Friday, September 30, 2016

Street photography courtesy L.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Paul Metrinko: Seascapes

CSA Space
# 5 - 2414 Main Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

29 September through 30 October 2016
Opening reception Thursday 29 September, 6-9pm

Curated by Christopher Brayshaw

Tonight!  If you're in the neighborhood, please drop by & visit me in one my many other so-called "professional" lives.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Don't you change
Sunday, September 25, 2016

"Mr. Shadow," a song composed by artificial intelligence.

"Scientists at SONY CSL Research Laboratory have created the first-ever entire songs composed by Artificial Intelligence: 'Daddy's Car' and 'Mister Shadow.'

The researchers have developed FlowMachines, a system that learns music styles from a huge database of songs. Exploiting unique combinations of style transfer, optimization and interaction techniques, FlowMachines composes novel songs in many styles.

'Mister Shadow' is composed in the style of American songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. French composer Benoît Carré arranged and produced the songs, and wrote the lyrics.

The two songs are excerpts of albums composed by Artificial Intelligence to be released in 2017."
Friday, September 23, 2016


FL man needs a date for Steely Dan/Beacon - m4w (St. Augustine, FL)

"Hi There:

I live in St. Augustine, FL and I'm planning to attend the Steely Dan Countdown to Ecstasy Show at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan on October 28, and I need a date. No one could get time off on my end, although I will have friends there sitting just down the row from us. I'm sitting in some of the best seats in the house and staying at the Kimberly Hotel which supposedly has one of the best rooftop bars in the city. If you want to stay over, that's OK, it's a double room. I'm not looking for sexual. My preferred date would be a cute short-haired tomboyish hipster chik look (love that look), but any confident attractive girl works for me. Please send a resume type response with actual pics and your real name and phone number and we can 'tawk' first. Me? Oh, unfortunately (I guess), I'm a big heavy set balding guy, mid 50's, mildly successful media business owner, with a great smile who is extremely intelligent and funny. I'm a pretty no BS, conservative guy. So, if you're a Rachael Maddow or Whoppi/Rosi type feminist, don't bother: we wouldn't get along...Look forward to hearing from you: it's gonna be a BLAST!!!"
"Move the piece to a less prominent spot. Do not act as if it were made of a light table, two Arduinos, a Makey Makey setup, conductive paint, conductive tape, a thermal receipt printer, two laptops, a projector, a wall board, 16 square feet of unprimed canvas, one quart of melted wax, three extra-large black candles, more than 100 printed photo cutouts of loved ones, a reflective photo umbrella, a reflective softbox interior, an LED lightbulb, 18 square feet of particle board, primer, 10 pounds of joint compound, two buckets, and a footstool. Act as if it were a simple painting to be picked up and carted across the room. Email the artists to say it has already been moved. Do not think about Rosa Parks."
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thanks to everyone who voted PFB "Bookstore With the Most Helpful Staff" (alongside Chapters/Indigo & Banyen) in the Real Estate Weekly's annual "Best of Vancouver" poll!

Kitteh Report

"OMG, hilarious. This is a true story: your cat just jumped on the dining table, where I'm working on my laptop. He landed on a loose piece of foolscap, skidded across the table and fell off the other side. Then got up like I might not have noticed and pretended nothing happened."
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Borrowing Resolution

"Whereas (the Society) has resolved to achieve greater security of tenure for the space required for its purposes;


Whereas the Society has been presented with significant opportunities for financial support towards the acquisition and development of properties in the City of Vancouver;


Whereas the realization of these opportunities may require the Society to undertake significant borrowing;


Whereas the bylaws of the Society require that the members approve a special resolution setting out a maximum to be borrowed for this purpose:

Be it resolved that the Board of Directors of the Society be authorized to borrow up to $ 10 million dollars for the purpose of acquiring and developing properties in the City of Vancouver."

[my italics]

This sounds like a joke, but was apparently a serious question put to the Membership of the Society a few days ago. I sure hope the Membership turned the Board of Directors and the Young Curator/Director of Strategy down.  Young people are always full of animal spirits and free advice for their peers, but never more so than when flush with someone else's money.
Dear Corporate Trainer Responsible For Introducing "Reaching Out" and "How's Your Day Goin'?" Into Most of My Inbox & The Mouth of Every Other Millennial Through the Door:

Go die in a fire.

Sincerely, CJB
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016
"Coquitlam SAR members responded to search for a missing elderly female in the area of the Burnaby Mountain Golf Course. The SAR team was stood down when the subject was located eating dinner in a nearby restaurant."
Thursday, September 15, 2016


Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Handwritten on the side of somebody's coffee cup at the till: "Ex - HOT."

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mr. Blue
Words & music by John Phillips

Meet Mr. Blue, elegant Jew, of New York City
Ex-real estate man, sits on the can, always looks pretty
And Miss Never-Say-Please, pink and white knees, his favorite kitty
Movie star queen, fell off the screen, oh, what a pity

Diamonds and things, shiners and dings, you powder-puff whore
And a backgammon king having a fling behind locked doors
It's just a sleepy-time binge, disposable syringe, there's never no more
With pin-ups and thugs, dealers and drugs, escaping the boys

Straighten your hair, powder your nose, little junkettes
Look down on the street, nobody knows about you yet
But you're pink as the rose pinned to your clothes, how I'd regret
Should your show come to a close as a vignette

Meet Mr. Blue

Shooting stars, they have fallen all around you
Where it is they all fall to, no one knows
Pretty soon I'm gonna shoot myself up with you
Just to find out where it is that you go.

[Mr. Blue obviously right at home with any of W & D's losers; Miss Never-Say-Please as Peg]
"[A]lbums that put the tattered decadence and artistic foundering of legendary songwriters on full display: Leonard Cohen’s Death of a Ladies Man, Gene Clark’s No Other, and Nilsson’s own Pussy Cats. Almost despite themselves, each of these flamboyantly overproduced extravaganzas has a irreducible core of sadness, making the overkill layers of backing vocals and horn sections, and session pros jamming, shimmer with an evocative poignancy even when in a conventional sense, they kind of suck. Listeners get to vicariously experience the thrill of heedlessly burning through entertainment industry money, and recklessly destroying brain cells with substance abuse in the futile process of searching for a creative spark.

It’s a very specific sort of emotional vibe—luxury-line desperation—but if you’ve acquired a taste for it, it can make for sublime listening."

Friday, September 09, 2016

The author in the field. Photo courtesy Hastings & Lakewood.
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Clint Burnham, Stories for my iPad: Photographs.

Curated by yours truly for CSA Space, the first exhibition I've solo-curated there in 4 or 5 years.  Opens tomorrow (Wednesday) night from 6-9pm.  If you're in the neighborhood, & etc.
Friday, September 02, 2016

Stick a Fork in STB, It's Done

How does this thing make money? From relentlessly issuing stock & debt, which leads to weird linguistic contortions in the MD&A, eg., "Non-cash stock compensation expense for school bus transportation for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $1.0 million."

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