Since picking up skiing last year, I’ve taken some interest in how chairlifts and gondolas work. (For anyone else interested, sites like LiftBlog and Skilifts.org detail lift installation history, specifications and other technical details on lift operations).
According to various news reports, early yesterday morning around 4-5am, staff at the Sea to Sky Gondola heard a loud bang and later discovered the deropement of the system with the haul rope snapped and many cabins fallen to the ground.
Although the Sea to Sky Gondola isn’t a ski hill and I haven’t personally ridden on this gondola, this particular incident hits home because the same type of Doppelmayr gondola system is also used at Whistler Blackcomb where I have skied (and plenty of other ski resorts around the world). So I went out in the afternoon to check out the aftermath, as a catastrophic failure of a gondola haul rope is very rare.
Many transit enthusiasts are very protective of their photography and add watermarks and strict rules on how the photo can(not) be used by others. On the other hand, I’m all right with others using my photos so long as they give appropriate credit (for those with eagle eyes, yes there are a couple other stipulations in the specific license I use). The Creative Commons licenses allow me to retain ownership of my photos and at the same time allow others to use my photos. Others are free to use the photos as they wish (mostly) as long as attribution is given, usually in the form of a link.
If you are interested in learning more about Creative Commons licensing, PCWorld has an informative article on protecting artistic works with Creative Commons licensing. The article goes over common questions and concerns when using the license.
If you have any experiences with Creative Commons licensing, feel free to leave a comment.
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The photo that was short-listed was one of the SeaBus:
I don’t think it’s one of my best photos, but I guess it does look decent.
Maybe I will start to post more of my photos on Flickr 😛
In August of this year, some pressure from an unknown source cracked my LCD screen, and since then I have been using it without an LCD screen (quite difficult, but still usable). A week ago, I ordered a replacement LCD from Foto Geeks and I received it today (coincidentally the day I was home). Following Andy’s LCD replacement tutorial I successfully replaced the cracked LCD screen I have had almost for half a year. Wondering what the cracked LCD looks like?
The replacement was without problem except I made two scratches on the backlight, and nearly damaged the backlight ribbon cable, but hey at least I can see the camera settings without trying to guess whether the flash is on or off.
So while I was running a couple of errands, I quickly went out to UBC to see how the snow is over there. Along the way I took some photos. Presenting…snowy Vancouver (and its buses):