Canadian Words, eh?

I went down to Timmies to pick up a Double double for my coworker who is on the Pogey so they couldn’t afford it. While I was there I bought some All-dressed chips because my friend dumped my last bag into the Chesterfield after almost spilling their pop. The rain last night was a real soaker, which was too bad because farmers just got dinged by the latest change in programs. The Conservatives should really be turfed out of Ottawa, and it’ll happen if the other parties give’r. Anyway, I was pulling into the parkade at work, but some hoser took my spot. I guess my coworker isn’t going to get his Double double on time. Fortunately I had my bunnyhug on because that cold wind doesn’t feel like a chinook.

The Club: Music

I went to a show tonight with Jesse, after buying a monthly membership at CrashBang Labs (which is in the same building as The Club at The Exchange on 8th Ave.

Zachary Lucky

You can listen to Zachary Lucky online or in Saskatoon very soon.
ZacharyLucky.com

Dan Geortz was also good. His song about being sold to the circus he footnoted as fiction, especially since his dad was in the audience.

In CrashBang Labs, I watched an iPod get LASER etched. A 40W laser apparently, but it doesn’t work at quite its full capacity, especially at a high moving head speed.

iPod after laser etching

Art in Regina

Last night I attended the graduating UofR Fine Arts students’ exhibitions at the McKenzie Art Gallery. Among them were a hand woven human sized bird’s nest of birch and moss to represent a womb or a cage, also a two layered picture frame mosaic of “artefacts” (I contributed several 3rd hand frames to the project of Caitlin’s), and also a series of propaganda style paintings in Soviet script and barcodes to depict the modern CCTV state of big brother. “For your convenience, all of your precious memories are being recorded.” One had bird poop, or blood dripping onto the video camera lens, and another was two camera headed people talking to each other asking what the other is looking at.20110306_Pic018

Climate Emergency Vehicle?

What does a CEV or a Climate Emergency Vehicle look like?

It’s a bicycle (with an optional flashing light installed on it). I was disappointed that there was no CEV at all on Google images, so I’m helping to link the term with the object now.
RANTWICK Climate Emergency Vehicle

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A blind photographer and artist, Pete Eckert, uses a twin lens reflex camera much like one my dad has.

| Artists Wanted | In Focus : Pete Eckert (Lo-Speed) from Artists Wanted on Vimeo.

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I was interviewed for this news piece on bloggers, but was left on the cutting room floor. John Murney’s neck made the cut though. Knowing how much he enjoys being photographed, he’s probably thrilled.

We talked about my (low) traffic, if I consider myself a citizen journalist (I do if it helps me fend off baseless legal action from some sue-happy people in this country), and my past involvement in organizing events for Saskatchewan Bloggers.

There’s a great quote in the story too from Prairie Dog Blogger, Whitworth.

You can have a blog that is nuts. I think Small Dead Animals is a nightmare.

Yes, Kate’s blog is a nightmare of contradiction and extremism, but she does have a point that traditional journalism is faltering. It doesn’t make sense any longer to have a news reader on TV presenting corporate news stories, when you can hear reports directly from reporters on the scene and talking directly with the newsmakers and educated pundits.

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– You might look a bit like this when you sneeze. Cover your face please.

Art at University

The free, and easy to find Fifth Parallel art gallery in the Riddell Centre at the UofR has a new exhibition. Mike makes interesting paint that has a fleshy quality. I was at the reception for his exhibition’s opening last week, and someone commented to me, “these are quite gendered.” I smiled and nodded, not really knowing what they meant. But you can certainly read phallic qualities into a lot of art, and this art in particular.

CBC News When It’s Not

CBC’s News Twitter feed is ridiculously titled. Along with “Top Stories” of newsworthy qualities, they have entertainment drivel that could come from local radio stations gushing about the latest colours of iPods for sale in their news ads. There’s a time and place for entertainment, and it doesn’t belong on CBC NEWS. If I wanted to learn that one of the Fantastic Four is doomed, I’d read a blog, not my taxpayer funded broadcaster!