What it feels like to be any other news story today.

What it feels like to be any other news story today.


Just noticed a robot was automatically posting food photos to my Tumblr. Shows you how much attention I pay to this thing. Sorry!

At the UBC Museum of Anthropology.  (Taken with Instagram)

At the UBC Museum of Anthropology. (Taken with Instagram)

30 days of Buffy 1: Favourite season


Jeez. This is tough. I have two favourites.

The first is Season 2, because Angelus is a painfully good Big Bad. Watching this season breaks my heart. We’re treated to the show’s first foray into real dark territory in Passion and it only gets better from there.

The second is Season 6. This season is all about adulthood, jadedness, and other fun hard stuff! And it’s also where Once More With Feeling happens.

Hey, I think I might also do this 30 days of Buffy thing. Except I’m going to a cottage for a week starting today and probably won’t do it at the cottage. So many this is all ill-advised.  Oh well!

Season 6. No question. One of Buffy’s most joyful flaws is that you get to watch Joss Whedon learn how to write great TV. There’s a lot of goodness right from the beginning, but the earlier seasons are also far more amateur and sloppy than his writing eventually becomes. There are some fun moments throughout the series where you get to see early or earliest appearances of classic Jossisums. For example the old “say something would never happen then cut to that thing happening” gag.

Anyway, season 6 is when the writing peaks and the show finally finds its voice, a great payoff after an also-rewarding buildup. 

This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

Gary Provost (via qmsd)

This might be my favourite quote on writing ever.

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TORONTO THE BETTER This week’s cover story of The Grid is, oh hey, mine and Katie Underwood’s! It’s thirty-four big ideas to make Toronto better, from thirty-four of Toronto’s smartest people. Plus, if you think you can do better (and what are you, some kinda hot shot?!), we want to hear your idea, too.

In a foolish move sure to doom them to irrelevance, The Grid includes me in their list of thirty-four of Toronto’s smartest people.


I think it’s getting this cool car with peddles for Christmas. Or going outside Christmas morning and finding bells on the ground that had fallen off of Santa’s sleigh. Something to do with Christmas. (I can’t be sure the car thing ever even happened, though.)

she was disarming: #fencegate, humour, masculinity


On Wednesday night, Daniel Dale went to investigate a piece of land Rob Ford wants to buy. I’m not going to get into the specifics because you can read them and a variety of perspectives all over the place, including here, and here. And it just keeps getting weirder.

Anyway, Dale—a…


I’ll leave you alone forever now.


I’ll leave you alone forever now.

Ask an MBA student what the purpose of a business is and he’ll likely tell you it’s to make a profit. Ask a founder of a company the same question and you’ll probably hear that it’s to solve a problem.

"50 Animated Gifs for Every Situation Ever"

I feel like I just experienced a month’s worth of Tumblr in 5 minutes. (I still don’t really understand you, Tumblr.)

I don’t know if rape jokes encourage rape culture. I don’t care. You still shouldn’t tell them.

Statistically, if you have told a rape joke to a group of more than five people, one of the people you told it to was a rape survivor, possibly of multiple rapes. They will not necessarily disclose this to you; rape apologism is endemic in society and most rape survivors are cautious about whom they tell. Some may even be too ashamed of their rape to admit it to anyone, or because of rape-minimizing narratives like “men can’t be raped” and “I consented to oral, so I couldn’t have been raped” may not admit it even to themselves. The fact remains: if you’ve told dozens of rape jokes in your life, then you have almost certainly told a joke that minimizes or trivializes rape in front of a survivor.

And if you put as your Facebook status “I totally raped at Halo today” for your two hundred Facebook friends to see, statistically, you have just reminded thirty-three people of one of the worst experiences of their entire lives.

To describe how well you did at a video game.

Good job!

Could someone upload this to the graffiti app for me? (Taken with instagram)

Could someone upload this to the graffiti app for me? (Taken with instagram)

When my mom is baking and asks if anyone wants to lick the spoon

No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.