Closing In

May 24, 2011

Closing In” (2008), acrylics on canvas, 16″ x 20″


Keep The Nanny State Out Of My Kitchen!

May 24, 2011

The nanny state in Denmark has banned Farley’s Rusks, Horlicks and Ovaltine, for God’s sake!

As usual, a government has declared that it knows best when it comes to what you can and cannot eat (we have the same idiocy going on here in BC over raw milk). Now, it is true we can only applaud their position on Marmite (I haven’t eaten it in more than 50 years and I can still remember that ghastly taste and smell!), but that’s beside the point.

I’m all for the full facts about nutrition and ingredients and whatever being made as widely available as possible. Beyond that, let the people decide, which they can literally at the market. Anything else is sheer arrogance.

Reason #204 Not To Use Facebook

May 22, 2011

As a reminder to all those of my readers who still use Facebook — even though it is the corporate-government’s best way of collecting data that is then used against you — there is no free lunch. As you sit there contemplating your wall and checking the status of others, or whatever it is that Facebook users do, apparently for free, the Man is making a sure buck from you.

Digital Buzz has an excellent InfoGraphic segment on The Real Cost of Social Media.  The article is full of interesting data, but I was particularly drawn to the following analysis.  They looked at how much money is spent by a customer who is a Facebook fan and a customer who is not on Facebook; and they all make a bunch more money from you facebookers!

If only one or two retailers were seeing this effect, we could scratch our heads and wonder. But when the entire spectrum of mass marketers make additional profits from people hooked into Facebook, then we can be sure this is both deliberate and avoidable.

Previous reasons not to use Facebook

Sunset: Interior #1

May 18, 2011

The Drive

May 17, 2011

I think it has been a couple of weeks since I blew this particular horn — I have a book out in the stores right now, and it’s not at all bad!

More information at The Drive Press.  Do take a look!

The Policies of Deliberate Exclusion

May 17, 2011

For those who haven’t already seen this brilliant TED talk by “professional rabble-rouser” Dave Meslin given last October, please spend the few minutes to watch and learn. Meslin explains in compelling simplicity how policies of “deliberate exclusion” work to create an apathetic and inactive electorate.

That’s what Civics lessons ought to be about.

Library Exterior #5

May 12, 2011

Library Exterior #5“: I’m back spending days here, so I thought this was a suitable time to celebrate the VPL once again.