JoeyColeman.ca

Hi, I'm Joey Coleman, a journalist in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who is a open data activist, engaged citizen, and proud blogger. This is my personal website, or the place I try to break the Internet

Joey's Morning Note for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Star Wars trailer is out, my response is meh. Rogue One was a great movie, I truly enjoyed its gritty plot line. I'm not much for nostalgia and The Force Awakens didn't appeal to me. Also, I can suspend my disbelief for most Sci-Fi movies, but the Starkiller? Really? Okay, now that I have my Star Wars talk out of the way. (Until next Tuesday, Star Wars Rebels new season lands Monday night) Happy to share that my efforts to get back into a proper sleep pattern is starting to show success. This is a big deal for me, as I really need to up my work productivity for the next few months the opportunity has finally arrived to...

Afternoon Coffee Notes for October 8, 2017

Yesterday, Sunday, I attended the Blessing of the Animals at St. Patrick's this afternoon - a nice event that builds the parish community beyond the Mass. Photos here on my Flickr page. My favourite photo is these three Labrador Retrievers who are hard to distinguish from each other. A child brought her turtle to the blessing. Off to Roast Beef dinner tonight, then bunkering down further to achieve a whole bunch of tasks in the next 48 hours. Link of the Day A very insightful discussion of misconceptions of the lower class in the United States looking at their Country music. Class Politics, Country Music and Hillbilly Humanism Suggested Links Two good stories on the horrible repression of the Rohingya...

Thank You CBC for Crediting my Public Domain Work

I’ll never forget the emotional gut-check of my short coverage of the Tim Bosma murder while it was still officially a missing persons case. Thanks to public support of my crowdfunding, I was able to livestream the police news conference during those long days in May of 2013. The plan I implemented for the Tim Bosma missing person news conferences started in February of 2013 when the late Bernie Morelli, Chair of the Police Board, asked the Chief of Police Glenn De Caire to determine what I needed to livestream Police Board meetings. The Board also wanted a non-restrictive license to reuse my video. I agreed to release the copyright to the Police Board in exchange for an internet...

Morning Coffee Notes

My formal note on the day ahead for my journalism is here: https://www.thepublicrecord.ca/2017/10/morning-coffee-notes-for-october-3/ I'm enjoying the start of fall, and slowly transitioning myself into a proper sleep routine. Started off well today; biked into work enjoying the crisp cold morning air, and handled a lot of content in my inboxes. Of particular note for today, Julie Lalonde is speaking at the Hamilton Public Library Central Branch at 3pm, and the Waterdown Branch at 7pm, I do hope to attend the Central talk. Morning links: I really like this initative of the Mac Student Success Centre "Hamilton One Bite at a Time" where students become "foodies" and explore a restaurant in...

The Flower at the Bus Stop

It makes me wonder, where else am I missing beauty, and how do I do a better job of finding it....

Photography, Challenge, Focus, and Fun

Still photography is one of my passions. I recently purchased a DSLR for my work on The Public Record, getting back into news photography after a six year hiatus. I love the challenge of trying to capture a moment, especially the effort that goes into framing, the focus that must go into controlling my breathing to minimize my movement upon compressing the shutter, and the fun of putting that all together. Sometimes, I just take a photo for fun. This one of the City Hall forecourt was purely for fun: It was very popular on Instagram. Looking forward to capturing similar night photos with fresh snow reflecting the light....

The Simple Pleasure of Waving While Cycling

"Ding, Ding" and a wave, it's amazing how such a seemingly small thing can have a big impact on brightening the day. This evening involved a bike trip from my office downtown to the McMaster campus around 5pm. Along the way, every few blocks, a "Ding, Ding" and wave as I passed someone I knew riding a Sobi (bike share) the other direction. The side streets of West Hamilton and Westdale are nice rides, with few vehicle crossover points, making waving a more common practice as I have time to identify the cyclist approaching. The Cannon Cycle Track has plenty of vehicle points, and I'm always significantly more focused on checking my 5-o-clock going westbound than...

Dave Hanley, Great Hamiltonian, Gone Too Soon

Devastating news tonight, as we learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Dave Hanley, who is widely known for his work organizing the great PopUp Hamilton events. When someone dies, especially someone as amazing has Dave, it is my practice to try and capture the person in words. Instead, I encourage you to take a few minutes and read the growing stream of tributes on his Facebook page. Dave was one of my favourite Hamiltonians. There are days, more than this Hamilton-born writer cares to admit, that this city drains everything from you. Dave's energy and passion for our Hamilton served to reinvigorate me and reminded me of the positive change happening in our community. Dave made me a...