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Stan Douglas – Stained Glass

Posted in About, art, exhibitions by tyler057 on September 22, 2009

Saturday night Seung-Young’s show opened well and many lovely people were by to check it out. Yesterday, we flew some paper airplanes at Waterfront Park and carried on to take Seung-Young and Jaehyun (his marvelous other half) for a day trip up the sea-to-sky highway. Today, along with Sung and Kiban (my better half and son) they enjoyed a day in town. Sung took them to go check out what might be on at the Vancouver Art Gallery, but when Seung-Young heard the ticket counter staff explain that all they really had on was a show of the Group of Seven and Stained Glass, it is understandable that he wasn’t so interested. Sadly, it was only on the ride home tonight that we discovered, it was just a lost-in-translation moment and not that he just had no interest in Stan Douglas… There is no stained glass show on at the VAG. And as far as I understand they don’t have any planned for the foreseeable future…

two quotes for today

Posted in About, art by tyler057 on August 27, 2009

1. from Marshall McLuhan’s War and Peace in the Global Village (1968)
It may be simplest to say at once that the real use of the computer is not to reduce staff or costs, or to speed up or smooth out anything that has been going on. Its true function is to program and orchestrate terrestrial and galactic environments and energies in a harmonious way. For centuries the lack of symmetry and proportion in all these areas has created a sort of universal spastic condition for lack of inter-relation among them. In merely terrestrial terms, programming the environment means, first of all, a kind of console for global thermostats to pattern all sensory life in a way conducive to comfort and happiness. Till now, only the artist has been permitted the opportunity to do this in the most puny fashion. The mass media, so-called, have offered new materials for the artist, but the understanding has been lacking. The computer abolishes the human past by making it entirely present. It makes natural and necessary dialogue among cultures which is as intimate as private speech, yet dispensing entirely with speech. While bemoaning the decline of literacy and the obsolescence of the book, the literati have typically ignored the imminence of the decline in speech itself. The individual word, as a store of information and feeling is already yielding to macroscopic gesticulation.

2. Canada Revenue Agency, Statement of Account For Current Source Deductions (2009)
This year, National Payroll Week is from September 14 to 18, 2009. The Canada Revenue Agency salutes payroll practitioners across the country, our partners in administering payroll deductions requirements.
http://www.nwp-snp.ca

Adieu, Adieu!

Posted in About, Coffee, posts by Tim, Recent Complicities, staff by Tim on August 15, 2009

“Adieu, adieu my good friends all,

And be kind to [the Synesso]”

-“Bonnie Barbara Allen”, Traditional Scottish Ballad

Unfortunately I must take my leave of you all! Sad, yes. Not really “adieu”, though, more of an “au revoir” – I’ll be back at Christmas, so look for me to be putting in some time then. My last shift was last night and you can read all about it here. Also to be found on that page is the story of the last of Sammy Piccolo’s WBC blend!

It’s been fun, cafca. See you soon.

LOL,

Tim

PS – For those of you who don’t know, I’ve started a blog to keep my friends and family up with life in Montreal. It can be found here.

PPS – If you got the joke in the edited version of “Bonnie Barbara Allen” above, you just earned yourself big points in my books!

Introducing Matthew

Posted in About, Coffee, staff by tyler057 on July 23, 2009

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This is Matthew. He is friendly and new.

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This is Matthew’s first cappuccino.

We love Matthew.

<photos by: sonia novikova>