Friday, August 11, 2017

A Decade of Delight

Ten years ago today, I married Sylvia and she married me. It's been a pretty amazing decade so far; I feel immense gratitude for our time together, and even ten years on, we're still excited to see each other at the end of each work day. I'm fortunate indeed. I love you, Sylvia! 

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I watched Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused tonight. It's a good movie, but I found myself grinding my teeth in anger for much of the film's running time because the plot features the barbaric hazing ritual: older students assault and humiliate younger students as a perverse rite of passage.

I was never subjected to a hazing, but only through sheer luck; hazing was common in Leduc in the 80s. I didn't even realize it was happening until it was all over.

I was furious, though, when I learned how some of my classmates had been abused. As a younger child I'd been a victim of violent perennial bullying, and then as now I have no tolerance for it. I found it especially irksome that in the film the teachers and parents (with one exception) seem content to allow hazing.

I haven't been a teen for a long time, so I have no idea if hazing still happens. I hope not; in my eyes it's utterly criminal and shouldn't be tolerated.

That being said, Dazed and Confused is a good movie. It certainly left an impression.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Mom and the Tripod

Long ago - sometime between 1998 and 2005 - I shot this photo of Mom beside a tripod. You'd think that I would have shot Mom from the tripod, but no. I like the expression on her face: "Why are you doing this?" It's too bad the tripod is in the shot, because otherwise it would be a reasonably well-composed image of Mom and the garden. Well, with a little cropping, maybe. On the other hand, I could use Photoshop to turn the tripod into one of the machines from War of the Worlds, but then it would be menacing my mother, and that's no good. 

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Green Legislature

In September of 2006, I shot some photos around the Alberta Legislature, where I was working at the time. Most turned out normally, but a series of three came out like this: completely green. I shot the images on film, and I'm quite puzzled by this result. 

Friday, August 04, 2017

Gazing Upon Yon Eternal Night

To seek the infinite
Sailing on the boundless firmament
A pushbutton voyage to the black beyond
The swirling mysterious cosmos
Right there on the viewscreen
Until a giant green space hand grabs you or some other improbable thing happens
But then in all this vastness why shouldn't there be a green hand?
Anything but tribbles

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Ceti Alpha Flashback

Just hours after I wrote yesterday's post, rumors emerged of a new Star Trek project by Nicholas Meyer: an account of Khan's years marooned on Ceti Alpha V.

Despite my regard for Meyer's body of work, and despite my musings yesterday on the benefits of a Star Trek anthology series, I find myself slightly underwhelmed by this news, perhaps because the story has already been covered in various spin-off media. On the other hand, it's still Nicholas Meyer; he's a great writer, and if anyone can make Khan interesting again, he's the man to do it. And if the miniseries is successful, maybe we'll get something resembling Fuller's lost anthology concept after all.