Fuck Yeah, It’s Spring

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Spring is here. I’m calling it. Hell, the Cherry Blossoms are calling it.

We went for a walk around Toronto yesterday to check out how spring is taking over. Here are a few snaps from what we saw.

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Spring in bloom. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Spring in bloom. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Spring in bloom. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Katie + Hank + Cherry Blossoms. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Sun kissed. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Skateboarding is Creativity

Andrew Reynolds Street Skating

Skateboarding isn’t a crime. It’s a creative outlet.

Creativity, like passion, is one of those things that you can’t teach. You can teach formulas for copywriting. You can teach proper brushstrokes in art class. You can teach someone how to kickflip. But the true essence—the creativity—behind these teachable skills isn’t taught.

It’s either there or it isn’t. And skateboarding opened my eyes to creativity, passion, determination and a myriad of other skills growing up.

I’m from a small town with a population of 7,000. Homogeneity is the right word. Bucolic, safe and uninspired are all suitable words as well. And as a teenager, I needed a creative outlet. That came in the form of skateboarding.

That wood board and four wheels opened up a new world. It taught me a new way of looking at the landscape: a grass gap at the local McDonald’s, the stair-set at the local newspaper office, a curb behind the grocery store were now a blank canvas. The town became a giant skatepark. And the possibilities for tricks were inexhaustive. The creative opportunities were boundless.

That feeling of accomplishing something you made up in your head is inexplicable. It’s euphoric.

My friends and I had an outlet that was beneficial not only for our general health, but for our creative health as well. Skateboarding is a mode for self-expression. If you’ve ever met a skateboarder without discipline, you haven’t met a real skateboarder. The number of times a skateboarder will fling themselves down a handrail to land that one trick is always worth it. That feeling of accomplishing something you made up in your head is inexplicable. It’s euphoric. It’s a natural high.

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A Trip to Wine Country

Yes, Niagara Falls is Beautiful.

A long weekend spent in Wine Country is ideal. Especially a long weekend in which the weather is turning from ice hell to a jubilation-inducing warmth. All of this is only heightened whilst in the centre of rows upon rows of grape fields. Here are a few shots from the wineries around Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls itself.

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The snowboarding season is almost over as spring rears its refreshing head. In light of this, here are a few snaps of a recent trip to Blue Mountain with my best buds for a solid session on the slopes. We filmed the whole day with a Go Pro, but here are a few snaps I took on the side. Here’s to spring, and those beauty days on the hills.

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Getting ready. Photo by Ryan Bolton

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The view from up top.

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Picking the best line. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Let’s Go to Mars! (But Seriously)

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The phrase “men are from Mars” might not be so far fetched any longer. Indeed, both men and women might be using a Mars area code by 2023.

That is if you’re willing to book a one-way ticket, of course.

Some 56.4 million kilometres. That’s the brief distance from Earth to Mars. With current day technology, it would take roughly seven months on a spaceship—or a ‘89 Porsche 911 Turbo—to get to the Red Planet. To date, no human has ever been to Mars, well, otherwise than Bill O’Reilly for ancestry research. We have, however, landed two unmanned spacecrafts on its surface—the Mars Rover Opportunity and the science laboratory and secondary rover, aptly titled, Curiosity.

That is all about to change if Mars One has anything to do about it.

Mars One is a Dutch not-for-profit with the goal to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Fair enough. Formally launched in 2012, co-founder Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch entrepreneur and mechanical engineer, has quite the plan set in place that includes reality television as one of the chief revenue drivers for the Mars mission. “Human exploration of Mars will be the most exciting adventure mankind has embarked upon in decades,” says Lansdorp in a press release. “It will inspire a new generation of engineers, inventors, artists and scientists. It will create a new generation of heroes—the first explorers to go to Mars will step straight into the history books.”

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More Kids From Asemkow. More Smiles.

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It has been two weeks since I returned from Ghana. And I miss it more with every passing day. It’s always this way, alas. With the warm reception of the first collection of portraits of the Kids of Asemkow (thanks again for Freshly Pressing, WordPress), I wanted to do a follow-up post with another collection of smiley faces. There’s still more to come, but that will be in the future. Here’s round two of the Kids of Asemkow. Enjoy!

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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A Morning in Amsterdam

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I had a layover in Amsterdam for eight hours while coming back from Africa. What better way to maximize a layover than to go out and explore—in Amsterdam no less? As such, here are some shots from a morning in Amsterdam.

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Downtown Amsterdam. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Downtown Amsterdam. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Downtown Amsterdam. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Downtown Amsterdam. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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