February 2012


Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired right wing Zack Kassian and defenceman Marc-Andre Gragnani from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for centre Cody Hodgson and defenceman Alexander Sulzer.



Vancouver Canucks acquire Samuel Pahlsson from Columbus Blue Jackets

Sami Pahlsson is going from 30th place to first, as the Columbus Blue Jackets have traded the veteran checking center to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenceman Taylor Ellington and a pair of fourth-round draft picks.  More

Vancouver Canucks acquire Andrew Gordon from Anaheim Ducks

Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired right wing Andrew Gordon from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenceman Sebastien Erixon.  More

Well, it’s time to get my bricks together. The ground will be frost free soon and I will be able to begin some of the decorative stone work I have planned for the property. I will be using 6”x8” stones for the walkway out to the gazebo. They will be bordered by darker 4”x9” stones. I will be using 12”x12” aggregate stones for the walkway from house to shop. And, I will be using the 18”x18” above the septic tank hatch and place an outdoor bench on it so you can sit and look at the city of Kelowna. Once the stone work is done I will be setting up the new gazebo.



Come on over to Boo Graphics Facebook page and have a look of some of my work, others work, and share your own. I’m always willing to share information, whether it’s my own or learn from someone else.

Canuck-Leaf match start of heavy duty schedule for Vigneault’s men

Vancouver Canuck head coach Alain Vigneault loves to say he plays them one at a time but – guess what? – he might not mean it.

Vancouver Canuck head coach Alain Vigneault loves to say he plays them one at a time but – guess what? – he might not mean it.


The Canucks play 7 games over the next 10 days and not just against easy teams to beat. We are talking about games against Detroit, Phoenix, Nashville. I predict 11 out of the possible 14 points.



village_canal While I have used Photoshop for years for photos and graphic design, I had never tried digitally painting. This is my attempt to simulate oil painting. It is a photo from Photoshop Creative magazine. I sketched the photo and used oil paint brushes for the color. I enjoyed it and will do it again.

i960_image_600 The i960 is one of the best printers I’ve owned and used. I bought mine in 2003 and it still prints like the first day. However, during our move to the farm this year I was so busy I did not use it for about 3 month. When I fired it up I had plugged heads.

The first thing I did while I may not have had to, was to replace all cartridges in the printer with new ones and did a software nozzle clean. All worked except for black and cyan. I did a couple more cleans and the black cleared itself, but not the cyan.

Last resort, pull all the cartridges out, flip the print head retainer and remove the head. I used isopropyl alcohol and Q-tips to clean inside tank intake area. Then I use the iso with foam tips to clean the the heads themselves. I flipped the head back and forth to clean inside with the Q-tips and outside with the foam tips until the color was  pretty clear. After that cleanup I used the foam tip and iso to clean the electrical contacts.

I put the head unit back in the carrier, put in the tanks, closed the lid and went into software maintenance where I did a quick clean and nozzle check. Still not quite clear so I did a deep clean and all heads were printing correctly. Next I did an alignment on the heads and we are back to normal and the i960 prints like it always has.

Always print a page every week or two even if you are not using your printer during a period of time and you will prevent what I went through. I have always preached that but this is one time I did not follow my own orders.

Any questions about this procedure please contact me. By the way if your i960 head is toast you are still able to buy them from Canon, the price I am not sure of but I think it’s about $100. Not too bad to save a fantastic printer.

It’s been foggy and frosty in Kelowna BC for the last week and made for some beautiful photos. When is it going to stop. I’m not sure but the wind has picked up a bit tonight and it’s beginning to snow. That could mean a change.

So I’ll enjoy it while I can and be glad I live in British Columbia.

Enjoyed the day on the farm today. Had the fire pit burning while worked outside and took photos of the horror frost and the crispness of the day.


A frosty day on the farm today. Was able to get some good shots of the the own in the tree covered in horror frost and some macro shots of the frost.

Yes, I can hardly wait for spring but days like today are refreshing and fun with the camera.

on_the_rails_retro_600Keep checking out trainwreckof78.ca as there will be more graphic design and content added over the next couple of month. I have been very busy with the move to the farm and working on the house and shop. Any artwork, photography, and tales are always welcome at the Trainwreck so don’t be shy about making a contribution.


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