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El-Jem, Tunisia — 2001 — A Roman Coliseum in the North African Desert

January 30, 2010


Something which I can now say to my friends (while raising puzzled eyebrows): "You mean there's a coliseum in Rome, too?"

Simple Sam Learns to Talk Science

January 29, 2010


I expect anytime soon to be hearing a shift in denialist discourse asking, “How come, if global warming is happening, global temperatures haven’t gone up since 2005?”

Candid Conversations With Simple Sam

January 27, 2010


I simply proposed to Sam that if he was worried about the gender problem, he didn’t have to be male. He could be female. He could be either. He could be both. He could share gender or shift gender. Here and there. Willy nilly. He would be both man and woman together. And neither. “I will not put up with this kind of perverted-looking, gender-bending, gender-trading liberal nonsense,” says Sam.

Island Rainforest

January 26, 2010


Does such a scene have a date? Taken early summer, perhaps, 2001. The rest of the roll (yes, actual film, before everything was digital) contained pictures of London. Father Theo, photo, 2001.

The Melting of Winter, 1960-2010

January 25, 2010


The winter of 1961-62 was my first in Vancouver.  I remember an eighteen inch snowfall which shut down the schools, with the grades four and five presenting a united front against the grade sixes in the snowball fights in the schoolyard. The following winter, I was living in Steveston, in the southwest angle of the […]

The Law, In Its Majestic Equality …

January 25, 2010


The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread. — Anatole France, 1894 And the law, in its majestic equality, allows the poor as well as the rich to launch million dollar advertising campaigns in support of […]

More Random Notes on Climate Change

January 16, 2010


If certain targets are not met by mid-century, the study suggests, then the goal of limiting catastrophic climate change might not be possible.

Images of Brussels, 2001

January 14, 2010


Some images of Brussels by day and by night. Next to the cathedral pond, some awning covered eateries. Numerous city landmarks are illuminated during tourist season, adding to the pleasure of a  night time walk. Brussels was the home of Hergé (1907-1983), creator of Tintin, one of the most famous characters in 20th century European […]

Helmets, Broomstick Men & the Police Riot of ‘71

January 5, 2010


For cops violence is one of the perks of the job. Honey, they’ll do that part for free.