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SURP 2008 – 2010
SURP 2008 – 2010

In September 2008 I wrote my first SURP-related blog entry.  I was hoping to have some more inspired thoughts for my last entry in an attempt to jive with the first, yet my head remains firmly incapacitated from a very long night of liver abuse.  So I don’t.  I’ve just got this photo. Two years.  […]

2010
2010

Seven years of website fun! I suppose I could have waited until a 10 year operational anniversary, but…I needed a good topic for the first post of the year. Connected with descendents of my Great Uncle’s Typhoon squadron Was provided information regarding a memorial cairn created for my Great-Uncle in France. Acquired a long-term internet […]

Gallery Down

I have just noticed some serious errors in my gallery page.  Thus, that part of the site might be down for awhile as I figure it out.  Sorry to disappoint as I know that that particular page is one of the most popular hits on internet and you are just dying to get back in […]

April

Inconsequential entry about nothing other than to note that I am aware that I still have a blog and that I haven’t scribble or added content since the 24th… Hmmm… good good study study day day up… 

Statistical Anomaly
Statistical Anomaly

I need to place a disclaimer at the top of this entry.  I rarely write about my ‘life’ and prefer to avoid the topic as much as possible within the walls of this website.  This isn’t to say that such entries are absent…if you scroll around in the archives I’m sure you’ll dig up some […]

Sexy Sprawl
Sexy Sprawl

Planning at its best! I picked up a copy of Suburban Nation (Andre Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck, 2000) largely to help fill the reading void this semester created by the impossibly difficult to read Municipal and Planning Law, and nap inducing Land Use Planning Made Plain (literally made plain). The authors (more famously known […]

Thought Police

From the Montreal Gazette…also on national radio. It would be hilarious if it were not so chilling: Queen’s University will hire six “facilitators” who will listen in on student conversations, vigilant against incorrect speech. Officially, says the University’s website, these incognito “intergroup facilitators,” will “respond to, stimulate and invite engagement across difference and tensions that […]

AutoMAD

Yeah, I’m still around – but don’t expect any big post in the next few weeks.  If you do, it is because I need to bust myself away from the super-duper exciting world of planning school examination/project period. I swear, I will die at my computer…while using AutoCAD.  I’m not kidding when I say my […]

Some websites

A colleague walks into my office yesterday and introduces me to tiny little site called Stuff White People Like – with the proviso that he isn’t going to be responsible for any procrastination or large amounts of time lost as a result of this introduction. I haven’t laughed that consistently since Tropic Thunder.  Probably my […]

Weekend Update

I’m currently munching my way through a multiculturalism planning paper so I’m a bit empty headed regarding posting concerns but I think I might post the paper when I’m finished as it is not very long and reads more as a narrative story rather than an essay. Some interesting things from this week: The Canadian […]

Stauffer Library

I was a bit of a library/book nerd when I was an undergrad (actually, probably ever since I became a library helper in grade 5).  Having such an occupation would involve numerous hours browsing around looking for interesting items in a university library.  That’s right…in a university library looking for non-fiction books to read that […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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