Say Hello To Ello, Again

After a bit of an absence, or rather - inactivity, we’re back on Ello with new material. Well, not quite that new because you might have seen (some of) this already as part of the Scarborough Fair project. But there’s a twist: pictures that don’t fit the parameters of this project will be visible on Ello and not on the North Wind Gazette. So, there’s more to see there than there’s here. Think of it as a diary. Anyway, hope you enjoy.

That's Some Next Level Sh..

We all know by now that Canada can be cold. Ottawa even took the title from Ulaanbaatar for the coldest capital in the world just a few days ago, and I’m not even mentioning temperatures reached in the northern territories earlier this week (-40 to -60 wind chill). But Torontonians know that it can be cold here, too. As in next-level frigid cold. So just to let you know we haven’t forgotten to post anything, we’re just working on some new stuff, here’s a quick ‘Hello it’s cold here too!’ for you. Have a great day!

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Blood Moon

(Currently out of sight) I didn’t go out to watch. That bloody thing was just too friggin’ cold.

The Madness That Is Pacific Mall

There’s this place here called Pacific Mall. It’s a mall. Everyone knows it. But not like your ordinary ‘mall’. I believe it’s actually a tourist attraction. But not to be concise: it’s one of those places where you’d go to find anything tech-related, phone-related, Asian art-related, get your nails done, get your hair done, get some food…and to be honest anything else you could think of. This place has it all, in abundance.

Let’s not get into the parking situation. Let’s just focus on what this place is. It’s mayhem. Organized chaos, and I love it. As per expectation, everyone tries to rip you off, but you can, and should, bargain. And if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they’ll know someone who does. Around the corner.

 

The pics I took a few days ago were when the place was just opening for the day, hence the lack of 3 million people. And in reality, it’s much more affluent and congested as the pictures might suggest. It makes my head spin. But I got the deal I was looking for, so thanks to Uber I got what I came for. Uber might actually be (despite me not approving of their business model and actual existence) your best way of getting in here and out again. Or come in an old dingy car. Your insurance company will thank you.

This is the first post with digital pictures, heavily edited. There will be more. Film is just too bloody expensive.

Go Get Dressed Up And Act Weird...Or Yourself

FanExpo. What can I say? I got bit by that bug a few years ago when attending my very first ComiCon in Ottawa, under the umbrella of the ‘501st’, the Star Wars clique. And I like it. I love it. It’s weird, grand, intimate, elaborate and just plain old fun. Non-profit organizations like the 501 raise money for charity, and don’t get paid. They put an exorbitant amount of time and money in their performances, stages, costumes and travels. Just to entertain people and have a good time.

The 501st Legion

One of these days I’ll get my own costume, just to be able to contribute. Sure, the resurgence of the Star Wars movies has helped, but FanExpo is more than just that, obviously. Star Wars is just one small part of this giant engine. Anyone with any kind of affinity to some sort of fantasy character, series or universe will find a home here. It’s by fans, for fans, and it’s awesome. I urge anyone with some imagination in their minds to give it a shot. Let’s be weird!

These snapshots were taken while I was out of a (borrowed) Sand Trooper costume and walking around the many many floors and exhibition areas at the Toronto FanExpo 2018.

The Venue

Oh yeah and that one there on the right, that be me!

Twitter screenshots, credits to the original photographer(s).