A few words about peanut butter

March 2, 2014

It’s not widely known, but the first day of the month is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.

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Imagining the next 50 years

June 12, 2013

Birthdays aren’t very important to me, generally: I don’t think I’ve had a party for one since Pierre Trudeau was in his first term as Canada’s Prime Minister.

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What’s in a name?

May 29, 2013

Not much has changed about wine bottles in thirty years, but the marketing seems to have shifted a bit. It seems that one can now buy a wine that contains a label intended to appeal to whatever taste, obsession, or fetish with which one’s attention is most occupied.

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After the BC Book Prizes

May 5, 2013

On Saturday I travelled to Victoria for the 29th Annual BC Book Prizes awards ceremony, which takes place at Government House under the auspices of the Lieutenant Governor.

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You say you want a revolution?

March 24, 2013

Because I was in the middle of turning sixteen at the time of the 1979-ish Islamic Revolution, my attention wasn’t exactly riveted on the details of the events, though I was a daily reader of newspapers as a youth.

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When hibernation begins to end

February 11, 2013

Though I witness it yearly, and have done so for the better part of a half-century, the pace of the transition of the seasons, winter to spring and fall to winter, always surprises me anew.

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Snow Trauma in Vancouver

December 19, 2012

It’s snowing in Vancouver today, and if you’ve even been here you know what that means: innumerable diatribes about how Vancouverites don’t know how to drive in snow. It’s an absurdly tiresome bit of small talk that is simultaneously both accurate and bullshit.

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Security tips for progressive bankers

November 1, 2012

Maybe if you grew up in some sort of comfortable, middle-class suburban ideal (cough, cough) Vancity’s security questions don’t sound particularly troublesome. But if you think about them a little, they represent a pretty specific sort of idealised western life experience.

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Vermin, Revisited

October 4, 2012

A revised recollection of rodents-in-residence.

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Not Independents Day

March 31, 2012

Maybe if you give me a cup of English Breakfast (and not Earl Grey) when I order a cup of English Breakfast Maybe if you stop telling your colleague about your date last night long enough to listen to me say “English Breakfast” Maybe if when you give me an unwanted cup of Earl Grey…

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