Nostalgia Traps

September 5, 2014

I think its interesting how much online content is about the not too distant past, before the internet had really caught on, when we were all a little different. It’s vintage, or retro, or antique, and its there to make you dive into the nostalgic depths of their photo and GIF albums; page after page, hypnotized into warm childhood memories. I’m wary of such click-bait, it seems altogether too shortsighted to be sucked into the past so frequently. 

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September 5, 2014

Drought and Famine: Crash Course World History #208

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September 2, 2014

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Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?

Aki Inomata

"In this piece I gave hermit crabs shelters that I had made for them, and if they liked my shelters, they made their shells in them. My idea for this piece first came about when I participated in the “No Man’s land” exhibition that was held in the French Embassy in Japan in 2009. This work is inspired by the fact that the land of the former French Embassy in Japan had been French until October 2009, and became Japanese for the following fifty years, before being returned to France. The same piece of land is peacefully transferred from one country to the other. These kinds of things take place without our being aware of it. On the other hand, similar events are not unrelated to us as individuals. For example, acquiring nationality, moving, and migration. The hermit crabs wearing the shelters I built for them, which imitate the architecture of various countries, appeared to be crossing various national borders. Though the body of the hermit crab is the same, according to the shell it is wearing, its appearance changes completely. It’s as if they were asking, “Who are you?””

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August 30, 2014

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Hand Built Luxury Tiny House has Fireplace built into stairs and Jacuzzi Bath and Shower for sale.

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ALS

August 27, 2014

So I’ve been thinking a lot about ALS lately. In fact I believe we all have. How could we not? Social media has been inundated with the#ALSicebucketchallenge (for which I have recently been nominated). This is my 2 cents on the movement and why I’m changing things up. 


Now, I’ve never known anyone to have an illness quite as severe as ALS, and I will admit that prior to the events of the past two weeks, I knew little about the subject. In spite of some minor googling and a few spot articles, I would consider my knowledge far from whole. The only thing that I am certain of is that I do not truly understand the disease, and with any luck I never will. All I can do, all anyone can do is try to consider it, if only for a brief moment. Consider how it must feel to be trapped in your own body while the worl looks on with little understanding. That is how I interpret this challenge and that is why I am writing this. 
What a horror it would be. A hungry monster of a disease that slowly eats you up. It makes the every day functions of life insurmountable tasks, lest the kindness of others interjects. What a terror to learn that your own body would bit by bit be taken away from your control. It brings me to tears to imagine such strife and perhaps more so to consider how caretakers feel every day that their loved ones lose a bit more of their freedom. Though love is a very powerful feeling that can carry one through such hardships, my heart still aches terribly for that struggle.
I sit here now and feel a pain in my foot, my toes twitch now and then, I take easy sips from my water glass as I tap away on my phone. I’m grateful for all of these things, now more than ever. So thank you, though I did not do the challenge as requested, this has opened my eyes and helped me to see the troubles of others in a newly empathetic light.

We all have our own ways of processing the lives of others. This is mine. please understand it as well meaning. 

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August 21, 2014

Hi, I’m Depression. Nice to meet you!

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August 19, 2014
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Still unformed thoughts and questions on history, nationalism, war, and the human condition

August 9, 2014
Stephen Harper, in a recent speech given to mark the centennial of the beginning of the Great War, said that “monuments are not memories.” While, as he says, “monuments will endure” presumably to serve as a reminder of Canadian wartime efforts, the true memories - those that exist in the minds of soldiers from that time - have faded, and with the recent passing of the war’s last Canadian survivor, have gone from this earth entirely. Mr. Harper goes on to say that “no longer can they tell their stories of courage and honour and duty.” While this may be true, and their deeds, certainly courageous, what of the horror? What of being sent by your country as cannon fodder to die on soil that isn’t even your own? Were those not among the memories of our veterans as well? It is certainly true that monuments are not memories, but the true depth of that statement has scarcely entered the public mind. We give sweet names such as “honour” and “duty” to the actions of our fighting forces, but what do those words really entail? What did our soldiers have to endure to earn such lofty terms of merit? Do such titles justify the true horror and tragedy that wartimes signify? Further, what of our opposition? Was their loss any less than our own? Were their lives worth any less than those of our Canadian forces? Where is their honour? What of their courage? This was a deadly conflict that took many millions of lives across many nations. Does the side on which these people stood make any difference to the tragedy of their loss? Were they not simply people? Citizens like you or me?
 We have a habit in the media and in the study of history, of valourizing the Great War. We emphasize the efforts of the vast Canadian troops and seek to illuminate scarce moments of glory amidst the great terror of the times. It was, after all the war that brought together a still-young nation and helped form the foundation of so many Canadian identities. There is some good to see in that, but we cannot simply gloss over the injustice and pain that lurks in those memories.  We do, I know, seek refuge and solace in the comforting hands of glorification and memorialization; it seems to ease the pain of the great losses sustained in wartimes. But we mustn’t lose sight of human side of conflict. Where nations clash, it is people who fight and suffer. Where governments seek to expand, it is the strength of people who stand on either side of the border, pushing with all their might to hold on to the lives they have known. Why must it be  that nationalist rhetoric overwhelms humane discourse? What, besides pride, do we gain from our own rose tinted version of history? 

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August 7, 2014

Senator David Norris” Israel bombs first and weeps later”.

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August 4, 2014
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