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Happy 2012

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Click here to see my attempt at light writing.

Happy New Year!

Tonya demonstrating her light painting skills on the Mill Race in St. Jacobs.

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January 1, 2012 at 12:01 am

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Winter Wonderland

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I managed to talk Tonya into coming for a late night walk. She agreed it was worth it.

Taken after a recent snow fall turned the Mill Race in St. Jacobs into a winter wonderland.

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December 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm

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Miss Movember

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Think it's tough to grow a mustache? Try keeping one glued to your face for a month...that's committment

Kathleen participated in Movember this year. Of everyone I know involved in Movember, she’s put in the most effort and shown the greatest committment – by far. I can attest to the fact that she held up her end of the bargain and wore a different mustache to work every day of the month. Well played Kathleen. Well played.

So far the Viking one is my favorite.

You can see all of her mustaches here. Please note that today is your last chance to donate.

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November 30, 2011 at 7:04 am

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Bam Bam our new Roomba

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Here’s our new Roomba exploring his new home for the first time. We’ve named him Bam Bam due to his propensity for running into things. We love him.

Does anyone else think vacuum is spelled wrong?

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November 29, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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Media Coverage of Toronto Rehab’s New Labs

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Our public relations went all out. All the major news outlets covered the launch.

Introduction to Toronto Rehab’s Labs:

Toronto Star:

City TV:

Global National:

Global Toronto News Hour:

Global TV News:

CTV:

CBC:

Globe and Mail:

Daily Planet:

OMNI (Mandarin):

Space Network:

Toronto Star articles are online here and here. Globe and Mail here and here. National Post here. Thanks to¬† Jenny Campos/Tonya Martin for gathering/recording all these links. Finally, Jeremy Fernie took some photos at the event that you can see here. I put together a little explanation of how StairLab works here. Here’s a timelapse showing how the labs get swapped on and off the simulator platform. For more info on these labs look here.

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November 22, 2011 at 11:14 pm

StairLab

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The sheer curtains are there to take your focus off the walls and onto the stairs.

It's tough to get a sense of scale but the pod on top the simulator base is 6m by 6m.

StairLab is one of the 6 new labs launched today at Toronto Rehab. 3 of the new labs are self-contained pods like this one that can be lifted up and placed on a motion platform (essentially the base of a flight simulator). In this lab, we study how small changes in stair geometry can reduce risk of injury. We have the ability to carefully measure how people move on stairs and even shake the pod and staircase to cause participants to lose their balance while they are safely harnessed. This could allow us to test what the optimal shape and placement of handrails are to recover from a fall. We also work with people involved in injury forensics in litigation. These are the people who investigate accidents and testify in court. Some of these experts believe rates of stair related injury are on the rise in Canada because of a problem they call “top of flight defect“. They’ve noted this defect is often present in fatalities and other serious injuries from the top of a staircase. When stairs are built off-site and installed in a home, often there is a missing nosing at the top landing. This can result in the first step appearing larger than the second step resulting in an overstep on the second step. This post explains the problem more clearly.

It's kind of like a fun house once the room is tilted...all the walls are at funny angles.

The video above shows StairLab on the motion base being tilted into “stair mode”. The stairs were built at an angle to allow for a full 8 steps to fit in the pod. Also, the shallow angle of the stairs makes the job of the robotic harness system easier. Harness robot stays above you as you move up the stairs and because the height doesn’t change a lot as you move from the bottom to the top, the harness robot doesn’t have to deal with as much slack in the system. The small movements the simulator makes once in stair mode are the jolts used to put participants off-balance. these look small but they are ~20cm translations that make it very hard to stay on your feet.

In StairLab, we’ll be able to test issues like the top of flight defect to see how big a problem they really are.

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November 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm

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Rings

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The few indoor installations were nice to see as it started raining partway through the night.

One of the indoor installations at Nuit Blanche. This one would throbbed as it shifted between colours.

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October 17, 2011 at 9:59 am

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Fake Rain

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Atleast they provided umbrellas...

Another installation at Nuit Blanche this year. People lined up to walk through the downpour.

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October 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

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Borg vs. McEnroe

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They even got the wardrobe right...

The famous 4th set tie-breaker between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe at the 1980 Wimbeldon final was re-enacted shot for shot at Nuit Blanche.

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October 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm

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Fire Breathing Heart Machine

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Talk about heart burn...

Perhaps the most interesting installation at Nuit Blanche for me this year. There were four of these things each labeled as a different artery or vein (eg superior vena cava, etc). The public was able to interact with touch pads to cause balls of fire to erupt.

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October 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

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Bones

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A little morbid? I think that's the point.

A pile of porcelain bones at Nuit Blanche.

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October 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm

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Tippy

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It was a dangerous game. I saw a few close calls with people falling off narrowly escaping injury.

I’m not sure what the intent was for this installation at Nuit Blanche, but people turned these things into a game where you try to tip the structure and knock your opponent off.

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October 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

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Purple

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What does it mean? I donno. But it looks nice.

From Nuit Blanche – at the Design Exchange. It was called “je t’aime alouette”.

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October 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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Tunnel

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Couldn't quite keep my hand from jiggling...

Looking out the back window of the subway.

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October 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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My first 3D photo

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I’m embarrassed to admit how long it took me to create this. (You’ll have to open it with Adobe Reader 7 or higher to make it work.) It’s a 3D photo of half my face taken using a hacked Kinect. Most of my time was spent trying to figure out how to embed the model in a PDF so it’s viewable in 3D. (Drag your mouse in the middle of the PDF page and you should see part of my face moving about).

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September 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm

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Happy Canada Day

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Unfortunately, the Ti-Cats lost...

Taken at a Ti-Cat’s game in Hamilton on Canada Day.

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September 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

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Shoe Tree

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Someone awesome put them there for our enjoyment.

We came to a screeching halt on the highway when we noticed these crazy trees with shoes nailed to them.

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September 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

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Pop

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Next time, Tonya wants to do this with blue food colouring.

We finally got one to burst. The balloon here was actually green and it was filled with water mixed with red food colouring. You can just see a few remnants of the balloon in a few places behind the red water.

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September 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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Highspeed Balloon

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They don't make balloons like they used to.

Tonya and I set up a high-speed photo rig in the bathroom today to capture images of water balloons bursting. However, these new fangled balloons kept repelling our BBs.

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September 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm

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Lloyd’s last day

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And that's the kind of day it's been...

Lloyd Robertson hands off to Lisa LaFlamme. As far back as I can remember Lloyd Robertson was the anchor for the CTV news.

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September 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

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