Oh Vancouver just stop

August 13th, 2014 by LB

Yes, the official ScanBC Twitter account which monitors the electronic communications of BC’s emergency services has reported that Vancouver Police are on scene with a male robbed of his gold chain and his purse and Seymour St  & W Hastings St. Suspect fled in white BMW This almost reads as a form of time travel in which the new Vancouver reality is overlaid upon the old. Or as William Gibson …read more

Goodbye Mork

August 11th, 2014 by LB

Shazbot. Sad loss of Robin Williams today. Thanks for the many laughs. And Robin before a Senate committee on preventing homelessness

A friend put this captioned magazine page through my mailbox

May 29th, 2014 by LB

This made me laugh quite hard. Also, courtesy of the enjoyable fuckyournoguchitable tumblr: antlers, actual real taxidermy, fake taxidermy, steer skull and cardboard antlers. Meanwhile, as Vancouver’s historic Chinatown gets very quickly gentrified–evacuations of historic businesses, sales and demolitions of buildings, and the erection new glass luxury condos—we see it  filling up with upscale little restaurants and cafes full of… antlers. This white man’s pioneer or settler style, circa 1890s, …read more

The Hitler Youth haircut

May 26th, 2014 by LB

Google Hitler Youth haircut. You get “About 50,300 results” for that phrase, and most of the hits are articles praising the contemporary version of the Hitler Youth undercut (or “curtained“) hairstyle. And they actually call it that, the Hitler Youth. Is this actually happening? The abrupt turn to the right in the 2014 European Parliament elections, including massive gains for the far-right anti-immigration National Front in France, the anti-immigration and …read more

Navajo chief’s blanket ends up on Antiques Road Show (2004)

May 23rd, 2014 by LB

This is for those who haven’t seen this decade-old segment which for some reason has been making the social media rounds again. It is so nice to see a truly beautiful textile get this sort of attention (and from men too, which speaking as a textiles person rarely happens in North America, in contrast with other parts of the world). Of course it’s partly the Navajo chief connection and the …read more

Easybreath mask and snorkel innovation

May 21st, 2014 by LB

After many years of few changes in the old mask and snorkel setup, this is an interesting innovation. It just won the 2014 Oxylane Innovation Award (I have no idea what that is, but I suspect it’s just the first of many awards for this contraption). The French company Tribord has come up with a way to allow snorkelers to breathe by both mouth and nose and without fogging the …read more