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Archive for December, 2010

Bad art

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Passing an auction house window stuffed with bad, mostly pre-modern, art made me think about my ability to judge old art, versus my difficulties in judging contemporary art with a comparable certainty.

Ballet Victoria’s “Beauty and the Beast”

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

If you’re in Victoria BC: tomorrow (12/29) and Thursday (12/30) evening are your last chances to see Ballet Victoria’s “Beauty & the Beast” at the Royal Theatre, 7:30pm. Go see it and support local arts.

The Monday (!) Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Monday, December 27th, 2010

My list of bookmarks for the past week, usually published on Sundays (but I forgot!), extraordinarily today, Monday.

Writing and crafting and entrepreneurship, oh my!

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Want to learn about writing, crafting, and creative entrepreneurship? This post features a round-up of the most kick-ass articles and links on those subjects.

“Moscow Stations” at Victoria’s Theatre Inconnu

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Right now, Victorians have a rare chance to see the Canadian premiere of Moscow Stations, Stephen Mulrine’s adaptation and translation of Venedikt Yerofeev’s novel Moscow to Petushki. A one-man play starring Theatre Inconnu‘s Clayton Jevne, the piece takes you through the stations of the drunkard’s cross as he tries to reach salvation in the perpetually […]

Despoliation of the environment, high finance, mountain top removal

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Two articles that need your attention: one, in the Wall Street Journal, Trader Holds $3 Billion of Copper in London, which describes how some trader is sitting on 80-90% of circa 50% of the world’s exchange-registered copper stockpile, squirreled away in a London warehouse. We don’t think a lot about where those metals come from. […]

Invisible light

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Feeling discombobulated as usual around this time of year – hence the dearth of posts lately – I found myself poking around this afternoon for inspiration at Russell Books, Canada’s largest used-and-new bookstore. Careening toward the self-help section, suddenly I saw it: . Yule – A Celebration of Light & Warmth… As if. I am […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Schneier on Security: Security in 2020 Bruce Schneier continues to deliver the goods when it comes to smart analysis. His end-of-2010 predictions for 2020 are no exception. Example: QUOTE We’re not Google’s customers; we’re Google’s product that they sell to their customers. It’s a three-way relation­ship: us, the IT service provider, and the advertiser or […]

Gary Shteyngart’s bad fathers (on Super Sad True Love Story)

Friday, December 17th, 2010

So much already is written about Gary Shteyngart’s novel Super Sad True Love Story by readers and reviewers motivated far better than I that it feels redundant to add more. Read the description and reviews on Amazon, if the novel is unfamiliar. Then, if you haven’t already, get a hold of the book and read […]

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