Posts Tagged ‘snow’
On Fogo Island for next few days with Laurie Brinklow, a fellow islander, publisher, writer, poet and a PhD student at the University of Tasmania. Check out her island adventures!
A post for news junkies today.
If you’ve ever felt there is not enough good stuff to read on-line, that’s because you never gave a try to two excellent sources of long form journalism. The first one is longform.org, which constantly updates its offerings with some of the best and, sometimes, weirdest stuff out there. The second one is a bit less dynamic, but not less rich in content: The Best Magazine Articles Ever is a wonderful compilation of some ground breaking magazine writing. Check it out.
And for all of you Canadians who happen to be political junkies as well, poliTwitter.ca brings you all of Canada’s political tweets in one place, constantly updated and helpfully colour coded. Pure political crack.
Tilting on Fogo Island, Newfoundland.
Croatian word of the day: narkić junkie [nar ki ch]
It’s official. I am done with all of my MA classes and I have passed all of it, too. Miraculously, I even have a half decent average and I might end up with a few academic publications as well – those two things do keep doors opened if I suddenly go insane and decide to continue on to a PhD.
I still have a bit of research to finish and a thesis to write, but that is something I am actually looking forward to. I also have over a year to do that so it’s not exactly that I am feeling a huge pressure or anything.
Even though I am not finished yet, I feel like dispensing a piece of advice. If you are thinking of completing a graduate degree with a young family while working full time and without adequate funding – just don’t. It’s not worth the stress and in the current climate, I am not even sure it’s worth anything in terms of your employability afterwards. Having said that, it IS a fun thing to do and it will make you, almost certainly, better at whatever you do. For example, my MA in geography made me into a better photographer and a better writer. Keep in mind there were other, just as effective ways to do that. I am not regretting the experience, quite the opposite, but I would certainly preferred if the circumstances were a bit different.
As an aside, academic publishing is the biggest racket in publishing industry. No wonder there is a trillion journals out there. They get people who spend years developing particular expertise write unique content for free and than deliver that content and carefully targeted advertising to a perfectly segmented audience- you would need to be a total moron to run an operation like that into the ground.
Ice pans around Fogo Island. The photos was made in late March or early April this year.
Croatian word of the day: izdavaštvo publishing [iz da va sht vo]
A root cellar on Change Islands, Newfoundland. There is another one here.
A bunch of design links today.
Absolutely stunning covers of eight Penguin Classics developed in partnership with AIDS awareness fund (RED).
Three posters developed for a waxing salon. The funny thing is that when a friend originally posted these on her facebook page I did not clue in that there is more to that particular choice of animals…. My mind just does not work in dirty ways. Sorry.
An interesting blog about design from Australia.
Work of Croatian designer Vladimir Končar.
And Thinking for a Living is a site/magazine about all sorts of things. Check out the different sections on top of the page. Navigation takes a bit of getting used to, but then it seems like the most natural thing in the world.
Croatian word of the day: slovo letter
Change Islands, Newfoundland.
Croatian word of the day: ograda fence [og ra da]
Kodak Tri-X in D76. Nothing else is quite like it…
Croatian word of the day: oblak cloud
Another Battery photo from last Saturday. The debate over whether or not to spend public money on repairing the damage is raging among the Newfoundlanders in the comments on this CBC story. Sigh…
Croatian word of the day: val wave
Not bad for the first snow of the year: 40 cm (about 16 inches) of white stuff. And this just the beginning… sigh…
This photo was made yesterday afternoon just as the storm started to really get going. I was not the only idiot out there 😉
Croatian word of the day: zima winter
It’s snowing outside as I write this, so more snow photos. If I have to suffer through it, so will you 😉
Entry 21 – March 13, 2009
Thinking about science
If I got nothing else from this class but the link to CBC’s series of Ideas podcasts How To Think About Science, it would still be worth every second I spent in it.
The conversations with Simon Shaffer and Steven Shapin on origin of what we today consider scientific method were truly fascinating. The idea that science is based on an objective and verifiable evidence is so ingrained in our way of thinking that Shaffer’s and Shapin’s brief historical overview of how we got to the point where science is so dominant a force felt like a cold shower.
The story of Robert Boyle and his quest for the solution to major social, political and religious conflicts of 17th century is one of the greatest historic yarns I ever heard. The fact that he came up with what would any scientist today recognize as a scientific method seems to be almost an accident. His insistence that knowledge can be obtained only through witnessed and repeatable experimentation has dominated scientific world for half a millennia. Paradoxically, in his attempt to isolate the scientist from the society and nature and create a process of producing certain knowledge, he, more than anybody else, seems to have done exactly the opposite, ensuring that knowledge is socially constructed.
Croatian word of the day: znanost science
Unfortunately, this photo is not from the archives. This is what today (March 21, 2009) looked like outside. In Newfoundland, a snowstorm that comes around St. Patrick’s Day is called Sheila’s Brush. Here is the story as told by a Newfoundlander on another blog:
Quite a time ago (long before he was a saint) Patrick was married to a firey redhead named Sheila. One night Paddy was out drinking with his buddies and left Sheila home alone. Of course, this put the redhead in quite a ‘snit’. When poor drunken Paddy returned home, Sheila took at him with the broom (brush) and stirred up quite a storm…
Entry 20 – March 6, 2009
According to my inbox spammers I need a new job, bigger penis, more orgasms, new partner and don’t need to worry about how I am going to pay for it all because I apparently won a UK lottery and there is a guy in Ghana who got my e-mail through the Human Resources Department at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and is about to transfer several millions of dollars to my bank account.
The e-mail spam generated in a place that physically resides on Africa’s west coast, but is in its nature transnational is probably the most annoying throwback of the increasing interconnectedness of individuals across the planet. That interconnectedness has certainly increased dramatically over the last few decades, but the trend started a lot earlier.
Here are three maps. The first one is from 1901 of the Easter Telegraph Co. system and its general connections (h/t to Gizmodo).
The other two are visualization of connection density and city-to-city connections created by Chris Harrison
The maps, all three of them, depict something more than just connections, but also a set of political and economic power relations with most of the world just emerging from the darkness of solitude.
Croatian word of the day:odnos relationship
I am having trouble juggling my work, class requirements, sick and/or smart, engaging kids, lack of sleep and the things I actually enjoy doing. As always, things I actually enjoy doing, like updating my blog, fell by the wayside. Photography even more so than blogging. No more! There are corner stores to shoot, stories to pursue, projects to work on…
Since it snowed briefly today, I am going to post a few more winter photos. May be if I purge my blog folder of winter photos…
Entry 18 – March 1, 2009
I was recently making the rounds of my usual cyberspace haunts and stumbled upon the demonstration of a live, but radio controlled beetle [h/t Gizmodo]. Now, not only have machines invaded our bodies, but this idea that we can control another live body through available technology is truly scary. The military applications of this are obvious. I’d give anything to have been a fly on the wall when the ethics committee was looking at this research. The money quote is:
Setting aside the question of whether it is morally right or wrong to use a living creature for such a purpose, we must think about the ‘production efficiency’ to create ‘cyborgs’ that are beneficial to mankind.
Nice. I am glad they asked the beetles how they feel about it.
Maybe the solution to the conflict between machine and human space is to simply merge the two. The question is who is going to be pushing the buttons and for what purpose.
Croatian word of the day:buba bug
Entry 13, February 10, 2009
Definition of nature
Recently, I have listened to a podcast version of Gwynne Dyer’s Ideas series Climate Wars. It was one of those opportunities to listen to something I am interested in, do some work (he is about to speak at a university sponsored event), cook and actually learn something relevant to my course work.
As I was reading the definition of ‘nature’ in the Dictionary of Human Geography, it struck me how far along and how fast we are moving towards very much a constructed nature. The idea that ‘nature’ is socially constructed is intriguing despite its drawbacks, but what I find even more interesting is that we are now in the process of constructing ‘nature’ quite literally. I think that one of the most significant changes in the way we approach our environment is that our actions in ‘nature’ are much more deliberate. As we struggle with understanding what the impact of climate change is actually going to be (and causing climate change was obviously not a deliberate act on our part), I think we will see ever bolder action and intervention in the environment. Geoengineering, for a long time considered a matter of science fiction will probably find its advocates as the impact of climate change becomes more obvious. I wonder how that will change the future ‘nature’ entry in the Dictionary of Human Geography.
Scene along Duckworth Street this afternoon.
Croatian word of the day:mećava snow storm [me cha va]
It’s cold, but not nearly as cold as in the rest of Atlantic Canada. I am too tired to write something meaningful so you get a bunch of links that have accumulated over the last couple of weeks.
Given the amount of snow and freezing temperatures, I think Calvin & Hobbes collection of snowman panels is very appropriate. They never fail to bring a grin to my face.
Feel the need to educate your children about the importance of airport security? Playmobile has the answer. Read the comments, they are priceless.
To the idiot who objects to high school students reading Handmaid’s Tale: go @#$%^#& yourself and get your grubby paws of my public education.
A sobering post on Galloping Beaver on Obama’s actual record.
And if you, like me, are somewhat challenged when it comes to understanding how certain aspects of financial markets work this post by Ivan Krstić is for you. This is the best explanation of short selling I’ve ever read. This piece by Michael Lewis in Portfolio explains the rest of it.This also happens to be journalism the way it should be. I can’t believe the stuff these two guys are writing about is actually legal. No wonder the so called markets tanked.
Good night, sleep tight. The world will probably still be here when you wake up…
Croatian word of the day: lopovi thieves
I woke up this morning at about 4:30 to Mačak’s insistent meowing. I was half way down the stairs, with the cat anxiously urging me forward, when it struck me how cold it is in the living room. The problem was in the kitchen. When we took garbage out last night, we obviously did not close patio doors properly and they were wide open with a pile of fresh snow blowing half way into the kitchen. The floor was brutally cold and Mačak was quite upset that he had to walk on it to get to his food. By 5:15, I cleaned up the kitchen and decided to make crêpes for the girls for breakfast and listen to an Ideas podcast. It was a good morning.
Something happens when it snows like this, over night. As I walked out the door, people were cheerfully shoveling snow, greeting each other and had in general great time. The morning was warm and there was hardly any wind. The town looked magical and I had hard time getting myself to work. I just wanted to stay out and photograph and feel this snow induced kinship with my neighbours.
On the bus, the driver was playing The Beatles Get Back and I swear half the people on the bus were ready to start dancing.
I have my first class today and am really looking forward to it. It’s a fourth year seminar course in cultural geography and it looks like it’s going to be fun.
Croatian word of the day:predavanje lecture [prea da va nie]
Happy new 2009! The past year has certainly been eventful for us. From our travels in Alberta, back to New Brunswick and then the big move to Newfoundland. The old curse about the interesting times still holds.
I was thinking about the most interesting photos I got to make last year and I realized that I still can’t post some of them because they are under the embargo until February. So, instead, you get a photo of our new neighbourhood on this New Year’s Eve. We moved just a few days ago – just before Christmas. The place we originally landed in is something we will try to forget. To give you a small taste of how bad it was I’ll just tell you a little story. Miss F has an imaginary friend. When we moved to Newfoundland her friend left and went back to Saint John because she did not like the way her room felt and smelled. The first morning in this new place, Miss F ran downstairs and excitedly said: “Guess who is back!?” Her imaginary friend arrived sometime during the night.
I am sitting at the top of this old crooked house in a tiny and cozy office under the roof and from the window I can see the Cabot Tower and the city lights and I finally feel that something good will come of our move here. Here is to a good 2009!
Croatian word of the day:Nova Godina New Year