Posts Tagged ‘Optimism’

Washington State Road Trip – Completed

It’s been a while, it’s also been ridiculously busy.

Last Thursday it was Remembrance Day. The Friday was a perfect opportunity to take of to make it a long weekend.

Cat and I, decided early to not only celebrate the fallen soldiers, but also our 18months anniversary by going for a trip to the mainland. Read the rest of this entry »

Vancouver & Whistler Road Trip – Completed

1248 pictures taken, 668 published at – Enjoy!

Hockey almost over for the season..

10 games, 6goals, 5assist, 3penalty minutes and finish up as the top goalscorer and the top player with most points for the Spring league in our team. As you guys perhaps already know, I played for The Islanders and I had a blast getting to know the guys, and hopefully I’ll find a spot for the fall! As a team, we didn’t do too well.. 2 wins, 9 losses which made us the worst team in the series…  🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

Great hockey last night!

It all comes to show that it is impossible to be satisfied with something great. You always want something nicer, bigger, grander, better etc..

I was not too happy with my contributions last night, I felt I could do lots better, but in reality I did quite well.

We won the game 6-4 and I scored the first, third, fourth and fifth goal (Four goals total) and a couple of them quite important goals, when the game was tied and either team could have scored and made our lives miserable! What differed this game compared to any other game, was that I got my own jersey (#21 – Forsberg – not my personal choice, but it seem to work well). Let’s see next game if the success continues!

I’m hoping to get in another couple of training sessions more per week to increase my speed and endurance.

Icehockey – Spring League – Island hockey 101

Well, I’m finally over my fever (4days of relentless fever and headaches) and due to that I missed our first game. Might as well perhaps, since we lost with 9-0.

If you want to follow us you can surf into this eminent site:

If you are keen to follow my stats over the season you can see my profile here:

Next game tonight!


Face-lift on S-MART.SE

Hey friends!

After this semester is done, it’s time for a face lift on the website…

I want some input…  what would you like to see? What colours, what features, what layout, what contents?

Something I noticed on my YouTube contributions are that ‘instructional’ clips are very highly rated/viewed among the few I already done…  I’m feeling I will do more of those… What do You think?

Earth Hour – My spin on it…

From a outsiders view with ignorance bless I can really understand how this became so popular so quick.

I’m a Environmental Technology student at Camosun College and I can see issues with reducing the load significantly and then turning it on after an hour. When the load changes significantly, frequency imbalances can occur (due to either too much or too little power being produced with respect to the load) as it takes time for the generators to adjust to the change in load. Read the rest of this entry »

Why YOU should NOT go and vaccinate yourself against H1N1!!

Letter to the Mayor of Victoria

Dear Mayor Dean Fortin,

Coming from the outside, one can have a more unbiased view on things. As a international environmental technology student at Camosun College, I have noticed a few things around town that I think would further improve the already high living standard of Victoria.

I am a prospecting emigrant from Sweden and the issue I would like to raise to your attention is noise pollution. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Noise pollution can cause annoyance and aggression, hypertension, high stress levels, tinnitus, hearing loss, sleep disturbances, and other harmful effects. Furthermore, stress and hypertension are the leading causes to health problems, whereas tinnitus can lead to forgetfulness, severe depression and at times panic attacks. We all read about beached whales being due to naval sonar – i.e. marine noise pollution. Also worth noticing is that noise pollution is also a cause of annoyance for us humans as well . A 2005 study by Spanish researchers found that in urban areas households are willing to pay approximately four Euros per decibel per year for noise reduction. (REF). That’s a lot of money!

Worth noting as well is that noise pollution often persists because only five to ten percent of people affected by noise will lodge a formal complaint. Many people are not aware of their legal right to quiet and do not know how to register a complaint.

Something that is really bothering me and the people I been asking about this issue is in particular the sirens of the emergency services. Of evident reasons these vehicles are equipped with sirens to call on your attention in traffic, but coming from a city of 250.000 people and living fairly close to the major hospital I didn’t hear as many ambulances as I do here in Victoria. I just feel it seems the drivers of the EMS vehicles like to use the sirens excessively instead of only when absolutely needed, e.g. going through intersection while running a red-light, clearing a path between vehicles and so on. In Sweden they seem to use the sirens more like horns on your own car. Honk when needed and of course use the flashing lights the vehicles are equipped with.

I’m proposing a by-law for the reduction of noise in Victoria.

I hope you agree and you put forward my proposal!

Best wishes,

Stefan Martensson


Some of the information above are direct quotes from the wikipedia page about Noise Pollution. I do not claim that I have done any of the research nor have the intention of stating that any of the above research is mine. It’s the owner of the contributors of wikipedia and I just borrowed it for this letter with the reference to the page.

More on the subject Camosun….


Well, today after getting the unfortunate news that I wouldn’t fit in GEOG214 and GEOG220 I was ready to throw in the towel. I was thinking, perhaps work for a semester, then come back or even work for a year then do it…  Even hear with Medicine Hat College if they still had openings and so on…

I feel ill-treated for people being square in their ways and not looking at the possibilities. Especially when I had told them what to do to sort things out MONTHS ago, and we’re doing it now as I told them to do it then, the difference being some classes are full already… (NOT irritated at the situation, AT ALL!! As you can imagine!)  Grrrrr.. Read the rest of this entry »