Posts in Category: Misc

How I Tie My Canoe to my Car

A friend asked me how I tie my canoe to my car. I figured I would just document it as this might help others. I usually paddle by myself so having a canoe I can load and unload is important to me.

One challenge I have is my canoe is carbon fibre and weighs only 29 pounds. While this is wonderful for loading on the roof, it is easy to fly off if the wind is blowing when you are putting it on the car. It is why step 4 is important for me. As soon as the canoe is on the roof, I loop velcro around the canoe and rack cross braces. This holds it on the car so that a wind can not carry it off before I get the big straps in place.

Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival

We went to the 4H Tractor Pulls on April 7, 2013 at the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. We do things a bit different in the north.

My congratulations to the Durham 4H group for running an amazing event. Here are a few of the more interesting pulls leading up to the three engine lawn tractor.

My Favorite Comics

Alt after a link is an alternate site for that comic in case the main site is not working.

Each morning I hold down the Ctrl key and click on each comic to get my daily fix of comics. When the local paper started doing late delivery, I canceled it and discovered most of my favorite comics were on the web.

Playing Professor Snape

Rich Helms as Professor Snape
Rich Helms as Professor Snape

Getting an ISBN in Canada

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is the serial number of your book. It is unique through the world. Obtaining an ISBN in Canada is fairly easy. Realize as self-published, you are the publisher.

For Canadian writers the process of obtaining an ISBN is online and free from the Canadian ISBN Agency.
Link updated Oct 31, 2011

Realize your are the publisher in a self-published book. Enter yourself as the publisher. This sets up a set of ISBN numbers with each only differing by the last numbers

Once you get your ISBN, go to and enter the number without the dashes. Select “large barcode“ and click on the “Generate Barcode“ button. Copy and paste the barcode into an image editor such as Photoshop. Save the image as a .tif and import it into your document.