Volume 2 Issue 27
Keeping It Clean: ICCE 2017 provides a platform where clean energy scientists can share their research and participants from industry can promote their products. This is an excellent opportunity for the delegates of universities and institutes to interact with their colleagues. It’s not the most slick website, but their intentions are virtuous and academic.
Clowning: Pedestrian Sundays continue at Kensington Market on the last Sunday of the month, making the next one on August 27th. Though not as vibrant as the early versions, these fairs draw a lot of people to enjoy live music, art and street performances. (photo: berries at the market by Jeanne)
And Now For The Snooze: Just in case you haven’t had a chance to visit the mainstream media but were feeling the need to be dumbed down a notch, here’s a review of the perpetual headlines to keep you disinformed (in no order of importance) What’s next for Tiger Woods after his DUI arrest?…. Blue Jays blast four home runs in victory ever Reds… Star slammed for ‘inappropriate’ bikini… Facebook shareholders seek Zuckerberg replacement… Kim Kardashian Addresses Taylor Swift Snapchat Feud… Canada economic growth speeds up in second quarter on investment, consumers. We will spare you the links out.
Nerd Activism: Standing up to the computer overlords who dictate our choice of tools is rare, but it happens. Windows Paint, like all Windows products, was destined to become a paid feature, or eliminated all together, but that didn’t sit well with fans and life-long users of the simple and beloved app, so they demanded it back…for free. Read the article at the ink well.
Ecstatic Tip #1o42; Disco Failure: In dance, there is a heavy nostalgic factor that plays into how much we get excited by a song or rhythm (word used without permission). That’s fun when you’re dancing around the house in your underwear, but at a transformative gathering, it’s time to ditch the go-to playlist of the default world for music that is created with more healing and energizing properties in mind. Disco is one example of a genre that does not belong. Its association with designer drugs, fornicating, artificiality and the money machine should be enough to convince you that it has no place on the ecstatic dance floor. If you think it does, then club land is where you should be DJing and dancing.
Some slogans say it all, and the non-GMO people nailed it with this one: “don’t buy them. don’t sell them. don’t grow them.” Direct, to the point and authentic. The modified-seed companies reply with something along the lines of “we want to own all the seeds, everywhere”. It’s the old story of the man who stands beside the river and charges his neighbours for a drink of water. Read the facts about GMOs at the bee.
Valid News: British Columbia’s New Democrats and Greens signed a four-year political manifesto with a long list of ambitions to run the province, including a rep-by-pop vote system and a ban on corporate and union donations. True democracy, no longer on sale to the highest bidder.
Hamilton is not all girders and pipes. As we all know, the arts crowd has migrated en masse to this once-thriving industrial town better known for heavy drinking and muscle cars. More recently, Hamilton has become a magnet for crafters working in metal (on a smaller scale, like knives) and crafters of every genre. Click the art icon to get the details on the Craftadian event.
Hooray for: Hollywood is easy, digestible, disposable and structurally incestuous. Consequently, major motion pictures are designed to keep you wanting more while evading issues that potentially jeopardize your consumer training. Documentaries, like The Great Turning are quickly brushed aside at the awards ceremonies because they don’t do much for the cash box. But it’s up to you: either you hand over your dollars to another Johnny-Depp-in-a funny-hat-film or you begin to walk out into the light and start learning about the Earth that you share with all those other people who do not make millions of dollars for reading lines. Let’s start with The Great Turning and join teacher and activist Joanna Macy as she tells us what’s really going on.
Cheatin’ Hearts: Jennifer Green has published a new book which might help the recently divorced to navigate the emotional sea. It’s called Winning While Losing: The Upside of Heartbreak, and it’s a positive reflection of how she survived her divorce and learned how to be a better human being. Very tough, but worth seeking out.
The Great Duet: On August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cut through the entire continental United States. It’s going to be awesome. If you’re in the bull’s eye center of the moon’s shadow—known as the totality—the sky will go dark for a few minutes in the middle of the day, stars will appear, and birds will become confused and start chirping their nighttime songs. It’s all because of a cosmic coincidence: from the Earth, both the moon and sun appear to be roughly the same size. Our view from Toronto will be somewhat skewed, but that happens with a lot of things here. For what you can expect to see, this guide will help. Click the ecliptic icon.
The River of Life: Time to check in on the dance scene happening in Oakville, and to help us understand the emotional impetus for what goes on there, writer and poet Shani MacArthur offers us a deeply personal account of the Joshua Creek gatherings.