piano recital. Special Thanks to Roxane Johnson for her wonderful tutelage with our son. He has always loved piano but you have helped him live his dream. Main Music By Shane Speal - How Great Thou Art.  Jasper plays Rock Beat on the piano. Like his mother, a very talented little fella whose love of music is only surpassed by his love for dogs.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - Part Deux!

Classy Sassy
(Placed on my right upper arm on the bicep.)
Todd Beck finished this little number for me today at his shop in Lennoxville, Quebec. This is the first tattoo of many that will mark the beginning of my new sleeve on my right arm. As part of my apprenticeship, what better way to learn how to tattoo than to observe the master at work! He completed the outline/lining two weeks ago. Thus, today was an excellent opportunity for Todd to show me how to properly shade in a tattoo. I have been having trouble with the latter and so getting a bird's eye view helped clear some things up. With summer finally here (more or less) there are many projects to look forward to. Looking for a Tattoo? Contact Todd today!

Contact Information
Todd Beck Tattoo - Facebook
 30 Rue Academy,
Lennoxville, QC J1M 1P8
Tel: (819) 791-8686

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Show Off Your Ride With BikerGirlBling!

I want to tell your story.... 
From custom paint to sparkles!  
Or maybe you ride a Dirt Bike, Scooter, or Vintage Bike?

(aka The Frozen Canuck)

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Highs and Lows of Becoming A Tattoo Artist!

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I am not going to lie. The road to becoming a tattoo artist has had its highs and lows and though I find myself discouraged at times, I can say that I have enjoyed learning the a to z of tattooing. Though I have always had a dose of healthy respect for good tattoo artists, actually putting needle to flesh has made me realize just how talented these people really are. Best described as part painter, part sketch artist with a touch of calligraphy for good measure, getting used to just holding the tattoo machines has been a challenge in its own. It's easy to forget that you have to use it in just such a way that the needles are making proper contact with the pig skin and in doing so, creating a proper line. However, to begin with, I underestimated the availability of pig skin in Sherbrooke! Adding to the oddity of my dilemma, when I did find some available pig skin, it was at Le Marché Végétarien on King Est in Sherbrooke!

Friday, May 19, 2017

To Vlog or Not To Vlog? Setting Up My GoPro Hero Session!

When my Kodak EasyShare P850 Camera went the way of The DoDo several years ago so did any thoughts I may have had of filming my rides. I wasn't vlogging per se, as I can't stand the sound of my own voice. If anything, it was highly stupid of me to be filming with a handheld camera whilst riding. This time I opted to go with a purpose made action camera that could be attached to Bella, Bambi or even Darwin in a secure fashion that didn't involve either me holding it or using duct tape. Cue the GoPro Hero Session. But, wait, why does Ted Forbes review a GoPro Hero4 Session? Because they are one and the same camera! Only, GoPro has lowered the price, removed some accessories and essentially made it its entry level camera.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ban The Accompanying Rider Law In Quebec!

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Whether you're learning how to ride a motorcycle or an experienced all weather biker trapped in the bureaucratic bullshit that is exchanging your foreign permit for a Quebec one, obtaining a motorcycle driver's license in Quebec is still as aggravating and nonsensical as a tuna and peanut butter sandwich. The Société de l'Assurance Automobile du Québec (SAAQ) still insists that permit holders must go through a two year process before they can ride alone. Whilst students can easily complete the theory and circuit test in one summer, it's the eleven month period whereby you can only ride your bike whilst being accompanied by a full motorcycle permit holder that just plain sucks. Whilst I applaud the SAAQ for their recent Motorcycle Safety Days, this is one aspect of their approach that leaves something to be desired.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DesTination: Boscobel Ghost Town

Welcome To The Boscobel Ghost Town!
What better way to start the riding season in earnest than by beginning with Quebec's various ghost towns with Bella, my Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. Admittedly, the decision was inspired by an article that I came across titled 9 Creepy But Beautiful Ghost Towns You Need To Visit In Quebec by Jeremy Hazan. Boscobel is listed as number 2 on Hazan's list. A quick Google search yielded some supporting evidence to the existence of this ghost town as both Katrina of Globeventures and another website by the name of Barraclou share some of the history along with various pictures of this otherwise obscure little area. So with a full tank of petrol, a fully charged camera and the promise of a beautiful day Bella and I set off this morning with high hopes of exploring a semi-abandoned village.

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Review Of David H. Price's Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State By Heather Major

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In the book Weaponizing Anthropology by David H. Price, his opinion is clear; the Human Terrain System (HTS) is not ethical anthropology (Price, 2011, p.174). Price asserts that social sciences program funded by the US military to “win the hearts and minds” of those in Iraq and Afghanistan to “save lives” and to “humanize” the other is a hoax (Udris Film, 2010). A poignant chapter in Price’s book is chapter ten: “Going Native: Hollywood’s human terrain Avatars” (Price, 2011, p.173).  This chapter compares the movie Avatar with the HTS program and discusses how similar fiction can be to reality, except, in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are real bullets and death with no avatar to create that distancing buffer zone (Price, 2011, p.173). Chapter ten in Weaponizing Anthropology also raises issues with cultural habits in American society, rather than only criticizing the program specifically. Price highlights that Americans have been so indoctrinated in the belief that militarism, patriotism and imperialism are good, that they have sided with the anthropologists who have been abusing their power, rather than with the natives as they did while watching the movie Avatar (Price, 2011, p.176). The author even points out that anthropologists have bowed to this militarism, which is proven by the existence of the HTS itself. According to Price, this program is furthering military intelligence regarding the native populations in the Middle East, but the information is being distributed to all levels of the military, not just those who are on a need to know basis (Price, 2011, p.175). So, when those anthropologists, sociologists, linguists and political scientists submit their work, they are submitting information that can be used for several military reasons that they do not get to approve or even know about (Price, 2011, p.175). Thus, the main point of this chapter is that the HTS is not ethical, nor does it follow any of anthropology’s responsibilities. To put Price’s viewpoint into perspective, the ethical responsibilities of anthropologists will be listed below and compared with the incongruous actions of the Human Terrain System.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Rockin For Relief @ Resto Bar Le Pionnier

"We are happy to announce the "Rockin' for Relief" benefit concert this Thursday evening at Le Pionnier in Pointe-Claire, in support of the Neighbours Relief Fund. Come rock out with us, and help those affected by recent floodings!" 

Tickets are $10 at the door!
Fabulous raffle prizes & 1/2 & 1/2 draw! 
We hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Tattoo Life Episode 2 - Tattoo-Rendez-Vous Convention At Trois-Rivières! By Crystal-Marie

All in A Day's Work! ;-)
Hey guys! sorry for the massive gap between updates, On todays episode of the tattoo life... (as if my life was a TV show haha, although sometimes I think it is, now with all the buzz and attention that tattoo artists and tattoo shops get.) Forever Ink recently attended the 3rd edition of the Tattoo Rendezvous Trois-Rivières. It took part at the Delta Hotel, concerning conventions, it was a rather small one , all "local" talent, being as the farthest artist was from New Brunswick, everyone else from Quebec. It was pretty nice to walk around and see the all the amazing work and variety from my home province of Quebec.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Women of Moto

Art © Amanda Zito
"Women of Moto - Canadian Edition; is a coast-to-coast project that will showcase how women who ride motorcycles in Canada are breaking gender stereotypes through their common love for two wheels and an open road. We will introduce you to women from various backgrounds and demonstrate how riding has influenced them, building strength and character in their everyday lives." 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Date With Bambi - My SYM Wolf Classic!

Bambi Makes A New Friend
The weather was just right for an evening ride as it was Bambi's turn for a short stint in and around the Eastern Townships. My little SYM Wolf Classic 150 performed flawlessly despite some harsh crosswinds. At just 266 pounds, it's easy to feel like the front wheel is giving out under her but inevitably, she putters along without a care in the world. Something I admittedly could learn from her. With no particular destination in mind, it wasn't long before Bambi and I found ourselves on some backroads with some rather lovely views to be had. The following are just a few pictures of an otherwise perfect evening ride.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Beakster Checks Out #TheMotoSocial

The Iron Kilt Returns To canada In Style 😎
Pic © Beakster

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Review of Anne Westhues (Editor) and Brian Wharf's (Editor) Canadian Social Policy, Fifth Edition: Issues and Perspectives (2012)

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I had the privilege of teaching SOC292 Social Policy last semester at Bishop's University. This course is an introduction to the sociological study of social policy in the Canadian context. The course examined civil society in relation to a rapidly changing policy context. The development and outcomes of policy was investigated from a number of theoretical perspectives. Thus, students acquire a broad understanding of Canadian social policy in the context of a “globalized” world. In so doing, they explored what is social policy and policy analysis; how social policy is made; current social policy issues; and the limitations of social policy and policy analysis. Thus, choosing Canadian Social Policy, Fifth Edition: Issues and Perspectives was a logical choice.  Anne Westhues (Editor), Brian Wharf (Editor) have put together a variety of chapters from authors that helped shed light on a variety of issues in current Canadian social polices. Whilst my personal favorite was Chapter 5 Indigenous Wholistic Healing in Social Policy: Rethinking, Reframing, and Re-presenting Policy Development for Indigenous People by Mac Saulis, each author made a compelling argument for their respective topics. This edition facilitates the use of guest speakers. Our class had the pleasure of having Mr. Kim Reid – Founder/Operator of On Rock Community Services give a talk this semester whilst linking his class visit with Chapter 9: Child Poverty and The Canadian Welfare System  by Garson Hunter and Chapter 18: Housing Policy by Jill G. Grant and Tonya Munro. Keep in mind that this edition does away with various chapters of previous editions. Thus, should you assign it, insist that your students use this edition as they will not have access to all of the material for the term. Finally, allow my students to share with you their impressions of the textbook instead. 😊

Motorcycle Safety Days Sponsored By la Société de l'Assurance Automobile du Québec (SAAQ)


"Feeling rusty? Come tune up your skills and knowledge at Motorcycle Safety Days! We’ve teamed up with a variety of partners to help get you ready for the season."