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Archive for February, 2004

A wasteland or a party, desolation row or underground tuber springing into action?

Friday, February 13th, 2004

Mike Golby is back after a 2-month hiatus with an amazing essay, The Turning of the Key. Don’t miss it, it’s a feast of words, images, and ideas.

Someone left the cake out in the rain

Thursday, February 12th, 2004

I went to a seminar at UVic’s recently established Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC) this afternoon to hear William Leiss speak on the Cultural Politics of Bio-Genetics. The afternoon before I had listened to an early-release report on NPR about the Korean scientists who had successfully cloned a human blastocyst, a news item […]

A very brief history of the breast as propaganda

Sunday, February 8th, 2004

Isolating and accentuating body parts has a long history in Western visual representation, but the female breast occupies a special place. (Unless you’re French, of course, in which case you appear to be venerably predisposed to the female rear.) Beer and especially milk drinking Americans love the breast. It signifies both maternal love and eroticism, […]

Paul Williams at USC

Saturday, February 7th, 2004

Just a follow-up to my last blog entry: if you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can see an exhibition (admission free) of Paul Williams’s work at the University of Southern California’s Watt Hall, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, University Park Campus, now through March 31, 2004. See Williams the Conqueror: The Legacy of Architect […]

The price of blood

Thursday, February 5th, 2004

I learned about Paul Williams through an article in a shelter magazine. Williams was the “architect to the stars” who at mid-century designed houses for Lucille Ball and other luminaries. He was also the architect of the futuristic-looking Los Angeles airport building. And he was African American. His early childhood sounds nearly Dickensian (orphaned at […]

Tee-Hee Bits?

Thursday, February 5th, 2004

I really feel like getting hammered this evening. Last week, while munching on my favourite confectionary item (hard salted licorice from Holland), I gave a molar the death knell. Low-grade pain for several days now has left me feeling ready to rip any- and everyone’s head off, and this afternoon I had a temporary crown […]

The once-again coming of the ice age

Thursday, February 5th, 2004

Doug at The Alders pointed to this a few days ago, on Feb. 2: an article by Thom Hartmann that explains how the malfunction of the Great Conveyor Belt might be the new ice-cold tipping point for global cooling that no one can ignore: …the warm water of the Great Conveyor Belt evaporates out of […]

Ork? Orkin? Orkut? The Lord of the (web)Rings?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004

Jeneane Sessum is a powerhouse of information. By following her bloglinks and her community and network links on Orkut, I can find out so much… It’s mind-boggling. Some people I know (like my husband) might think there’s an element of trivia here, but I’m not so sure — after all, the only reason I ever […]

Multi-tasking 101? Find hired help

Monday, February 2nd, 2004

(…and the seasons on the hamsterwheel they go ’round and ’round and the painted ponies they go up and down…) As a PhD’d homeschooling mother who doesn’t have a career — but who did for a while have au pairs for the duration of her brief teaching career at MIT, Brown University, and finally, the […]

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