Telus a tale of many Woes !

I decided to switch ISP’s because of slow & intermittent Internet issues with Shaw. However, after just a couple of days wrestling over the phone with Telus Tech Support I began to question my judgement.  Three days later and over 7 hrs tech support and still failing to be able to set up the router and my email client, Mozilla Seamonkey on 3 computers PC desktop, iPad and MacBook Pro I gave up the struggle and  phoned Shaw  who have eagerly agreed to restore my services within 24 hrs Now that is Service ! 🙂

One of the issues is that there is no easy or quick access to Telus Help. All my weight times were upwards of 1/2 hour. The phone line was so awful  that often I was unable to hear the Telus agent clearly enough to understand instruction.

Telus’s current claim is that ” The Future is Friendly”  I can assure you that Telus is any thing but !
To make matters worse their customer service and attitude is abysmal ! They have no notion of the meaning of service ! When they ought to be reading my earlier Ecstatic Customers Blog –;postID=7532250196280568962;onPublishedMenu=posts;onClosedMenu=posts;postNum=29;src=postname

TomT – Happy to be eating my humble pie 🙂

Video – Frugal Floater II


Frugal floater II

I have been making film and video since 1985. Recently I have built a couple of variants of a DIY
Steady Cam – none worked to my satisfaction. A week ago I found on YouTube something that looked much more promising.  Named the Frugal Floater by Scott Eggelston. Additionally I found suggestions for improvement by David Langkamp. Having gathered together the recommended components I set about building the unit and along the way figured out several more improvements over the two previous designs.

Attached is link to two short video clips made with and without the damping effect of the rubber band and detail photos.

The changes to the original design are:

  1. A simpler way to retain the main bearing
  2. A simpler way to mount the Trax joint into the handle
  3. Dispensing with ugly washers and putting the counter weights inside the PVC tubes
  4. Changing the 90 degree elbow from slip fitting to a screw so the unit can be more easily dismantled for transport and storage. This also has a 2nd benefit of more easily being able to rotate the lower weight to right or left to counter balance the LCD screen when opened.

My camera is a Canon HR 200 HD – for this I used two weights made by eaosing down the threaded diameter of 5/8 UNC threaded rod on the bench grinder so it was a snug fit inside thik wall 1/2″ PVC pipe.
Top weight  being 3/ 4″ long and weighing 3/4oz
Lower weight being 3 1/2″ long weighed 3 1/4 oz

This gave me a nice range of adjustment on the slider.

Trax Adapter made by pushing two pieces of Poly Tubing one inside the other  ie 5/8″ OD and 1/2″ OD  in the Handle then pushing male the Trax male inside of this 🙂

Let me know if this works well for you !

Parksville Beachfest 2013 Sandsculpture Competition & Exhibition

Parksville Beachfest 2013 Sandsculpture Competition & Exhibition.

This is Canada’s only qualifying event for the World Sandsculpting Championship which therefore attracts entrants for around the world making for a very hight level of skills evident in the movie linked below. There were 16 solo entries and 9 pairs. Including sculptors from Holland Spain Mexico the USA and Canadians from Quebec and BC.

I recorded video the event over 5 days from brown field to the opening of the finished work to the public. In total 4 hrs of recording edited down to 13 mins in this version.


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