Archive for the ‘design’ Category

Russian family crest and coat of arms

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Just curious if anyone out there can read the symbolism in this crest? These wax seal stamps are from a Russian relative and I think they might be fairly old. There were many more such objects but this is a representative sample. The design seems to vary from stamp to stamp, one having lions and another having deer or impala, but despite differences it seems to be the same crest.

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Brilliant response to that idiot’s wall by Indigenous Psychologists in the U.S.

Saturday, January 28th, 2017


Border following the Rio Grande. Image from CNN video

The Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP) Statement on the Proposal to Build a Wall between what is Known as the US and what is Known as México:

Approved by the SIP EC January 27, 2017

The Society of Indian Psychologists strongly opposes President Trump’s proposal to build a wall between what is known as the United States of America and what is known as México.

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Jane Fonda flying to oppose tar sands isn’t hypocrisy; that’s a “tu quoque” logical fallacy

Friday, January 13th, 2017


@JaneSeymourFonda in the Alberta tar sands: with @barbarawilliam_, @UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and ACFN (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation) Chief Allan Adam on January 11, 2017 (UBCIC Instagram)

This post is about a logical fallacy that for a decade has been popping up all over social media and comment streams on news stories.

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Dad’s foolproof parallel parking method (take note, atrocious drivers in fancy cars)

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

OK. Having witnessed perhaps the most staggeringly incompetent parallel park of all time by the driver of the $500K US Lamborghini Aventador above—something like a 17 point turn that took about 4 minutes, all at a roaring 90-100 decibels—I feel it’s time to share my father’s foolproof method of parallel parking.

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Double-ended passionflower arrangement

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

While disentangling a rampant passionflower vine from my cherry tomatoes, I accidentally broke off a section. It broke at both ends, and then I couldn’t figure out which end needed to be in water, so I just hedged my bet with two vases. I still don’t know which direction the plant’s hydraulic system is going but it doesn’t matter, because it is surviving surprisingly well.

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Stripes on those parking lot pillars: urban design

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

I was parking in a tiny parking spot today and suddenly noticed these stripes at side view mirror-height on the pillar I was squeezing next to. Multiple scrapes in different colours, on a paint job masking previous scrapes. While it’s true that some people don’t know where their cars are in space (I want to start looking at people’s side view mirrors now before I get into their cars), I think it’s also fair to say that when parking spots are much too small, you’re inevitably going to get cars mashing concrete.

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