Arts & Culture

Grab Bag

Grab Bag

February 12, 2020 at 12:45 pm

I spent so much time this week researching trams — past and present — and electricity that I’ve had little time to do much else. So I’m going to cheat and point you to some things other people have written or recorded that I think you might enjoy.   Wrasslin’Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 7, 2020 at 12:46 pm

Rodger’s Rumspringa? A Canadian political phenomenon I will never understand is how party affiliation can be at once all-important and yet no big deal. Canada’s political parties are powerful, as the Globe and Mail pointed out in 2013: Almost all discourse in the Canadian Parliament is scripted by party staffers.Read More

CBRM Council Chambers, 2017. (Photo by WayeMason [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)

About that General Committee Meeting…

February 5, 2020 at 1:36 pm

I watched yesterday’s CBRM General Committee meeting in its entirety and would like to give you a few highlights:   New Central Library First thought when I saw this item on the agenda: John Phelan is no longer on the library file. The former economic development manager (who returned toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 31, 2020 at 9:30 am

Animated I love traditional, hand-drawn animation and spent a very happy hour over the holidays reading this article by New Yorker film critic Richard Brody about early (meaning, silent era) animation and artists. Brody notes from the outset that all the works he’s talking about can be viewed on YouTube,Read More

Detail from Ekistics Sydney Harbourfront Conceptual Vision & Design

Doublethink on the Waterfront

January 29, 2020 at 1:10 pm

“Doublethink,” a term coined by George Orwell in 1984 (the book, not the year), is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “believing two contradictory ideas at the same time” and I think it describes the CBRM’s approach to waterfront development. This past week, I had reason to have aRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 24, 2020 at 11:18 am

Hidden agenda setting The CBC’s Tom Ayers had a pair of good CBRM council-related stories this week — and by “good” I mean, it’s good someone is covering this stuff not “This is good news!” Both stories are based on access to information requests to the CBRM. (Ayers didn’t leaveRead...

Building Near Water

Building Near Water

January 20, 2020 at 1:47 pm

Jennifer Henderson at the Halifax Examiner has been following plans for a new provincial art gallery on the Halifax waterfront from a (to me) very reasonable angle — the “when are we going to talk about sea rise?” angle. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (TIR) has issued a requestRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 17, 2020 at 10:40 am

Hello hydro? Did you hear about the new Star Trek series? Star Trek: Atlantica? Here’s a still from the pilot. It shows the commander and crew of the starship Enterprise (now the Regional Enterprise) receiving communications from the Imperator of the Irving Hegemony. Inter-galactic protocols require they turn their backsRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 10, 2020 at 10:15 am

SHIP Show Update Did you catch the latest episode in the SHIP Show? How many times can one program jump the shark? The CBC reported on Wednesday that Membertou Corporate has ” made an investment that gives it a 22.5 per cent stake in Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP),” aRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 20, 2019 at 8:31 am

Season’s Meatings Alexandra’s Pizza is challenging patrons to eat a 12-pound donair in 90 minutes, the Cape Breton Post is treating it as “news,” and somehow, neither of those things is the funniest part of Thursday’s article about the contest. The funniest part, hands down, is the accompanying list ofRead More