Archive for September, 2008
Media from SURP

I wasn’t expecting to plug my physical planning course via this site but today’s lecture brought forth some interesting media tidbits. The course is taught by the VP of the 7500 employee architectural firm HDR|Mill & Ross Architects, who has also apparently become somewhat of a minor celebrity in Kingston through is rather experimental house.  […]

Vietnam Photos II

Includes Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Cu Chi Tunnel networks and the Mekong Delta.   I’m slowly catching up with my photos but I still have hundreds (maybe thousands) from Japan, Russia, the Baltics, and the Balkans.

Homecoming

The Homecoming tradition is not much of a tradition in Canada…in fact, if one considers Wikipedia to be the all seeing, all knowing authority on anything and everything then there are only really two Canadian institutions that observe this phenomenon.  Queen’s and Western…and I happen to find myself at one of them. Homecoming is a […]

Cambodia Photos II

Former colonial resorts of Kep, Kampot, Sihanoukville. As well the up and coming Phnom Penh. *photos have been repaired and should now be visible!

Cambodia Photos I

First installment of some images I took while in Cambodia earlier this year including Bokor Hill Station and Angkor Wat.   Vietnam was actually the first country visited during this trip but I haven’t tagged any of the photos yet.  For some reason I opted to tag up the Cambodian shots first.  More boring landscape […]

Delicous sodium-free campus culture events

Art baffles me and I won’t hold any pretensions regarding my understanding of the finer points of art including piece names and famous artists…so the fact that last night I found myself within the walls of the campus art-gallery is quite something.  In support of this odd happening you must know that I’m probably one […]

Manufactured Landscapes

I wish I could take photos like this.  I consider night photos (especially clear, crisp and clean shots…like these ones) to be the epitome of photography.  Just plain amazing.  I have yet to make a good night picture – although there are one or two night angles of St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow which are […]

Getting back into the feeds – Blogs, Beijing, RSS

For the time being I’ve opted against purchasing Internet for my apartment largely because of the expense incurred for just one user and the fact that SURP has a very decent connection and wireless is available all over campus.  This means I can’t browse the headlines in the morning or in the evening (unless I’m […]

Canadian Mobile Communication…

How wireless communication should be (and is – in most of the sane world) Purchase any mobile phone model of your choice…preferably the GSM SIM card variety.  You can have as little or as many features as you should want.  You can buy new, you can buy second hand, you can steal it. You can […]

Words that make you sound smart

Some new vocabulary I picked up courtesy of the very academic read that is Peter Hall’s Cities of Tomorrow. apologia – a formal defence or justification gordian knot – an excedingly complicated problem or deadlock acerbic – sour or bitter in taste doggerel – crudely or irregularly fashioned verse, often of a humorous or burlesque […]

Plumbing in Kingston

I failed to mention that I had some rather annoying plumbing issues that I discovered when I first moved into my suite.  Adequate plumbing is not generally something one considers when browsing for housing – one just assumes that the toilet will flush and the water will drain within a reasonable time period. The first […]

Kingston, Ontario and SURP

Initial impressions. The Good: – Good big basement suite with a private beach. – Well organized orientation and I’m slightly jealous of the undergrads who are going through a very entertaining Frosh experience….something that was totally absent at UVic when I did my first degree there. – Compact campus which is essentially adjacent to a […]

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