Category Archives: Culture

Things Fall Apart: The Death of Chinua Achebe

I read Things Fall Apart many years ago and remember Achebe’s first novel as strong message against colonialism (published in 1958) and cultural imperialism. The role of christianity in the destruction of traditional societies is a common motif throughout Achebe’s work and he became a symbol for anti-colonial literature around the world, including indigenous peoples here in Canada. Achebe died this morning in Boston at the age of 82.

I suggest, if you have the desire and the time, to read this book in conjunction with Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899) to see the opposing visions of sub-Saharan Africa, one through the eyes of the colonizer, the other, the eyes of the colonized.


82nd & Fifth

The Metropolitan Museum on Art has a great video clip collection of 100 curators from around the world talking about pieces of art that they feel have changed the way that they view the world. Sort of TED for art lovers.

Click here for more.

In The Flesh: BBC3

BBC3 has joined the zombie er, partially dead, movement with In The Flesh. Kieren Walker was once afflicted with Partial Death Syndrome. That’s right, once. The undead are de-undeaded, meaning that with proper medication, these former zombies are about to be re-integrated into society. Walker lives in a rural area and quickly confronts the spectre of prejudice: full blown armed gangs (religiously motivated… always rational and level headed mobs) that are willing to defy the central governments attempt at re-integration. I’m hoping for pitch forks and burnings. Walker also has to deal with recurring flashback from when he used to eat brains. Great first episode! Only two more episodes and I’m certain to watch them all!

More info here, with the trailer.

Stanley Kubrick cinemagraphs

One of Tristan’s university friends is the creator of a great app called Cinemagram. These are images with a portion of the image animated. Very cool effect that takes planning and some Photoshop and After Effects work (or the above mentioned app). A video tutorial is available from this link below.

I noticed this today over at Open Culture, cinemagraphs from Stanley Kubrick films.

Masterchef Australia: The Professionals

One of my favorite cooking shows is Masterchef Australia: The Professionals. I was hooked on the last season of Masterchef Australia, much better than many of its international competitors.

I avoided mentioning it lest that guy send me an email spoiling yet another cliff hanger.

A great season! Chef Marco White is the best!

This link is to the recipes from the entire season. Some really nice dishes here. I should eat more lamb.

No spoilers here but there are at the MC website so be warned!

Site update!

So my host is upgrading my server on April 8th meaning that I will be upgrading this version of WordPress and linking it with the main page!

Still working out some bugs but I think that the new control panel will make some things easier! Like photo uploading, the whole point of this blog. Seems that my iPad interface won’t upload certain images. I blame a hidden conspiracy or my lack of technical knowledge, either/or.

Also, I am inviting a few friends to have access to posting so together we can share photos and stories! And yes, Tristan, it is like Facebook but without the corporate ownership and privacy intrusions.


VLC Remote: iOS app for iPad/iPhone

So one of the reasons why I haven’t posted in a day or two is because I have been busy upgrading my PC in my living room with a new SSD and Windows 7.

Both were frustrating since it is rare to do these sorts of things but in the end, all is well and running like a charm. I always enjoy doing these computer repair jobs after they are finished.

I re-installed VLC Remote (an app for my iPad/iPhone) that runs that computer and the TV! Great app, gives me the ability to control the playlist, pause, volume control etc. I had some issues with Windows 7, sent an email to the developer and he responded within 15 minutes. God bless the interTubes!

So if you are like me and use your device to control your TV, pay the $4.99 for the Pro version. I appreciate good software and excellent customer support. Thanks Rob.