Saturday, September 30, 2006

I heard an interview with Douglas Copeland a while ago and he mentioned Temple Grandin, he elaborated on her a bit and it perked my interest.
Temple is austistic, has a doctorate in animal science, and has written several books.
I'm reading "Thinking In Pictures" now. And I'm really enjoying it.

"Frankly My Dear, I Don't Give a Damn... "

Today someone said "hate isn't the opposite of love, indifference is". What a load of hippy crap. Hate is the opposite of love, indifference is somewhere inbetween the two. Wanna fight about it?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

the fall of the library

I'm browsing through a book called Library: The Drama Within by Diane Asseo Griliches and Daniel J. Boorstin. It has made me think of the struggle that libraries here in Alberta, especially the smaller ones, face every year. The funding is always being cut and without the federal grants and fundraising societies, there would be a pretty dismal library system. The book is made up of an essay and photographs with short descriptions/explanations of the photo. There are a few quotes that I like. NYPD Officer Dombranski talks about some of the library closures in the US due to lack of funding: "Some kids go to the library...Others go to the street. But they can't go to the libraries if the libraries are closed." Malcolm X talked about learning to read in the library of a correctional institute. He said "My alma mater was books and a good library. I don't think anybody ever got more out of going to prison than I did. Ten guards and the warden couldn't have torn me out of those books. Months passed without even thinking about being imprisoned...I had never been so truly free in my life."
There was a picture of a tiny library that used to be a post office somewhere in Virginia that could only hold about 5 people. It inspired me even more to create a library when I live where there isn't one.
Some lady named Sheila Bourbeau says it so simply: "A library is books and somewhere to put them and some people to want them there..."
And here is one last quote from someone who's work I don't entirely enjoy, but I loved this:
"Come, take choice of all my library, and so beguile thy sorrow." - William Shakespeare
The picture on the cover of the book is of "The Grand Reading Room" of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France. The picture below I thought was kind of cool because it is of an old jail turned into a library and it still has the barred cells, and a rope hook and trap door for the gallows were left on the third floor.

Monday, September 18, 2006


I just received this magazine, chocolat, as a promotional first issue and i want everyone to know how sick it made me. i hope none of you ever buy it. it is catered towards woman who marry rich and have lots of money to waste on them selves from pampering your pooch by buying your dog a $400 kennel, to spiffing up your house by buying $200 flower pots and $300 pillows, to the latest in cosmetic surgery. After sean's last post i am disgusted that people can waste so much money on pointless frivolity that help no one. I am even more ashamed to know that this magazine is a canadian publication when i thought canadians were more unselfish and globally aware than that. Sean was right; cant the media focus on anything that really matters? ever?

Friday, September 15, 2006

The War Tapes

Though not a post on poetry, I figured this would be a more appropriate forum for this than other blogs I spit electronic spatter at. I watched a film tonight called The War Tapes. For those of you interested politics and more particularly, the modern politics of war, this film is most enlightening. I would recommend it, but with a strong caution in regards to the language ( more a cultural artifact than anything) and some morbid and excessively gory images. The film is a collection of videos shot by a national guard squadron that was stationed in Iraq. It follows them from just before leaving until a few months after their return to the states a year later. The assignment is for the soldiers to escort cargo shipments back and forth daily. The precious cargo is food rations provided by a branch-off company of Haliburton. One soldier openly queries why soldiers were giving their lives for CREAM CORN. He goes on to say that for every meal they feed soldiers, Dick Cheney's company gets 24 US dollars and most soldiers require 2 meals a sitting, earning Dick and co. 48$ per soldier every evening. Even these front line National Guard Soldiers have no choice but to see the business of War as it hits them constantly in the face like bugs on a bike ride through the marsh. The film is filled with little facts like this. The squadron is made up of a number of Bush hecklers and a few pro-Bushies but regardless of politics, the absurdity of this war was apparent to all. Perhaps the most memorable quote is at the end of the movie when a soldier, who couldn't sleep anymore due to his Post traumatic Stress Disorder, said upon returning, "Your D%$# right it's about oil and money!, it better be and we better get our share or we've wasted our time over there!" Yikes. For a peace loving nancy like myself I was blown away by the guiding principles that lead to such a ridiculous comment. Further more, I've always believed that there is no one that wakes up in the morning and says, "I think I'm going to do terrible things today and be evil". I think we are all trying to make sense of our world and do the best we can based on our perceptions of reality. So I question the climate that could foster such a concoction of distorted views and erroneous humanistic reasoning. Most important though, I question what the solution is? or even if there is a solution?

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I'm hating the new ad campaign for Brita. The tv commercial where a woman flushes the toilet then drinks a glass of water, and the narrator asks how you feel about drinking the same water you flush your toilet with. Yesterday I saw their ad in a shopping cart where a woman has an old dirty mop for hair, and the obvious insinuation.
I hope someone litigates for the misrepresentation.

The question we should really be asking here is why are we using drinkable water for flushing our toilets and mopping our floors. Several towns around here, not here sadly, have irrigation water piped to each household (for watering gardens and lawns).

Super Screw You Brita!