Anodyne
Saturday, June 15, 2013
 

"I don't know what this puppeteer from the Muppets did, but he's clearly in trouble for it."

(via Bougie blog)
Friday, June 14, 2013
 
The great Patton Oswalt:

"Hecklers are not critics.  Critics have to submit their work to editors, have to sign their name to their opinions, often have to face those they criticize.  Sometimes, if they live long enough, they have to cringe when their opinions don’t stand the test of time better than the work they initially critiqued.  Even Roger Ebert admitted, in his superlative Great Movies essays, to being wrong in his initial assessment of some of the movies he was writing about.  Of not seeing the neo-Realist miracle of The Killer of Sheep because it didn’t have enough story for him.  And, ironically enough, not recognizing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as the masterpiece it was because it was too entertaining.  Is there anything more mature – more manly – that flat-out saying, 'Wow, I was wrong'?"
 
ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Values-Based Giving

"Each year, my accountant calculates the size of donation that will reduce my income tax to zero. Through this process I see the government allocate my tax dollars to trail work in parks they may not otherwise do, instead of using them for other government projects that rank lower on my scale of values.

I recently chose to make donations over three successive years to upgrade a trail to one of my favorite places in Garibaldi Park. These donations are paying for the installation of two bridges over river crossings and 11 kilometres of trail reconstruction from Elfin Lakes to Mamquam Lake. I wanted to give something to future generations so they could experience the joy I felt when discovering these wild places."
 

Thursday, June 13, 2013
 

"There was another matter Johnson mentioned, and Oltorf did not allude to it in the oral history he gave the Lyndon Johnson Library, although he included it -- or at least part of it -- in his interview with the author. 'Then he asked me did I ever see Alice [Glass]. That was something he very seldom asked me. And I said [I saw her] off and on. He said, "How is she?" and I said all right, and then he said something I didn't tell you and I don't think I'm going to.'"
 

 

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Jack Shadbolt & Robert Linsley, by Brian Nation

Double self-portrait!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
 

The author and his family. Left to right: Marcus, some bald dude, brother Dru. Photo courtesy Dru's better half.
 

Some Bees, 2013

The remains of the colony, knocked out of the tree by this morning's rain, now lying dead and dying on the sidewalk.

Making a picture doesn't change anything for anyone, least of all the bees, who remind me, in their stunned incomprehension, of the guy in the gutter in Roy Arden's Rupture (1985), but simply affirms that someone noticed them, that they were registered as living things by another living thing, and that that registration will persist, at least for a while.

"Leave me alone this morning."  (Burton Cummings)
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
 
Mentally ill woman at bus stop leafing through huge ratty photocopied stack of JPEGs of Hannah-Barbara vultures.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
 

@LUMINOUSBOOKS, via Twitter.

"Pulp Fiction is a really interesting independent bookstore model, now with three locations within Vancouver. They offer a great selection of used books alongside a considered range of new titles. The knowledgeable staff, always generous with their recommendations, offer a great ordering service that can get hold of pretty much anything in print at a decent discount on the cover price. Pulp Fiction offers a real and active alternative to Chapters, Vancouver’s chain bookstore, providing an engaging space for the local community. The Main Street branch (pictured) is my favourite , it has a great fiction and beat writing section, inspiring displays that often lead in unexpected directions and it is also very conveniently located for good coffee on Main Street, always important when planning a day of book shopping!"

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