Tuesday, January 31, 2006

On the Important Question of the Role of Freedom of Speech

"We have a great deal of it. but if it has little practical effect on reality, then it is not really freedom of speech. Without utility, speech is just decorative."

-John Ralston Saul, from The Unconscious Civilization

Monday, January 30, 2006

Lavender Fields

In the warmth of a july day, we walked down lavender fields...

Friday, January 27, 2006


She sits in the window of her house, two down from mine. In the neighbourhood I see to be fouled, litter-ridden, and ugly. Through my homesick lenses, all I see is dull concrete, endless traffic, and people locked away in their bubbles, grumpy faces, not caring about other people. And she sits at the window in her small working-class home, and it looks dirty and messing from the sidewalk, but she sits and she stares out and she smokes and she looks fairly content, many afternoons. Similarly, I used to sit infront of a window in my old home, and stare for hours on end. Only I was soaking up a pristine view of mountains and ocean. Does she see beauty in her scene? My bias blinds me, I know, but I simply can't see how she could. So in my mind, I create her story. And she sits in her window and she stares out and she sees what i see, only she's lived there all her life. She knows little else and she finds a comfort in it. Her name is Anne.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Trout Lake


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Secret Ceremony

...and here is one of them


I recently got 6 rolls of film back, so I might just randomly post a few of my favourites here and there, unrelated to any context of my life.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Bus Rider

A most interesting character on the bus this morning gave me the most interesting advice. With the rain pouring down in Vancouver's January monsoon, the man told me, in a rumbling deep monotone voice: "Try not to rust out there". Then he was getting off at Sasamat and I was left to contemplate.

"Try not to rust out there".

I think it's profound, underneath its seeming irrationalness. What's most profound is that it fits perfectly with my current resolutions. Don't succumb to the corrosive elements of city life, student life. Amongst other things.