“We Canadians”

So yes, by Ovid I meant Virgil…

Part of Our Heritage – Pretending to Pay Attention to the Natives (but not really paying attention to the natives).

A Part of Our Heritage – Only Making it Big After Moving to the US.

A Part of Our Heritage – Overestimating the Durability of our Natural Resources to Impress our Distant, Unelected Policy Makers.


Apparent Message: The Rights of Women.


Apparent Message: Don’t mess with us, Russia.

Apparent Message: Indigenous groups are part of Canada.


Apparent Message: Canada is defined by its military victories.

(How’s your fish indeed…)

For More Information:

Web Cartoonist Kate Beaton on Heritage Minutes: http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=6







http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geschichte_Kanadas (Why yes, the German wikipedia article is better than the English language article)



“In contrast to fields like anthropology, the history of linguistics has received remarkably little attention outside of its own discipline despite the undeniable impact language study has had on the modern period. In Babel’s Shadow situates German language scholarship in relation to European nationalism, nineteenth-century notions of race and ethnicity, the methodologies of humanistic inquiry, and debates over the interpretation of scripture. Author Tuska Benes investigates how the German nation came to be defined as a linguistic community and argues that the “linguistic turn” in today’s social sciences and humanities can be traced to the late eighteenth century, emerging within a German tradition of using language to critique the production of knowledge.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_More_Smith (The Lunar Rouge)


http://www.mcclelland.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781551990842 (The Spinster and the Prophet, about a court case involving Florence Deeks, a Toronto teacher and H.G. Wells)

“he prolific novelist and social prophet H.G. Wells had a way with words, and usually he had his way with women. That is, until he encountered the feisty Toronto spinster Florence Deeks. In 1925 Miss Deeks launched a $500,000 lawsuit against Wells, claiming that in an act of “literary piracy,” Wells had somehow come to use her manuscript history of the world in the writing of his international bestseller The Outline of History , a work still in print today. Thus began one of the most sensational and extraordinary cases in Anglo-Canadian publishing and legal history.”


“The popular conception of Nova Scotians as a purer, simpler, and more idyllic people is false, argues Ian McKay. In The Quest of the Folk he shows how the province’s tourism industry and cultural producers manipulated and refashioned the cultural identity of the region and its people to project traditional folk values.”

http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/mb_history/55/psychicresearch.shtml (Psychic Research in a Winnipeg Family: Reminiscences of Dr. Glen F. Hamilton)


Facinated by Fractals

[errata: So Mandelbrot coined the term fractal in 1975, not the 1980s. Also have to work on using “um” as a place holder! And… maybe a script would help.]

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Buzsaki, Gyorgy. 2006. Rhythms of the Brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


The Light Artillery of the Intellect: The Internet Before the Computer and the Effects of the News Ticker

“We now demand the light artillery of the intellect; we need the curt, the condensed, the pointed, the readily diffused — in place of the verbose, the detailed, the voluminous, the inaccessible. On the other hand, the lightness of the artillery should not degenerate into pop-gunnery — by which term we may designate the character of the greater portion of the newspaper press — their sole legitimate object being the discussion of ephemeral matters in an ephemeral manner.”

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White Stripes, Blue Orchid and Red Hair

The artistry of many music videos is notably lacking, but there are also a lot of very thoughtful ones out in the big wide world of media. The work of Floria Sigismondi is one such gem, whose video for the White Stripes song “Blue Orchid” can be seen above. As far as I can tell, which is to say my very subjective opinion, is that this video has something to do with either Eve, or  Lilith, the fabled first wife of Adam who refused to be ruled by him and was transformed into a demon for her transgression. The apple and snake seem to support an interpretation that the red haired woman is Eve, and its interesting to note her stilted motions down the stairs, perhaps reminiscent of God’s condemnation of the serpent to crawl on its belly. Also, in some versions one way that Lilith rebelled against Adam was to refuse to lay under him, which plays off in an interesting way with the equine imagery and the seemingly violent image at the end of the video.

Apparently Sigismondi’s first feature length film, “The Runaways”, will be coming out soon, and it will be interesting to see what she comes up with.

For More Information/interesting movies by Sigismondi: