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Archive for May, 2005

Technology troubles of the spin cycle kind

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Have I mentioned before that I’ve had trouble with gadgets and all electronic things since moving into this house in November 2002? Yes, I have mentioned it. My iBook is fritzed; some other computers have gone glitchy; and my oh-so-ecologically-correct (water & energy saving) Bosch dishwasher is a piece of shit that’s leaked on me […]

Pink is the New Brown

Monday, May 30th, 2005

I have a theory about why the deadly-dull, trite, hackneyed, and utterly predictable Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown has been a far-too perennial best-seller. It goes something like this: If you want to be a popular (read: successful) writer, pick a topic everyone thinks they know something about. Even if they’re not religious, everyone […]

Another quiz: what (romantic) poet are you?

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Thanks to Maria at Alembic, another weird quizilla to enlighten and amuse: You are Samuel Taylor Coleridge! The infamous “archangel a little damaged!” You took drugs and talked for hours, it’s true, but you also made a conscious choice to cultivate the image of the deranged poet in a frenzy of genius. You claimed you […]

Some lyrics

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

Just because, here’s what Billy Bragg wrote about The Internationale on his 1990 cd: The Internationale ~ Eugène Pottier wrote the original lyrics of the Internationale after the fall of the Paris Commune in 1871. This was set to music by Pierre Degeyter, a textile worker from Lille who composed the tune for his factory […]

Siberian Frog à la mode: no, it’s not 28C

Friday, May 27th, 2005

It’s a cop-out to write about the weather, particularly after such a paucity of postings. However, lately the weather is …noteworthy — as is how it’s reported. I don’t know what they’re saying on the radio (no time to listen) or tv (don’t have one), but the internet weather reports are dead-wrong. Here in Victoria […]


Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Strange, how we’re flung all over the globe, yet attend to the forces of nature and of capital. I saw a news article about two Belgian brothers, filmmakers, who managed to win the Palme d’Or for a second time in seven years — no small feat. They are Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, profiled here, who […]

Freedom Tower

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

What’s That Donald playing at? In early 2003, Daniel Libeskind won the commission to redesign the World Trade Center. His winning proposal consisted of an inspirational design that clearly responded in a sophisticated and deeply felt way to the needs both of the citizens as well as the commercial demands of the city. Then, things […]

No id needed

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Whew, no time to write anything again — apologies to people who left comments recently, but I’ll get to responses …soon. I think. Sort of like I’ll get around to organising my photos on Flickr, and/or updating them with more developments on recent development projects. Those photos of the building site with the pink cones […]

Time to think

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

When I was a graduate student at UBC, I had a friend who decided to work on a Canadian topic for his master’s thesis. One of the department’s faculty advised against that choice, noting, “You are burying yourself in a very shallow grave.” Well, well. That’s what our faculty thought, and I’ll never forget the […]

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