I was shocked today to see a news story about a mom who gave her son a new phone for Christmas but did so along with an 18-point “contract” about how he’ll be allowed to use it. Much of the commentary on the Internet and the radio ranged from “what a fabulous idea” to “that’s … Continue reading On My Memories of Teenage Phone Calls
Title: The Fault in Our Stars Author: John Green Published: 2012 Pages: 313 Category: fiction: young adult When I finished John Green's first novel, Looking For Alaska, I vividly remember getting out of bed and writing at my desk for pages and pages. There was so much to think about, to reflect on, and I … Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars [no spoilers]
Last weekend I presented at my first Academic Conference. I was nervous, but the day went very well, and I'm glad to say that I'm proud of the presentation I gave. The conference was the second annual F-Word Undergraduate Conference at UBC, put on by the UBC Women & Gender Studies Association. It ran all … Continue reading UBC F-Word Conference 2011: Women & Science Fiction
For me, summer in Vancouver is walking home from work over the Burrard Street Bridge. I kind of love bridges. Different cities, different favourite bridges. San Francisco has the Golden Gate, London has the Millennium Footbridge (affectionately called the wobbly bridge), Victoria has (for now) the Blue Bridge, and in Vancouver its Burrard Street. I … Continue reading Summer in Vancouver
From 2010 to 2011. Well last year's 52 book project is now successfully completed, and I can say that I'm quite proud that I accomplished what I had set out to do! So what is in store for this year? I won't be endeavoring to do the same as last year, as I'm heading back … Continue reading Coincidental Reality 2011
I went out to dinner in Gastown this weekend, and it made me think a bit about this part of Vancouver. Gastown is a startling mix of people, it's images seem to fracture along very different lines. On one side of Gastown's current story, is the party. Young, good-looking Vancouverites with money to spend … Continue reading Images of Vancouver – Gastown
Roses on Concrete in the Sunshiney Afternoon.
Once again, the Vancouver Canucks have made it to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This means, that aside from the usually weather chatter in the office with both customers and coworkers, hockey talk is the order of the day. Every day. You might assume that this in itself would be annoying to … Continue reading Shut Out of Hockey Talk
Buildings are covered in advertising right now - even ones that haven't officially done so. The Sun is creating a myriad of advertisements in a concrete forest. I find it strangely beautiful. Coincidental Art.