One of the nice things about simply wandering on foot in random directions is that you never know what you’ll find. (That’s also one of the bad things about wandering around on foot in random directions but that’s for another post.)
During one of my first day treks in Seoul I found myself walking along the Han river. I was in search of the bridges featured in the excellent South Korean movie “The host”. It was while I was walking along the Han river pathway that I saw from a distance a large piece of graffiti, which you can see to the right. This piece although not particular interesting to my eye was &*^%@# huge. As I got closer to the area it was clear that there was no way to get into the entrance of the storm drain without going around a small fence. Continue reading
I’ve been playing with WordPress (I say playing because I’m by no means a programmer) and decided to modify the default twenty ten theme a little. I’m was going for a simple layout without too much fuss and I think I achieved my goal. There are still some things that aren’t exactly as I’d like them but I’ll tackle those at a later time. For instance the Archives page needs to be made to “look” nicer (
actually it’s broken at the moment!), the site is also reverting to the “old” version when browsing by category, the individual pages are including an unnecessary title at the top of each page, the header image/logo is a little higher than I’d like and finally some of the menu colors aren’t exactly where I’d like them to be.
That being said I’m pretty happy about the new look. You can see what the site used to look like below:
I think it’s a decent hack for a few weeks of tinkering. Once I have the urge and a little spare time I’ll work on getting the last few pieces looking exactly how I want them.
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Over the past few years a few different projects have done something similar. They will take a movie, divide it into parts and then have different groups of people each film one part. They will then take all the parts and cut them into the original movie. I hope I’ve explained it in a clear fashion for those not familiar with these types of projects. You get to watch a familiar movie played out by bunch of different actors. They’re usually entertaining and fun to watch. That being said you may want to read the whole post before hitting play. Depending on your sensibilities you could very easily be offended.
The most recent project to do this is the footloose remake. From their website they explain the reason behind doing so:
“We are a collection of amateur filmmakers and video-making enthusiasts, recreating the Kevin Bacon classic and releasing it this summer. Different filmmakers from “around the world” have divided the original 1984 Footloose into 54 different scenes. 54 different filmmakers. 54 different Ren McCormack’s. Continue reading
Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. Everyone seems to be walking with a slight skip or bounce in their step. After our long Canadian winters it really does feel like the people were coming out of hibernation in mass somehow.
The trendy, the tourist and the locals were all out bustling along their favorite streets such as St-Denis, Mont Royal or Sainte-Catherine. I zig zagg’ed my way through the crowded arteries while wandering down the alleys to see what new pieces I might find.
I was on another of my cross city treks, starting in the east of town near the Continue reading
Image of a Japanese man I encountered while exiting the Tokyo subway train station. It was still early in the day and he was drinking some type of hard alcohol straight from the bottle. As the rain fell, from under his umbrella he stared blankly at the top of a nearby high rise tower. I got the distinct impression from the look on his face that he was completely burnt out, drained to the point of breaking. I tried to be respectful while capturing the picture which is why it’s slightly out of focus. It was a strange greeting as I stepped out into the streets of Tokyo city that day.
Lately I’ve been struggling. My struggles are not serious; I’m not struggling to find food or my freedom, it’s nothing as grandiose as that. My struggles are of a more simple nature, though no less complicated or meaningful as far as I’m concerned. The bbc had an article about some indigenous people living almost undisturbed deep in the south American jungle. Very few people had ever come in contact with them. It quoted a doctor who was working to defend their lands from development without them having to come into contact with the developed world (us). His words really connected with me when he explained to the interviewer “in some ways these people are some of the truly last free people on earth”.
So it was while considering his words and contemplating my own struggles that I was reminded of a scene I saw in Korea and of another in Japan. I was sick and feeling a little under the weather. I stepped out of my hotel looking for something I could eat that would be quick and easy so that I could crawl back into bed as soon as possible. I found a Mcdonalds ‘restaurant’ around the corner and I walked in around lunch time. The front of the restaurant was busy with the counter surrounded by several groups of customers; teenagers, couples, workers and at least one foreigner. Continue reading
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