Son of a Beekeeper

I write the sweet stuff.

Mar 23

Dirt Teen Landscaping Co, 2014 TV Show Idea

This is a proposal for a TV series for young kids, age seven to ten years old.  Its called Dirt Teen Landscaping Co, and its about a family of young kids operating small scale heavy equipment and doing real landscaping jobs to support their parents. It shows kids at work, doing safe and efficient things, which would otherwise be adult jobs -  they’re playing with big toys that are small miniaturized pieces of heavy equipment.

Premise - five kids, age 10 - 12 have a landscaping company and this videos shows them using miniature equipment to do real landscaping jobs.. ie they make a fish pond, waterproof a house, dig a drainage ditch, make a retaining wall, excavate a coal shed, etc jobs that add to property value of house. The mother truck is just that, a mothering Mac Truck character than sets up each assignment.

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The show is about solving landscaping problems; the same characters on the same pieces of equipment have different arcs and encounter different plot points each episode. 

The boss is the oldest brother character who is 17 yrs old starts the operation with a soil drop.

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In most cases the show features a big bag of black garden soil being delivered by the Mother Truck - then the oldest character describes the job the Mother Truck has brought them too.

He communicates the overarching ideology of making the city a better place to live and he references the concept of Toronto as a Garden City, which is to say a sustainable urban environment that is net positive in its ecological performance and agricultural returns.imageThen the audience and everyone else shuts up watches in amazement as young people, boys and girls operate heavy equipment on real job sites.

A big driver of the show is a quiet kid on a small bulldozer who seldom speaks but runs the machine like it’s an extension of his body. 

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Some of the new equipment coming out of China and Japan is smaller than ever before and its a dream to maneuver on site, and surprisingly efficient to use even in big jobs. 

More information on an offer to trade a green DIY improvement ideas for big bag of soil is on Toronto Forums, while the big bag of soil delivery is explained on Free Ads Planet .


Mar 9

On the compelling idea of mist being haunted by the ghost of a maiden

One of the most popular Niagara Falls attractions on the Canadian side of the river is the Maid of the Mist tour, Niagara Cruises.  As of January 2014, there is a new Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls, and a great many folks watched as the prefabricated vessel was delivered by trucks and assembled by skilled tradesmen on shore…

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This river craft was delivered in many pieces by wheeled transports, and put together on shore by trained professionals sent by the boat factory to oversee a local work force.  You can tell by the by the flange at the top of this pontoon piece that this is just one of several independent hulls in what i believe will resemble a catamaran design when its finished - or at least a dual hull. You can also judge by the width of the roadway that anything bigger would have had to have been floated up river,image

The news of Hornblower Canada winning the Niagara Parks contract and taking over from Maid of the Mist is the subject of this article on Newsvine. They replace a company which serviced Niagara Falls tourists, offering well reviewed nautical tours of Canada’s foremost natural attraction for approx 160 years.image

The Newsvine article borrows from an earlier work on the Legends of three different Maids of the Mist on Wondercafe. A semi-religious blog site, the Wondercafe post explores three different versions of the same legend, as told by three different native American Indian bands. All three versions are built around the central theme of a fifteen year old girl being sacrificed to the falls; the girl is placed in a white canoe and, paralyzed with fear, she is sent forth over the falls as a gift to the river Thunder.  The myth article is closely followed by a speculative piece on Dumpdiggers blog which examines the collectibles market surrounding the Maid of the Mist legend, and it too celebrates sacrifice and also the idea of a marine vessel being engineering specifically to bring folks to and from the base of the most famous, powerful and deadly waterfalls in the world.

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In this artist’s rending above, this chasm looks like its on another planet!


Jan 19

NEW Sonar Fishfinder for iPhone, Android

Behold the FishHunter portable sonar fishfinder for Apple or Android on sale today for $229, sure to be the coolest thing at the cottage in 2014. 

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Fishermen don’t use fish finders to find fish, but rather they use the sonar to study the lake bottom or riverbed looking for structure preferred by species they hope to catch.

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Ever wondered what lies below the calm waters of your favourite fishing hole? Now you can find out as you survey the landscape below the lake.

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FishHunter’s free fishing app has an onboard Fish Species Database that details the preferred habitats of over 150 different game fish alongside bait suggestions and crafty tips for catching all these different creatures.

Got Maps? FishHunter is an interactive Fishing Atlas. Users can harness GPS systems to pinpoint their catches on marine maps loaded with memory and social sharing features, as they log details for their own continuous improvement.

Moon Cycles app charts nine different phases of the moon, dates and proper times for Solunar Fishing.

Photo Contests - be sure and check out the FishHunter photo contests for exclusive access to great prizes and community events.

imageFishHunter Sonar is made by Military Contractors in Korea, and the Fishing App was made in Toronto Canada

Read about the science behind the sonar in Fish Hunter and get an inside look at the workings of the parent company on Fuel Ghoul.

Add your two cents to this discussion about portable fish finders on Ontario Outdoor Magazine.


Nov 27

Dr Archer voted Best Dentist in Toronto in 2013

Dr. Natalie Archer is the foremost Toronto dentist at Archer Dental which is located at 600 Sherbourne St. (at Bloor). The clinic is on the 8th floor of the Rosedale Medical Centre directly opposite the Sherbourne Subway station.  Best Dentist in Toronto Plaque One of the most respected dentists in the city for many years, Dr. Natalie Archer is now officially The Best Dentist in Toronto in 2013 according to 2013 NOW magazine Reader’s Poll.

Dr Archer is the best dentist in Toronto for 2013 and will be next year too

Staff Meeting at Archer Dental

Archer Dental staff meeting Here’s Dr Natalie Archer hosting a morning staff meeting at the front desk of her office. At the start of the day, the gang gathers around their charts and reads aloud what patients they have visiting and for what procedures they are preparing for with that individual. Dr Archer holds a staff meeting in the morning at Archer dental clinic in Toronto Look at the new office in the background! This is a fun place to work and is the best place to get a check-up, dental cleaning, cavities remedied and have dental surgery.  Some of us knew Dr Archer was the best long before the folks at NOW magazine published the story.


Nov 24

Spinrite Knitting Supplies and Yarn in Listowel

Ever wondered what the inside of the Spinrite woolen mill in Listowel Ontario looks like?  Read the Fuel Ghoul piece about getting a private tour of Spinrite wool mill to understand how the talented purveyors of knitting supplies make all shades of coloured yarn.

Son of a Beekeeper did travel to Listowel Ontario to explore the Spinrite Factory Outlet last week. I took lots of pictures and wrote a travel piece about buying knitting supplies at Spinrite on 12 Nov 2013.

The time I wasted talking to staff at Spinrite Factory Outlet in Listowel Ontario was actually well spent because they’re all so very helpful.  Look below at all the zippers and the massive selection of every respectable maker and type, colour and assembly.

The staff are the most special attraction and they’re certainly worth consulting if you need rare colors, tools, patterns or cost saving advice. It might even be worth driving seventy miles from Toronto just to talk to them and while you’re exploring the mills by the Maitland and tributaries in the small town of Listowel Ontario.

History of Listowel and Mills on the Maitland - for more information about John Binning the Founding Father of Listowel on Dumpdiggers blog.


Nov 7

Making West40: Toronto Movers Help Builders Clean 40 Westmoreland St.

40 Westmoreland St. was once the business address of St Mary’s of the Virgin Anglican Church.  Today its West40 a breathtaking urban housing development inside the body of the church building.

Sixty years ago this ecclesiastical facility was at the center of a thriving Anglican community and central to the lives of many Toronto residents. Today, the structure is being cut up into seventeen condominium units which offer buyers a historically pious perspective on life in Toronto.image

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Toronto Movers and moving trucks wait beside dump trucks being loaded with material to be trucked away from the transformation.image

A hot water heater, drinking fountain is heavier than it looks.


Oct 13

Fifth Symposium on Search and Social Media Marketing Tactics in The Distillery District

Search and Social Rank Symposium Five Tuesday, 15th Oct 2013 - 6pm to 10pm in the event space above El Catrin Restaurant called The Boiler Room, in The Distillery District 

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techs mix it up with Social Media Marketing (SMM) tacticians as Search and Social Rank Symposium Five explores the practice of optimizing websites to be more findable. image

Email marketing strategist Jennifer Balogh goes social

Jennifer Balogh is an email marketing specialist who’ll speak on Email Marketing in a Social World and her presentation may change how you execute your next email newsletter campaign.

Eco Friendly Blogger Green Moxie

Nikki Fotheringham is a green blogger who writes a popular eco-friendly blog Green Moxie

Brian Rotsztein discusses how to use video for SEO

Brian Rotsztein, SEO and Video; Social Media Marketing in Montreal  Brian Rotsztein at WordCamp Toronto 2013

Brian Rotsztein is the CEO of Uniseo (a boutique SEO & Internet Marketing Agency based in Montreal), and President of the Canadian Internet Marketing Association.

Rob Campbell to discuss content marketing for SEO in Toronto #SSRS5

Rob is set to explore the tools found at the intersection of SEO and SMM.

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Geoff Whitlock, CEO of integrated marketing agency and web P.O.E.T. Geoff Whitlock will discuss the inter dimensional relationship between Paid Media, Owned Media and Earned Media and share real life examples of how he delivers value to brands geoffness

More information on 15October2013 #DistilleryDistrict #event #SSRS5 on Toronto Forums

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Oct 6

Superhero Moving Boxes and Moving Supplies in Toronto

My Superhero Tryouts website has a page that indexes DIY superhero supplies, and lists places to get moving boxes and even bigger cardboard boxes as they are so handy for superheros.

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Here’s what a stuntman sees at the bottom of the drop zone, the landing spot after a spectacular mid air free fall. These cardboard boxes are perfect for breaking his or her fall - they are the right size and shape tomake the landing as painless as possible.

Donald Pitchforth has moving supplies for sale at Boxed Inn, 1268 The Queensway Donald Pitchforth sells moving supplies and moving boxes at reduced cost. He also has a service that delivers the boxes right to your home or business address.

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Sep 3

Kitewing, my real life superhero character idea

Kitewing is a real life superhero with special abilities; he’s a zero emission crime fighter who goes where the wind takes him.

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Kitewing rides a bicycle tire dirt surfer holding a 12foot nylon kitewing , both of which actually exist in the market today. He uses this apparatus to propel himself quietly through high crime areas, looking for trouble. 

He’s most active on really windy nights when he can fly over buildings.

He can switch to paragliding but use his wing instead of parachute.

He rides his dirt surfer and scans the streets (and beaches) for evildoers. Kitewing is a prize fighter with a deadly flying kick.

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He really likes to patrol the beach on windy days.

Do you have a real life superhero idea?

I just registered a new website, http://www.superherotryouts.com

I think it might make a cool web series…    What do you think?


Jul 25

2013 Miss Teen Canada - World Bloggers Write up Sixty Six Regional Tourist Attractions Across Canada, Sponsored by Niagara Falls

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Every year the Search for Miss Teen Canada World conducts provincial matches in a bid to source sixty or seventy Regional Delegates which, as part of their duties, maintain a WordPress blog in the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network. This is an active association of like minded charitable teens who strive to be their own kind of beautiful. 2013 Miss Teen Surrey - World at Cresent BeachSecure in her very own portal, each Miss Teen represents her region of Canada under a blog banner and URL that bears the name of the City or area in which she lives. Each girl writes about her life for a year, and leaves an enduring record of herself here as she documents her time as titleholder. Blogging is part of each girl’s quest for the crown. Each Delegate uses her blog platform to record all manner of things relating to her various ceremonial appearances, and her fundraising for Free the Children charity. Plus flare; each participant colours their portal with her own unique personality, and that often includes equestrian adventures and modeling tips, recipes and trips, friends and special occasions. Skylon Tower is Niagara Falls Tourist AttractionThe blogs are worth 10% of each girl’s score, and this year the network administrators set up the three assignments. The first one detailed Green Buildings and an important part of their quest to win the crown. This year the premier man-made tourist attraction of Niagara Falls, Skylon Tower sponsored the second blog assignment which asked the Miss Teen Canada Regional delegates to write about the best tourist attractions in their hometowns, and so compile a database of premier tourist destinations across Canada. Its an excellent way to showcase Canada’s most renown summer attractions, and the new database can help anyone seeking information on Canada’s biggest tourist hotspots as they travel across this huge nation. Have a look at all this amazing long list of premier travel ideas, Miss Teen Southern Alberta - World describes the best Southern Alberta tourist attractions. Miss Teen LacLabiche - World shares 11lb out doors. Miss Teen Airdrie - World tells her readers about the top five places in Airdrie Alberta. Miss Teen Central Alberta - World asks her readers to Come one, come all to the West Edmonton Mall in her blog. Miss Teen Edmonton - World makes a lovely post showing Memorable Places in Alberta. Miss Teen Northern Alberta - World explains why Falherab is the Honey Capital of Canada. Miss Teen West Calgary - World writes about the foremost tourist attraction in her city, the Calgary Stampede. Miss Teen Frasier Valley - World creates content describing Cultus Lake, A Land Of Adventure For All in her river region of the Province. Miss Teen Vancouver - World horses around in Southlands Equestrian Centre, a Vancouver Tourist Attraction for horse lovers. Miss Teen Southern British Columbia - World writes about how the Warmest Tourist Attraction in Canada is Rattlesnake Canyon in British Columbia. Miss Teen Northern British Columbia - World writes about how Mount Robson Provincial Park is Northern BC Wonderland for her readers. Miss Teen Surrey - World shows us why Cresent Beach is a Secret Gem in Surrey BC. Miss Teen Okanagan - World outlines the finer points of Mission Hill Winery in Okanagan Valley BC. Miss Teen Prince George - World portrays Prince George as a Gold Rush Town in British Columbia. Miss Teen Vancouver Island - World details about the Pretty Birds and Blackberries in Butchart Gardens. Miss Teen Burnaby - World brings her readers insights in A Blast from the Past in Burnaby BC Village Museum Carousel. Miss Teen South Western British Columbia - World lists most of the best Southwestern BC Tourist Attractions for her readers. Miss Teen Richmond - World describes how Stevenson is a Historic Fishing Village in British Columbia. Miss Teen Port Coquitlam - World creates content on the many Port Coquitlam BC tourist attractions. Miss Teen Central Manitoba - World crafts a nice piece on the Austin Museum and Threshermans Reunion in her hometown. Miss Teen Winnipeg - World writes about Fesitival Du Voyageur on her blog portal. Miss Teen Brandon - World briefs readers on the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum Brandon Manitoba. Miss Teen Eastern Manitoba - World graces readers with content about Grand Beach in Eastern Manitoba. Miss Teen Manitoba - World tiptoes around The Forks on her blog. Miss Teen New Brunswick - World writes about her favourite Historic Getaway in an Acadian Village. Miss Teen Nova Scotia - World writes about Great Melmerby Beach in Nova Scotia. Miss Teen South Central Ontario - World describes how Bala Muskoka is a True Canadian Tourist Attraction. Miss Teen South Western Ontario - World chose to tell her readers about The Annual Mt Forest Fireworks Festival. Miss Teen Southern Ontario - World blogs about the many waterfalls in Hamilton Ontario Miss Teen Ontario - World chronicles how Canada’s Wonderland is a Sight To Experience. Miss Teen Bruce County - World briefs us on Sauble Beach in Bruce County Ontario. Miss Teen Toronto - World tells us about The CN Tower in Toronto. Miss Teen Hearst - World hunkers down a describes Tourism in Hearst Ontario on her blog. Miss Teen Sudbury - World elucidates all Sudbury Tourist Attractions. Miss Teen Wellington - World made a great piece about The McCrae House in Guelph Ontario. Miss Teen York Region - World serenades us about Stargazing at the David Dunlop Observatory in York Region on her blog. Miss Teen Simcoe County - World writes on how Wasaga Beach is the premier tourist attraction in Simcoe Ontario Miss Teen Lanark County - World details Tourism in Lanark County Ontario. Miss Teen Timmins - World tells us about the annual Summer Concert Series in Timmins Ontario Miss Teen Essex County - World points out Point Pelee National Park in Leamington Ontario in her blog. Miss Teen Thunder Bay - World illustrates Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay Ontario with wonderful original images in her blog. Miss Teen Hamilton - World heralds how her hometown of Hamilton is the City of Waterfalls. Miss Teen Espanola - World shows how Espanola is the Gateway Town to Manitoulin Island Ontario Miss Teen Chatham Kent - World writes about the Greenview Aviaries Park Zoo in her region of Ontario. Miss Teen Algoma District - World writes about her favourite Hometown Tourist Attractions. Miss Teen Eastern Ontario - World writes about how the Wilderness Tours are a Big Splash in Ottawa Valley. Miss Teen Ottawa - World lists the Most Colourful Tourist Attractions in Ottawa Ontario Miss Teen Vaughan - World writes about Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan Ontario. Miss Teen Grey County - World generates goodness in a great story about Taking A Walk Around A Prime Minister’s Old House. Miss Teen Niagara Region - World actually narrated a piece on Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Canada which was the project sponsor; very smart move Mackenzie and a great post! Miss Teen Regina - World writes about the Mosiac Stadium in Regina Saskatchewan, a premier tourist attraction in the biggest city in this prairie province. Miss Teen South Central Saskatchewan - World describes the Dream a Little Dream Spa in South Saskatchewan. Miss Teen Saskatchewan - World wrote about Saskatchewan Hotspots and Saskatoon Festivals in her blog. Miss Teen Regina - World Regina Tourist Attractions Miss Teen Western Saskatchewan - World World Championship Bunnock Tournament in her content portal. Miss Teen Weyburn - World Biggest Tour Attraction in Weyburn Saskatchewan Miss Teen Eastern Saskatchewan - World details the Best Tourist Attractions in Eastern Saskatchewan and its great stuff.


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