Made in Canada

Ok Canada, I will give you most of these. From 5 billion  Swedish fish a year to minting coins for 60 different countries, there truly are some amazing facts included in the Readers Digest CA slide show “13 Awesome Things You Didn’t Know Were Made in Canada.” New Brunswick even makes the list twice with French fries and cymbals.


However, as a Louisville native, I cannot agree with number 3 on the list.


Nope, no way. I have embraced many changes in my quest to become a Canadian and New Brunswicker; that when I order tea in a restaurant it will be either hot or from a soda fountain (and not the iced, sweet tea of the south); that I will use far more Us when spelling than I ever did before and learn to recite the alphabet X,Y,Zed; and that the snow plow is both my best friend and worst enemy. As a Louisville native though, it is going to be a hard sell to convince me that Louisville Sluggers are not the world’s best baseball bats. Besides, at 120 feet tall, our giant bat is twice the size of this one!

What other awesome things are made in New Brunswick that I don’t know about? Fill me in @hiremenb on Twitter!

Interactive Infographic

I always love hearing feedback on my projects, especially feedback that pushes me to try something different and improve on it.  Yesterday someone suggested that they would enjoy an interactive version of my New Brunswick Giant Objects infographic; one that they could view within a screen without needing to scroll throughout the skinny, long form version.

My first thought was to utilize the rollover function in Adobe Captivate, however, that function is not supported by their html5 publication. Instead the map is now embedded with click boxes that allow the viewer to click on the small size object icon to learn more about it.

Click the image below to check out the new interactive version.

Which version do you prefer?  Let me know on Twitter @hiremenb!

interactive infographic

A hiremeNB Guide to New Brunswick’s Giant Objects [Infographic]


A hiremeNB Guide to New Brunswick's Giant Objects

A hiremeNB Guide to New Brunswick’s Giant Objects

One of the things that continues to delight me about New Brunswick is its obsession with over-sized statuary of animals and everyday objects.  I was amazed when I started searching to see just how many there are around the province. I counted at least 22!

From seafood and instruments to a dapper veggie and migrating fruit, I’ve included a few of my favorites in this infographic guide. I chose the bright colors and cartoon style to convey my childlike joy at seeing these creatures dotting the landscape.

Which other New Brunswick giants would you have included?

Click here to download a full size PDF of the infographic.

New Brunswick Landscapes

I can no longer count the number of times I’ve hiked the trails at Irishtown Reserve, stuck my toes in the sand at Parlee Beach, or just headed downtown here in Moncton to grab some sun or shade. Last summer I battled my first black fly. Last winter I finally admitted that the toque is my friend. Through it all though, I’ve encountered some stunning landscapes here in New Brunswick.