The Family

A Wee Bit of A Summer Hiatus Tuesday July 24, 2012

So, if you’re a somewhat astute reader of the old ctoverdrive for the past few years, you’ll notice that the site has been unusually quiet since mid june… and of course you’d be right.

When I last posted, my wife and I were leaving Washington for a quick stop off in Ottawa and a trip back to my beloved Calgary for a summer to recoup. Everything went according to plan, up until the end of June, where the summer took a nosedive into complete chaos. For the past month, we’ve been dealing with a variety of personal and family issues which revolve around a medical emergency with the old papa overdrive.

So rather than pretend that I have the energy to write something humorous or with my usual wit, I’m going to take the summer off the site. I promise that on September 15th, I’ll be back to my whimsical self with a humorous vengeance. But until then, I’m going to take a bit of a mental break to recharge and refocus some energy…

But in the meantime enjoy one of my favourite songs, from one of my favourite bands of all time.

See you in a month or so.

Categories: The-Personnal, The-Family,

The Turner Traditions Tuesday September 27, 2011

Over the past four years, (wait a second … holy f$%k), one of our family traditions is to throw the occasional house party. As a couple, my wife and I strive to throw at least one party once year, regardless of how small our apartment is. With each of these parties, I also have a personal tradition of crafting customized posters for each event. My favourites of all time have to be the first few Tiny Turkey Dinner parties which always included some sort of inappropriate axe, skull and sickle combination for what is essentially a Boxing Day Turkey Sandwich party.

Anywho, last year we threw a party to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. It was our little way of bringing a bit of Calgary to Washington. So this year we decided to do it all over again. Because of which, I crafted another poster.

So this is this year’s version.

You maybe wondering why I would post this on c.t.overdrive. And if you guessed that it was because I haven’t posted in over a week, you are only partially correct. Actually one of the reasons, why I’ve always done these ridiculous posters is to try and challenge myself. Yes, they are fun to make, but they are also a great gauge of the transformation of one’s design skills. Plus these posters always give me a chance to think outside the box of my usual design aesthetic and also do a bit of experimentation.

So with that, I thought I’d post this year’s Turner Canadian Thanksgiving poster online. It took me less than an hour to whip up, but I’m proud of how it turned out and the growth in this design in comparison to my first party poster design… way back in 2008.

Categories: The-Family, ,

Random Thoughts For A Turkey Hangover Monday October 12, 2009

I’m going to blame the tardiness of this week’s random thoughts solely on the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend and the ensuing Turkey hangover that comes with it. And for the record, since I’m still a first generation Irglish child, I still have no clue what this whole shindig is all about.


FirstThe FTC now mandates that Bloggers must disclose payments for all products reviews on a web site. Even though, I’m not American, I thought I would disclose the amount of money that I have received from reviewing a product on c.t.overdrive.

That value is: $0

But for the record, I would gladly modify this number to review some Threadless T-Shirts, Polaroid Camera equipment and even a large screen television.

Second – Forget being on a Boat … Anand and the Bumtop team are in Wired

Third – When Panada’s Attack has to be one of the best T-Shirts Threadless has ever released. In my honest opinion, this sucker really should be a hoodie.

But the good news is that it’s for sale again, during their retro t-shirt sale. Because a two year old T-shirt is so retro.

When Pandas Attack - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Fourth – Ah, this pains me, but I kinda have to agree. That being said … Ha Ha! Stupid Oilers”.

FifthThese are the companies in your neighborhood. So this week’s this is a company in your neighborhood is dedicated to Pho3nix New Media Inc.

Pho3nix New Media, may not be a huge multimillion dollar name in your world, but if you’ve played Curse of the Pharaoh or it’s sequel then you know of the company. Earlier this week, Pho3nix’s president Jon Lam launched news of the first Canadian Based iPhone Fund. Which again probably doesn’t mean much, but 2 million dollars towards the iPhone development community in the city is pretty impressive.

Sixth – This could be the best looking version of FIFA soccer since the original 1995 Genesis version. I just hope they kept the feature where you could run away from the ref for hours at a time … Stupid ref, look at him run. Why didn’t he just tackle the offending player.

Seventh – Here’s an interesting turn of events, it seems Dallas Mavericks uber-owner Mark Cuban, is starting to champion the local Dallas scribes over the local Dallas TV reporters in regards to coverage of his team. This is pretty impressive, because Cuban garnered his billions off of the back of his online Television business. So it’s extremely odd to see him urging supports to support a traditional newspaper system.

Eighth – Here’s a Class of 1998 flashback with a HoodInternet Mix. P.Diddy vs. The Volcano Choir

All About The Islands (Puff Daddy vs Volcano Choir) – The Hood Internet

NinthVikings & Skateboards … oh my!

Categories: The-Random, The-Family, The Blogosphere, The Calgary Vibe, The Flames, The Football, The Humourous, The Pop-Culture, The Southern Neighbours, The T-Shirts

Random Thoughts For Mussoorie Friday October 2, 2009

It’s a bit of a little known fact that although Papa Overdrive is probably as English as one could possibly get, he actually grew up in the mountainous region of the Himalayas. In fact, Papa Overdrive and Grandpapa Overdrive lived in the small mountainous town of Mussoorie, where Grandpapa Overdrive was head of Military Police for the province of Uttarakhand. This is all way back before Indian gained its independence from the glorious British Empire.

I mention this, because after a 6-10 year communication gap, I have finally started re-connecting with my cousins via Facebook. Through these conversations, my interest in the region has been rekindled and I find myself search Flickr on a daily basis for pictures of Mussorie, India. So below are some of the pictures from this beautifully amazing region of India.

If you want to check out more from Flickr, have a look at the Geolocation stream on Flickr.

First – Classy article from Flames President Ken King regarding Theo’s retirement.

Second … And this is why I’m going to stop building web sites and just start building Facebook Pages. The New England Patriots have released their new uber interactive Facebook Fan Page … (P.S. For those curious and wondering how Facebook would ever make any money here’s your answer.)

Third – Are there any camera junkies out there? Or maybe someone who is looking to explore the world of cameras?

If you are, then help LouderThan10 (Mr. Travis Gertz) get rid of his stuff before he and his wife leave on an epic Winnebago Adventure with Walter.

So if you want a great camera pack, take a look at what he’s selling.

Fourth – From Mr. D.A.Arnott, Here’s a case study of how a business use of Twitter can go horribly wrong. Uncharted 2‘s Horrible Game Updates experiment

Fifth – I’m going to start a new trend with these random thoughts. I’m going to call it These are the Tech Companies in Your Neighbourhood.

I figure since I spend most of my time talking about start-ups, social media tools, internet business and the what not maybe it is time to start promoting some of the companies I meet and hear of on a regular basis. So from now on look for the Fifth link to be a link to a company (or an article on the company) from the Calgary region.

This week’s big winner is crowdsourcing-uber-champions Mob4Hire

Sixth – With the NHL Season starting yesterday, here’s an awesome article in Sports Illustrated from 1980 about the Sutter Brothers and their brash clan.

Seventh – It’s articles like this that make me wish I had more time to do Logo design work… Or at least hone my Logo Design skills. Anyways, here are another 50+ Logo Designs for inspiration.

Eighth – Because I think it’s a great store and a great example of a local business leveraging Twitter in Calgary, check out ThinkHenry.

Ninth – Apparently the Conservative Party of Canada is sponsoring the Canadian National Olympic team … I’m kidding, but I have a feeling someone from the other political parties won’t be. (via. Dave Brekenridge)

Update: Ooops. Looks like somebody is already a bit mad

Categories: The-Random, The-Family,

Papa Overdrive Sunday July 5, 2009

See, I never thought this would happen. Actually, when I got the friend request on facebook almost two months ago I pretty much tumbled off my stool.

But yes, like dozens before me, I’ve started coming to terms with the fact that my parents are on facebook. In particular, papa overdrive.

Yes, so I’m now one of many early adapters of the Web 2.0 networks that is struggling with the fact that the simplicity and ease of networking online … also means that my parents can do it too. So the anonymity I once enjoyed is now slipping away. Not that I really post anything to dramatic on facebook anymore. But still, it’s still odd to see your parents updating their status or conversing with their friends.

So rather than fighting the inveitable, I think it’s better to embrace it. So internet, welcome papa overdrive.

Categories: The-Family, The-Pop-Culture,

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