Archive for November, 2008

This is…

November 23, 2008



November 21, 2008

Reports (this one is from the CBC) of an unusually bright and large meteor streaking across the sky yesterday evening in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan. Looks like attempts will be made to find left over bits and pieces soon. Cool!

Unlimitedness of Worlds

November 19, 2008

Found in Epicurus‘ (341-270 BCE) Letter to Herodotus:

“Moreover, there is an unlimited number of cosmoi, and some are similar to this one and some are dissimilar. For the atoms, which are unlimited…are also carried away to very remote distances. For atoms of the sort from which a world might come to be or by which it might be made are not exhausted [in the production] of one world or any finite number of them, neither worlds like this one nor worlds unlike them. Consequently, there is no obstacle to the unlimitedness of worlds.”

From Brad Inwood and L.P. Gerson, eds., The Epicurus Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 1994), 8.


November 17, 2008




Taken in Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino, British Columbia.


November 14, 2008

From the Greek “wanderer” comes the word planet. As reported in the New York Times astronomers have recently imaged an extra-solar planet. Hundreds have already been inferred from observations, but this is the first actual visual evidence. Interestingly, one of the members of the research team works at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, just up the road here in Saanich. Stellar.


November 13, 2008

Thinking about connections, networks, associations and links these days. Call it a Bourdieusian moment. Little to be done but offer up some interconnections and intersections:

— For all you bookish boy scouts out there, Anxious Mo-fo presents us with an idea both elegantly brilliant and totally ridiculous: literature merit badges. Love it!

— This has nothing to do with pointed passions. Just think the intersection of politics and fashion is currently fascinating. If you agree, I urge clicking over to Skybluepink.

George Orwell once wrote an essay entitled Books v. Cigarettes, a title since turned into a collection of his work. Were you to add “pictures” to the title, it would be an ideal alternate moniker for The Smoking Section. Vila is currently in the depths of writing a PhD, so head on over and give her some words of encouragement…

— The Art Gallery of Ontario has been given a striking face lift by way of Frank Gehry. Much as I am reticent (as devoted Montrealer) to admit it, this puts Toronto on the map, civilizationally speaking.

Another mysterious foot has washed on to British Columbia shores. This is the sixth in the space of a few years. I welcome theories and speculations.

As the boys at Boing Boing suggest: “Something is definitely afoot”. Brilliant…


November 3, 2008


Day of the Dead

November 2, 2008

Went into downtown Toronto today to check out the Gardiner Museum. One of Canada’s foremost galleries devoted to ceramics, this exhibit, focused on Mexican representations of the “day of the dead” (dia de los muertos), was an inspired and eclectic mix worthy of the name. Made the idea of animism comprehensible in a visceral and intimate sense. If you happen to be in or around the T-dot in the next little while, it’s highly recommended.

Also had my own encounter with the spirits of the past, revisiting old haunts at U of T. A strangely convergent experience, all in all.


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