My partner Jennifer recently published her first book. It’s a slim volume of 145 pages called No Ordinary Boy: The Life and Death of Owen Turney. One could generically describe it as memoir or narrative non-fiction. No Ordinary Boy is the story of Jennifer’s journey with her severely disabled son Owen, who died last October—unexpectedly, and […]
I recently read this in an article in the Shambhala Sun, a magazine about Buddhism: Here is another practice, rooted in Zen tradition, which you might enjoy. Sit down with someone you care about and have a cup of tea. The practice is just sitting and having tea and conversation for its own sake. Drink […]
I was doing some reading about the inimitable Jon Hassell the other day (an appreciation of his mysterious and powerful music should be another post here one of these days) and came across mention of Mati Klarwein, an artist whose work has been used on a number of epoch-defining rock and jazz records of the […]
The Weather Network is a portal to another reality. It’s a 24-hour cable news channel where everything revolves around the weather, all the time. Every bulletin and every story segment is about the weather, climate change, or about the weather’s impact on traffic or other aspects of people’s lives (cars spinning out in deep snow, […]
Definintely Not The Opera (DNTO) is a magazine show on CBC Radio 1 that comes out every Saturday. It’s one of my most treasured Canadian cultural institutions. Originally named Brand X, it was first broadcast in 1994 and later renamed to Definitely Not The Opera to signify that it ran opposite Saturday Afternoon at the […]
A review of Karim Rashid’s Design Your Self (2006) Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97: Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable […]
Also, an insightful and entertaining review of Toward 2012 from the New York Times. Many of the essays are available at Reality Sandwich.
The new Art Gallery of Ontario, recently re-opened with new architecture by Frank Gehry, is lovely inside. Granted, it looks like a giant shiny slug from the outside (especially on a rainy day), but the same tube-like structure forms a great, warm space on the inside, a sort of walkway that spans the street side […]
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- @remarkk yes! Gladly. Lots to talk about. Lunch or coffee this week? about 11 hours ago from Twitter for iPad in reply to remarkk
- Design Thinking course final assignment completed. Excellent course—learned a lot. Thanks to @jeanneliedtka and @luizvelloso. about 12 hours ago from TweetDeck
- NSA wrongly says warrantless mobile-phone location tracking is legal. http://t.co/EmfFTHziVy about 14 hours ago from Buffer
- The secret languages of English con men, Parisian prostitutes and German bandits. http://t.co/j5p8o1XrlS about 18 hours ago from Buffer
- "Thanks for coming to report on a thing that doesn't exist yet." Amazon's free publicity party. http://t.co/UVqOdeMhNa about 20 hours ago from Buffer
- Luxury shopping, from the other side of the register. http://t.co/BYeMQFZt21 Dec 07, 2013 4:50 pm from Buffer
- @DirtyWars Great movie. Thank you. Dec 07, 2013 2:54 pm from TweetDeck in reply to DirtyWars
- This is really worth watching: Jeremy Scahill's Dirty Wars. Highly recommended (though certainly not easy fare). http://t.co/bFKF4kEFzc Dec 07, 2013 2:47 pm from Buffer