From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, one definition less hopeful: kuebiko n. a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence, which force you to revise your image of what can happen in this world—mending the fences of your expectations, weeding out all unwelcome and invasive truths, cultivating the perennial good that’s buried under theContinue reading “SIXTEEN”
I read about a book called the Codex Seraphinianus today, an encyclopedia of an imagined universe, detailing the natural world and strange inventions. The level of depth and inventiveness blows me away. Here are some images; The Believer has a particularly cool article about it.
Sometimes you need to sit at home and read poetry and listen to clangy old blues songs. I have this book of Montreal English poetry of the seventies (eds. Farkas & Norris), which begins with a quote from Louis Dudek: It is the destiny of Montreal to show the country from time to time whatContinue reading “FOURTEEN”
Today I dealt with just the most absurd series of bureaucratic interactions—at the post office, at the university, at the bank. It was massively exhausting (and to top it off I got a flat tire!). After a morning like that, then six hours of an intensive grad class on feminist approaches in CED, I feltContinue reading “THIRTEEN”
A week or two ago, Gonzo and I took turns reading aloud from Dumbing Us Down — a collection of John Taylor Gatto’s speeches. His ideas have been following me around since, and I shared this quote (from “The Psychopathic School”) during my talk at a BCGEU conference this past weekend. “This great crisis which we witness inContinue reading “TWELVE”
Last night I was riding my bicycle home from NDG and was feeling a bit sad that it’s getting to be too cold to ride for much longer. I guess I’ve always known how to ride a bike: my mom never knew how but my aunt taught me in parking lots when I was aContinue reading “ELEVEN”
I just got back from an awesome weekend helping with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s RightsWatch conference (this year’s theme was Civil Liberties and Democracy in the Digital Age: Privacy, Media and Free Expression). In an attempt to tie in some practical work with the conference’s policy talk, we organized a sort of booth/space using the Cryptoparty modelContinue reading “Ten”
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency makes me giggle. From Our Killer Appears to be a Millennial: “So we start creating content that feels authentically shareable—vines, photos, longreads, whatever. It’s all gotta speak to his interests as an always-on, social-focused doer/maker who might work as a barista during the day but spends his evenings following his true passionContinue reading “Nine”
A day at the park — profoundly beautiful, stirring graphic strip. Click the image to read it all.
This slideshare called 20 Jobs of the Future is brilliant and thought-provoking.
I’m trying to write an application to an academic program, but am totally unsure about how honest I can be in a “statement of purpose.” Whenever I do something like this, I get the sense that I’m in competition for these spots with a lot of the same people that made me feel uncomfortable duringContinue reading “SIX”
Today I found a photo collection from Jon Crispin of abandoned suitcases discovered at the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane. Crispin talks about having to obfuscate the identities of their owners: “Here’s a weird story: When I do the shooting, my digital photographs are labeled with what’s called IPTC information. It’s all the camera metadataContinue reading “Five”
“…Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation — the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopelessContinue reading “Four”
I really love these illustrations — artist Mica Angela Hendricks lets her 4 year old finish her work. via pleated jeans
There’s this incredible gentleman in my life, and it’s his birthday today. I shipped him a box of homemade cookies, which travelled six hundred kilometres to his door and arrived a day late. They were delayed at the border, and—because they were a surprise—I had to worry in secret about what a disappointment it wouldContinue reading “Two”