‘‘Twas the Night Before #ABATECHSHOW & All Thru the House…

6 03 2018

Tomorrow is a new day. A time for reconnecting with friends and acquaintances. A time to learn new things. A good reminder not to talk about politics, nor religions, or even take on controversial topics like “Who Shot J.R.?”

It’s more than that of course, but I will do my best to plan ahead. I have started picking out my sessions, marking the “must attend” blocks and the “backup” sessions, and of course trying to figure out which ones are for beginners and which sessions are for full immersion.

My camera is loaded with fresh film (kidding,) and I’m packed. Now I just need to source a decent whisky when I’m there and a few people to share with and all will be well in the universe.

The most important thing is for everyone to stay positive, remember in most cases you’re a guest so play nice, and even though you’re in a big city think ecological and leave no footprints.

Stay tuned, there may be mayhem.

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#ABATECHSHOW Run-up – thoughts before the rush

28 02 2018

ABA Techshow is a week away so I just thought I’d take a few moments to opine on the journey to Techshow and try to make a few last minute suggestions:

1) Be AT the conference while you’re there – sure work interferes with best laid plans all the time but most people will be traveling to Chicago from out-of-state/out-of-country and you should squeeze every last bit of learning out of the few days you’re there. Delegate or postpone as much as you can before you head out.

2) The Canadians – I know I’ve mentioned the ubiquitous Canucks before but I say this again, seek them out and ask questions about what’s going on with Canadian regulators in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. They’re friendly, often know how to drink, are up for almost any kind of food or beverage, and as a bonus will often buy you a drink. (Ask to see their BlackBerry)

3) Go outside – Techshow is hypnotic and a bit overpowering so if you’re like me you start way too early and finish way too late. It’s a good idea when you’ve had your 19th vendor expo break to just skip it and go for a long walk. Walk to the lake, walk to the river, find the Billy Goat Tavern and have a razor thin somewhat tasteless but really cheap cheezborger. What could go wrong?

4) Find the parties – There are parties. Ask around. Some you will need a ticket or will have to get on a list. Get on the list 😉

5) Find the Legal Talk Network guys. They will have their finger on the pulse of Techshow – who they want to interview, who you shouldn’t miss, and where the good spots are for hurried food and drink (they work a lot so don’t harass them too much or they won’t get to eat.)

6) AI will be big this year so listen in to the keynote, the sessions, look for a robot lawyer. Stop and talk to Andrew Arruda (he will have a fresh haircut, big smile, and a TShirt identifying him as some guy named ROSS.)

7) Come to Canada – Did you know you can fly to downtown Toronto from Chicago (Midway) for about $300 return on Porter Air? If you haven’t been to Toronto it’s a world class city with amazing food and communities.

8) Enjoy yourself – there are lots of vendors. Kick the tires on something good! Ever heard of TrialPad? Check them out if you want to litigate and organize/present your trial from an iPad. Heck you can even meet Ian O’Flaherty, the “Honorary Consul of Ireland in Miami.” (He’s also CEO of the aforementioned company.) Practice management software? Yeah there’s lots of that there too from new kids on the block to the big players who have been around for 10 years.

9) Learn something – Go to the new attendee orientation if you have only been once or twice (or have never been.) It’s 07:30AM on March 8th.

Learn about Macs, hotspots, security, incremental backups, NAS, what’s a JungleDisk, cyberinsurance, where is the dark web, what is whaling and spear fishing, and, will you need a bigger boat.

10) Be careful, have fun, enjoy everything and know your limits, be respectful and try not to talk about politics unless you’re among “friendlies.”

Hope to see everyone there!

Twitter: @psuba98

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Dressing the naked oyster

6 11 2012


oyster dressing, originally uploaded by psuba98.

This is not the way I enjoy my oysters. I suck my oysters back raw, unadulterated, naked, freshly shucked, and still screaming their pathetic oyster wail. . .this woman was into the sauce (for her oysters.)

Fun evening at Oyster Boy in Toronto, a variety of bivalvery. We consumed oysters, scallops on the shell, clams, and anything that was put in front of us. We were well taken care of by Chris, Luke and Tyler and the whole evening was fun and they were fairly relaxed considering I was poking a camera at them out of the evening, recording their every move of the oyster ballet.

I give full credit to my D4 (as always) and its phenomenal ability to figure out what I want to capture when I point it at something. The low light capabilities are unrivalled and it was a pleasure to shoot all night. At the end of the night I was happy…full, and inspired to go back for more oysters…Chris is a serious shucker!

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Manual Labour Coffee TUM August

26 08 2012


Action in the evening, originally uploaded by psuba98.

I am not a food critic, let me say that up front. Last night we checked out the Toronto Underground Market at Evergreen Brickworks, wandered around, ate some food, drank some liquor, chatted with people and generally had a good time.

Now, the photo. This was a trailer tucked in a corner with lots of action around it. It was getting late at night and people were hanging out, talking, drinking coffee, and checking out what food was left. We stopped to talk and I noticed the light and decided I had to shoot something to capture the mood. The sign was made out of tinfoil and lightbulbs, the ambiance was 100% human frivolity.

I was shooting with my 50 f1.4 and the D4 was on autopilot. The Auto ISO setting was made for this late, late nite, open air, crystal clear, and, lots of action. There was no need to fuss, just focus on an area and start shooting.

The flat white at Manual Labour Coffee was spectacular, Matthew was talkative and almost forgot to charge for the coffee (well did forget, we reminded him.)

Overall TUM was fun. Kudos to Tromba Tequila who kept us lubricated, Matt Pettit from Rock Lobster Food Co who was busy slinging mini-toasted lobster rolls, and Kurt Krumme from West Side Beef for the awesome rib burgers. Those were the highlights for me. The lineups at Rock Lobster and Swine Shrine were outta control. . .longest of the night. There were others too. . .too much food to eat, too many samples, and not enough night.

The event was fun, the shuttles well organized, and the evening ended with a quick chat at Cafe Belong with Chef Long.

Will I check out the next one? I’m not sure but had fun last night. Check out the photos on Flickr.

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Neil & Tristan at The Fuzz Box

27 05 2012


Neil & Tristan at The Fuzz Box, originally uploaded by psuba98.

I happened upon these two East Coasters last weekend when we were taking a stroll along Danforth Avenue in Toronto. Neil is from Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia and Tristan is from Newfoundland. Neil has opened The Fuzz Box “Specializing in Nova Scotian Donairs” at 1246 Danforth Avenue a short while ago and the place has been abuzz ever since.

How were the donairs? They were great. The sauce is exactly as you would imagine it would be, sweet, ample, and yes, it escapes the wrap as you eat (although Neil said he had some smaller than usual foil wrappers that day!)

Quibbles? Well the meat isn’t done on a vertical spit, its done in an oven. It has a slight crumbly feel to it as a result but the taste is bang on and authentic. Its also fresh because Neil only buys fresh and makes a valiant attempt at supporting local merchants although he has had a small issue with supply and demand as his business takes off. While we were there lots of Maritimers strolled in, some returning customers and most drawn to the store like Richard Dreyfuss to the Devil’s Tower in Close Encounters. . .

Both guys were easy to talk to and were happy to stand at the wrong end of a camera (lucky for me.) I think I captured a bit of them but Tristan was much happier than he seems. . .

I will go back, I will eat again, and I will recommend The Fuzz Box not only to anyone who misses King of Donair or Tonys in Halifax but to anyone looking for something they had missed in their youth, or might have somewhere on their culinary bucket list.

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