Dykes on The Drive 2010

July 31, 2010

Today we had the 7th Annual Dykes on The Drive Parade. There seemed to be about 50% more marchers this year than last, and an excellent turnout for the Party at Victoria Park (Grandview Park was supposedly “closed” this year for maintenance, though you could have fooled me). The hot sunny day no doubt helped.

Here they come …

It takes all sorts to make a parade …

Kim Kuzma played at the Party in the Park …


Echo Density

July 30, 2010

Vancouver’s incredible downtown from Granville Island.

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The Madness of King Consumer

July 29, 2010

The iPhone4 becomes available in Canada tomorrow. I understand from numerous Twitter messages that a great many people will be lining up, some overnight perhaps, to be early purchasers. Same thing happened with the iPad in May.

I don’t have the words to express how dumb I happen to think that is, so I’ll leave it to this image…

Everyone has the right to their own obsessions, just count me out.

Lines and Shadows

July 29, 2010

And old staircase in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

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Why Is The Nanny State Against Me?

July 28, 2010

These days you cannot get a bag of peanuts on an airplane, and peanuts and peanut products are completely banned at schools. Why? Because the rest of us have to sacrifice in order to protect the small minority of kids and adults who have a life-threatening allergy to the snacks.  I actually don’t agree with the ban but, OK we’ll let it go.

Years ago, the nanny state banned lawn darts even though no child had ever been killed or seriously damaged by one.  That’s a really dumb rule, but still …

My wife and I and several other folks I know have a tendency to stop breathing when confronted with heavy perfume smells. Not get upset or angry or disturbed, but actually stop breathing. I wouldn’t want people to stop using whatever perfume they want but I would like a campaign to educate those people doused in the stuff not to get into crowded spaces, like transit or elevators.

Is that too much to ask from the nannies?  Where are they when I need them?


July 28, 2010

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Levels of Meaning

July 27, 2010

Revelations of de-construction.  [better resolution here]