Archive for April, 2011

I’m thinking about:

April 30, 2011
The sign says “Layton” on the line. Then “conv@nation.com“. Reminds me of the Japanese art of Useless/Useful Objects (I forget the term) one of which was a sign you could hang over your face to alert subway passengers of the station for which you needed to be awoken. You know, so they can wake you from your nap. This speaks to social conscience in a somewhat different manner 😉

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Russell Brand says it

April 25, 2011
"all desire is the desire to be at one with god–not to the shadow on the wall but to the source of light itself"
thanks cory doctorow for pointing this out as a "a master class in how to talk about celebrity while being a celebrity without sounding like a knob."

Radical Experiments in Empathy

April 24, 2011
Another A+ Tedx talk. I admit I find his manner somewhat aggravating, but I am glad he's saying what he's saying, and I like that he ends on the Dostoevsky quote. Thanks Sam Richards.http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

Quality of touch

April 12, 2011
I’m thoroughly enjoying watching a team of six fellas prep for dinner at Woodlot on Palmerston. Meat man touches the meat and cuts it but each touch knows more than any touch I’ve had on meat. Pushing and squeezing bits of it, and talking a boastlooking mile a minute it’s a posture you see elsewhere without the prop correlative. There’s another fine touch that’s gone through the radiccio and is now muscling up a cured meat. Third pair of hands is cutting pasta having first lowered the heavy cloth of it through the machine. Testing the dried pieces on racks, measuring them out in rows. Three other bodies prepare behind the obstructed view of the kitchen counter. It is good television to watch this kitchen dance.

James Lonely

April 12, 2011
Toronto Life did a decent long article about CPTer James Loney’s kidnapping for 118 days in Iraq. Tom Fox was also captive and then murdered. I met with some Friends from Tom’s home Meeting several years ago not long afterwards. They talked about the effect of being held in the spotlight, of how to represent complex topics in a soundbyte. Although I have misty eyes after reading Gerald Hannon’s article, I can’t help feeling that reduction: one of the messages one can take away is that James is lonely, that his “dramaqueen” idealism stems in part from being an outsider and wanting to be included. Of course, I am committing the same crime: there was much beauty in the article ( http://www.torontolife.com/daily/informer/from-print-edition-informer/2011/03… ) but…I guess I just can’t shake the feeling that we elevate do- gooders beyond reach, keeping their stories from being accessible, real or relevant. I want James’ example to connect to our common understandings, our common heart.

Beds looking ready near Queen and Spadina

April 3, 2011
Spring. I’m so ready for thee.

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Kind of the best thing ever.

April 3, 2011

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No longer an effective butter knife.

April 1, 2011
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