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Archive for July, 2010

August real – it’s really going to be August

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

August might be the month I scale back my daily blog posts… …to focus on other tasks. I probably won’t need that hard hat I’m holding – a simple pitch fork should do it. No two ways about it, it’s time to clean out the stables.

Not so novel thought

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Page 316, “Alexandra” (Tatiana) tells Smiley: She [Tatiana’s mother] was not obedient to history. That is to say, she believed that history had taken a wrong course. She was mistaken. The people should not attempt to change history. It is the task of history to change the people. And that, in a nutshell, is a […]

Behind the scenes at the RBCM

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Yesterday I went on a “back of the house” tour of the Royal BC Museum: wow. British Columbia residents, take note – this is your museum, and you can organize small groups and ask to go on one of these tours. It’s staggering to learn just how much is tucked away in storage, including significant […]

Civics assignment, part 2

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Very important for City of Victoria British Columbia residents/ taxpayers: Click through to FOCUS Magazine‘s poll, How should Victoria City Council solve the Johnson Street Bridge problem? As FOCUS notes, this is for “City of Victoria residents only, please” – so if you live in Saanich or Oak Bay or Esquimalt (or beyond), skip this […]

Civics assignment

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Ok, if you live in Victoria BC, or if you live in any city anywhere and have chafed at scandals related to your political leaders and how your bureaucratic staffers are handling civic and fiscal issues, here’s your assignment: hie yourself over to FOCUS Magazine and read Sam Williams’s latest article, Victoria City Hall: well […]

The Book of Firsts: A great “firsts” book for history buffs

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The next time someone says to you, “I’d like to study history, but I don’t know where to start,” tell them to pick up a copy of The Book of Firsts: 150 World-Changing People and Events from Caesar Augustus to the Internet. Written mostly by Peter D’Epiro, with numerous contributions by eight other scholars, The […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Blame Yourself For The Recession – Belt-tightening 101 includes public policy (like cracking down on super-frigid air-conditioning and free toss-away plastic bags at will)… QUOTE Our consumption is out of control. Did you know there is a mass of bottles, plastic bags and other garbage the size of Texas–almost as large as LeBron James’ […]

Realistic 3D projection on building: more info?

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Does anyone have any information about an amazing video posted on, called Realistic 3D projection on a building? Watch it now (click on the image): . Wimp seems to “own” this video in the google-sphere and I’m not succeeding in tracking down its origins. I’d love to have some details – how it was […]

Happy July 23

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Perfect summer weather today: it was actually warm (!!) and the sunlight was crystal-clear: no atmospheric occlusions, every object near and far resolved itself with that Anselm Adams f/64 kind of insistence: Over here, here I am, look at me! In other words, typical July gorgeousness – just in time for the spouse’s birthday… 😉 […]

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