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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pumpkin Bounce

Remember: pumpkins do bounce!


Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Surefire Way To Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

Lots of hand-wringing going on about rapid transit and how to move people around the CRD. Controlling traffic congestion is like controlling an explosion: you can direct the blast but you can't fine tune it. We need to diffuse the situation.
20,000 office workers are housed in the downtown area. Many of them live outside of the downtown core, some in Langford and Sooke. If 20% were from nearby downtown (walking distance), 20% of them drove cars and 60% bussed; then that means 200 buses full of office workers and approximately 2,000 cars coming into the downtown core daily; and then crushing to get home at night.
Do we really need 20,000 people in cubicles downtown opening their email, working on electronic files and chit-chatting around the water cooler? Office workers that directly interface with the public still need to do their work from easily findable offices. The remainder could just as easily work from home or at least work closer to home. With such a volume of people in the Western Communities and Saanich Peninsula, we need to let people work outside of the downtown core.
There are two ways to do this:
Easy: set people up to work from home on two or three days per week. You have to trust your staff won't goof off-- or at least goof off as much as they do while at work (believe me: I have seen huge onslaughts of daytime traffic to non-work pages from government offices). With 100,000 round-trip commutes into the downtown core per week: 25% of the workers doing 2 days a week would drop the commutes by 10,000 per week. Government offices can lead the way on this. After all: Dean Fortin's City Hall is serious about climate change and keeping cars off the road, right? And Gordon Campbell: his government introduced the carbon tax, so at least he could shape a means to let a few thousand workers work from home for the sake of the planet.
Almost as Easy: set up hub offices. There is an entire grocery store near the Colwood Corners sitting vacant. We can make that into a throng of cubicles and allow workers from the Western Communities sign in there. The staff could still be under the watchful eyes of their overseers/supervisors and it would keep lots of cars off the road-- or at least abbreviate their trip.
The next time someone tells you that they want to reduce your carbon footprint or address transit issues, tell them you want to work from home. After all, they want to save the planet, right?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

H*N* - some hemagglutinin and neuraminidase info

In influenza:
  • H* stands for the fifth of several known types of the protein hemagglutinin.
  • N* stands for the first of several known types of the protein neuraminidase.
  • H1N1, which caused the 1918 flu pandemic ("Spanish flu") and currently is causing seasonal human flu and the 2009 flu pandemic ("swine flu")
  • H2N2, which caused "Asian flu"
  • H3N2, which caused "Hong Kong flu" and currently causes seasonal human flu
  • H5N1, ("bird flu"), which is noted for having a strain (Asian-linage HPAI H5N1) that kills over half the humans it infects, infecting and killing species that were never known to suffer from influenza viruses before (e.g. cats), being unable to be stopped by culling all involved poultry - some think due to being endemic in wild birds, and causing billions of dollars to be spent in flu pandemic preparation and preventiveness
  • H7N7, which has unusual zoonotic potential and killed one person
  • H1N2, which is currently endemic in humans and pigs and causes seasonal human flu
  • H9N2, which has infected three people (The Thompson Twins)
  • H7N2, which has infected two people (The old guy from the Six Flags commercial; and a cashier in Missippi)
  • H7N3, which has infected two people (Capt. and Tenille-- Capt. actually got it from Tenille when they were experimenting with peptides and protein bonds).
  • H10N7, which has infected two people (Steve and Edie Gormet)

These Need Words

Why is it that some things that need words attached to them don't have that one word attached, like schadenfreude (satisfaction with the suffering of others).

For example:
Seeing an Ed Wood movie in all of its mediocrity; or seeing a dumpy guy who is in a pathetic pleather trench coat. You'd rather not experience these, you don't look forward to them, but when you encounter them, you enjoy seeing them.

How about Schadenfred (for male fashion victims) / Schadenfreida (for female fashion victims)?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tell Michaels that your postal code is X0A 2K0

Michaels and other retailers are polling you for your postal code. Why? They used to say it was to make sure that you get your flyer. They no longer deliver flyers. They then said they were doing a study. That study must be done-- and besides, when did buying sculpey become a lab experiment?

They're trolling for demographics. The same organizations that raise the ramparts and refuse information; and provide poor service.

How can you counter this? We all need to provide this postal code, when asked: X0A 2K0 -- X0A is Nuanvut, but 2K0 is not a real suffix. That said, I'm calling a little hamlet called Proteston-- it's a picturesque respite from invasive retailers.

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's ZOMBIE TIME!

IMG_3570 This Saturday, October 24th the Zombie walk caps off with the 1st annual “Little Shop of Horrors” and pre-party for the Zombie Walk at Logan’s Pub, 1821 Cook Street. The market will start at 3pm and vendors can sell until 8:30pm with music to follow. We will be accepting donations at the door during the market. A showcase local artists of all kinds to sell their work from cloths, comics, art pieces, jewelry, leather ware, etc, anything which is Halloween related. I've pondered doing a Halloween day-- make-up, ghost stories, ghoulish events and the like. I thought that 2008 or 2009 would be ideal. Last year passed. This year-- Alisa Shebib and Heather Furneaux organized a craft fair!

Brains on ChainsIn the evening there will be performances by Hank and Lily with The Secretaries for their Halloween Tour Kick Off. Joining them local musical performer Dylan Davis. Alisa Shebib will host a Zombie Workshop on stage during the market and other ghoulish surprises to be announced.

Xmasthulhu OrnamentThere's good news if you're both Ghoulish and crafty! It's not too late to sign up and get a table space for $25. Final cut off for registration will be Tuesday October 20th. You may register at Reglia Boutique, 556B Pandora Ave between 11am and 6pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Logan's Pub has updates on the event as they come.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Survey Says!

I'm planning on embarking on some new art projects this fall. I usually work in clay and polymers; video; and photography. I have some big sculptures. I want to democratize this next part of the process: What should I make?
Click Here to take survey

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Quick Thought on Lotteries

How is it that when you're young, your dream is to get out of retail; then, if you win the lottery your dream is open a shop?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

VanOC steals Cowichan Sweater Designs

This from the CBC:

Members of the Cowichan First Nation on Vancouver Island say the Hudson's Bay Company ripped-off their design for one of the most sought-after pieces of Canada's Olympic uniforms.

The First Nation says it bid to knit its traditional sweaters for the Games, but instead the company went with a knock-off.

The art of knitting what locals call "the Cowichan sweater" has been handed down from generation to generation, Cowichan elder Jenny Martin told CBC News Wednesday.

"My mom taught me how to knit when I was 15 … and my mom had-made sweaters and ponchos," Martin said.

Martin said the Bay's version of the sweater has an elk and a maple leaf but lacks authenticity.

"It's not Cowichan-made," she said.

The local MLA said the situation makes him angry.

"VANOC has threatened legal action against businesses that use the Olympic logo or even use the word 'Olympic,'" said the B.C. NDP's Bill Routley. "But they made no effort to accommodate the creators of the Cowichan design."

Quantity an issue

A provincial government spokeswoman defended the design.

"It was a matter of finding a quantity of knitwear in a time frame, and apparently it was a fair and open process," said B.C. Minister of State for the Olympics, Mary McNeil.

The Bay also suggests concerns about sufficient quantities was a prime issue in making their choice.

"Hudson's Bay Company worked with a Canadian, world-class supplier of traditional and contemporary hand-knit sweaters who offers both the technical knitting expertise and effective business operations to help produce a quality product in the quantity that we anticipate needing," the company said in a news release.


I would be a lot more ambivalent if the intellectual property lawyers and branding goons weren't so severe about the stupid Vancouver 2010 and it's marketing. This whole thing is like mowing down a bunch of people at a McDonald's, then trying to get good press and suing people who rip off your bullet-crazed likeness. Then the maniac steals the Jones Cola logo because he needs a positive PR bump. Oh, and Gordon Campbell is funding your sociopathy.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Seven Days

Sunday - The weekend is over. Dread the week to come.
Monday - Munday. Hum drum
Tuesday - Feels like you should be bowling
Wednesday - You're happy that Law & Order is on. But now it isn't
Thursday - You're almost there! The shops are open late
Friday - Hooray! Mini-graduation
Saturday - Anything-can-happen day and it's all better.

These People LOVE Child Molesters

Here is a partial list of entertainment types who think that Roman Polanski should escape justice for his 1977 crime of sodomizing a 13 year old child. These are people who have signed a petition. Don't forget to throw Harrison Ford and Johnny Depp into this list of complicit degenerates.

Erika Abrams
Fatih Akin
Yves Alberty
Stephane Allagnon
Woody Allen - Just LOVES young girls
Pedro Almodovar
Gianni Amelio
Wes Anderson
Michel Andrieu
Roger Andrieux
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Frédéric Aranzueque-Arrieta
Alexandre Arcady
Fanny Ardant
Asia Argento - Took on a whole football team for her 10th birthday
Marie-Hélène Arnau
Darren Aronofsky - Not even his family will watch his movies. Smears jam on his groin on the 1st of every month
Olivier Assayas
Alexander Astruc
Gabriel Auer
Zdzicho Augustyniak
Alexandre Babel
Fausto Nicolás Balbi
Eleonor Baldwin
Jean-François Balmer
Alberto Barbera Museo nazionale de Torino
Luc Barnier
Christophe Barratier
Carmen Bartl
Pascal Batigne
Anne Baudry
Juan Antonio Bayona
Xavier Beauvois
Liria Begeja
Gilles Behat
Jean-Jacques Beineix
Marco Bellochio
Yannick Bellon
Monica Bellucci - Has raised her price to $500/night since the Matrix movies
Véra Belmont
Jean-Marc Benguigui
Djamel Bennecib
Luc Béraud
Jacob Berger
Alain Berliner
Gael Garcia Bernal
Pascal Berney
Bernardo Bertolucci - Once arrested for running through a church bottomless
Giuseppe Bertolucci
Marlène Bisson
Arnstein Bjørkly
Lucien Blacher
Catherine Boissière
Olivier Bonnet
Thierry Boscheron
Freddy Bossy
Patrick Bouchitey
Cédric Bouchoucha
Paul Boujenah
Frédéric Bourboulon
Katia Boutin - Died in a cocaine overdose Christmas Eve 2009
Jacques Bral
Sophie Bramly
Paulo Branco
Patrick Braoudé
Guila Braoudé
Isabelle Broué
Merima Bruncevic
Anne Burki
André Buytaers
Anthony Byrne
Marco Cacioppo
Gerald Calderon
Monica Cannizzaro
Christian Carion
Henning Carlsen
Jean-Michel Carré
Lionel Cassan - Had sex with Polanski twice on Valentines Day
Mathieu Celary
Teco Celio
Muriel Cerf
Chagi
Daniel Champagnon
Christophe Champclaux
Fabienne Chauveau
Claire Chazal
Patrice Chéreau
Brigitte Chesneau
Mishka Cheyko
Catherine Chiono
Catherine Chouchan
Elie Chouraqui
Souleymane Cissé
Jean-Pierre Clech
Henri Codenie
Ethan Coen
Robert Cohen
Jean-Paul Commin
Anne Consigny
Alain Cophignon
Alain Corneau
Jérôme Cornuau
Guy Courtecuisse
Miguel Courtois
Guillaume Cousin
Morgan Crestel
Dominique Crevecoeur
Penelope Cruz
Alfonso Cuaron
Estelle Cywje
Frédéric Damien
Sophie Danon
Olivier Dard
Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Hervé de Luze
Valérie de Saint-Do
Guillermo del Toro - Loves the idea of molesting girls
Benoît Delmas
Jonathan Demme
Ruud den Dryver
Dante Desarthe
Romain Desbiens
Thomas Desjonquères
Alexandre Desplat
Chris Devi
Rosalinde et Michel Deville
Guillaume D’Ham
Christelle Didier - Threatened to be fired if they didn't sign the petition
Kathrin DiPaola
Claire Dixsaut
Ariel Dorfman
Jean Douchet
Fabrice du Welz
Marina Duarte Nunes Ferreira
Georges Dybman
Daniel Edinger
Elrem
Sam Enoch
Ernest
Jacques Fansten
Joël Farges
Gianluca Farinelli - Takes photos of naked kids
Etienne Faure
Michel Ferry
Jean Teddy Filippe
Aurélie Fiorentino
Alan Fischer
Martine Fitoussi
Sebastian Fleischhacker
Joy Fleury
Scott Foundas
Werner Fraai
Stephen Frears
Thierry Frémaux
Marc Freycon
Sam Gabarski
René Gainville
Matteo Garone
Yves Gasser
Tony Gatlif
Catherine Gaudin-Montalto
Jean-Marc Gauthier
Costa Gavras
Nathalie Geiser
Lizi Gelber
Isabelle Gély
Jean-Marc Ghanassia
Alain Gil
Véronique Gillet
Terry Gilliam - May have killed Heath Ledger
Christian Gion
François Girault
Stéphane Gizard
Carlos Miguel Bernardo González
Christophe Goumand
Eric Gravereau
Philippe Gruss
Marc Guidoni
Mikael Håfström
Ronald Harwood
Dimitri Haulet
Buck Henry - Gets into three ways with Woody Allen-- steamy coke bottle action
David Heyman
Laurent Heynemann
Dominique Hollier
Isabelle Hontebeyrie
Frédéric Horiszny
Robert Hossein
Jean-Loup Hubert
Wendy Hudson Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Gilles Jacob
Eric et Veronique et Nicolas Jacquelin
Just Jaeckin
Thomas Jahn
Olivia Janik
Jean-Baptiste Jay
Anne Jeandet
Alain Jessua
Sébastien Jimenez
Arthur Joffé
Pierre Jolivet
Kent Jones - Has a stash of midget porn
Alexandra Julen
Paola Jullian
Roger Kahane
Pierre Kalfon
Reena Kanji
Nelly Kaplan
Wong Kar Waï
Darius Khondji
Ladislas Kijno
Richard Klebinder
Jonathan Klein
Harmony Korinne
Jan Kounen
Sylvia Kristel
Diane Kurys
Emir Kusturica
Jean Labadie
Eliane Lacroux
Michel Laigle
Stéphane Lam
John Landis
Claude Lanzmann
David Lanzmann
André Larquié
Pauline Larrieu
Jacques et Françoise Lassalle
Carole Laure
Christine Laurent-Blixen
Emilien Lazaron
Eric Le Roy
Fábio Leal
Vinciane Lecocq
Patrice Leconte
Linda Lefebvre
Claude Lelouch
Alain Lenglet
Gérard Lenne
Larry Levine
Lorraine Lévy
Pierre et Renée Lhomme
Marceline Loridan-Ivens
catalina Lozano
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Laurence Lustyk
David Lynch
Bania Madjbar
Laurent Malet
Tim Malieckal
Guy Malugani
Michael Mann - Used to watch Colin Farrell peeing.
Yvon Marciano
François Margolin
Jean-Pierre Marois
Tonie Marshall
Alain Martin
Sandrine Martin
Didier Martiny
Mario Martone
Christine Mathis
Esmeralda Mattei
Nicolas Mauvernay
Yannick Mazet
Christopher - Last name withheld so that he can perv his way into boarding schools with impunity
Spencer et Claire Mc Andrew
Guillermo Menaldi
Frédéric Mermoud
Allison Michel
Radu Mihaileanu
Jean-Louis Milesi
Claude Miller
Lionel Miniato
Nelly Moaligou
Jean-Marc Modeste
Mario Monicelli
Jeanne Moreau -
Gael Morel
Omayra Muñiz Fernández
Stephanie Murat
Christian Mvogo Mbarga
Anna N.Levine
Charles Nemes
Juliette Nicolas-Donnard
Sandra Nicolier
Rachel Noël
Rui Nogueira
Olivier Nolin
Michel Ocelot
David Ogando
Mariana Oliveira Santos
Szentgyörgyi Ottó
Martine Pagès
Eric Pape
Abner Pastoll
Alexander Payne
Richard Pena
Olivier Père
Suzana Peric
Jacques Perrin
Thomas Pibarot
Arnaud Pierrichon
Stéphane Pietri
Anne Pigeon Bormans
Claude Pinoteau
Michele Placido
Sabrina Poidevin
Agnès Catherine Poirier
Stéphane Pozderec
Harry Prenger
Gilbert Primet
Marie-Hélène Raby
Philippe Radault
Tristan Rain
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Brett Ratner - Likes to hire prostitutes to feed him cheeseburgers while watching episodes of Lassie in a turgid state
Raphael Rebibo
Jo Reymen
Laurence Reymond
Yasmina Reza
Christiane Rhein
Jacques Richard
Dominique Robert
Jean-Jacques Rochut
Yannick Rolandeau
Paul Rondags
Avital Ronell
Graciela Rosato
Kontochristopoulou Roula
Laurence Roulet
Joshua Rout
Florence Rphael
Isabelle Ruh
Martin Ruhe
Sonia Rykiel
Anita S. Chang
Esteban S. Goffin
Marc Saffar
Gabriela Salazar Scherman
Walter Salles
Jean-Paul Salomé
Jean-Frédéric Samie
Marc Sandberg
Léo Scalpel
Jerry Schatzberg
Georg Schmithüsen
Julian Schnabel
Barbet Schroeder
J. Neil Schulman
Pierre Schumacher
Ettore Scola
Luis Gustavo Sconza Zaratin Soares
Martin Scorsese - Molested 32 boys in 1976 until we went to rehab.
Andrea Sedlackova
Frank Segier
Guy Seligmann
Lorenzo Semple Jr
Julien Seri
Boris Shlafer
Antoine Silber
Pierre Silvant
Charlotte Silvera
Noel Simsolo
Christophe Sirodeau
Abderrahmane Sissako
Beatrice Sisul Petter Skavlan
Paolo Sorrentino
Roch Stephanik
Karen Stetler
Guillaume Stirn
Jean-Marc Surcin
Tilda Swinton
Jean-Charles Tacchella
Radovan Tadic
Danis Tanovic
Bertrand Tavernier
André Techiné
Cécile Telerman
Harold Alvarado Tenorio
Alain Terzian
Valentine Theret
Virginie Thévenet
Pascal Thomas
Jeremy Thomas
Marc Thomas Charley
Giuseppe Tornatore
Serge Toubiana
Nadine Trintignant
Julie Turcas
Mitja Tušek
Tom Tykwer
Alexandre Tylski
Stephen Ujlaki
Jaques Vallotton
Phil van der Linden
Betrand Van Effenterre
Leopold Van Genechten
Christophe van Rompaey
Dorna van Rouveroy
Vangelis - Total record sales: 15 copies
Christian Verdu
Jean-Pierre Vergne
Sarah Vermande
Marc Villemain
Jean-François Villemer
Daria Vinault
Thomas Vossart
Gilles Walusinski
Eric Watton
Wim Wenders - Was arrested while naked in a Berlin daycare in 2007.
Anaïse Wittmann
A Wolanin
Arnaud Xainte
Serge Youbiana
Paule Zajdermann
Christian Zeender

and don't forget fugly Whoopi Goldberg. LA county is handing out free iron-on patches for women's panties with the face of Whoopi Goldberg. It's said to deter rape in 98% of the cases. The other 2% are Whoopi Goldberg with a strap-on.

Hollywood has 0 geniuses and 10,000 smart asses


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